Some football fans enjoy the January transfer window, while some dread its coming and do what they can to avoid the impending tide of agents comments, cryptic manager speak and the abundance of flattery that is being felt by players across the globe.
GMF is with those who delight in wondering if a certain quote is an admission of departure or if a coy smile from a Premier League referee has just indicated his top January transfer target.
The nature of transfers is that very few are simple and an available players destination can change at the 11th hour – see struggling QPR’s recent snatch for Marseille’s Loic Remy out from under the noses of Newcastle United.
The identity of players being linked with the top clubs in the Premier League changes frequently and GMF has been through the transfer talk to highlight the best links to top clubs from the past few days.
Here they are…
Manchester United – Double Benfica swoop
According the to the Daily Star, Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing for a double swoop in Portugal, with the Scot aiming to bring Benfica stars Nicolas Gaitan and Ezequiel Garay to Old Trafford.
There were reports that the Red Devils were on the verge of bidding for Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, but Old Trafford chief executive David Gill ruled out any January move on Wednesday afternoon.
Chelsea – Pep disappointment
Roman Abramovich was reportedly desperate for former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to take over at Stamford Bridge next season, so will have been disappointed when the Spaniard was confirmed as Bayern Munich’s next manager.
However, the Blues were reportedly set to bid for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, who is priced at a reasonable £5.5million – pocket change for the Chelsea oligarch.
Arsenal – Mourinho’s favourite
While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may have to face up to not pulling off the major coup of signing Barcelona’s David Villa, he is reportedly set to make a move for another Champions League winner in Diego Milito.
The Argentinean striker was a favourite of Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese when he was in charge of Inter Milan and a report in the Daily Express claims Wenger wants him to bolster his striking options.
Tottenham Hotspur – Willian goes AWOL
Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian reportedly went AWOL yesterday in an apparent attempt to force through a move to the Premier League. Spurs are one of the teams Metro claims is after him, though they will reportedly have to be more persuasive than Chelsea to get him.
Manchester City – Building for a future without Pep
The Etihad Stadium hierarchy were another that will reportedly be gutted by Guardiola’s decision to choose the Bundesliga leaders, especially as they have already hired two of his former directors at Camp Nou – Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano.
However, The Sun claim the Premier League champions are looking to the future once more and will be entering the race for very highly rated Derby County midfielder Will Hughes. The 17-year-old has been tipped for big things and will reportedly cost somewhere in the region of £7million.
What has been your favourite transfer link over the last week? Leave a comment below to let us know…