1 signing clubs around Europe should make in the January transfer window

Jack Gallagher
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Ahhhh, the January transfer window: the time of year when football fans across the world are excited for no particular reason.

A time of year when we're told 'Kylian Mbappe will sign for Newcastle United', and we end up with a Michy Batshuayi loan deal instead.

A time of year when we're told that our favourite club will sign seven top players, only to watch as our team sign two youth team players and appoint a new throw-in coach instead.

It really is always a let down.

But what if it wasn't this year? What if, out of nowhere, every team went out and actually signed a player who is actually good and can make a difference?

That's the fanciful thinking that has led to the following list:

1. AC Milan

Gleison Bremer
Bremer would be a clever signing for Milan / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Player: Gleison Bremer

Not exactly the flashiest signing in the world, but Gleison Bremer would be a tidy replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer.

2. Arsenal

Yves Bissouma
Yves Bissouma is brilliant / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Player: Yves Bissouma

This is an obvious one.

Arsenal need a top tier box-to-box midfielder, and Bissouma is just that.

He also plays for Brighton which 'theoretically' means he should be available.

3. Aston Villa

Glen Kamara
Stevie G loves a bit of Glen Kamara / John Berry/GettyImages

Player: Glen Kamara

A real favourite of Steven Gerrard's, Glen Kamara would be an ideal replacement for the stricken Marvelous Nakamba in midfield.

4. Atletico Madrid

Pau Torres
Atleti need a defender / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/GettyImages

Player: Pau Torres

Atletico Madrid conceded 25 goals last season.

After 18 games this season, they've conceded 22.

That's a problem.

The answer to this problem? Signing a centre-back.

5. Barcelona

Edinson Cavani, Martin Dubravka
Edinson Cavani still has a lot to offer / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Player: Edinson Cavani

Sure, Cavani is very old now - but he is still brilliant when he's fit enough to play.

The Uruguayan would be a great replacement for Sergio Aguero, and a great guy to have in the dressing room alongside Barça's young guns.

6. Bayern Munich

Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen would be decent cover / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Player: Andreas Christensen

Cover for when Lucas Hernandez inevitably goes down with another injury.

7. Borussia Dortmund

Denis Zakaria
Denis Zakaria has been on the radar for a while / Lukas Schulze/GettyImages

Player: Denis Zakaria (pre-contract)

With Axel Witsel nowhere near the player he was pre-knee injury, it's time for BVB to replace him at the base of their midfielder.

A pre-contract agreement with Zakaria, who is confirmed to be leaving Monchengladbach, couldn't make more sense.

8. Brentford

Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson is a wanted man / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Player: Brennan Johnson

According to, well, us, Brennan Johnson is a Brentford target this January.

Judging by their lack of firepower up front, that makes a lot of sense.

9. Brighton

Ben Brereton Diaz
Ben Brereton Diaz is too good for the Championship / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Player: Ben Brereton Diaz

The second highest scorer in the Championship, the Stoke-on-Trent born Chile international Ben Brereton Diaz just screams 'Brighton' doesn't he?

10. Burnley

Aleksandar Mitrović
Aleksandar Mitrovic is a goalscorer / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Player: Aleksandar Mitrovic

Burnley do not score goals.

Aleksandar Mitrovic does score goals.

And he holds up the ball too, which Sean Dyche will love.

11. Chelsea

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly is quality / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Player: Kalidou Koulibaly

It looks like Antonio Rudiger is leaving in the summer, so Chelsea should go out and replace him as soon as possible.

And replace with a defender who can actually play in a back four. That would be nice, wouldn't it?

12. Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher, Emerson Royal
Conor Gallagher is quality / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Player: Conor Gallagher (permanent)

There's a few pretty unrealistic signings in this list, and this is probably the most unrealistic of the lot.

However, if there is even the slightest possibility that Crystal Palace can sign Conor Gallagher outright then they have to do it.

He's their whole team.

13. Everton

Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho to Everton would be nice / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Player: Philippe Coutinho (loan)

Everton are in dire need of something - anything really.

Philippe Coutinho is not the player he was five years ago, but he's still better than what Everton have right now.

A loan move would suit everyone.

14. Inter

Gianluca Scamacca
Scamacca is very good / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Player: Gianluca Scamacca

Scamacca has been the breakout young player in Serie A this season, and would be a perfect long-term replacement for Edin Dzeko in the Inter frontline.

15. Juventus

Dusan Vlahovic
Vlahovic is very legit / Ciancaphoto Studio/GettyImages

Player: Dusan Vlahovic

Basically every club in Europe wants to sign Dusan Vlahovic.

And for good reason. He's 21 years old and scored 33 league goals in 2021 while playing for a mid-table Serie A club.

A Premier League move may be what Fiorentina want for Vlahovic, but can you ever rule out Juve from swooping in to sign Fiorentina's best player? No, of course not.

16. Leeds United

Eddie Nketiah
Nketiah to Leeds makes sense / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Player: Eddie Nketiah

For a team that play all-guns-blazing attacking, Leeds have really struggled to score goals this season.

Eddie Nketiah could help fix this.

17. Leicester City

James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski is a defender - Leicester need a defender / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Player: James Tarkowski

Did you see the back four Leicester City started with against Manchester City?

If you did, then a move for James Tarkowski definitely makes sense.

18. Liverpool

Raphinha is probably too good to play for Leeds / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Player: Raphinha

No, this one isn't particularly realistic.

We know that - don't worry.

All we're saying is that, with the AFCON looming large, it would be nice for Liverpool to have a quality player who can come into the starting XI while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are away. Raphinha would be just that.

19. Man City

Erling Haaland
Haaland scores goals / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

Player: Erling Haaland

Haaland to Man City screams 'will not happen in January'.


But this is a list of signings clubs 'should' make, and City really 'should' try and skip the queue to sign Haaland this January.

20. Man Utd

Amadou Haidara
Amadou Haidara has impressed in Germany / Joosep Martinson/GettyImages

Player: Amadou Haidara

One signing will not fix Man Utd.

However, Amadou Haidara is a good young player who would fill the need for a dynamic midfielder at Old Trafford.

21. Newcastle United

Sven Botman, Daniel Van Kaam
Sven Botman is a big guy / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Player: Sven Botman

Newcastle United have a lot of problems.


The main one is the fact that they've conceded 42 goals in 19 games so far this season.

To combat that, the Magpies need to sign a quality centre back in January - Sven Botman is exactly that.

22. Norwich City

Dominic Solanke, Albert Adomah
Dominic Solanke is finally coming good / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Player: Dominic Solanke

Like a lot of clubs on this list, Norwich City are a football club that you can't fix with one signing.

To be honest, Norwich need about 20 signings to have any hope of staying in the Premier League.

The first of these signings should be an in-form striker, and there are few more in-form strikers in England right now than Dominic Solanke.

The former Liverpool man has been tearing it up in the Championship, with 18 goals in 25 appearances.

23. PSG

Aurelien Tchouameni
Aurelien Tchouameni is a top talent / John Berry/GettyImages

Player: Aurelien Tchouameni

Plays for Monaco? Check.
Young? Check.
Immensely talented? Check.

Yes, of course PSG should try and sign Aurelien Tchouameni.

24. Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is one of the best around / John Berry/GettyImages

Player: Kylian Mbappe (pre-contract)

Real Madrid don't need Kylian Mbappe to win La Liga this season, but if they want to win the Champions League in the next five years they'll need to, at the very least, sign the French star to a pre-contract deal this winter.

25. Southampton

Sam Johnstone
Johnstone is ready for a move to the PL / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Player: Sam Johnstone

Fraser Forster has actually been very good for Southampton recently, but it's clear he's not a viable long-term option for Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton.

Someone who could be is Sam Johnstone.

The 28-year-old was seriously impressive in the Premier League last season, and is just too good to be playing in the Championship this season.

26. SSC Napoli

Domenico Berardi
Domenico Berardi is in the form of his life / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Player: Domenico Berardi

After a record-breaking start to their Serie A campaign, Napoli's form has fallen off a cliff since Victor Osmihen went down with a horrific eye injury (how horrific you ask? Well his eye literally came out of its socket).

The forward who could help pull Napoli back into Scudetto contention is Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi.

The Euro 2020 winner has been linked with the club about a billion times, and now in the form of his life (he's scored eight and set up six in the league this season), this could be the perfect time to snap him up.

27. Tottenham

Franck Kessie'
Kessie would add a lot at Tottenham / Giuseppe Cottini/GettyImages

Player: Franck Kessie

Antonio Conte is, miraculously, getting the best out of what he has at Tottenham right now, but it's very clear that he needs to sign a few players.

One of these 'few players' should be Franck Kessie. The Ivorian would add some much needed quality to their midfield.

28. Watford

Lloyd Kelly
Lloyd Kelly is good enough to play in the Premier League / John Early/GettyImages

Player: Lloyd Kelly

One thing we could all ascertain from Watford's 4-1 defeat to West Ham three days after Christmas was that they need to sign a few defenders - ASAP.

Lloyd Kelly should be one of those defenders. The 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds in the Championship this season, and looks ready for the step up to the top flight.

29. West Ham United

Nathan Ake
Ake to West Ham on loan - it works / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Player: Nathan Ake (loan)

Things were going pretty damn well for West Ham up until recently when, well, every single defender at the club got injured.

Signing Nathan Ake on loan would help quell this injury crisis.

30. Wolves

Fabio Vieira
Fabio Vieira is from Portugal - big plus for Wolves / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Player: Fabio Vieira

The lowest scorers in the Premier League need a Portuguese creative midfielder who is Portuguese and can create chances for Hwang Hee-chan and Raul Jimenez.

Fabio Vieira could be that Portuguese creative midfielder.