Gareth Bale is set for longer on the sidelines than initially estimated because of an ankle injury, with the Real Madrid forward understood to be facing four months out.
Manchester City target Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho as they look to find long-term replacements for Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.
Southampton manager Claude Puel describes reports linking Van Dijk, with Liverpool in the January transfer window is “speculation and rumour”.
Chelsea will hold off until the summer to make a fifty million pond move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly because he will be on Senegal duty in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to spend heavily in the January transfer window, with strengthening the defence a priority.