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January Transfer Rumours: Predicting the 15 Biggest Moves and Their Fees

Yoosof FarahSenior Writer IIIJanuary 4, 2012

January Transfer Rumours: Predicting the 15 Biggest Moves and Their Fees

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    Whilst Neymar, Mario Gotze, Christian Eriksen and others probably won't be moving in the January transfer window, some big names surely will.

    There are quite a few clubs in Europe who could do with a midseason boost, such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, therefore a good bit of transfer action could well be seen this winter.

    With that in mind, here are the 15 biggest predictions for the January transfer window.

Riccardo Montolivo to AC Milan

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    Riccardo Montolivo wants to leave Fiorentina in January, and Fiorentina want Riccardo Montolivo to leave in January.

    The 26-year-old midfielder's contract runs out at the end of the season, with the club keen to get a fee for their player before he leaves for nothing in the summer.

    And that's where AC Milan to come into it. Having had a €3 million bid rejected, the Viola have made it clear they want at least €5 million, which should still be easy money for the Rossoneri.

    Predicted fee: 4.2 million 

Florent Malouda to Paris Saint-Germain

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    Florent Malouda clearly hasn't been happy at Chelsea ever since Andre Villas-Boas arrived, reflected more than anything in his performances on the pitch.

    Meaning, if reports are to be believed, a move to Paris Saint-Germain could be on the cards, with old boss Carlo Ancelotti—under whose tutelage Malouda flourished—keen on bringing the 31-year-old to the Parc des Princes.

    It seems likely Malouda will leave Stamford Bridge in January, and with Atletico Madrid and Anzhi Makhachkala also reportedly interested, Chelsea could get quite a good fee for the Frenchman.

    Predicted fee: £7 million

Patrick Herrmann to Napoli

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    Arsenal, Juventus and Napoli will be involved in a three-way battle for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann in January, reports say.

    With Die Fohlen producing many young stars in their remarkable Bundesliga season so far, a lot of big clubs will no doubt be circling.

    And Napoli could be the best bet for Herrmann, who has been likened to FC Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.

    The Partenopei can still offer UEFA Champions League football. They've also proved their pedigree, attracting some of world football's most promising stars having already signed Eduardo Vargas, beating off competition from Inter Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan.

    Predicted fee: £7 million

Gary Cahill to Chelsea

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    As it stands, Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill is as angry as he looks in that picture, with reports that Chelsea are not meeting his wage demands.

    Having agreed to a £7 million fee, it's said the Blues are offering Cahill £70,000 a week, the same salary he's currently on at Bolton. Cahill himself wants £120,000 per week apparently, the same as Ashley Cole.

    Nonetheless, with Cahill out of contract in the summer, Bolton will most likely do what they can to push the deal through, and with Cahill obviously wanting to play Champions League football, a move should still very much be on the cards.

    Predicted fee: £7 million

Roman Pavlyuchenko to Anzhi Makhachkala

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    It seems Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has long since wanted to offload Roman Pavlyuchenko but just hasn't found a suitor to pay big enough bucks.

    And that's where newly rich Anzhi Makhachkala come in to save the day, with the club keen to find a decent strike partner for Samuel Eto'o.

    Anzhi have reportedly offered Pavlyuchenko a deal, something which he'll accept if Aston Villa, Sunderland or Queens Park Rangers choose not to pursue a transfer after being offered the player by Spurs.

    No transfer fee has been mentioned in reports, but given that the player is contracted until June 2013, it'll most likely be his true market value.

    Predicted fee: £7.5 million

Junior Hoilett to Stoke City

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    It has been widely reported that Blackburn Rovers will need to sell players in the January transfer window, not only to buy players but to plug a £10 million gap in their bank account.

    Junior Hoilett could be the first to go, having attracted interest from a whole host of Premier League clubs.

    Stoke City are said to be lining up an £8 million bid, and it could be accepted given that it'll largely help Rovers' finances and the fact there doesn't seem to be any other concrete suitors for Hoilett, with the bigger clubs most likely waiting to see how the rest of Hoilett's season pans out.

    Predicted fee: £8 million

Burak Yilmaz to CSKA Moscow

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    Burak Yilmaz has been in sensational form for Trabzonspor over the past year, following up a 20-goal haul in the Super Lig last season with 17 goals already this term from just 15 games.

    Such form surprisingly hasn't been picked up by any of Europe's elite, perhaps given the fact Yilmaz is now 26 and has only one big contract left in him.

    CSKA Moscow are one team supposedly interested, and while Trabzonspor deny that a deal is in place, if CSKA do come in with that €15 million bid, it could be very hard to turn down.

    Predicted fee: £12.5 million

Lukas Podolski to Arsenal

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    Per Mertesacker could well have paved the way for a German revolution at Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski now also reportedly keen on a move to the Emirates.

    Despite signing legend Thierry Henry back on loan, Arsene Wenger could do with a permanent solution to his striker problem, with Park Chu-Young and Marouane Chamakh obviously not the answer.

    Cologne striker Podolski is looking more and more like a Gunners player, with Arsenal set to meet the Bundesliga club's €15 million valuation.

    Predicted fee: £12.5 million

Gaston Ramirez to Juventus

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    Wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool, 21-year-old Gaston Ramirez has been a revelation in Serie A this season, excelling in an under-performing Bologna side.

    Available for €15 million, Ramirez has also long been courted by Juventus, and it seems if any club will sign the Uruguayan playmaker, it would be the Bianconeri.

    Predicted fee: £12.5 million

Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Tottenham Hotspur

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    Klaas Jan Huntelaar has been in fine form for Schalke 04 this season, scoring 26 goals in 26 games so far.

    Such form has attracted the interest of Manchester United, but the 28-year-old is a player who could well end up at Tottenham Hotspur.

    He hasn't been directly linked with the White Hart Lane club yet, but they need a striker, are looking for a big-name signing, already have Dutch players in the team, can offer the attractive London lifestyle as well as decent wages and have previously held transfer talks with Huntelaar.

    The in-form hitman fits the bill for Spurs, and they could well fit the bill for him.

    Predicted fee: £15 million

Adel Taarabt to Al-Sadd

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    Adel Taarabt could well be move to Qatari club Al-Sadd after they reportedly met the £15 million valuation set by Queens Park Rangers.

    The 22-year-old was set for a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but they refused to meet QPR's asking price, leaving Al-Sadd as the only concrete suitors.

    Given that Taarabt seems a player slightly disillusioned with the game, emphasised by his haphazard performances this season, the untold riches of Qatar could well be a very realistic opportunity for the Moroccan midfielder.

    Predicted fee: £15 million

Marco Reus to Borussia Dortmund

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    Marco Reus is reportedly wanted by Arsenal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

    The 22-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach star has been the main reason his team are still challenging at the top of the Bundesliga, scoring 10 goals in 15 games as a trequartista.

    And according to reports, Reus is favouring a move to Dortmund and has held talks with the German top-flight title holders—a transfer could very much be on the cards.

    Predicted fee: £16.7 million

Alan Dzagoev to Manchester United

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    Alan Dzagoev has again been touted for a move to Manchester United, as the Red Devils seek alternatives to Wesley Sneijder to fill the creative gap in their team.

    The 21-year-old from CSKA Moscow has long been seen as one of the best emerging playmakers in the game, and having long been linked with a move to one of Europe's elite, now could be the time for him to move.

    With all the talk about Sneijder, Luka Modric, etc., a quick, low-key deal for Dzagoev could be on the cards, with Sir Alex Ferguson under increasing pressure to sign a quality playmaker despite the imminent return of Tom Cleverley.

    Predicted fee: £18 million

Carlos Tevez to AC Milan

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    Carlos Tevez will leave Manchester City in January, that's almost undeniable, with Roberto Mancini and probably Sheikh Mansour desperate to see the back of him.

    AC Milan currently seem to be his most likely destination, with Rossoneri stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic clamouring for the club to sign Tevez.

    The polemic Argentine will cost £25 million, and at the moment it looks like a fee the Serie A giants could well pay even if they don't offload Alexandre Pato to Paris Saint-Germain (unlikely).

    Predicted fee: £25 million

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid

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    Eden Hazard has made it publicly clear he wants to move to Real Madrid.

    Real Madrid supposedly want the Lille OSC and Belgium superstar as part of their "Operation Madrid 2014."

    It's a move that will most likely happen at some point, and it could even be in this January transfer window.

    With Jose Mourinho getting his Galácticos closer to this FC Barcelona side than ever before, the Portuguese tactician might feel that one marquee winter signing could give his team the lift they need to overhaul Barça and regain the Spanish and European throne.

    Predicted fee: £41.6 million

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