The January transfer window is well and truly underway, and players across Europe and through the Premier League are being linked with moves. From big money deals, loan saviours and cut-price bargains, deals will be plentiful, and with that in mind, here are FIVE who look set to quite possibly move in this month.
Cavani has been well-paid at PSG, but the presence of world-class striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has forced the Uruguayan striker to play out wide. His spell at PSG has not been a disaster but he was a greater success in Italy, and certainly still has plenty to offer. His absence from a recent PSG team training camp in Morocco has only added to the rumours.
Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, has not discounted Cavani leaving in January. Moreover with the club now having to adjust to Financial Fair Play restrictions Cavani leaving for a good offer of at least £40 million would assist with this. Though the player and the club seem happy to move this January, his recent unfavourable form and relatively high price tag might put off Premier League sides.
Strootman is a talented midfielder, who was robbed of appearing for Holland in the 2014 World Cup due to injury. A key part of Roma’s great form before this, he is now starting to slowly recover his old form. A supposed long-term target for Manchester United, Van Gaal valued Strootman highly when managing the Oranje and the Red Devils certainly have the funds.
A Champions League exit for Roma has increased the chances of their hierarchy allowing Strootman to leave. The question is if United are prepared to give the Italian giants the £30 million they are said to want.
Taarabt had a relatively successful loan spell at AC Milan, scoring four goals but ultimately a permanent move could not be agreed. Back at QPR this season has been a disaster for the Moroccan, with limited game time leading to a public spat with manager Harry Redknaapp.
Once both player and manager have used national newspapers to criticse each other, there is rarely if ever a way back. It came after Redknapp said this:
“Taarabt is not injured. He’s not fit. He’s not fit to play football unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can’t pick him.”
Taarabt’s non involvement in the African Cup of Nations after Morocco requested to not play following the ebola virus has enabled him to currently be in talks with Inter Milan for a potential return that would give him a welcome route out of QPR.
Petr Cech is a world-class goalkeeper, winning the Champions League once and the Premier League thrice. He is far too good to simply be Thibault Courtois deputy and Cech’s agent has been encouraging both Arsenal and Liverpool to bid.
The Czech appears to favour staying in the Premier League, the problem may be concerning Chelsea selling to a rival. Paris Saint Germain could be another option to solve the problem, and they certainly would have the necessary finances.
What is without doubt is that Cech is deserving of regular football, and as a consummate professional would be a great asset to whoever signs him.
Emmanuel Abdeayor has slid out of prominence at Tottenham Hotspur due to Harry Kane’s great form and an absence for personal reasons. Adebayor was Spurs’ top scorer with 9 goals last year, but like most of his clubs after a great start the strikers form has slowly dissolved since then.
Togo failed to reach the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning Adebayor is available to move, though his massive £100k per week wages would probably prevent a permanent transfer. However, do not discount a QPR loan deal that concludes on deadline day with Redknapp leaning out of his car window!