Premier League clubs are ready to spend big in the January transfer window.
The New Year festivities and busy fixture schedule means that winter spending has largely been swept under the carpet, but there’s still more than three weeks for clubs to splash the cash.
And with so much to play for in the Premier League below the title race, you can guarantee that more clubs than not will loosen their pursestrings before February arrives.
Bearing that in mind, the Mirror have decided to assess which player each of the 20 Premier League teams should direct their resources towards signing this month.
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Potential January targets
With big names like Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly making the list, there’s plenty to get excited about and you can read our full breakdown of the picks down below:
Arsenal: Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)
The Gunners need defensive reinforcements as soon as possible and they could do much worse than signing the impressive 21-year-old with whom they’ve been so regularly linked.
Aston Villa: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
With Wesley out for the rest of the season, Villa’s priority should be a new striker and they could capitalise on Batshuayi’s frustration with a lack of game-time at Stamford Bridge.
Bournemouth: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
Once the Liverpool man has returned from his cruciate knee ligament injury, you can bet that the Cherries will come calling for a reunion as they try to dodge a relegation battle.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow)
Graham Potter is reportedly interested in the 21-year-old, who scored 15 goals in the Russian Premier League last season, and he could serve as Glenn Murray’s long-term successor.
Burnley: James McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
With McCarthy largely limited to appearances from the bench, a move back to the north-west seems logical and especially now that Burnley have parted company with Danny Drinkwater.
Chelsea: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
Frank Lampard will be keen to shore up his defence in 2020 and Chelsea ought to make use of their buyback clause for Ake, who racked up 17 appearances for the Blues.
Crystal Palace: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Palace reaped the benefits of signing Batshuayi on loan at the back end of last season and securing Giroud in similar fashion would surely guarantee the Eagles a top-half finish.
Everton: Adrien Rabiot (Juventus)
Rabiot has struggled for game-time at Juventus this season and reuniting with former coach Carlo Ancelotti could fill the hole vacated by the injured Andre Gomes in the Everton midfield.
Leicester City: Jarrod Bowen (Hull City)
There’s not much that needs improving at the King Power Stadium, but Jamie Vardy can’t go on forever and Bowen looks the perfect candidate to become his understudy.
Liverpool: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
It’s unlikely that Liverpool will make a second signing this month, but Sancho and the Reds look like a match made in heaven amidst reports he’s unhappy in Germany.
Manchester City: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
It wouldn’t be transfer speculation with Koulibaly, right? City would need to spend big to ever replace Vincent Kompany and the Napoli man would be Aymeric Laporte’s ideal foil.
Manchester United: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
Young(ish), homegrown players seem to be United’s transfer MO under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Grealish has done enough this season to pique the interest of those at Old Trafford.
Newcastle United: Alfredo Morelos (Rangers)
The fact Joelinton has only scored once this season will certainly encourage Steve Bruce to move for a striker and it’s easy to imagine Morelos becoming a fans’ favourite at St. James’ Park.
Norwich City: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)
Wanyama is still more than good enough to be in the conversation at Spurs, but they’d certainly be open to bids and he would instantly strengthen the midfield spine at Carrow Road.
Sheffield United: Mady Camara (Olympiakos)
A dash of youth at 22 years old and experience in the Champions League are two huge selling points with Chris Wilder looking to improve on the Blades’ early Premier League success.
Southampton: Glen Kamara (Rangers)
The former Arsenal academy product is being linked with several Premier League clubs, but a switch to Southampton seems like one of the most logical collaborations.
Tottenham Hotspur: Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid)
Things aren’t working out too well for Lemar in the Spanish capital, so Jose Mourinho’s spending habits and old links to north London could pave an escape route to English shores.
Watford: Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan)
A little ambitious, admittedly, but Nigel Pearson will be looking for experience in the transfer window and Rodriguez would be crucial in keeping Watford in the top flight.
West Ham United: Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo)
There are just certain players that look like a West Ham signing and ‘Gabigol’ could give European football another crack of the whip if he parts company with Inter Milan.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg)
Poor Salzburg are being stripped of their best players this season and Wolves could seriously benefit from signing Hee-chan as an upgrade upon Patrick Cutrone.
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
It’s always tough to complete big deals in January, so some of these suggestions are a little ambitious.
Take Koulibaly. Even by City’s standards of big-money spending, it seems unlikely that they’ll encourage Napoli to part company with a Ballon d’Or nominee halfway through the season.
And is Grealish really the best buy for United? Sure, it’s been an impressive year for the Aston Villa star, but looking for an out-and-out number nine should be higher on their priority list.
Meanwhile, I can’t see Liverpool turning down Sancho if they have the chance, but it would seem like overkill considering they already have Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Takumi Minamino.
However, if there’s one thing we can be certain with about the list, it’s that we’ll be in for a historic January if all 20 deals were miraculously signed off.