January is typically one of the most hectic times in terms of world football. Not only are many competitions in the heat of the middle of their campaigns, but it is also a 31-day sprint to the finish to see if you can outwit your opposition in the transfer market with the next great midseason move.
However, there are many times when a move just cannot be completed in one month. The rushed, hustle-and-bustle approach sometimes is not the best course of action to take when dealing with a major move that requires a period of reflection and attention to detail to hammer out all the ins and outs.
Typically January is not a transfer window that sees a vast array of blockbuster deals as most clubs are hopeful of holding onto their top prospects until the summer. With that in mind here are 10 transfers that look like great moves but are unlikely to be completed until the summer of 2013.