The winter transfer window is just around the corner and clubs are without doubt positioning themselves for a better second leg, which calls for strengthening their squads. The January transfer window is normally characterized by quick dealings because it is short and over the years it hasn’t seen many big names move, as compared to the summer window.
However, with a number of top players unsettled, and clubs’ need to cash in, will influence the deals we are going to see in the month. So, what are the top deals we should be looking out for?
Jesse Lingard: The Manchester United forward had a fine short stint out at West Ham United last season, after sealing a January move. He was impressive and returned to United hoping he would get more game time. It hasn’t happened and after rejecting West Ham who reportedly were open to a permanent deal, he may have to head that direction anyway with his fortunes at United dwindling.
The level of competition at Manchester United is high, and even more established players including Marcus Rashford and Edison Cavani are struggling for game time. In betting tips today at SportyTrader, United are constantly the favorites, which for players like Lingard, means spending more time in the periphery.
James Tarkowski: For a long time, Tarkowski hasn’t seemed like a player of Burnley’s class. He is too good for a struggling team that spends most of its time in the relegation zone. He is aged 29 and probably needs one last deal before he hangs boots. Also, for a player who has made two appearances for the senior England side, he must be having ambitions for the 2022 World Cup and that means seeking a January move to a stable team.
Dusan Vlahovic: In the last two seasons the poacher in Dusan has come to the fore and his Serie A side, Fiorentina has reaped. On the flipside, it has exposed him to the big guns and now he is a subject of interest from some of the top sides. Premier League sides, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with the forward. It remains to be seen what happens in the next month or so but a January move is surely one he can consider.
Harry Kane: The first half of this season hasn’t gone to plan for the England skipper. At the height of his performances last season, as he finished top scorer, Kane was keen to leave and Manchester City were reportedly ready to pay £100m for his services. The move fell through and Kane hasn’t been the same. He has one goal in the league so far and Spurs must be regretting holding on to him. The two parties may opt to engineer a move in January, to at least recoup something from his sale.
Erling Haaland: Of all the rumored transfers, this is perhaps the most unlikely. Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has been linked with a move away from Germany, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG all mentioned as possible future homes. While Haaland has been silent about it, he may find a move the right thing to do, after the team failed to advance in the Champions League. This however remains one of the unlikeliest.