For regular people, January is just another month, but the first month of the year is an important one for football fans. The January transfer window is finally up and running, so transfer rumours are swirling around the social space like nobody’s business.
After looking through all the rumours on the grapevine, we’ve picked the likeliest happenings for this transfer window.
Dayot Upamecano to Arsenal
Arsenal’s defensive problems may have been temporarily solved since Mikel Arteta took the gaffer’s job, but in order to compete for the top spot, the Gunners need to invest in a solid centre back to pair with wonderkid William Saliba once his loan spell has ended. The club has reportedly expressed interest in signing Upamecano, and given the trust Kroenke has for Arteta, this deal might just happen.
Wilfried Zaha to Chelsea
Chelsea’s controversial transfer ban has finally been lifted and manager Frank Lampard is on the lookout for new talents to bolster his squad. One of the names that came up recently was Wilfried Zaha, one of Europe’s hottest properties to not be attached with a super club. The Ivorian was close to joining Arsenal before the North London club snapped up Nicolas Pépé instead, but we don’t think Zaha will skip another opportunity to play for a Top 6 club.
Adama Traoré to Manchester City
Adama Traoré was a nobody when he first made waves in a Middlesbrough shirt, but his displays for Wolves stole everyone’s attention. Reports are saying that defending EPL champions Manchester City are looking to snap him up from Wolves, but his £80 million price tag may stop that from happening. Besides, Pep Guardiola’s side is already having a headache rotating Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, so adding another winger might not be necessary – unless Leroy Sane moves to Bayern Munich.
Manchester City: 3/10
Neymar to Barcelona
Despite scoring 6 goals in the last 6 games, Brazillian forward Neymar’s reputation in Paris has been deteriorating ever since the Real Madrid-Barcelona rumours rose at the start of the season. With Mauro Icardi lined up to replace either Neymar or Edinson Cavani, Barça’s prodigal son might just take the flight to Camp Nou this month.
Mané to Real Madrid
Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus, Real Madrid has never looked as ferocious as they were before. Eden Hazard has been brilliant, but maybe not to the level of his Portuguese predecessor. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané has been courted to join the galácticos, and if, or when, Liverpool wins the league this season, Real Madrid may be a tempting destination for the forward.
Real Madrid: 6/10