Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the same transfer plans this month, according to Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale.
The Red Devils trail neighbours Manchester City by 15 points in the Premier League, while Chelsea are a further point adrift in third position.
And Gale reckons both Mourinho and Conte will be making demands to their respective boards as they look to bring in new faces in the January transfer window.
“For Mourinho I think he’s got to get a couple of players in and he’ll want players in,” Gale said on Sky Sports on Wednesday morning.
“Simply, he’s very demanding of his board and his directors that he always wants to progress and it gives you that impression that he’s never quite had enough, although they’ve spent at lot of money.
“They’re trying to keep up with the Manchester Citys.
“Conte I think is another man who desperately wants players as well and he will be demanding of his board.
“It will be interesting to see because it’s a really difficult window, January, whether these teams get them in.”
And Gale expects Chelsea to bring “a couple” of new players to the club despite Conte’s future at the club uncertain.
“He wants players in, he wants bodies in the door that’s for sure,” Gale added.
“I think that he gave a wish-list in, he didn’t get it last time around. It will be interesting to see if he gets it this time around.
“But obviously with Champions League and people having already played in it, it’s a difficult window to operate in.
“But I would expect Chelsea to get at least a couple in.”