The summer transfer window has officially opened and the rumour mill has hit overdrive, with constant speculation set to circle until the window slams shut in September.
We’ve decided to look at some of the notable names grabbing the headlines right now, looking at five forwards who are in high demand this summer.
Armando Broja enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Premier League last term, impressing during a season-long loan spell at Southampton.
Whilst a return of six league goals appears a modest total, the 20-year-old showcased his raw attributes during a strong season on the South Coast with his mobility and robust frame making him an ideal outlet.
Broja has returned to Chelsea this summer and had hoped to break into Thomas Tuchel’s plans, though recent reports have suggested an exit is more likely with Premier League clubs circling.
West Ham are planning to make a bid for Chelsea forward Armando Broja after his successful loan at Southampton last season. 🔥
Good signing for West Ham? ⚒ pic.twitter.com/gwVSBHeuU2
— 90min (@90min_Football) June 21, 2022
West Ham and Southampton are both believed to be interested in a permanent deal for the Albania international, who has scored four goals in 14 caps for the national side.
A figure of between £25m-£30m has been touted for Broja, a significant sum but one that could prove fine value should the forward continue his development and fulfil his potential.
Arsenal are edging closer to securing a deal for Gabriel Jesus, who is keen to leave a bit-part role at Manchester City for a more prominent position at the Emirates.
Jesus has been linked with several sides this summer with Tottenham and PSG among those interested, but the Gunners are winning the race for the Brazil international.
The 25-year-old worked alongside Mikel Arteta at City and is ready to rejoin the Spaniard in north London, where he will be tasked with spearheading a young and exciting forward line at Arsenal.
Arsenal and Man City, still working on Gabriel Jesus deal. Talks also in progress on player side – takes some time as it’s big deal, with key details now discussed. 🇧🇷 #AFC
ℹ️ Arsenal are negotiating on both Gabriel and Raphinha deals, with lot of competition on Leeds’ one. https://t.co/UmGp3uCg8E
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 22, 2022
Jesus has won four Premier League titles during his five-and-a-half seasons at the Etihad, scoring 95 goals from 151 starts across all competitions.
He will hope regular first-team football can secure his place in Brazil’s starting side ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Richarlison is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between London’s leading clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham having all been credited with an interest in the Everton forward.
The Brazilian has impressed across four seasons at Everton, reaching double figures for Premier League goals in three of those campaigns.
His strong end-of-season form led Everton away from the relegation places last season and a move could materialise this summer for a player valued in the region of £50m.
🔑 Richarlison was directly responsible for 35% of the goals Everton scored in the Premier League last season pic.twitter.com/jEa774r9QE
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 22, 2022
The 25-year-old’s work-rate, goal threat and ability to perform across the forward line is attractive to potential suitors, with Richarlison believed to have informed Everton of his desire for a new challenge.
He has two years remaining on his current contract and Everton could choose to cash-in with his value high as Frank Lampard raises funds for his rebuild.
Tammy Abraham is in-demand after a brilliant first season at Roma, with the forward having shone since leaving the Premier League for Serie A.
Abraham scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, eclipsing Gabriel Batistuta and Vincenzo Montella’s record for the highest-scoring debut season in the club’s history.
Abraham had grown frustrated with a bit-part role at Chelsea but has flourished amid main man status in Rome, his goals having helped Jose Mourinho’s side win the inaugural Europa Conference League last season – the first European trophy in the club’s history.
— Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) May 25, 2022
His form has seen the 24-year-old regain his place in the England squad and he will hope to do enough to convince Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar, with Abraham appearing to be leading the race to be Harry Kane’s chief deputy for the Three Lions.
Abraham’s form has also sparked rumours in Italy over a potential return to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester United linked with a move.
He would cost a premium given his success in Serie A however, and has expressed his happiness with life in the Italian capital.
Ben Brereton Díaz
Since shooting to wider prominence as the Stoke-born star of last summer’s Copa America, Ben Brereton Díaz has been a name watched closely by top-flight clubs.
His impressive performances for Chile served as a springboard to a career-best campaign last term as the forward scored 22 league goals for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.
Approaching the end of his contract at Ewood Park, Blackburn activated a one-year extension clause but could now choose to sell the 22-year-old whilst he retains value.
The story of the season has to be the rise of Ben Brereton Diaz 🇨🇱
— The Second Tier (@secondtierpod) June 16, 2022
David Moyes – who has a strong record when sourcing talent from the second tier – has been linked with bringing Brereton Diaz to West Ham, whilst Tottenham have also been named as surprise suitors.
A figure of around £13m has been mooted for a talent who appears ready to test himself at Premier League level.