Friday, 30 September 2011

Football Transfer Rumours: 25 Players Who Could Move in January Transfer Window

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Neymar of Brazil is challenged by Daniel Opare of Ghana during the International friendly match between Brazil and Ghana at Craven Cottage on September 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) 
The transfer window closed less than three weeks ago with a flurry of activity in the final hours of August 31. But ever since the day passed, the rumour mill has been running non-stop.
That's because in world football, the rumour mill never really shuts down. Like it or not, transfer gossip is part of the modern game—and unlike each league across the world, there's never really an offseason.
If there is something of a slow time in the world football transfer league, it would be now. Clubs across the world are evaluating the players they bought and trying to figure out how to fill the holes they created by selling others.
By rule, no transfers can be completed until January, but now is the time clubs start to identify targets. And once January gets here, most clubs will be as eager to buy and sell as they were in August.
That means that for now, we have a bunch of potential transfers to talk about and plenty of transfers to contemplate.
It seems almost inevitable that some players will move to a new club in January. Santos forward Neymar is perhaps the hottest name in the transfer league this month, with Real Madrid reportedly trying to work out a deal.
And in Europe, talented young players like Mario Götze, Eden Hazard and others seem to be on the watch list of every big-money team on the continent.
They might find a new club in January. They might not. But it's going to be fun to speculate.

1. Neymar, Santos

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Neymar of Brazil on the ball during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Linked to: Real Madrid

Neymar is perhaps the most sought-after young player in world football today. The 19-year-old Brazilian is widely expected to become his country's next big star, and one of world football's biggest clubs is acting accordingly.
The latest reports have Neymar denying that a move to Real Madrid is already in place. Neymar apparently visited a Brazilian hospital last week, setting off rumours that he was having a medical before his move to Real Madrid.
Not so, said Neymar.
"I have been sold like 30 times," Neymar is quoted as saying by Lancenet. "There is no truth to that, I am a player of Santos and I will stay here to play at the club's centenary.

That is all speculation, there is no deal."

Neymar confirmed he was at Hospital Sao Luiz on Friday, but guaranteed it had nothing to do with a potential move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I went to the hospital to solve a personal problem," he explained.
No word yet on that personal problem but with this situation, nothing seems definite. Some stories have him signing immediately, while others say he'll move next summer.
What seems certain is this: Neymar will sign with a big club sooner than later. And January seems like as good a time as any.

2. Mario Götze, Borussia Dortmund

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Kieran Gibbs (L) of Arsenal tries to tackle Mario Gotze (C) of Borussia Dortmund next to Yossi Benayoun of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal FC at Signal Iduna P

Linked to: Manchester United, Arsenal

Hailed at the age of 18 as one of the best talents Germany has ever had, Mario Götze appears to be one of Europe's up-and-coming stars.
He currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, but Manchester United were reportedly interested in signing him during the previous transfer window. Other reports linked Arsenal to Götze, and it seems likely that he'll be on the move sometime soon.

3. Eden Hazard, Lille

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Eden Hazard of Lille breaks clear of the challenge of Glen Johnson of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Gett

Linked to: Arsenal, Liverpool

Arsenal was reportedly interested in Eden Hazard, the 20-year-old Belgian midfielder, during the previous transfer window.
Other reports from around this time last year had him moving to Liverpool in January 2011.
It didn't happen then, but who's to say it won't this time around?

4. Marek Hamsik, Napoli

CESENA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between AC Cesena and SSC Napoli at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Cesena, Italy.  (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Linked to: Manchester United, AC Milan, PSG

Slovakian Marek Hamsik was linked last spring to a move to Manchester United.
During the summer, it was AC Milan.
This month, it's Paris Saint-Germain.
Which one will it be? Stay tuned until January.

5. Gary Cahill, Bolton Wanderers

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Gary Cahill of England clears the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium  on September 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Linked to: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly both tried to sign the English defender during the transfer window but fell short of Bolton's monetary evaluation of the player.
Now, new reports link him to Barcelona.
The Barcelona reports seem a bit out there, but a move to either Spurs or Arsenal would make a lot of sense for a player with ambitions of establishing himself permanently with the English national team

6. David Beckham, LA Galaxy

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy plays the ball past Shea Salinas #22 of the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on September 17, 2011 in Carson, California. The Galaxy

Linked to: QPR, PSG

David Beckham's mega-contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy runs out at the end of the current MLS season, and Beckham apparently wants to play top-flight football again.
Queens Park Rangers seem to be the front-runners, with reports saying he'll move in January.
And here's a report linking him to Paris Saint-Germain.
It's very likely that Beckham will go somewhere, since his contract runs out at the end of the season. A return to England seems most likely to us.

7. Fernando Torres, Chelsea

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on September 18, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Im

Linked to: AC Milan

Let's be honest here: Fernando Torres has been a disaster at Chelsea.
Sure, he scored in Chelsea's 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, but in a move more in line with his overall form with the club, he also shot wide on an open goal late in the second half.
And that came after he already alienated his teammates by calling them old and slow.
Anyway, reports are now linking him to a move to AC Milan.
Despite his goal this past weekend, it's looking like Torres is pretty much done at Chelsea.

8. Robinho, AC Milan

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 14:  Robinho (R) of Milan shoots at goal as he is challenged by Gabriele Perico of Cagliari during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 14, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/

Linked to: Chelsea

That same report that linked Fernando Torres to Milan had Manchester City outcast Robinho heading back to England as part of an exchange deal.
That seems like a bit of stretch, but an England return for Robinho probably isn't out of the question. And as they always say in world football, never say never.

9. Christian Eriksen, Ajax

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 14:  Christian Eriksen of Ajax Amsterdam in action during the Eredivisie League match between Ajax Amsterdam and SC Heerenveen held on August 14, 2011 at the Amsterdam ArenA, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Anoek De Gr

Linked to: Liverpool, AC Milan

Christian Eriksen is another of Europe's exciting young talents. Still just 19 years old, he earned the Dutch league's player-of-the-year award last term while playing for Ajax.
Now he's being linked to Liverpool and AC Milan. Apparently the two are battling for his signature, which makes us think a move will happen soon.
Maybe even in January.

10. Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City is seen during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on September 18, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Linked to: Everyone

At the end of the previous transfer window, Carlos Tevez admitted he'd have to stay with Manchester City for a while longer.
We're not convinced that means past January. Tevez is clearly unhappy at Manchester City and wants a move elsewhere.
Arsenal reportedly wanted to swap him for Samir Nasri but a move never materialized.
Italy has also been mentioned as a potential destination.
Who knows? All we really know is that Tevez will probably leave Manchester City sooner than later.

11. Luka Modric, Tottenham Hotspur

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty I

Linked to: Chelsea, Chelsea and Chelsea. And, oh yeah, Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur managed to hold onto Luka Modric during the previous transfer window, but speculation has already started up again on his rumoured move to Chelsea.
And the speculation has been stoked by one of his own teammates.
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe told TalkSport he expects to hear the rumours again in January. Well, that's got to be comforting to nervous Spurs' fans.
"There’s always speculation, it’s part and parcel of the game, and it will start again in January" Defoe told TalkSport. "We just wanted the window to close, and he’s here now and that’s that. He’s just got to be professional. You can’t go into games sulking because you’ll get found out and let the team down.

"But Luka’s a good professional and, if you didn’t know there was speculation about him going and you saw him about the place, you’d never know.

"He’s been good. In pre-season, maybe other players would have said, ‘I’ve got an injury and I don’t want to play’, but he didn‘t do that and I don’t think there’s many players who would have done that.

"Chelsea’s a massive club and there was an opportunity for him but it didn’t happen and now he’s got to get on with playing football because he’s a big player for us."
The verdict? This one has legs. Spurs held onto Modric this time, but if they don't let him go soon, they'll risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires.

12. Wesley Sneijder, Inter Milan

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Wesley Sneijder of FC Inter Milan controls the ball during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 17, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Linked to: Manchester United

Wesley Sneijder and Manchester United played their game of cat-and-mouse all summer. At one point, several media outlets were reporting that Sneijder had actually signed with the Red Devils, but the transfer never happened.
Look for the speculation to start back up throughout the autumn and into January.

13. Nicolas Anelka, Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Nicolas Anelka of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on August 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Linked to: PSG

Nicolas Anelka earned the nickname "Le Sulk" for his antics in engineering a move from Arsenal back at the beginning of his career.
Now he's apparently at it again.
Anelka was linked during the summer to a move back to France. And this past weekend he told Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas he expects to quit the club in the summer.
Don't expect Chelsea to let him go for free in the summer when they could sell him in January.

14. Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United reacts during the FA Community Shield match sponsored by McDonald's between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian W

Linked to: Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur

Dimitar Berbatov hasn't had many opportunities to play for Manchester United this season, and he's apparently trying to secure a move away from Old Trafford. reports that the Bulgarian will demand a transfer in January despite manager Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that Berbatov is still in his plans. Metro lists Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich as possible destinations.
Berbatov has also been linked to Newcastle, Sevilla and Spurs.

15. Yann MVila, Rennes

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Steven Gerrard of England is beaten to the ball by Yann M'Vila of France during the international friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/

Linked to: Arsenal

Arsenal was reportedly willing to offer a club-record £25 million to Rennes for midfielder Yann M'Vila.
The deal didn't work out, but after its disastrous start to the season Arsenal will almost surely be looking to make more signings in January.

16. Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on September 10, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Jamie

Linked to: Manchester United, Barcelona

Gareth Bale was strongly linked to a move away from Tottenham during the previous window.
Now, though, reports suggest he's satisfied with Spurs' signings and is ready to commit his future to the club. In fact, says SkySports, he never actually wanted to move.
Color us unconvinced.
If a bigger club offers bigger money in January, expect Bale to take it.

17. Yoann Gourcuff, Lyon

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Yoann Gourcuff of France in action during the international friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Linked to: Manchester United, Arsenal

French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff made a name for himself at Rennes before moving to Serie A. Now back in France with Lyon, Gourcuff has been recovering from an ankle injury that kept him off transfer radars for much of the summer.
But he's a potential target of Manchester United and Arsenal, both of which could be active in January.

18. Chris Samba, Blackburn

MORECAMBE, UNITED KINGDOM: - JULY 16: Chris Samba of Blackburn Rovers in action during the pre season friendly match between Morecambe and Blackburn Rovers at the Globe Arena on July 16, 2011 in Morecambe, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

Linked to: Arsenal

Blackburn's Chris Samba showed Arsenal what kind of defender it needs during Rovers' thrilling 4-3 victory Saturday.
And that's strangely appropriate, because Samba was linked to the Gunners during the summer.

19. Adam Johnson, Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Adam Johnson of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Imag

Linked to: Everton

Johnson is another player who's had to deal with the competition for playing time at Manchester City.
After being mostly frozen out, it's likely he'll move to a new club soon. Everton has reportedly shown interest in the midfielder, who looks frighteningly similar to Jason Street from Friday Night Lights.
Hey, you never see them in the same room!

20. Ibrahim Afellay, Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Ibrahim Afellay of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 8-0.  (Photo by David

Linked to: Juventus, others

Playing time has been hard to come by for Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay. And with all the competition for places in the squad, a move to a new club might be best.
Juventus reportedly offered €8 million during the transfer window but was rejected. If Afellay keeps missing out on playing time, expect a move soon.

21. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Linked to: Real Madrid

Luis Suarez has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Not every rumour makes sense, and this is one of them.
Suarez has been successful and Liverpool and doesn't seem unsettled at all.
But we all know that Real Madrid usually gets what it wants in the transfer market.

22. Sergio Busquets, Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on August 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Linked to: Manchester City

This report says Manchester City is set to offer Barcelona £35 million for the services of Sergio Busquets.
It remains to be seen why Busquets would want to trade Barcelona for Manchester.

23. Aleksandar Kolarov, Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:   Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City sits on the pitch after sustaining a facial injury during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City and SSC Napoli at the Etihad Stadium on September 14, 201

Linked to: Juventus

Juventus could be busy in January.
In addition to Capdevila, Juventus is reportedly interested in out-of-favor Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov.
Manchester City completed the purchase of left-back Gael Clichy in the summer for €8 million and the former Arsenal man has featured in all but one of Roberto Mancini's side's fixtures this season.

Juve were previously linked with Kolarov before City completed a deal believed to be around €17m for the 25-year-old.

Kolarov made 24 Premier League appearances for the Citizens last season, scoring one goal in the process.

24. Florent Malouda, Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Florent Malouda of Chelsea takes a shot on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on August 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty I

Linked to: Bayern Munich

Chelsea is undergoing changes, with the squad expecting a major overhaul over the next season or two.
One player likely to be on the way out is winger Florent Malouda. FoxSports says Bayern Munich is lining up a January bid.

25. Salomon Kalou, Chelsea

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 24:  Salomon Kalou #21of Chelsea looks to pass during the pre-season friendly match between the Thailand All Stars and Chelsea at Rajamangala National Stadium on July 24, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty I

Linked to: Lille

Salomon Kalou has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea thanks to a bunch of new signings.
The Ivory Coast midfielder been linked with a move to Lille, and a January transfer could be possible


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