While most teams conclude their transfer business during the summer, the January transfer window can prove useful for teams looking for cover for injured players or just to improve the quality of their squad, now that the season has almost reached the half-way point.
In this blog, we look at the title contenders and where we feel they need to strengthen in order to finish at the top of the pile come May.
What They Need – A striker
For most of this season the question posed was what would happen if Olivier Giroud got injured.
Giroud missed his 1st game yesterday due to injury against a stubborn Cardiff side who only conceded in the last few minutes to the much maligned Nicolas Bendtner. With the return of Lucas Podolski and Theo Walcott to full fitness the issue of reinforcements is not as pressing as it once was but the feeling is that they still require more back-up in this area.
Likely Targets – Mitchu (Swansea) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
What They Need – Defensive partner for Vincent Kompany
With Kompany missing a few games this season due to injury it has exposed City’s reliance on their captain. With Joleon Lescott clearly not in favour with Pellegrini and the unimpressive Martin Demichelis since his summer arrival from Athletico Madrid a centre half will be City’s priority in this window.
Likely Targets – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Kurt Zouma (St Etienne)
What They Need – A Striker that can score
It is clear that Chelsea need a striker and, although Jose Mourinho claims he is not going to sign one in January, there seems little doubt that he will not at least make a few inquiries.
Likely Targets – Falcao (Monaco) Jackson Martinez (FC Porto) Marion Balotelli (AC Milan)
What They Need – A Striker as back up to Lukaku
With Nikica Jelavic out of favour and summer signing, Arouna Kone out injured a back up to on-loan striker Lukaku is a must. The transfer of Irish winger Aidan McGeedy from Spartak Moscow looks almost certain to be completed this month as well.
Likely Targets – Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liege)
I think Brendan Rodgers will be happy enough with his squad and how they have performed so far this season. Next summer may be when you will see some new arrivals. They have cover for most positions and have proved they can cope when missing Gerard, Suarez, and Sturridge during different times this season. Expect the cheque book to be opened during the summer.
What They Need – Top Class Midfielder
The capture of Marouane Fellanin during the summer increasingly looks like a desperation buy after countless of failed bids for midfielders across Europe. United have failed to address the midfield issue ever since Paul Scholes retired and I feel they can no longer rely on the current contenders for this position.
Likely Targets – Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Marco Reus (Borrusia Dortmund) Ross Barkley (Everton) Adan Lallana (Southampton)
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