The winter transfer window is now at its business end. Brought into place for the 2002/03 season, the January Transfer Window allows clubs to sign, sell and loan players in the middle of the season. Although clubs are reluctant to disturb the status quo of the squad during the season, prolific signings, such as Virgil Van Dijk and Bruno Fernandes, were made during the winter transfer window.
While each clubs have their transfer plans that we are not made aware of, we can, of course, accurately speculate which player they could or should sign. Here is one player, each of the traditional big 6 of the Premier League, should sign this January.
Arsenal – Alexander Isak
Arsenal is finally in a positive year of transition. Mikel Arteta made some sensible signings in the summer has slowly re-established Arsenal as a top 6 side, which they weren’t for some time now. However, they are still clearly at the bottom end of that ranking. This is because they lack a leader up top against stronger opponents.
And we believe Alexander Isak is the best choice for that role. After a breakthrough season last year, it looks like the 22-year-old Swede is stagnating in Real Sociedad. He will likely be open to the move and would cost around 50 million, a relatively low fee for a player that is yet to reach his prime.
Chelsea – Jules Kounde
Chelsea is having a fantastic season on-field. But they lack the necessary depth in the centre back position. Chelsea currently has only two world-class centre-backs under 35, Christensen and Rudiger, whose contract is still not sorted. While Silva and Azpilicueta are still doing a great job, Chelsea needs better options than Chalobah.
Jules Kounde is the perfect option for Chelsea. They have admired him and wanted him for some time now, and this window is the ideal time to get him. He has proved to be world-class and is looking to take the next step. While he will cost a considerable fee of around 75-80 million, Chelsea never really have had a problem with money. Signing him now rather than waiting till summer will allow him to adapt and settle into the Premier League.
Liverpool – Christopher Nkuku
Liverpool is currently experiencing a shortage of attackers, with Salah and Mane off to play the African Cup of Nations. The contracts of these players also end this season. Salah’s will likely be renewed, so Mane will need replacing. And Christopher Nkuku is the perfect player to do so.
The 24-year-old French forward is about to enter his prime and worked with Gegenpressing before. Getting him now will provide Klopp with attacking options and insurance against injuries that other attackers could sustain.
Manchester City – Diego Costa
As has been the case since Pep’s arrival, Man City has an excellent title charge. They have virtually wrapped up the title race already. However, Pep will now likely focus on the elusive Champions League trophy. This season, City lack a genuine striker. And while they have been doing great without one, having one will increase their attacking options by a multitude.
Diego Costa will be the perfect fit for City. A genuine number 9, he can play a Cavani like role for City. He is a huge character and also knows the Premier League well. Since he is old, he won’t genuinely fight for a starting spot and instead become an excellent option for Pep from the bench. He is also a free agent, costing almost nothing, and can be let go in the summer for a better option like Haaland. Such opportunities are required to win the UCL.
Manchester United – Amadou Haidara
Despite having a star-studded squad led by the great Cristiano Ronaldo himself, Man United has had a mediocre season. They are in contention for the top 4 but barely so. This is partly due to managerial changes and issues in the dressing room. However, the main problem is a lack of world-class destroyers in midfield. Fred and Mctominay are both more of box-to-box midfielders, and Matic is well past his prime years.
Man United are in immediate need of a defensive midfielder, and it seems Amadou Haidara is being heavily linked to the club. Haidara would be an excellent fit for this team. Since he is a part of the Leipzig contingent, he has a great understanding of the Geganpress philosophy that Ragnick employs. Furthermore, he is likely available for a fee of less than 50 million pounds, which is relatively low compared to the asking price for most other midfielders of his position.
Tottenham Hotspurs – Adama Traore
Since the arrival of Conte, Spurs have improved drastically. But of course, since he arrived mid-season, Conte will likely want to add a few players that suit his system better before going all-out in the summer. Adama Traore is one such player.
Conte relies heavily on his wing-backs in his system. While Spurs do have quality wing-backs, none of them is the type he wants. Adama Traore is a player who fits the description for that position. Given that he isn’t producing the necessary numbers that Wolves wish him to and that his contract expires in 2023, he is likely to be available for around 35 million pounds. His attacking threat will improve a great supply for Harry Kane too.