The best players available to sign from relegated Premier League sides

There is always a frenzy of shopping in the Premier League once it is confirmed who will be heading down to the Championship.

That scenario is likely to play out this summer in particular, with some exceptionally talented squads underperforming and a whole host of talented players dropping down out of the top flight as a result.

Everton live to fight another day but, arguably, the real gems for now and in the future can be found at Leicester, Leeds and Southampton – all of whom have surrendered their spot among the elite.

Here’s the ten best players likely to be on the move this summer.

James Maddison

James Maddison is a very talented midfielder / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

How on earth have Leicester City been relegated? That’s the question many people are asking.

Not only are the Foxes down just seven years after stunning the world to win the Premier League title, they are going to lose a number of really, really good players.

One of the first out of the door will surely be James Maddison, who has been linked with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal in the past. His most likely landing spot? Quite possibly Newcastle, who are entering the Champions League and could really do with a player of his creative quality.

Possible destinations: Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle

Pascal Gross, Romeo LaviaPascal Gross, Romeo Lavia

The entire top half has been impressed by Romeo Lavia / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Romeo Lavia has been one of the rare bright spots of a terrible Southampton season. Aged just 19, he has shown incredible composure in central midfield, competing at an exceptionally high level despite things collapsing around him.

Chelsea and Liverpool are two of the more logical landing spots and he may be seen by Arsenal as a cheaper alternative to West Ham’s Declan Rice. Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked, though the latter’s £40m buy-back clause doesn’t kick in until 2024.

Possible destinations: Manchester United. Chelsea. Liverpool. Tottenham. Manchester City

Robin KochRobin Koch

Robin Koch has done enough to earn a move away / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Robin Koch has not enjoyed himself at Leeds United this season, but anybody with a pair of eyes will know his level has been dragged down by those around him.

A move away from Elland Road feels like an inevitably, with Newcastle heavily linked as they need more depth in central defence. A versatile operator who is just 26, Koch will also have his pick of clubs back home in the Bundesliga, should any of the top brass feel he’s attainable for under £20m.

Possible destinations: Newcastle, Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen

Wilfried GnontoWilfried Gnonto

Wilfried Gnonto is a very tricky winger with a lot of interest / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It has been a very unusual season for Wilfried Gnonto. For a patch of time, he was the darling of both Leeds United and the Italian national team, but the departure of Jesse Marsch as coach saw his playing time reduce drastically under Javi Gracia.

Having paid just €4.5m for the former Inter youngster, Leeds could make a serious profit on a player who showed in a very short space of time what he’s capable of. A Premier League stay would be nice but the queue of clubs wanting to take Gnonto back to Serie A is growing.

Possible destinations: Sassuolo, Napoli, Inter, Lazio, Fiorentina, Chelsea, PSG

James Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse is famed for his free-kick taking / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

If there’s one player who has given their all for the cause, it’s Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse.

The 28-year-old has been the heartbeat of the Saints for the best part of a decade and is one of the world’s best free-kick takers. He’s also a leader who knows the Premier League inside out, making him an exceptionally appetising prospect.

Ward-Prowse regularly knocks on the door of England squad’s, which tells you all you need to know about the level of club he could join.

Possible destinations: Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham

Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans

Some have questioned Tielemans’ attitude this season / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

This is a situation that Leicester will wish they had handled differently. Youri Tielemans is out of contract on June 30, 2023, so is now certain to leave on a free transfer.

Not so long ago, the Belgian was being linked with a move away for around £60m – money that could have been reinvested effectively by Leicester. As it is, he will leave for nothing, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United potential landing spots. Roma also like Tielemans and he’s shown a willingness to move to different countries in the past.

Possible destinations: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Roma, Newcastle

Harvey BarnesHarvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes is capable of great things in attack / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

If there’s one player who really doesn’t deserve to go down, based on individual performances alone, it’s Harvey Barnes.

A scorer of 13 Premier League goals, Barnes showed time and again during 2022/23 just how dangerous he can be on the left flank. A quick, direct runner, he has a keen appetite for goal and is a winger who is genuinely good with both feet.

Leicester may still be able to demand up to £50m for Barnes, but he’s not going to be short of suitors. Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham are among those to have been linked, but don’t rule out a top side coming in.

Possible destinations: Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham

d, Jack Harrisond, Jack Harrison

Harrison has almost left Leeds in the past / Nigel French/Allstar/GettyImages

Jack Harrison is still only 26 years old and has shown during Leeds United’s time in the Premier League that he can cut it at that level.

Harrison actually travelled to Leicester in January for a medical but the move fell through at the last minute. A new contract was signed at Elland Road, but that may be rendered insignificant if a big-money offer comes in.

Possible destinations: Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham

Wilfred NdidiWilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi has been out of sorts all season / Will Palmer/Allstar/GettyImages

Wilfred Ndidi was once regarded as one of Europe’s best defensive midfielders – it’s been some fall from grace during Leicester’s season of struggle.

But that shouldn’t detract from the quality that the Nigerian has. Tireless with his running, Ndidi is strong in the tackle, excels at intercepting balls in the passing lane, and can help transition from defence into attack when things are going well.

In a top side, Ndidi’s abilities would undoubtedly come to the fore.

Possible destinations: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool

Kyle Walker-PetersKyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters is a versatile operator / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Kyle Walker-Peters hasn’t had a great time of things at Southampton, shipping 73 goals in a side that finished plum last in the table.

But that’s not a fair reflection on Walker-Peters’ ability. Indeed, the 26-year-old has been hugely impressive on the south coast ever since he joined the club in 2020, even breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad last year.

Newcastle could do with a versatile full-back to strengthen their squad, while Walker-Peters would also be a good fit at the likes of Brighton, Aston Villa, Brentford and even former club Tottenham.

Possible destinations: Newcastle, Brighton, Aston Villa, Brentford, Tottenham

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