January Transfer Window: Who's the 1 Player Each Team Should Overpay For?

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

January Transfer Window: Who's the 1 Player Each Team Should Overpay For?

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    With plenty of rumours going around during the January transfer window, it is hard to decipher what is true and what is false.

    For some of Europe's biggest clubs, there are plenty of rumours linking them to the world's best players.

    Several of those players are worth the big sums of money that are being thrown about in the papers.

    This list showcases 10 clubs from around Europe that have been linked to star players.

    These are players that should not only be brought into these 10 clubs, but should be overpaid to be brought in to take each club to the next level.

Arsenal: Adam Szalai

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    Arsenal have been linked to forward Adam Szalai, who currently plays for Mainz in the Bundesliga (via Metro). The 25-year-old has scored nine goals in the Bundesliga this season and would be a welcome addition to the Gunners squad.

    If he were to join the North London outfit in January, Szalai would be the leading goal scorer at the club. Theo Walcott currently leads the club with eight.

    The report also claims that Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are chasing the signature of the forward.

    Arsene Wenger could benefit from having another quality forward in his squad going into the difficult stretch of matches in three different competitions over the next few months. Szalai could be the answer to that problem.

Chelsea: Iago Aspas

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    Chelsea are reportedly going after Spanish forward Iago Aspas, who has set La Liga on fire at Celta Vigo this season (via Daily Star).

    Aspas is the club's leading scorer with eight goals and he could be a bargain compared to other forwards on the transfer market at the moment.

    After bringing in Demba Ba from Newcastle United earlier this month, manager Rafa Benitez may not go after another forward, but it is only a matter of time before Fernando Torres' time at the club is up.

    Aspas would be a welcome replacement for Torres and he has the skills that would add yet another threat to the Chelsea attack.  

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale

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    Gareth Bale is one of the best young players in the world and Real Madrid are looking to bring the Welshman into the club (via Daily Mail).

    Bale has flourished in the starting 11 at Tottenham Hotspur and it could be time for the winger to move on to greener pastures.

    With Jose Mourinho likely out as manager of Real Madrid this summer, Bale would be a great first signing for any new manager coming into the Bernabeu.

    Madrid are currently 18 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and they will be looking for a fresh start next season.

    Spurs are expected to put a hefty price tag on Bale and it will cost Real Madrid plenty of money to bring him to Spain, but he will be worth every penny of the purchase.

AC Milan: Angelo Ogbonna

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    Angelo Ogbonna is one of the best young defenders in Serie A and AC Milan are chasing after the 24-year-old's signature (via Forza Italian Football).

    Ogbonna has been linked to AC Milan on a constant basis and he would be a good fit in the center of their defense.

    Currently, the Rossoneri have two center-backs over the age of 30 in Philippe Mexes and Mario Yepes.

    With a goal of getting younger at AC Milan, the signature of Ogbonna would go right along with that philosophy.

Manchester United: Wilfried Zaha

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    The most coveted English player not playing in the EPL at the moment is Wilfried Zaha.

    Zaha has been linked to plenty of EPL clubs with Manchester United becoming the favorite to sign the 20-year-old (via The Sun).

    Earlier on Sunday, Zaha tweeted that he was on his way to the top of the EPL, which would signify a move to Old Trafford, a post that was quickly deleted by the youngster (via Daily Mail).

    Zaha would fit into the transfer policy of buying young players that manager Sir Alex Ferguson has used in recent transfer windows.

    Over the summer, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, and Alexander Buttner, all under the age of 23, were all brought into the club.

    Ferguson will have to out bid rivals Arsenal and Tottenham for Zaha and that may mean paying more than the player's estimated value.

Liverpool: Thomas Ince

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    Despite the recent rumours about a potential Liverpool move for Wesley Sneijder, the Reds should continue to go after Thomas Ince, a much cheaper option than the Dutchman (via Mirror Football).

    The latest report about Ince's move back to Anfield stated that talks between Liverpool and Blackpool were halted because of the demands set by Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston (via The Telegraph).

    Something that may help Ince move to Anfield quicker than expected is the tumultuous managerial situation at Bloomfield Road.

    Michael Appleton became the latest manager to leave the club when he left for Blackburn Rovers last week.

    There are still plenty of developments to take place before this transfer saga ends, but the Reds would be foolish not to spend a decent amount of money on Ince.

Galatasaray: Wesley Sneijder

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    Speaking of Wesley Sneijder, it looks as though his surprise move to Galatasaray from Inter Milan will happen soon (via ESPN).

    Sneijder has been close to exiting the San Siro for quite some time, but no one expected the Dutchman to move to Turkey.

    When the deal gets finalized, Sneijder will join a potent attack at the club that includes Johan Elmander, Milan Baros, Burak Yilmaz, and Felipe Melo.

    While it is not an attacking lineup better than the ones in England, it is one that could help the Turkish club win the Turkish Super League and defeat Schalke in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Atletico Madrid: Leo Baptistao

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    Over the summer, Rayo Vallecano let one of their star players, Michu, leave for the EPL at a cheap price.

    This time around, Leo Baptistao will cost much more than Michu did, but he still looks like he is on his way out of the club.

    Baptistao has been linked to a move to Atletico Madrid over the past few days, and it looks like the move will be completed soon (via talkSPORT).

    Whether or not Baptistao is a replacement for Radamel Falcao is still to be seen, but one thing is for sure, and that is that Atletico will have to pay a good amount of money for the Brazilian.

PSG: Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Over the past few months, Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with big spenders PSG.

    With the end of the Jose Mourinho era becoming more imminent with every passing day, more speculation begins to swirl around the future of Ronaldo.

    PSG is no stranger to spending big money for big name players and sporting director Leonardo claimed that the club does have enough to buy Ronaldo (via Daily Mail).

    If Ronaldo were to join the Parisian club, he would join up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a deadly attack that could easily contend for the UEFA Champions League title on a yearly basis.

Manchester City: Edinson Cavani

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    With both Mario Balotelli (via The Guardian) and Edin Dzeko (via ESPN UK) being rumoured to leave Manchester City in the near future, the defending EPL champions will need a valuable replacement for the two forwards.

    That replacement could come in the form of Napoli's Edinson Cavani, who is lighting up the scoreboards of Serie A at the moment.

    City are interested in bringing in Cavani during the January transfer window and they will most likely have to use the money from the potential sales of Balotelli and Dzeko to fund the move (via Sky Sports).

    If Cavani were to join City, the Citizens would have an attack to rival the ones at Chelsea and Manchester United with Cavani, Carlos Tevez, and Sergio Aguero in the squad.

    What players do you think these clubs should overpay for?

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