Big names com­ing and go­ing in the EPL

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Bay­ern Mu­nich have made a habit of steal­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund’s finest, and out­go­ing FCB coach Pep Guardi­ola could be set to fol­low that ex­am­ple by bring­ing BVB mid­fielder Ilkay Gün­do­gan to his new club.

The Ger­man in­ter­na­tional would add steel to a City mid­field that is an­tic­i­pat­ing the loss of Yaya Touré, who could be the next age­ing star to leave for China.

Romelu Lukaku has had a great sea­son for Ever­ton, scor­ing 18 league goals for the Tof­fees that seem to have made for­mer club Chelsea re­gret their de­ci­sion to let him slip away. The young Bel­gian striker was forced out of Stam­ford Bridge, but seems to have proved him­self to the Blues, who are now linked with a bid for their for­mer prodigy.

Lukaku’s price may well have dou­bled since his loan move to Goodison Park was made per­ma­nent in 2014, but that shouldn’t bother the Blues. Ne­manja Matić is a good ex­am­ple of a player who was sold, to Ben­fica in his case, be­fore be­ing bought back at a big fi­nan­cial loss. Chelsea were happy to take that hit to bring the Ser­bian back from Por­tu­gal, and it would be no great sur­prise if they did the same for the man they first bought from Anderlecht five years ago.

Over at An­field, the pres­ence of Jür­gen Klopp has seen Liver­pool linked with much ex­cit­ing Bun­desliga tal­ent, but none more so than his for­mer charge at Borus­sia Dort­mund; Mario Götze of Bay­ern Mu­nich.

The Ger­man at­tacker has not hit the ground run­ning since swap­ping Dort­mund for the Al­lianz Arena, as just three goals from 14 Bun­desliga ap­pear­ances means that the 23-year-old is con­sid­ered sur­plus to re­quire­ments in Bavaria, and the idea is that a re­union with Klopp at An­field would get him back to his bril­liant best.

Per­haps the big­gest free trans­fer avail­able in the up­com­ing win­dow is Swedish striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović, who has left Paris Saint-Ger­main fol­low­ing the ex­pi­ra­tion of his con­tract at Parc des Princes.

At 34, the for­mer Mi­lan and Barcelona star will have to con­sider re­tire­ment soon, but his 50 goals in 51 ap­pear­ances across all com­pe­ti­tions for PSG this sea­son shows that he is far from fin­ished with find­ing the net.

Ibrahi­mović has been most heav­ily linked with Manch­ester United, where a re­union with for­mer In­ter Mi­lan man­ager José Mour­inho would be on the cards. He has al­ready won ti­tles in the Ere­di­visie, Se­rie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, and could be set to end his ca­reer try­ing to add the Premier League to that list.

Else­where, the fo­cus will be on keep­ing the best play­ers at the club as much as bring­ing in new tal­ent, and Arse­nal will be de­ter­mined not to see their ti­tlechas­ing side weak­ened over the break.

The Gun­ners look to have tied down Alexis Sánchez af­ter giv­ing the Chilean their num­ber seven shirt for the new sea­son, but there are still doubts over play­maker Me­sut Özil and right-back Héc­tor Bellerín. The for­mer is al­legedly un­happy at the col­lapse of their ti­tle hopes, while the lat­ter is linked with for­mer club Barcelona as a re­place­ment for Dani Alves.

Else­where in north Lon­don, Tot­ten­ham con­tinue their pur­suit of top young tal­ent. Harry Kane was the rev­e­la­tion of the 2014/15 sea­son and Dele Alli was sim­i­larly im­pres­sive last sea­son.

That will be per­sua­sive in their re­ported pur­suit of young FC Basel at­tacker Breel Em­bolo. The teenage Switzerland in­ter­na­tional is one of Europe’s most ex­cit­ing tal­ents, and could be the next young­ster to make his break­through at White Hart Lane.

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PHOTO: LARS BARON / BONGARTS / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: FRED­ERIC STEVENS / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI / GALLO IM­AGES

BIG FISH Mario Götze could fol­low his for­mer coach to Liver­pool STAR Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović might make his way to Manch­ester FOR­MI­DA­BLE Kwanda Mn­gonyama

PHOTO: BORIS STREUBEL / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: DAVID RAMOS / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: JU­LIAN FIN­NEY / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: ANESH DEBIKY / GALLO IM­AGES PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

TAR­GET Ilkay Gün­do­gan is Pep Guardi­ola’s first tar­get EXIT Spec­u­la­tion is that Yaya Touré is on the verge of join­ing the ex­o­dus to China RE­TURN Romelu Lukaku’s good show­ing might see him re­called FLOP Mwape Mu­sonda was sent pack­ing IM­PRES­SIVE Ab­dul Razak proved his worth

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