Manchester City – Jordi Alba
As reported by ESPN and various others, Jordi Alba has not been offered a new contract by Barcelona yet, leading to some speculation over his long-term future at the Nou Camp.
While Manchester City have not been linked with the Spain international, the recent injury sustained by Benjamin Mendy means they should perhaps be at the front of queue for him if he becomes available, especially as it would most likely be on a cut-price fee.
Alba’s current deal expires in 2020, and if he doesn’t get a new one soon, January could be a good time for City to try their luck with a bid. Other than covering for injuries, it’s hard to think where else Pep Guardiola could really improve this side, but Mendy will be a big loss and Alba would be a very capable replacement.
Chelsea – Edinson Cavani
Another PSG star whose future has looked in doubt for some time as his relationship with Neymar continues to attract headlines, Edinson Cavani would be a superb signing for almost any club if he were to move this winter.
Don Balon recently linked him as an option for Real Madrid to help fix their struggles up front, but we have already insisted Chelsea should be in the running as well.
The prolific Uruguay international would be a major upgrade on both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, who just aren’t doing the business for the Blues at the moment, and who look like costing them a genuine shot at the title as there’s just no one else to get them out of trouble if Eden Hazard isn’t on top form.
Tottenham – Ben Chilwell
Finally, Tottenham should, like City, perhaps be in the market for a new left-back this January.
Having failed to make a signing all summer, Spurs fans may well feel there are a number of areas they could do with improving in, but it’s fair to say Mauricio Pochettino could also be justified in feeling pretty happy with most of his options in each position.
At left-back, however, Danny Rose and Ben Davies have looked like weak links as they’ve rotated in that position this season, and Leicester City starlet Ben Chilwell is one of the best emerging players in the league in that area.