Trading players, NBA-style, is finally back in Premier League vogue after Swansea and Spurs followed Cardiff and Stoke’s January example by trading left-back Ben Davies for forward Gylfi Sigurdsson.
In the last transfer window, the Potters certainly seemed to get the better of the Peter Odemwingie/Kenwyne Jones switcharoo, and so it proved with the former bagging six strikes to the relegated-latter’s one.
Here are a few more we’d very much like to see happen this summer…
Liverpool’s Daniel Agger for Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand and Christian Atsu
Brendan Rodgers has been expected to move for full-back Bertrand all summer, and while the Northern Irishman has already added winger Lazar Markovic to his roster, specialist left-sider Atsu – who turned out for Ghana at the World Cup – could be of use to the Mersey men.
At present Chelsea’s reserve centre-half is Branislav Ivanovic, who has operated at right-back for some time now, and with Liverpool’s Danish vice-captain thought to be surplus to requirements a swap could suit all parties.
Agger may have stated in the past that he’s a Red for life, but Fernando Torres claimed an even stronger affinity with Liverpool throughout his Anfield career, and we all know how that turned out.
Spurs’ Lewis Holtby and Mousa Dembele for West Brom’s Jonas Olsson and Saido Berahino
Lilywhites might feel they’d be getting the thin end of this deal, but while new coach Mauricio Pochettino is blessed with a raft of central-midfielders and bodies who can operate within the ‘3’ of a 4-2-3-1, the Argentine has few centre-halves and out-and-out forwards to choose from.
At 31, Olsson still has a few years left in him and holds the advantage of a relatively injury-free career over Spurs centre-halves such as Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches.
Meanwhile, Burundi-born Baggies boy Berahino – who has fired seven goals in eight games for England Under-21s – would stiffen up competition for Roberto Soldado’s starting spot at White Hart Lane.
Everton’s Ross Barkley for Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku
By far the most obvious swap on this list, and while Barkley’s potential price has been touted around as more than twice Lukaku’s at times this summer, it’s hard to see where the valuation comes from.
Both featured in the Toffees attack last term, with the Three Lions newboy scoring six Premier League goals and the same number of assists, while the Belgian also bagged six assists yet fired home nine more times.
Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Oussama Assaidi for QPR’s Loic Remy
Rob Green may have proved one of the Championship’s top-stoppers last term, but the former England calamity-merchant has been relegated from the Premier League three times in the past decade, and during two of those campaigns the Chertsey native featured prominently.
In their attempts to wrest Remy away from west London, Liverpool could tempt Harry Redknapp with their unwanted Spain international and Morocco winger Assaidi, who impressed on loan at Stoke last season.