With the January Transfer Window just around the corner, teams around Europe begin to assess their options with depleted and injury-struck squads or rebuild and reinforce their squads. Here are a few transfers that are likely to be done:
1) SVEN BOTMAN – LILLE TO NEWCASTLE
Currently sitting joint bottom in the table, having conceded 41 goals in 18 matches, Newcastle United is desperate to reinforce their squad in their fight against the drop, having the financial backing from the new Saudi owners. Their priority is to strengthen the backline. Sven Botman is one of the best young defenders around, with U21 Dutch International having been linked around Europe with Wolves, AC Milan and Sevilla, a few to name. Having been a league winner with Lille, Botman will bolster their squad and be one of the first names on the teamsheet. With Lille’s monetary troubles coming as a blessing in disguise, the fee discussed is around €30 million.
2) ANTHONY MARTIAL – MANCHESTER UNITED TO SEVILLA
Having brought in for a staggering £36 million in 2015, which was the highest fee paid for a teenager in football history, Martial was going to be the next thing in Football, but it simply just hasn’t worked out. Martial was never a nailed-on name on the teamsheet and was unsure of his best position. Having made only ten appearances this season, mostly from the bench, and not having featured under Rangnick, United is set to cut their losses with Sevilla interested in a loan deal for the 26-year-old Frenchman. He was also previously linked to the Magpies from Tyneside but apparently prefers a move to Sevilla.
3) EDINSON CAVANI – MANCHESTER UNITED TO FC BARCELONA
The striker is looking for more playing time after the arrival of Sancho and Ronaldo, and the Catalans are looking for a new striker after the unfortunate retirement of Sergio Aguero. Although the Uruguayan has managed to rack up only eight appearances this season owing to injuries, Barcelona sees him as a short term signing to help Barcelona secure Champions League football for next season. With Barcelona looking to cut short Luuk De Jong’s stint at the club in the winter due to his disappointing performances, pressure is definitely on Cavani owing to his age. Although Manchester United is still unsure about its current situation, the move can be foreseen.
4) PIERRE EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – ARSENAL TO BARCA/JUVE
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s time in North London seems to be coming to a sad end after being outcasted from the senior squad owing to disciplinary breaches and leading to eventually being stripped of the captaincy. Aubameyang did not make the squad in the recent matches and is seemingly training alone ahead of the AFCON. Arsenal is looking to offload the 31 yr old with Juventus and Barcelona heavily linked, but the age and wage factor has been a stumbling block in negotiations. FC Barcelona is in the market for a striker or two after the squad was depleted due to injuries and reportedly showed interest in the Gabonese in the summer.
5) FERRAN TORRES – MANCHESTER CITY TO FC BARCELONA
Having been at the centre of Spain’s remarkable EURO run and Manchester City’s tremendous start to the season, Ferran Torres is definitely on the rise but is currently sidelined with injury. Due to the loaded number of attackers in the City team, Torres is looking for more game time and is willing to take a wage cut to join the Blaugrana in January, but the fee keeps the talks on hold with 50-60 million being named. FC Barcelona is currently in the market to bolster their attack, sitting in 7th with an injury struck squad. Barcelona can build a team for the future around Torres.