January Transfer Window: 3 Hottest Strikers Linked with Moves

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentDecember 18, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid warms up prior to the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Here are three in-demand strikers linked with January transfer window moves.

Don't hesitate to comment below with strikers not on this list who you think could move in January. 


Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid, Age: 25

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27:  Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompieat at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/G
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He is currently in a two-horse race with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, both on 17 La Liga goals, for the Pichichi Trophy.

Diego Costa represents a quick fix for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, according to Matt Law at The Telegraph:

Mourinho's strikers have caused him most concern, with merely five league goals between them. Fernando Torres has made 12 league appearances, summer signing Samuel Eto’o nine and Demba Ba eight.

Mourinho has insisted that he does not expect to sign a new striker in January, although the supposed £32 million release clause in Diego Costa's Atletico Madrid contract may provide a temptation if Chelsea raise money from sales.

Atleti are tied with Barcelona on top of La Liga, so relinquishing Costa in the January transfer window is not an option.

Selling him in the summer is a possibility because Atleti already have his replacement in Leo Baptistao, who is waiting patiently for his chance just like Costa did when Radamel Falcao was at the club.

Costa being cup-tied for the UEFA Champions League and his preference to stay in Spain as he wants to represent La Furia Roja (complete joke that a Brazilian who has played for Brazil will be able to play for Spain) are reasons why him signing with Chelsea seems unlikely.


Konstantinos Mitroglou, Olympiacos, Age: 25

PIRAEUS, GREECE - AUGUST 25:  Konstantinos Mitroglou (R) of Olympiacos FC in action against Garcia Miguel Sebastian of Atromitos FC during the greek Super League match between Olympiacos FC and Atromitos FC at Karaiskakis Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Pir
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Arsenal and Liverpool are targeting Konstantinos Mitroglou, according to Dave Filmer at the Metro.

Mitroglou has hat-tricks against Anderlecht, Levadiakos, PAE Veria and Xanthi.

OK, it's safe to say outside of Greek readers, the only recognisable club is Anderlecht, a team that finished bottom of their Champions League group.

The past three top-scorers in the Greek Super League (Rafik Djebbour, Kevin Mirallas, Djibril Cisse) are not world-class strikers

Djebbour has scored five international goals in the past seven years.

Mirallas is a right attacking midfielder for Everton and has created more league goals (five) than he has scored (two).

Cisse scored 55 goals in two seasons for Panathinaikos and then netted 15 goals in 55 combined games for Lazio and Queens Park Rangers.

Mitroglou has brilliant numbers, but it remains to be seen if he can score prolifically in an elite European league.

Clubs should be wary of that before submitting a substantial transfer fee for Mitroglou.


Radamel Falcao, Monaco, Age: 27

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Radamel Falcao of Monaco looks on during the the pre season friendly match between Leicester City and Monaco at The King Power Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Falcao has been missing from the Monaco starting XI for four straight games now, but the striker has spoken out to quash rumours of a falling out between him and Monaco management amid rumors of interest in the striker from Chelsea, via Sky Sports:

I am very happy at Monaco and my wife is happy to live here. There is no problem with the coach, the doctors or the team.

I just have a small problem with my thigh. I will play again soon when I feel better.

I don't feel at ease with the speculation. I first want to thank coach Claudio Ranieri for his patience.

He let me take my time to come back, he doesn't put me under any pressure.

Falcao's injury lay-off has allowed 18-year-old Anthony Martial, who has scored two goals and created another in his past four games, to prosper in a partnership with Emmanuel Riviere, the club's second top Ligue 1 scorer (eight goals; one behind Falcao).


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