Written by Carl Walker
With the January transfer window approaching, the transfer rumour mill slowly gathers pace on a day by day basis. There are plenty of names linked with moves to the Premier League, here are 5 welcome additions and clubs that they could be singing for.
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Julian Draxler – Wolfsburg to Arsenal
Draxler has openly stated he wants to move on from the Bundesliga side which has sparked a flurry of interest from clubs across Europe, Arsenal being one of them.
The German international would be a perfect fit for the gunners, strong, quick and a great engine, if he could add goals to his game he would be seen as a great signing and help take the pressure off Alexis and Giroud.
At only 23 years old he still hasn’t hit his peak years but the stumbling block would the price tag, reportedly to be around £40 million and with PSG also heavily linked he may end up in Ligue 1.
Victor Lindelof – Benfica to Manchester United
The young, highly rated Swedish international has caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs, with one in particular keen to push through the signature.
Jose Mourinho has stated his desire to bring in a new centre half, and with Eric Baily surely off to the Africa Cup of Nations, Victor Lindelof is his first choice to continue his rebuilding of Manchester United. United have scouted him extensively already this season and Jose has made him his top target.
22 years of age and already with a European championships under his belt, a move certainly looks on the cards, as I write this piece there are strong rumours that the deal is completed with Lindelof himself telling close friends he is moving to Old Trafford.
Tonight is set to be his final game for Benfica, a final farewell if you like with the reported transfer fee to be around £38 million.
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James Rodriguez – Real Madrid to Chelsea
James has seen his game time limited in recent months at Madrid and has stated his desire to play more publically. The Colombian who lit up the World Cup two years ago is a real talent and a move to Chelsea could be on the cards.
No official move for the player has been made yet, however James was spotted at the UK embassy in Colombia applying for a British visa and you imagine the fee would be a hefty one.
One possible drawback to this is Real Madrid are currently serving a transfer ban, not allowing them to register any players until next summer meaning a replacement, if purchased, will not be able to play until next season.
Isco – Real Madrid to Tottenham
Another Real Madrid player linked with a move away is the little playmaker Isco. Again Isco had found chances limited at the beginning of the season and Tottenham were interested back in the summer window but nothing materialised.
Since then Isco has been shown more trust from Zinedine Zidane, albeit in a slightly deeper role, his game time has improved and he already has two goals in twelve appearances, this has almost beaten his goal tally of three from last season.
Isco is a joy to watch on the ball and the fast pace of the premiership would suit his style of play but as mentioned previously with James Rodriguez, Real Madrid are currently serving a transfer ban so I can’t see both being allowed to leave. Possible one of the two. Time will tell.
Jose Gaya – Valencia to Arsenal
Another that has gathered pace this week is young Spanish left back Jose Gaya with Arsenal heavily linked. The young Spaniard is hot property with clubs across Europe.
Arsene Wenger seems to have lost patience with Nacho Monreal, and Kieran Gibbs seems to be the cup left back for the gunners nowadays. With Monreal also hitting 30, the Arsenal boss could be looking for something younger and more dynamic.
Jose Gaya is the modern full back, great going forwards and doesn’t neglect his defensive duties. He also has pace to burn which would be well suited with fellow Spaniard Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank.
Arsenal however have spent some serious money in the summer window, will Wenger be tempted to push for the left back who would be available to be registered for European football or stick with what he’s got and wait for the summer?
Whatever happens one thing is for sure, the Premier League will always attract the big names and these five examples would all be welcome additions the greatest league in the world.
How many of these links can you see happening? Which would be the most eye-catching? Let us know in the comments below!
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