As the record breaking January continues, the Premier League looks set to continue its spending as clubs look to improve squads for the business end of the season. With the £142 million move for Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool will look to replace the Brazilian and bring help for £75 million defender Virgil Van Dijk. As the race for top 4 heats up Tottenham and Arsenal will look to improve their chances of Champions League qualification and maintain their form in Europe. And with the World Cup approaching, many players will look to loan moves to improve chances of international selection. Let’s look at what might happen this January with some of the most likely transfers to happen this window.
Alexis Sanchez – Man City / Man United
Sanchez looked close to reuniting with former boss Pep Guardiola last summer, but the deal fell through after Arsenal failed to bring in yet another transfer target to replace the Chilean. With 6 months left on his contract, Sanchez is free to negotiate personal terms with other clubs. The deal to Man City looked to be done with a fee of around £20 million and Sanchez netting a £15 million signing bonus, or if he waits till the end of the season and goes for free he will receive a whopping £30 million signing bonus. However, new reports suggest strong interest from Jose Mourinho, who is willing to include Henrik Mkhitaryan in a deal, although Arsenal will try to negotiate for Anthony Martial. Its not certain which side of Manchester Sanchez will end up, but it looks certain we will leave the Emirates this January.
Thomas Lemar – Liverpool / Arsenal
With Sanchez seemingly out the door and Coutinho already off to Barcelona, both Liverpool and Arsenal will look to replace their star men as they go head to head to sign Monaco playmaker Thomas Lemar. Arsenal came closest last summer after having a £90 million bid accepted by the club only to be turned down by the young Frenchman hours before the deadline. Reports that Arsenal have being eyeing up other prospects may give Liverpool fans fresh hope to pursue the Frenchman and with the chairman admitting he wouldn’t be able to say no to the right money. Where he ends up is anyone’s guess but he looks likely to leave this window for a fee of around £90 million.
Cristian Pavon – Arsenal
The Argentine has impressed at Boca Juniors, and has attracted significant interest from abroad. Arsenal look close to acquiring his talents this window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, and Pavon would certianly be a cheaper alternative to Thomas Lemar. Boca Juniors’ president has insisted that unless anyone pays his full £27 million (which seems like a cheap price to pay for a 21-year-old winger with a bright future ahead of him) Pavlon will remain at the club. However, it seems likely that Arsene Wenger will step up and buy the youngster to replace the big names heading out of the door.
Jonjo Shelvey – West Ham
Jonjo Shelvey is being pursued by David Moyes in a £12 million move to West Ham this January. Whilst his technical ability isn’t in doubt, his aggression may have been a factor in him not playing regular football at St James’ Park. West ham is prepared to match Shelvey’s current contract of £80,000 a week. Moyes is looking to strengthen his midfield and reports confirm that Shelvey will be first choice however, alternatives are being considered as a back-up.
Lucas Moura – Man United
The Brazilian midfielder looked set for big things when he signed for PSG for £45 million as a 19-year-old from Sao Paolo. As a teenager he almost signed for Man United before the deal was hijacked by the Parisians, but once again he looks set to go to Old Trafford, after failing out of favour this season with manager Unai Emery. With new signings Neymar and Mbappe costing over £350 million when finalised, the club must offload some talent to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Keen to play regular football and improve his World Cup chances, Moura will look to the Premier League to provide this. Liverpool have reportedly been offered the Brazilian, but the strongest interest is coming from Manchester, who are not prepared to wait until summer to acquire his services.
Daniel Strurridge – Inter Milan
Similar to Theo Walcott, Daniel Strurridge has been plagued with injuries causing him to fall in the Liverpool rankings despite his impressive form under Brendon Rodgers. Whilst Sturridge looks unlikely to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis, a loan seems feasible, with the striker looking to put himself into contention for the World Cup squad this summer. Rumours suggest that the forward has offered his services to Inter Milan, who are looking for an alternative to Icardi. There has also been interest from Southampton, but as things stand, Inter look favourites to snap up the services of the once prolific 28-year-old.
Theo Walcott – Everton
After breaking into the England World Cup squad as a 17-year-old, Walcott looked set to deliver on his bright future. However, like many of Arsenals brightest talents, Theo Walcott has had a career riddled with injury that has halted his progression. Southampton are keen to bring Walcott back to where he started his career, but it now looks that Everton are more interested, and are prepared to pay up to £20 million for his services. Eager to get back in the England World Cup squad, Walcott needs game time and its been made clear to him by Wenger where he lies in the Arsenal pecking order. Meanwhile, Allardyce insists that Goodison Park is the place for Walcott to reignite his career.
Diafra Sakho – Newcastle / Everton
The West Ham man looks ready to depart, and is believed to have undergone a medical at Crystal Palace ahead of a £10 million move. However, the deal is not sealed yet as several clubs look to hijack the move, with Newcastle, West Brom and Everton all interested in his services. In search of regular first team football, he may be less likely to get this at Everton; however, the chance to reunite with Allardice may be appealing to the Senegalese international. With Christian Benteke struggling for goals, Sakho may be given more of a chance at Palace if he manages to find his feet.
Jonny Evans – Man City / Man United
The West Bromwich Albion defender has been attracting significant attention in recent months for his performances over the last few seasons. Sold by Manchester United in 2015 for £6 million, the Red Devils may have to pay in excess of £30 million to bring the Northern Irishman back to Old Trafford. That is of course, if they can fend off interest from rivals Manchester City and Arsenal. Arsenal are arguably in the greatest need for a centre half, but a move back to Manchester United might temp Evans as an opportunity to prove himself. However, Evans’ composure on the ball is exactly what Pep Guardiola expects from his defenders, so a move to the Etihad would not be surprising. His future is unknown but its rumoured that Arsenal will pursue the matter offering Calum Chambers as part of the deal.