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The January transfer window is now well underway.
So it’s a good time to ask: for the top seven in the Premier League, who is that one player that could make all the difference? That one signing that would ensure that a title challenge is sustained, or a Champions League spot is secured?
Here’s my take on one available difference-maker for the top 7 clubs.
Its hard to pinpoint any major weaknesses in the Merseysiders’ squad. They have a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.
Yet at times there has been a creativity gap in Liverpool’s hard working midfield. Eriksen would fill that void. He can also do some of the leg work if required.
The 27-year-old Dane would be available at an economical price, as he is out of contract at Tottenham this summer. However, it is thought that Eriksen might want to try his luck in Spain or Italy.
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers could look towards his former club to boost Leicester’s squad in their push for Champions League qualification.
In his time at Celtic, Rodgers spent a Bhoys club record £9 million on striker Edouard from Paris Saint Germain. If Jamie Vardy was to be sidelined, then currently Leicester would struggle to replace the movement and goals of the England international.
Edouard has scored 32 goals in 64 Scottish Premiership matches, which suggests he is ready for a step up into the Premier League. He would be a perfect understudy for Vardy in the short term, as a pacy goalscorer who moves intelligently around the final third of the pitch.
At the age of 21, he fits into the club’s transfer philosophy of developing younger talent, as displayed with Maddison, Tielemans and Soyuncu.
City’s reluctance to replace Vincent Kompany has cost them dearly in their defence of the Premier League title. Koulibaly would be perfect to strengthen City’s porous back four.
The Senegalese is a dominating stopper. He has the ability to bring the ball out from the back, and even dribble past players. He would fit into Pep Guardiola’s style of play, and could have a necessary immediate impact.
Koulibaly would come at a price, but City have the resources. And after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, it is thought that Koulibaly is now unhappy at Napoli.
Dembele would be a quality acquisition for Frank Lampard’s team. The 23-year-old has the pace, movement and the eye for goal to fit into a youthful new look at Chelsea.
Dembele has already proved himself on these shores with 23 goals in 53 Scottish Premiership matches. And his time in France has improved his game further. He has weighed in with a further 15 goals in 54 matches for Lyon in Ligue One. Dembele also now has Champions League experience, with 22 appearances in the competition.
Chelsea are light in numbers up front, as Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan. This leaves only the virtual outcast Michy Batshuayi as competition to Tammy Abraham up front.
Donny Van De Beek
Van De Beek possesses the skill-set to spring life into United’s pedestrian midfield. Recent reports have suggested that the Red Devils are interested.
The Dutchman can play in behind the striker or as a central midfielder. Van De Beek has goal scoring and creative ability, as reflected in his 26 goals and 22 assists in 111 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax. He often delivers the key pass in an attacking movement.
The 22-year-old was a crucial part of Ajax’s memorable run to the Champions League last season, reaffirming his quality.
Van De Beek potentially can become a vital cog in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s rebuilding of United. And at a quoted price of £50 million, would be more than value for money.
Tottenham have huge problems in both their full back positions, and Semedo can play on both flanks, even though he is mostly used at right back.
Semedo started the season as Barcelona’s first choice right back, but injury and a loss of form, plus the re-emergence of Sergi Roberto has seen Semedo dislodged.
Barcelona are also looking to trim their squad down due to financial concerns.
Semedo would provide a darting attacking threat, adding another dimension to Tottenham’s play. The Portuguese is also solid in the tackle, contributing more than adequately defensively.
Serge Aurier remains an unreliable and erratic figure. Jose Mourinho now could look to his compatriot to boost Spurs’ squad.
Wolves are thought to be interested in a centre-back due to the injury to Willy Boly. Marcos Rojo would tick many boxes for the Molineux side.
Rojo is experienced and has played for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. And would be a useful member of the squad, as Wolves are now through to the knock out phase of the Europa League.
Rojo can bring the ball out of defence in the way in which manager Nuno Espirito Santo would like. The Argentinean has played as an attacking left full back in the past.
Rojo has not played for Manchester United recently due to a muscle injury, but is now back in training and would be fit to play soon.