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January 2021 – Transfer Rumours

With the world still in COVID turmoil, it’s easy to forget that the January transfer window is officially open, and has been for nearly 4 weeks now. The 11pm deadline on 1st February is looming large, and with so many unhappy footballers pushing for a move, there’s a lot of business to be done over the next week.

I’ll be taking a look at some of the likely, and unlikely transfers which are circulating rumours all across social media.

Lionel Messi – Manchester City

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Let’s start with a bang. Lionel Andres Messi. The little magician hasn’t been shy in voicing his criticism of the powers that be at Barcelona, and has been pushing for a move since the summer. With his drastic wage demands, not many clubs will be able to even begin negotiations with the Argentinian, however the mega rich Manchester City seem to be sniffing around incase the genius does become available.

Messi has of course worked with City manager Pep Guardiola during the Spaniard’s hugely successful spell managing Barca.

Personally I believe Messi will not move from a club and city that he’s spent the majority of his life in. I think he will sort out his differences with the powers that be, and sign a contract to keep him in Barcelona for the rest of his career. However it’s nice to dream of seeing Leo in the Premier League, right?

Transfer Likelihood – 0/10

Kylian Mbappe – Liverpool

Mbappe is clearly a serious talent, and it seems as though the French league isn’t enough for a challenge for one of the world’s best footballers. Mbappe has come out and publicly said he would like to play in England, a league he used to watch when he was a child growing up in Paris.

Liverpool seem to be the main club in the Mbappe discussion, but would the owners fork out the huge transfer fee that PSG would demand, let alone the Frenchman’s massive wage requests?

Transfer Likelihood – 2/10

Dele Alli – PSG

I think it’s clear for all to see that Dele Alli is far from happy at Tottenham. Having been sat on the bench for most of the season, Alli knows that he has little to no chance of making the England side for this summer’s Euro’s.

With his old Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recently joining Paris Saint Germain, I believe Alli will be pushing hard for a move to rejoin his partner in crime in the city of love.

Pochettino has always been a massive fan of Alli and has spent 4 years with him in London. I think the move would suit both Alli and PSG, and is very likely to happen with Alli moving on loan in the coming days.

Transfer Likelihood – 8/10 (Loan)

Jesse Lingard – West Ham United

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It’s been a difficult couple years for England international Lingard. It seems that he’s firmly out of the picture at Manchester United, and he will need a move away from the club to get his career back on track. Another who is trying to regain his place back in the England side, I think Lingard would suit a side like West Ham, and it would give him a regular place in the first team. Remaining in the Premier League would boost his chances of being selected for the upcoming Euro’s if he performs well in London.

This transfer would suit both parties, and London has both fashion stores and dance-floors for the 28 year old.

Transfer Likelihood – 7/10 (Loan)

Sami Khedira – Everton

Since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have been linked with many top players. It’s clear that Ancelotti has the respect of a lot of members of the football community, and with the signing of James Rodriguez, it’s obvious he has big plans at Goodison Park.

Sami Khedira is currently at Italian giants Juventus, however isn’t getting much game time at all. A World Cup winner back in 2014, Khedira would be an excellent addition to Everton’s midfield. Will the pulling power of Ancelotti be enough to tempt the German to move to Liverpool?

Transfer Likelihood – 5/10

Phil Jones – Derby County

Famous for his faces, and not necessarily his defending, Phil Jones is another player from Manchester United who needs to get his career back on track, and I think Derby is a perfect place for him to go. His old teammate Wayne Rooney has just taken the reins at the Championship side, and would love to bring a bit more experience to his team.

With numerous centre backs ahead of him in the United squad, a move elsewhere seems the best bet for Jones, who’s now nearly 29. He needs first team football and if no Premier League sides are interested, the drop down a division may be his only option.

Transfer Likelihood – 6/10

Diego Costa – Wolves

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Diego Costa has recently been released by Atletico Madrid, and is in need of a new club. Wolves saw star striker Raul Jimenez suffer a horrific injury against Arsenal earlier in the season, and need a new striker. Surely this seems an obvious pairing?

You’d have thought so. However Costa, who is currently not earning a wage, is demanding a sum of around £250,000 a week. This may be a long way off the amount Wolves are willing to shell out for the 32-year old, and therefore the two parties will be unable to strike a deal.

Transfer Likelihood – 3/10

Graziano Pelle – Juventus / Inter

A forgotten man. Pelle was unstoppable for Southampton between 2014 and 2016, however after two seasons on the south coast, the Italian opted for a move to Chinese side Shandong Lueng. Now 35 years old, you’d be expecting Pelle to be dropping down the leagues, however two Italian giants are interested in signing him on a short term deal.

Both Inter Milan and Juventus are keen to bring Pelle back to Italy and have him as a backup striker in their bids to win the scudetto this season. This looks increasingly likely to happen, it just depends on which side Pelle chooses.

Transfer Likelihood – 8/10

Hopefully we see an interesting transfer deadline day, with numerous switches being made around the world!

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