After a fantastic season for Chelsea, you feel their main priority should be keeping both the manager and the top players at the club. Conte has been sensational all season and the team spirit has remained high even at difficult times. Despite being champions, even Chelsea have had some hiccups along the way, losing back to back Premier League games to big rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in September, to rumours flying around in January that their star striker Diego Costa wanted to leave the club for a big money switch to China. If Chelsea can keep Conte at the club, with his own future in doubt due to his desires to return to Italy, they will surely go strong again next season.
In terms of the playing squad, keeping hold of Hazard and Costa will be crucial but also difficult. The speculation around them both is still high heading into the summer transfer window and finding replacements will be near impossible. Chelsea have been frequently linked with a move for Everton’s star striker Romelu Lukaku, but if they were to keep Diego Costa at the club would he play? It would be difficult for Lukaku to move back to Chelsea if Costa stays at the club. Other signings needed may be defensively, despite being strong all season the departures of John Terry and Branislav Invanovic could see Conte enter into the market.
As it always seems to be, despite their recent success, the outlook for Tottenham looks difficult. Playing at Wembley for a full season may be problematic for Mauricio Pochettino and his players, it may not be their performances but other teams upping their games playing at the National Stadium. We think they need some more star quality to be able to compete both in the Premier League and on the European Stage. Kane and Alli have been sensational but we couldn’t describe the rest of the squad in the same breath. They have some important players all over the pitch, but very few of them can be described as world class, possibly the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but more signings are needed. In terms of bringing players in, Tottenham have a poor record at the higher level, their record transfers in include Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko both at £30 million. If Tottenham have a serious chance this season, they need to break their record transfer fee and bring in a player of proven Premier League experience, Ross Barkley is the obvious option. Kane up front with Alli and Barkley just behind will be difficult for all Premier League teams next season.
Man City have already done some serious business very early in the transfer window, bringing in Bernardo Silva for a £43m fee and the arrival of £50m rated Atletico Madrid centre half Lucas Hernandez looking imminent. With the squad this season, City have seriously underperformed, with their most disappointing night coming in the Champions League away at Monaco. City have already added strongly to their squad, getting rid of some of the underperformers may be crucial to keep the balance right in the squad. We expect City to go strong next season.
Liverpool have had a decent season, sneaking into the top four, just one point ahead of Arsenal.At times this season Liverpool have been fantastic, but the lack of depth in the squad showed after Christmas, with a torrid streak for Jurgen Klopps players in January, failing to win a game for the entire month. Injuries have also been a problem, with their high pressing games leading to big names out on the side-line. Notable absentees Mane and Henderson will add some strength back to the team, but Liverpool need a number of players across the field to be able to compete next year. A left back is a priority, with rumours of Gael Clichy coming in on a free transfer, this could be a key signing leaving money for other key positions. Midfield will be somewhere that Klopp will surely strengthen and a striker if Daniel Sturridge does leave the club.