The window is expected to set up crucial moves in the English top flight.
Several notable players are up for grabs and could see themselves change teams. While the world welcomed the year 2021, it also meant that the January transfer window was officially opened. This will enable teams to buy, sell or loan players according to their requirements.
In the Premier League, several important deals are expected to take place. Arsenal are expected to delve into the market for a creative player, while Manchester United could be in for a defender. Wolves are also reportedly looking to recruit a new striker from the available options.
Keeping that and every other Premier League club’s ambition in mind, here are the five deals that can happen in the January transfer window.
5. Emiliano Buendia to Arsenal
Arsenal are languishing in the bottom half of the league table currently. Mikel Arteta’s team have massively underperformed and the club needs some sort of impetus to save their season. One of the key areas that the tactician will need to reconstruct is the midfield.
A key player that has been identified as one of the January transfer target is Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia. The Argentine impressed everyone in the last campaign while in the Premier League and has shown promise in the creative department. The 24-year-old will cost around £16m, but the Canaries could ask for more since their promising midfielder has notched up six goals and seven assists in 18 EFL Championship appearances.
4. Riqui Puig to Arsenal
Another target that has been identified to solve Arsenal’s woes in the final third is FC Barcelona’s Riqui Puig. The 21-year-old has been on the Gunners’ radar for a while and has been left out of Ronald Koeman’s plans due to a “falling out” between the two. Meanwhile, several outlets in England and Spain have reported that Arteta is considering Puig as a long-term solution.
The promising youngster is valued around £18m in the current January transfer window. However, considering the potential of the player and the market value which will increase gradually, FC Barcelona could demand more or the most practical solution will be a loan with an obligation to buy. Leeds United are also reportedly interested in the midfielder.
3. Declan Rice to Chelsea
Declan Rice has been linked with several elite English clubs for a couple of years now. He has recently stepped up his performance for West Ham United and has been heavily linked with Chelsea. The Blues attempted to recruit him in the summer, but the deal could not materialize due to a disagreement over the transfer fee.
The 21-year-old will cost Chelsea an upwards of £60m, but will definitely improve Frank Lampard’s midfield options. Rice also recently hired his father as his agent, who is a long-time Chelsea fan, fueling speculation of his potential January transfer move to Stamford Bridge.
2. Max Aarons to Manchester United
Manchester United FC have been linked with Norwich City’s Max Aarons and the club have apparently enquired about him. The Red Devils have identified the Englishman as a perfect backup to Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position, where the squad has seemed short of options lately.
The 20-year-old is a very promising player and also one of the players who heavily impressed last season in the league with the Canaries. Max Aarons rejected a move to FC Barcelona in the summer, such is the level of the youngster, that he is chased by several elite clubs. The player will cost around £20m with Manchester United being the front-runners in the January transfer window.
1. Diego Costa to Wolves
Diego Costa is being heavily linked with a sensational move back to the Premier League, with the Wolves the likeliest destination. The former Chelsea forward recently had his contract with Atletico Madrid terminated and is now a free agent.
Wolves are in desperate need for a striker at the moment after Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull, who is unlikely to return to action any time soon. Nuno Espirito Santo needs a proven, experienced forward to lead the line and Diego Costa fits the role perfectly.