Seven Signings That Could Still Happen in the Premier League Before The Transfer Window Closes

Not since the winter of 2011, when Fernando Torres arrived at Chelsea via helicopter and Andy Carroll switched Newcastle for Liverpool, has the January transfer window been so active.

The new year hadn't even been toasted before Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool had paid £75 million for Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, making him the most expensive defender in history. Less than two weeks later, they had £142 million back in the bank as Philippe Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona.

We have also seen Chelsea sign Ross Barkley from Everton, Everton pay £27 million for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, and the highly-rated Adrien Silva join Leicester from Sporting Lisbon for £22 million.

And, it seems, there is still plenty more business to be done. The rumor mill will continue to turn. Here, Newsweek takes a look at seven big transfers that could still happen:

Alexis Sanchez

A move to Manchester City looked highly likely. Then, Manchester United opened up their warchest. And, now, Chelsea have popped their heads round the door at Arsenal. The only inevitability here, it seems, is that Sanchez will be leaving the Emirates Stadium. The most likely destination is Old Trafford due to the wealth at United and Sanchez's wage demands. City have already dropped out of contention and Chelsea are unable to compete financially. A move now may depend on a player going in the other direction.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

And that man may be Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the former Borussia Dortmund star who Jose Mourinho paid £27 million for in 2016 and said was "suited to the Premier League." Mourinho seems to be back-tracking on those comments as, 18 months later, he is looking to push Mkhitaryan towards North London as part of the deal for Sanchez. Mkhitaryan's days at United certainly appear to be numbered. His agent Mino Raiola told The Times on Tuesday (January 16): "Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it's his decision."

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, December 30, 2017. Mkhitaryan has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Alex Livesey/Getty

Andy Carroll

In 2011, Carroll's move to Liverpool was the result of Chelsea signing Torres. Now, it's Carroll the West London club is after. Antonio Conte wants players that can provide an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge as he looks to compete in four different competitions with a limited squad over the next few months. Rumor has it, Chelsea want to take 29-year-old Carroll on loan but West Ham will only accept a permanent sale. The deal could still go through with West Ham keen to clear their top-heavy squad.

Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea will only allow Batshuayi, the 24-year-old Belgian striker, to leave Stamford Bridge if they have a replacement. La Liga club Sevilla are believed to be keen on taking Batshuayi, who cost Chelsea £33 million from Marseille in 2016, on loan until the end of the season. He has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances for Chelsea this season, two of which came for the Under-21 team. Manager Antonio Conte doesn't appear to have faith in him, though.

Emre Can

Like many high-profile players in the Premier League, Can's contract expires at the end of the season. He has insisted that he is still in talks about an extension with Liverpool but has been strongly linked with a move to Italian giants Juventus. The German midfielder has played a key role in Jurgen Klopp's midfield, and he would not want to see him leave for nothing in the summer.

Naby Keita

The loss of Coutinho's has seen Liverpool reportedly look to bring forward Keita's move to Anfield. Liverpool confirmed in the summer that they had agreed a then club-record £48 million deal to sign the Guinean midfielder from RB Leipzig, but his move would be delayed for a year, until the summer of 2018. That moves looks unlikely to be brought forward, however, after Keita was named in Leipzig's starting line-up to face Schalke on Saturday. He even scored the opening goal of a 3-1 win but was replaced after 67 minutes.

Theo Walcott

After 12 years at Arsenal, Walcott's substitute appearance against Bournemouth on Sunday looks to have been his final appearance in the club's jersey. Reports suggest he has already completed a medical at Everton and is on his way to Goodison Park for a £20 million fee. Southampton, his former club, had also been interested in resigning him.