1 Dream Summer Transfer for Each Premier League Team
With the Premier League season winding down, silly season is almost upon us again for the 20 teams in England's top division.
Cash will be splashed, with bargain signings to be made and overpriced flops to avoid.
From Aston Villa to Wigan Athletic, this article will propose a dream transfer for every EPL club within the realm of possibility.
Agree or disagree, make sure to air your thoughts in the comments box below.
Arsenal: Cesc Fabregas
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Though both Stevan Jovetic and Loic Remy look like decent prospects in the transfer market, it would be quite a coup if Arsene Wenger were able to lure Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal.
With media speculation mounting, in an interview with Cadena Cope last week, the creative midfielder said "I can only say that I alone know my own future," refusing to rule out any possible scenarios (h/t Sky Sports).
Since moving to Barcelona in 2011, the Spaniard has had mixed success. Under Tito Vilanova this season, Fabregas has not been a regular first team player.
His availability is unknown, but were the Gunners to present a healthy package to both the player and Barca, who knows what could happen?
Aston Villa: Will Hughes
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Aston Villa's two main priorities at present are fighting to remain in the Premier League, and keeping hold of star striker Christian Benteke.
The club has been linked with relatively few players in the gossip columns, so how about suggesting a dream target? How about Will Hughes?
The Derby County midfielder is one of the most promising teenage talents in Britain, having become a regular at the Midlands club before turning 18.
The midfielder has immense potential, and would fit in perfectly with Paul Lambert and Villa's transfer policy.
Chelsea: Radamel Falcao
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This is an easy one, isn't it?
No matter who is in charge of Chelsea next term, Jose Mourinho or otherwise, Colombian hit man Radamel Falcao is sure to be at the top of the club's summer wish list.
The Atletico Madrid man has scored goals for fun throughout his career, and tore the Blues apart at the beginning of the season with a first half hat-trick in the UEFA Super Cup.
His transfer is likely to cost £46 million, and according to the Daily Mail, is one that "Chelsea believe they have [sealed]."
Everton: Leroy Fer
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It is a widely known fact in the footballing world that Everton spends very little every summer. Their success is largely based on their ability to pluck relatively obscure players from oversees, and turn them into world-beaters.
The Toffees came very close to signing the talented Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer in January, with manager David Moyes all but announced the deal was complete in interviews with the press (via The Independent).
Unfortunately, a hiccup in the player's medical prevented the £8.6 million deal from going through.
But according to the Daily Mail, Everton are still keen on bringing the combative 23-year-old to Goodison Park this summer to fill a hole in the side's central midfield.
Fulham: Maarten Stekelenburg
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With Fulham's current number one goalkeeper, 40-year-old Mark Schwarzer, nearing the inevitable end of his career, the club has begun to scout for long-term replacements.
A loan move for Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg fell through earlier this year, but it is believed the Cottagers will try again in the summer.
Goal.com reports that "Fulham have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of [Stekelenburg]."
The permanent deal for the Dutch shot-stopper would likely be close to £5 million.
Liverpool: Xabi Alonso
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Liverpool may be in the market for a centre-back this summer, but the dream potential signing for fans of the Reds has to be a club legend.
Xabi Alonso's departure from Anfield in 2009 damaged the side in a way that is still yet to be repaired. The holding midfielder is one of the elite players in his position, and a master at dictating a game.
Speaking last month about reports linking him with a move to Liverpool, Alonso rather vaguely said "My return to Anfield? I had an amazing time during my long experience in Liverpool with the jersey of the Reds" (via The Express).
With the Spaniard's contract fast expiring, now would be the time to strike for Brendan Rodgers and Tom Werner.
Manchester City: Edinson Cavani
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Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani's strike rate at Napoli during the past three seasons has been terrific. He has scored over a hundred in all competitions, while also striking 19 times in Europe.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is a fan, and according to The Mirror, the Blues lead the chase to sign the £40 million-rated man.
Despite having Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in their ranks, goal scoring has been a problem for City at times this term.
The position of striker is Mancini's number one concern, with Cavani the dream answer.
Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo
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The Manchester United fans who regard the stories linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Old Trafford in the summer as fanciful are doing their favourite club a disservice.
The Red Devils are arguably the biggest club in the world, with a legendary manager at the helm and a steady stream of trophies rolling in.
The Express claims that Ronaldo is "believed to have told a senior player at Manchester United he would seriously consider a return to the club."
Any deal would cost United upwards of £60 million, but anything is possible in football.
Newcastle United: Loic Remy
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Newcastle's inactivity last summer was the primary reason for their subsequent staleness this season.
Alan Pardew will not want to make the same mistake twice, and will do his utmost to persuade Mike Ashley to reach into his pockets.
One possible signing could be relegated Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy, a forward who has risen above the Hoops' disastrous campaign.
According to The Metro, "Newcastle will attempt to activate a release clause in Remy’s contract." Maybe it's because he's French?
Norwich City: Nathan Redmond
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Chris Hughton deserves plenty of praise if he can keep Norwich City, one of the Premier League's weakest squads, in the top flight next season.
The Canaries have already locked up the signing of striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8 million, but may dip into the transfer market again this summer.
According to The Mirror, Birmingham City youngster Nathan Redmond is a target for Norwich.
A promising winger with bags of natural ability, signing Redmond would give fans of the club genuine reason to be excited.
Queens Park Rangers: Kasper Schmeichel
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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was a deserving inclusion in the PFA Championship team of the season.
The 26-year-old son of the legendary Peter has bounced from club to club during his career, but has settled more recently with the Foxes.
Harry Redknapp's QPR could do no better than signing Schmeichel in their bid to replace the departing Julio Cesar.
At the least, the Denmark international would deserve the bump in pay.
Reading: Billy Sharp
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Billy Sharp may not seem like every team's dream transfer, but if Reading are to bounce straight back into the Premier League next term, they'll need a player like him, with proven experience in the Championship.
The 26-year-old forward was key to Nigel Adkins' Southampton side getting promoted in 2012, and could be set with a reunion with his former manager at the Madejski Stadium.
The Mirror claims that "Adkins wants to snap up Southampton striker Billy Sharp as his first Royals signing."
Any deal is likely to cost Reading close to £2 million.
Southampton: Victor Wanyama
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It seems Southampton are dreaming big this summer, with Victor Wanyama on their list of potential recruits.
The burly Kenyan defensive midfielder has been linked with a number of top clubs this season, but Southampton seem ready to rival teams like Liverpool to the Celtic man's signature.
The Daily Mail claims Saints "scouts watched the Kenyan during last week's game against Motherwell."
Any deal is likely to cost upwards of £10 million, but considering Southampton spent twice that amount last summer, the sum isn't so out of proportion.
Stoke City: Junior Hoilett
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After some wobbles in 2013, Stoke City look to have finally sealed their place in the Premier League next season.
As such, Tony Pulis will do his best to strengthen his squad, particularly the midfield.
Junior Hoilett, a player who was greatly hyped coming into the season, has had a disappointing campaign at QPR.
But Stoke are keen on the Canadian, with the Daily Mail reporting that, "There was significant interest in him last summer when his contract at Blackburn expired but despite his poor form, Everton and Stoke believe they can revive his career."
Sunderland: Aleksandar Dragovic
Sunderland are in need of a talented young centre-back—John O'Shea and Carlos Cuellar aren't a good enough pairing to meet the ambitions of Paulo Di Canio.
Basel have been a successful team in Europe for the past two seasons, eliminating Manchester United from the Champions League and Tottenham Hotspur from the Europa League respectively.
The Swiss team's Aleksandar Dragovic would be a terrific signing for the Black Cats, depending on whether or not they can avoid relegation.
The 22-year-old has been extensively scouted by Sunderland this year (via Daily Mail).
Swansea City: Romelu Lukaku
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Striker Romelu Lukaku has had an excellent season on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Chelsea this season, scoring 14 league goals.
Many expect the Belgian brute to return to Stamford Bridge next term, but this is by no means written.
The Mirror believe that "Michael Laudrup will bid to tempt Romelu Lukaku to Swansea [City] next season with the carrot of European football." On loan, of course.
The Swans were highly efficient in the last transfer window, bringing in players like Michu for cheap, and would love a repeat performance this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur: Christian Benteke
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Aston Villa's Christian Benteke could do great things leading the Tottenham Hotspur line next term.
The Belgian striker has bagged 22 goals in all competitions, almost single-handedly keeping Aston Villa in the race to avoid promotion in the Premier League.
The Guardian reports that Spurs boss "Andre Villas-Boas has identified Benteke as a summer transfer target."
With Emmanuel Adebayor's future at White Hart Lane in doubt, there can be no better ready-made replacement.
West Bromwich Albion: Nathaniel Chalobah
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West Brom are another side who haven't been linked with many potential summer signings in recent months.
So here is a suggestion—Chelsea's immensely talented midfielder, Nathaniel Chalobah.
Having spent the season on loan at Watford, the England U21 international is unlikely to be sold by the Blues.
But if the Baggies could land the 18-year-old for a fair price, Steve Clarke and the Baggies' owners would deserve several slaps on the back.
West Ham United: Andy Carroll
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Having come alive in the past few months, everyone at West Ham is particularly keen for the on-loan Andy Carroll to remain at the Boleyn Ground.
The Hammers' midfielder Joe Cole has claimed "West Ham definitely want to keep Andy Carroll," in a recent interview with talkSPORT (h/t Daily Mail).
The Liverpool big man has scored four goals and setup two assists in his last six games for Sam Allardyce's side.
Carroll's club Liverpool have no chance of retaining the £35 million they paid for him in 2011, but won't let him leave for cheap either.
Wigan Athletic: Jores Okore
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With manager Roberto Martinez's future in doubt, Wigan Athletic may be braced for a summer of turmoil, whether or not they remain in the Premier League.
Potential signings have already been targeted, with Nordsjaelland's powerful defender Jores Okore topping the list.
The Denmark international is a defender whose rugged playing style would stand him in good stead were he to move to England.
The Sun believes that Okore would cost suitors close to £5 million—big money for Dave Whelan's Latics.
Who would be the dream transfer for your club?