The Big Summer Rebuild – Part Three

21 Apr, 2024
written by AD Hammer

The Big Summer Rebuild – Part Three

Better late than never, the third and final part of our summer rebuild. Following on from part one and part two, where we looked at our current squad, considered outgoings and promoted youth players, we now hypothesis over what players we could bring in to complete our summer rebuild.

Of course, the suggestions we have already made over outgoings may not come to fruition, and a mangerial change would have a big impact on that, so it is a case of ‘playing along’ with us.

If you haven’t done so already, then we suggest reading the previous parts of the series first by following the links part-one, part-two.

So, below is what we would expect as a transfer budget, allowing for the outgoings we have covered previously.

Said Benrahma £15m
Tilo Kehrer £10m
Lucas Paqueta £85m
Nayef Aguerd £25m
Flynn Downes £10m
Maxwell Cornet £10m
Danny Ings (or Antonio) £5m
Board Investment (Min) £50m
Total £200m

Paqueta leaving is clearly not definite, but if a big club comes in with £85m, then we can do nothing to stop it. If Guardiola looks as his form since returning from injury, he may decide the cost is too high, if he looks at his form before then its a no-brainer. Paqueta is my favourite player and I would love him to stay, but he has been frustrating since he came back and wise investment of his funds, maybe into two very good players, might make the loss of him a little more palatable.

However, as things currently stand, it looks more likely that Paqueta will be off in the summer, so we are proceeding with our rebuild using that assumption. As a reminder, the below is a visual of where we finished the last blog, after outgoings and promoting youth.

Potential Signings

I am far from an expert on European football, so my suggestions would largely come from players I know. I am sure there are decent options that I don’t know about and other fans will be able to suggest alternatives. Much of our fanbase seem to have in-depth knowledge of players I have never heard of, although I don’t know how so many people have so much time to watch all these European games, that’s assuming they don’t make their judgements on Youtube, Fifa or Football Manager, which I suspect some do.

We’re not going to look at goalkeeper signings. Areola has been great this year and Fabianski has been a good backup and may be getting a one year extension anyway.

Centre Backs

We’re desperate for quality here and with Aguerd and Kehrer not exactly working out, I think we need to go for Premier League experience in these key positions. Fulham’s out-of-contract Tosin Adarabioyo would be my first priority – while it’s a no brainer, competition will be tough, so we will need to rely on Tim to work his magic. Second choice would be Trevoh Chabolah – he’s been linked for a while and with Chelsea needing to offload he could be up for grabs for around £30m. He’s not featured much this season, but I thought he was decent against Man City in yesterday’s semi final. We previously discussed that Ogbonna is rumoured to be getting a one year extension, but I would be more inclined to push hard for Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly who is out of contract in the summer and can also provide extra cover at Left Back.

Right Back

I’d go for a cheeky bid for Yan Couto, a 21 year old Brazilian who is on loan at high flying Girona from Man City. There have been links to Real Madrid, but they’ve been linked with everyone. He’s had a couple of caps for Brazil and is also due to finish his contract in 2025, so perhaps a cost of around £25m will do it. Along with Emerson, two Brazilian born full backs would certainly be something to look forward to. Walker-Peters is another option if Southampton dont get promoted, but at 27 I’d rather try and sign the more youthful option first.


I would spend £50m on trying to get Gibbs-White – the guy is class and while Forest may need the money due to FFP, there will be lots of competition if they are willing to sell their prized asset. I think he will be targeted by top six clubs, so it’s possibly too tough an ask to get him. If out of our reach, then Gallagher would be second choice as he would bring a lot of energy to our midfield. He has improved and nailed down his Chelsea place this year, but is linked with Spurs and Newcastle, so again may be tough to convince. If we are unable to pull off either of these then there are a shed load of European potentials in this price bracket.

Left Wing

We are in desperate need of strengthening this position with Benrahma and Cornet not providing the solution we would have hoped, and the potential loss of Paqueta. We need at least two players here and I would like both of them to be young energetic players. There are a number of exciting prospects around the £20-25m mark. I am sure there are plenty of European youngsters I don’t know about, but two from these four would be ideal for me – Jack Clarke (23 – Sunderland), Crysencio Summerville (22 – Leeds), Jonathan Rowe (20 – Norwich) and Samuel Iling-Junior (20-Juventus). Rowe for me is the most exciting prospect, although he has been out with a hamstring injury since February, so that needs to be assessed. So, I am going to suggest Clarke & Rowe, but only on the basis that if Leeds get promoted Summerville may not be available.


It’s very suspicious that the Ivan Toney links are coinciding with season tickets going on sale. He was perhaps unattainable last season, but some of the top six may be put off by the gambling ban and the fact he doesn’t seem to stop talking about getting a big move. He’s 28 now and while he could obviously be the type of signing we have needed for many seasons, I would opt for Solanke. At 26 he seems to be getting better every year and I think would be an excellent signing for around £50m. He has all the attributes needed for a Premier League striker and none of the baggage that Toney has.

So, the final ‘hypothetical’ shopping list:

Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) – FREE
Trevoh Chabolah (Chelsea) – £30m
Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) – FREE
Yan Couto (City/Girona) – £25m
Morgan Gibbs-White (Forest) – £50m
Jack Clarke (Sunderland) – £25m
Jonathan Rowe (Norwich) – £20m
Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) – £50m
Total – £200m

Below is how the squad would look. Perhaps I have just confirmed my limited European football knowledge. Can you do better with the £200m ? Let us know how.


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