The Premier League season may only be a month old, but already thoughts are turning to the January transfer window, and the players each club might need to strengthen for the second part of the season.
Plenty of business took place in the summer, with England’s top 20 spending in the region of £550 million on new ‘assets’.
And, whilst some have hit the ground running at their new clubs – think Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla and Robin Van Persie – others have struggled to make an immediate impact.
That might change of course, but managers will already be penciling down what positions they need to strengthen in. GiveMeFootball looks to get inside the mind of the managers, and picks the players that WE THINK could be on each club’s agenda…
Chelsea – Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Sergio Ramos
The main area of concern for the Blues is up-front, with Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge the only strikers of note on the books. With that in mind, a move for Falcao or Cavani would make perfect sense.
Both players are long-term targets at Stamford Bridge, and have impressive goal returns in La Liga and Serie ‘A’.
Ramos is an interesting addition to the list after reports that he could leave Real Madrid, and the Spaniard’s versatility would be extremely well received in west London.
Manchester United – Wesley Sneijder, Isco, Marouane Fellaini
When you think about what Manchester United are missing, the only real concern is in central midfield. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at the back; Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie at up-front – it doesn’t get much better than that.
But, in central midfield, you could argue that the Red Devils are light, and the addition of Wesley Sneijder would make Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a serious force both domestically and in Europe.
Isco is one of the stars of the future in Spain and would be a major transfer coup, whilst Marouane Fellaini would add power and presence to the club’s midfield.
Liverpool – Demba Ba, Isco, Fernando Llorente
Brendan Rodgers’ side appear to be ‘light’ in a number of positions, but their lack of options up-front should be of major concern to fans of the club.
With that in mind, Demba Ba’s seeming unhappiness at Newcastle should serve as an opportunity for the Anfield outfit to capitalise, whilst Spanish striker Fernando Llorente is proven in-front of goal.
Isco, who is linked with Manchester United, would be a signing for the future, and the young Spaniard could make his mark on Merseyside with goals from an attacking midfield position.
Arsenal – Yann M’Vila, Didier Drogba, Maarten Stekelenburg
Arsene Wenger covered the losses of Van Persie and Alex Song to some extent, but another striker and midfielder wouldn’t go a-miss at the Emirates Stadium.
Didier Drogba would be a major coup, although the manager would have to persuade him that joining the Gunners is a good move, despite quotes that he won’t return to England. In midfield, Yann M’Vila is the perfect fit add some bite to the side.
Stekelenburg is an interesting third option, and whilst Arsenal have kept a number of clean sheets this season, a world-class stopper could take them to the next level.
Manchester City – Sergio Ramos, Stevan Jovetic, Theo Walcott
Patrick Vieira says they won’t be spending big this season, but if Sergio Ramos really is available for €50million, then he would seem like a fantastic addition for the Citizens.
Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic was on the club’s radar in the summer, and is recognised as one of the great talents in European football. He could be another option alongside David Silva and Samir Nasri.
Having signed Scott Sinclair, a winger might not be at the top of the agenda, but Walcott might be a smart move – and cheap if his contract continues to dwindle down at Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur – Yann M’Vila, Fernando Llorente, Joao Moutinho
Andre Villas-Boas made some great moves at the end of the summer window, but his desire to play two defensive-midfielders against the top teams means M’Vila would be a great signing for Spurs as well.
Fernando Llorente would strengthen the attacking options immeasurably at White Hart Lane, with huge pressure on Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor to deliver the goods at the moment.
Finally, Joao Moutinho was the top target that failed to arrive in north London last month, and a move in January would show that the board are fully behind AVB.