With only £58,000,000 spent in The British Transfer Market last January – it is fair to say that compared to the summer window, top flight managers are much more reluctant to spend. That said – with such success stories like Papiss Cisse and Nikica Jelavic people may wonder why managers do not spend? Of course, the likes of big spenders Manchester City and Chelsea are in the latter stages of assmebling their squads to challenge domestically and on the continent.
In this article – I will look at transfer rumours surrounding teams in The Barclays Premier League. The potential comings and goings and reasons behind the move.
COMING IN: Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson has been an admirer of the Dutch International for years now and nearly got his man last summer, although the two parties failed to agree on reported wage fee's. Now with fellow Dutch star Robin Van Persie at the club – could this influence Sneidjer's decision to join The Red Devils?
The Red Devils told Borussia Dortmund they were willing to pay £16,000,000 for the Polish forward in the summer. However – the move was soon off when Manchester United signed Robin Van Persie from Arsenal. Ferguson is likely to send scouts to watch the forward when Dortmund play City in this season's Champions League group game.
Blackpool forward Tom Ince is set to follow his fathers footsteps and sign for Manchester United in a £4,000,000 January Deal. Ferguson spoke with Paul Ince recently in a big to lure the Blackpool ace to Old Trafford. The Blackpool winger signed a 2 year deal – which is set to expire at the end of the current campaign. But Fergie wants him in as soon as possible and is confident of tying everything up in the next transfer window.
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Although Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has said 'Ferguson can forget about the player', I wouldn't be surprised if a deal can be made to bring the 19 year old Italian to Old Trafford. With last summers transfer exodus at The San Siro - who knows what the board of Milan will do next? The Italian has scored four goals in six starts for Milan – and although he has just renewed his contract, expect him to follow a similar path to Thiago Silva.
Vidal burst onto the European scene during a four-year stint at German Club Bayer Leverkusen. Earning himself a transfer to Juventus – Vidal then helped the side go a whole season unbeaten and win the Serie A title. His perofrmances have not gone unnoticed however – and as Manchester United still lack a dynamic midfielder since the likes of Roy Keane, a transfer is feasible. With a £40,000,000 price on his head however, he may be out of United financial reach.
GOING OUT: Manchester United
With just two years remaining on his contract – and the idea of a wage increase turned down by Manchester United - it appears Nani may be on the verge of leaving Manchester United. In fact, the Portugese winger could be used as part of a deal to lure Wesley Sneijder to Old Trafford. Ferguson is keen on the Dutch international – and with the inconsistent Nani struggling this season, he could be on his way out of The Theatre of Dreams.
Anderson joined United from FC Porto for £20,000,000 and it is fair to say he has not lived up to his price tag. There have however been moments of brilliance from the Brazilian – but injuries and inconsistent performances, along with Manchester United's need for a midfield make over could see Anderson leave to create funds for future purchases.
Evra has been a Manchester United regular for the past 6 years now. However, his form has dropped dramatically over the past 2 years – and as each week passes by he looks more and more vulnerable in United's back line. Although captaining the side for the majority of last season in Nemanja Vidic's absence – direct competition for Evra's place in Alexander Buttner had a debut to remember, scoring one and assisting one. Do not be surprised if Ferguson will be ready to cash in on his left back in January.
Macheda & Hernandez
Much has been made of the arrival of Robin Van Persie. With Wayne Rooney and himself as Ferguson's main striking duo – the likes of Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Federico Macheda will all struggle earning game time. Macheda has had spells at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers respectively – so Fergie may let him leave. However – he may be more reluctant to sell Hernandez. Chicharito, who scored 20 goals in his debut season – was a victim to 'second season syndrome' which doesn't look like improving any time soon.