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Premier League's January of 2022 Transfer Predictions

Sat 08 January 2022 | 5:30

Let us take a brief look at every team in the Premier League to deliver our Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions:

The January transfer window is always the trickiest since so many teams are settled in with their players and do not wish to upset the squad’s balance and chemistry but the window is also more exciting due to its short length and the fact that many fans wish their teams to sign players to take their club the chance to go that extra mile and finish the season on a high note, either avoiding relegation or finishing in as high a position as they can.

While the pandemic hit football hard in terms of finances, transfers have been hard to do in that past 3 windows but it is always less harder for the Premier League clubs because of how much money these clubs earn each season, so if there is bound to be a big deal done in Europe this January, it is likely that a Premier League club is involved. So let us take a closer look at these clubs to deliver our biggest

Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions

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January transfer window 2022 predictions

So what we are going to do here is to start our January transfer window 2022 predictions from the bottom of the table and work our way up. We’ll try to group teams together in this Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions so we have an understanding of how for example the Top 4 or relegation candidates are rivaling each other in the January market. Now without further ado let’s start with the relegation candidates:

Relegation Candidates (Newcastle, Norwich, Burnley and Watford)

For a team that has been Championship winners twice in the past three seasons, Norwich sure seems to underperform a lot more than its peers who stay up in the Premier League after being promoted. But nevertheless, the

Canaries

are once again having a tough time of it and are almost guaranteed to be relegated by the end of the season which makes their job in the Transfer Market that much harder. With little to no budget as well as a shuffling of managers, Norwich doesn’t have any big plans in January unless there are loan options available.

While Watford seemed keen to sign defender Kortney Hause from

Aston Villa

, they have seen their bid rejected but they have other targets such as Nice wing back Hassane Kamara and KAS Eupen defensive midfielder Edo Kayembe in order to bolster his side to survive relegation. If Hause’s deal does not go through Ranieri may bring in Besiktas and Croatia’s experience Domogaj Vida in to shore up his defense.

As far as Burnley goes, Sean Dyche has a remarkable habit of keeping the Clarets up by spending little to no money on transfer dealings, which at times seems like the most impossible and hardest job a manager could do in such a tough league. yet they may have an interesting window as there are several clubs acquiring about their star Dwight McNeil, who Burnley will reportedly hold on to until a £40m is made. As always they may also to lower leagues for potential players to bring in but it’s doubtful that big money is spent.

The team that is set to possibly have the biggest window in our

Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions

is the now-Saudi backed Newcastle who are struggling big time and are sure to get relegated despite the high hopes of their Saudi owners to make them one of the biggest clubs in the league. the Toons have been linked with every player under the sun but the biggest are perhaps Kieran Trippier and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, with Newcastle prioritizing bringing quality experienced players in defense and attack and sign at least 4 players.

While the Trippier deal is all but done with the full back coming to Newcastle in a £12m deal. the

Aubameyang

deal or PSG’s Wijnaldum deal are less likely to happen but Newcastle have options if those deals do not go through. Veteran PL striker, Odion Ighalo alongside the Brazilian Gabriel Barbosa are Newcastle’s targets in attack while

Marseille

’s Boubacar Kamara,

Lyon

’s Lucas Paqueta and even Aaron Ramsey are their targets in midfield. Additionally, they might bring in Spurs’ center back Joe Rodon on loan as well as finding clubs for the surplus players like Sean Longstaff and Dwight Gayle.

Lower Half to Mid-Table teams (Brentford, Leeds United, Everton, Southampton and Aston Villa)

Let us move to the mid-table part of our Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions and start with

Brentford

who have been the surprise of the season with the Bees doing well to distance themselves from the relegation zone. Their top GK David Raya has been injured since October so Brentfod have already signed former Huddersfield Town No. 1, Jonas Lössl, until the end of the season. the Bees are also after the young Nottingham Forest winger, Brennan Johnson and intend to make an £14m bid but are also joined by Spurs and Arsenal in the race.

After making a huge splash last season and finishing 9th in the league last season, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have seemingly run out of gas this season with them losing heavily to sides like Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. This may be the 2nd season syndrome but is more likely due to numerous injuries that the Whites have had over the course of the season.

Leeds United are currently looking to bring in Huddersfield Town midfielder, Lewis O'Brien, who suit their playing style perfectly but could also see their 19 year old defender Charlie Cresswell leave as interest from Manchester United and Liverpool for the player grows. Leeds United’s biggest story in January may be the reported £50m transfer of their midfield maestro, Raphinha, to

Bayern Munich

which if materialized will seriously weaken Bielsa’s side.

Rafa Benitez’ Everton has just not been up to the task this season as Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden departure to Real Madrid and the exodus of players like James Rodriguez have impacted the Toffees. And yet with an owner like Farhad Moshiri, Everton are always in the market and have already struck a deal to bring in Rangers’ fullback Nathan Patterson for a reported £16m deal as well as already signed the Ukranian left back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for an undisclosed fee. They are also looking to bring in the former Liverpool star, Philip Coutinho.

Unlike their rivals, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton are in no big hurry to sign any players but may sign one as is their tradition every January if a great opportunity arises. The Saints did some of their work in the summer and are now looking in to extend some of their key players’ contracts such as Alex McCarthy and Jack Stephens while Fraser Forster and Kegs Chauke are out of contracts soon as Saints are trying to extend the contract for the latter of the two. while they are settled a big offer for a player like Mohamed Elyounoussi and a subsequent transfer may force them to act but that seems unlikely.

And now we go over to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, who were one of the biggest spenders in Europe let alone the Premier League last summer as they signed players like Emi Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey following the departure of Jack Grealish.

While they were all smart deals, Villa has been struggling at times this season which is why they are looking to bring £40m-rated Dwight McNeil from Burnely.  However, it seems that the Villans will have most of their business be outgoings as Axel Tuanzebe seems to be already leaving the club to join

Napoli

with Gerrard confirming it as well as possible loan deals for Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi on the wings.

Mid Table Teams (Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Wolves)

Crystal Palace had possibly one of the best transfer windows among the PL clubs as they build a great team around Patrick Vieira’s philosophy and has put in some incredible performances throughout the season. while the Eagles may be in for Burnley’s Dwight McNeil, the £40m price tag of the player as well as stiff competition from rivals Villa and Everton may put them off. They may also face a tough task of keeping their star player, who is actually a Chelsea loanee, Connor Gallagher, as PSG are looking to bring him in.

Brighton has progressed incredibly well under their young manager, Graham Potter, in the past two years but one thing that they have been sorely lacking has been quality up front with them creating many chances but failing to capitalize on them. As such,

Brighton

has gone after Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz and are set to battle it out with Leeds. If that fails, they are likely to go for winger Dante Vanzeir who has done wonders in the Belgian league with Union SG. Brighton have also loaned out Aaron Connolly to Middlesborough.

While Rogers’ Leicester City had done well in the past two seasons, they just seem a bit off this season as some of their best players have either been injured or out of form. Most of their injuries have been in the defense, which is why the Foxes have gone after the Ghanaian defender, Abdul Mumin. Leicester are also one of several clubs after the Scottish teenage sensation, Calvin Ramsey. They are also looking to striker Aguibou Camara, midfielder Mattias Vecino of Inter to help their Covid-hit squad as well as signing Dennis Zakaria on free (for the summer).

Wolves have been reborn under Bruno Lage but their toughest challenge this January window would be to keep their star player, Adama Traore, who is increasingly being linked to top clubs. He is now being pursued by Tottenham and West Ham as Wolves are contemplating to listen to offers upwards of £20 million. Wolves are also looking to bring in

Sven Botman

from Lille who has been one of the best defenders in

Ligue 1

in 2021 but the £35million asking price of Lille as will as the competition from AC Milan may put Wolves off of the deal.

Fighting for European Places (Tottenham, Manchester United, West Ham and Arsenal)

Now that we are moving into the teams that sit on top of the table in this

Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions

, especially the big six, we are bound to have a lot more to talk about. With Spurs, United, West Ham and Arsenal all fighting for that 4th position and the Champions League qualification, these teams are bound to have a big window, so let’s see who are they looking to bring in:

Tottenham Hotspur

Let us start with Tottenham Hotspur who sure have seen better days. The North London side have been struggling ever since moving to the new stadium and have gone through several managers without any notable success and after the disastrous tenure of Nuno Espirito Santo have now settle with Antonio Conte. The Italian mastermind has got the Spurs boys going with a good enough rhythm in the past 7 or 8 games but his squad needs a lot of work as Conte himself would be the first person to admit.

It seems that their most realistic target in January is the Wolves winger, Adama Traore as we mentioned before and they would get the Spaniard for a cut-price fee due to his contract situation. With the likes of Delle Alli not getting enough time on the pitch as well as Harry Kane not firing on all cylinders, Spurs desperately need attackers which is why they are also after Barcelona castaways like Philip Coutinho and

Antoine Griezmann

.

Their sporting director Fabio Paratici is also a great admirer of Milan’s Franck Kessie who is out of contract by the summer and wishes to bring him to London possibly even before the summer. As far as outgoings, there are several Spurs outcasts like Delle Alli or even N’Dombele who might leave but it is unlikely that any deal is done this January transfer window.

Manchester United

Manchester United had a great transfer window during the summer as the Red Devils never disappoint when it comes to buying players and they will be looking to a great

January transfer window 2022 players

. While every player that is even slightly on form is ultimately linked with Manchester United sooner or later, the club will likely first focus on outgoings as there are several unhappy players in their dressing room. Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are chief among them.

Cavani

has seemingly even said his goodbyes to United fans after the goal he scored against

Newcastle United

. The Red Devils are reportedly lining up a deal for PSG’s Mauro Icardi to replace Cavani if he leaves. Martial is also on his way out with Barcelona as a possible destination with some even suggesting Ousmane Dembele coming in the other way in a swap deal. The River Plate striker Julian Alvarez is also close to signing with United as the club is ready to pay his £16.8 million release clause.

Other incomings may include Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell who we mentioned earlier and is pursued not only by United but also Liverpool as well. United were also after Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara but it seems that they face real competition from

AS Roma

. Manchester United may let go of Jesse Lingard this month to make room for new signings. West Ham United seems to be once again after the midfielder and are preparing a new bid. 

West Ham United

Speaking of West Ham United, the Hammers are once again in an impressive top 6 race despite their squad being significantly less glamorous than their rivals. Moyes though seems to be looking to strengthen his side in order to stay competitive in the reminder of the season. as such he looks to bring in the man that essentially took them to the 5th spot last season, Jesse Lingard as we mentioned earlier.

With Sebastian Haller gone, Hammers are a bit bare up front too and there are rumors of them targeting the former

Inter Milan

 player, Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) although this is less likely to happen. They are also in for signing a couple of defenders, namely Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly and Everton left-back Lucas Digne. All in all, West Ham’s squad seems to have a good balance and Moyes will not go out of his way to risk it unless it is a signing that ends up helping them immensely, the way Lingard did last season.

Arsenal

The Mighty Arsenal were the busiest club during the summer transfer window with them becoming the highest spending team across all Europe by spending and eye watering amount in the vicinity of £143m in this Covid-hit market. Some criticized

Arsenal

for their transfer choices and the amount they spent on those players but Arteta and Edu seem to have known exactly what they were after because so far all of those transfers have been a hit and they have all performed outstandingly.

But as always the Gunners have some unrest in their camp in regards to players’ contract situation and their discipline with them currently having a couple of first-team players running down their contract as well as their captain Aubameyang being left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons. With Aubameyang out of the team and with

Alexandre Lacazette

and Eddie Nketiah out of a contract in 6 months’ time, the Gunners situations seems to be dire up front and they are in need of bringing in a quality striker as well as possibly a back-up one.

Which is why they are pursuing the Swedish sensation, Alexander Isak who currently plays for Sociedad and has been brilliant in the past two seasons. With AFCON on the horizon, Gunners are one of the teams that have several of their starters leave for the competition (Partey, Elneny, Pepe) so they are looking to sign midfielders like Lucas Paqueta or Bruno from Lyon or even Dennis Zakaria from Gladbach. They have also agreed to loaning out Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Roma without any option to buy.

As far as their main targets for the striker position goes, Gunners have shortlisted

Dusan Vlahovic

, Dominic Calvert Lewin and Lille’s Jonathan David, with the obvious first choice being Vlahovic. Thei biggest problem at the moment seem to be Aubameyang who might join Newcastle United in a surprise turn of events. Lacazette and Nketiah have already rejected new contracts and the latter might join Bayer Leverkusen. And there is a strong possibility of a loan move for Arsenal’s bright young star, Folarin Balogun to either Middlesborogh or St Etienne.

The Title Challengers (Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City)

As Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk admitted recently, the title race is for Manchester City to lose as the Cityzens are sitting 11-points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool after having a dodgy win over Arsenal this week. But with so many of the players from these three teams injured, involved with AFCON or hit with Covid, they all will be looking to bring in reinforcements this January. So let’s see who:

Chelsea

Since Abramovic’s arrival at Chelsea in 2003 the club has always been one of the strongest when it comes to transfers with them getting most of the deals done each window. This summer was no different as the Blues got their man, Romelu Lukaku, to remedy their goal scoring problem up front but the move hasn’t worked out for either parties. In fact, it has been a thorn into Chelsea’s side since Romelu Lukaku expressed his desire to go back to Inter Milan and showed no love to Chelsea.

This has raised some eyebrows and a slew of rumors about the Belgian striker leaving the Bridge and

Chelsea

looking to replace him. Of course he has since come out and apologized to his teammates and the fans but the damage has been done. The Blues are also dealing with players like Rudiger and Christensen who are nearing the end of their contract and are unwilling to sign a new one with the former keen to join Real Madrid in the summer and the latter close to Real’s rivals Barcelona. As such they are actively looking for defensive players.

Lucas Digne from Everton, Theo Hernandez from AC Milan and Sergino Dest from Barcelona are players that Chelsea are after all of which are full backs. they might sell Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley in order to secure funds to sanction moves for said players.

Liverpool

Despite their best players (Salah, Mane and Keita) leaving for AFCON in January and Liverpool not having a particularly big squad to deal with that loss, the Reds seem to be quiet in the January market. Although it was expected that this will happen since it has been a pattern in recent season that despite Jurgen Klopp’s outstanding job in transforming Liverpool into one of the best teams in Europe, he has never really been given the budget to build a genuinely great squad.

The Reds’ transfer window may not be as busy as their rivals but as of now they are looking at a few Premier League players, mainly attackers and wingers, to boost their chances in the title race. Leeds United’s highly rated Brazilian star Raphinha as well as West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen are among those players so is Charlie Cresswell and Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz. Porto winger Luis Diaz might also be another attacker that the Reds add to their number.

Liverpool

may see some of their players leave though as interest in their Champions League hero, Divock Origi rises and the player is being looked at by Serie A sides, Ac Milan and Atalanta. Their former academy player Nat Philips is also keen on a move since he doesn’t seem to be getting enough minutes at Liverpool.

Manchester City

The final club to appear in our Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions is Manchester City who are leading the league with 10 points above their closes rivals, Chelsea. The Cityzens are known for their impressive squad of players with each of them being superstars on their own terms. Which is why Manchester City are not exactly looking to add to their numbers since their current squad balance seems to be working pretty well. Also they have never been a club that spends much in January.

They might though look in to shift some players as they have already done so with Ferran Torres leaving

Manchester City

and joining Barcelona in a £55m deal just a few days ago. Now there is talk of another deal with Barcelona with Aymerick Laporte going to the Catalan club and Frankie de Jong coming the other way. Although swap deals are notoriously complicated and it is unlikely that this deal happens, at least the swapping part of it. Oleksander Zinchenko is also being pursued by Newcastle but the Toons have to pay a lot to prize him away from the best team in the league to the worst team!

And that is it for our Premier League's January of 2022 transfer predictions, we tried to get the transfer news for every club in the league to deliver our

January transfer window 2022 predictions

to make this article as informative as we can. Stick around for another article covering the

January transfer window

for the top European Leagues!

 

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