Every Premier League club’s signings, exits, targets and more
Dave Burin | 31 July 2018
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The Premier League season is less than a fortnight away. And ahead of the action, managers across the country have been signing, selling and working out how to set up their new-look sides.
Ahead of the top-flight action, the Coral News Team have all the info on the sides involved – beginning with Unai Emery’s new-look Gunners…
Who has arrived: New boss Emery has been ringing the changes. He’s hoping Bernd Leno will fix the Gunners’ goalkeeping worries. Stephan Lichtsteiner also joins.
Who has exited: A number of long-timers. Injury-ravaged pair Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are amongst the Emirates Stadium exits.
Who they could add: He’s not the most glamorous target, but Emery is keen to add goalkeeping back-up in the shape of Gillingham stopper Tomas Holy.
How they’ll line up: They’ll have added defensive steel, with the likes of Lichtsteiner and Greek warrior Sokratis Papastathopoulos available.
The odds: The Gunners finished in a lowly sixth last term, and will be looking to make the top four again at 2/1. As for ending their 14-year wait for a league title, that’s a 25/1 shot.
Who has arrived: Just the two in so far. Sheffield United prodigy David Brooks has high hopes pinned to him, while Spanish left-back Diego Roco is more of an unknown quantity.
Who has exited: The departees are in double-figures, but only Benik Afobe counts as a major loss. Lewis Grabban is also off, whilst Max Gradel has made his loan switch to Toulouse permanent.
Who they could add: The big ‘will they, won’t they?’ saga surrounding the Cherries involves their quest to sign Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma. Bournemouth have had a £25m bid rejected, but that’s unlikely to be the end of it.
How they’ll line up: Eddie Howe chopped and changed a lot last term, so it’s anyone’s guess. However, much could depend on their pursuit of Lerma.
The odds: Survival is likely, with Bournemouth as long as 9/2 for relegation. Meanwhile, they’re dark-horses for a top-half berth at odds of 9/4.
Who has arrived: The Clarets have generally been careful with their pennies, and it’s no different this summer. The only arrivals so far have been untested youngsters.
Who has exited: The turnover of key players has been minimal at Turf Moor. Scott Arfield has gone to Rangers, while cult hero Dean Marney has been released.
Who they could add: Veteran hitman Peter Crouch is believed to be on Sean Dyche’s wish list. So too is Swansea City midfielder Sam Clucas.
How they’ll line up: If Crouch arrives, the Clarets could well switch to a front two – with the experienced striker likely to partner the pacy and clinical Chris Wood.
The odds: Burnley were the surprise package last term, pulling off a stunning top-seven finish. They’re 25/1 to crack the top six, while it’s 1/6 they simply survive.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Who has arrived: Seagulls boss Chris Hughton has searched far and wide for new talent. Alireza Jahanbakhsh comes in from AZ Alkmaar, Leon Balogun from Mainz and Percy Tau from South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns – amongst others.
Who has exited: Keeper Tim Krul has departed for Norwich, whilst Jamie Murphy has joined Scottish heavyweights Rangers. A number of youngsters have also left.
Who they could add: The South Coast club have already had three bids rejected for Reading’s Liam Moore. Whether Brighton relent, or up the offer remains to be seen.
How they’ll line up: The 4-4-2 system with two wide men worked well last term – delivering wins like the 1-0 triumph over Manchester United. Don’t be surprised to see it become Hughton’s go-to system.
The odds: The Seagulls aren’t being tipped for a difficult second season. They’re firmly odds-on at 4/11 to stay up. Meanwhile, a top-half finish isn’t impossible at 5/1.
Who has arrived: The Bluebirds have made four additions thus far this summer. Winger Josh Murphy and tricky forward Bobby Reid both arrive after good Championship campaigns.
Keeper Alex Smithies offers a safe pair of hands, and Greg Cunningham comes in at left-back from Preston North End
Who has exited: Seven players have left the Welsh capital, but all were released by boss Neil Warnock. In short, the Bluebirds aren’t really losing anyone of note.
Who they could add: Warnock is reportedly keen on adding Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic to his ranks. But the Cardiff boss faces a transfer tussle with Lazio.
How they’ll line up: The Bluebirds went with a 4-2-3-1 system last term. With the pacy Reid available, he’ll likely spearhead that attacking midfield trio.
The odds: Cardiff will be looking to upset the odds, with Coral making them 8/13 favourites for relegation. Meanwhile, they’re 11/10 to survive, and 12/1 to pull off a top-half finish.
Who has arrived: After the managerial uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri has arrived and stamped his mark with the £51m signing of Jorginho.
Who has exited: Some of the Blues’ sizeable crop of regular loanees have finally left for good. Of the 10 permanent departures, none were real first-team contenders.
Who they could add: The Blues continue to be linked with Miralem Pjanic, with £89m believed to be the asking price for the Juventus star.
How they’ll line up: Sarri’s Napoli played a 4-3-3 system in every single game last term. It’s hard to imagine he’ll go with anything different at Stamford Bridge.
The odds: The Blues are 12/1 to win the Prem, putting them fourth in the betting. They’re 4/6 for a top-four berth, while 11/10 says they miss out on the UCL spots.
Who has arrived: To say Palace have had a quiet summer is an understatement. Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita – signed on a free from Getafe – is the only new boy.
Who has exited: Again, it’s been quiet. Yohan Cabaye has joined Al-Nasr, but he’s the only key player to say goodbye.
Who they could add: The Eagles are believed to be keen on midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. Whether West Ham United would sell to a London rival is another matter.
How they’ll line up: With pace out wide and a key midfielder lost in Cabaye, Roy Hodgson could well swap 4-4-2 for a 4-3-3.
The odds: In the Betting without the Big Six market, they’re 14/1 dark horses. Meanwhile, it’s 11/5 the Eagles soar to a top-half finish.
Who has arrived: Much has been made of the hefty fee the Toffees spent on Richarlison. But boss Marco Silva worked with him to great effect at Watford.
Who has exited: There’s been an exodus of fringe players. Ramiro Funes Mori, Davy Klaassen and Joel Robles are amongst the departees. So too Wayne Rooney.
Who they could add: The Toffees are on the cusp of snapping up Barcelona’s Lucas Digne.
How they’ll line up: Silva rarely employed the same system from one game to the next last term. With Richarlison, they’re likely to set up to counter with a front three.
The odds: After a poor start to the season, the Toffees picked things up to finish eighth. They’re 1/3 for another top-half finish, and 5/2 in the Betting without the Big Six market.
Who has arrived: The eye-catching summer arrival has undoubtedly been Jean Michael Seri. The Ivorian midfielder has been snapped up from Nice for £27m.
Left-back Maxime Le Marchand also arrives from the Cote d’Azur club, while Aleksandar Mitrovic’s move has been made permanent.
Who has exited: Seven are out. Ryan Fredericks has moved across London to join West Ham United, while David Button has gone to Brighton & Hove Albion. The rest have dropped down the leagues.
Who they could add: Alfie Mawson is on the cusp of joining the Cottagers from Swansea City.
How they’ll line up: If Mitro returns, they’re likely to stick with the expansive 4-3-3 that worked so well last term. Otherwise, they could go to a midfield four – with Seri playing off the front men.
The odds: Survival looks to be on the cards, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side 4/11 to beat the drop. Meanwhile, they’re 5/1 to finish in the top 10.
Who has arrived: David Wagner hasn’t been resting on his laurels this summer.
As well as making Terence Kongolo’s deal permanent, he’s brought in the likes of Erik Durm, Jonas Lossl and Florent Hadergjonaj from the Bundesliga.
Who has exited: Tom Ince will be the biggest loss, having joined Stoke City for £10m. Sean Scannell also leaves the Terriers after six years and 171 games.
Who they could add: There aren’t any fresh rumours – unsurprising considering the business Town have already done. But another midfield addition wouldn’t be a big surprise.
How they’ll line up: The addition of Ramadan Sobhi means the Terriers are likely to stick with wingers this season. The 4-2-3-1 set-up also worked well for them last term.
The odds: It might be touch-and-go for the Terriers. They’re 6/5 second-favs for the drop, while 8/13 says they survive for another year.
Who has arrived: There have been three big additions in the East Midlands. Danny Ward, James Maddison and the tricky Ricardo Pereira are the key trio.
Who has exited: Nobody has been more crucial to the Foxes success in recent years than Riyad Mahrez – who has joined Manchester City for £60m.
Who they could add: Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer struggled to crack the starting XI last term. And Claude Puel is targeting a swoop for the 24-year-old.
How they’ll line up: Pereira will likely push up from his usual right-back role to take on the Mahrez role. With that in mind, they’ll probably stick with 4-2-3-1.
The odds: Following the loss of Mahrez, the Foxes are Evens for a bottom-half finish. But relegation isn’t on the cards, with Leicester 1/66 to stay up.
Who has arrived: Nobody has splashed the cash like Jurgen Klopp this summer. He’s brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and keeper Allison for around £175m all in.
Who has exited: The Reds have picked up £12.5m from Leicester for back-up keeper Ward, whilst Emre Can has gone to Juventus.
Who they could add: The Reds’ pursuit of Dortmund ace Christian Pulisic continues, while a move for Nabil Fekir could also be on the cards.
How they’ll line up: Much of Liverpool’s creative spark last term came on the wings. But with Keita and Fabinho in, and Philippe Coutinho gone – they could set up more narrowly.
The odds: The Reds are second-favourites in the title race, with 4/1 to end their 28-year wait. Meanwhile, Coral’s traders can’t see past a top-four finish at 2/9.
Who has arrived: The summer’s big buy has been Mahrez. Highly-rated Dutch defender Philippe Sandler has also joined the champions.
Who has exited: Guardiola has cleared a whole forest of deadwood. No current first-team regulars have left, though Yaya Toure is the biggest name to depart.
Who they could add: Right now, it’s all quiet at the Etihad. Earlier summer target Jorginho has now joined Chelsea.
How they’ll line up: Why change a winning formula? They walked the league last year, and Pep Guardiola is likely to stick with his preferred 4-1-4-1 and 4-3-3 systems.
The odds: Few teams in the Premier League era have ever been such short odds to win the title. Man City are 8/11 to retain their crown.
Who has arrived: Despite Jose Mourinho’s glum outlook, United have made a couple of stellar buys. Diogo Dalot fills the hole at right-back, while Fred is the marquee buy.
Who has exited: Daley Blind has already made his Ajax homecoming, whilst Michael Carrick has retired after 12 superb seasons at the club.
Who they could add: Mourinho has made no secret of the fact he wants to bring in more new faces. Robert Lewandowski and Marko Arnautovic continue to be linked.
How they’ll line up: 4-2-3-1 still makes sense for United, though Juan Mata could well lose his midfield spot to Fred. At right-back, Dalot will take over from Antonio Valencia.
The odds: Even with some clear strain on Mourinho, it’s hard to see past a top-four finish at 2/7. Meanwhile, the Red Devils are 7/1 to end their five-year wait for a title this season.
Who has arrived: Boss Rafa Benitez has reportedly been unhappy with the club’s summer business. The £4m permanent capture of Martin Dubravka is their biggest buy so far.
Who has exited: The club have sold Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham for £22m, while Chancel Mbemba and Mikel Merino have also left for fairly sizeable sums.
Who they could add: West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi has been linked with the Magpies, as has tricky Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
How they’ll line up: The Magpies went with an occasional 5-4-1 last term, and with a fine striker gone and two defenders amongst their targets – that could be the default.
The odds: Despite a difficult summer, the odds suggest relegation is highly unlikely – it’s just 1/16 for Newcastle to stay up. Meanwhile, a finish in the top 10 is priced up at 11/5.
Who has arrived: Mark Hughes has brought in the highly-rated Stuart Armstrong from Celtic. He’s one of four summer signings, including agile stopper Angus Gunn.
Who has exited: Dusan Tadic has returned to the Eredivisie, whilst Jordy Clasie has also re-joined Feyenoord on loan.
Who they could add: Danny Drinkwater has had a difficult 12 months since joining Chelsea, and Saints could offer him a reprieve.
How they’ll line up: Not too much should change. Armstrong is a like-for-like replacement for Tadic, and will join Nathan Redmond in the attacking midfield spots.
The odds: Saints had a difficult campaign last term, but they’re 11/8 to bounce back with a top-half finish.
Who has arrived: So far, nobody. But the club have secured new contracts for Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.
Who has exited: No first teamers have gone, though highly-rated youngster Keanan Bennetts has joined Borussia Monchengladbach.
Who they could add: In recent days, Spurs have been linked with a £70m for Geoffrey Kondogbia. Whether there’s weight in the rumours remains to be seen.
How they’ll line up: The core of the squad has remained the same. There’s no reason to think Mauricio Pochettino will abandon his 4-2-3-1 system, with Kane leading the line.
The odds: Spurs are fifth-favourites to win the league at 14/1. A top-four finish is narrowly odds on at 4/5, while it’s 6/4 they’re the top London club.
Who has arrived: Gerard Deulofeu has made his loan switch from Barcelona permanent. Right-back Marc Navarro arrives from Espanyol, having been hot property in La Liga last term.
Who has exited: Everton prised Richarlison away from the Hornets for a mega £40m fee. He’s the biggest name to leave, though Nordin Amrabat has also said his goodbyes.
Who they could add: Boss Javi Gracia has his sights set on Liverpool’s Divock Origi. But with a £26m price tag on the Belgian, any deal would likely be a loan.
How they’ll line up: With Richarlison gone, the question is whether Gracia will set up with the same width. The holding midfield duo of Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure should stay the same.
The odds: A top-10 finish isn’t totally out of the question at odds of 5/1. However, the main aim will be staying up at 2/5.
West Ham United
Who has arrived: The Irons have well and truly opened their transfer war chest this summer. Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop have all come for over £17m.
Who has exited: They’ve cleared the deadwood. Patrice Evra and Reece Burke have gone, amongst others.
Who they could add: The Hammers have got the bulk of their business done in good time. But reports suggest they could pluck Olivier Ntcham from Celtic.
How they’ll line up: It would be no surprise to see Manuel Pellegrini move to a front three, having added two star wingers.
The odds: West Ham are 11/10 for a top-half finish. And following their impressive summer business, it’s 9/1 they make it into the top six come the end of the season.
Who has arrived: The Portuguese connection has remained strong. The likes of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho have all put on the old gold this summer. Diogo Jota has also agreed a permanent deal after his loan stint.
Who has exited: Wolves’ finances mean they’re not a selling club at present. Barry Douglas is the only one of last season’s regulars to have exited.
Who they could add: Talking of Portuguese aces, the Molineux club are currently locked in a transfer tussle with Galatasaray for the services of Andre Silva.
How they’ll line up: Boss Nuno Espirito Santo didn’t really budge from his 3-4-3 system last term. And he’s unlikely to abandon the set-up that brought such success.
The odds: They’re the shortest odds of any newly promoted side for a top-half finish at 11/10. Meanwhile, they’re 25/1 to crack the illustrious top four.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing