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8 Premier League transfers we would like to see happen this summer

The transfer window officially opens today, 1 July.

TODAY SEES THE summer transfer window open, so we’ve picked out some of the deals we’d like to see done over the next two months… 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City

Gabon international Aubameyang scored 36 goals for his Bundesliga club last term, and could cost around €65 million as he still has four years on his current contract. With pace to burn, the 26-year-old forward would be ideal for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or, indeed, any of Europe’s top sides.

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Raphael Varane – Real Madrid to Manchester United

The 23-year-old Frenchman, who is missing out on Euro 2016 through injury, is one of the best young centre halves in the world right now and enticing him away from the European champions would be some coup.

Varane was a United target back in 2011 when he opted for a switch from Lens to the Spanish capital, and Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer having worked with him at Madrid.

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Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Arsenal

At 28, Argentine centre forward Higuain produced his most prolific form in front of goal last season — breaking the Serie A record with 36 league goals for Napoli.

What Arsenal fans would give to have a finisher like that in their team. His release clause is believed to be a whopping €94m, however.

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Radja Nainggolan – Roma to Chelsea

An all-action, tough-tackling midfielder, Radja Nainggolan has been linked with Chelsea throughout the past couple of months as new manager Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to add his energy to the engine room.

That said, Roma are believed to have rejected at least two bids for the 28-year-old, and they may already have turned attentions elsewhere. It would be unfortunate if that is the case, as his style would suit the English game.

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Neven Subotic – Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool

After eight years at Borussia Dortmund, Serbian defender Neven Subotic has announced that he will follow centre half partner Mats Hummels out the door. The 27-year-old is likely to have his pick of clubs, and former manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be interested in linking up with him again at Liverpool.

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And the Irish lads… 

Robbie Brady – Norwich City to Leicester City

One of Ireland’s stars of Euro 2016 and their top scorer at the tournament with two goals, Robbie Brady is in need of a move away from relegated Norwich City. The versatile Dubliner, 24, is reportedly wanted by Premier League champions Leceister City but a number of clubs have expressed their interest after his recent exploits in a green shirt.

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Jeff Hendrick – Derby County to Crystal Palace

Pipped former St Kevin’s Boys team-mate Brady as Ireland’s stand-out performer in France over the past three weeks. Hendrick has proved his has the ability and the hunger to succeed in the top flight and newly-promoted clubs Hull City and Middlesbrough are reportedly keen along with Crystal Palace and Turkish side Galatasaray.

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Shane Duffy – Blackburn Rovers to ?

Duffy went into Euro 2016 as Ireland’s most inexperienced player at international level with just two caps. However, he was picked to start against Italy and France, and gave a really good account of himself — although he was at fault for Antoine Griezmann’s second goal minutes before being sent off.

After coming through the ranks at Everton, he had loan spells with Burnley, Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town, before joining Blackburn Rovers permanently and excelling in the past two years.

Owen Coyle has just taken over as manager there, while Irish players Anthony Stokes and Jack Byrne (loan) have also arrived, but Duffy could to with making a return to a Premier League club. Celtic have also been linked with him in recent days.

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