Top premier teams, who they will sign in January?
The January window never fails to attract ridiculous transfer news and rumours, but just who do the big Premier League clubs need to sign to boost their hopes of silverware this season?
Man Utd transfer news
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made an unbelievable start to life as Manchester United’s caretaker manager, becoming the first ever Red Devils boss to win their first six games.
But, despite keeping a third clean sheet in a row against Tottenham on Sunday, Solskjaer’s biggest concern remains the heart of defence. It would have been a completely different story at Wembley if goalkeeper David De Gea didn’t pull out a man of the match performance with 11 world-class saves.
Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s predecessor, was desperate to sign a new centre-back in the summer but the club refused to back the Portuguese after he spent in excess of £70m on Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer but the Foxes refused to sell. And with a permanent manager yet to be decided, it’s unlikely the club will sanction the money needed to tempt Leicester to sell.
A more realistic target would be Roma’s Kostas Manolas, who is entering the peak of his career at the age of 27. Reports suggest the 39-capped Greece international would cost just £32m, a snip for someone of Manolas’ experience.
However, I would not be surprised to see United wait until the summer when they can land long-term target Toby Alderweireld for just £25m due to a clause in his Tottenham contract.
Liverpool transfer news
Defence will also be of high priority to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has lost a number of defenders to injury as well as in the transfer market. Centre-backs Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold have all suffered spells on the treatment table, while Nathanial Clyne left for Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season.
After being forced hand 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever his debut in the centre of defence alongside midfielder Fabinho in their FA Cup defeat to Wolves, Klopp will may be looking to increase his numbers at the back.
One player that continues to get linked to the Merseysiders is Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, who is well-versed in the Premier League with 69 top-flight appearances for the Clarets. The England international was part of the fifth-best defence in the league last season and would be ideal competition for Klopp for the rest of the season.
There has also been talk of former Reds youngster Conor Coady returning after impressing at Wolves, but those reports are thought to be wide of the mark.
And with Klopp impressed with how well summer signing Fabinho has taken to his new role, it would not be a surprise to see the Brazilian continue next to Virgil van Dijk.
There has been talk of potentially bringing a new forward in at Anfield following the sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth, but I’m sure Liverpool have more than enough cover with Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge waiting in the wings.
Chelsea transfer news
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has made no secret about his pursuit for a new striker. The Italian has mostly played with Eden Hazard as a false 9 despite having Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata in his squad.
Giroud has struggled for goalscoring form since joining last January, with just four league goals to his name in 30 appearances. While Morata has never really settled in England since his club-record £60m move from Real Madrid a year-and-a-half ago, with reports suggesting he could be on his way back to Spain with either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla.
Sarri’s preferred target is understood to be Gonzalo Higuain, despite failing to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The former Napoli boss was desperate to land the Argentine but he instead opted for a loan to AC Milan, citing the Serie A club’s enthusiasm as his reason. But the former Real Madrid striker, who has eight goals this season, could yet make his way to west London for the remainder of the campaign.
Sarri clearly knows how to get the best out of the 31-year-old, having coached him to 36 Serie A goals in 35 matches at Napoli in the 2015/16 campaign.
Another reported target is Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson who has been in red hot form this term. The England international has 9 Premier League goals in 20 appearances and has also chipped in with six assists. However, the Cherries have no need to sell and will demand a fee in the region of £75m.Article written by David Wright