As we close out one of the strangest years ever, not just in terms of football, we also open the January transfer window. This is a time for most clubs to evaluate their current squad, see who is performing and what areas they need to improve on.
That being said it can also be a tough time for the ‘smaller clubs’, who have stars performing at a top-level but will struggle to keep them. So here are my five transfers to watch out for this January, that more than likely will happen.
Number 5 – Diego Costa to Crystal Palace
As of today, December 29th, Diego Costa has become a free agent after agreeing his termination at current club Atletico Madrid. Costa, who used to play in the Premier League with Chelsea, has made it no secret that he wants to return to England.
More specifically, the Spanish forward is wanting a return to the capital in which he enjoyed success during his time at Stamford Bridge. But looking across the London clubs, it’s hard to find a squad he slots into. Chelsea have more forwards already than they know what to do with, Spurs have the deadliest duo in the league and Arsenal have a plethora of attacking options.
It really only leaves two options. One is a move to West Ham, where he would find himself challenging Sebastian Haller for the top spot or Crystal Palace challenging Cristian Benteke. I reckon he’ll opt for option two and play alongside Wilfred Zaha under Roy Hodgson.
Number 4 – Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth
Jack Wilshere’s career will always be a question of what if he didn’t get injured. Wilshere has been very unlucky during his senior playing days, going from looking like a world-class star against Barcelona in the Champions League to being unemployed struggling for fitness.
But the former England international has begun on the road to finding a new club after announcing that he is training with former club Bournemouth. The Championship side have offered to help Wilshere on his journey regaining his fitness.
On the basis of Wilshere being a former player and already knowing some of the players from his time their, it wouldn’t surprise me if he signed a short term deal until the end of the season.
Number 3 – Luka Jovic to Wolves
Wolves have been without their main man Raul Jimenez since his horror injury suffered against Arsenal. The Mexican forward suffered a fractured skull after a collision with David Luiz whilst challenging for a corner.
Since then young starlet Fabio Silva has been the main striker for Wolves and has struggled to make a major impact. So Wolves will be looking for a target man who has no problem scoring goals.
Step forward out of favour Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic. Jovic has been unable to nail down a starting position in the Madrid squad since joining from Frankfurt 2 years ago. The youngster is a clinical goal scorer who hasn’t dealt with the pressure of being a Real player.
I think this could be a match made in heaven for all parties involved.
Number 2 – Marcos Alonso to Atletico Madrid
We’ve mentioned a player leaving Atletico already but this time we will focus on an incoming transfer. Marcos Alonso has become an outcast since the arrival of Ben Chillwell.
Now the left-back is looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge and a return to his home nation of Spain. Although no official contact has been made between the two clubs, it has been rumoured that Atletico are interested.
A surprising move, but one that makes sense for Alonso who is coming towards the end of his career.
Number 1 – Odsonne Edouard to AC Milan
AC Milan has begun this season in top form. Currently sitting top of the table in Serie A, they will be hoping to end their 10-year wait for a title.
One of the main reasons they have become so dominant in the league this year is down to veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But question marks have been raised as to if he can keep this form up for the full season.
So it’s no surprise that they have been linked with a lot of strikers for this window. But the major link is Celtic’s French forward Odsonne Edouard. Edouard is one of the top-rated young strikers not currently playing in one of the top leagues in Europe.
This could be one of the more outside moves that could happen but the move makes sense in the long term for AC.
So these are my 5 transfers to keep your eyes out for during the winter transfer window. Any you disagree with or any you think we’ve missed, let us know in the comments below.