There are some teams in every league that has under performed in the opening weeks, and they would be keen to strengthen their squads once January transfers window rolls in.
There are still more than a couple of months left before the window opens up, but the rumor mill is already in full swing. Although major deals rarely happen in January, we expect some serious movement in the upcoming transfers window.
Here are some possible January deals that are likely to dominate the market in the coming days.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) to multiple clubs
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is one name that has attracted a lot of attention recently. The Welsh mid-fielder is in the final year of his contract, and the North London side has decided against offering him a new deal.
The initial stance from both sides is that Ramsey will spend the entire season with Arsenal and then walk away for free in the summer. However, there are a lot of clubs, both English and non-English, monitoring his situation, and we could see some of them making moves in January. Arsenal might find it difficult to turn down a bid for a player who they are set to lose for free.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) to Manchester United, Barcelona
Alderweireld finds himself in a similar situation as Ramsey. He is also in the final year of his contract, and he doesn’t look like signing a new deal with Spurs. United was interested in him during the summer, but they could match the Spurs’ asking price. The Red Devils are still in need of a center-back, and they could very well reignite their interest in January.
Spanish giants Barcelona has also been linked with the Belgian defender recently.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) to Premier League
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, Gareth Bale was supposed to become the star player in the Real side this season. However, the Welshman continues to divide opinions while Real find themselves struggling without Ronaldo. The latest murmurs suggest that Real might be running out of patience with him, and he could be allowed to leave if Real receives a decent offer for him.
Manchester United must surely be monitoring Bale’s situation in Madrid. Some reports have also suggested a possible swap deal between Bale and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.