The furore that is the January Transfer Window is set to commence in just over 24 hours’ time. With the Premier League title being hotly contested by a number of clubs for the first time in many years, there is sure to be a lot of activity by the top clubs in a bid to muscle their rivals out the way. I take a look at some of the rumours that could come true.
December 30th, 2013
Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
The German star is looking more and more likely to make the switch to Manchester, and he would be a more than welcome addition to the Premier League. The left sided midfielder, who can also play in behind the striker, is pacey, has good feet and can finish with aplomb. He would add some much needed creativity as a replacement for Ryan Giggs, and with Ashley Young coming in to form Man Utd would finally have two top quality wingers once again. He won’t come cheap though; Despite having a £29 million release clause, it’s thought Reus could cost up to £40 million. If he has a similar impact as Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, he could well be worth every penny.
Koke – Atletico Madrid to Manchester United
After a less than impressive summer in terms of transfer dealings, Man Utd are set to be busy in January. Koke is David Moyes number one target, having gone to personally watch him twice. It’s not hard to see why either – The Spanish wonderkid has been more than influential in Atletico’s rise to the top of La Liga, and he would add some crucial creativity to the Utd midfield. They’re lacking a quality attacking midfielder, and Koke looks set to fill that void.
Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle United to Arsenal
Newcastle look set to lose their star midfielder, but not before making a pretty profit. The Frenchman signed for just £4.4 million, however with rising interest from Arsenal after their rejected summer bid, he seems destined to leave Tyneside in January. He won’t come cheaply – Arsenal were last week quoted a cool £20 million to secure Cabaye’s services – I’m hoping Pardew didn’t tell Wenger that in his Christmas card. Arsenal have a battle on their hand though – Ligue 1 juggernauts PSG look set to make a move in January, and with their financial clout they will easily be able to match Pardew’s valuation.
Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
Costa has been in stunning form this season, leading the La Liga goal charts with 19 goals; he’s fired Atletico to the top of the table with the help of his pal Koke. He’s certainly stepped up to the mark after the exit of Chelsea target Falcao in the summer, and he is attracting much interest from Premier League clubs. Costa has overtaken Falcao as a prime target for the West London club, and I’ll even throw it out there that there may be an extraordinary player plus cash offer on the table; it includes a certain former Atletico wonder kid who hasn’t found his feet at the Bridge.
Stephan Fletcher – Sunderland to Hull City
Maybe not quite up to the calibre of the others on this list, it could still be equally important down at the other end of the Premier League table. Fletcher is a renowned goal scorer, and with Hull struggling to stick it in the back of the net regularly he could be the one who gets the goals to save their season and keep them in the top flight.
It should be an interesting transfer window as always, however this year I think we can expect to see more spending than usual as the clubs at the top look to push on in their challenge for the title. The clubs lower down will also be looking to secure their safety, and with a raft of new managers, they’ll be wanting to add their own players to their squads.