Premier League Transfers: 10 Shock Deals That Would Rock January
The summer transfer window just closed, but plenty of big names stayed put and could very well be on the move in a few months.
English clubs in particular have been spending more and more with each window, and this January should be no different.
Let's take a look at some really shocking transfers that could go down in January.
Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid
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This past January, Chelsea bought Fernando Torres from Liverpool for £50 million on the last day of the transfer window.
It hasn't worked out, and it hasn't looked like it's going to work out, but for Roman Abramovich to give up on a player he chased for so long would truly be shocking.
It could just be a loan move, but whatever were to happen, a return to his native Spain is entirely possible.
Perhaps Atletico Madrid, who lost both of their top strikers this summer, would be desperate enough to bring back their former talisman.
Andy Carroll to Sunderland
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Andy Carroll is almost the same story as Fernando Torres; he just cost £15 million less and has scored one more goal.
If Kenny Dalglish finds Carroll is not his kind of player, he won't want to hold onto him.
The real shocking part of this is that the Premier League club in most need of a striker is Sunderland, the biggest rival of Carroll's former club Newcastle.
Carroll is probably more likely to return to Newcastle than join Steve Bruce at Sunderland though.
Nani to Arsenal
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Sir Alex Ferguson seems to favor Antonio Valencia over Nani, and now that Ashley Young has slotted right in to the Manchester United side, it could leave Nani searching for the exit.
He'd be a great addition to Arsenal, where they are finding that Theo Walcott is becoming a hit-or-miss player and Andrei Arshavin just isn't all that good.
Nani is an electric player who would complement forwards Robin van Persie and Gervinho very well.
Dimitar Berbatov to Tottenham
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Dimitar Berbatov is also seeing much more time on the bench for Manchester United these days, and he probably won't stand it much longer.
A shocking return to Tottenham could give him plenty of chances to play. Spurs fans have welcomed former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor, so why couldn't they re-embrace one of their former stars?
Berbatov left Tottenham before Harry Redknapp came along, and Redknapp could make very good use of the Bulgarian striker (if he hasn't taken the England job by then that is).
David Beckham to Queen's Park Rangers
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David Beckham hasn't been able to stay put in Los Angeles since he arrived four years ago, so why should this MLS offseason be any different?
Both Tottenham and Queen's Park Rangers are apparently interested in bringing the former England captain over, and I personally think newly promoted QPR would be a more interesting match.
After almost nine years, wouldn't it be nice to see Becks back in the Premier League?
Wayne Rooney to Manchester City
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Totally joking. Wazza isn't going anywhere.
Wesley Sneijder to Chelsea
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Wesley Sneijder was close to coming to the Premier League this summer, but he stayed in Italy. January could be a different story for the Inter Milan star however.
If the first half of the season is like last year's, the Dutchman may want out, and Chelsea have the greatest need (and bank account) for the midfielder's services.
Chelsea settled for Raul Meireles instead of Luka Modric in the summer, but he's a different sort of player, and Chelsea may still struggle for creativity in the midfield.
Or Roman Abramovich may just want a new toy.
Kaka to Arsenal
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Kaka said this summer that reports linking him to a Premier League move were completely false, but he could change his tune if he struggles to get on the pitch for Real Madrid this season.
Arsenal replaced one of their key midfielders with Mikel Arteta last month, but they still need another experienced player in midfield who can create scoring chances and be a threat to opposing defenses.
Now that would be a signing.
Landon Donovan to Tottenham
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Landon Donovan had a very successful loan spell at Everton a couple years ago, so who's to say he wouldn't have another one?
Likely for a different club this time though because Everton can't afford more loan deals.
Tottenham may discover that keeping the want-away Luka Modric was a mistake, and Harry Redknapp could look to Donovan to fill that void.
Tim Howard to Manchester United
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The big talking point around Manchester United to start this season (besides Wayne Rooney being absolutely goal crazy) is new goalkeeper Daivd de Gea.
He's looked great at time but shaky most of the time, and if he continues to struggle, Sir Alex Ferguson may just get desperate.
Tim Howard is one keeper who United may have a chance at luring away because of Everton's financial problems, and Howard is certainly a better keeper now than he was in his first stint at United.
David Moyes would hold on to Howard as tightly as possible though, so perhaps persuading Edwin van der Sar to un-retire would be easier.
Neymar to Manchester City
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Neymar is one of the hottest young players in the game today, and it's only a matter of time before the Brazilian star is playing in one of the top leagues.
Manchester City really have no need for him, seeing as they don't even have a need for Mario Balotelli or Carlos Tevez, but since when does City have to need a player to buy him?
Neymar is most likely to go to Spain when he does leave Brazilian club Santos, but City weren't favorites to land Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero this summer either.
Look how that's turned out.