From Chelsea to Leicester – Premier League clubs set for busy January window
London, January 3: The Premier League’s January transfer window is open as clubs rush to snap up new year bargains in the one-month window. Liverpool are running away with the title race and have already signed Japanese star Takumi Minamino, so the Reds are likely to sit out the frenzy while the chasing pack try to make the additions that could help them close the gap. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United will be forced into the market, while Spurs, Manchester City and Leicester could also do business rather cautiously.
With second placed Leicester flying high, Brendan Rodgers maintains nobody will be leaving despite plenty of interest in his talented squad. Rodgers is on the lookout for fresh faces, with Juventus defender Merih Demiral and AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu potential targets.
Manchester City are trailing 11 points behind Liverpool, so a January spree might not be worthwhile for the champions. Pep Guardiola insists City will not rush into the January market because the quality of player available is generally not as high as in the summer window. But City did sign Aymeric Laporte in the 2018 winter market, so a surprise swoop isn’t out of the question, especially if the signing can help in Guardiola’s quest to win the Champions League for the first time since 2011.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is expected to be the busier of the lot after being unable to sign players in the summer window due to the club’s transfer ban. With the two-window suspension halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lampard needs several new recruits to help accelerate the development of his promising young team. Armed with a reported £150 million transfer war-chest, Lampard will look to improve at left-back, where Emerson and Marcos Alonso have been too inconsistent.
The Blues have already been linked with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell to fill that role, but Lampard might not be satisfied with only one signing. Having constantly bemoaned Chelsea’s lack of cutting edge against defensive opponents, the Chelsea boss needs pace on the flanks, a clinical finisher to dove-tail with Tammy Abraham and, ideally, a creative midfielder. Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, who has already had a bid rejected are among Lampard’s mooted targets.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United are “looking at one or two” players after learning Paul Pogba will be absent for the next month. France midfielder Pogba has been advised to undergo surgery on his ankle and that is a problem for United manager Solskjaer, who is already without Scott McTominay due to a knee injury. Solskjaer missed out on promising striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has signed for Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg. Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, Leicester duo Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have all seen their names connected to Old Trafford.