Transfer Window: New Carrick needed, plus Costa and Mane back-ups

With the transfer window closing next week, what business still needs to be done at the Premier League's top clubs?

It's been a rather quiet window so far, with plenty of teams requiring a player or two to boost their prospects ahead of a crucial part in the campaign.
ESPN FC's club correspondents and bloggers discuss what their team needs to do in the final days of the transfer window.
ARSENAL: Ship out the deadwood 
Arsene Wenger has been adamant that Arsenal won't be signing anyone, but the club still have outgoings to finalise. Carl Jenkinson needs to find a new club after his move to Crystal Palace broke down while Arsenal would also welcome suitors for fellow right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has made it clear he wants to leave. Aside from that, expect a few more loan moves for academy players but no major dealings. 
LIVERPOOL: Sign a winger 
Jurgen Klopp says he will not bring short-term fixes to Anfield, but Liverpool look considerably weaker without Sadio Mane, who is currently excelling at the African Nations Cup with Senegal. Liverpool face an uphill task in the Premier League title race and now have to keep an eye over their shoulder in securing a place in the top four. Klopp admitted in November his squad had a shortage of wingers, but he has since been unable to identify a wideman he could sign in January. A new winger could spark the return of Liverpool's free-scoring form that has departed in recent months. 
CHELSEA: A back-up for Costa
The most pressing issue for Antonio Conte is finding an experienced back-up to Diego Costa, who will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this month. Michy Batshuayi looks too raw for the task, and would be better served by going on loan elsewhere in the Premier League. Fernando Llorente is the likeliest target and given his history with Conte during their time at Juventus and the striker's recent form for Swansea City, it makes sense on a number of levels. Another dynamic central midfielder would lessen the burden on N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, but Conte can afford to leave any major squad surgery until the summer if the right targets don't present themselves in January. 
MAN UNITED: Carrick replacement
Since Manchester United have just gone 17 games unbeaten, there is a strong argument they no longer need to add anyone to the squad at this stage, and merely need to improve their finishing. If they are light anywhere, then it is in central midfield, where they much of their impetus when Michael Carrick is absent. Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko would be a fine addition, but there is no incentive for him to move anywhere until the summer. 
MAN CITY: Full-back an area of concern
The bulk of City's radical overhaul will be left to the summer, but doubts persist about the full-back positions. Strong candidate on the left, Alex Grimaldo of Benfica, has just had an operation on his abdomen and will have to wait until the close season, while central defence will be bolstered immediately by the return of Vincent Kompany. Pablo Zabaleta's gutsy performance in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham gives hope on the right side. Although it was semi-sealed a long time ago, City have already completed by far the best bit of window business in snaring the fabulously talented Gabriel Jesus.
TOTTENHAM: Centre-back
Jan Vertonghen will miss the next six weeks and Toby Alderweireld, who limped off at Manchester City with a tight hamstring, isn't as sturdy as last season so another centre-back may benefit Tottenham. Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia has been mentioned. Vincent Janssen has been left out of the squad for the last three league games and isn't trusted currently, so if anything happens to Harry Kane or Son Heung-Min in the next week, Spurs would need another forward. Outgoing head of recruitment Paul Mitchell and Mauricio Pochettino both like Southampton's fit-again Jay Rodriguez. Realistically, though, Spurs won't do anything. Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy are big on value and there's none in the January market
Source: All Football 

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