Analysis

Where EVERY Premier League club needs to strengthen in the summer transfer window

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Leicester: Centre-back

Wes Morgan has been a key part of the greatest period in Leicester’s history, but the 34-year-old is now past his best and can no longer be relied upon as a regular starter. With Robert Huth having already departed the King Power Stadium, a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire (above) should be Claude Puel’s principal target this summer.

Linked with: Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Liverpool: Centre-back

The mid-season signing of Virgil van Dijk led to a dramatic upturn in Liverpool’s defensive solidity, and another top-class centre-back could turn a top-four battle into a title challenge next season. Dejan Lovren (above), while better than many give him credit for, remains prone to the odd error-strewn display and will be fortunate to begin 2018/19 as first choice.

Linked with: James Tarkowski (Burnley)

Manchester City: Holding midfielder

Having set a new Premier League record by amassing 100 points, it’s hard to see how Manchester City can improve next season. Pep Guardiola seems keen to land another wide forward, though, and signing a younger version of Fernandinho (above) would also be sensible. As brilliant as the Brazilian was in 2017/18, his 33-year-old legs may struggle with another 48-game season after the World Cup.

Linked with: Jorginho (Napoli)

Manchester United: Left-back

Another cash-splashing summer is to be expected at Old Trafford following Manchester United’s failure to mount a sustained title tilt last term. With Daley Blind out of favour, Luke Shaw still unfancied by Jose Mourinho and Ashley Young (above) a short-term fix at best, left-back is the area United should set about strengthening first.

Linked with: Alex Sandro (Juventus)

Newcastle: Striker

Dwight Gayle, Joselu, Islam Slimani and Aleksandar Mitrovic all led the line for Newcastle at times last season, but a combined Premier League goal haul of 11 shows why Rafael Benitez will be keen to source an upgrade at the top of the pitch. Ayoze Perez (above) was the Magpies’ top scorer with eight but the Spaniard does his best work in a withdrawn role, making a new out-and-out centre-forward desirable.

Linked with: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan)