Premier League clubs will go on sale in January

London, January 3 (AFP) January sales of the Premier League are open for business, as clubs rush to look for new year's bargains in the one-month transfer period.

Liverpool is running away with the title race and has already signed with Japanese star Takumi Minamino, so the Reds are likely to stay out of the frenzy while the chasing group tries to make the additions that could help them close the gap .

Here, AFP Sport analyzes the key transfer problems to address the teams that hope to hold on to Liverpool's lines:

Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is expected to cause a stir after not being able to sign players in the summer window due to the club's transfer ban.

With that two-window suspension divided in half by the Arbitration Court for Sport, Lampard needs several new recruits to help accelerate the development of its promising young team.

Armed with a transfer war chest of 150 million, Lampard will seek to improve on the left side, where Emerson and Marcos Alonso have been too inconsistent.

The Blues have already been linked with Ben Chilwell of Leicester to play that role, but Lampard may not be satisfied with a single signing.

Having constantly bemoaned Chelsea's lack of cutting edge against defensive opponents, the Chelsea boss needs pace on the flanks, a clinical finisher to dove-tail with Tammy Abraham and, ideally, a creative midfielder.

Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele are among Lampard's discussed objectives.

United Manchester

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed United Manchester are "looking at one or two" players after learning Paul Pogba will be absent for the next month.

The French midfielder Pogba was recommended to undergo an ankle surgery and that is a problem for the Solskjaer coach, who no longer has Scott McTominay due to a knee injury.

Of course, we are playing in our decision making when we have two players out: Paul for a month and Scott for two, Solskjaer said.

If it is available and if possible we will do something, definitely. Solskjaer missed the promising striker Erling Braut Haaland, who signed with Borussia Dortmund of Red Bull Salzburg.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, Leicester duo Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison, as well as Jadon Sancho of Dortmund have seen their names related to Old Trafford.

Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal could be more active than expected after Calum Chambers had surgery on a knee injury that will rule him out for a lengthy period.

Leave the new Gunners chief, Arteta, with no options in defense and will meet with technical director Edu and football chief Raul Sanllehi this week to reflect on his plans.

We will try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team, that is safe and our obligation and we will be working on that, said Arteta.

My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve. Obviously we have a serious injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans in the back.

Arteta, who must also focus on persuading Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to extend a contract that expires at the end of next season, has been linked to offers for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, the Madrid Atletico Thomas Lemar and the defender of Leipzig Dayot Upamecano.

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Manchester City is 11 points from Liverpool, so a January spree might not be worth it for the champions.

Pep Guardiola insists that the City will not rush to the January market because the quality of the available player is generally not as high as in the summer window.

But City did sign with Aymeric Laporte in the 2018 winter market, so you can't rule out a surprise, especially if the firm can help in the search for Guardiola to win the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

For the head of Tottenham, José Mourinho, the future of the unstable game creator Christian Eriksen must be resolved as the Danish approaches the end of his contract.

While Eriksen is apparently dating, Mourinho should focus on defensive reinforcements and it is said that Elseid Hysaj of Napoli, Hiroki Sakai of Marseille, Nathan Ake of Bournemouth and Issa Diop of West Ham are on his shopping list.

With Leicester second flying high, Brendan Rodgers argues that no one will leave despite his great interest in his talented team. Rodgers is looking for new faces, with Juventus defender Merih Demiral and the possible goals of AC Milan Hakan Calhanoglu. (AFP) APA APA

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