The end of another Premier League season is soon upon us, which means that the attention will soon turn towards the summer transfer window and players that could be on the move.
Every season there are transfer sagas that rumble on for weeks, and even months, and this year looks set to be no different. But, which Premier League stars could we see depart their current clubs and sign with a rival in the English top-flight?
There will be a number of players departing Old Trafford at the end of the season, either because of not being part of Erik ten Hag’s plans or the fact that their contract expires. One star that looks almost certain to leave on a free at the end of the 2021-22 season is Jesse Lingard. The attacking midfielder has been limited to just two starts this season. The majority of his appearances have come from the bench, as he has come on for United on 14 occasions in the league.
There was a feeling that the Red Devils would utilize the 29-year-old more this season after he impressed during his loan spell with West Ham United last term. However, despite knocking back offers for Lingard, he has still been used sparingly; even since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A departure now looks set for the summer, and Newcastle United and West Ham United head the queue for his signature.
According to WeLoveBrum.co.uk, there are a number of Aston Villa stars that could be on the move this summer. One of which is Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz, who is rumored to be a long-term target for Arsenal. The 23-year-old has been with the Villa since 2019 and has already made over 100 appearances in all competitions. Luiz has also been a regular for Brazil throughout their qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup.
However, it’s likely that Steven Gerrard would be willing to offload the central midfielder, as the club is looking to fund a move for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma. A departure looks best for both club and player, but it remains to be seen whether the Gunners will match Villa’s valuation of the Brazilian.
One of the biggest transfer sagas that could continue throughout the summer may revolve around Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips. The midfielder has been with the Whites since making his professional debut in 2014 and was part of the promotion-winning team in 2020. However, a number of bigger clubs have been watching the 26-year-old and could make their moves this summer. Manchester United, Arsenal, and Aston Villa are among the clubs that have registered an interest in the England international.
Phillips is a boyhood Leeds fan, and will likely need an exciting project to tease him to leave Elland Road. His 2021-22 campaign has been negatively impacted through injury, as he has made just 13 Premier League starts. But, he remains hot property, and it’s likely that Leeds won’t entertain offers that aren’t at least £50 million.