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Thankfully, after months of delays, the Premier League returned to decide the league champions, the European qualification places, and the relegation battle, alongside additional competitions such as the FA Cup, where Arsenal saw off Chelsea to win it.

Now we know the ending to this year’s Premier League story. It was a good one, especially for fans of Liverpool.

With the season over for all sides apart from those still left in European competitions, clubs in England’s top flight will be assessing their transfer targets ahead of a vitally important summer transfer window.

There isn’t much time, though, with the new season just a few weeks away. There is certainly no time for clubs’ hierarchy to journey deep into the African jungle with 9 Masks of Fire or enjoy a vacation with their family. It is all systems go, with numerous signings already completed and a number of talented players linked with a move to England.

With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on the latest transfer rumours surrounding some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

Liverpool

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Liverpool’s will be desperate to keep moving forward, especially with Jurgen Klopp at the helm. He isn’t one to stand still, with further evolution of his team clearly in mind.

Wolves’ lightning-quick winger Adama Traore has been linked with a move to Anfield, along with Bayern Munich pair Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba. Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos has also been mentioned.

Manchester City

Manchester City’s defensive woes have cost them this season, so it is hardly surprising to the see Pep Guardiola’s side linked with defenders.

Names such as Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly have already been catching City’s eye, alongside more attacking reinforcements like Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho, although he appears to be off to fierce rivals Manchester United with an August 10th deadline set. One thing is for certain, though; Manchester City are in for a busy summer.

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Manchester United

The aforementioned Jadon Sancho is strongly linked with a move to Old Traffic, alongside Aston Villa’s star man Jack Grealish. Solskjær and Ed Woodward are clearly in for a busy summer as the Red Devils look to continue their momentum from the back end of last season into the next one.

Leicester

Leicester didn’t end the season too strongly, although overall Brendan Rodgers has carried on the good work of his predecessors. The Northern Irishman will be aiming to push them on even further in the summer, which is why the likes of Barcelona’s Coutinho being linked with the club makes sense.

Arsenal

Despite winning the FA Cup, Arsenal has big problems. The team’s defence is a shambles and has cost them plenty of points this season, so it’s hardly surprising to see Sevilla’s Diego Carlos linked with a move to the north London giants. However, the Gunners face competition for his signature. Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey continues to be connected to a move, as does Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst. Will Aubameyang stay? Over to you, Mikel Arteta.

Chelsea

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have already joined the Blues, but Chelsea’s business appears to be far from over. Ben Chilwell from Leicester is interesting the club, as is West Ham’s Declan Rice. Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is also catching the eye. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea is taking shape.

Tottenham

Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been a long-term target for Spurs, as has Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is a rumoured target, so too is Chelsea’s young defender Kurt Zouma. Jose Mourinho will be desperate to rebuild Spurs. He’s done it all before.

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