The January Transfer Window is now open for business so cue the crazy rumours of Emile Heskey transferring to Real Madrid and Brazil star Ronaldo to come out of retirement to join Manchester City. Here are the latest rumours and deals.
LATEST HIGH-PROFILE TRANSFERS
Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux to Newcastle (£1.2m)
Massadio Haidara from Nancy to Newcastle (£3m)
Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse to Newcastle (£2.2m)
Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua to Juventus (Loan)
Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan to Liverpool (£8.5m)
Liverpool have made a signing from Italy in the form of Inter Milan’s Philippe Coutinho. The 20-year-old Brazilian was said to be in talks with Southampton too but turned them down in favour of a move to Anfield.
Nicolas Anelka only joined Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer but he looks to have made a five-month loan to Juventus, after the Italian club declared their striker crisis. Can he resurrect his European career?
Newcastle must be on a diet of baguettes and cheese as they continue to scour the French market for talent. Montpellier right-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joins for under £7m and shortly after, French compatriot striker Yoan Gouffran (£1m) passed a medical at St. James Park. He’s followed by defender Massadio Haidara (£3m) from Nancy. Did they all get the same plane? I guess Moussa Sissoko (£2m) wanted in as well.
Manchester United make a big signing by paying £15m to land Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha. The 20-year-old was highly sought after but only the Red Devils were in the race. He will spend the rest of the season in the Championship though and will make the move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Southampton make their first move late in the transfer window as they sign Molde defender Vegard Forren. The centre-back was supposedly on a trial for Liverpool but rejected the test as he was guaranteed a place with the Saints.
Wesley Sneijder is definitely not moving to QPR, as he signs for Turkish giants Galatasaray. Amongst months of speculation, the Dutchman puts pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract after an £8m move from Inter Milan.
Loic Remy is either a very confident player or just looking to pick up his pay-check as he makes a sensational move from a club in third place in Ligue 1 Marseille, to bottom place of Premier League, Queens Park Rangers. Newcastle were said to be close to signing him but Harry Redknapp worked his magic to convince the Frenchman to sign for The Hoops for £8m.
Well it almost looked as if Yann M’Vila had joined Remy, but an eleventh hour bid from Rubin Kazan was accepted by the Frenchman. He joins the Russian club for £10m from Rennes.
Swansea’s other striking star, Danny Graham, is being linked to several Premier League clubs as he looks for consistent first-team action. With Michu spearheading The Swans’ attack, Graham may be better off elsewhere.
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is a talent nonetheless and AC Milan want him as a replacement for the departing Robinho. Roberto Mancini has declined any move away from the club but much can change in the few weeks left of the transfer window.
Fabricio Coloccini looks to be heading out of England due to personal concerns, reportedly regarding family problems. He will look to travel back to his native homeland, Argentina. Will he be sold? Or can Newcastle convince him to stay?
Tottenham could be in for Leandro Damiao as Emmanuel Adebayor may join Togo in the African Cup of Nations. A £15m bid may not be too far away but will the Brazilian sign?
Frank Lampard is looking more and more like a man resigned to his fate in his latest interview. Roman Abramovich has told the English international he is free to go and a move to L.A. Galaxy, PSG, Manchester United and somewhere in China seems possible.
AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng has claimed he may be looking for a route out of Italy amidst racist chanting that prompted the Ghana international to storm out of a Friendly match. Will any club be willing to spend the cash? Real Madrid are keen.
Arsenal may be adding another striker in the form of Barcelona’s David Villa. The Catalan side have already rejected the possibility of Villa going out on loan so the Gunners must pay if they want Spain’s all-time top-scorer. However later reports suggest Villa will stay at Barca until the summer at the very least.
Schalke 04’s English midfielder Lewis Holtby is being rumoured with Arsenal and Tottenham and looks set to move to one of the North London clubs. It turns out Spurs have won the contest and Holtby will join in the summer of 2013.
Marouane Chamakh is yet another player looking to get back to form (which has been missing for two years) and a loan move to West Ham United looks to be on the cards. Gunner partner, Johan Djourou is also moving out on loan to German side Hannover 96.
Newcastle make a signing of their own by bringing in Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy for just over £5million. A right-back for France, Debuchy has been getting praise for his performances in Euro 2012.
Joe Cole is revitalising his football career by taking one last shot and moving to West Ham United. His Liverpool career never took off and a stint for Lille in France earned him plaudits. Whether or not he can be a success at Upton Park remains to be seen.
The man replacing Sturridge could come in the form of Newcastle forward Demba Ba. Not only does he have a £7.5m release clause in his contract but at 28, this could be the last big move of his career. Will Chelsea settle a wage with him?
Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge kicks off the Premier League transfers between clubs by signing for Liverpool at a price of £12m. The out-of-favour striker will be looking to re-spark his career at Anfield.
Russian star Andrey Arshavin is on Galatasaray’s wishlist as the Turkish side look to bolster their midfield. The 31-year-old has struggled in the past few years at Arsenal and looks destined to leave the North London club.
Willian’s proposed move to Chelsea has been rejected by Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk after they claimed he is worth the same as Eden Hazard. Having forked out £32m for the Belgian winger, Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has stated he wants the same bid for the Brazilian. Whether Chelsea want to buy yet another midfield playmaker for that price remains to be seen.
Joao Moutinho could be edging closer and closer into Andres Villas-Boas’ hands as he tries to force a move to Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese midfielder who sparked at Euro 2012 is in Porto manager’s Victor Pereira’s starting eleven squad and the head coach doesn’t want to lose him. If Villas-Boas cannot trigger the £30m buy-out clause in Moutinho’s contract, they have a small chance of landing the talented midfielder.
Andy Carroll could be in for a shock move to former club Newcastle as Liverpool have confirmed there has been a bid for the England international. Carroll, who moved for £35m to Merseyside could return to his boyhood club on loan with a view to make it permanent the following season. Can big Andy get a hero’s welcome at Tyneside?
Arsenal have been linked with Adrián, Atlético Madrid’s new 24-year-old star. The twice-capped Spanish forward scored 11 goals in 18 European games last season for his side and helped Atlético lift the Europa Champions League. After joining the La Liga outfit in the summer of 2011, it’s unlikely he would leave in such a short space of time.
Juan Manuel Vargas could be the man heading to Anfield this summer as Liverpool look to strnegthen their midfield ahead of the new season. The Fiorentina midfielder has always been on the books at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers is looking to make his transfer a possibility.
Aly Cissokho has stated his desire to join the English league, claiming it is the best career move for him. The 24-year-old was linked with both Newcastle and Liverpool last season but agreements couldn’t be made. Another attempt this summer could very well see the left-back heading to England.
Porto’s highly rated winger James Rodriguez is creating a path to join Premier League runners-up Manchester United next season. According to reports in Portugal, the Red Devils already made a previous bid which was rejected. Ferguson will be hoping to make this signing as Nani could be on his way out.
Montpellier full-back Henri Bedimo has gone all ‘Eden Hazard’ on us and stated he will be joining the English Premier League soon but hasn’t given the name of the club. Newcastle United and Liverpool were linked with the 28-year-old but nothing has been confirmed by either club.
Newcastle United have bid £8m for FC Twente’s Luuk De Jong. The 21-year-old is looking to expand on his growing career and a move to the Premier League looks likely. Can Alan Pardew land the talented striker?
Tottenham Hostpur are planning their next transfer in the form of Jonas Olsson. The £4m rated defender is supposedly interested in making the step up the English Premier League from West Bromwich Albion. Currently playing for national side Sweden, Olsson could be making a move after Euro 2012.
Yann M’Vila has admitted his interest for Premier League club Arsenal. Months of speculations has finally gained fruition as the Frenchman stated his fondness of the North London club. With Olivier Giroud almost on his way, will his fellow national team member be joining him?
Another man who seems to be heading to the Emirates is current Russian superstar Alan Dzagoev. The young midfielder made a real name for himself at Euro 2012 with 3 goals in 3 games and Arsenal seem to have targeted him first. His price-tag is just £13m so the question remains, will he leave CSKA Moscow? Tottenham are also monitoring the situation.
Linked heavily to Manchester United, who are being linked to everyone it seems, is yet another Borussia Dortmund player, Mats Hummels. It seems the 23-year-old defender, who is making waves with Germany is the perfect replacement for Rio Ferdinand. Whether Sir Alex Ferguson can strike a deal with a club he’s taking a real hard look at remains to be seen.
Another signing for the Red Devils may come in the form of Polish giant Robert Lewandowski. The striker has gained many plaudits for his impressive displays against Czech Republic and Russia, which saw him score a wonderful header and showcase his excellent hold-up play. Ferguson has always desired a striker to partner Rooney and with Berbatov out of the fray, Danny Welbeck still learning and Powell surely just an understudy, the Borussia Dortmund man may be coming to Old Trafford.
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