Premier League: Firmino, Xhaka Among Major Player Departures

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With the league season coming to an end, clubs have started to plan for the summer transfer window as they look to plug their gaps ahead of the 2023-24 season.

The 2022- 23 Premier League season crack to a close on Sunday, with Manchester City winning its third successive league title. Arsenal ran Guardiola’s side near, while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur had a calamitous season.

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino has been a regular for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as it went on to win everything on offer. The Brazilian forward was the fulcrum of the Reds ’ ruinous frontal three, helping Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah thrive in the goalscoring part.

An ultimate platoon player, Firmino led Klopp’s hyperactive-aggressive pressing unit from the front, all the while scoring some spectacular pretensions. The 31- time-old scored 82 pretensions in 256 appearances for Liverpool.

Firmino will be accompanied by Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner out of the club.

Granit Xhaka

Arsenal’s midfield dependence Granit Xhaka is another prominent Premier League departure. After joining Gunners in 2016, Xhaka would make 297 appearances for the club.

The Switzerland transnational was made the club captain before the 2019- 20 season, but was snappily stripped off the armband after a conflict with the club suckers.

Xhaka would bounce back from the incident and establish himself back in the platoon. He was a regular in Mikel Arteta’s side which challenged City for the league title this season and limited of his spell at Arsenal scoring a brace in his final appearance for the club.

Alexis Mac Allister

Brighton’s remarkable 2022- 23 season, saw it finish it qualify for the Europa League, the first time it has made it into a European competition.

Among its vast array of bright and promising youth was the Argentinian midfielder Alsix Mac Allister. The 24- time-old, who won the World Cup in the downtime, was the lynchpin of the Brighton’s midfield which outpassed utmost of its opponents in the league.

Mac Allister’s surging fashionability though meant Brighton could no longer hold on the prodigous gift, with director Roberto de Zerbi attesting his departure ahead of the side’s last game of the season.

Moises Caicedo

It’s still a surprise that Brighton managed to hold on to Moises Caicedo over a frantic downtime transfer window, with Arsenal and Liverpool constantly circling over the Ecuadorian midfielder.

A protective midfielder with a protean touch to play in colorful positions in defence and offence, Caicedo has managed to make a name for himself as one of the stylish in his places in the league.

The 21- time-old’s calmness on ball, coupled with his protective tenacity makes him the ideal steal for several top tykes , who are looking to refurbish their midfields. His departure too was verified by Brighton ahead of the capstone of the season.

Other Potential Departures

Though nothing hasn’t been verified, it’s largely likely that there will a torrent of departures from the relegated clubs- Leeds United, Leicester and Southampton.

Leicester midfielders James Madisson and Youri Tielemans and Saints commander James Ward Prowse would fit right into utmost top- flight brigades.

Also, Leeds forward Rodrigo and Leicester shooter Kelechi Iheanacho are likely to attract attention from several Premier League sides. Know More Football News…

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