10 players we’d love to see in the Premier League this January

10 players we’d love to see in the Premier League this January

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10 players we’d love to see in the Premier League this January

The January transfer window is officially open and, in celebration of the rumoured big money moves that could be made by some of the world’s best players, we’ve put together our own scouting round-up, where we look at a specially chosen shortlist of the most exciting footballers that could set to join the Premier League.

Yannick Carrasco

It wasn’t all too long ago that Yannick Carrasco formed part of Atletico Madrid’s impressive array of young players with massive futures, but he’s reportedly been added to the transfer list and could depart the newly-built Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as soon as in this current transfer window. He’s a fantastic winger who performs for both Atleti and the Belgium national team, which makes it all the more bizarre that he’s surplus to requirement, and even less of a surprise that both Chelsea and Arsenal are apparently interested in signing him.

It’s likely that Arsenal would be obtaining him in order to replace Alexis Sanchez, who’s continuously linked to moves away, or Theo Walcott, who is reportedly close to a move back to former club Southampton. Chelsea’s interest is more unnerving for their fans, as it could mean that Real Madrid have finally sealed a deal for Eden Hazard, or Jose Mourinho has followed through with his previous intentions of bringing Willian to Manchester United.

Yannick Carrasco Atletico Madrid

William Carvalho

Not many are aware of William Carvalho, but the twenty-five year old has proven himself as being a reliable man in Sporting Lisbon’s midfield, helping the Portuguese club up to second in their respective league table, level on points with top place Porto. His perfect passing and defensive strength makes him the ideal figure to have in that all-important holding role, and West Ham United have been closely linked to bringing him to the London Stadium for the last few transfer windows.

It’s now got to a point where it’s hard to understand how he’s not yet signed for The Hammers, but Sporting Lisbon clearly rate him too highly to let him go without a fight. West Ham attempted to sign him last summer but had their efforts thwarted when Lisbon accused them of trying to bring him in through dubious means, and The Lions look set to do the same in this follow-up attempt.

William Carvalho Sporting Lisbon Portugal

Julian Draxler

The worries that Arsene Wenger will be having to suffer with throughout January won’t let up until the situations of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are finally resolved. One man who’d easily fill the boots of either player is Julian Draxler, who’s completely overlooked at Paris Saint Germain through the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and is the perfect player to work in either role as an attacking midfielder or wide player.

Signed from relegation threatened Wolfsburg at the start of the last January transfer window, Julian Draxler has shown just how skilful a player he really is, and would certainly improve any side he steps into. It wasn’t foreseen just how ambitious PSG’s future transfers would be though, and it’s left the young German out in the cold, with a £40m pricetag being readily batted about the wealthier sides in the Premier League, and Arsenal supposedly at the forefront of those willing to bring him to England.

Julian Draxler Paris Saint Germain Germany

Paulo Dybala

In similar style to young adults who rave about the stylings of Ronaldinho back when the 21st century first began, today’s teenagers rate Juventus forward Paulo Dybala as being a worthwhile enough reason to keep an eye on Italian football for the foreseeable future. He’s pacy, can shoot from distance, is a clinical finisher, and even loves a set piece, so it’s no shock to see him being compared to Argentine teammate Lionel Messi, but it’s not to say that he’s being under appreciated in Turin.

Alternating with world class striker Gonzalo Higuain has Paulo Dybala not always starting for Juventus but being played in just the right capacity to make a positive effect without suffering any damaging injuries. Manchester United have been linked to bringing him to the Premier League and recent form has The Red Devils out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Bristol City, as well as falling to frustrating draws against Burnley, Leicester City and Southampton, so an injection of firepower could be just what they need.

Paulo Dybala Juventus Argentina

Nabil Fekir

Fans of French football will be wondering why Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir hasn’t been on every top Premier League side’s shortlist this January, as he’s stepped up a level once again this season. Ligue 1 has been overshadowed by the rise in fame of Kylian Mbappe as well as the summer arrival of Neymar, but Nabil Fekir has scored more goals than them both, with a tally of thirteen to his name to sit as third top scorer, remaining hot on the heels of Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao.

A lot of the summer consisted of Philippe Coutinho’s attempts to move to La Liga giants Barcelona and he’s said to be determined to finally make that move to Spain, so Liverpool’s best option to replace him could be Nabil Fekir. The Frenchman is effective in any possible attacking position, including as a striker, and at just twenty-four years of age looks only likely to improve with age.

Nabil Fekir Lyon France

Joshua Kimmich

There are hardly any defensively minded players in our shortlist but Bayern Munich full-back Joshua Kimmich is a worthy exception. He signed from RB Leipzig back in 2015 and came into the side straight away, which eventually proved to be a solid signing as he’s since gone on to replace the right-back position left by retiring club legend Philipp Lahm. The twenty-two year old has also broke into the German national side, where’s he’s become proficient at both right-back and defensive midfield positions, making him all the more desirable to potential suitors.

Pep Guardiola recently expressed his frustrations at injuries and tiredness from his players over the festive period and has been without left-back Benjamin Mendy for a lot of the season. Not many signings have been linked to Manchester City so far, mostly due to the whopping amounts spent by them in the past few windows, but Joshua Kimmich is a possibility for The Citizens, and he’d be a welcomed addition through his versatility and clear potential.

Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich Germany

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Along with the other Italian sides who’ve vastly improved over the last eighteen months, Lazio have shown better signs in the performances they’ve put out, clinching a high finish last season to guarantee a place in the Europa League, and working as one of the most enjoyable attacking sides in the Serie A. Striker Ciro Immobile has been pivotal in that return to the spotlight, netting sixteen goals to battle with Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala for the golden boot, but he’s not been alone in Lazio’s final third, with Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic looking like the next player to step up to the plate in future months.

The midfielder spoke of his love for Manchester United a few months back and is being tipped to join Jose Mourinho’s side either in January or at the end of the season, as well as being linked to Paris Saint Germain for a whopping £150m, but there are reasons behind why he’s so highly rated. He played a big part in Lazio’s fifth place finish last season and is a crucial player for The Eagles again in the current attempt, scoring seven times in all competitions and being a statistically key figure in the final third.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio Serbia

Luka Modric

Surely every side would welcome the arrival Luka Modric, who possesses all possible attributes that make up the perfect midfielder. He’s been rumoured as being unsettled at the Bernabeu and could feel more at home back in the Premier League, where he’d previously spent an enjoyable five year stint. The Croatian took on the iconic number 10 shirt at Real Madrid through the departure of James Rodriguez, who joined Bayern Munich on loan over the summer, but it’s not been enough to keep his eyes focused at the task in hand, and could be a main factor in the club’s underwhelming fourth place position in La Liga.

Being unsettled at Real Madrid can be easily backed up for Luka Modric, as he’s yet to score or assist at all this season, which is nothing like the usually catalytic player. Tottenham Hotspur are frontrunners for his signature after being a club he spent some fond memories at, but whether they’ll have the sort of money to bring in a player of his calibre is another thing, as Zinedine Zidane surely won’t be willing to part with a figure as crucial as him without it being for a worthy cause. It’d certainly revamp Spurs’ season after lacking some ruthlessness at times where it’s really mattered.

Luka Modric Real Madrid Croatia

Alex Sandro

Constant links in the summer made a move to Chelsea look practically set for Alex Sandro, but he remains a key part of Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus side back in Italy. The Brazilian signed for Juve back in 2015 after showing masses of potential at Porto, and he’s become a staple in what is an immensely regimented defence. Chelsea currently have Marcos Alonso played in the left-back position but like to move the Spaniard into more attacking positions and Alex Sandro can be utilised in similar ways, solid in defensive positions but also even more capable when moving further up the pitch.

Falling short in trying to bring Alex Sandro to the club led Chelsea to signing Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta but many continue to be frustrated by the Italian’s inability to show anywhere near as much quality as Alex Sandro, who would have been a fantastic export for the London club. Antonio Conte was reportedly upset through his side’s hesitance in bringing new acquisitions to the club last summer, so Roman Abramovich and co might be inclined to make up for those shortcomings in paying out for the Brazilian.

Alex Sandro Juventus Brazil

Cenk Tosun

It’s been difficult to avoid hearing stories of Cenk Tosun over past months, and he looks set to make a move away from Besiktas in the January transfer window with an array of clubs interested in acquiring his signature. He currently sits with a record of fourteen goals over all competition and is a likeable figure for various clubs throughout the Premier League. Everton have struggled for a lot of the season before Sam Allardyce came in to save the day but even that turnaround has only seen Wayne Rooney as a reliable goalscorer for The Toffees.

If Everton can seal a deal for the Turkey international, which they’re reportedly already close to doing, it would give them far more depth in that all-important final third, especially if Sandro Ramirez is set to leave the club as recent reports imply. Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been connected with him in recent times but sound likely to be a distance from where Everton currently stand in negotiations.

Cenk Tosun Besiktas Turkey

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