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EPL Top 6 clubs and the players they should sign in January

Tarkesh Jha
ANALYST
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18.32K   //    25 Dec 2017, 13:48 IST

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The transfer window is something that is avidly looked forward to by football fans from all over the world. Last summer witnessed probably the craziest transfers of all time.

A rampaging PSG side roped in two of the most talented wingers in the world for astronomical amounts. Neymar’s world record move to the Parisian club dominated headlines all through the summer.

However, here in England, the clubs did not hold back either. The top-flight clubs in the Premier League spent around 1.4 billion pounds on their transfers this season. However, as we await January, this record could be broken soon too.

Though January is generally the quieter of the two transfer windows, things could change this time around. Midway through the season, the top-six clubs have their fair share of problems to address. Hence it would not be a surprise if the big clubs spend a fortune for bringing in new recruits to better their teams.

Let us look at who might be the players whom these clubs would intend to sign in the coming few weeks:


#6 Arsenal: Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)

The Gunners had a relatively quiet summer as most of their attention was focused on keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez. They signed Alexandra Lacazette for a club record transfer fee and landed Sead Kolasinac for free.

Now as January approaches, Arsene Wenger would already be sweating over his lack of transfer activity some months ago. Sanchez has cut a sorry figure and has displayed a lack of passion while representing the Gunners. Mesut Ozil has been brilliant, but still, looks set to part ways with the Emirates very soon.

Except for the inconsistent Danny Welbeck and the wayward Alex Iwobi, Arsenal does not have depth in attack. Even Jack Wilshere has not signed a new deal even though his contract runs out in the summer.

Under such circumstances, Wenger could once again turn to a player with whom his team was extensively linked in August.

Thomas Lemar nearly completed his move to the Emirates ahead of the current season. When most of his teammates left AS Monaco, Lemar had to stay put due to some deadline day fiasco.

Reportedly, the young Frenchman wanted to feature in the Champions League and hence opted to ditch a move to the North London club at the last moment.

As Wenger would soon be running out of attacking options, Thomas Lemar could be the perfect addition to the squad.

His amazing pace, skills, and composure while finishing off attacks sets him apart from other lads of his age. The AS Monaco player can play in any attacking position as his versatility is an added boon.

Moreover, Arsene Wenger has always thrived while working with French players.

Thomas Lemar would not have any communication issues with the team’s first choice forwards that are Alexandra Lacazette and Olivier Giroud. This could ease his transition to life in England.

Certainly, Arsenal need to go all guns blazing to sign the French sensation.

Also read: Premier League 2017/18: 5 most shocking signings of the summer transfer window

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Tarkesh Jha
ANALYST
17 Y/O, Sports Fanatic. I follow football and cricket with avid interest, and writing has become a passion of late. Specialization in transfer window analysis, post/pre-match articles and featured pieces. Articles are regularly published on Sportskeeda, MadAboutEpl, Sportsmonks and Cricfrenzy.
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