With the relegation of Burnley, Watford and Norwich formalised on the Premier League’s final day on Sunday, attention will quickly turn to reshaping their squads ahead of next season.
Despite the financial boost of parachute payments for the relegated trio, it is likely to be a busy summer of ins and outs, with the new second-tier sides likely hoping to cut several high earners from the wage bill and raise funds for a promotion push.
Clarets defender James Tarkowski, Hornets forward Emmanuel Dennis and Norwich star Max Aarons are among the biggest names linked with moves to other Premier League sides in this summer’s transfer window.
Tarkowski could spark a transfer tug of war between Everton and Fulham, Dennis is interesting West Ham and Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand urged the Red Devils to sign Aarons – and they may not be the only stars on the move.
So, Sportsmail looks at the stars who could get poached by the big boys this summer.
Burnley defender James Tarkowski looks likely to get a Premier League move this summer
There will likely be plenty of transfers in and out with the new second-tier sides this summer
So, Sportsmail looks at the relegated stars who could get poached by the big boys this summer
Nick Pope - Burnley are in a bit of a hole. Nine players out of contract, no manager, plus a potential fire sale with a £65million debt to repay…
And one of the first on the list out the door could be goalkeeper Pope. Having moved down to third choice for England behind Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale, the 30-year-old will want to be in the Premier League to cement a World Cup spot.
Sam Johnstone was called up for the Three Lions when in the Championship with West Bromwich Albion, but Pope won’t want to take that risk. He could well be in demand, too, after several heroic performances towards the end of the season.
Burnley’s £40m asking price may scare off potential suitors like West Ham and Fulham, the former hoping to pay more like half of that. If the Lancashire side refuse to budge on their demands, interest could be limited. But can they afford to do that?
Maxwel Cornet - Versatile Ivorian Maxwel Cornet, as one of the club’s few saleable assets, is very likely to leave.
Maxwel Cornet (left) is likely to leave Turf Moor this summer and has a £17.5m release clause
Signed for around £13m in the summer, the 25-year-old scored an impressive nine goals in 26 games, including several crackers and can cover striker, left midfield or left wing and left back.
He has a – now active – relegation release clause in his contract which allows clubs to sign him for £17.5m. Reports have suggested Eddie Howe’s Newcastle could sign him if winger Allan Saint-Maximin leaves Tyneside.
James Tarkowski - Two years ago, Burnley rejected £30m offers for Tarkowski from West Ham and Leicester, believing £50m was closer to his value. Now his contract has expired, he will leave on a free transfer.
Newly promoted Fulham are keen to add his experience and nous to their backline, but more established top-flight sides like West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa probably consider themselves a more likely destination of the clubs in the running.
Young defenders Nathan Collins and Connor Roberts could also attract interest.
Emmanuel Dennis - Nigerian forward Dennis, the club’s top scorer with 10, was a rare bright spark in Watford’s season and one of their few hits in the transfer market. Sadly for Hornets fans, he is now almost certain to depart.
He is their best chance of making a quick buck to help fund their summer business, with the club looking for a fee starting at £20m – just a year after paying around £3m for the 24-year-old.
West Ham are looking for a striker to offer cover and competition to Michail Antonio, with Dennis also capable of playing on the wing. If sold, his former club Club Brugge would be due a sell-on fee, thought to be about five per cent.
A relegation clause in Dennis’ contract will reduce his wages, but Watford know that even if they cannot sort a deal out, it is believed his wage demands would not be as large as certain other players after their relegation two years ago.
The £20m-rated Nigerian star Emmanuel Dennis (centre) is almost certain to leave the Hornets
Ismaila Sarr - After a 13-goal season in 2020-21 to help the Hornets get promoted, Sarr has had a relatively quiet season by his standards, disrupted by injury, a gruelling AFCON campaign and middling form, with just five goals.
However, the right-sided winger is still a player with a lot of potential, with Premier League sides Everton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace reported as being keen.
The club would want a profit on the £28.8m deal – add-ons not included – to bring him to the club from Rennes in August 2019, but their bargaining position is obviously weakened by going down.
Journalist Rudy Galetti has claimed Liverpool and AC Milan are interested in the Senegalese international – watch this space.
Cucho Hernandez - Elsewhere, it seems uncertain which other players could command a sizeable fee.
Colombian winger Hernandez, who made his breakthrough season at Vicarage Road after four successive loans away, scored five and assisted three goals in his 28 games and showed flashes of brilliance.
A move to Europe, potentially to linked side Udinese in Italy, could be on the cards.
January signing and Player of the Season Hassane Kamara may be in demand, with 23-year-old central midfielder Imran Louza and forward Joao Pedro, 20, options for the sale list too.
Max Aarons - The England U21 international has plenty of experience at top-flight level and has been attracting interest from several big sides since breaking into the team as an 18-year-old four years ago.