Last season provided one of the most entertaining seasons of football for English football, with key examples including Chelsea’s enthralling Champions League journey
which saw them beat a dogged Bayern Munich team in their own back yard, to Cardiff’s Carling Cup campaign, where they fell just short to a Liverpool side who beat the Championship side on penalties after Cardiff has scored a late equaliser in extra time. Beyond, and by far the most exciting example of the unpredictability that English football has experienced was in the Premier League, in which both sets of Manchester fans were put through a rollercoaster of emotions, with Aguero firing an injury time goal to give Manchester City the title.
Although these two clubs went head to head to fight for the title through last season, there is genuine belief amongst fans of the clubs who finished outside the top 2 that the gap can be reduced, with both the London clubs bringing in new talent already. I have listed one signing that each of the top teams could possibly make to push their title chances.

Man City
Many believe that the English champions will not need to strengthen as their signings from the previous season will now have settled, and contribute more to the teams efforts to retain the title. From a Man City point of view, they will be disappointed that there hasn’t been any movement, with clubs around them getting players in, and Mancini has made it public that he is disappointed that the club haven’t made any significant strides to bringing in any new faces.
With star players in most positions for the club, the only place I believe they can be further strengthened will be in the middle of defence, with strong cover not being provided when the pairing of Lescott and Kompany are not in the heart of the defence.
There are strong reports that the blue half of Manchester are targeting Daniel Agger, with many believing his performances for Liverpool will earn him a spot in the starting 11, with his adaptability to deploy a left back position as well as centre back. A reported fee of £22 million would be enough to land the Dane, and many would be surprised if Manchester city didn’t splash out once again to improve an already strong team.

Manchester United
Falling just behind their city rivals, Manchester united know there is a fine line between success and being second in footballing terms. Before other teams began summer spending, the Red Devils would have believed that one or two signings would have been enough, to reinforce their team. With Arsenal and Chelsea spending big, they will now know that they must look for quality in these positions, for healthy competition for places in the starting line up.
Baines celebrating with his Everton team mates
Strong reports are indicating that Arsenal ace Robin Van Persie is heading for the club, with terms agreed and just a transfer fee left to be settled between the sides. Apart from RVP, it is believed that the club are looking at Leighton Baines, to take the place of current left back Patrice Evra. The England international would slot right into the team, and the likelihood of the transfer happening is increasingly likely, with more and more reports seeing the transfer happening. His set piece ability and link up play with the midfield is likely to strengthen the team.

The European champions have acted quickly in the transfer market, recruiting Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar being just a few of the many signings made by the London outfit. With Ron Gourlay stating just a few weeks ago that the club were still looking to bring in another new face or two before the window shuts. Although the club experienced success in Europe, the players and the fans know that their position in the league last season was not satisfactory.
Strong reports are suggesting the Blues are close to agreeing a few with the Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta, the only other area in which Chelsea may look to strengthen is in their attacking options, with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani being the ideal option. With a fee of around £32 million bring sufficient to bring the Uruguayan striker to Stamford Bridge, the striker would be ideal to support Fernando Torres, by deploying a striking role alongside him, or operating on a right wing position where he is also known to play.

International faces have already been brought into the Emirates, with Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud adding to the attacking options at Arsenals disposal. One of these strikers is being seen as the replacement for Van Persie, who looks set to leave the club for Manchester United. With the club finishing 3rd in the league last season, which is by no means a bad finish considering the quality of the clubs who finished above them, the club will believe that another quality signing could give them a real chance to push for the league.
Yann M’vila is a name that is continuously being linked with Arsenal, and with Barcelona’s reported interest in Alex Song, would be an ideal replacement, offering strength, passing ability and pace in the centre of the pitch. Alternatively, he could play alongside Song, becoming a box to box midfielder, much like Ramires has become for Chelsea over the past season or so.
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It is difficult to say how the season will reveal itself, with many clubs acting in the transfer market early, whilst others have waited and may look to bring players in the last few weeks of the window.

Who would you like to see your club sign? Who will be the surprise package of the season? Leave your comments below or discuss on my twitter page.
Dharmesh Tank