With the January 2018 transfer window just started, the top six Premier League clubs look to add reinforcements to their side. Top clubs will have to spend to stay in the Premier League 2017/18 title race. Here are some of the players that could strengthen the top 6.
Jonny Evans to Manchester City
League leaders Manchester City are in prime position to win the Premier League. The Citizens are now 15 points clear at the top of the league and with a chance of winning quadruple this season, City will look to add a centre back in there squad. The ever injured Vincent Kompany cannot be relied upon, due to his recurring fitness issue and with John Stones back from an injury, Manchester City have only two proper centre backs. Jonny Evans was a target for City this summer but West Brom have reportedly rejected a £30 million bid for Evans. He is classic Premier League defender who is solid at the back and with good passing ability, having played in a holding midfield role for few games. This is a versatility that Pep wants from his defenders. Valued at £40 million, he will provide a solid backup for Stones and Otamendi.
Fabinho to Manchester United
Mourinho’s United are slipping further away from Manchester City and will soon be out of the title race unless the Portuguese find a feasible solution to his woes. One such weak area is at the right back position. Although Antonio Valencia has performed incredibly well for United at the right back spot, he is yet to get an assist in the league this season and at 32 he is not getting any younger. Manchester United would have to look at a replacement who is younger and just as effective. Capable of playing both defensive midfield and right back, Monaco’s Fabinho looks like an ideal replacement for the United Captain. Last season, Fabinho finished with 9 goals and 1 assists in 37 league games. Manchester United reportedly had a £60 million bid rejected last season but could certainly look at Fabinho as a player who could add steel to the squad.
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Alex Sandro to Chelsea
Antonio Conte would look to reinforce the West side of London in a bid to catch Manchester City. The main man for Conte here is Juventus’ left back Alex Sandro. Sandro would be a formidable addition to the squad considering the fact that he would put up greater defensive numbers than Alonso and also be able to play in with the back three. Alonso is prolific offensively scoring six goals already this campaign but his defensive attributes are no better than Alex Sandro. Chelsea’s bid of £60 million was rejected by Juventus in last summer. Having only played 400 minutes and falling out of favour at his club, Sandro would also look at Chelsea as a potentially good move.
Butland to Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool completed the spectacular signing of Van Dijk for £75 million after failing to land the defender in the summer. The red side of Merseyside still lack a reliable talent between the sticks. Liverpool’s goalkeeping talent is well short of world class and the club would consider a move for one. Stoke’s Butland would certainly be one of the many upgrades from Mignolet that Liverpool can bid for. At 24 years old, the English keeper is young and has been in the top flight for 4 years already. Butland averages 2 saves a goal over the last two seasons which is better than both keepers at Anfield and with a market value of £35 million, he could well be the keeper Liverpool need.
Isco to Tottenham
North London club Tottenham look to push for a top four finish in the league. With Eriksen and Dele Alli shouldering all the weight of creating in midfield, Spurs would look for more options. The club could sign out of favour Real Madrid star Isco in a bid to salvage a Champions League sport for next season. After becoming a regular starter last season with Real Madrid’s Champions League retaining side the former Malaga man has not featured in important games recently, notably in the 0-3 loss to Barcelona in El Clasico. Although Real Madrid are reluctant to sell, a big bid could lure the player. Considering their enormous spending on the new stadium, Tottenham may hold out on a January transfer to cut costs.
Nabil Fekir to Arsenal
Arsenal are in a critical position this season with contracts of their biggest stars coming to an end. Sanchez is one of the big names that has been in the limelight for a move away from the Emirates. Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir could be an ideal replacement for Sanchez, possessing the ability to play as an attacking mid or a centre forward. His beautiful link-up play with Lacazette last season has not gone unnoticed by Arsene Wenger. Fekir is 24 and valued at £60 million. He has 13 Goals and 3 assists this season in just 16 appearances. With Sanchez’s growing unhappier at the Emirates, Arsenal could look to Fekir as the answer.