Transfer focus: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea analysed

Image: We take a look at the transfer prospects of the Premier League's top six teams

With the January transfer window heading towards its closure, we round-up the best of our 'transfer focus' series featuring the Premier League's top six.

This week, we have looked at the likelihood of January deals for Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea, where they need to strengthen as well as the views of the Soccer Saturday pundits.

In case you missed any of them, we have handily rounded up just some of the key information below and you can click on the links to read the full articles.

Manchester United

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 26:  Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli leaves the field after receiving a red card during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 26, 2018 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kalidou Koulibaly
Image: Kalidou Koulibaly is a defensive target for Man Utd

Key position to fill: Centre-back.

Potential ins and outs: Kalidou Koulibaly, Kostas Manolas; Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian.

Merson says: "Defensively they are not good enough. I dread to think what the score will be against PSG in the Champions League next month. They need defenders. If it were not for bad finishing by Tottenham then it could have been any score."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United caretaker manager 0:53
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he doesn't expect players to join Manchester United during the January transfer window

How likely is any business? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down talk of arrivals, but if the right player becomes available, a move could happen this month.

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Head here to read the Manchester United transfer focus.


Key position to fill: Defence.

Potential ins and outs: James Tarkowski, Nabil Fekir; Rafa Camacho, Ben Woodburn, Lazar Markovic;

Nabil Fekir has returned to action for Lyon this season
Image: Nabil Fekir was close to a summer move to Liverpool and is once again being linked

Thommo says: "I think the defender issue is quite big. We have more injuries all at once there than any other position."

How likely is any business? Jurgen Klopp recently said he "would probably not" bring in any new defenders in January. However, another defensive injury could change his mind.

Head here to read the Liverpool transfer focus.


Barcelona's Denis Suarez
Image: Denis Suarez could arrive at Arsenal this month

Key position to fill: Defence and midfield.

Potential ins and outs: Denis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Gelson Martins, Yannick Carrasco; Aaron Ramsey.

Merson says: "Arsenal are now showing their true colours. Until they sort out the defence, they won't be able to achieve anything. They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford - he'd walk into the team. I'd take him tomorrow morning. He's a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals."

Unai Emery is not expecting Arsenal to make any permanent signings in January 1:51
Unai Emery admits Arsenal can only sign players on loan during the transfer window following reports they are interested in Barcelona's Denis Suarez

How likely is any business? Could be affected by the departure of head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head coach Unai Emery has already spoken about the difficulties of adding to his squad in January.

Head here to read the Arsenal transfer focus.


Key position to fill: Attack.

Potential ins and outs: Malcom, Andy Carroll, Jarrod Bowen; Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Vincent Janssen of Tottenham looks on during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on
Image: Vincent Janssen remains an outcast at Tottenham

Le Tiss says: "If there was any position they need to strengthen, perhaps they need a top-class striker, but when everyone is back it is a pretty strong squad. That's a big stumbling block for getting those guys that are going to come in."

How likely is any business? Mauricio Pochettino has been vocal with his assessment of Tottenham's current transfer policy, warning the club they need to operate in a different way to win the Premier League title. Whether that will happen this month remains to be seen.

Head here to read the Tottenham transfer focus.

Manchester City

Fernandinho of Manchester City wearing a stonewall rainbow captains armband during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom
Image: Man City should look to find a replacement for Fernandinho

Key position to fill: Holding midfield.

Potential ins and outs: Ruben Neves, Ante Palaversa; Phil Foden.

Le Tiss says: "Manchester City are certainly spoilt in the midfield. I am being incredibly picky but perhaps a left-back; they are lacking strength in depth in that position."

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have identified 'three or four' potential defensive midfielders as transfer targets

How likely is business? Unlikely, with Pep Guardiola saying the sort of players he would like to sign are not usually available during the January transfer window.

Head here to read the Manchester City transfer focus.


Key position to fill: Striker.

Potential ins and outs: Alvaro Morata, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Maurizio Sarri told Gonzalo Higuain he was 'too lazy' in pre-season before the 2015-16 campaign
Image: Maurizio Sarri has previously worked with Gonzalo Higuain at Napoli. The pair are set to be reunited at Chelsea

Merson says: "Forward-wise I think Chelsea are better with Giroud in the team. It's a big gamble, Higuain, the manager will die by his sword on that. If it doesn't work out, he's in trouble. I don't think upstairs they are happy about it, they're backing the manager and I think he's put all of his eggs in one basket."

How likely is any business? Chelsea will more than likely be the most active of the top six clubs in January.

Head here to read the Chelsea transfer focus.

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