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Transfer needs for each Premier League club in January

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The first day of 2017 has arrived.

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That also means the January transfer window has opened for every Premier League team as they have 31 days to spend big or ship out players midseason.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at where each club needs to add in the January transfer window.


Arsenal

Biggest need: Center back, attacking midfielder
Dream additions: Chris Smalling; Ross Barkley, Dimitri Payet

Bournemouth

Biggest need: Striker
Dream addition: Marcus Rashford

Burnley

Biggest need: Experienced striker
Dream addition: Chris Wood

Chelsea

Biggest need: Center back, defensive midfielder, striker
Dream additions: Leonardo Bonucci, Michael Keane; Arturo Vidal; James Rodriguez

Crystal Palace

Biggest need: Striker, winger, center back, defensive midfielder
Dream additions: Jermain Defoe; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Lamine Kone; James McCarthy, Morgan Schneiderlin

Everton

Biggest need: Center back, central midfielder, winger
Dream addition: Jose Fonte; Morgan Schneiderlin; Memphis Depay, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Hull City

Biggest need: Striker, defenders
Dream additions: Marcus Rashford, Sebastien Haller; Carl Jenkinson, Hans Hateboer

Leicester City

Biggest need: Center back, right back
Dream additions: Michael Keane; Kieran Trippier

Liverpool

Biggest need: Goalkeeper
Dream additions: Joe Hart

Manchester City

Biggest need: Center back
Dream additions: Leonardo Bonucci, Virgil Van Dijk

Manchester United

Biggest need: Center back, right back, playmaker
Dream additions: Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk, Victor Lindelof; Nelson Semedo; Dimitri Payet

Middlesbrough

Biggest need: Striker
Dream addition: Marcus Rashford

Southampton

Biggest need: Striker, attacking midfielder
Dream additions: Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge; Hatem Ben Arfa, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Stoke City

Biggest need: Striker
Dream addition: Marcus Rashford

Sunderland

Biggest need: Striker, central midfielder
Dream additions: Marcus Rashford; Tom Cleverley

Swansea City

Biggest need: Striker, winger, defenders
Dream additions: Dwight Gayle, Jordan Ayew, Aleksandar Mitrovic; Luciano Narsingh; Carl Jenkinson, Steven Caulker

Tottenham Hotspur

Biggest need: Center back, attacking midfielder
Dream additions: Michael Keane; Ross Barkley

Watford 

Biggest need: Center midfielder
Dream addition: John Obi Mikel

West Bromwich Albion

Biggest need: Central midfielders
Dream additions: Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy

West Ham United

Biggest need: Striker, defender
Dream additions: Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford; Taulant Xhaka

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Chelsea still pursuing Roma duo, and more

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Chelsea is looking to make a big transfer splash as it searches for potential replacements for Michy Batshuayi and David Luiz.

According to multiple reports, Chelsea is attempting a double signing from AS Roma, forward Edin Dzeko and midfielder Emerson Palmieri. The Brazilian left-back is rated by Roma at $30.5 million but he could join Chelsea on loan. However the interest in Dzeko is much newer, and it’s unclear whether Roma would allow Dzeko to leave, especially in the middle of the season.

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With Roma preparing to face Inter Milan this weekend, talks between the two clubs have been put on hold until next week.

Dzeko’s agent confirmed that Conte is interested in the Bosnia and Herzegovina international but stated Dzeko’s desire is to remain at Roma.

After failing to beat out Sergio Aguero in the starting lineup for Manchester City, it would be interesting to see Dzeko give the Premier League another go, although he’d likely play second-fiddle again, this time to Alvaro Morata.

Here are some more transfer rumors from around Europe and the Premier League:

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MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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