With the summer here, the internet is rife with FPL transfer rumours and gossip. So here is a round-up of today’s key talking points.
The summer transfer window is always busy for clubs as they get ready for the new season. It is also a time where FPL managers carefully watch the market to get a feel for how their FPL teams might look next season.
As singings are made official our new signings article will be updated.
Friday 24th June: gossip and rumours
Portuguese sure The Record are reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Manchester United’s transfer business so far. They suggest that he is considering leaving the club. Diario AS are reporting that Bayern want Ronaldo to replace Lewandowski.
FPL Comment: With Haaland and Kane competition with Ronaldo for the premium spot in FPL managers teams he was unlucky to start the season heavily owned. The arrival of Ten Hag will likely mean that FPL managers will look to wait and see on the Red Devils. If Ronaldo does move to Bayern this will however likely please Bundesliga Fantasy managers.
Sky Italia: de Ligt to Chelsea
Sky Italia are reporting that Chelsea are interested in signing centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to replace Anthony Rudiger. Matthijs de Ligt has a £103m release clause on his contract with Juventus. Meanwhile The Standard suggest that the player has already hinted at an exit.
FPL Comment: de Ligt made 31 appearances in Serie A last season. He scored three goals and returned one assist, contributing to 7% of Juventus’ goals in the competition. These attacking stats would make the centre-back an attractive option to FPL managers if he moves to the Premier League.
Fabrizio Romano: Two club race for Eriksen
Romano is reporting that it is now a two club race for Eriksen with Man United and Brentford waiting the player to decide his future.
FPL Comment: Eriksen proved that he us still a fantastic asset for Premier League clubs. He made nine starts for Brentford last season, in that time he registered five attacking returns. If Eriksen does sign for a Premier League club this summer he will likely be a popular FPL asset next season. Should Eriksen sign for Brentford his price tag would potentially be lower than at United. This would be attractive for FPL managers.
Thursday 23rd June: gossip and rumours
Fabrizio Romano: Two new Premier League players immenent
Romano is reporting that Nick Pope (Newcastle) and Malcolm Ebiowei (Crystal Palace) will both complete their moves this week. Pope was relegated with Burnley last season, mean while Ebiowei looks set to reject Manchester United in favour of Palace.
FPL Comment: Pope is a highly regarded FPL goalkeeper. He had low ownership during the 2021/22 season, mostly as a result of Burnley’s defensive problems. However, playing behind a strengthened Newcastle defence would improve his appeal and likely make him a popular target. Ebiowei played for Derby last season and was a target of Ten Hag’s United. However the winger has opted for Palace and could make an excellent option there. Ebiowei played 15 times for Derby last season in what was his break though year. He scored once.
Give me Sport: High valuation for JWP
Give me Sport are reporting that Southampton are hoping to ward off interest in James Ward-Prowse with a high valuation. Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham are all reportedly interested in signing the Southampton midfielder. Southampton have placed a £75m valuation on Ward-Prowse.
FPL Comment: James Ward-Prowse returned 159 FPL points last season, he was the 11th highest scoring midfielder in the game. The midfielder as a large route to points with his set piece threat. He will likely be overlooked in FPL at Southampton in the early Gameweeks as the Saints have a tricky set of fixtures to start the season. However, if he moves away from St Mary’s he will likely grow quickly in popularity.
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal still hopeful on Jesus
Romano is reporting that Arsenal and Man City are still working on the deal for Gabriel Jesus.
FPL Comment: Jesus is a proven Premier League goal scorer. However his limited game time had made him a difficult FPL pick. However, if he moves to Arsenal and is a regular starter he would be an excellent FPL asset.
Wednesday 22nd June: gossip and rumours
Sky Sports: Pope to the Toon
Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are in talks with Burnley over goalkeeper Nick Pope. Pope and Burnley were relegated last season, this move would see Pope available in FPL again for the 2022/23 season.
FPL Comment: Pope and Burnley had a difficult season last year which meant that he wasn’t as attractive an FPL option. However, if Pope moves to Newcastle he should rightly be on the radar of FPL managers. Newcastle have strengthened their defence with the permanent signing of Matt Targett as well as Keiran Trippier being available again post injury. If Pope signs for Newcastle he could be a great rotating pair option in FPL.
The Times: Leeds to reject Raphinha offer
The Times are reporting that Arsenal have made an offer for Raphinha. However that it will be rejected as it is far below where Leeds value the player. Leeds value the midfielder at £50m. This is also substantiated by Fabrizio Romano.
FPL Comment: Raphinha’s attractiveness in FPL next season will be determined by who he plays for. If Live FPL are correct and he is priced at £7.5m at Leeds he will have low ownership. If Raphinha moves to Arsenal or another Premier League team he could offer good value for money.
Tuesday 21st June: Broja to West Ham – Eriksen’s future – Richarlison in demand
Monday 20th June: United keen on de Jong – Sterling to Chelsea
Friday 17th June: City to offer for Cucurella – Bellingham on Liverpool’s Wishlist
Thursday 16th June: Philips to City – Bale back in the Premier League – JWP to leave St Marys?
Wednesday 15th June: Jesus to Arsenal – Raphinha to stay in Premier League
Tuesday 14th June: Phillips moving – Bissouma to Spurs – Fulham in for Soloman and Leno