15 Likely January World Football Transfers Who Will Be Paid Too Much
The January world football transfer window is still three months away, but speculation on who will move where at the beginning of 2013 has already started.
With most domestic seasons in Europe in full swing now, clubs in most of those leagues are already putting together lists of which players they want to buy in January to fill the voids they claim to have.
Some of the names on this list were targets during the summer, but deals could not get done for them.
Some of these players have had spectacular starts to their seasons and are getting attention from top clubs in Europe.
Regardless of what the case may be with each player, they will all be paid too much by their potential new clubs in January, as we all know from the past few years that clubs will overpay if they are that desperate.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
If Theo Walcott does not get rewarded with a new contract by Arsenal by the time January comes around, his name could easily be mixed in with transfer rumors.
The winger has been with the Gunners since 2006, but he could follow in the way of other young stars and move on past the London club.
Seeing Walcott available in January would be heartbreaking for Gunners fans, especially after losing Robin van Persie during the summer to Manchester United.
If the England international were to leave the Emirates Stadium in January, it will be because of his contract dispute, and the club that sweep him up will make sure he gets paid as much as he wants.
Joao Moutinho (Porto)
Porto almost cashed in on Joao Moutinho during the summer, but a big money move to Tottenham Hotspur was halted after the Spurs bought the cheaper Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele from Fulham instead.
Moutinho's link to Spurs is still alive and kicking in the form of former manager Andre Villas-Boas. However, a move to the Spurs may not be in the cards, if the North London outfit continue their recent form with their summer signings.
Regardless of where Tottenham stand on the Moutinho transfer, Porto will be looking to cash in on the talented midfielder, just like they did with Hulk at the end of the summer window, when the powerful midfielder was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
The case of Javier Hernandez is quite the curious one, as the striker is looking to be going out of favor at Manchester United, just like Dimitar Berbatov did last year.
Chicharito has only started one English Premier League match in 2012-13, and the arrival of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford has not helped the Mexican's situation.
The Mexican international could end up being the odd man out, just like Berbatov was in the 2011-12 season.
With that being said, Berbatov was rumored to have left United last January and was not let go until reinforcements were brought into the club in the form of van Persie.
Expect that to be the same situation for Hernandez, but if Sir Alex Ferguson does bring in a replacement, he will be able to cash in on the Mexican.
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
After winning the Serie A title with Juventus in 2011-12, Arturo Vidal has been gaining attention along with his club.
Vidal is not just a player who can only play one position, he is a many of many trades who can play anywhere in his midfield position.
The Chilean is a defensive midfielder by trade but is also a valuable option in attack.
With the potential of winning a second straight Italian title with his current club being a huge reality, a team will have to overpay to take Vidal away from the Old Lady of Italian football.
One of the best young players in all of Europe is Malaga's Isco.
Isco took Europe by storm on the first match day of the Champions League with his two-goal performance against Zenit St. Petersburg.
The 20-year-old was supposed to be one of the breakout stars of the 2012 Summer Olympics, but that was not to be after Spain's disappointing performance in London.
With Malaga not being the cash cow that they were last season, they may have to cash in on some of their stars if they do not perform well in La Liga this season.
Luckily for Malaga, they are in third place in La Liga right now and should be able to sustain a Top Four finish. But if their form begins to fade, look for Isco to be mentioned more in the transfer market.
Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole has been at Chelsea since his move from Arsenal in 2006, and he has been a stalwart in defense for the club ever since.
Now, with manager Roberto di Matteo tending to play a younger side in matches and bringing in more young players, the old guard at Chelsea may soon be on their way out.
Cole may find a friend in former Chelsea and current PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti.
There is no doubt that PSG do have a problem spending money under new owners, as they have bought stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gregory van der Wiel and Thiago Silva over the past year.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard is another member of that old guard at Chelsea, and he may look for one final big payday before he retires.
At age 34, Lampard is at the perfect age to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Didier Drogba and make a big money move to a growing football market.
With one final chance at winning an EPL title at Stamford Bridge looming large this season, Lampard may not leave the club until summer 2013, but if his playing time diminishes, he could move away from the club earlier.
Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow)
Seydou Doumbia is one of the best players in the Russian Premier League at the moment.
The Ivorian international has taken an unusual path to his current club, CSKA Moscow, as he has had stops in Japan and Switzerland on his way to the Russian capital.
The journey of the 24-year-old rivals the one that Hulk took on his way to Porto before becoming a superstar in Portugal.
Doumbia had an amazing season in 2011-12, with 28 goals in Russia and 37 overall in all competitions.
If Doumbia continues his scoring tear, there is no doubt that the bigger clubs in Europe will be throwing money at the striker very soon.
Igor Denisov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Igor Denisov has been a respected footballer for years and was rewarded for his great career so far with the captain's armband for the Russian national team by Fabio Capello.
Denisov has fallen under controversy recently after the big money moves of Hulk and Axel Witsel to Zenit St. Petersburg.
With his complaining about the wages at the club, along with many other things, it may be time for Denisov to move on from his current club.
In January, there will definitely be a market for a player who is a solid midfielder looking for playing time to keep his national team captaincy.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Marouane Fellaini has become a hot commodity around Europe after his strong start to the 2012-13 Premier League season.
Fellaini has been a solid player since his move from Standard Liege in 2008, but now he, along with his fellow Belgians, is taking the EPL by storm this season.
His current club, Everton, do not have the most money of all the clubs in England, and cashing in on a player like Fellaini may be a smart decision.
The value on Fellaini may never be higher, and the decision to sell the Belgian midfielder will be an even tougher one if his excellent form continues.
Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow)
Keisuke Honda was one of the hottest names of January 2011's transfer market, but he has not been heard of ever since.
Honda's transfer to Lazio in January fell through, and he has stayed with CSKA Moscow instead of finding another club to move on to.
The Japanese international is a perfect example of a player who has fallen off the radar ever since a big money transfer fell through.
Honda still has been productive for his Russian club this season, but it looks like he may stay at the club for a long time until he gets another international stage to impress potential buyers just like he did at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Willian (Shakhtar Donetsk)
One of the biggest upcoming stars in world football is arriving on the scene as we speak.
The 24-year-old winger Willian is currently playing for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, but he will not be playing there for much longer.
The Brazilian was in the headlines for most of the summer and is making even more headlines with his play in the Champions League group stage this season so far.
There is no doubt that a big money move is in his future, it is just a matter of where and when.
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)
Fernando Llorente was one of Europe's most underrated players until the 2011-12 season when he broke out with Athletic Bilbao.
Llorente's great last season has turned into a brutal 2012-13 season, with all sorts of controversy surrounding him.
The Spanish forward has denied a new contract with his club and gotten into a verbal spat with manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Llorente's situation is one that is similar to the one that faced Carlos Tevez at Manchester City last season, but Tevez did not end up getting transferred due to his lack of match fitness ahead of a crucial stretch in the European season.
Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Demba Ba has gone from being one of the steals of the January 2011 transfer window to possibly becoming one of the most expensive players in January 2013's market.
Ba was a steal for West Ham United two years ago, and then he moved to Newcastle United that following summer after the Hammers were relegated.
Now, with Newcastle starting Papiss Cisse over Ba at the forward position to begin the year, some people may think the Magpies will try to get rid of the striker.
That may not be the case for much longer, as manager Alan Pardew has inserted Ba back into the starting lineup, and the Senegal international is scoring goals again with six in six matches in the EPL this season.
Falcao (Atletico Madrid)
Falcao will be the biggest name mentioned in January transfer rumors.
The Colombian forward moved from Porto to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and had a standout season with the Europa League champions by scoring 36 total goals in all competitions.
This season, Falcao scored a hat trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, which has been followed up by seven goals in six La Liga matches this season.
There is no doubt that, with the right amount of money, Atletico will accept a high-priced bid for Falcao and his goal-scoring prowess.
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