Transfer rumours: Ronaldo to Chelsea and what it could mean in FPL

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How the latest transfer rumours could get on in the 22/23 Fantasy Premier League season

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) has launched and you can start preparing your teams for next season.

We now know player prices and the rules, but what we don’t know yet is the squads that will each team will be using come the first game of the campaign.

As per usual at this time of year, transfer rumours for the Premier League are coming thick and fast.

In this feature, we assess three transfer rumours from the week and try and rate how they could get on next season.

Transfer reviews


Cristiano Ronaldo

Reports suggest that Cristiano Ronaldo is wanting to leave Manchester United in the hope of playing Champions League football in the twilight of his career.

The Times report that Ronaldo said he would be ready to leave the club if a suitable offer came along.

One of the potential suitors are reportedly Chelsea, which sounds like an interesting prospect no matter what team you support.

In 33 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last year he managed 18 goals, and was undoubtedly one of the club’s most important players, even if their season went down the pan far sooner than many would have envisaged.

One wonders whether a transition to Chelsea would be seamless. The club’s inability to play with a number 9 was evident last season as Romelu Lukaku slumped enormously. Ronaldo’s age has meant he has been a striker in his latter years, and with Kai Havertz preferred in a ‘false nine’ for most of last season, a tactical shift would be required to get the best out of the Portuguese forward.

Last season, No Chelsea player scored more than 11 goals in the league, with the goals being spread all over his squad. This leaves further doubts over Ronaldo’s ability to walk in and score 15 goals plus. However, it’s a realistic tally if they find a way to get him into the team every week without it hindering their overall performance.

He’s been valued at £10.5m by FPL for the 22/23 season – realistically, you could probably do better with your money, and he wouldn’t be a risk worth taking until you know for sure that they will build their team around him.

Position: ATT

Expected Price: £10.5m

PickGuru FPL rating:


Memphis Depay

Tottenham have just signed Richarlison for a fee of around £60m, but that hasn’t prevented the rumour mill from turning.

As per Spanish outlet Sport, Spurs are chasing the signature of Memphis Depay, whose allegedly available for around £17m as he heads into the final year of his contract at Barça.

With the sale of Steven Bergwijn imminent, there might be another space for a forward, even with only three to choose from Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura and Richarlison.

Of course, with such talent in their ranks, it only lowers the probability of both Memphis Depay making the first-team and also being one of the main attacking threats with both Son and Kane less likely to contribute defensively.

Nevertheless, he’s a player with immense talent. Aged 28, he’d be expecting to play a key role in the side, and given his career it’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t have a big part to play.

It can be quite easy to dismiss players after an underwhelming career in the Premier League, but he’s scored goals in abundance since leaving Old Trafford.

In Ligue 1 with Lyon, he bagged 63 times in 139 games, and he scored 12 times in La Liga last season. Not to mention the impressive 42 goals in 80 games for the Netherlands, making him the country’s joint-second highest goalscorer of all time. Quite the feat considering he sits above the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert.

Nevertheless, goals are never guaranteed – and Spurs can only score so many.

Position: FWD (maybe MID)

Expected Price: £8.5m

PickGuru FPL rating:


Pau Torres

Spurs have already made some impressive additions in this window, but it seems they’re far from finished.

Centre back is a position in which they will be most wanting to recruit; so far Clément Lenglet has been strongly linked, but as has Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

In FPL, a defender’s point scoring capabilities are dependent on the overall performance of the backline and defensive unit rather than just the individual performances of the player. This is because their main source of points come from clean sheet points, which are obviously a reflection of the team rather than a single player.

Therefore, it’s important to look at Tottenham’s defence with Torres apart of it as well as his attributes.

The 25-year-old has made quite the name in Spain, and has totted up 19 caps for his country.

Torres has many strings to his bow; known for his composure in possession and dribbling ability, his passing range could be of great use to Spurs who will often look to bypass the midfield as they look to get up the field quickly. While he lacks pace, he is strong in the air, and also has a goal in him (last year scoring an impressive five goals in La Liga, more than any other defender in the league).

With Conte’s sides known for their brilliant defending, he could be a fantastic addition. The club are making some impressive signings and are an extremely exciting prospect for the next campaign – as such, Torres could be pointing up, and with his heading ability could be the pick of their centre-backs.

Position: DEF

Expected Price: £5m

PickGuru FPL rating:

Tommy Joyce

Content Executive at PickGuru

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