With less than five days remaining of the January transfer window, it says a lot that the Sky Sports News video advertising the fabled deadline day has so far proved more exciting than all of January’s transfer activity combined thus far.
Newcastle’s £10 million splash for Freiburg forward Papiss Demba Cisse has so far proved to be the highlight, with the top six clubs in particular all conspicuous by their inaction to date.
Last year’s deadline day proved to be one of the more dramatic on record with Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll all completing last minute dramatic moves – but what are the dream deals that could set the window alight this time around?
Manchester United: Wesley Sneijder
It’s always been a case of so near yet so far in Manchester United’s pursuit of Wesley Sneijder.
United’s search for a creative spark in recent seasons has been well documented and held up by many as the only thing stopping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side from running away with the league title.
As it stands however they sit behind rivals Manchester City in the league and appear no nearer to luring the Dutchman to the north West - but the Old Trafford faithful can dream something magical happens in the last days of January.
Plenty of names have been linked with United, but it is the classy Inter playmaker that is the ultimate object of their affections.
Latest reports: “Sneijder rules out Manchester United January switch” – Metro, 23rd January
Arsenal: Mario Gotze
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly has a £50 million transfer kitty to spend following the departures of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas (not to mention Gael Clichy) over the summer, and having lost two of his brightest creative sparks before the start of the season the Frenchman is reportedly keen on an attacking midfielder to breath life into his side’s ailing season.
Step forward Mario Gotze, one of the most highly rated young players in Europe and a reported target for Arsenal.
Having got up close and personal with the Borussia Dortmund man in the Champions League earlier this season, Wenger will be well aware of the abilities that have made him one of the most in-demand talents around.
The 19-year-old fits the Arsenal mould perfectly and would be particularly welcome addition with the news Jack Wilshere faces an extended spell on the sidelines, but unfortunately for Gunners fans a deal looks unlikely after Gotze indicated he will extend his contract with Dortmund.
Latest reports: “Gotze reveals why he will snub Arsenal advances to stay with German champions Dortmund” – The Daily Mail, 9th January 2012
Liverpool: Darren Bent
You heard it from Bruce Grobbelaar first – Liverpool are in the market for a striker in January and there have plenty of names linked with a switch to Anfield.
Darren Bent has been heavily linked with a January switch to Merseyside, and the Aston Villa forward is the man for the job, according to a recent Givemefootball survey of Liverpool fans.
The Reds have suffered in front of goal this season, and remain the most wasteful side in the Premier League in terms of chances/goals ratio.
Luis Suarez’s suspension and Andy Carroll’s continued poor form appears to have prompted manager Kenny Dalglish into action, he has the money, but will he make a move after his dealing last January?
Latest Reports: Darren Bent ‘ignoring transfer talk’ – ESPN, 27th January 2012
Chelsea: Eden Hazard
Rumours were rife across social network sites that Eden Hazard was edging closer to a move to Chelsea last week, and while that proved be somewhat premature, of all the club’s in the Premier League hoping to land their dream targets it is Chelsea that appear the closest.
Hazard has attracted interest from all over Europe, and numerous Premier League clubs are also rumoured to be interested in securing his services.
The talented youngster was instrumental in Lille’s historic double last season and has further enhanced his reputation this season – Chelsea be warned however, Paris Saint Germain are keen on a move.
Latest Reports: “Chelsea target Hazard flirts with PSG move” – Daily Mirror, 27th January, 2012
Manchester City: Edinson Cavani
Manchester City have been particularly quiet so far in the January transfer window, with the Premier League leaders seemingly more preoccupied with negotiating a fee for Carlos Tevez than bringing in more players to add to their extensive squad.
Reports last week suggested manager Roberto Mancini would only be dealing in loan moves during the window but the Italian remains a keen admirer of numerous Napoli players, most notably Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.
The Napoli striker proved his class as he helped his side qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League at the expense of City, and Mancini has previously spoken of his desire to bring him to the Etihad Stadium. A deal remains a long shot but isn’t beyond the realms of possibility….
Latest report: “Cavani agent plays down speculation over City move”, Talksport, 27th January 2012
Tottenham: Loic Remy
Tottenham’s desire to add to their strikeforce has been plain for all to see recently, and boss Harry Redknapp has spent his time in France recently eyeing up Lyon forward Loic Remy in the hope of bringing him to White Hart Lane.
The Frenchman has proved himself deadly in front of goal and bagged two goals in front of Redknapp to add a few zeroes to his price-tag.
Unfortunately for Spurs, Remy expressed his desire to stay in France for the foreseeable future recently, ruling out a move to north London in the process – his arrival at the Lane would only add to Tottenham and Redknapp’s borderline mythical status in the January transfer window.
Latest Report: “Harry pessimistic over Remy”, Sky Sports, January 20th 2012