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Team by team Premier League transfer guide for the January window


The January transfer window has kicked off again – and Premier League teams are expected to be active as they all bid to finish the season on a high.

Several big-name players could be waving goodbye to the Premier League as other top names are welcomed to England’s top division.

The winter window has seen some incredible signings in the past, and they have proved to be crucial for their respective teams.

Marque signings such as Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, and last seasons joint top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal , have made the move to the Premier League in January.

With huge speculation around Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Manchester United ’s Paul Pogba, we’ve put together a guide of everything to look out for this January for every Premier League outfit.



Paul Pogba has been linked with a Manchester United exit this month

AFC Bournemouth

Positions they need to strengthen: Centre-back, goalkeeper

Who are their top targets: Ethan Chislet (Aldershot Town)

Which players could leave: Nathan Ake ( Chelsea ), Asmir Begovic (Derby County)

Dutch international Ake is highly valued at Bournemouth but with a release clause of £40 million, the Cherries can not be certain about his future on the south coast. If he does depart he will be tough to replace.

Young shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale has impressed over the first half of the campaign but with 39-year-old Artur Boruc being his only competition for the number one spot, and Asmir Begovic out on loan, Eddie Howe might look elsewhere for a back-up option.



Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is wanted by former team Chelsea

Arsenal

Positions they need to strengthen: Centre-back, winger.

Who are their top targets: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Max Aarons (Norwich City), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Thomas Lemar (Athletico Madrid)

Which players could leave: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sead Kolasinac (Inter Milan), Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal have struggled in defence this season with a settled back four yet to be established. Summer signing David Luiz has failed to fix the problems as was hoped when swapping Stamford Bridge for the Emirates.

The north London club are in desperate need of some experience among their ranks but with some young stars up for grabs they might battle against league rivals for their signature.



Arsenal are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng

Aston Villa

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, midfielder

Who are their top targets: Emiliano Buendia (Norwich City), Said Benrahma (Brentford).

Which players could leave: James Chester.

Aston Villa has been riddled with injuries in the first half of the season. John McGinn, who started the season on fire, fractured his ankle against Southampton in December, and is expected to be out of action for considerable time.

Villa will be looking to fill the void in midfield and possibly be on the lookout for an attacker to assist Jack Grealish and Wesley up front.



Aston Villa have bolstered their ranks with the loan signing of Danny Drinkwater

Brighton

Positions they need to strengthen: Full-back, winger.

Who are their top targets: Kyle Walker-Peters (Spurs), Emil Bohinen (Stabaek JF).

Which players could leave: Ezequiel Schelotto

The Seagulls boss Graham Potter has already hinted at a quiet January for the south coast side.

After a productive summer which saw the likes of Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard walk through the door, Brighton will not feel they need to bring out the cheque book.

A recent rise in form from Iran international Alrieza Jahanbakhsh means that Brighton will feel confident they have enough fire power to be playing Premier League football next season.



Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters could be set for a loan spell

Burnley

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, centre-back.

Who are their top targets: Ollie Watkins (Brentford), Nir Bitton (Celtic)

Which players could leave: James Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil.

Sean Dyche revealed at the start of the window that he is looking to bolster the squad, but insists that rising prices mean that finding a player for good value is becoming increasingly challenging.

Burnley managed to keep their hands on some key players over the summer, but will have to be ready to do the same if the players are called for again.



Burnley’s Dwight Neil could be heading for the exit

Chelsea

Positions they need to strengthen: Centre-back, striker.

Who are their top targets: Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

Which players could leave: Olivier Giroud (Inter Milan, Juventus ), Marcos Alonso (Inter Milan).

Chelsea have not been shy in the January window in the past as they won the signature for Christian Pulisic last year.

Frank Lampard has enjoyed using the youth prospects at the club this campaign with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James showcasing their talent.

Without a back up for Abraham and with attackers looking to depart the Blues, it is likely the south London club will attempt to bring someone in for the second half of the campaign.



Chelsea have been keeping an eye on PSG forward Edinson Cavani

Crystal Palace

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, full-back.

Who are their top targets: Ollie Watkins (Brentford), Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow), Joakim Maehle (Genk).

Which players could leave: Wilfried Zaha (Chelsea, Bayern Munich).

Palace boss Roy Hodgson was very vocal about his side’s intentions over the January window, revealing that he wants a another option in attack as well as cover for the injured Joel Ward at full-back.

Ward picked up a knee injury in November against Liverpool meaning that the squad is looking thin due to the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer.

With the long-term future of star man Zaha being in doubt, the Eagles will look to find an option that could lead the forward line or be there as a back up option.



Wilfried Zaha faces an uncertain future at Crystal Palace

Everton

Positions they need to strengthen: Midfielder, attacking midfielder.

Who are their top targets: James Rodriguez ( Real Madrid ), Morgan Sanson (Marseille).

Which players could leave: Moise Kean on loan (AC Milan, Sampdoria), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas)

The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti means that Everton will be able to attract big names to Goodison Park this window.

The Toffees have struggled to find form this season, but the resurgence of 22-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin has helped them massively in front of goal.

The Merseyside club saw a lot of activity in the summer window, but with the lengthy injury of £22million midfielder Andre Gomes against Spurs earlier this season, the club might look to boost their options in the middle of the park.



Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez has been linked with a stunning move to Everton

Leicester City

Positions they need to strengthen: Winger.

Who are their top targets: Jarrod Bowen (Hull City)

Which players could leave: Rachid Ghezzal (Atalanta), Filip Benkovic (Derby County), James Maddison (Manchester United).

Brendan Rodgers has seen his side enjoy a remarkable first half of the campaign with The Foxes being a very hard side to beat.

The Foxes are the side with the most clean sheets in the Premier League at the midway point after some strong defensive performances.

Rodgers has said his side are not desperate for new players but if the right option arises he will want the club to take action.



Leicester’s priority will be to keep hold of James Maddison this month

Liverpool

Positions they need to strengthen: Winger, striker.

Who are their top targets: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).

Which players could leave: Adam Lallana (Paris Saint-Germain).

European and Club World Cup champions Liverpool are running away at the top of the league, but Jurgen Klopp insisted the club are “always ready” when it comes to transfers.

A new deal with Nike has been signed by The Reds for the 2020/21 season, boosting rumours surrounding possible arrivals at the club.

Anfield welcomed Japan international Takumi Minamino this month after his move from RB Salzburg, the striker made his debut for the Reds in the FA Cup against Everton.



Liverpool are long-term admirers of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

Manchester City

Positions they need to strengthen: Centre-back, left-back.

Who are their top targets: Juan Larios ( Barcelona ), Jonny Evans ( Leicester City), Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan).

Which players could leave: David Silva (Vissel Kobe), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich).

Manchester City have failed to hit the same heights that they reached last season when they won the domestic treble.

Despite being seemingly out of the title race, Pep Guardiola’s side will need to battle for a top four finish.

The problem for City seems to lie in the heart of their defence, so they will be looking to appoint some of Europe’s top talent to help them through the remainder of the season.



Injured winger Leroy Sane could leave Man City for Bayern Munich

Manchester United

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, winger, midfielder.

Who are their top targets: Arturo Vidal (Barcelona), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Winks ( Tottenham ).

Which players could leave: Nemanja Matic (Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan), Paul Pogba (Real Madrid, Juventus), Jesse Lingard (Leicester City)

Manchester United will look to strengthen areas all over the pitch but, after spending £80 million on Harry Maguire in the summer it is thought they will invest in other positions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to request money to be spent on midfielders and attackers. Elsewhere, it seems that Paul Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford after an unsuccessful spell with the Red Devils.

England international Jesse Lingard has also teamed up with Mino Raiola suggesting that he could be looking for another club.



Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal is being watched by Manchester United

Newcastle United

Positions they need to strengthen: Midfielder, winger.

Who are their top targets: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Which players could leave: Dwight Gayle (Nottingham Forest, Leeds United)

Steve Bruce revealed at the start of the January transfer window that it could be a quiet month for Newcastle .

The Magpies’ boss said that since he arrived at the club he has had to work with what he has already got.

Bruce was very busy in the summer as he broke the clubs record fee by signing Brazilian forward Joelinton, while winger Allan Saint-Maximin was also welcomed for a big fee.



Newcastle are among the teams keeping an eye on Granit Xhaka’s situation at Arsenal

Norwich City

Positions they need to strengthen: Winger, attacking midfielder.

Who are their top targets: Lyle Taylor (Charlton), Renaud Emond (Standard Liege).

Which players could leave: Max Aarons (Tottenham, Arsenal), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa).

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke expressed that he will not be panic buying this window, and insists that any interest around his players is a compliment to the club.

The Canaries find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table so some activity in the window is expected.

With huge interests from top clubs for his young talents, Farke will see it as a successful window if they manage to keep the team together for the second half of the campaign.



Norwich are considering a swoop for Charlton’s star striker Lyle Taylor (R)

Sheffield United

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, midfielder.

Who are their top targets: Ollie Watkins (Brentford), Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Which players could leave: John Egan (Everton), Billy Sharp (Celtic).

Sheffield United have shocked many teams throughout the first half of the season and manager Chris Wilder is eager to finish the campaign in the same vain.

Wilder made it clear at the start of the window that he wants to bring some new talent into the team this January, to give the side a boost.

The Blades boss mentioned that he is expecting a few players to exit Bramall Lane within the next month.



Sheffield United have enjoyed a stunning start to the new campaign

Southampton

Positions they need to strengthen: Centre-back, full-back, winger.

Who are their top targets: Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Joakim Maehle (Genk), Jarrod Bowen (Hull City)

Which players could leave: Danny Ings (Tottenham), Che Adams (Leeds), Jannik Vestergaard.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was adamant at the start of the window that the Saints would bring new players into the club, after admitting the summer window was not great for them.

Summer signing Che Adams has not had a huge impact thus far so the south coast side have been heavily reliant on striker Danny Ings.

Attacking outlets are not the priority according to Hasenhuttl who insists that they need a full-back.



Danny Ings has been a standout performer for Southampton this season

Tottenham Hotspur

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, centre-back, winger.

Who are their top targets: Memphis Depay (Lyon), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (Hull City), Thomas Lemar (Athletico Madrid), Issa Diop ( West Ham )

Which players could leave: Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Kyle Walker-Peters (Brighton).

Jose Mourinho has not yet been able to put his own mark on the Spurs team he inherited after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have looked shaky in defence over the course of the first half of the season, but Mourinho will be eager to fix their defensive woes.

A hamstring injury to England captain, Harry Kane, on New Year’s Day against Southampton means that Spurs will be in the market for a backup striker.



Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay may be praying for a Premier League return

Watford

Positions they need to strengthen: Full-back, winger.

Who are their top targets: Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese), Daniel Opare (Royal Antwerp)

Which players could leave: Dimitri Foulquier (Granada), Etienne Capoue (Lyon).

Watford have seemed to have a change in fortunes since Nigel Pearson was appointed as manager in early December.

The Hornets have already welcomed Brazilian striker Joao Pedro from Fluminese on 1 January, Pearson made it clear that he does not want to put too much pressure on the 18-year-old.

Vicarage Road is expected to sign a fullback during January to fix their defensive struggles.



Watford look to be on the up after a miserable start to the current campaign

West Ham United

Positions they need to strengthen: Striker, midfielder.

Who are their top targets: Luka Jovic (Real Madrid), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)

Which players could leave : Issa Diop (Tottenham), Albian Ajeti.

David Moyes has said that he expects more from the players that were brought into the club over the summer but, reveals that there is money to spend.

West Ham striker Sebastien Haller has not had to impact that was expected after his arrival from Frankfurt, another goal scorer could be introduced to play alongside the frenchman.

The Hammers try to not sell players to their rivals but the sum of money might force them to let go of some key players this window.




Wolverhampton Wanderers

Positions they need to strengthen: Midfielder, striker

Who are their top targets: Dejan Kulusevski (Atalanta), Hwang Hee-Chan (RB Salzburg).

Which players could leave: Patrick Cutrone (Fiorentina).

Nuno Espirito Santo said at the start of the window that Wolves will be looking to add players to their squad due to their squad being stretched this season.

Wolves have progressed into the knockout rounds of the Europa League so will need to cope with the additional fixtures coming there way in the second half of the campaign.

Wolves will be in the market to boost areas both in defence and in attack.

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