With less than two months until the January transfer window, it's time to assess what the top clubs in the Premier League are lacking.
Arsenal's midfield is full of riches, and it was reinforced by the signing of German maestro Mesut Ozil. In the past, Arsenal were criticised for their lack of a world-class goalkeeper.
However, Szczesny has been in fine form recently. What Arsenal really need is a CB to improve their defence, along with a striker to cover for Giroud in case he gets injured. Ashley Williams would be the perfect signing to bolster the defence.
Up front, the Gunners have been linked with Luis Suarez, who was the subject of a failed bit of £40,000,001. Luis Suarez would be a magnificent signing for Arsene Wenger, but with Liverpool so keen to hold on to him, he is unlikely to leave in January. Instead they should target Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema. Dortmund could sell Lewandowski in January in order to prevent him from leaving for free.
Moreover, they are desperate to sell to a Premier League team to avoid the possibility of their star striker following in the footsteps of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, and so a fee for the pole is likely to be fairly low. Benzema is another possibility. Should Madrid succeed in their pursuit of Suarez, Benzema is likely to be available in order to fund the move, and as Wenger is a huge admirer of the Frenchman, this move is definitely possible.
Chelsea have one of the best defences in the Premier League, and their midfield is crammed with jewels, such as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata. In Petr Cech, they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and their only shortcoming is their lack of stellar forwards.
Demba Ba has failed to impress, while 19-year-old Romelu Lukaku is on loan at Everton. Samuel Eto'o is a shadow of what he used to be while Torres continues to frustrates with moments of brilliance along with a few blunder. Hence, Chelsea need a striker.
One option would be to recall Lukaku from loan. However, Mourinho does not appear to be keen on this option. Instead, Chelsea are likely to sign a star striker. Like Arsenal, Chelsea could target Lewandowski, but a move for Radamel Falcao is more feasible.
After impressing at Atletico Madrid, Falcao moved to AS Monaco for £52 million. However, he could move again in the near future, and a move to Chelsea would certainly be on the cards. His dad claimed that he is a huge admirer of Chelsea, and the alluring presence of Mourinho along with the will of Roman Abramovich to sign him makes Falcao a prime target for Chelsea to solve their attacking woes.
Like Arsenal, Liverpool have had a fine start to the season. This has mainly been due to their sensational strike force: SAS. Suarez and Sturridge have been simply sublime for Liverpool. In the early part of the season, in the absence of Suarez (who was still serving a ban for that Ivanovic bite) Sturridge scored in almost every game, and Liverpool won those games 1-0. Their solid defence and goalkeeper have also contributed to their form, and in Coutinho and Gerrard, Liverpool have no problem in central-midfield.
However, they need better wingers, and they do not have enough depth to challenge for the title, so obviously Rogers needs to bring in some more players in January.
Victor Moses has played well during his loan spell at Liverpool, but they need a good winger on the other side as well. With Nani out of favour at Old Trafford, he could be worth a punt, and Rodgers has already shown he is prepared to take risks in the transfer market, such as the loan signing of Moses. Liverpool also need a right-back, to provide competition to Glen Johnson.
A move for Shaktar right-back Darijo Srna could be worth a try. The Croatian has impressed for a season and a half now, and would be a great value signing for Liverpool. However, the key to a successful January transfer window for Liverpool will be to keep star asset Suarez. Having tried to move in the Summer, Rogers needs to convince Suarez that Liverpool is his best option. This has to be Liverpool's priority.
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