As the festive period closes in on us day-by-day, managers are readying their cheque-books for the monstrosity that is the January transfer window. This chaotic period lasts for a month, but for some reason clubs like to do their biggest pieces of business on deadline day, which is ludicrous, as a club will blatantly demand more money for their player with such short notice.
Let’s look at the top 5 signings that seem the most likely for this coming window.
1. Daniel Sturridge & Tom Ince – Liverpool
Ever since Di Matteo took over at Chelsea, he made it abundantly clear that Sturridge was never going to be a part of his plans. The Englishman is known for his lethal pace, but is also very selfish with the ball at his feet. Can play striker or winger, and grabs goals in either position adequately. Would fit into Liverpool’s squad nicely, as they are in desperate need of a goal-scoring winger. Asking Price – £12 million
Tom Ince was sold to Blackpool by Liverpool only some 18 months ago Since then, he has been one of the Championship’s most prevalent performers, notching up 13 goals and 9 assists in only 21 games this season, more than his whole tally the previous season. Ince is a creative, skillful winger with an impressive end product. Liverpool moving for the 20 year old is not such a moronic deal as people are making it out to be. The reds are entitled to 30% of his future sell-on fee, a fee negotiated when they sold him to The Tangerines. Asking price – £6 million
2. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea
Chelsea are in dire need of a top-drawer striker, and the Columbian striker seems to be the answer to their prayers. ‘El Tigre’ has the full shebang – aerial ability, a killer finish and he is also two-footed. What more could you want? With 21 goals in 15 La Liga games, Falcao is hot property at this moment in time. A deal could be agreed between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for a sum of £40 million, the deal would most likely see Torres go the other way, returning to his former Spanish club. Asking Price – £40 million (Plus Torres)
3. Loic Remy – Newcastle
The French pace merchant has been impressing for the last few years in Ligue 1 on a regular basis. His club Marseilles are ready to ship him out, but only for the right price. Newcastle are reportedly tabling an offer somewhere in the region of £10 million. With Demba Ba’s £7 million release-clause in his contract being tested by various top clubs in England, Alan Pardew is ready to seek a replacement. Asking Price – £10 million
4. Daniele De Rossi – Man City
The Italian midfield-anchor has been linked with Roberto Mancini’s Manchester side for as long as he has been in charge. De Rossi is on the wrong side of 20, but he still is seemingly in his peek. He played a huge role in Italy’s run to the Euro 2012 final. The Roma holding-midfielder could add much needed experience to the Manchester City side, as they lack conviction in the Champions League, partially because of inexperience. Asking Price – £20 million
5. Wilfried Zaha – Arsenal
The Englishman (born Ivorian) is known for his nimble feet, blistering pace and his final ball. As a winger, he could add more goals and assists to Arsenal’s frontline, as most of their goals are either coming through Cazorla, Podolski and Walcott. And with Walcott’s refusal to sign an extension on his contract imminent, Wenger wants to replace the aspiring centre forward with a similar enough player. Zaha has been hyped up for years in the Championship at Crystal Palace, and it looks as if now could be his chance for stardom. Asking Price – £16 million