Each transfer window provides clubs with the chance to upgrade their squads, but sometimes to bring in great quality, sales have to be considered too.
The ideal scenario is for clubs to offload players without weakening their strongest teams, then add further quality.
At worst, their squads improve; at best, their first-choice lineup takes a step forward as there are better players to call upon from the bench.
So which Premier League players might fit this particular criteria? These are the best players from each of the league’s top sides who we reckon could be sold without weakening their perceived strongest XIs.
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With Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka establishing themselves as a regular partnership for Mikel Arteta, it is Lucas Torreira who is perhaps the Gunners’ 12th man.
The Uruguayan has every major trait needed to be a huge success in the Premier League, and perhaps needs nothing more but time to prove it, but so far neither Arteta nor predecessor Unai Emery have felt compelled to make him an undroppable component.
Could Arsenal become a better team with a consistent, fully fit Torreira? Quite possibly.
Is he an undisputed first-choice right now? Certainly not, and he’d command a decent price tag, too.
Frank Lampard has had to swap his team and tactics around so many times this term that it’s hard to even say with certainty what his perceived best Chelsea XI would be, but there’s a huge amount of central midfield quality between N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
In a two-man midfield system, whichever one is left out would be head and shoulders above the rest of the bench.
But with all three featuring at the same time, as they have on occasion, it becomes a question of which supporting attackers are left out.
Mason Mount and Willian perhaps have the…