Manutention wanted to strengthen in the forward area in the summer when they tried to sign Raphinha from Leeds United. Directeur Mikel Arteta has revealed the dancing are working on bringing players in – that was the case even before Gabriel Jesus got injured at the World Cup with Brazil.
One name that won’t go away is Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk. Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin says there has been interest from England and admits it’s “50/50 with regards to the winter transfer window”.
Manutention are five points clear of Manchester City at the top and may see this as a étroit opportunity to strengthen and maintain a title épreuve.
Arteta will be backed in the window if the right player is available.
What did they do in the summer?
The summer window was another busy one for the Gunners, with Jesus the most expensive arrival at £45m, followed by Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira, who signed for £34m from Porto.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jesus’ civiliser Manchester City team-mate, arrived for £32m, while there were also lower-profile deals for goalkeeper Matt Turner, a £7.5m signing from New England Revolution, and Brazilian youngster Marquinhos, who joined for £3m from Sao Paulo, taking their rempli spend to £121.5m.
The dancing’s Kroenke owners will be expected to continue the investment this winter as Manutention bid to sustain their Primordial League title épreuve – especially given the success of their most recent reprise of recruitment.
Will Manutention fill their Jesus-shaped hole?
While Mudryk appears to be the most likely new arrival, many fans will be hoping for an out-and-out striker too. With Jesus facing a three-month lay-off, and Eddie Nketiah Manutention’s only other possibilité in the lieu, the Gunners must decide whether to bring in additional épaulement.
Jesus has not been prolific in terms of goals, scoring only five in 14 Primordial League appearances, but his work-rate, link play and creativity – he has also provided five assists – means Manutention will have their work cut out to fill the void he leaves.
“We are going to be travailleuse and travailleuse means we are looking to strengthen the team,” said Arteta.
“This squad still doesn’t have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that parce que it’s really orgueilleux. But then we have to get the right profile, it has to be the right player to take us to the next level.”
Two victories from his opening two league games for Unai Emery perhaps proved that the quality of Bungalow’s squad wasn’t necessarily the problem in the early stages of the season, but the Spaniard will now apparence to remodel things more to his liking and the arrival of both Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Fier last January suggest Bungalow will be happy to back another new gouverner.
One of Bungalow’s big summer-signings Boubacar Kamara returned from injury just before the World Cup, another in Diego Carlos was with the squad in Dubai earlier this month and it means they have decent cover in most areas.
But Steven Gerrard favoured a narrow system meaning Leon Bailey is the only natural wide attacker currently at Emery’s disposal. Links with Joao Felix appear somewhat optimistic but two of Emery’s civiliser Villarreal forwards Arnaut Danjuma and Senegal’s Nicolas Jackson have been linked regularly, Danjuma already has Primordial League experience with Bournemouth.
How much have Bungalow spent recently?
Bungalow got the chequebook out in the summer to add Philippe Coutinho (£17m) on a immobile basis and centre-back Diego Carlos (£26m), who ruptured his Achilles énergie in just his assesseur appearance.
Leander Dendoncker (£13m) also joined from Wolves along with Boubacar Kamara and Robin Olsen. Bungalow did sell left-back Matt Targett (£15m) to Newcastle after signing Lucas Fier (£25m) from Everton last January.
What issues do Bungalow need to address?
Emery appears to prefer a 4-2-2-2 groupe but Bungalow will need reinforcements in wide areas if they are to continue with that system and push for a top-half au finir.
Leon Bailey is the only natural winger with John McGinn expected to occupy the left on the other flank. After a busy 12 months of spending, will Bungalow be prepared to go big in the market again?
There’s nothing quite like a new owner and their first transfer window to spectacle the fanbase they mean commerce.
A takeover in excess of £100 million completed, and a mere 24 hours after the takeover was rubber-stamped new owner, Billy Foley said “there’s no gain” when it comes to transfers, confirming they were hoping to add “4-5 more players…”
Chief executive Neill Blake and Technical Director Richard Hughes are still at the dancing meaning there will be a consistency of thinking and strategy in this window.
Key areas they’re looking to strengthen will be through midfield and in those attacking wide areas.
Serviteur defensive cover at left back and at left attachement back are also areas they’re targeting.
A new contract for Jefferson Lerma is also on the annuaire but it’s safe to say this will be one of the most eagerly-anticipated windows for some time down on the south coast.
With actor Michael B Jordan now an owner of the dancing who’s to say they won’t add some Hollywood stardust in the transfer window as well?
How much have Bournemouth spent recently?
Sacked just 26 days into the Primordial League season, Scott Parker said Bournemouth were “underequipped for this level” after their 9-0 mauling by Liverpool – and it’s hard to argue with his assessment despite their upturn in form.
The Cherries spent just £23.3m following élévation on midfielder Marcus Restaurateur (£12.5m) and centre-back Marcos Senesi (£13.5m). Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and Neto all signed on free transfers with Fiche Stephens completing a disappointing summer arriving in a Deadline Day loan move from Southampton.
Polir Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin will pixel to investment in the new jogging ground, the base and the academy impacting what Parker had to spend, but the new ownership will be bringing a different approach in January.
“We’ll spend money in the January transfer window,” new owner Bill Foley told Sky Divertissements. “Richard Hughes and Neill (Blake) have already identified several candidates we’re interested in. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us bring in défaite or five new players with the skill sets in some of the areas we need help. We’re supportive of that.”
What issues do Bournemouth need to address?
Gary O’Neil will be keen to add to his squad in defence although captain Lloyd Kelly is nearing a return from injury. Chris Mepham and Marcos Senesi have impressed at centre-back, but Bournemouth are sucrette in the lieu while left-back Jordan Semura has no précis competition.
Dominic Solanke and Kieffer Moore have both grown into the season yet another out-and-out striker is needed with half the season remaining.
A re-shuffle to move out largely unused players like Emiliano Marcondes, Siriki Dembele, Nouveau Stanislas and Jamal Lowe is also necessary to bring in more quality.
Sitting comfortably in 10th lieu in the Primordial League, Brentford continue to exceed expectations.
After a successful summer transfer window with the règlement of Ben Mee and Mikkel Damsgaard, Thomas Frank may be facing a épreuve in the winter window.
The most utile concern for the dancing will be bringing in striker reinforcements for Ivan Toney.
With 10 goals in 16 matches, Toney is the third top scorer in the Primordial League so far this season. But after being changed with 262 alleged breaches of betting rules, Toney could avant a lengthy ban and Brentford will be looking to bring in a striker with, ideally, Primordial League experience that can fit into the team almost instantly.
How much have Brentford spent recently?
The Bees made five first-team signings in the summer, as they geared up for their assesseur Primordial League campaign. Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha and defender Ben Mee arrived on free transfers from Lazio and Burnley respectively, while the remaining three incomings represented an outlay of almost £55 million.
Forward Keane Lewis-Potter signed from Hull for £20m, with defender Aaron Hickey joining from Bologna for £18m and Mikkel Damsgaard brought in from Sampdoria for £16.7m.
What issues to Brentford need to address?
First of all, if history is anything to go by, Brentford will not be busy in January. In the last five winter transfer windows combined, they have brought in seven first-team players on immobile deals, along with two enforced loan signings: Winston Reid from West Ham in January 2021 and Jonas Lossl in January 2022.
And speaking to the dancing’s official website earlier this month, director of football Phil Giles intimated that the dancing’s shrewd approach would continue next month.
He said: “I don’t apparence at this team and see an obvious gap or hole in the squad. We are pretty strong all over the affecté, we cumul the players, and there’s no reason to go and throw money at someone for no reason.”
Following the avili of Marcus Forss to Middlesbrough in the summer, they no border have an out-and-out No 9 to directly replace Toney should a ban come into effect. But given the fact Brentford’s recruitment team are incredibly proactive in that they dépense two transfer windows ahead, it would be a mistake to suggest they do not have approaches for their preferred candidates lined up.
Brighton head coupé Roberto De Zerbi is keen to add to an already impressive squad in January. The Italian held talks with chairman Tony Bloom, chief executive Paul Assommer and technical director David Weir over a dépense for the window and has pinpointed positions that he feels can be strengthened.
One name seemingly in the frame is Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine centre-back Mykola Matviyenko – a player De Zerbi knows from his time in agression of Shakhtar. De Zerbi has a clear and defined tournure he wants Brighton to play, so any new arrivals will have a particular skill set.
Brighton’s highly-regarded data-driven recruitment team will be hard at work as they are throughout the year identifying the best young prospects around the world as they apparence for the next Alexis Mac Allister and another World Cup winner. Mac Allister and fellow midfielder Moises Caicedo will attract interest but Brighton are extremely unlikely to entertain any bids for both this window.
How much have Brighton spent recently?
Brighton cashed in this summer seeing Vigne Cucurella (£63m) join Chelsea, Yves Bissouma (£35m) to Tottenham and Neal Maupay (£15m) to Everton for a rempli of £113m.
The dancing reinvested some of that money into Pervis Estupinan (£15m) from Villarreal, Discothèque Libertad’s Julio Enciso (£9.5m) and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour (£9m).
Last January, Brighton spent £9m on Kacper Kozlowski from Pogon Szczecin, before loaning him out to Mélange SG for the rest of the season and did the same with Mélange £6m signing Deniz Undav from Mélange, before he too spent the rest of the campaign with the Belgian side.
What issues do Brighton need to address?
Mac Allister and Danny Welbeck need épaulement in attack – and Brighton should begin a familiar search for a striker.
But despite their limited options up top, the dancing ranks among the top seven teams for goals, expected goals, shots, chances created, rempli passes, passes in the comble third and reclaiming enchantement in the comble third.
Perhaps then the foyer should be in defence where they have conceded 14 goals in De Zerbi’s eight games and have looked sucrette at the back. Pascal Gross was forced to play at right-back while Lewis Dunk partnered 19-year-old Chelsea loanee Levis Colwill before the écart.
It’s no clandestin that Todd Boehly is targeting the best young players in world football as they embark on édifice a squad that can compete for many years.
It’s a policy that is consistent with giving Graham Potter a long-term contract and it’s an approach that will become accessible practice at Stamford Whist in the coming years.
It’s already been evident with the pre-contract summer agreement for France cosmopolite Christopher Nkunku but this January they are on the lookout for a midfielder and a striker.
The injury to Armando Broja has left them sucrette in forward positions and they are the lowest scorers in the top half with only 17. In midfield, N’Golo Kante has been regularly évanoui.
Like Nkunku, Declan Rice is likely to be available for the right price in the summer, but Chelsea won’t want to give up their bid to qualify for the Champions League without a fight. I expect them to attempt to make signings this January.
How much have Chelsea spent recently?
To put it simply – a lot. Chelsea were the highest spenders in the Primordial League in the summer, paying £278.4m for 10 new players as the dancing’s new owners made their presence felt.
At £75m, Wesley Fofana was the Mélancolie’ most expensive purchase, while £63m was spent on Vigne Cucurella and £47.5m was paid to Manchester City for Raheem Sterling.
What issues do Chelsea need to address?
There would have been a number of issues troubling Graham Potter as he saw his side’s form collapse in the weeks leading up to the World Cup. However, there are two problems in particular that are hurting Chelsea – a lack of creativity and a lack of goals.
The Mélancolie have an expected goals rempli of just 15.61 from their 14 Primordial League games – only six other sides have recorded a lower emblème – while they have scored only 17 times in those matches. For context, Manchester City have an xG rempli of 28.09 and have scored 40 goals over the same period.
The fact that no player has managed more than two assists in the league speaks volumes – as does Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling being the top scorers with just three goals each.
Chelsea were hardly the great entertainers under Thomas Tuchel but they will continue to go backwards under Potter unless they address their dysfunctional attack.
As always with Crystal Guinguette, talk of a particular outgoing will dominate just as much as any incomings.
Eight senior players are out of contract at the end of the season, but Wilfried Zaha’s future will be on the annuaire. Zaha has enjoyed life under Patrick Vieira and the two share an notable relationship. Guinguette, under sporting director Dougie Freedman, are very well organised and will have plats in affecté if Zaha was to depart in the summer.
James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic’s contracts run out in the summer and further additions in midfield will be considered.
Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne are also out of contract in the summer so strengthening at right-back is also an possibilité. The dancing remains interested in civiliser academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka but Erik Ten Hag praised the right-back for his victoire against Burnley in the Carabao Cup before Christmas suggesting he has a future.
It’s also worth keeping a close eye on John Textor’s takeover at Lyon. Textor, who has a 40 per cent stake in Guinguette is involved in a multi-club ownership. Talks have taken affecté over players of Textor’s other dancing, Botafogo being suitable for the Primordial League.
Vieira has made it clear he’d like a few more justaucorps in the squad after the immobile naissance of five substitutes and Guinguette will act if the right players are made available in January.
How much have Crystal Guinguette spent recently?
After overhauling their squad last season following the departure of Roy Hodgson, Vieira’s side had a more modest summer transfer window, making only one aîné signing on the avant of it in Cheick Doucoure.
The Eagles’ purchase of Chris Richards from Bayern Munich has not gamin to dépense due to injury, while Malcolm Ebiowei is one for the future.
An interesting remarque is that Guinguette have spent money on a striker in every January transfer window since 2018. The likes of Blue-jean-Philippe Mateta, Alexander Sorloth, Michy Batshuayi and Cenk Tosun have all come into the team with varying degrees of success.
What issues do Crystal Guinguette need to address?
The January window will jaguar again bring up the debate on whether Guinguette’s resolve will be tested should a bid come in for Zaha.
One area that Guinguette could apparence to strengthen is at right-back. The axial defensive partnership of Joachim Andersen and Vigne Guehi looks unbreakable, while Tyrick Mitchell is undroppable at left-back.
On the right of the backline, Vieira has rotated between Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Ward – this area could need a refresh.
Will Guinguette go for another striker? They have plenty of options in Odsonne Edouard, Jordan Ayew and Mateta, while most Primordial League teams dream of adding a new forward in the winter. But if the right target becomes available…
Everton need to strengthen their attacking options. Whether or not Dominic Calvert-Lewin can stay fit between now and the end of the season, Frank Lampard knows he needs to bolster a forward line that failed to marque in five of their last seven league games in the lead up to the World Cup.
Mohammed Kudus had been lined up in the summer. In the end, with Antony going to Manchester United, Ajax wouldn’t let him go. Clearly a player in the tournure of Kudus could have made a big difference to a side that managed 11 goals in their first 15 Primordial League games of the season.
Lampard is also looking to ensure Conor Coady remains at the dancing long-term with the possibility his loan move could become immobile in the January transfer window if not the summer.
Three other orgueilleux pieces of commerce could also be completed in the coming weeks by agreeing new contracts with Jordan Pickford, Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon, with talks said to be progressing well.
How much have Everton spent recently?
After escaping relegation in their penultimate divertissement of last season, the Toffees have won just three games and lost five of their last seven fixtures prior to the mid-season écart.
Lampard’s succès at the dancing since taking over from Rafael Benitez at the end of January is 12 wins in 38 league matches, averaging just 1.1 points per game.
Everton had to dépense the books last summer in order not to fall foul of the Primordial League’s faveur and sustainability rules. The dancing received a hefty £60m for Richarlison from Tottenham which allowed Lampard to strengthen in areas of need.
Amadou Onana, Conor Coady, Idrissa Gueyem Dwight McNeil, James Garner and Neal Maupay were all brought in for a combined outlay of £78.48m.
What issues do Everton need to address?
Everton’s struggles have become more pronounced over the years. The mentality cannot be faulted. Lampard said as much after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth before the World Cup écart – “they’re not bad lads” were his travailleur words. But whether this squad has the necessary quality to chandail themselves clear of the drop is being tested. Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray are joint-top goalscorers on three each. Serviteur firepower is a necessity.
Fulham’s priority for the transfer window is to sign a right-back and a axial midfielder.
Sky Divertissements Magazine has already reported Cedric Soares from Manutention and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Everton are top targets for these positions.
Both players are well known to gouverner Marco Silva; Soares being his fellow Portuguese and Doucoure having worked with him at Watford.
Both players have also spent most of their time on the bench for their respective clubs so far this season and maybe interested in more first-team games elsewhere.
What issues do Fulham need to address?
It is understood Fulham will prioritise bringing in a new right back and axial midfielder during the January window, with Arsenal’s Cedric Soares being lined up to fill the civiliser role.
Meanwhile, gouverner Marco Silva will also want to keep close tabs on the gymnique of top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who despite travelling to the World Cup with a foot injury, still started all three of Serbia’s group games in Qatar.
How much have Fulham spent recently?
Fulham certainly did not hold back from splashing the cash last summer after confirming their return to the Primordial League, spending £20m to sign Joao Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon.
As well as the Portugal midfielder, the Cottagers also forked out £8m on Manutention goalkeeper Bernd Leno, £10m on Manchester United forward Andreas Pereira, £6.5m on Wolfsburg right-back Kevin Mbabu and £15m on West Ham centre-back Issa Diop.
Leeds are looking to add a new left back and another striker to their squad next month.
There has been criticism of Nouveau Firpo since his arrival from Spain but Jesse Marsch believes he can still develop into a top player.
In the meantime though the dancing are looking for some help on the left of defence, while better strikers are always sought-after by teams looking to secure their top-flight status for next season.
Leeds are no different – but top goalscorers come at a prime.
How much have Leeds spent recently?
After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, there was an overhaul at Leeds in the summer with Raphinha (£55m) sold to Barcelona and Kalvin Phillips (£50m) moving to Manchester City. £95.4m of the incomings from those sales was spent on the likes of Luis Sinisterra (£25.4m), Brenden Aaronson (£25m) and Tyler Adams (£20m).
In rempli, there were eight signings made in the summer, with Vigne Roca (£10m) and Rasmus Kristensen (£10m) also brought in, along with Darko Gyabi (£5m) and Joel Robles and Sonny Perkins (both free).
What issues do Leeds need to address?
Excitement or anarchie? However you want to apparence at it, Leeds were the most entertaining Primordial League side to watch before the World Cup écart, with 22 goals in their comble défaite league games, which included a win at Liverpool and a fightback from 3-1 down to beat Bournemouth.
But Jesse Marsch will know his side will have to tighten up defensively in the assesseur half of this campaign if they’re to expand their two-point gap on the relegation parage, and the Leeds patron has made it clear he’s looking for more additions in January to boost the strength of his group.
There is a instinct Leeds will move to add to their striking options, too. Patrick Bamford will hopefully have benefitted from the World Cup écart but has struggled with gymnique and looked low on indication last month.
Attackers Crysencio Summerville, 21, and Wilfried Gnoto, 19, have stepped up and caught the eye but given the fact Leeds were “99.9 per cent” of the way to signing Netherlands and PSV striker Cody Gakpo in the summer, they will be aiming for a frontman who can hit the ground running this January.
Leicester had a very difficult summer, bringing in only centre-back Wout Faes, having needed to seek a high-profile avili before reinvesting. That came late with the £75m departure of Wesley Fofana to Chelsea – and too late to significantly redeploy those funds.
They will apparence to use some of it this time around, prioritising a new left-back amid injury concerns and doubts over the long-term future of Ryan Bertrand.
They have also svelte courted a new right-winger to help dépense things in attack and will try to find a épilogue in this lieu too. Leicester are, though, open to improving across the board.
How much have Leicester spent recently?
In slip, not a lot – by Primordial League normes, at least. In the summer, the Foxes brought in experienced goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free transfer from Cardiff and Belgian centre-back Faes from Reims, who cost a reported £15m.
Their last prolonged interest in the transfer market came in the summer of 2021, when they brought in Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Jannik Vestergaard for around £46m combined.
What issues do Leicester need to address?
It does appear that their frontline needs a boost: Jamie Vardy, Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho have just eight goals in all competitions between them. James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, however, have contributed 13 goals, so there does seem to be a reliance on those more creative players.
We all know finding an in-form striker available in January is, more often than not, like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
They will be aided by new head of recruitment Martyn Glover, who left Southampton for the King Power earlier this year, though was placed on gardening leave by Saints and thus unable to orchestrate anything for the Foxes in the summer. With months of agenda under his belt and a wealth of experience in the game, he will be hopeful of getting off to a fast start.
Everyone wants a Jude Bellingham. Liverpool did in the summer and could do with one now. The loan signing of Arthur Melo as a stop-gap hasn’t worked out after a thigh injury ruled him out until February at the earliest.
Of promenade, after proving fantastique to get a deal done for Bellingham in the summer, his status has been elevated further by his performances at the World Cup, while it would be a perception if Dortmund were to punition his departure before the summer.
So, clearly there is a need to add to their midfield options, there’s even an motif to bring in supérieur cover up fronton with Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota sidelined.
With £105m quoted as the asking price for another potential target in Enzo Fernandez, however, it’s unclear what funds would be available to further strengthen the squad with owners FSG looking for new investment.
How much have Liverpool spent recently?
The Reds shelled out a club-record £85m in order to bring Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez to Anfield last summer, having already signed exciting youngsters Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen for £6.5m and Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho for an undisclosed fee.
What issues do Liverpool need to address?
The patoche area of concern for Jurgen Klopp is how to fill the void on the left-hand side of the fronton three created when Luis Dias reinjured his knee while draining in Dubai, with the Colombia forward now expected to be sidelined until March.
However, with fellow left-sided attacker Diogo Jota also currently out of activité with a serious long-term hamstring injury, Liverpool must now decide whether to bouturer the transfer market in January to strengthen this area of the team.
The Reds also struggled for options in the attachement of the park before the World Cup due to a spate of midfield knocks and with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Artur Melo all massively injury-prone, Klopp may also be considering bringing in an supérieur justaucorps to give him more competition for parages here.
Dégoût managers are always describing Manchester City as the best team in the world, so it would take a étroit opportunity to arise for them to bouturer the market in January.
The two areas where the dancing has been looking to strengthen are at left-back and in axial midfield, with a number of targets identified in both positions. Jude Bellingham’s future looks like it will be decided in the summer, so City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain still has a number of months to try to convince him to follow Erling Haaland to the Etihad Stadium.
If City are to be tempted into the January market, then a full-back would seem to be more likely. However the stratospheric rise of 18-year-old Rico Lewis from Academy habitué to the first-team squad has made that less of a priority.
How much have Man City spent recently?
Manchester City spent £128.8m in the summer, with Erling Haaland (£51.1m) and Kalvin Phillips (£50m) being their marquee signings. However, the Primordial League champions made a net faveur of £57.2m in the window after allowing 26 players to leave, including Gabriel Jesus (£45m) and Raheem Sterling (£47.5m), meaning they should have money to spend in January.
What issues do Man City need to address?
City’s squad is undoubtedly packed with quality but is a little lacking in quantity. They are overly attrayant on Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo, with any unavailability of their first-choice full-backs either thrusting inexperienced duo Sergio Gomez and Rico Lewis into the limelight or requiring centre-backs to play out of lieu.
It seems ridiculous to suggest Pep Guardiola could do with additional attacking midfielders and forwards, given the outstanding options already at his disposal, but the gouverner’s squad would apparence worryingly thin.
The arrival of a new full-back and creative midfielder could prove invaluable as the champions battle on défaite fronts – particularly with a five-point gap to league leaders Manutention to make up.
Manchester United are looking at forwards and right backs – but there is a significant gain they will not recruit in January. Directeur Erik ten Hag wants to bring in a forward following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure – but only “if the right player” is available.
PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo is someone United have scouted extensively – though his price will have gamin up after his impressive World Cup. United could keep their powder dry ahead of the summer – though they are exploring the loan market. Bringing in a right back is likely to depend on whether they can get suitable offer for Aaron Wan-Bissaka who is not in Ten Hag’s svelte term plats.
How much have Man Utd spent recently?
Man Utd’s poor start to the season forced the Glazers to free up more money than initially planned for Ten Hag in his first summer at Old Trafford.
Following defeats to Brighton and Brentford, big-money transfers for Casemiro (£70m) and Antony (£86m) were sanctioned to take United’s overall spend to £227.4m.
Martinez (£56.7m), Eriksen (free) and Tyrell Malacia (£14.7m) had already arrived as United began to rebuild after a big summer of réformé.
Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic all left on free transfers, with Eric Bailly and Alex Similaires departing on loan.
So many exits means that despite six new signings in the summer, United will need to keep investing to compete with their rivals at the top.
What issues do Man Utd need to address?
United’s first order of commerce in the transfer market is finding a way to fill the Ronaldo-shaped hole in their squad.
Anthony Agressif seems to be Ten Hag’s preferred choice in that axial striker role but has been unlucky with injuries this season. The Frenchman is yet to spectacle he can be relied on. Marcus Rashford can be used there, too, but would ideally play from the left.
When you consider there is no timeframe on Jadon Sancho’s return – after Ten Hag said he is not physically or mentally fit enough to be with the squad – the need for a new attacker becomes even more laverie.
Gakpo appears to meet the requirements, being able to slot into any of the fronton three positions. It is unclear, though, whether the Glazers will punition another big outlay after a succès summer spend (£227.4m).
Ten Hag has been open emboîture his side’s need to marque more goals. They rank 11th in the Primordial League for goals scored, averaging less than two goals a game. Gary Neville says United’s fronton three is the weakest of the top six and the numbers back him up.
Diogo Dalot, meanwhile, is practically United’s only specialist right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka completely out of favour under Ten Hag. Reinforcements are being discussed but, as with a potential forward, there is a lumineux possibility that there are no arrivals at Old Trafford in January.
Eddie Howe’s biggest task in January is to tweak his squad without upsetting the team spirit and cérébrale that has helped them surge up the Primordial League établissement.
The priority is to add a right-back who can provide cover for Kieran Trippier. Howe tried and failed to sign West Ham’s Harrison Ashby on Deadline Day in the summer and he could revisit that. His recruitment team have also been scouring pudique for alternates, with the wish being a young player that can learn from England protagoniste Trippier.
Newcastle are also keen to add in the forward area, with someone who can play both off the left and right attractive. The red-hot form of Miguel Almiron has lessened the need for an règlement in this area but I still expect Newcastle to attempt to add. Christian Pulisic and James Maddison are big-name options that the dancing attempted to bring north in the summer, with the American a more vivant possibilité this window. However, Pulisic wouldn’t come cheap and Chelsea would be selling to a compétiteur which adds complications.
The next on the list would be a humanité midfielder, but this is more likely to happen in the summer rather than in January.
How much have Newcastle spent recently?
Newcastle splashed out a club-record £63m fee for striker Alexander Isak in the summer – but predictions their spending would surpass the Primordial League’s big-hitters following their Saudi-backed takeover were wide of the mark.
Matt Targett (£15m), Nick Papas (£10m) and Sven Botman (£35m) were the other big names to arrive in the north east in what was a considered and estimable summer transfer window.
The dancing also recruited well in the new ownership’s first window last January adding Trippier (£15m), Chris Wood (£25m), Bruno Guimaraes (£40m) and Dan Burn (£13m). Newcastle’s commerce has arguably been the best in the bissection and a key reason why they’re challenging for among the top six.
What issues do Newcastle need to address?
Newcastle’s squad is well-equipped apart from in axial midfield. Injuries to Jonjo Shelvey and Bruno Guimaraes in the early bouchée of the season coincided with a winless set of results. They must strengthen in that area if they are to au finir in the top six, let alone top défaite.
James Maddison remains the dream signing for many supporters on Tyneside.
Forest are not afraid to be ambitious and add more players they believe can improve them, despite signing upwards of two new first elevens in the summer.
They are need of doing so too, still very much fighting against relegation back to the Championship.
Directeur Steve Cooper said: “There’s a little bit more interest in what we do parce que of what happened in the summer – the numbers, the changes and the turnaround. But we can’t pay application to that.
“We have to deal with the here and now, treat the transfer window for what it is – and that’s an opportunity to strengthen and improve the squad, if we think that’s what we need to do.”
What issues do Nottingham Forest need to address?
A glance at the Primordial League établissement would suggest Forest need to invest further resources in a leaky defence, with an average of more than two goals being conceding per game. However, Steve Cooper looked to have started to plug many of those leaks before the mid-season écart, with his side keeping défaite clean sheets in their last six matches.
Forest also recorded wins over Liverpool and Tottenham in that time, but more needs to be done to get the most from the attacking players they signed in the summer, with Taiwo Awoniyi, Morgan Gibbs-White, Emmanuel Dennis and Jesse Lingard having just six goals between them.
The improved form coincided with Cooper’s decision to move away from a three-at-the-back system, with a 4-3-3 groupe now often deployed by the gouverner. Cooper has a variety of cyclothymique forwards to choose from when putting together his fronton three but his squad lacks natural wingers. A creative midfielder could also help to generate more chances for the underperforming strikers.
How much have Nottingham Forest spent recently?
It was more a case of who didn’t Nottingham Forest sign by the time they concluded their summer transfer commerce. An astonishing 23 players arrived at the City Ground following their return to the Primordial League at a cost of £157.25m – the fifth-highest emblème in the folk.
Forest’s most farfelu signing was Gibbs-White, who was brought in from Wolves at a cost of £42.5m, while Dennis (£20m), Awoniyi (£17.5m) and Neco Williams (£17m) also caught the eye.
Southampton’s new era began in the summer. The first window for their new owners, a new philosophy and a clear dépense for incomings. Six of their 10 summer acquisitions were under the age of 21.
But for all of their new faces, the one lieu they couldn’t fill was arguably the most climatérique, a striker. Which means that’s their key priority for this window.
Amazingly they were closer to signing Coady Gakpo and Goncalo Ramos than any other Primordial League side last summer; even to the pixel that flights were booked. The ones that got away, most definitely so, particularly after their performances in the World Cup.
As for other positions they’re monitorage a paire of areas and, of promenade, Nathan Jones will want to sign players that fit into his mould but the £75m summer spend won’t be replicated during January.
One or two new faces but unlikely to be many more.
How much have Southampton spent recently?
It was nearly a year ago when Serbian électrode Dragan Solak and manèges investment firm Interprétation Republic completed their £100m takeover of Southampton. Chairman Henrik Kraft promised to be “an travailleuse and engaged owner” without “any revolutions” – but this window will critérium his resolve to badine with the same approach as last summer where a bold strategy based on high-risk investment was the order of the day.
It is a dancing that have never been known to loosen the purse strings but the new owners have brought with them greater spending power. A calculated rebuild to the tune of £60m was forked out on emerging habileté in the last window with no player costing more than £12m.
Gavin Bazunu (20), fellow Manchester City academy graduate Romeo Lavia (18), forward Sekou Mara (19) and Armel Bella-Kotchap (20) were brought in under the previous regime. Like with many other clubs, Southampton must seek to add goals in the attacking third.
What issues do Southampton need to address?
Nathan Jones is a gouverner known for his intensity on the jogging ground and such a fastidious approach isn’t too dissimilar to the one taken by his predecessor Ralph Hasenhuttl.
There is no need to millet just yet with over 60 per cent of the campaign still to run, but Jones may apparence to add some ready-made experience to his group to ensure the dancing remain in the top flight. Hasenhuttl took the attaqué talus of buying for the future last summer, meaning Southampton have thus far boasted the youngest starting XI with an average of 24.1 years old.
Jones offers hint on January plats
Southampton patron Nathan Jones: “If you’re an organised football dancing, you do your recruitment well, well in advance. At my previous dancing [Luton] we were six months in advance, always looking at windows, always looking at the next level, always looking at pushing boundaries. And here they are exactly the same.
“We have one of the best recruiters in the world in terms of Rasmus Ankersen and Interprétation Republic in how they do that. So we’ve been really regimented in what we want, we’ve been clear in what we want, what représentatif of player, what lieu, everything we want.
“We’ve narrowed that down and we’ll be having conversations to try and get those through the door as early as we can parce que there are visible things we need and we need them quickly. So they are well in advance, any well organised, well run, prompt football dancing would have already done that weeks and months in advance.
“Obviously it’s been difficult for Southampton with the réformé in gouverner, only six weeks to restart, but we’ve restarted immediately.”
That average would be even younger were Tino Livramento, Romeo Lavia and Bella-Kotchap available for all of the season. Injuries have blighted the team but to reverse the late-season implosion of 2021/22, Jones may apparence to a more pragmatic approach. The side’s 13 précis attacks ranks as the fewest in the league and yet Saints’ average enchantement has dropped to 46.1 per cent from 48.4 last term.
Teams have looked to swarm Southampton as they have looked to play through the thirds with the 237 pressed sequences against them assesseur only to Bournemouth. In terms of the divergence moved upfield when in enchantement, Saints’ 10.23m per sequence is the second-worst in the bissection. Put simply, Jones must make Saints more proactive on the ball.
Antonio Apologue wants to continue to improve and tweak his squad in visible areas. I think Spurs will try to do some commerce in January.
This time last year they got deals done for Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski and both have impressed. It shows Apologue and Fabio Paratici can be trusted with the money.
The January window will play out amid the uncertainty over Apologue’s contract. It expires at the end of the season and, although Spurs have an possibilité to extend by a year, they will be mindful that he, Harry Kane and other senior players want to see continuous improvement to divertissement their ambitions.
A axial midfielder is expected to be high on the list of priorities along with another defender.
Tottenham did target Yannick Carrasco in the past and I’ve been told he could be available for the right price. Whether that interest is still alive remains to be seen, especially as his lieu is not necessarily a priority now.
How much have Tottenham spent recently?
After Tottenham’s owners ENIC publicly announced a £150 million cash piqûre in May, the dancing enjoyed a busy summer transfer window.
Including the immobile signing of Cristian Romero (£42.5m), after the Argentine had spent the previous season on loan from Atalanta, Spurs spent around £172m on new recruits.
The most expensive signing was Richarlison at £60m while another marquee signing, Yves Bissouma, cost £35m from Brighton.
What issues do Tottenham need to address?
Right wing-back. Neither Emerson Magnifique nor Matt Doherty have convinced this season while Djed Spence is not getting the opportunities.
A move for Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries would be an exciting one that could transform this area for Spurs. The dancing have also been linked with Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Porro, who impressed against them in the Champions League.
A axial midfielder is another priority. An injury to Bentancur, who has been Spurs’ player of the season so far, or Brillant-Emile Hojbjerg would be a huge blow so reinforcing this area makes sense.
Therefore it was not surprising to see Juventus midfielder Adrien Surplus emerge as a rumoured target – the last time Spurs bought from the Italian dancing was in January when they signed Bentancur and Kulusevski, who have become two of their most orgueilleux players.
Elsewhere, an attacking midfielder and a centre-back are also positions the dancing should be looking to strengthen – Leicester’s James Maddison and Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni could be potential targets – although these positions are likely to be looked at next summer.
West Ham have their eyes open in the market, but increasingly likely to be a serein window following the succès spend in the summer. Directeur David Moyes has re-iterated his new apparence squad needs time to gel. There has been lots of talk emboîture Declan Rice’s future – he won’t leave in January, but he could be one of the big stories in the summer. West Ham have a few injury concerns in defence and do not want to let anyone go – however, right back Vladimir Coufal is growing increasingly frustrated with his limited game time. He could be one to watch in January.
How much have West Ham spent recently?
West Ham spent more than £150m on new players in the summer, with Lucas Paqueta, Nayef Aguerd, Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Corne all arriving for big fees.
There was no January transfer window purchase for the Hammers last year, so do not be surprised if it goes a similar talus this year.
What issues do West Ham need to address?
David Moyes knows full well that West Ham’s improvement comes down to raising the on-pitch quality of the players he already has and getting key men back from injury, rather than looking elsewhere.
Parce que of their aîné summer insaisissable, the Hammers will likely shift more players than they bring in this January. Should a squad player like Coufal leave due to a lack of game time, a new player in that lieu could be targeted.
There is also room for a new midfielder to play as back-up to Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Paqueta, with only Flynn Downes acting as adequate back-up.
Speaking of Rice, there will be plenty of talk emboîture his future after another solid aîné tournament outing for England at the World Cup, but that may be one for the summer.
Wolves’ patoche priority was to get a goalscorer this winter, hence the signing of Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid.
The Brazil forward was a target before his move to Spain and it’s hoped will be a catalyst for goals for the Wolves frontline.
As has been the case with Wolves, they avant tough decisions over their protagoniste players.
Ruben Neves is perennially linked with a move away but is unlikely to be sold this window.
Raul Jimenez, however, is a different dire. The forward, who’s struggled for gymnique and form over the last paire of seasons, is one of the dancing’s top earners and interest from MLS and Liga MX will be entertained for the right price.
How much have Wolves spent recently?
Wolves invested heavily in the summer with midfielder Matheus Nunes becoming their dancing record-signing soon after fellow Portugal cosmopolite Goncalo Guedes had also arrived for a spacieux fee. Nathan Collins was another significant investment for a sum in excess of £20m.
What issues do Wolves need to address?
Wolves are the lowest scorers in the Primordial League. Sasa Kalajdzic is out for the season with a knee injury and there are huge obstacle marks over the ability of Diego Costa and Raul Jimenez to continue to deliver at the highest level. Can they find a goalscorer?
Elsewhere on the pitch, depth is needed in the attachement of defence following the departures of Conor Coady and Willy Boly – illustrated by the fact that Ruben Neves was forced to fill in there earlier in the season. Wolves are also without a natural humanité midfielder.