Some of the biggest rumours from the past week (28/11/16 to 05/12/16) will be analysed in this post.
Virgil van Dijk – Southampton
Linked with: Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City
Our view: Van Dijk has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League so far this season, and as such has attracted the interest of bigger teams. With all of the teams linked with him struggling defensively, don’t be surprised if he ends up moving in the January window – especially with his release clause supposedly set at a relatively low £25m.
Wilfred Ndidi – KRC Genk
Linked with: Leicester City
Our view: This one does look close to a done deal according to most sources. Not too much is known about Ndidi, but one would assume that he would play a similar role to the one N’Golo Kanté played during the title winning season. If Leicester’s recruitment team have got this one as right as they did with Kanté, then it could spark the start of a revival of their season. That being said, I had thought Amartey was meant to be replacing Kanté…
Eric-Maxim Chuopo-Moting – Schalke
Linked with: Stoke City and Southampton
Price: Free (Pre-Contract)
Our view: Given both sides struggles up front this season, this transfer would make sense to either club. Schalke will want to let Embolo be first choice next season, so Chuopo-Moting should want a move away. With no rush, or big fee needed to obtain his services, he should be a solid addition to whoever may get him.
Manolo Gabbiadini – Napoli
Linked with: Everton
Our view: A strange one this. Of course Everton will need a replacement for when Lukaku eventually leaves, but placing the burden on someone who has managed just 3 Serie A goals all season (after being bought in alongside Milik to soften the blow for Napoli of losing Higuain) just doesn’t make much sense. Although with the new influx of money at Everton, Gabbiadini could just be a backup choice while they search for a big name to replace Lukaku.
Memphis Depay – Manchester United
Linked with: Roma, Marseille, Everton
Price: Loan, option to buy (£21m)
Our view: It’s just not gone right for Depay at United. Despite all the hype surrounding his arrival – not entirely unwarranted to be fair, he was talented – he has failed to settle, and hasn’t impressed on his few chances in the team. The best option is to leave, and there are a few interested sides. The obvious options is to go to Roma, seeing as a loan to a Serie A club does normally work well for struggling players from English clubs – Salah, Cuadrado and Hart to name a few recent examples.
Mamadou Sakho – Liverpool
Linked with: West Brom, Nice
Price: Loan? Free?
Our view: Klopp doesn’t want him. Strange, given how good Liverpool are at defending these days… he looks almost certain to leave, but his destination isn’t clear yet. Pulis has a habit of making terrible defenders half decent – Jonny Evans is the prime example there. On the other hand, Nice are surprisingly top of ligue 1 and have somehow got Balotelli playing well. If they can do that, they can easily resurrect Sakho’s career.
Julian Draxler – Wolfsburg
Linked with: Arsenal
Price: None quoted (Our guess: £20-30m)
Our view: A very talented playmaker, and a personal favourite of mine. I think he’d be a very good fit at an EPL club, as he plays in a similar style to KDB (and has the potential to be that good). He has said he wants to leave Wolfsburg (several times) – understandable given their struggles, and the fact the fans are turning on him for his comments. However, is Arsenal the right club to further his career? Given the options he’d have to get past, the logical answer is no. This is one I can see happening though, especially given the contract stalemate Arsenal have with Sanchez and Özil.
Victor Lindelöf – Benfica
Linked with: Manchester United
Our view: Presumably United’s first choice due to the intense battle that will most likely happen for van Dijk. In our view, that’s the wrong choice. There’s no doubt Lindelöf has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the world, but he’s not at that level yet and has no EPL experience. Although, United’s last big money teenager turned out all right…
Moussa Sissoko – Tottenham Hotspur
Linked with: Juventus, Inter Milan, Sevilla and Everton
Our view: After all the late drama on deadline day involving Sissoko, it seems he made the wrong decision in the end as he struggles to make an impact at Spurs. £30m was way too much for him in the first place, so Spurs are unlikely to recoup that which makes a short term loan more likely – allowing time for Sissoko to prove he deserves to stay at Spurs in the long term.
Anthony Martial – Manchester United
Linked with: PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid
Our view: It would be a shame to see such an exciting talent leave the Premier League, but José Mourinho seems to have made his decision. One potentially exciting part of this transfer is the possibility of Real Madrid offering a swap deal with James Rodriguez – which would easily be the blockbuster deal of the window. This transfer is less likely than most, but one to keep an eye on.