Following confirmation from Bacary Sagna that he is to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer, a right-back is one of Arsene Wenger's main priorities this summer. Among those linked with a switch to North London is Southampton's Calum Chambers, who recently signed a new contract on the South Coast. Another thought to be in the frame is Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier, although Liverpool could provide competition for the 21-year-old.
With former Arsenal centre-back Philippe Senderos already over the line, it would seem that Paul Lambert is trying to get his transfer business done as early as possible. One arrival will not be Rio Ferdinand, though, after the club denied that they had made contact with the former Manchester United defender.
Another player believed to be of interest for Lambert is Norwich City frontman Gary Hooper, although his manager Neil Adams has insisted that he has no plans to part with the centre-forward. As for Ryan Bertrand, who spent time on loan at Villa Park last season, he may have a number of offers on the table.
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With a handful of players out of contract, one of Sean Dyche's main tasks over the next few days will be to negotiate terms with the ones that he would like to keep. Rumour has it that Michael Duff, Luke O'Neill and Junior Stanislas have all held talks with Dyche, while Kieran Trippier has already been signed up.
Jose Mourinho is not hanging around it would seem. Having seen his side fall short last season, it appears that Diego Costa is bound for West London after the Atletico Madrid talisman admitted as much during a recent interview. There are strong reports that Costa's Spanish international teammate, Cesc Fabregas, is also nearing a return to the Premier League with the Blues.
If a report on Sunday is to be believed, there could also be a shock reunion with Didier Drogba, who is out of contract with Galatasaray. As for outgoings, Mourinho is thought to want to keep hold of Ramires and Eden Hazard, both of whom have attracted interest from the continent.
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Late last month, Palace boss Tony Pulis released 12 players, so it's likely to be a busy summer at Selhurst Park. There has been speculation that Pulis does want to retain the services of Argentine goalkeeper Julian Speroni, although Sunderland are said to be monitoring his situation.
Wales international Jonathan Williams may also be heading for the exit doors, with Swansea City a potential destination. However, the Eagles have reportedly shown an interest in Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Michael Dawson, although three other Premier League clubs are thought to be in the running for the former England international.
Roberto Martinez used the loan market extremely shrewdly last season and the Everton boss has already confirmed that he will be looking to exploit that avenue again. Among those linked with a campaign-long switch to Goodison Park is Sunderland winger Adam Johnson.
Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku both spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and the club are thought to have held talks with both over a potential return. Someone that won't be returning, though, is Gerard Deulofeu, who will be given the chance to shine by his parent club Barcelona next season.
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The future of Tom Ince has been much talked about since the end of the season, but it's believed that having rejected Inter Milan's advances, he could be off to the KC Stadium. The England Under-21 international may well be joined on Humberside by Chelsea full-back Bertrand and Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano, who spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Steve Bruce is also thought to be an admirer of Bendtner and Sunderland's Johnson, while captain Curtis Davies could be in line for a new contract. Matty Fryatt may not be a part of the squad next term, though, with talks said to be ongoing with Nottingham Forest.
The Foxes will perhaps not make a bigger and better signing over the coming weeks than Kasper Schmeichel. The Danish goalkeeper was a key member of the side that gained promotion from the Championship, but with his contract expiring, he had been linked with the likes of AC Milan and Man United. Even so, an agreement was recently reached for him to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium.
He could soon be joined by Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell after Leicester activated his release clause, but Benfica's Paraguayan frontman Oscar Cardozo will not be heading for the East Midlands.
England international Rickie Lambert has already been signed, sealed and delivered by Southampton, while Emre Can is close to signing on at Anfield from Bayern Leverkusen. Nevertheless, reports have suggested that manager Brendan Rodgers has not finished his summer shopping just yet.
Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno, who missed out on a place in the Spain World Cup squad, is believed to be a major target, as is Adam Lallana. However, rumour has it that Southampton have dug their heels in over Lallana because they do not want to sell another prized asset so soon after Lambert's departure.
There have been strong reports that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is eager to bolster his defensive options before the start of the new season. Sagna is said to have rejected Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a switch to the Etihad Stadium, while Real Madrid centre-back Pepe is regarded to be a £25m target.
It would also seem that key players Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri will be going nowhere, with both thought to be in line for new contracts. The Citizens may lose out to rivals United, though, for the services of Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, who is said to prefer a move to Old Trafford.
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With new manager Louis van Gaal at the World Cup with Holland, it's uncertain times at Old Trafford where the transfer market is concerned. A host of players have been linked with a move to the 20-time champions of England, but as yet, nothing has been finalised.
Southampton full-back Shaw, Jordi Alba, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez are among those that are thought to be of interest to Van Gaal, as are the German trio of Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller. In terms of departures, it's been reported that the club is willing to take a big financial hit by parting with Marouane Fellaini just 12 months after his arrival.
Rumour has it that Newcastle's first signing of the summer could come from rivals Sunderland. The player in question is Jack Colback, who is out of contract at the Stadium of Light. Former French international Bafetimbi Gomis is also thought to be a major target of Alan Pardew.
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Queens Park Rangers
Having returned QPR to the Premier League, it's been predicted that Harry Redknapp is going to be a busy manager over the coming weeks and months. Free agent Brede Hangeland is among those to have been strongly linked with a switch to Loftus Road, while the likes of Barry, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Ferdinand are said to be under consideration.
One player that won't be with the R's is Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun following his return to his homeland. Also close to leaving is French striker Loic Remy, who is believed to be a target of Arsenal.
It's not been a particularly enjoyable pre-season break for those of a Southampton persuasion. They've seen Lambert complete his switch to Liverpool and other key players such as Shaw and Lallana are believed to be on the verge of securing their exits from the club.
There could be further departures, with Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez thought to be of interest to Italian outfit Torino. What's more, former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is thought to want to take Victor Wanyama with him to White Hart Lane. On the plus side, England winger Andros Townsend could potentially arrive on the South Coast.
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It's been apparent in recent days that Mark Hughes is eager to bolster his midfield options at the Britannia Stadium this summer. Among those that have been linked with a switch to the Potteries is Man City's Gareth Barry and Steve Sidwell, who was recently released by relegated Fulham.
However, the club could be priced out of a move for winger Oussama Assaidi, having said to have been quoted £7m for the Moroccan by Liverpool. Also, discussions to secure the services of former Man United centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf are said to be ongoing.
Following the acquisitions of Billy Jones and Jordi Gomez, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is not expected to stop there. A bid is said to have been made for Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams, while Fenerbahce pair Raul Meireles and Moussa Sow are thought to be targets.
It could be somewhat of a revolving door at the Stadium of Light, with a number of players tipped to depart for pastures news. Colback is on the verge of joining Newcastle, while Johnson is a reported loan target of Everton. Ignacio Scocco, Alfred N'Diaye and David Moberg Karlsson could also be heading for the exit.
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Garry Monk has made no secret of his desire to ease some of the goalscoring burden on Wilfried Bony. Among his striker targets are believed to be Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Luc Castaignos, of Ajax and FC Twente respectively. Talking of Bony, Monk has insisted that the club has received no offers for last season's leading goalscorer.
Captain Williams is thought to have been the subject of an offer from Sunderland, but one player that is going nowhere is Leon Britton, who has just signed new contract at the Liberty Stadium. Elsewhere, a report has linked Tottenham Hotspur with a move for full-back Ben Davies.
Unusually, it's been a little quiet on the transfer rumour front at White Hart Lane. Having brought in a large number of players to replace Gareth Bale 12 months ago, the North Londoners may be a little more sensible with their money this time around.
Among those that are believed to be a target is Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, who is a member of Belgium's World Cup squad. As for those leaving the club, Dawson's stint could be coming to an end, while Rafael Benitez is said to want to add Sandro to his squad at Napoli.
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West Bromwich Albion
With few centre-forwards to call upon, it would be a major surprise not to see West Brom sign at least one before the new campaign gets underway. In recent days the club has been linked with moves for Ghana frontman Majeed Waris and Spartak Moscow striker Yura Movsisyan.
If either arrive, though, they may not be a teammate of Youssouf Mulumbu. The midfielder's agent recently admitted that his client would be open to prospect of joining a club that can offer him European football, although the Baggies are thought to be determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old.
West Ham United
With the services of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate secured, Sam Allardyce has reportedly put plans in place to make further additions to his West Ham squad. Among those believed to be on his wanted list is Man City's reserve goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who is soon to become a free agent.
Cheikhou Kouyate, Julian Schieber and Blerim Dzemaili are also said to have been monitored by Allardyce and his scouting team, which could mean that Ravel Morrison finds himself surplus to requirements at Upton Park. The former Man United youngster is said to be tempting Swansea.
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