It’s that time of year again when the January transfer window opens. After a feast of football over the holiday period, many face the ultimate comedown. Known to some as the most depressing week of the year, early January conjures up many images.
From the over basting of the turkey to copious amounts of sherry, football fans are as bloated as a whale come the New Year. Yet as far as managers are concerned, there is no time like the present. The strategies are drawn up and a list of targets are organised as clubs fight tooth and nail to land their man.
In the years, there have been a number of impressive January transfers that caught the attention of fans and the press alike. This includes the likes of Luis Suarez who made the move from Ajax in January 2011. Little did they know what kind of sensation he was to become when they moved the Uruguay international on to FC Barcelona for well over $100 million.
In addition, former Manchester United centre back Nemanja Vidic was another winter signing. The Serbian international was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for around $15 million. The Scot had beaten off stiff competition from both arch rivals Liverpool and Fiorentina for his signature. However, it paid off as Ferguson bolstered his defence and in tandem with Rio Ferdinand was to cement a long standing defensive partnership. This alliance saw both players reign in a host of trophies under Fergusons reign as United dominated the following seasons.
Another defender who made his mark in January was Chelsea’s Gary Cahill who was signed from Bolton Wanderers for $12 million. Since the Blues capture in 2012, he has become a stalwart at the heart of Chelsea’s back four alongside John Terry. But which players will make the headlines when the transfer window shuts?
15 Kolo Toure
14 Rafael Varane
13 Winston Reid
12 Wesley Sneijder
This on off transfer saga has been rumbling for quite a few transfer windows but Wesley Sneijder would be a likely candidate for a move. The Dutch international counts Inter Milan among his impressive list of former clubs. Currently in Turkey playing for Galatasaray, Sneijder is once again in the transfer shopping window. The two Manchester clubs have been strongly linked with a multi-million dollar swoop, whilst Southampton has also expressed interest. Nevertheless, this finally might be the moment when the Flying Dutchman decides to take the ultimate journey to a new terra firma.
11 Ezequiel Lavezzi
It seems that the future of Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi is up in the air. The papers have been swirling with reports regarding the Paris Saint Germain player who might be available. According to some rumours, Roberto Mancini might be interested in signing Lavezzi. The Inter Milan coach who has already signed Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski on loan for the rest of the season is looking to augment his squad. A multi-faceted player who can play out on the wing as well as in a central role, Lavezzi could also be a target for other clubs in the Premier League.
10 Wilfried Bony
9 Xherdan Shaqiri
8 Saido Berahino
7 Julian Draxler
6 Loic Perrin
5 Bafetimbi Gomis
4 Jermaine Defoe
3 Mario Balotelli
2 Ross Barkley
1 Steven Gerrard
There can be no other player who has sparked such controversy of his next move. Ever since Steven Gerrard announced that he was to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, it has sparked a myriad of transfer stories and rumours of his future club. After nearly a quarter of a century spent on Merseyside, the Liverpool icon will be irreplaceable at Anfield. Yet, the midfielder has already reportedly turned down an offer worth an incredible $25 million to play in the Middle East. Other clubs who will most likely come in for Gerrard feature MLS side L.A. Galaxy who have supposedly offered $27 million to lure him away.
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