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Premier League Summer Transfer Window: Everything You Need to Know
The annual right of passage known as the summer transfer window, which typically sees Premier League clubs splash oodles of cash around to give their squads a facelift, is nearly upon us.
While Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez headlined the unprecedented, spectacular 2022 Premier League transfer window, the likes of which will arguably be hard to match, that doesn’t mean that this year’s crop of summertime movers and shakers will lack for star power. With so many squads looking to shake things up, deep purges could create mass exoduses as team shuffle their decks, and the allure of a coveted Premier League contract is tough to turn down. Could Chelsea lose its young aces in Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic? Will Borussia Dortmund phenom Jude Bellingham follow his predecessor Haaland and choose a Premier League club? What about the league’s latest dream maker Declan Rice? Before the cash starts flying, here's a look at some of the main things you need to know heading into the summer transfer window.
When does the Premier League 2023 summer transfer window open?
The Premier League 2023 summer transfer window will officially kick off Tuesday, June 13, when domestic transfers become possible While teams are allowed to communicate with target talent, most dealmaking on the international market and for free transfers won’t be fully executed until July 1. The Premier League will close the transfer window Sept. 1.
How much money was spent in the 2022 summer transfer window?
Brace yourself because Premier League brass spent a record-breaking $2.4 billion during the 2022 summer transfer window. Todd Boehly spent a massive slice of that to build his star-studded vision for Chelsea by dropping a cool $375 million on Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kalidou Koulibaly. According to Team Talk, Newcastle, Manchester United, Tottenham, West Ham and Nottingham Forest each chipped in by spending more than $150 million apiece.
Will we see a similar smorgasbord of spending this summer? We'll soon find out.
What players are rumored to be on the move?
After a hectic January portal, this summer is expected to be full of action. While other leagues are drooling over potentially landing Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappé, several Premier League clubs have their hearts set on Jude Bellingham. The 19-year-old English midfielder and current treasure of Borussia Dortmund is expected to drive a robust bidding war if he doesn’t succumb Real Madrid’s alluring courtship. Liverpool and Manchester United have headlined his previously known list of suitors.
West Ham United’s captain Declan Rice could be on the move from London Stadium as Sky Sports report that the club is open to selling him ... if they're $150 million valuation is met. Rice is rumored to be interested in Champions League football next season and Arsenal and Man United have been previously linked. Rice is coming off a stellar week that included him going viral for a heartwarming interacting with a young fan.
Considering Boehly is no stranger to shelling out considerable dough during his spending sprees, the likelihood of the Blues becoming a real player in pursuit of Rice is not out of the realm of possibility either. Rice has been high on their wish list for several years now, and if you choose to accept there’s any credence to the rumors that Chelsea star teammates Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic could be shipping out of Stamford Bridge after the club’s dumpster fire of a season concludes, then they may seek to pivot to stability Rice would undoubtedly provide the midfield.
Mount, 24, has been linked to several of the Premier League's elite clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Talks of a contract extension with his boyhood club Chelsea had appeared to be going nowhere as recently as a month ago, but fresh reports suggest Chelsea haven't given up hope of reaching an accord with the England international quite just yet.
Conversely, Mount’s comrade at Stamford Bridge, Pulisic, has been linked to a departure for quite some time after repeated injuries and a lack of time on the pitch has left the American frustrated. The 24-year-old USMNT star gained support from another American who’s spent considerable time in the EPL: Brad Friedel. The U.S. legend urged Pulisic to bounce in February right as Chelsea’s freefall really started to intensify. Now, as the Blues’ season approaches its abysmal end, a lot of questions persist at Stamford Bridge, with Mount and Pulisic being two of the biggest.
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