Yves Bissouma to Ben White: 17 summer transfer sagas and how they could affect Brighton, Arsenal and Chelsea's plans

The transfer window is set to start ramping up, and as usual there looks set to be a number of sagas that will rumble on throughout the summer.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 3:34 pm
The transfer window could be a long summer this time around.

Clubs across Europe will be eager to bolster their ranks in the coming months but the financial implications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may hinder business, while the forthcoming European Championship could delay potential deals.

Brighton and Hove Albion will look to bolster Graham Potter’s squad with a striker seemingly high on the agenda, but keeping hold of a couple of their big stars, like Ben White and Yves Bissouma, may be the biggest challenge the transfer chiefs face at the Amex Stadium.

Midfield man Bissouma has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea after an excellent season while the versatile White has sprung to prominence even more with his England call-up recently.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have each been linked with the Leeds-born Norway international along with Bayern Munich, while the eye-watering finances involved may deter Real Madrid and Barcelona. Dortmund are reported to be demanding 180million Euros (£155m)

Elsewhere, Harry Kane’s future will undoubtedly be at the top of the agenda, with gossip on the England skipper’s destination if he leaves Tottenham Hotspur already in full swing.

Manchester City have been linked with the striker as they look to replace Barcelona-bound Sergio Aguero, while Erling Haaland is another big-name striker who could be on his way to the Premier League this summer – if anyone will stump up the cash!

The Premier League big guns will be keen to wrap up their business early but with the Euros coming up, transfers are unlikely to be completed quickly.

Here’s some of the big deals that could rumble throughout the summer.

The 27-year-old striker is supposedly eager to leave Spurs but remain in England and said to favour a move to Manchester City. Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be keen. But Kane’s contract has three years to run and, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy renowned for being a tough negotiator, he will command a hefty fee.
Man United appear to have reached crossroads in their goalkeeping situation, meaning either David De Gea or Dean Henderson may be sold. Smart money is on ex-Sheffield United loanee Henderson staying and becoming No1 with Tom Heaton brought in on a free transfer as back-up.
Striker Danny Ings, who has 12 months to run on his Southampton contract, has been linked with Manchester City and Tottenham.
Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard is thought to be on Leicester City’s radar. The Parkhead club will seek a big fee from Brendan Rodgers or any other suitors, however.
The 28-year-old has just a year remaining on his existing Man United contract and has been linked with a move if he does not sign a new deal. United will undoubtedly be eager to recoup some of their significant £89m outlay. A return to Juve is a possibility, while a move to Real Madrid has been mooted.
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos could be on the move a year on from a collapsed transfer to new Ligue 1 champions Lille.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopes to lure back former loanee Joe Willock but that move has been dismissed by parent club Arsenal. Willock is still likely to be for sale this summer though, but his price tag has increased after scoring in seven successive games.
A player who almost certainly would have moved last summer had Villa not scraped Premier League survival on the final day. Both Manchester sides are rumoured to be circling. City are reportedly willing to break the British transfer record to seal a deal for Villa’s influential captain.
Suggested as a possible centre-back partner for Harry Maguire at Manchester United. The commanding Frenchman has 12 months to go on his contract and is reported to have turned down a new deal at the Bernabeu. Real president Florentino Perez is likely to prefer selling the 28-year-old now but United may need to part with around £60m to complete the transfer.
Ramsdale impressed in Sheffield United's relegation after initially struggling following his £23m move back to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth. The goalkeeper was called into the England squad ahead of the Euros, and may want Premier League football to further his international claims. A big sale would boost the Blades' coffers after relegation too.
Sancho is one of England’s hottest young talents and is at the centre of speculation for the second successive summer. The 21-year-old England international was widely expected to move to Man United in 2020 and Old Trafford could yet be his destination. According to reports, Dortmund would be willing to accept a fee of £82m
The Brazilian was a standout performer for Leeds United in his debut Premier League campaign following his £17m switch from Rennes. He's happy at Elland Road and Leeds have no need to sell but that won't stop the likes of Liverpool - where his best friend Firmino plays - being linked all summer with a £35m move.
Sheffield United's Norwegian midfielder has attracted a host of attention after impressing following his record move to Bramall Lane. Arsenal could move for the player - and a sale could help the Blades rebuild after relegation.
White’s debut season in the Premier League was capped by a place in England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad. The ball-playing defender, 23, was likened to a £25m new signing by Brighton boss Graham Potter having returned from a loan spell at Leeds and recent estimates suggest his value is now double that figure. Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Italian club Roma are possible destinations.
The Blackburn Rovers striker finished second to only Ivan Toney in the race for the Championship golden boot. Rovers value the 24-year-old at £20m but with just a year left on his deal may have to settle for less. Southampton, West Ham and Armstrong's old club Newcastle have been linked, prompting talk of a potential bidding war.
Mali midfielder Bissouma has caught the eye all season, prompting links to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. According to reports, Brighton owner Tony Bloom would require an offer of more than £40m to consider selling the 24-year-old.