9 perfect Premier League transfers that would solve problems for Arsenal, Tottenham, Man United and more

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They may not be realistic this summer – but Seb Stafford-Bloor dares to dream about the ideal signings that would fix major issues for some Premier League big guns

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1. Douglas Costa to Tottenham

The Wembley Issue looms for Spurs in the new season and, while Mauricio Pochettino and his players retain the complete faith of the supporters, there’s a lingering concern that the broader pitch will expose the side’s lack of width. Tottenham are a narrow side with a gifted, resilient middle and the close confines of White Hart Lane accentuated those strengths in a way that Wembley (and the pitch at their new stadium) will not.

Bayern Munich’s brilliant Brazilian Costa - who’s been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena – would be a fabulous addition. An unrealistic one, of course, and the kind of transfer which would put great strain on the club’s wage structure, but a move which would equip Pochettino with both a previously missing ingredient and an authentic difference-maker.

2. Radja Nainggolan to Chelsea

Antonio Conte has already enquired twice about Roma’s peerless box-to-box midfielder and for very good reason: if you didn’t know better, you’d think that Nainggolan had been custom bred to play in Chelsea’s 3-4-3.

Roma have again had to reject a flurry of advances for the Belgian and – realistically – he’s probably not moving. But imagine pairing him with N’Golo Kante and adding his thrust to the existing stability. A shame for Chelsea that he’s unlikely to join this summer, but a relief for everybody else.

Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan is Conte's kind of man

3. Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United

At the time of writing, and particularly given the player’s reported contract demands, Sanchez is expected to leave Arsenal and head to Manchester - but to City rather than United. Logical, of course, because he’s an outstanding player who Pep Guardiola has managed before.

But he doesn’t necessarily fix any of the team’s pressing issues. He’s neither a competent, ball-playing centre-half, a dependable goalkeeper, nor a first-rate defensive midfielder.

Across the way, United are desperate for attacking dynamism. Old Trafford remains home to an impressive batch of players, but - even if Jose Mourinho is able to add Romelu Lukaku in the coming days - they collectively remain oddly lifeless. Sanchez, with his relentless vibrancy and stratospheric standards, would infuse that team with something it desperately needs.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez - is there a side [in Manchester] he wouldn't improve?