The January Transfer Window is open & the big question is how active will clubs be?
There are a lot of factors that will impact business. Every club has seen a downturn in financial revenue due to the pandemic. The mutant strain of COVID-19 has sent positive cases skyrocketing in recent weeks. The majority of the country is in lockdown & players with families will be hesitant to make the move.
Brexit is official & the U.K has left the European Union. One change already taking effect is clubs can’t sign players under the age of 18 from mainland Europe. Sam Allardyce has complained about the impact working permits are having on his transfer plans. “The new regulations are a problem. I have found three players already who were capable of coming here and they’re not allowed. It’s a shame,”
This hasn’t stopped the papers or social media with numerous rumors circulating & below is my take on the biggest ones.
JANUARY TRANSFER RUMORS
Martin Odegaard to join Arsenal on loan
75% chance of happening
Arsenal hasn’t wasted any time trying to find a replacement for Mesut Özil. Mikel Arteta has identified Martin Ødegaard, another out of favor playmaker from Real Madrid (just like Özil) & is trying to bring him on loan. I don’t watch Spanish football but I’ve heard great things about Ødegaard & know he was great at Real Sociedad last season.
I’m confused by this move & I don’t think Arsenal need an attacking midfielder in this window. Emile Smith Rowe has emerged as a real talent plus Willian & Nicolas Pépé are on big wages. Arteta needs a better DMF than Mohamed Elneny or Granit Xhaka.
Aston Villa on the verge of signing Sanson
99% chance of happening
Reports are circulating that Aston Villa has agreed an $18 million deal with Olympique de Marseille for Morgan Sanson. Dean Smith confirmed the club are close to signing a player but didn’t give details.
Liverpool & Spurs are interested in Nicolò Barella
1% chance of happening
Unless Liverpool & Tottenham stump up a massive transfer fee there’s no way Inter Milan are selling Nicolò Barella. When you include the loan fee the Nezzazzuri paid him the total outlay to sign him comes to around $40 million. He’s tied down until the Summer of 2024 & just starred in their 2-0 victory over Juventus with a goal & an assist.
This rumor is purely column inches reacting to his big game performance at the weekend.
Brandon Williams wants Newcastle loan move
95% chance of happening
It has been reported that Brandon Williams wants to join Newcastle on loan for the remainder of the season. I think there’s a strong chance this one will happen. Steve Bruce has the Manchester United connection. The arrival of Alex Telles & Luke Shaw’s form has restricted Williams to 3 starts & 3 substitute appearances this season. The move will go through soon as long as neither one of them pick up a long-term injury soon.
Sam Allardyce is keen on Joshua King
10% chance of happening
Joshua King’s contract expires this summer & Bournemouth is keen on getting some money for him. Sam Allardyce is interested “if the price is within our range”. King was linked with a return to Manchester United last January but the deal fell through & they turned to Odion Ighalo. There is speculation Everton are interested in a swap deal with Jonjoe Kenny & Jarrad Braithwaite going the other way.
I can’t see King going to West Brom unless he has a very advantageous relegation release clause inserted in his contract. There are much better & high profile clubs interested in his services. I think he will see out his contract & move in the Summer.
Arsenal have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt
25% chance of happening
On his day Brandt can be devastating, but, they have been few & far between this last year. He has really lacked consistency & a change would do him good. However, I don’t think North London will be his next club. The emergence of Emile Smith Rowe in the last two weeks will cool Mikel Arteta’s interest.
Ronald Koeman remains hopeful Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum will join him at Barcelona
10% chance of happening
Koeman’s on borrowed time at Barcelona & I don’t see him lasting beyond this season. I think Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool in the summer, but, won’t make his decision till he has a clearer picture. The Dutch international has achieved everything he can at Liverpool & will be looking for a new challenge.
Liverpool made a new contract offer to Wijnaldum few weeks ago. The proposal has not been accepted yet.
Gini wants to reflect. And to pay rispect to the club, he will give priority and communicate his decision to #LFC before negotiating with other clubs as a free agent. 🔴
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 27, 2020
Manchester City’s Eric Garcia has agreed to personal terms with Barcelona & will join this summer when his contract expires. Possibility he could move this window
50% chance of happening this window
John Stones return to form & Nathan Aké has pushed Garcia down the pecking order, to 5th choice Center Back. City can get by without him & will want to get a fee, rather than losing him for free in the summer. It makes sense for all parties, that this move happens in January & in previous seasons it would. Barcelona has serious financial issues & I can see them waiting till the summer.
Sami Khedira recently said, “The Premier League is still missing in my collection, to play there would be the icing on the cake,”. Tottenham & Everton are leading the race
95% chance of happening
The World Cup winner played for José Mourinho & Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. He is desperate to play football after being frozen out by Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. I think Spurs would only be interested in a 6-month loan deal. I don’t see him getting many opportunities with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Moussa Sissoko & Harry Winks ahead of him. Reports indicate Everton are leading the race with an 18-month deal.
PSG want Dele Alli on loan
20% chance of happening
There was talk of this move happening before Mauricio Pochettino took over PSG. Alli needs minutes & a return to form for Gareth Southgate to take him to the Euro’s. Linking back up with Poch & playing with Neymar, Kylian Mbappé & Co is too good to turn down. The only person standing in his way is José Mourinho who doesn’t care about Alli’s England aspirations. He’s solely focused on Tottenham’s success & will want to keep him as an option just in case.
Manchester United are interested in Norwich City’s Max Arons
5% chance of happening
Norwich’s board prioritized financial safety over survival last season to keep their squad together. The Canaries are top of the Championship & on course to return to the Premier League. The only way Ed Woodward signs Arons is by paying over the odds & I don’t see that happening. It’s more likely this deal will happen in the summer.
Wolves are in the market for a backup to Raúl Jiménez & interested in free agent Diego Costa
80% chance of happening
At 32 years old, Costa is past his best & the main reason Atlético Madrid agreed to terminate his contract. He wants playing time & Wolves can offer him that. They need an experienced player to lead their line & provide a focal point. Club & player are a perfect fit for each other.
Omar Rekik has joined from Hertha Berlin for £540K. The 19 year old CB has spent time at Manchester City, PSV & Olypique de Marseille academies
GK Mat Ryan has joined on a 6-month loan from Brighton in one of the windows most surprising deals.
Sead Kolasinac has rejoined struggling FC Schalke on a 6-month loan deal
William Saliba has moved on loan to OGC Nice in search of first-team football
21-year-old CB Daniel Ballard has joined Blackpool on loan till the end of the season
Goalkeeper Matt Macey has moved to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on loan
Mesut Özil’s contract has been terminated & has joined Fenerbarçhe. I didn’t think this would happen & wish him all the best. Football is fickle just like every other sport. Clubs want you till they don’t & Arsenal have been trying to force him out of the club for a while
Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has returned on loan to Hajdik Split
CM Conor Hourihane has joined Championship side Swansea on loan
19-year-old winger Tyreik Wright has joined Walsall on loan till the end of the season
Highly-rated 16-year-old Striker Evan Ferguson has been signed from Irish Premier side Bohemians. He is the youngest player in Bohs’ first-team history after making his debut at 14-years-old
21-year-old CM Jayson Molumby has moved to Preston North End on loan
GK Mat Ryan has joined Arsenal in a 6-month loan deal
Bernardo has moved to Red Bull Salzburg on loan
Danny Drinkwater has moved on loan to Turkish side Kasimpasa. He was an important cog in Leicester City’s Premier League title win & has failed to hit those heights at Chelsea
Fikayo Tomori has joined AC Milan on a loan deal with an option to buy for around $33 million. I can’t believe Chelsea have let him go he showed so much potential last season & I think they will come to regret the decision
21-year-old Striker Charlie Brown has joined MK Dons for an undisclosed fee
Jean-Philippe Mateta has joined on an 18-month loan deal from Mainz 05 & there’s an obligation to buy for $16.7 million. The Frenchman has been in great form this season scoring 10 goals this season
26-year-old Center Back Matthew Perrington has 7 appearances for Everton & is going out on loan for the 7th time to Shrewsbury
Winger Jordan Stevens has moved to Bradford on loan
Striker Islam Slimani has been allowed to move to Olympique Lyonnais on a free transfer. He joined for $33.6 million back in the summer of 2016 & has had very little impact. He won’t be missed at the King Power Stadium.
Young CF Admiral Muskwe has been loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers
29-year-old Matty James has moved to Coventry on loan
Danish Goalkeeper Daniel Iversen has joined Preston North End on loan till the end of the season
Canadian international Liam Millar has joined Charlton Athletic on loan
18-year-old winger Filip Stevanović. He has been involved with FK Partizan Belgrade’s first team for the last 3 seasons & featured in the Europa League
England Under-18 forward Morgan Rogers has been loaned to Lincoln City
18-year-old Ivorian Winger Amad Diallo from Atalanta. He has only made 5 substitute appearances & scored once
19-year-old RB Ethan Laird has joined League One side MK Dons in the search for first-team football
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bayer Leverkusen in a $2.45 million deal
Winger Rolando Aaron’s has joined Huddersfield permanently for an undisclosed fee
Tyreke Johnson has joined Gillingham on loan with the possibility of making the move permanent
Jubril Okedina signed a one-year contract extension with Spurs & joined Cambridge City on loan for the rest of the season
Robert Snodgrass has joined on a 18 month deal from West Ham for an undisclosed fee. Sam Allardyce wanted to get Premier League experience in & that’s exactly what the 33-year-old Winger brings
Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has joined on a short term deal to provide cover for Sam Johnstone
Owen Windsor has joined Newport County AFC on a 6-month loan deal
Charlie Austin returns to QPR on loan. He scored 48 goals across 89 appearances in his first spell at the club
Promising Denmark U21 Center Back Frederik Alves from Silkeborg
Sébastian Haller has completed a £20 million move to Ajax signing a 4 & a half year deal. The Irons paid £45 million for him 18 months ago & this deal is a significant financial loss
Robert Snodgrass has moved to West Brom
Patrick Cutrone has been recalled from his 18-month loan spell at Fiorentina. He has failed to start a single game in Serie A this season
Striker Willian José has joined from Real Sociedad on loan. He has scored 62 goals in 170 appearances for the Spanish side & Nuno Espírito Santo will be hoping he can fill the void left by Raul Jiménez’s injury
Ruben Vinagre has joined Portuguese side Famalicao on loan for the remainder of the season
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