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The one player every Premier League club would hate to lose this summer

By Squawka News

Published: 11:56, 23 April 2019 | Updated: 11:24, 16 May 2019

Football players come and go.

Most of the time, departures are relatively easy for fans to get over. New heroes and better fits can be found relatively quickly in the majority of cases.

However, sometimes a special player leaves and supporters get hit right where it hurts.

So, with the summer transfer window just around the corner, which player would every Premier League club hate to lose?

We asked a fan of each top-flight club to find out about whose services they want to retain the most….

Liverpool fan

@BenedictSpence: “It’s a strange one. For the first time, I can’t see any major players departing. The only one who concerns me is Sadio Mane, who, if Real Madrid came calling, could be tempted.

“His ceiling is phenomenal, though he hasn’t consistently approached it. Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk – I’d hate to lose them more – but who could afford them? And of those who could – would they be willing to go to them?”

Manchester City fan

@City_Xtra: “It’s difficult to think where we’d be without Bernardo Silva this season. His relentless work rate and outrageous reading of the game could get him into any side in world football.

“And that’s without mentioning his ability to play in multiple positions across the midfield and attacking line!”

Spurs fan

Dean Smith: “Selling Harry Kane would be an admittance that we’re never going to reach the top level. Spurs would never be able to replace him, no matter what fee we would get.”

Chelsea fan

@ChelseaCentral_: “We’re only just starting to see how good Ruben Loftus-Cheek is.

“I believe he’s the most talented English midfielder and he reminds me of a hybrid of Yaya Toure and Michael Ballack. There’s much more to come from the dynamic young man.”

Arsenal fan

@TheGoonerholic: “For Arsenal, the player who has to be retained this summer is the outstanding Alexandre Lacazette. At 27 he can play with his back to goal – or run the channels – and scores plenty.”

Manchester United fan

@TheUnitedLink:David de Gea would definitely be the one I’d hate to see leave this summer.

“He’s been a pillar of strength in the dark days of transition after Sir Alex Ferguson left and one bad season doesn’t change the fact that he’s been sensational over the past few seasons. Ed Woodward should make sure that he gets a renewal and put an end to all speculation.”

Everton fan

@TomClarke40:André Gomes – the Portuguese midfielder has rediscovered some of his best form on loan from Barcelona this season, endearing himself to fans so much that many would be devastated not to see him sign permanently.”

Watford fan

@AndyLewers: “I would hate for Watford to lose Abdoulaye Doucouré this summer. We all thought the Frenchman would be leaving at the end of last season and it’s the same scenario again this time round.

“Doucouré has made his intentions of wanting to play Champions League football clear and I don’t doubt he will be making regular appearances in the competition in the near future.

“He’s a crucial part to this Watford side. If he leaves at the end of the season, Watford fans will be pleased for him and will wish him well, but if Watford get European football next season I’d love to see him stay.”

Leicester City fan

@FIRST4LCFC:Youri Tielemans. The young Belgian completely ties our side together with his combination of neat, incisive passing and willingness to get stuck in.

“His ability to break the lines has greatly lifted the burden off of James Maddison, and his excellent timing of the pass and vision to spot openings have been hugely beneficial for Jamie Vardy.

“Two goals and three assists in nine games is a hell of a start, sign him up please Leicester!”

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Wolves fan

@TalkingWolves: “For just £5 million, Joao Moutinho was one of the bargains of last summer’s transfer window.

“He has been pivotal to how Wolves play and a big reason why we – as a newly promoted side – are firmly in a top-half spot in the league.

“His grace and style on the football pitch has been a joy to watch this season at Molineux. Despite Moutinho being 32, he would be a huge loss for Wolves if he were to move on next season.”

West Ham fan

@Irons_Home:Declan Rice. Without him we would be in serious, serious trouble.

“He’s only 20 years old, one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and on course to be a future West Ham and England captain. Losing Declan would be an absolute travesty for us right now.”

Crystal Palace fan

@Nick_CPFC: “The obvious choice for some would be Wilfried Zaha, but losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka would be a major blow to our defence, which has kept 11 Premier League clean sheets this season.

“Also, the fact quality right backs come at a premium means replacing him adequately would be almost impossible, regardless of how much money we’d get.”

Newcastle fan

@100PctMAGS: “The loss of Salomón Rondón would be a big no no. He’s come on strides since his West Brom days.

“He’s fitter and his link-up play has improved greatly under Rafa Benitez – not to mention the fact his goals have kept us up this season.”

Bournemouth fan

@CherryChimes: “I’d be sad to see Ryan Fraser go but he has not renewed his contract and Arsenal are interested. We’ll miss the assists and the grin when he scores!”

Burnley fan

@DLRbrts: “19-year-old Dwight McNeil has been a revelation this season. For the attacking impetus he brings to the side, he needs to continue his development with Burnley next season.”

Southampton fan

@FreshSaints:Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The Denmark international has spearheaded our battle against relegation whilst showing all the attributes that make a great captain.

“He’s the heartbeat of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team due to his tireless work rate and passing ability, which often turns defence into attack.”

Brighton fan

@wearebrighton: “Lewis Dunk tends to take more of the plaudits because of the home grown factor but Shane Duffy has been better than him this season.

“He heads more, blocks more and scores more at the other end. Something is seriously wrong with the game if one of the big six aren’t taking a serious look at him.”

Cardiff fan

@TheGrangeEnd:Neil Etheridge – The Filipino keeper has been a standout player for us this season and without his shot stopping expertise, we could have already been relegated. He’s kept us in a few games.”

Fulham fan

@AlexJamesBowmer: “Despite a testing campaign, it is clear that nearly all of our best play flows through Tom Cairney.

“The 28-year-old’s ability to dictate matches will be vital in the Championship, as without him the midfield loses all cohesion.”

Huddersfield fan

@TOTT_htafc: “Undoubtedly, the man that I would hate to see Town lose this summer is Aaron Mooy.

“The Australia international has been a talismanic presence for both club and country and to describe him as the very heartbeat of this Huddersfield Town side would be far from an understatement.

“If Town are to mount a challenge to immediately return to the Premier League, Mooy has to be central to those plans.”