It’s the 3rd Round of the FA CUP weekend. Wahooo, What a glorious fixture in the football calendar. A time where if big teams roll in with their pumped-up egos, they will inevitably leave with their tail between their legs. Magic.
But anywho, I’m sitting waiting for Mike Dean to ruin, oops I mean run* the Tottenham Vs Villa game on the Beeb and thought it would be time to follow up my previous blog.
If you can’t remember / haven’t read it YET/ a disgruntled Chelsea fan / I’ll catch you up to speed, I discussed the January Transfer Window and also where I think the Top 6 need to strengthen to increase their respective chances of lifting the coveted Premier League trophy.
Let’s take a more detailed look at some of the gossip flying around in the first week of the window, some might be seen as speculative dross and some could be a dead cert.
Anyway, Let’s be havin’ yaaa!
I’ll start with the ones which I can see happening:
- Steven N’Zonzi (29) (Sevilla — Manchester City / Chelsea) (CM)
Interesting one. When the former Blackburn & Stoke midfielder left for the sunny sights of Sevilla and La Liga, I was convinced we wouldn’t be seeing him in the Premier League again.
I think City need him more than Chelsea do at the moment. Losing the versatile Gündogan is a massive blow for City and with Yaya not being the biggest fan of defending.
Although Fernando has excelled this term I think Pep needs more defensively minded players in his squad.
Sevilla are looking for £25m for the tough tackling midfielder, which after signing him originally for only £7m looks like a bloody good deal.
- Morgan Schneiderlin (27) (Manchester United — Everton) (CM)
Probably not the move he wants, but the one his career needs.
Sadly for Southampton’s player of the season for 2012-13 the move to Manchester United just hasn’t worked out.
Once one of the hottest box to box midfielders on the market, but after a lack of game time under Mourinho, looks destined to go and re-join his former manager at Everton.
Schneiderlin will be hoping a move can re-ignite his international career.
Around £20m for the midfielder should seal it.
- José Fonte (33) (Southampton — Manchester United) (CB)
From League 1 to Europa League, Fonte has been there through thick and thin for Southampton.
But this season has lost his place in the starting line-up down at St. Marys and unable to dislodge Van Dijk & Yoshida and after handing in a transfer request last week, it’s looking more likely that Southampton will be parting company with their club captain this month.
After playing a key role in Portugal being crowned European Champions in the summer, it would appear he’s keen to link up with his Portuguese counterpart Mourinho.
On a personal note and as a Saints fan, cheers for the good times José! Anywhere from £7-£10m should see Fonte a Manchester United player come February.
- Victor Lindelöf (22) (Benfica —- Manchester United) (CB)
After being on and off more than tube strikes, it looks like Lindelöf’s proposed move to Manchester United is now back on. Known as ‘The Iceman’ at Benfica for his confidence and composure, should help to provide stability to an ever-improving Manchester United defence.
Has been deployed as a RB for Sweden before but better known for his ability to read the game in the heart of defence. Comparisons have been made to one Rio Ferdinand. Bodes well.
- Memphis Depay (22) (Manchester United — Everton) (W / IF)
What has happened to Memphis? He was supposed to light up the Premier League like Ronaldo did at the start of his career at United. We all saw the free kicks he was rattling in most weeks in the Eredivisie.
Struggling to get in United’s match day squad, looking more likely that a move is needed to get his career going again. But Jose is unwilling to let Memphis leave on loan, and with Everton spending the bulk of their funds on Schneiderlin. Memphis could be looking at more time in the reserves at United.
Manolo Gabbiadini (25) (Napoli — Southampton / Stoke / Everton) (ST)
The creative and hardworking forward is gaining the attention of managers in the Premier League with Stoke & Saints looking the most likely to bid. Saints are looking for a replacement with Charlie Austin cruelly dealt another injury blow after being in good form.
But Stoke are also looking to replace the woeful Wilfred Bony who seems more than happy to just collect his mega bucks from Man City.
William Carvalho (24) (Sporting CP — Manchester City) (DM)
Another transfer window, and another transfer rumour involving William Carvalho.
Another defensive midfielder target like N’Zonzi, the Portuguese international would be an excellent addition to Manchester City’s squad. A consistent 1st team player for Sporting CP since 2013.
Ben Gibson (23) (Middlesbrough — Chelsea) (CB)
Gibson has been a key figure for Middlesbrough achieving a good start to life in the Premier League and has already been touted for international recognition. Been a ‘Boro boy for his entire career so far, but if Conte comes a knockin’ what would his answer be?
Conte will be looking for a long-term replacement for Cahill, and Gibson could be the answer as a mobile CB playing in a three.
Could take a deal involving up to £25-£30million to take him away from Aitor Karanka’s team.
Jermain Defoe (34) (Sunderland —- West Ham) (ST)
One of the Premier League’s gems over the years, deadly from anywhere inside the box. Give him an inch at your peril. Jermain only deals in Goals. Instrumental in keeping Sunderland up last season, and even at the ripe old age of 34, still shows defenders a clean set of heels most weekends.
A move to his boyhood club West Ham would have turned his head, but while West Ham keep up this pathetic low ball transfer approach, no clubs will take them seriously.
Could do a job for any Premier League team who wants to solve a lack of goals crisis. Could see him linking up well with Rondon at West Brom but probably doesn’t want to move again at this time of his career. Unless it was back to London…
James Rodríguez (25) (Real Madrid — Manchester United) (CAM)
Seems a rather big long shot, but doesn’t seem to be a key player in Zidane’s plans and wants to link up with former boss Mourinho. But how often do we see big money spent in January? If this is going to happen, I suspect it’ll happen in the summer.
If the Columbian did sign though, how bloody good would that be? Well, not for everyone..
Kasper Schmeichel (30) (Leicester City — Liverpool) (GK)
Could be a really interesting one. Kasper showcased his abilities in a special season last year, and with Liverpool known for their poor goalkeepers it could happen. Liverpool are going head to head with Chelsea for the title and this would certainly be an improvement to their current squad.
Although Kasper will want to play knockout Champions League football with Leicester City later on in the season.
Kasper Dolberg (19) (Ajax — Premier League) (ST)
When comparisons start getting made between yourself and Zlatan, you know you must be doing something right.
Kasper Dolberg, could be the next big thing. Already a full International with Denmark at the age of 19.
You might have read about him earlier his season when he scored an 18 – minute hat-trick against NEC Nijmegen.
Reports suggest he’s a very relaxed individual, so it might take a big money offer to turn his head.
Let’s see what next week has in store for us!