It’s that time of year when transfer speculation goes into overdrive, but which Premier League teams are likely to do some big business to get them through the second half of the season?
A good place to start is Chelsea, where Frank Lampard reportedly has around $200m to spend now that their transfer ban is out of the way. The Blues could probably strengthen at left-back and they are favorites to sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. They might even try and bring Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake back to the club for defensive support.
But if Chelsea is to spend in January, it will probably be on a striker. Tammy Abraham is looking fatigued and both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are fading in relevance. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is thought to be their number one target.
This window could also be critically important for Manchester United, who must push for the top four in order to keep some of their star players happy. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has a high-quality front three, but they need some quality in midfield behind them. Leicester’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have both been hotly tipped, while a big-money bid could also be made for Jadon Sancho, who remains unhappy in Dortmund.
Manchester City, meanwhile, has seen their title chances fall apart mainly because of a lack of cover at center-back. Aymeric Laporte should be returning in the coming weeks, but they are still paper-thin in the position.
Perhaps Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could provide the quality they desperately need? Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho may not have a huge war chest this January, but he will have a wish list. The key position that needs covering is right-back, where Serge Aurier hasn’t exactly excelled. Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira would be a great replacement and his deal might be funded by the sale of want-away midfielder Christian Eriksen.
And finally, let’s talk about Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s squad is not deep, there are plenty of injuries and the likes of Granit Xhaka look destined for the door. The Gunners could really do with some defensive strengthening, particularly at center-back, and Wilfred Ndidi is believed to be a big target to help screen the defense. But Arsenal wasted a lot of money on Pepe in the summer and it remains to be seen if they will back their new manager with cash this winter.
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