[dropcap]A[/dropcap]lthough the curtain has yet to fall on what has been an enthralling season in the Premier League at both ends of the table, managers will already have one eye on the summer and where they can improve their squad in the transfer market. Manchester United have been the first to blink in what promises to be a frantic summer that could see the £800 million barrier smashed for the second consecutive year.
Memphis Depay’s move to Old Trafford could be the first of a whole host of multi-million pound deals across the board that could take the Premier League to another level, but more importantly create a fantastic race for the 2015/2016 title that will leave fans on the edge of their seats. All the leading contenders will look to strengthen their team in order to remain competitive and improve their chances of being at the summit come next May, and while fans may look to enjoy their own success on Football Frenzy Slots, their eyes may be glued to the inevitable influx of summer transfers and who looks best equipped to win the title.
The manner in which they have ruthlessly dominated the 2014/2015 Premier League, remaining on top for the majority of the season, makes them favourites to retain their title. They may have been criticised for being boring over the last month or so, but Jose Mourinho’s side merely afforded themselves time to see the job through professionally after blowing everyone away in ominous fashion to put themselves well clear of the chasing pack.
Losing just two games and conceding a mere twenty-eight games are just two reasons why Chelsea were more than worthy champions, but with Mourinho in the mood to build a new legacy at Stamford Bridge, it could be up to the other title challengers to play catch-up this summer. Signing a top quality striker to compliment Diego Costa may be high on the list of Mourinho’s priorities, but pulling off the marquee signing of Gareth Bale from Real Madrid could see them dominate once again in 2015/2016 and beyond.
Finishing runners-up with the most lethal attack and the Premier League’s top scorer is scant consolation for Manchester City who never came close to successfully defending their crown. It has been a difficult season for Manuel Pellegrini who faces serious questions over his future at the Etihad Stadium, with star players performing below their best and new signings failing to have any sort of impact prime reasons behind their downfall.
There can be no question that a major overhaul is required, and with the likes of Toure, Stefan Jovetic and James Milner poised to move onto pastures new, Manchester City will have to bring in top quality players to make amends for this season and be more competitive in 2015/2016. Any transfer activity may ultimately depend on whether Pellegrini remains at the helm, with Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti strongly linked with the Manchester City job; a change in manager may be just what the club needs to push on in the future, and while they will be there or thereabouts in next season’s title race, they need to get it right in the transfer market.
Any manager that is armed with a reported £150 million transfer kitty has to be feared, with Louis Van Gaal expected to be strongly backed by Manchester United to put them one step closer to the title next season. The Dutchman may have taken time to settle into the hotseat at Old Trafford, but he has ultimately achieved his objective of ensuring Manchester United returned to the top four and back into the Champions League.
However, a club who have won twenty league titles will certainly not rest on their laurels and will look to spend big in order to add real quality to their squad, with Depay expected to be the first of several new arrivals. Gareth Bale, Marquinhos, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels are to name just a few high-profile players who have linked with a move to Manchester United, and while Van Gaal’s first port of call this summer will be to keep David De Gea away from the grasps of Real Madrid, a considerable injection of quality in all areas, particularly in defence and upfront, will see them installed as major contenders.