January is the month which brings the new year, but what football fans most look forward to is the rumours, the gossip, and those big money deals on deadline day… It is of course, the January transfer window.
As a Chelsea fan January is usually a tense and exciting time for me, this year, however, Jose Mourinho has said that little to no business will be happening at Stamford Bridge this year. This certainly hasn’t stopped the speculation, with names like Guarin and Falcao being linked to a move as well as Wayne Rooney who looks as likely as ever to move, while the place of Juan Mata is in the balance.
Manchester United fans will be hoping for Moyes to get a lot of business done. Sitting 7th in the league (11 points behind leaders Arsenal) they have been in a very sorry state in recent times with supporters divided over the managers position; should he still be there? Should he be sacked? What is for sure is that there will be movement for United in January, and if there isn’t then I would put my money on David Moyes not lasting the season. Their midfield looks weak, and defence unstable especially with rumours of Nemanja Vidic on the way out.
Arsenal will be very happy at the moment, but still hopeful of a couple of big names coming to the Emirates. With the injury to Theo Walcott (expected to be out for 6 months) they may look to improve their attack and have been linked to a number of players like Jackson Martinez of Porto, and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City. Apart from that I don’t see too many deals from Wenger, who always keeps his cards close to his chest, though he may want to add to his squads depth if they are to maintain their title hopes this season.
Manchester City, who for me are title favourites, have the strongest squad in the league in my opinion, Pellegrini has multiple options in midfield and attack, so the only place I can see them perhaps spending is the defence but even that’s very strong. However, this is football so who knows what the Chilean manager has up his sleeves with the multi millions of the clubs owners.
Finally, Liverpool. Now this is a difficult one, and their main priority is of course keeping the services of the mercurial Luis Suarez so they need to ward off interest from Real Madrid, but will a call from the Spanish giants prove too tempting for the Uruguayan? Liverpool do need to add to their squad, maybe bolster the midfield to combat injuries and weary legs, possibly a striker but their season could hinge on the Suarez situation; will he leave? If he does, what will they do with the money?
As per usual the January transfer window poses many a question, and as we all know too well, has the power to change the course of a season. So what are your thoughts? Who will be the bargain of the century and who will be this years big money flop? What is for sure, is that it will be all too exciting when Jim White walks out for the deadline day Sky Sports News report and I for one, will most certainly be watching!