Premier League Transfer Special: The biggest players the top six want to sign in January



Posted Sunday, January 01, 2017 by Express.co.uk

Premier League Transfer Special: The biggest players the top six want to sign in January
The top six clubs in the Premier League could be busy in the January transfer window

THE Premier League clubs forked out more than £1 billion in the summe

That won't stop them spending again when the January sales for footballers open. Relegation-threatened teams are certain to buy, looking for players who can save them the £100 million cost of the drop. Title-chasing sides sometimes don't strengthen in January, when top players are often unavailable. But if they do, where should they spend?

Arsenal

Few dislike buying in January more than Arsene Wenger. His focus should be on getting Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals while, with most of his injured players back soon, the only question is if he needs to bring in someone to stand in for Santi Cazorla in the centre of midfield.

But Sanchez's switch to become the striker may tempt him to get another attacking midfielder to play on the left. Borussia Dortmund would be reluctant to sell Marco Reus so Wenger's best bet might be West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte will get a £60 million windfall from Oscar's departure. His starting 11 is functioning so well he may not need first choices.

But Chelsea are short of cover in some areas. Roma's box-to-box midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who was a £30 million target in the summer, would be an excellent addition while Atalanta's Franck Kessie, who is like a young Yaya Toure, could be easier to buy.

As Conte does not seem to trust Michy Batshuayi, he may want a back-up for Diego Costa in attack and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez would be a fine choice. But more than anything, Conte needs alternatives if wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses are injured.

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is another who thinks spending is not the answer to every problem. But with Sadio Mane going to the African Cup of Nations, he could do with another winger.

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic could be the man, especially as Klopp has ruled out bidding for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Holland international Quincy Promes is another option. More than anything else, Klopp needs a top-class goalkeeper.

But it can't be Joe Hart, who would not be eligible to play for a third club this season. Kasper Schmeichel would be ideal.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola spent £165million last summer and has suggested he will not buy again. He already has Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Jesus coming to bolster the attack.

But, for all the talk of midfielders Koke and Julian Weigl, what Guardiola requires is footballing defenders who can add solidity.

Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk might cost a fortune but would be the perfect addition. Atletico Madrid's young defender Lucas Hernandez is a cheaper, long-term choice.

Manchester United

Unlike his rivals, Jose Mourinho does often sign in January and could so again. United's defensive improvements means are unlikely to need Benfica's Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof.

An ambitious bid for France striker Antoine Griezmann may be best left until the summer. But if Mourinho wants another flair player, Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, the top scorer in the 2014 World Cup, is likely to be available, along with Bayer Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu.

Mourinho also has to reduce the reliance on the 35-year-old Michael Carrick. Monaco defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could do that.

Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino made four summer signings but only Victor Wanyama has been a success. So Spurs still lack a decent alternative to striker Harry Kane and an out-and-out winger.

No wonder they are resurrecting their interest in Crystal Palace's in-form Wilfried Zaha. Bayer Leverkusen's young German Julian Brandt could be another option.



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