Whilst we may only be edging our way into October, but eyes are already looking to January. It’s never too early to speculate on who will be the big movers and shakers in the transfer window.
First up is Sergio Ramos. With rumours circulating of a rift between the Spanish defender and his Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, he is rumoured to be tempted by a move to the Premier League – most likely to Champions League title holders Chelsea, although Manchester United have been interested due to their defensive problems, with even a swap deal for Nemanja Vidic suggested.
Next up, Nani is reportedly discontented at Manchester United. Not only with the competition for places in the team which boasts the likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia both vying for his preferred position – he’s also unimpressed with his wage packet and is supposedly demanding a whopping £120K a week.
Understandably Sir Alex Ferguson is reluctant to give him a contract of that magnitude, especially given that his performances have been inconsistent for United. He is reportedly shopping himself around Europe’s top clubs with Juventus looking the most likely to secure his services.
The next one is definite – definitely happening, except we’re not entirely sure of his destination just yet. Fernando is the name on pretty much every Premier League top-four club’s lips.
No, not that Fernando – this January it’s Llorente who will most definitely be playing his football in the Premier League next year. He looks set to join Chelsea or Arsenal or Manchester City – my money would be on him residing in London in 2013.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is in the final year of his contact at Schalke and the 29-year-old will be looking to finish out his career somewhere he will get regular first-team action along with a decent wage packet and the chance to win trophies – Brendan Rodgers Liverpool are in desperate need of a world-class striker who can offer them the technical quality and composure in the box to spear-head their possession game.
However don't bet against Chelsea entering the bidding, who need another striker to ease the pressure on Torres.
Finally, rumours have been circulating of a Manchester United swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, I can’t personally see Sir Alex splashing any more cash on strikers so I’m going out on a limb – he will be leaving Dortmund but my bet is he will stay in the Bundesliga, perhaps at Bayern Munich.
Which of the five is most likely to happen? Should United keep or sell Nani?
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