The 2016/17 Premier League season is set to kick off on the 13th August and with 7 new managers in place plus an 8th pending it is set to be an explosive year. All the clubs are currently recruiting new players to strengthen their squads as well as clearing out players they feel can’t contribute any more.
When considering the best ways to bet on football you might want to consider which of the top clubs have been the busiest, but more importantly spent their money wisely in order to make them more likely for league success.
The Gunners are currently experiencing a 12 year drought without the Premier League title and finished second place behind unlikely winners Leicester by 10 points. Arsenal fans have been crying out for a top class striker over the past few seasons. Olivier Giroud just isn’t consistent enough and Danny Welbeck can’t seem to remain fit. Wenger’s first target Jamie Vardy turned down Arsenal`s contract offer and opted to remain at Leicester, while Serie A`s top striker Gonzalo Higuain left Napoli for Juventus. Rumours circulating suggest Alexandre Lacazette will be the next target but nothing concrete has happened yet. Thus far, Arsenal have only signed two new players in Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka but the Gunners know they’ll have to act soon if they’re serious about strengthening their squad.
New boss Antonio Conte means business ahead of his first season at Chelsea, after the Blues finished 10th last season they will be looking to make up for lost ground. So far Chelsea have spent in excess of a combined GBP63 million for young Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and French midfield playmaker N’Golo Kante. Rumour has it that they’re aren’t finished yet and are prepared to pay big money to buy Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Diego Costa wasn’t quite as effective during his second season at the Blues and more firepower is needed especially if they hope to compete with the two Manchester clubs.
The entire world was stunned after little Leicester City saw off all the big dogs and won the Premier League. While nobody expects them to repeat the achievement again but they will certainly want to show they’re not a flash in the pan. The Foxes success in the coming season will ultimately be decided by who they can hold onto and who they can buy. So far they’ve managed to hold onto their leading scorer Jamie Vardy but lost Kante to Chelsea, which will be a huge loss to the club but they will surely be planning on reinvesting the GBP30m they made in the process. Meanwhile Arsenal are sniffing around winger Riyad Mahrez, holding onto him will be vital. So far their noteworthy signings include Ahmed Musa for GBP15m and goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler for GBP2.6m who will likely serve as a backup to Kasper Schmeichel.
Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool mid-season and steadied the ship but this time he is afforded the luxury of pre-season to really put his stamp on the club. The German has so far cleared out 11 players who he considered to be dead weight including Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen who brought in a combined GBP28m in the process. The biggest signing so far is winger Sadio Mane from Southampton for GBP34m and German goalkeeper Lorius Karius was bought in from Mainz for GBP4.7m, likely to replace the shaky Simon Mignolet as the club’s first choice. Karius’s recent broken hand in pre-season may hold up this changing of the guard.
After making waves at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has finally moved to the Premier League and based on the signings he’s made thus far, he certainly looks like he means business at Manchester City. Martin Demichelis and Richard Wright are the only two casualties so far whilst over GBP98m has been spent on Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane and Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus. With rumours of Everton defender John Stones and Colombian striker Marlos Moreno being next on Guardiola’s shopping list it doesn’t look like he’s finished yet.
After comparing himself to Sir Alex Ferguson for many years, the Special One Jose Mourinho finally has the job he’s coveted all these years. After replacing Louis Van Gaal as manager of the Red Devils, the Portuguese manager declared straight away that he wanted to sign four players. The first through the door was Eric Bailly for GBP30m to strengthen the clubs defence, he will presumably form a partnership with Chris Smalling once he is fit. The second and third players were Henrikh Mkhitaryan for 26m and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for free after his PSG contract expired. These two will bolster the midfield and striking options respectively, while the fourth signing is likely to be Paul Pogba as Manchester United look prepared to break the bank in order to bring him back to Old Trafford.