Nine players who could be on the move in January: Alli, Eriksen, Alaba & more
The January transfer window is about to re-open and some of Europe’s biggest names are being linked with moves.
Signing players in January has traditionally been associated with panic-buying and ill-preparation. This assumption has been somewhat bucked in recent years with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Bruno Fernandes proving excellent acquisitions.
We’ve selected nine high-profile players who could be switching clubs this January.
This one has been coming for months.
When Jose Mourinho arrived at Tottenham last season hopes were high that he could revitalise Alli, whose career had stalled over recent years.
It has proven a fanciful notion. Alli has only made a handful of appearances this season and was hooked by Mourinho after his mistake led to a Stoke goal in their League Cup quarter-final. The subsequent row with between the pair spoke volumes about their relationship.
With Mauricio Pochettino on the verge of becoming PSG manager, rumours are abounding that Alli will be reunited with his former boss in France.
Still only 24, there’s surely time for Alli to regain his form.
Infamous for passing the ball to an advertising hoarding during his spell with Swansea, Sanches has revitalised his career at Lille over the past two seasons.
With contract talks with Georginio Wijnaldum currently stalling, Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old midfielder and are reported by some to have agreed an £18million transfer agreement with the French club.
Crystal Palace would hate to let their talisman go, but Zaha has long been linked with more illustrious clubs.
Roy Hodgson is another manager waiting to see if Pochettino takes over at PSG, with the French champions and AC Milan both rumoured to be interested in the Ivory Coast winger’s services.
We can’t see Zaha being allowed to leave Selhurst Park without a substantial fee being paid.
He’s only been in Italy for the past year, but it just hasn’t worked out for Eriksen at Inter Milan.
The Denmark international has only played 373 minutes this season and is already available for transfer.
“It’s not a punishment,” said Internazionale’s chief executive, Giuseppe Marotta. “Simply, he’s a player who had a few issues in adjusting to life at Inter.”
With wages of £9million a year, a move for Eriksen wouldn’t come cheap. He’s been linked with moves back to the Premier League and is another that reportedly interests PSG.
Europe’s elite are on high alert after contract talks between Alaba and Bayern Munich broke down.
The Austria defender is allowed to talk to overseas clubs from New Year’s Day, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Liverpool all linked with a move.
Despite stiff competition, Real Madrid are thought to be favourites for Alaba – representing a notable coup for the Spanish giants.
With crucial goals against Everton and Barcelona during his time at Anfield, Origi is something of a cult figure among Liverpool supporters.
The arrival of Diogo Jota, and continued excellence of Liverpool’s front three, means Origi is unlikely to become a starting figure for the club. Consequently, Jurgen Klopp may allow him to leave if a suitable offer materialises.
Reports in Corriere dello Sport have linked Inter Milan with the 27-year-old striker.
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It’s not so long ago that Isco was regarded as one of Europe’s hottest midfielders, but he has recently slipped down Real Madrid’s pecking order.
While still playing regularly in La Liga, he’s only appeared once in the Champions League this season. With Real always hankering after their next shiny toy, Isco’s days at the Bernabeu appear to be numbered.
Arsenal, in desperate need of some midfield creativity, have been heavily linked with a loan move.
Having being usurped by Ben Chilwell, Alonso seems likely to have played his last game for Chelsea.
One of the standout performers in their last title win in 2017, the full-back has been frozen out of the first-team squad by Frank Lampard and Atletico Madrid have emerged as one potential destination.
With Diego Costa having departed, Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on Napoli striker Milik – who turned down two moves over the summer.
Potential switches to Juventus and Roma fell through and the Poland forward has not featured this season after being left out of Napoli’s Serie A and Europa League squads.
The Italian side are keen to cash in on Milik, who wants to leave in January to get playing time ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Back in 2018-19, Jovic was emerging as European football’s hottest new strikers having scored 10 goals during Eintracht Frankfurt’s run to the Europa League semi-finals.
Real Madrid were sufficiently impressed and paid €60 million for the Serbia international. Eighteen underwhelming months later and Jovic is available for transfer.
After the horrific injury to Raul Jiminez, Wolves are in the market for Jovic but it remains to be seen whether Real will sanction a January move or hold out until the summer.