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Supercomputer Works Out Ideal Transfer Target For Big Six

Supercomputer Works Out Ideal Transfer Target For Big Six

The big six don't need to worry about who to sign in the January transfer window, because artificial intelligence has worked out the ideal target for each side.

It's only been a couple of months since the 'summer' transfer window closed but the next window is just a couple of weeks away, and with each of the 'big six' having their own issues there could still be some money spent.

Whilst in the past it's been claimed there's no value in the January window, football analysis company Ai Abacus, have used artificial intelligence to work out the most suitable targets for Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, founder Ramm Mylvaganam explained how they've used AI to help work out the chemistry between players and work out the ideal signings, saying, "People always talk about chemistry between players, but up to now that has just been words.

"We have found a way of defining these criteria. We want to find out how people will play in another team. This enables clubs to make recruitment decisions."

The model is "based on identifying potential options in terms of ability, individual strengths and price and then assessing a player's 'suitability', in terms of playing style, and their potential 'chemistry' with new team-mates."

Despite being top of the Premier League, Ai Abacus think Spurs still need back up to Harry Kane beyond on loan striker Carlos Vinicius.

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The system has come up with Borussia Monchengladbach's Breel Embolo as the man to sign, despite the Swiss striker only scoring twice so far this season in the Bundesliga.

Roma's Borja Mayoral, on loan from Real Madrid this season, is another option as well as Brentford's Ivan Toney, who has an impressive 15 goals from 18 games in the Championship this season.

Liverpool, the system reckons, still need someone to replace Virgil van Dijk for the season, with the Dutchman likely missing until 2021/22 with an ACL injury.

Van Dijk's injury has left Liverpool short at the back, especially with Joe Gomez also out. Image: PA Images
Van Dijk's injury has left Liverpool short at the back, especially with Joe Gomez also out. Image: PA Images
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RB Leipzig's Dayot Upacemano, who has been linked with Manchester United and Bayern Munich, is the number one idea target but Jonathan Tah and former Manchester City target Jules Kounde are also suggested.

Despite the big money spent at Stamford Bridge this season, the computer still thinks Frank Lampard needs a defensive midfielder for his Chelsea side.

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Bayern Munich's 21-year-old midfielder Adrien Fein, on loan to PSV this season, is the number one target but Manuel Locatelli and Boubacar Kamara are also on the list, and are potentially more likely.

Tuesday's draw with West Brom once again proves Manchester City still need more goals this season and, like Spurs, a striker should be their main target or 'Sergio Aguero mk II' as it's called.

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Erling Haaland is unsurprisingly the man they should be looking at according to the AI but if they can't get the Borussia Dortmund forward just one season after he moved to Germany then Darwin Nunez, Donyell Malen, Paulo Dybala are also options.

Could Haaland be the man to replace Aguero? Image: PA Images
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Manchester United never managed to land Jadon Sancho so the computer came up with some names as alternatives and came up with the winger's Dortmund teammate Julian Brandt.

Lilian Thuram's son Marcus, who is impressing at Monchengladbach, is the next name on the list and Norwich City's Emiliano Buendia, who impressed as the Canaries were relegated last season, is the other alternative.

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Finally Arsenal, who surely need more than just one player at the moment. Mikel Arteta's side are in need of a creative midfielder, something they knew themselves in the summer as they tried to sign Houssem Aouar.

Arteta probably needs a whole host of new players. Image: PA Images
Arteta probably needs a whole host of new players. Image: PA Images

Some might think Dominik Szoboszlai would be number one but the Red Bull Salzburg midfielder is actually third on the list.

The Gunners' most ideal target would be Gladbach's Florian Neuhaus who is followed by Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Which of the signings do you think might happen in January?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Transfer stories, Erling Haaland, Transfer rumours, Premier League, Transfer gossip, Arsenal, Transfer news

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