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We are ten days into the January transfer window and apart from seeing Virgil Van Dijk become the most expensive defender of all time in his New Years’ move to Liverpool, we have yet to see any big money moves concerning the big teams. However, a lot can change over the next few weeks, so here are our predictions as to who will be getting a January move in the last transfer window before the brand-new cut-short summer spending period.
It is no surprise that the Chilean wants out at Arsenal, but it is mainly a question of when, not if, this transfer move happens. It is reported that Manchester City have prepared a package of £13 million-a-year wages plus a £30 million joining fee for Sanchez when his Gunners contract expires in the summer (Source: Sky Sports News). However, a recent long-term injury to City striker Gabriel Jesus could force Pep Guardiola’s hand in negotiations, and use the joining fee meant for Alexis in the summer as part of a transfer bid to test the North London club’s resolve. The attacker would provide competition for Sergio Aguero, and Arsenal’s participation in the Europa League, as well as Arsene Wenger’s decision to rest the Chilean for cup games this season, means Sanchez would not be cup tied for any of the Manchester club’s cup games this season, including the Champions League. This saga is not over just yet folks…
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Having played over 50 games a season over each of the last two campaigns for Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian winger has been forced out of the Ligue 1 leader’s first-team squad, restricting him to only 6 appearances in all competitions since the arrival of fellow countryman Neymar and French wonderkid Kylian Mbappé. Sky Sports News sources state that PSG are willing to sell Lucas during this window, with Manchester United keen to improve their squad by signing a right-winger to replace the aging, and left-footed, Juan Mata. Other reports suggest that PSG are holding out for £40 million in order to improve their Financial Fair Play numbers following a busy summer transfer fee, with United preparing an initial £25 million bid. That being said, United went over PSG’s asking price in their quest to sign Ivan Perisic during the summer transfer window, so do not be surprised if Jose Mourinho meets the Parisian club’s terms.
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Not every day do you see a 30-year-old West Brom player linked to two of the biggest clubs in the country, but Jonny Evans continues to be linked to runaway leaders Manchester City and top-four candidates Arsenal. Pep Guardiola only has Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones as trusted centre-backs with club captain Vincent Kompany continually injured and Elaquim Mangala not deemed by the Spaniard to be a long-term option for the league leaders. Evans would prove to be a reliable cover option for City, but a move to the Etihad seems unlikely considering he came through the youth system at fierce rivals Manchester United. Arsenal, meanwhile, have injury problems of their own, having been forced to play the inconsistent Callum Chamers and the raw Rob Holding in their back line against Chelsea last week. While the Northern Ireland international is certainly not deemed as ‘world class’, his experience could help fix the Gunners’ dodgy defence and help them revitalise a top four challenge.
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The Nigerian forward’s move to Leicester over the summer was one of the most highly anticipated transfers of 2017 after the exciting young prospect was forced out the Manchester City door by Pep Guardiola, but, following the departure of Craig Shakespeare and the arrival of Claude Puel at the Foxes’ helm, the 21-year-old has failed to nail down a starting spot for the 2016 Premier League champions this season. Some reports suggest that Leicester are already planning to move Iheanacho on, five months after his arrival, with Southampton interested in his services after receiving a mega fee of £75 million for their captain Van Dijk (Sources: HITC, The Sun). With Shane Long failing to provide adequate cover for Charlie Austin, the Saints could find themselves coughing up £25 million for the Nigerian forward.
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Having been at Arsenal since 2008, the French midfielder now finds himself further behind the pecking order having been left out of the Gunners’ third round FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest. Coquelin now finds himself behind the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny, while Arsene Wenger is clearly putting his faith in youngster Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who can both play in the middle of the park. West Ham are reportedly interested in using the Frenchman to bolster their midfield, and Arsenal are willing to listen to offers around £14 million. However, David Moyes faces competition from La Liga high flyers Valencia and fellow relegation candidates Crystal Palace.
What do you think? Do these players fit their potential clubs? Or are there other players these clubs should look into? Let us know your thoughts…