Premier League, transfers confirmed, July 2021, Leicester, Leeds and Arsenal with new faces

So far we have seen a number of moves confirmed and not yet much done of affairs among the big guns, rumours flying, but still not much jobs finished, but certainly there are a few moves to mention that of course excites.

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Arsenal are often linked with players, but so far the only significant signing is Nuno Tavares coming in from Benfica. Tavares (21) is a left back alternative and said to have cost £8million. A Portugal U.21 international with a season behind him in the first team. We have to wait and see with Arteta will add to his squad.

Aston Villa have so far made the addition of Ashley Young. The fresh Serie A winner with Inter will rejoin Villa after several seasons spent at this football club years back. Young (36) was linked with a move back to another of his previous clubs, Watford.

Dean Smith has also captured a fantastic player in Argentinian Emeliano Buendia who will not be part of the Norwich City PL returning campaign. A 24 year old midfielder with special skills who can be a sensation alongside Jack Grealish if the England man is staying on.

So far no significant moves in at newly promoted Brentford. The Bees has done moves for younger players not really regarded as first team alternatives, but you never know with this club as they tend to find talent that fits their priorities not really age related at all.

Brighton have so far made one strong signing in RB Salzburg midfielder Enock Mwepu. The 24 year old has been on the books at the Austrian club since 2017. He is a Zambia interinational and will be expected to be in line for a first team place. Gary Dicker has also returned to Brighton from Kilmarnock as the now 34 year old is seen as a overaged alternative in the U.23’s.

Burnley is a club that has so far made one strong addition from Stoke City, defender Nathan Collins. The Ireland U.21 international made his breakthrough with The Potters last season, and will get company from another player taken in from the lower leagues, Jacob Bedeau joining from Scunthorpe United.

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Nothing to report from Chelsea, but at Crystal Palace you have a very interesting signing from Reading. Michael Olise is a player to watch as the french U.19 international joins after a grand season with The Royals. Interesting to see what newly appointed manager Patrick Vieira will do after taking over from Roy Hodgson.

Everton appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager, with the current departure of Carlo Ancelotti who we all know jumped at the chance for a new period at Real Madrid. So far no new arrivals at Everton, but we will probably see a few moves happening in the next weeks coming up.

Mercelo Bielsa has unfinished business as he is preparing his Leeds United for next season, adding on loan flank man Jack Harrison to his squad on a permanent basis from Manchester City. Harrison (24) with few England U.21 caps to his name is a player to watch and could be the next player from Leeds to follow Calvin Phillips to a full cap. Leeds ahs also added left back Junior Firpo to their squad from Barcelona. Also 24 years of age and a strong and interesting player.

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Leicester City will not live on their laurels with manager Brendan Rodgers adding forward Patson Dake from RB Salzburg and Boubakary Soumare from Lille to his impressive squad, hopefully there will be one or two new players added, and hopefully not big and major move out. Ryan Bertrand is also a certain new man, but nothing confirmed so far.

Liverpool are linked with several names but so far the only new face is Ibrahima Konate joining from RB Leipzig. The France U.21 international is a proven central defender believed to become an integral part of the team and landing a starting position.

Nothing new to report from Man City as Man Utd have added goalkeeper Tom Heaton and flank alternative Jadon Sancho to their squad. Finally OGS got his man, after a long chase for the player that will be among those with a life at both Manchester camps.

No new faces of importance has come in at Newcastle, with a few youngsters coming in, but so far Steve Bruce have no new names in his squad, while at Bruce’s former club Norwich City the situation is a bit different with moves for goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Southampton, forward alternative Milot Raschica from Werder Bremen, left back Dimitris Giannoulis joining from PAOK after a successful loan spell last season. A loan move for Billy Gilmour from Chelsea is also included and added to that Ben Gibson from Burnley, a 24 year old defender with a past at Middlesbrough that is a bit of a hidden diamond, without really finding his place at Turf Moor.

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Southampton have done two additions adding Theo Walcott to their squad on a permanent deal after spending last season on loan from Everton. Romain Perraud is also joining from Brest, a 23 year old France U.21 international who operates in central defence.

Nothing new from Tottenham Hotspur as the club has just found their alternative manager in former Wolves general Nuno Espirito Santo. There will probably be done a few moves as a grand group of players are on the out list. Watford are preparing their return to PL action with a similar approach taking in a load of new players including former Spurs man Danny Rose as one of those new recruits. Another prolific player to join is Joshua King moving from Everton after a difficult time at Goodison Park after his recent release. Mattie Pollock, a young defender, has joined from Grimsby Town, and you also have the addition of Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge, so there could be difficulties to find the best eleven.

West Ham and David Moyes have not yet started any big transfer movements. No new players are listed of those seen as first team alternatives. At Wolverhampton, Bruno Lage is their new manager, he has done a few deals, with Ruben Vinagre joining permanently after being on a loan last season. Rayan Ait-Nouri is also a new recruit, coming in from Angers, also seen at Wolves on loan last season. Most excitement might be around the loan move for Barcelona midfielder Franciso Trincao as he will fill gaps at the club that needs to filled after players that has left in particular Diego Jota.

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