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The January transfer window is set to open with Premier League clubs eyeing up opportunities to boost their seasons. And with Covid causing additional pressure on squads, extra depth could prove crucial in the second half of the season.
Last year there were several important signings, as Arsenal loaned Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid before making it permanent last summer. Liverpool had a defensive crisis with Virgil Van Dijk and others out long-term at the time, forcing the Reds to dip into the market to acquire numbers. Ben Davies arrived from Preston and Ozan Kabak joined on loan from Schalke. Manchester United spent big to bring in Amad for £18m from Atalanta, while West Ham secured arguably the signing of the window by loaning Jesse Lingard from the Red Devils, leading to nine goals in 16 appearances.
This year’s mid-season window will likely see Chelsea explore possibilities at left-back and left wing-back after Ben Chilwell’s season-ending knee surgery, with Everton’s out-of-favour Lucas Digne an option. The African Cup of Nations could also impact teams, with Liverpool expected to lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, while still keeping pace with Manchester City in the title race.
Newcastle will have their first opportunity to splash the cash under their new Saudi owners, with relegation a distinct possibility, we can expect the Magpies to be aggressive in their pursuit of fresh talent. While Antonio Conte will expect Tottenham to back him in his bid to inspire them to a top four finish.
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Transfer news live: Juan Mata eyed for return to Spain
Ralf Rangnick could shake things up at Manchester United in January with a number of outgoings.
Striker Anthony Martial has already made it clear he wants to leave in the search for more first-team football.
And Juan Mata is another who could be off with the Evening Standard reporting that Real Sociedad are keen on taking him back to Spain with just six months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.
Transfer news live: Chelsea defenders’ future up in the air
The future of Andreas Christensen remains up in the air as one of four Chelsea defenders out of contract next summer.
Both Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are of interest to Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
Antonio Rudiger is wanted by Real Madrid while Thiago Silva is another who could leave for free at the end of the season.
Transfer news live: Sevilla yet to up Anthony Martial offer
Sevilla are yet to up their offer for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman has told the club he wants to leave to try and get more first-team football with the Spanish club one of his leading suitors.
They are keen on a loan deal but, according to Mundo Deportivo, are so far unwilling to pay more than half of the 26-year-old’s wages.
United want them paid in full if any deal is to be done.
Transfer news live: Ousmane Dembele contract talks break down
It has emerged that talks have broken down between Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele.
The 24-year-old winger’s deal at the Camp Nou runs out in summer.
The club was hoping to renew Dembele’s contract but the Frenchman appears to be edging closer to the exit.
Transfer news live: Manchester United have upper hand in Florian Wirtz hunt
Manchester United believe they have the upper hand in the race for German wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
The Daily Star report that United believe the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim boss could give them the inside track in the chase for one of the most-wanted young players in Europe.
The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine season for Bayer Leverkusen which has caught the eye of the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool as well as United.
Leverkusen could look to cash in next summer and are said to be looking for upwards of £70million.
Transfer news live: Seria A duo join fight for Lucas Digne
Inter Milan and Napoli have joined the fight to sign Everton’s out-of-favour full-back Lucas Digne, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The France international, 28, has previously been linked with Newcastle and Leicester City.
Transfer news live: Newcastle look to Kieran Trippier
Newcastle are hoping to secure Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier in the January window, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Manchester United and Tottenham have also been credited with interest.
The same paper also carries the rumour that the club is also trying to sign a new forward in January following an injury to Callum Wilson.
Transfer news live: Arsenal Philippe Coutinho’s top choice
Barcelona’s firesale could lead to a familiar name being put on the market.
Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho could be set for a move back to the Premier League as Barca continue to push for sales.
Sport report that Arsenal are the Brazilian international’s preferred destination should he return to English football.
Transfer news live: Real Madrid target Mbappe and Haaland
Real Madrid could be set to sign not one but two of the best young players in the world.
Kylian Mbappe is widely expected to sign on a free when his contract expires at Paris Saint-Germain next summer.
But Spanish newspaper Marca report that Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund could join him as part of a mouthwatering strikeforce.
Mino Raiola recently named Real alongside Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona as possible destinations for his client.
Transfer news live: Raphinha won’t push to leave Leeds
Raphinha is a wanted man but is not ready to push for an exit from Leeds next month.
The 25-year-old Brazil international has apparently caught the eye of both Liverpool and Bayern Munich with his performances this season.
But he looks set to remain at Elland Road until the end of the season at the least.