By the time the organised chaos that is the January transfer window comes around, Premier League clubs will be half way through their season. Some clubs will be looking to strengthen their squads to maintain their form whereas others will be panic buying to salvage what is left of their campaign.
Either way there are bound to be some interesting developments and additions and that means, with a few weeks to go before it all starts, the rumour mills are churning out all manner of potential transfers. Here are a few possible moves that may take place in the New Year.
A MOVE, FINALLY?
Saido Berahino has been linked to a ‘bigger’ club for the last two or three transfer windows. A move to Liverpool seemed likely when Brendan Rodgers was in charge there and the West Brom striker handed in a transfer request in the summer to force a move to Spurs. Neither happened and now it looks like Jose Mourinho may take the talented forward to boost Chelsea’s outside chance of a top four finish. If Berahino can repeat his West Brom form in west London this would be a good move for all concerned.
RETURN TO KLOPP?
After scoring 43 goals in just 77 Bundesliga appearances Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has understandably attracted the notice of the big boys in the Premier League. Arsenal and Liverpool have both indicated their interest and Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield could be an extra attraction for the Borussia Dortmund striker. The German club have put a very large price tag on the Gabonese forward so that may stop a move in January. Barcelona are also fans of Aubameyang so a move to the English Premier League may not be the most likely of outcomes.
Ayoze Perez has been one of the few positives in what already seems to be another tough season for Newcastle. And it may get even harder for the Geordies if the Spanish forward moves in the January transfer window. After making the move from Tenerife to the north east a couple of years ago Perez has got used to the Premier League and his goals this season have attracted Spurs, Manchester United and lately Arsenal. Even with the imminent return of Danny Welbeck, fans have been clamouring for a new striker at the club and Ayoze Perez could fit the bill without breaking the bank.
CAVANI TO PREMIER LEAGUE?
Edinson Cavani is another striker that has been heavily linked to the Premier League in the last few transfer windows. A move to Arsenal seemed likely in the summer and Manchester United was another possible destination for the Uruguayan forward. It now seems that Stamford Bridge may become his new home as Chelsea look to turn their season around. Cavani has consistently scored goals for Paris Saint-Germain since moving from Napoli in 2013, even with all the other stars the French club have at their disposal. A move at the end of the season is probably more likely but Chelsea may feel like they have to make changes before then.
VAN GAAL ON THE HUNT
If reports are to be believed, half of all footballers in the top divisions will be making the move to Old Trafford in January. The number of players linked with Manchester United grows every day. If we assume that Neymar and Ronaldo will stay in Spain for the time being there are still some big names supposedly moving to Manchester. A return to England for Gareth Bale is probably the biggest of the more believable stories but the Welshman insists he wants to stay in Madrid. Bale’s transfer is possible but a move for Arjen Robben is a more likely eventuality in January with the Dutch winger unhappy in Munich.
As with every year there are countless fanciful rumours circulating and most of them will not come to be. But the English Premier League is one of the richest in the world so don’t be surprised if there are a few big transfer stories in the months ahead.