With non-stop coverage, an endless flow of rumours, and speculation that never dies down, can any transfer still be deemed a surprise?
We think so.
Over the following slides, we have picked out 10 players who could be making shocking moves in the January window.
To qualify as a surprise transfer, these choices have to fill at least one of the following criteria:
- The player signs for a new club but not the one we all expected. Step forward, Robert Lewandowski.
- The player seems content at their current home but still leaves in January. Sergio Aguero, take a bow.
- We can't believe anyone would let them go. Marco Reus, we're looking at you.
- A strange choice, straight out of left field. Diego Forlan to...West Ham?
The players have been chosen from gossip that already exists, which does not mean the moves will happen, only that they would be completely shocking if they did.
The slides are arranged from least to most surprising, with my ranking logic addressed in each slide.
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