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The main talking points with one month until January transfer window opens

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Will Man United splash out? Will Pep Guardiola bolster Man City's defence? Will Jose Mourinho demand new signings? And where will Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho end up? The main talking points with a month left until the January transfer windowThe January transfer window is just a month away and clubs are preparingManchester City could be tempted to reinforce their defence after injuriesStruggling Manchester United need new recruits in a number of positionsForwards Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho are among Old Trafford targets Sander Berge has been linked with Liverpool to provide cover for Fabinho  

The January transfer window opens in a month's time, offering the clubs of the Premier League and beyond the opportunity to bolster their squads for the second half of the season.

The window in England starts on New Year's Day and closes at 11pm on January 31, offering plenty of opportunity for each club to make acquisitions.

But who is likely to be splashing the cash and what will the main talking points be? Sportsmail takes a look.


With Manchester City eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool, Pep Guardiola will be certainly tempted to dive into the transfer market in January in order to rescue their title defence.

And the obvious place City do urgently need reinforcements is at the back. They failed to replace Vincent Kompany with another centre half when the Belgian departed last summer and an injury to Aymeric Laporte left them short.

Pep Guardiola may feel the need to strengthen with Manchester City trailing Liverpool

When John Stones also picked up an injury, Guardiola had little choice but to play midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri in defence.

So it would perhaps be prudent to sign an additional centre half as cover, with Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu a potential long-term option.

The Turkish centre half has certainly impressed for second-placed Leicester after stepping up following the sale of Harry Maguire to Manchester United.

However, Leicester would certainly dig in their heels and demand as much as £80million for the impressive Soyuncu.

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is attracting admirers and is valued at £80million


It's grindingly slow progress for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seem to take two steps back for every one forward at the moment.

United sit 10th in the table after dropping two points against Aston Villa on Sunday and have won just four of their 14 Premier League games so far.

There are so many areas where United need to boost their squad - at centre half, central midfield and centre forward especially.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to strengthen his Manchester United side in various positions

The January window rarely offers value, but there should be scope for Solskjaer to address at least one of those areas.

They have been heavily linked with the prolific Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, who worked with Solskjaer at Norwegian club Molde.

There are confident noises coming out of United that Haaland will choose them but stiff competition is expected from other leading clubs in Europe.

Erling Haaland of Red Bull Salzburg is one of Europe's hottest properties at the moment


Only Jadon Sancho rivals Haaland for transfer speculation at the moment.

The England star is attracting interest from United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid as he continues to shine for Borussia Dortmund despite an inconsistent start to the season.

With seven goals and nine assists so far this season, the 19-year-old has continued to deliver on the field despite issues off it.

Jadon Sancho is valued at £100m and is attracting interest from some of Europe's big clubs

His relationship with Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has collapsed, with Sancho twice dropped from the starting line-up as a result of poor time-keeping.

And there have been reports that Sancho felt he was made a 'scapegoat' for the wider failings of the Dortmund side after he was hooked after just 36 minutes of their 4-0 loss at Bayern Munich.

So Dortmund, who know Sancho will likely leave next summer anyway, may be tempted to cash in early. But will anyone have £100m to spend in January?


Willian has become a significant player in Frank Lampard's youthful revolution this season, despite being significantly older than most of the star players.

The 31-year-old Brazilian has come into his own as a mentor for the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi both on and off the pitch and is highly valued by the manager.

But Willian is in the last year of his contract and, with negotiations over an extension not yet getting off the ground, he would leave for nothing in the summer.

Willian's Chelsea contract ends in the summer and they may need to act now to cash in

And there is plenty of interest, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus linked with him in recent weeks.

Chelsea won't really want to let such a talented player depart for free so could entertain cash offers in January instead.

Barcelona offered £50m for him last summer, only to see it rejected, and may come back with another bid that would be lower but better than nothing.


It goes without saying that Arsenal's main priority at the moment is finding a new manager following last week's sacking of Unai Emery.

It's wholly possible that interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will remain in place until the end of the season and so the Swede should have a say in any January transfer business.

Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his first game at Norwich 

Arsenal are one of the many clubs linked to Haaland, while Roy Hodgson spoke the other day about how Crystal Palace remain on guard for further interest in Wilfried Zaha, whose mooted move to Arsenal broke down in the summer.

More alarming for Arsenal fans are stories suggesting Real Madrid or Inter Milan may be preparing a January bid for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It really hammers home how far Arsenal's stock has fallen that European clubs they might once have considered contemporaries are now happy to poach their star assets, even if a £70m price tag may prove prohibitive.

Arsenal's star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with Inter and Real Madrid


Jose Mourinho made all the right noises about being more than content with Tottenham's squad when he was unveiled as their manager the other day.

It suggests there is no need for any squad investment in January, which will no doubt be music to the ears of Daniel Levy.

But the next thing, they're being linked with bringing former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay to the Premier League in a deal worth £42m.

Depay has rebuilt his career at Lyon after a nightmare time at Old Trafford though the speculation appears to be based on comments by Depay claiming Mourinho said 'I hope we buy you back one day' when he left United.

Memphis Depay has been linked with a Premier League return after impressing at Lyon


With every passing weekend, it looks more and more likely that Liverpool will end their three-decade wait for a league championship come May.

Jurgen Klopp's side are eight points clear of City and Leicester though this could well be eroded away during a nightmarish December schedule for the Reds.

January will offer the chance of renewal though Liverpool's team looks so settled and effective, it may be a case of 'if it ain't broke...'

Genk's Sander Berge, playing here against Liverpool, could offer cover for Fabinho

One possibility is to sign cover in midfield after the injury suffered by Fabinho.

Reports have suggested a short-term replacement could be the Norway international Sander Berge, 21, who impressed for Genk in both their Champions League meetings this season.

Berge would cost in the region of £25m, which could represent a sound investment to get Liverpool over the line this season.


January is a classic time for teams in the relegation places to panic and splash out on squad reinforcements in a desperate bid to save themselves.

Watford, currently bottom, will see their transfer business dictated by the whims of their new manager but what is apparent is they need more firepower.

One name in the frame is Odion Ighalo, well versed with Vicarage Road having played there between 2014 and 2017 before moving to the Chinese Super League.

Striker Odoin Ighalo could be in line for a return to Watford after playing out in China

Norwich didn't recruit a great deal in the summer after winning promotion but are being linked in Spain with the Reims centre back Axel Disasi and Freiburg defender Robin Kock as they try and plug a leaky defence.

Southampton also have defensive woes and have been linked with Sassuolo and Italy Under 21 player Alessandro Tripadelli and also a loan move for Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters.

Everton, just two points above the drop zone, could easily become the next club to fire their manager with Marco Silva under severe pressure.

This makes pre-planning for transfer targets tricky but reports in Portugal have linked them with the aptly-named Everton Soares, who is a forward at Gremio and a Brazil international.

Could Gremio and Brazil forward Everton Soares be on his way to... Everton? 


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