With the 2012/13 Premier League kick-off less than three weeks away, preparations for England's top six clubs are beginning to get very interesting.
Man City, Man United, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool are all working tirelessly in the transfer market to ensure they give themselves every inch of advantage over their rivals heading into another top flight campaign.
How can Man United reclaim the title? Which players will fire Liverpool back into Champions League contention and who can help Arsenal land an elusive trophy?
Here, we take a look at where your team is looking to improve and the players that can help them do it...
Crying out for: Defensive players, world class RVP replacement
If Robin Van Persie finds a new club before the big kick will there really be time for reinvesting that money in one top class striker? Arsene Wenger drafted in new boys Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski early this year in a bid to avoid repeating his desperate, last gasp spending of August 2011 after the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Gooners are praying those two can compensate for the potential loss of RVP, but that is no given, while in defence and on the defensive side of midfield the Gunners are crying out for world class additions. The imminent arrival of Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla suggests Wenger is once again prioritising flair over solidity even though Arsenal shipped more goals than Man City, Man United, Spurs, Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool last season. It wasn't down to their goalkeeper, that's for sure.
Perfect fits: Edinson Cavani, Bruno Alves
Crying out for: Right-back, striker
Chelsea wasted little time strengthening a squad that waved goodbye to Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou last season by injecting £60m on Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. Chief executive Ron Gourlay admits the spending won't stop there, either, as the Blues look to spend big bucks on a world class striker in Didier Drogba's mould. The Ivorian scored crucial goals in Chelsea's victorious Champions League and FA Cup campaigns during 2011/12, including one in each final. The erratic form of £50m signing Fernando Torres suggests Di Matteo could struggle to improve his trophy haul without further reinforcement up front. Jose Bosingwa's departure, meanwhile, means more game time for an ageing, pedestrian Paulo Ferreira, unless a new right-back joins and reports this week suggest that man could be Marseille's Spanish Olympian, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Perfect fits: Maicon, Hulk
Crying out for: Attacker to complement Suarez and Borini, centre-back
Liverpool's eye opening outlay under Kenny Dalglish means less money to spend for Brendan Rodgers, who is hoping to recoup as much as possible from the sale of Andy Carroll to bring in an attacker more suited to his system. Under Rodgers, Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini are set to be joined by someone more like Bologna's Gaston Ramirez, linked with an Anfield move this week. At the back, defenders Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have interested Manchester City and Barcelona and Jamie Carragher turns 35 this season, meaning that any centre-back departures would necessitate a swift replacement. Rodgers will do his best to hang on to Skrtel and Agger, but if either departed he would be keen on young Spurs centre-back Steven Caulker, after the 20 year-old shone on loan at Swansea last season.
Perfect fits: Clint Dempsey, Steven Caulker
Crying out for: Playmaker
Unwittingly cast into the public pursuit of Robin van Persie by rivals Arsenal, Man United's more pressing concerns actually lie in the creative midfield department, where Real Madrid are expected to add Luka Modric to their ranks this week. The Spurs man had been linked with United for months, but favoured a move to Madrid, while it's unclear whether the Glazers would have splashed out enough cash to land him anyway. Similarly, the Red Devils baulked at Inter's asking price for Wesley Sneijder last year summer, forcing them to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement in January. Tom Cleverley is making giant strides, but Sir Alex could do with a midfield magician in his prime to prove last season's Champions League disaster was only a blip.
Perfect fits: Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder
Crying out for: Someone to buy their cast offs
Despite an embarrassment of riches in every department, City rather embarrassingly relied on a dramatic injury time winner against QPR to secure their first Premier League title, having topped the table for large periods. Man United came agonisingly close to denying their neighbours that very crown and recently added Shinji Kagawa to their roster. Unlike Sir Alex, however, frustrated City boss Roberto Mancini has made his desire to sign Robin van Persie public knowledge but must wait for the Citizens' top brass to offload a long list of unwanted, overpaid flops if he wants to spend serious cash. Linked to Liverpool's Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, City seem keen on another option alongside captain Vincent Kompany with Kolo Toure set to leave. Even without any new additions, they are well capable of winning the league again.
Perfect fits: Robin van Persie, Martin Skrtel
Crying out for: Striker, goalkeeper
The deal to bring Emmanuel Adebayor - top scorer at White Hart Lane - to the club permanently has stalled over his ridiculous wage demands, leaving a gaping hole in AVB's inherited Spurs squad. Jermain Defoe could yet leave in search of a leading role, Louis Saha has been released and Roman Pavlyuchenko departed in January 2012. It's a worrying situation for Villas-Boas, who was pictured at Brazil's London Olympic base speaking to Chelsea target Hulk recently. The Porto man would be a huge coup but, like Daniel Levy, Porto president Pinto da Costa is a ruthless negotiator who will demand top dollar for his star man. Elsewhere, AVB has also prioritised finding a long term replacement for 41 year-old goalkeeper Brad Friedel, with Lyon stopper Hugo Lloris his number one target.
Perfect fits: Hulk, Hugo Lloris
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