5 January Transfer Deals That Would Rock the Premier League

Joe KrishnanContributor INovember 19, 2013

ALBACETE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15:  Sergio Ramos of Spain gives instructions to their team-mates during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Georgia at Carlos Belmonte stadium on October 15, 2013 in Albacete, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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The January transfer window has never been welcomed with open arms like the three-month long summer window due to it's awkward timing and regulations making players ineligible to play in certain competitions.

But for the sake of being objective, the thrill of having only 31 days to complete their business for the rest of the season gives it a sense of excitement that the summer cannot match.

Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll—two of the three biggest transfers in English football—were made on transfer deadline day. And the inability to predict events, combined with Jim White's excruciatingly entertaining antics on Sky Sports, makes it one of the more exciting parts of football transfers.

Here's our list of five transfers which could even surprise the unflappable Jim White if they happened in January. Be sure to let us know what you think at the bottom of the page. 


Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiakos to Arsenal)

ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 15:  Kostas Mitroglou of Greece in action during the group G FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Greece and Liechtenstein at Karaiskakis Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Athens, Greece.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
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Currently one of the hottest properties outside of the top five European leagues, the 25-year-old Mitroglou has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of Greek football with the champions since joining from Borussia Moenchengladbach six years ago.

His form at domestic level has been incredible in the current campaign with 14 goals in just 11 league games, and he even struck five goals in four games in the Champions League. A powerful forward, his footwork is sublime, and he seems to never be phased by the occasion of playing on the big stage.

The Greek international, who was influential in helping his country qualify for the World Cup, is unlikely to turn down a lucrative switch to England considering the likely increase in wages.

Arsenal are in desperate need of another striker to bolster their ranks, with Olivier Giroud and out-of-favour Nicklas Bendtner as the only recognised strikers at the Emirates Stadium. Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been mentioned as a possible signing, but a January switch appears unlikely.

The addition of Mitroglou's calibre to their squad would certainly tilt the title in Arsene Wenger's favour, and the French coach could get his man with a bid of around £7 million in January.


Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United)

The Ander Herrera saga, a move that seemed to be dead in the water in the summer, could be revived in January after a bizarre turn of events.

The Spaniard was heavily linked with a summer move to the Red Devils as David Moyes looked to bring in a marquee signing with the squad lacking a key playmaker, per The Express.

The 24-year-old certainly ticked the Scot's boxes, but his £36 million release clause, which Athletic Bilbao refused to budge on, deterred a move from the Premier League champions.

Even with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa on the squad, the pair have failed to provide the creative spark which left when Paul Scholes retired.

However, Herrera's lack of playing time—just three substitute appearances in La Liga this season—has fuelled speculation that he may request to leave after a frustrating start to the campaign under Ernesto Valverde.

A bid of around £20 million could force Athletic Bilbao to do business, and it would represent a shrewd piece of business from Moyes if he can sign the talented playmaker, as he would be eligible for the Champions League's latter stages.


Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad to Liverpool)

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27:  Antoine Griezmann (R) of Real Sociedad de Futbol celebrates with his teammate Xabier Prieto Argarate after scoring his team's second goalduring the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and UD Almeria at Estadio
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If French winger Griezmann were to move to the Premier League, it would hardly come as a surprise to the Real Sociedad supporters.

The 22-year-old, who joined the Basque club when he just 15, has been linked with a switch away from the Spanish outfit ever since he burst onto the scene as a youngster. Several European clubs have been keeping an eye on him in the past, including Arsenal, per The Daily Mail.

A speedy winger with a real sense of classy technique and flair, the highly rated youngster has been tipped to move on after a stunning start to the season with La Real, which has seen him score eight goals in 10 La Liga appearances.

Brendan Rodgers is known to be looking to add to the squad in January as Liverpool push for the Champions League qualification spots, and bringing in a player of Griezmann's quality could be the key to stepping up to the challenge.

However, coach Jagoba Arrasate is unlikely to want to sell and could request anything up to £25 million for the attacking midfielder if the France international decided to leave.


Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid to Manchester City)

After accumulating a whopping total of 16 red cards for Real Madrid since joining the La Liga giants from Sevilla seven years ago, Sergio Ramos could soon be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

And his former manager, Manuel Pellegrini, who's now in charge of Manchester City, could be interested in bringing the Spain international to the Premier League, according to reports in The Mirror. 

Ramos, 27, is widely regarded as one of the most complete defenders in Europe, aside from his disciplinary problems. But if anything, a move to England, where the referees are perhaps more lenient, would benefit him.

The report claims that the Citizens could be set to launch a £41 million offer, which would activate the Spaniard's release clause in his contract, in a bid to strengthen their defence after leaking in 11 games.

It would be a real statement of intent from the Eastlands club in their push for a second Premier League title, and the lure of a bumper contract may be enough to lure their man. However, with Ramos announcing that he and his partner are expecting a child, any move is likely to be postponed until after the World Cup.

It could be one to keep an eye on, given that stranger things have happened in football.


Jackson Martinez (Porto to Chelsea)

PORTO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 1:  Jackson Martinez of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Porto and Club Atletico de Madrid held on October 1, 2013 at the Estadio do Dragao, in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Miguel Rio
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be looking to sign a new striker in January to replace Demba Ba, who is tipped to leave Stamford Bridge after failing to impress.

And a striker that certainly fits Mourinho's requirements of pace and power is Jackson Martinez, who is currently plying his trade for his former club FC Porto. The 27-year-old has hit 33 goals in 39 games in the league for the Portuguese champions since joining from Mexican club Jaguares in 2012 for £8 million.

The Colombian international has already set his sights on a move away from the Estadio do Dragao, with a number of clubs sizing up an offer, per Sky Sports. However, Chelsea's South American contingent may be enough to persuade Martinez to swap Oporto for London.

Mourinho was in the crowd as the striker represented his country in the 2-0 win over Belgium, and the 50-year-old will have been content with what he saw. However, a possible stumbling block would be the £40 million quoted to sign him, especially considering his ineligibility in the Champions League.

These factors make a January move unlikely, but if it were to come to reality, Chelsea would surely take a major step towards a fourth Premier League crown.