The January transfer window is just around the corner with clubs given the chance to strengthen their squads yet again. The mid-season transfer period usually involves more expensive deals as clubs are unwilling to lose their star players halfway through a league campaign. After a summer of massive spending, don’t be surprised to see more mega money moves made.
We take a look at ten players outside of the Premier League who could make a move to a top division club in the upcoming transfer window.
James Rodriguez – Real Madrid
Linked with: Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus
Colombian golden boy, James Rodriguez, could be on the move in January after falling out of favour at Real Madrid. The playmaker is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans and has hinted a move to the Premier League could be a viable option. Rodriguez starred in the 2014 World Cup which earned him his £50m move to the Bernabeu, but the ex-Monaco midfielder has failed to impress in Spain.
According to MARCA, Chelsea are interested in bringing Rodriguez to Stamford Bridge but would face competition from Manchester United and Juventus for his signature. Although his agent, Jorge Mendes, insists he will not be leaving, a January transfer would be no surprise.
Victor Lindelof – Benfica
Linked with: Manchester United
Jose Mourinho spent heavily in the summer window – breaking the world transfer record to bring Paul Pogba back to the club – and his spending is expected to continue in the upcoming window. According to the Daily Mirror, United are ready to make Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof, their only signing.
The Swedish defender would cost around £38m and has been made number one target by Mourinho. Lindelof also shares an agent with the United boss who would smooth a move to Manchester. The 22-year-old was recently left out of Benfica’s squad for a League Cup which further fuelled the transfer speculation.
Rudy Gestede – Aston Villa
Linked with: Middlesbrough, West Brom, Crystal Palace
Aston Villa manager, Steve Bruce, has given the green light for Rudy Gestede to leave the club in January with numerous Premier League clubs interested in the powerful forward. According to the Guardian, Middlesbrough will battle with Crystal Palace to sign the 28-year-old.
The Villa striker scored five times in the Premier League last season and would boost both side’s chances of survival. West Brom are also being linked with a £7m move for the Benin international who has only made three starts for Villa this season.
Quincy Promes – Spartak Moscow
Linked with: Liverpool
According to the Mirror, Liverpool were interested in signing Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg before the German put pen to paper on a move to PSG meaning the Reds will now switch their attention to Spartak Moscow winger, Quincy Promes. With Sadio Mane leaving for ACON duty, the Reds need cover on the right wing. According to an Italian journalist, Emanuele Giulianelli, Promes is free to leave Moscow if they receive a good offer and confirmed Liverpool’s interest.
Dutch team-mate and Reds midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum, sparked a frenzy on Instagram by commenting a praying hands emoji on an image of Promes on a private jet.
Manolo Gabbiadini – Napoli
Linked with: Everton, Stoke, Southampton, Wolfsburg
Everton were interested in Napoli forward, Manolo Gabbiadini, in the summer but a move failed to materialise as the Toffees grew frustrated in negotiations according to the Echo. The Blues could rekindle their interest in January to ease the pressure on Romelu Lukaku in the striking department but could be deterred by a £25m price tag.
Southampton are also considering launching a bid for the forward according to Tutto Napoli but will face competition from Premier League rivals Stoke and Wolfsburg who are considered the favourite to land the Italian.
Gabriel Barbosa – Inter Milan
Linked with: Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Sevilla
A man who has struggled since his summer transfer is Inter Milan forward, Gabriel Barbosa. Nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, the young Brazilian is touted as one as the brightest prospects in world football. Inter paid £25m to Santos for his services, but the 20-year-old has struggled to adapt, making just three appearances meaning he has been linked with an exit already.
Liverpool are reportedly keen to bring him to Anfield on a potential loan deal while Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester have shown an interest in the past and would probably keep tabs on any possible deal. According to the Santos president, Gabigol would prefer a switch back to Brazil but don’t rule out a move to England.
Isco – Real Madrid
Linked with: Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal
Spanish international, Isco, has also found himself out of favour at Real Madrid, fuelling talk of a January exit. His contract with Madrid expires next summer and despite being offered a new deal, could seek a new adventure in the Premier League.
According to the Mirror, Tottenham have shown an interest in the Spaniard either on loan in January and on a permanent deal. They would face competition from North London rivals Arsenal who rate Isco highly. Manchester City and Chelsea could also make moves for the 24-year-old.
Steven N’Zonzi – Sevilla
Linked with: Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus
There could be a return to the Premier League for former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder, Steven N’Zonzi, with Chelsea and Manchester City showing an interest in the Sevilla midfielder. According to the Record Sport Online, Sevilla are preparing to lose their star midfielder to either Juventus or Manchester City.
The Frenchman would add much-needed power to City’s midfield and Pep Guardiola is good friends with the Sevilla assistant manager, Juanma Lillo. Chelsea are also rumoured with a move for N’Zonzi who would be available to move if his £26m release clause is met.
Luciano Narsingh – PSV Eindhoven
Linked with: Swansea, Everton, Sunderland, West Brom, Southampton
With only six months left on his current contract with PSV, Luciano Narsingh is expected to exit the club in January. The long-serving winger has attracted the attention of Premier League clubs and has admitted a move to England interests him. Swansea are reportedly the favourites to sign the 26-year-old but may have kerbed their interest following the sacking of Bob Bradley.
A host of other Premier League clubs have shown an interest in the Dutchman, who has so far failed to fulfil his potential in the Eredivisie. A move abroad could be just what he needs to reignite his career.
Franck Kessie – Atlanta
Linked with: Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham
A host of Premier League giants have shown an interest in Atlanta midfielder, Franck Kessie, who has been dubbed the next Yaya Toure according to SunSport. The 20-year-old could fetch around £30m but Atlanta boss, Gian Pero Gasperini, expects Kessie to remain at the club in January. If a big Premier League club comes calling, it would be hard to turn down a big offer for the youngster, who is enjoying a breakthrough season in the Serie A, scoring six goals from midfield.
Atlanta already uses a 3-4-3 system similar to Antonio Conte’s at Chelsea meaning Kessie could be the perfect January addition for the Blues.
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