10 Transfers That Will Wait Until January
There are less than two weeks remaining of the summer transfer window and time is running out for those clubs who still have business to do.
Many sides will have to survive with what they have until January, when they can reinforce areas of weakness that have already been identified. There are also players who have been linked with summer moves, who may now have to wait it out until the winter window opens.
Over the following slides, we look at 10 examples—including clubs and players—who will have to grin and bear it until January 2015, when they might get the transfer they are chasing.
Bear in mind, anything can happen between now and September 1 and the choices in this slideshow are purely speculative. They are arranged in alphabetical order.
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Dani Alves has been rumoured to be on his way out of the Nou Camp all summer, but the Brazilian now looks set to stay with Barcelona for the immediate future.
As reported by Tom Sheen in The Independent, the right-back has been attracting interest from Liverpool, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, as seen in Todo Mercato (h/t Ben Jefferson in the Express) Alves' agent Dinorah Santa Ana has ended speculation of a move. She said, "Dani will stay in Barcelona."
But after a disappointing World Cup campaign, coupled with the fact that Barcelona have been rumoured to be in the market for a new right-back (per Marca) Alves could be on his way out of the club in the near future.
The 31-year-old's current contract is set to expire in June 2015 and, if Barcelona don't sell him for a cut-price fee in January, they will risk seeing him leave for free next summer.
It's not difficult to imagine Petr Cech leaving Chelsea in the coming months, following Thibaut Courtois' return from a successful loan spell with Atletico Madrid.
Courtois spent three years with the La Liga team, where he won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey, La Liga, the UEFA Super Cup and played in the 2013/14 Champions League Final.
Now back with Jose Mourinho's side, the 22-year-old was in goal for Chelsea's first game of the Premier League season—Monday's 3-1 win against Burnley at Turf Moor.
As Andy Hunter and Dominic Fifield wrote in The Guardian this week, "Petr Cech remains in the dark over his immediate future at Chelsea as he confronts life as a second-choice at the London club."
The 32-year-old remains one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is likely to be on the move in January. Cech has already been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, as reported by Darren Lewis in the Mirror.
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has recently been linked with a number of clubs but as time goes on, a summer exit looks increasingly unlikely.
As reported by Matt Morlidge in the Daily Mail this week, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that neither Di Maria nor his heavily-rumoured-to-be-leaving team-mate Sami Khedira will be on their way out of the Bernabeu in the current transfer window.
"Nothing has changed," Ancelotti said. "They're Real Madrid players."
The Argentina international has been rumoured to be on his way to Manchester United, as seen in Morlidge's article.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly keen on a loan deal for the 26-year-old, as reported by L'Equipe (h/t Ben Burrows in the Mirror) where, in contrast to other reports, Ancelotti is said to be keen on letting Di Maria go.
It doesn't look like Di Maria will finalize a move before the window shuts, perhaps he will go in January.
Hull City: Striker Needed
Hull City have been linked with a host of strikers in recent weeks and they need to sign a replacement for Shane Long, who has been sold to Southampton.
The £12 million that Steve Bruce's side pocketed for Long's sale gives them more than enough to spend on a new striker but, it seems, time might be running out in the current window.
Hull have recently missed out on bringing Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and Watford's Troy Deeney to the KC Stadium and are now focusing their efforts on bringing Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar to Hull, according to Alan Nixon in the Mirror.
Steve Bruce's side, who made it to the FA Cup Final in 2013/14, have the added challenge of Europa League football this season, where they are currently involved in the qualifying round play-offs.
There are questions over Isco's future with Real Madrid. In a side studded with expensively-purchased stars, it's not yet clear where the young Spaniard will fit in—if at all—following the recent arrival of James Rodriguez from Monaco.
Last season, Isco's first at the Bernabeu, he started 23 La Liga games and played a full 90 minutes on just 10 occasions. Already vying for a starting role with fellow creative talents Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese, the added presence of James could push Isco towards the exits this January.
Rumoured to be "unhappy" with a lack of playing time with Carlo Ancelotti's side last February, as seen on ESPNFC.com, perhaps we'll see Isco departing Madrid in January.
Already a name we're familiar with in the rumour mill, Yevhen Konoplyanka was tipped to be on his way to Liverpool in the January 2014 window, until a move broke down on deadline day, as Jamie Sanderson reported in Metro.
During the summer, the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger has been linked with AS Roma, Manchester United, Tottenham, West Ham and, again, Liverpool—according to Alex Harris in the Express.
Harris reports that the Konoplyanka has a £12 million release clause in his contract with the Ukrainian club, which could tempt potential buyers to wait until January. The 24-year-old will then be entering the final six months of his contract and could be available for a bargain price.
The winger scored 13 goals and bagged nine assists (in all competitions) for Dnipro last season.
Liverpool: Striker Needed
When you lose a striker of Luis Suarez's calibre, you don't just go out and buy another one. It's not that easy.
Liverpool have spent well over the summer, bringing eight new faces to Anfield. Yet the club still need a new striker, to ease the pressure on Daniel Sturridge.
The Reds have been linked with a host of names, including Samuel Eto'o and Monaco's Radamel Falcao, as reported by Paul Joyce in the Express. Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy also looked to be on his way to Merseyside, although a deal to sign the Frenchman broke down at the last minute, as seen on BBC Sport.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he won't panic buy and will wait, instead, for the right name to come along. As he told reporters, via the Mirror's David Maddock, "There are certain areas where I want to bring in players, but they have to be the right type. There is money to spend but I won’t spend it for the sake of it. If that means I have to wait until January then that’s what I will do."
With time running out before the summer window slams shut, this may be a position that Liverpool will go all-out for in January.
Loic Remy came within a whisker of joining Liverpool over the summer until, it was reported, he failed a medical after flying to the United States to join up with the Reds, as seen on BBC Sport.
It seems that there is plenty of interest in the striker, who put away 14 Premier League goals in 26 games, when on loan with Newcastle United last term.
According to The Independent's Jack De Menezes, Tottenham Hotspur want to sign the Frenchman. However, as Jacob Murtagh recently reported in the Mirror, "Loic Remy has rejected fresh offers to leave QPR and has told Harry Redknapp he will stay at the club - unless any big guns come calling."
It's looking increasingly likely that Remy, who is reportedly available for the comparatively cheap price of £8.5 million, will be staying at QPR until January.
In the winter transfer market, expect him to be snapped up as clubs chase the goals that could drastically affect the successes of their 2014/15 season.
Kevin Strootman and Top Manchester United Targets
Manchester United signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer. It also looks like the club are on the verge of adding Argentina international Marcos Rojo to their ranks from Sporting Lisbon, as reported by Jamie Jackson in The Guardian.
The hope of signing more players before the current window closes is starting to fade. However, it looks like Roma's Kevin Strootman, who has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, could be a viable January target.
The 24-year-old has been on the sidelines since last March, when he suffered cruciate ligament damage in a Serie A tie with Napoli, yet it has been reported by Jackson in The Guardian that: "Louis van Gaal has made Kevin Strootman a £30m January target for Manchester United—and the midfielder would be open to the move should Roma consider it, although there is yet to be any official contact between the clubs."
For fellow names on United's shopping list—specifically those accustomed to Champions League football—any further moves are likely to wait until January or beyond, before they go through.
The likes of Arturo Vidal—who United have been reportedly tracking all summer, as reported by Neil McLeman in the Mirror—and Angel Di Maria, according to Sunni Upal in the Daily Mail, will be more likely to observe how United fare under Van Gaal and see if the side qualify for European football next season.
It appears that Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko has been on the radar of several Premier League clubs.
The Dynamo Kiev man has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham and Stoke, as David Wright reported in the Express last month. Elsewhere, the 24-year-old was rumoured to be on Arsenal's wishlist, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail.
The Russia-born player is one of the stars of the Ukrainian Premier League and national team, along with Roman Zozulya and Yevhen Konoplyanka—the latter has already appeared in this slideshow.
Able to play on either wing, the 6'1" left-footed forward is quick, powerful and a lethal finisher. In 222 games for Sergei Rebrov's side, Yarmolenko has scored 77 goals and registered 44 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
As mentioned by Jones in the Daily Mail, Yarmolenko could cost £12 million if he swaps the Ukraine for the Premier League, with Dynamo said to have wanted £20 million for him this time last year.
By January, the winger will have entered the final six months of his contract and should be available for considerably less than the figures mentioned above. If we don't see a late deal tied up for him in the next couple of weeks, expect Yarmolenko to be on the move in January.