Football Manager predicts £600m spending transfer window spree for Man Utd, Man City and Newcastle United

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The summer transfer market played out - according to Football Manager 2023.

The Premier League season may well be heading towards what seems to be a thrilling conclusion at both ends of the table - but there is now doubt thoughts are already turning towards the summer transfer window.

Once again, a whole host of big names are being linked with moves to and from Premier League clubs and it seems inevitable that a staggering amount of money will change hands when they summer trading gets underway in June. With that in mind, 3AddedMinutes fires up the latest version of the world’s most popular management simulation and sees how Football Manager 2023 predicts the summer transfer window will play out for major clubs across the Premier League and around Europe.

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Kim Min-Jae - Napoli to Chelsea - £32.5m

After sneaking into the European places last season and appointing Luis Enrique as their new manager, Chelsea made moves to improve their shaky defence with the signing of Napoli’s centre-back. A fee of over £32m was enough to take the South Korean international to Stamford Bridge and he has impressed during the early stages of his time in West London helping his new side to four wins in their first five games.

Benjamin Pavard - Bayern Munich to Newcastle United - £37m

An experienced addition to Eddie Howe’s defence as French international Pavard became the most expensive defensive signing in Magpies history when he swapped Bayern for Tyneside. Featuring at the heart of the defence alongside the impressive Sven Botman, Pavard has seen off competition from fellow new addition Lutsharel Geetruida to become a regular feature in Howe’s first-choice eleven.

Nicolas Siewald - RB Salzburg to Manchester United - £41m

The highly-rated Austrian international made a surprise move to Old Trafford in early summer but has one made one appearance for the Red Devils, with Erik ten Hag preferring to start former Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic alongside Casemiro.

Ruben Neves - Wolves to Chelsea - £46m

Another new addition for Enrique at Chelsea as Wolves are finally persuaded to part company with their talented Portuguese international. With interest from the likes of Newcastle, Barcelona and Arsenal, Neves opted to move to Stamford Bridge and has become a key part of Enrique’s plans.

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Goncalo Ramos - Benfica to Manchester United - £46m

Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos (L) celebrates with Benfica's Croatian forward Petar Musa after scoring his team's second goal during the Portuguese League football match between SL Benfica and FC Famalicao, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 3, 2023. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images)Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos (L) celebrates with Benfica's Croatian forward Petar Musa after scoring his team's second goal during the Portuguese League football match between SL Benfica and FC Famalicao, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 3, 2023. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images)
Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos (L) celebrates with Benfica's Croatian forward Petar Musa after scoring his team's second goal during the Portuguese League football match between SL Benfica and FC Famalicao, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 3, 2023. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images)

The race to sign the highly-rated Benfica star went the way of the Red Devils as they saw off pretty much every major club in Europe to land Ramos. The Portugal international has rewarded Erik ten Hag’s persistance by netting three goals in his first five appearances to leave his new side second in the early Premier League table.

Manuel Ugarte Sporting to Real Madrid - £53m

A first major move away from the Premier League as another highly-rated player from the Portuguese league is tempted away by a big money offer. This time it’s Sporting’s Uruguayan international Manuel Ugarte as he swaps life in the Primeira Liga for a switch to the Spanish capital. He immediately claims a place in Jose Mourinho’s (yes, Jose Mourinho!) starting eleven alongside Ernesto Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Declan Rice - West Ham United to Paris Saint-Germain - £75m

Even in the real world it seems ‘when’ not ‘if’ Rice will leave West Ham. In the virtual transfer market it is Paris Saint-Germain that fought off interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich to land the England star in a £75m deal. Of course, his new side are top of Ligue 1, and Rice has made an impressive start to life on the other side of the channel, averaging over 8.1 in his six appearances so far.

Eduardo Camavinga - Real Madrid to Bayern Munich - £81m

Manuel Ugarte’s arrival at Real Madrid saw France international Camavinga become surplus to requirements at the Bernebeu. With interest from Liverpool and Spurs, Camavinga opted to be a big money move to Bayern Munich.

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Rafael Leao - AC Milan to Man City - £85m

The highly-rated Portugal star became the latest addition to Manchester City’s star-studded attacking options and he has seen off competition from Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez to secure a place in Pep Guardiola’s side. Although City are yet to click into top gear and sit in sixth place after five games, Leao has enjoyed a productive opening to his time at the Etihad Stadium with two goals and two assists.

Joshua Kimmich - Bayern to Man City - £95m

The biggest signing of the virtual summer transfer window came with Pep Guardiola handing over £95m to former club Bayern Munich to sign defender Joshua Kimmich. The Germany star was immediately handed starts in his side’s first five games, leaving City stalwart Kyle Walker sat on the sidelines.

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