Arsenal are set to go back in for Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser this summer.
The Gunners are desperate to sign a winger as they look to improve their squad ahead of a tough Premier League campaign.
Wilfried Zaha is top of their list, and remains so, but it appears their hopes of landing the Ivorian from Crystal Palace are rapidly fading.
A bid for the 26-year-old, worth £40million, has already been rejected and it’s believed the Eagles, who have already sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50million, want up to £100million for their best player.
Huddersfield and Cardiff joined the Cottagers in a return to the Championship after failing to financially compete with their rivals.
So, what players could be snapped up for a bargain deal this summer? talkSPORT take a look.
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Ibe was restricted to just nine Premier League starts last season due to the form of Wales star David Brooks.
So far, the former Liverpool winger, who turns 23 in December, has failed to fulfil his potential.
With just one year left on his contract, Ibe could be bought on the cheap.
He has been linked with a move to Leicester, who are managed by Brendan Rodgers, Ibe’s former manager at Liverpool.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
Bournemouth and Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Mignolet.
The Belgium international made just two appearances last season following the £67million arrival of Alisson, who won the Premier League Golden Boot with 21 clean sheets in an impressive debut campaign in England.
It is believed that Mignolet wants to be a No.1 again – and should the goalkeeper end his six-year spell at Anfield – he is bound to have Premier League suitors.
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
Chalobah suffered a serious knee injury in September 2017 and only returned to first-team action last August.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue were Watford boss Javi Gracia’s first-choice midfield pairing last season as Chalobah watched on from the bench.
He is highly-rated by England boss Gareth Southgate, who gave him his senior Three Lions debut last October.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder would be an asset to most mid-table clubs.
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)
Wanyama boasts six years of Premier League experience with Southampton and Tottenham – and having seasoned pros in a relatively inexperienced side could increase a club’s chances of staying up.
The Kenya midfielder, who is behind Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier in the pecking order at Spurs, made only ten starts in all competitions last term.
He came into the team late into the season and performed admirably but looked off the pace in the Champions League.
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)
Shelvey has thrived in the Premier League with Liverpool, Swansea and Newcastle, but is arguably going through the toughest time of his career.
Injuries and form have seen the midfielder start just two top-flight games since October.
West Ham have been keen on Shelvey in the past, while other Premier League games could test Newcastle’s resolve this summer.
But Wilson is desperate not to lose his good friend and assist king to the Gunners and has vowed to ensure he stays at Bournemouth.
Wilson and Fraser made history in the Premier League together this season.
The Cherries duo eclipsed a host of legendary striker partners by combining for 12 goals – the most ever in a 38-game season and only one behind Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s overall record of 13 in 1994/95, when there were 42 games in a campaign.
Wilson says he loves playing alongside the Scot and wants their partnership to continue into next season.
Speaking to Drivetime from England’s St George’s Park training camp, the striker said: “He’s been top draw.
“For me, working with him, he gets to the byline and you know where he’s going to put the ball, I make the same run and it just seems to be finding me more times than not.
“And vice versa with him – I get to a position on the pitch and know if I cut the ball back into a certain area he’ll be hanging around there.
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“We didn’t actually even work on that partnership in training, the manager hasn’t done anything with us, it just seems to have forged on the pitch.
“It’s my delight and I’ll be making sure he doesn’t go anywhere this summer.
“He was a big supply for me, he assisted half of my goals!
“But he’s not going anywhere, I’ll make sure. I’ll padlock him, I’ll get him in a headlock!”
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all interested in signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, when he returns from his loan spell at Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are hopeful Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt will sign for them, having improved their £12m-a-year deal offered to the19-year-old Dutchman. (Sport)
Romelu Lukaku is a reported target for Inter Milan, with the Italian club set to offer £30m plus Croatia winger Ivan Perisic to sign the Red Devils striker. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Other reports claim Lukaku fears United’s £70m asking price for him will scupper a move to Serie A, with Inter only are prepared to pay a maximum of £50m. (Daily Mirror)
As well as Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo are also likely to leave Old Trafford this summer. (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed the Bundesliga champions’ interest in Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. (Suddeutsche Zeitung)
Arsenal want to sign winger Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final, with Bournemouth quoting £30m for the Scotland international. (The Independent)
Tottenham have made contact with Real Madrid in an attempt to start negotiations to sign Marco Asensio, but have been told 23-year-old midfielder is not for sale. (AS)
Manchester United remain interested in France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer. (Manchester Evening News)
Tottenham will allow right-back Kieran Trippier to leave the club this summer for the right offer, with Napoli favourites to sign him. (The Independent)
Manchester City want £15m for Fabian Delph, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 29-year-old midfielder. (The Sun)
Leeds United are also interested in bringing England international Delph back to the club where he began his professional career. (Daily Star)
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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is plotting a move for English winger Patrick Roberts, who he managed during the 22-year-old’s loan spell at Celtic and is available for a cut-price £4m from Manchester City. (The Sun)
Fulham want to sign Dwight Gayle or Britt Assombalonga as a replacement for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, if the 24-year-old Serb leaves Craven Cottage this summer. (Evening Standard)
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told Marseille and Roma that his main priority is agreeing a new contract at St James’ Park, after being approached about their managerial vacancies. (Chronicle)
Arsenal plan to step up their pursuit of Bournemouth forward Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final next week.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with Fraser, 25, and appear to be ready to make a £20million bid for him.
But according to The Independent, Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to solely focus on their final in Baku against Chelsea on May 29 – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – before sorting out any transfers as a win will be the difference between playing Champions League or Europa League football next season.
Premier League clubs will be looking to tie down players who starred in the 2018/19 season.
From Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser to Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, despite his unfortunate injury, there will be players who feel they have done enough to warrant a new contract.
Reports claim Matteo Guendouzi is set to sign a new £75,000-a-week deal at Arsenal after a superb breakthrough season in England, less than a year after signing from Lorient.
The Frenchman has played 47 times for the Gunners, but is believed to be one of the lowest-paid players at the club.
talkSPORT look at other players who deserve fresh terms for their performances during the 2018/19 season.
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Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi
No one is more deserving of a new contract than Guendouzi. The Frenchman was thrown into the deep end by manager Unai Emery against Manchester City on the opening day of the season and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
He has also featured regularly in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign and could start against Chelsea in the May 29 final.
Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser
Not many football fans would have expected Fraser to end the season with 14 assists, and just one behind leading provider Eden Hazard.
He excelled playing on the left wing and also chipped in with seven league goals. His stats read even better given Bournemouth finished the season with just three wins from 14 games. With just one year left on Fraser’s contract, the Cherries will be desperate to extend his stay.
Brighton – Anthony Knockaert
Knockaert signed a new four-year deal in 2017 after helping Brighton win promotion to the Premier League. He has helped preserve their top-flight status over the past two seasons.
Starting 18 games in the 2018/19 campaign, the winger chipped in with six assists in a side which struggled for goals. He brings that extra quality that Brighton will need if they are to avoid another relegation battle.
Burnley – Tom Heaton
Heaton’s deal expires next year and it would be a shock if he wasn’t offered a new one. The 33-year-old dislodged Joe Hart as Sean Dyche’s No.1 in December, and subsequently, Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone and finished the season in 15th place. He is a leader for Burnley.
Cardiff City – Bruno Manga
The defender started 37 of Cardiff’s 38 Premier League games as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on survival. Last month, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to keep Manga, whose contract expires this summer. He showed his versatility this season, too, playing as a centre-half and makeshift right-back.
Chelsea – Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge, scoring ten goals and registering five assists. Initially, he struggled to get into Maurizio Sarri’s side, but has proven himself in the second half of the season, particularly in the Europa League.
His four goals have helped the Blues to the final where they will play Arsenal.
The midfielder’s 12 goals, mostly from the penalty spot, ensured Palace stayed clear of the bottom three. The Eagles skipper has just one year left on his deal.
Everton – Morgan Schneiderlin
Schneiderlin was failing to make Marco Silva’s matchday squads in the first half of the season. But since February, he established himself as a regular in the Everton midfield, edging out Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes. With the Toffees likely to lose Idrissa Gueye, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and Gomes rumoured to be joining Tottenham, Schneiderlin could have a big role to play next season.
Fulham – Tim Ream
Fulham will need leaders if they are to mount a promotion push from the Championship next season – and Ream is one of them.
He was an ever-present in their promotion-winning season last year and also played 25 times in their Premier League campaign.
Huddersfield Town – Christopher Schindler
There is expected to be an overhaul at Huddersfield following relegation.
Schindler missed just one Premier League game all season and could stay with the club in the Championship. His second-tier experience could also be invaluable.
Leicester – James Maddison
Despite only joining Leicester on a five-year deal last summer, Maddison is understood to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
His seven goals and seven assists was a healthy return for a debut season in the top-flight.
Matip has superbly stepped up to partner Virgil van Dijk in the absence of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren. He has featured in five of Liverpool’s six Champions League knockout games and is likely to keep his place when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the final on June 1. With his contract expiring next year, the defender has surely done enough to extend his stay at Anfield.
Manchester City – Vincent Kompany
Kompany could end his 11-year spell with City when his contract expires this summer.
The 33-year-old’s 25-yard screamer in a 1-0 win over Leicester proved decisive in the Premier League title race as Pep Guardiola’s men retained their crown last weekend.
Playing 24 times in the 2018/19 season, he still has a lot to offer on and off the pitch.
Manchester United – Marcus Rashford
After scoring an injury-time penalty against Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, Rashford’s form nosedived. Despite going eight games without scoring, the England youngster showed that he can be United’s first-choice striker with 13 goals in a challenging campaign.
Perez has had his best scoring season (13) since joining the club in 2014. Since the turn of the year, he netted ten goals to help Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone and into 13th place.
He is a regular in Rafa Benitez’s side and a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park. Perez struck up a good understanding with striker Salomon Rondon, a player the Magpies will hope to sign on a permanent deal in the summer.
Southampton – Nathan Redmond
Redmond found his shooting boots under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, scoring nine goals.
The winger was played as a striker by Hasenhuttl in a tactical switch that paid dividends. Redmond’s form was so good that he won the club’s Player of the Year award.
Tottenham – Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko’s turnaround in form has been remarkable. After two tough seasons at Tottenham, the France midfielder has become one of the first names on the team sheet.
Sissoko brings so much energy to Spurs’ midfield and will expect to start in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Watford – Jose Holebas
At the age of 34, Holebas had a consistent season as Watford’s first-choice left-back.
Three goals and six assists helped Watford to an 11th-placed finish. He has been with the club since 2015 and another fine campaign next year will only make his case for a new contract stronger.
West Ham – Michail Antonio
When Manuel Pellegrini took over at the London Stadium last summer, Antonio was being linked with a move away from the club.
The 32-year-old’s dead-ball deliveries made Wolves a huge threat for any opposition as they finished the season in seventh place.
Eight assists is a decent return in a maiden Premier League campaign and his experience at international and club level will only help the likes of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White.
The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.
Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.
No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.
The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.
It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.
But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.
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AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser
Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.
Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.
The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.
Brighton – Shane Duffy
In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.
Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.
Burnley – Ashley Westwood
Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.
He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Cardiff – Neil Etheridge
A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.
Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.
He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.
Chelsea – Eden Hazard
Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?
He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.
Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.
He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
At just 21, he will get even better with time.
Everton – Lucas Digne
Fulham – Yet to be announced
Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler
It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.
They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.
Leicester – Ricardo Pereira
The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.
In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.
Liverpool – Yet to be announced
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
Manchester United – Luke Shaw
In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.
The Belgian superstar may have an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge but he’s put on a show this campaign with 15 assists.
It was an impressive total, one ahead of Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, and earned him the Playmaker award, which will no doubt be front and centre on his mantelpiece.
Hazard has plenty of competition in the English top-flight when it comes to incredible creative talents, with Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne amongst them. But was he really the best, according to advanced statistics?
Here at talkSPORT we’ve used UnderStat.com to check out which Premier League stars had the highest ‘Expected Assists’ for the campaign.
Expected assists (xA) definition
According to Opta, xA measures the likelihood that a given pass will become a goal assist.
It considers several factors including the type of pass, pass end-point and length of pass.
Adding up a player or team’s expected assists gives us an indication of how many assists a player of team should have had based on their build up and attacking play.
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