Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Cole, Suarez, Remy and Sane

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2016

Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Cole, Suarez, Remy and Sane

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    Happy New Year! It's January, it's Friday and that means something special: the first transfer rumours roundup of 2016 and the opening of the transfer window itself! OK, maybe not that special, but perhaps more pertinent than usual at least.

    We've scoured the global media to bring a roundup of the hottest names in gossip columns and websites, ordering our potential moves by mentioned fee, reputation of the buying club and quality of player involved.

    Feel free to discuss the possibility of them happening and which signings would benefit your club below!

20. Ashley Cole

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    Former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole is looking for a new club in the new year after being frozen out of the first-team scene at AS Roma all season long.

    The Express reported he is in discussions with MLS side LA Galaxy over a move stateside, which would see him in the same team as former England team-mate Steven Gerrard and north London rival Robbie Keane.

    Cole, 35, has not played in 2015-16.

19. Ben Chilwell

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    Liverpool are looking to make an impact in the January transfer window, but younger players rather than established stars are seemingly on their hit list.

    Leicester City's Ben Chilwell is a £4 million target for Jurgen Klopp's team, according to the Telegraph, after Arsenal had a slightly lower bid rejected for him last summer.

    Chilwell has been starring on loan at Huddersfield Town this season. In October, the Reds handed a new deal to previously out-of-contract Brad Smith as their left-back back-up option behind Alberto Moreno.

18. Carlos Kameni

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    Malaga have had a tough time of things this season thanks to an inability to score goals in La Liga—but at the other end they have one of the best defensive records in the league.

    Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has been in largely good form throughout, and it appears that consistency has come to the attentions of others, with AS reporting Premier League sides Watford and Bournemouth are both interested in signing him in January.

    Kameni's contract includes a release clause of less than €1 million, which would be no problem for either side to meet.

17. Jerome Sinclair

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    Liverpool's youngest ever first-team player, Jerome Sinclair, is out of contract in the summer and could leave the club for Manchester City, according to the Mirror.

    There has been no progress in contract renewal talks between club and player this season, and Sinclair has not featured for the side as a result, despite injuries to strikers Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi.

    The 19-year-old Sinclair first played as a 16-year-old (and six days) under Brendan Rodgers but has only gone on to make three appearances so far.

16. Victor Valdes

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    Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes seems guaranteed to leave Old Trafford this winter, and the latest club linked with him is Liga MX side Cruz Azul.

    The Mexican outfit have already made contact with the goalkeeper's representatives, according to AS, and a move could be finalised soon even though not all the details have been agreed upon.

    Valdes hasn't featured all season and fell out with manager Louis van Gaal midway through 2015.

15. Steve Mandanda

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    Liverpool's search for a new goalkeeper will prompt them to move for Marseille's Steve Mandanda in January, even though he'll be on a free transfer in the summer.

    That's according to French outlet Le Phoceen (h/t Mirror), which suggested the Reds are happy to fork out a low fee now and have him available immediately rather than wait and rely on Simon Mignolet for the rest of the season.

    The same report names second-choice AC Milan stopper Diego Lopez as a possible target, according to Gazetta World, for just €2.5 million.

14. Mathieu Debuchy

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    Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy looked a great signing for the Gunners when he arrived in 2014, but injuries cost him his place, and the emergence of Hector Bellerin has seen the Frenchman unable to regain his spot in the side on a regular basis.

    To that end, Arsene Wenger has admitted Debuchy could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, per the Daily Mail, as he looks to get more game time to seal a spot in France's Euro 2016 squad.

    Roma and Lyon have been mentioned as possible destinations.

13. Loic Remy

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    Remi wants Remy—a neat little intro for our next target, as it emerges Aston Villa boss Remi Garde wants to sign backup Chelsea striker Loic Remy on loan for the rest of the season.

    The French boss wants his compatriot to the lead the Villa attack as they desperately seek to get points on the board and avoid relegation, per the Mirror.

    Remy has barely featured for Chelsea this season despite the struggles of Diego Costa and the team in general, while Villa have scored just twice in their last four league games and are bottom of the table, 11 points from safety.

12. Martin Caceres

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    Uruguayan Juventus centre-back Martin Caceres is out of contract in the summer and already has three offers, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon (h/t the Mirror).

    AC Milan, Liverpool and Fenerbahce have all made their move to sign Caceres, though there is no mention of whether those offers are on free transfers for the end of the season or on reduced fees to bring him in during January.

    Caceres, 28, has only played twice in Serie A this season.

11. Steven Naismith

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    Everton forward Steven Naismith almost left to join Norwich City in the summer before Roberto Martinez blocked the deal, but there appears no stopping it now after the Canaries reignited their interest.

    BBC Sport reported that the Scottish forward is set to move to the East Anglia-based club for £8 million, with Martinez talking about Naismith's future being resolved "over the next couple of weeks," presumably hoping to keep his attacker in place to help out during a run of five games in 13 days.

    Naismith hit a hat-trick against Chelsea earlier this season, but they are his only league goals this term.

10. Mohamed Elneny

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    Arsenal are ready to wrap up the signing of Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, according to the Mirror.

    A £5 million fee has been agreed between the two sides, and once personal terms are finalised and a medical has been undertaken, the Egyptian central player could join early in 2016.

    The Gunners are also said to still be looking at the likes of Victor Wanyama and Grzegorz Krychowiak to bolster the same position.

9. Denis Suarez

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    It's no secret Barcelona want to sign someone in January to add to newly registered and available summer signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, and the most likely name in the frame appears to be Villarreal's Denis Suarez.

    Marca reported he is the third and now most probable option being considered by the Catalan club, along with Nolito and Jonathan Soriano, as Luis Enrique wants to sign someone he knows or has worked with and knows exactly what he'll get from them.

    The same publication indicated that Suarez could be signed for around €4.5 million in January rather than the €3.2 million they'd have to pay to activate a buy-back clause next summer.

8. Odion Ighalo

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    La Liga title hopefuls Atletico Madrid have been repeatedly scouting Watford striker Odion Ighalo and want to make a move in summer, according to the Mirror.

    Ighalo has struck 14 Premier League goals and his powerful, hard-working displays have caught the eye of Los Rojiblancos who are seemingly intent on replacing Jackson Martinez, who has underperformed since moving from Porto in the summer.

    A £12 million fee is mentioned.

7. Alan Dzagoev

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    Russian attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev is on Newcastle United's radar for January, according to the Mirror.

    The CSKA Moscow man could be targeted for around £10 million, says the report, with Steve McClaren hoping to reinforce the Magpies attack to help get them out of the relegation zone after struggling for goals this term—they've scored just 19 times in 19 league games.

    Usually more of an attacking option through the middle third rather than an out-and-out forward, Dzagoev has one goal in 10 in the Russian Premier League games this season.

6. Sergi Samper

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    Talented young Barcelona central midfielder Sergi Samper is a January target for Arsenal, according to Sport.

    The Spanish outlet suggested the Gunners want to sign the holding midfielder outright in a €6 million move, just half of the playmaker's release value.

    Samper has rarely had a look-in in Luis Enrique's first team this term, falling behind Gerard Gumbau for much of the early part of the campaign when a B-team midfielder was called up to be involved with the seniors.

5. Sandro Ramirez

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    Tottenham Hotspur's search for a new forward to partner or rotate Harry Kane with has led them now to Barcelona's Sandro Ramirez, who has failed to impress in the first half of the season at the Catalan club despite increased first-team opportunities.

    Spurs have given up on trying to sign Michy Batshuayi and Saido Berahino, according to the Mirror, and they will instead attempt to land Sandro for less than £8 million, possibly putting a buy-back clause in the deal for the Spanish side.

    Sandro has not scored in 10 Liga games this term, but he has three goals in the Copa del Rey.

4. Manuel Lanzini

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    West Ham United's next transfer could see them capture a player they already have, with Manuel Lanzini's loan deal including an option to make the move permanent.

    The Hammers have until April to execute that option, and the Mirror reported chairman David Sullivan indicated they'll do it "before the due date" to ensure there are no chances of Lanzini being snapped up by someone else.

    The Argentinian attacker has scored four in 13 in the Premier League this term.

3. Adrien Rabiot

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    Arsenal could make a £15 million move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to French outlet Buzz Sport (h/t the Mirror).

    The French 20-year-old has had a recent run of games in the team but has aggravated fans and manager alike by suggesting he could leave if he lost his spot in the side.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal could offload David Ospina, said the Express (h/t the Mirror), with Wojciech Szczesny, who is on loan with Roma, set to return as Petr Cech's understudy.

2. Leroy Sane

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    Schalke attacker Leroy Sane is in demand, but the club's general manager, Horst Heldt, has no intention of selling the 19-year-old.

    The MailOnline reported him as saying "even Manchester City haven't got that much money" to buy the wide forward, who has scored four goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season.

    As well as City, Liverpool have been linked with the once-capped Germany international.

1. Felipe Anderson

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    Manchester United look set to try and add more creativity in their midfield line this winter, with a move for Lazio's Felipe Anderson back on the cards.

    The MailOnline reported United are looking at a possible £35 million move for the Brazilian after conceding defeat in a push for Sadio Mane of Southampton.

    Anderson has scored four in 17 games in Serie A this term.