As the summer transfer window shortens to the last few days, the Premier League teams are desperately trying to close some last-minute deals.

English clubs are estimated to have passed the £ 1 billion spending milestone again this summer despite concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs.

Arsenal have surprisingly been the biggest funder to date with £ 140m spent on Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard.

Manchester City broke their transfer record to pieces and also set the new British record with the £ 100 million signing of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

Jack Grealish joined Man City for £ 100m


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Chelsea have spent £ 97.5m to sign Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United are serious contenders for the title after winning Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid’s Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, respectively.

While several big names have already been announced this summer, more could happen ahead of the 11 p.m. August 31 deadline.

But where do the “Big Six” have to fortify themselves before the window closes? Mirror Football takes a look at an ideal buy for either side …

Arsenal: Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier has been linked with a move to England

Conceding four goals in their first two games suggests a weak defense and that’s something Mikel Arteta has to address with another signing.

The Spaniard has already spent £ 140m on five new players, including Ben White and Martin Odegaard. But the average age of his shopping this summer is just 23, and the recent defeat to Chelsea showed his young side’s lack of experience.

Arteta are due to sign a full-back with Hector Bellerin, who is due to leave this summer, and the question is whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers are good enough to play regularly.

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A move from a former Tottenham player could upset some areas of the Arsenal fan base, but at this crisis point, past loyalties can’t stand in the way of potential signings like Trippier.

Atletico Madrid right-back has reportedly been looking to move to England for several months but a proposed move to Manchester United never materialized.

With the 29-year-old unlikely to sign a new deal, Arteta would be wise to spend the rest of his budget on a seasoned defender who can help him now rather than a future player.

Chelsea: Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez will leave Atletico Madrid on loan

Rewind two years ago and any top European club would have taken the chance to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid. Likewise, the La Liga giants flatly refused to discuss a deal.

The midfielder signed a nine-year deal in 2017 to devote his future to his youth club and it looked like a smart move. Back then he was indispensable.

But Diego Simeone has been experimenting with his team over the past two years to make them more offensive – and it seems the Spain international was unlucky in making such changes.

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Last season he made just 22 LaLiga starts and scored two goals in the process. Simeone has given the midfielder the chance to prove himself with starts in the opening games of the new season.

Recent reports suggest that Chelsea have started talks on a loan deal with the Spanish champions that could include an option to make the £ 34m deal permanent.

It would undoubtedly bolster the Blues’ midfield, with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic rotating on Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

But Saul’s range of passing and ball carrying capabilities would be an added bonus for the German head coach as he faces a possible title challenge.

Liverpool: Mikkel Damsgaard

Mikkel Damsgaard scored against England in the semi-finals of Euro 2020



As one of the stars of Euro 2020, it is strange that despite the interest of many teams, no top club has opted for Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.

The youngster was spotted in the Superliga for FC Nordsjaelland before Sampdoria signed a £ 6m deal last summer.

Although he was not a regular under Samp coach Claudio Ranieri, the 20-year-old has made 37 games in all competitions for the Italian club this season, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

But Damsgaard made a name for himself at Euro 2020 after scoring two stellar goals, the first a 25-yard shot against Russia and the second an unstoppable free kick against England in the semifinals.

The 21-year-old was on the radar for Tottenham and Aston Villa this summer, but no club has yet to pay his £ 26m price tag.

However, such a fee would put him in the affordability class of Liverpool – and Jurgen Klopp needs a progressive playmaker in his squad after losing Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG.

Manchester City: Aurelien Tchouameni

Aurelien Tchouameni could replace Fernandinho in the long run

The chances of this happening before the August 31st transfer deadline may be approaching the same territory as Leicester City to win the 2015-16 title. But it’s not impossible.

With all the clamor that Manchester City needs a striker, they have the very capable Brazilian international Gabriel Jesus for that.

But what they don’t have is a direct replacement for Fernandinho. At 36, the veteran presenter is not getting any younger and has signed a one-year contract this season, suggesting he could retire in 2022.

City must be planned in advance, otherwise they will be missing and not have. They need their own N’Golo Kante and AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni is one of the players set to replace him in the French line-up.

The 22-year-old has proven to be a good addition to Ligue 1 after moving from Bordeaux in 2019. However, since Monaco is no longer a European force, Tchouameni wants to move to a larger club.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked to the Frenchman but the pull of work under Pep Guardiola could prove the difference if they are willing to spend around £ 35m.

Manchester United: Declan Rice

Declan Rice is reportedly unhappy in West Ham

In an ideal world, Declan Rice would have gotten his high profile move that few could say doesn’t deserve it.

West Ham would have gotten a truckload of money and maybe Jesse Lingard for it, while Manchester United could look forward to having a solid English backbone on their team for the next five years.

Instead, the 22-year-old is stuck in the London stadium unhappy that he can no longer walk after the Hammers placed a £ 100m prize over his head.

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The England international has shown at Euro 2020 and throughout the 2020-21 Premier League season that he is a top operator on the ball and a natural leader.

He may not be a destroyer like Nemanja Matic, but he combines several areas of his game into a midfielder who shows no real weaknesses.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacked someone of this stature, with Scott McTominay the only natural box-to-box player. Fred’s shape was shaky while Matic is 33 years old.

Should United bid for Rice for £ 80m before the deadline, West Ham would be inclined to listen – although it seems unlikely at the time.

Tottenham: Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham

Under the new sports director Fabio Paratici and boss Nuno Espirito Santo, the Spurs did most of their business in the Serie A market.

The north London club signed Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero from Atalanta and tried to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, they brought in Bryan Gil of Seville for £ 21m plus Erik Lamela, a deal that looked excellent on paper before Lamela scored three times in two games for the Spanish team.

But since Christian Eriksen left in January 2020, the club has been missing a real number 10 as Giovani Lo Celso is struggling to take on the Dane’s creative responsibility.

And this is where Aouar comes in. As a 23-year-old playmaker with proven Champions League experience and a keen eye for the pass, the French international scored six goals last season and set up another six for his teammates.

He is reportedly available for £ 25million this summer due to Lyon’s financial troubles, but with Tanguy Ndombele reportedly looking to get out and Aouar looking for a new challenge, a swap might benefit all parties.