Only eight games into the new Barclays Premier League campaign, and already there are those casting their eyes hungrily at the next transfer window as a means of getting their season’s back on track.
Pre-season expectations haven’t been met, some summer recruits have flopped below par, and some players have simply refused to play (not mentioning any names…). The pressure of getting results in the most competitive league in the world, by January, builds to a frenzied festive spending spree unlike any other.
Expect chaos, expect panic buys and overinflated price tags. Expect £50 million to be spent on a striker who has scored just three goals since. Over £200 million pounds worth of comings and goings took place last January, and all signs point to that being beaten this year. Transfer Tavern gives you its Top 3 most wanted footballers, who in all likelihood will be packing their bags for pastures greener this January.
He hates Manchester, and Manchester hates him. The clock is ticking on Carlos Tevez’s time with Manchester City, with his refusal to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich almost certainly being the final chapter in what has been the most controversial and eventful spell with the Blues.
After the highs of captaining his side to their first major trophy since 1976 and sharing the Premier League Golden Boot, he now finds himself training alone, and unlikely to appear for the club ever again.
He needn’t worry too much though, as his list of potential suitors runs long. Should he wish to return to his native South America to be nearer his family, Brazilian side Corinthians are thought to be preparing another bid, having been thwarted in the summer.
Or if he merely fancies a change of scene, as he so often does, surely Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain or even Anzhi Makhachkala may be tempted to open their cheque books. Rest assured, Carlos Tevez will not be in Manchester come January 31st.
With David Beckham’s contract with LA Galaxy soon to come to an end, the race for signing the world’s most recognisable footballer will have no shortage of runners. Putting aside the obvious financial perks of having this part-athlete part-money making machine in your roster, this man can still play. He remains unrivalled in his range of passing, mercurial in his technique, and if you give him a free kick within 30 yards of your goal, he will punish you.
Any team with the bank balance to accommodate his colossal wage demands would be foolish not to consider signing him. Paris Saint Germain appear to be in pole position, offering the lifestyle and riches Beckham demands. However don’t rule out Harry Redknapp tempting him back to the English top flight with Tottenham Hotspur, or even Neil Warnock’s Queens Park Rangers, should Beckham harbour any lingering England hopes.
If Bolton fans breathed a sigh of relief following the closure of the summer transfer window, the next few months will provide only a temporary reprieve from the constant transfer speculation surrounding their star centre-half Gary Cahill.
This January the stakes will be even higher, with Cahill’s refusal to sign a new deal, Bolton will be eager to sell or else risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
Furthermore, if Wanderers continue to languish near the bottom of the Premier League, Cahill’s England slot for Euro 2012 may well be in jeopardy. A move suits both parties, and one gets the impression that many a club has chosen January to land their man in order to make Bolton’s bargaining position weaker.
Arsenal, with their perpetual defensive frailties, are known to be interested, as are North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Throw Liverpool and even Juventus into the mix, and you have an intriguing transfer tug-of-war waiting to unfold.