January Transfer Rumours: 17 Best Internationals Likely to Be on the Move
The transfer window re-opens in January and already rumours are awash about who will be coming and going.
Some may happen, some may not. Some may turn out to be (Christmas) crackers, some turkeys. Some will promise a New Year filled with hope and joy for their new clubs' fans, whilst others will leave supporters with a hangover.
Here we look at 17 transfers that might happen at the end of the festive season.
Following his apparent refusal to come on against Bayern Munich, Carlos Tevez's eventful career at Manchester City has surely come to an ignominious end. However, the question of who will want to invest in the Argentinian striker remains.
Inter Milan are said to be interested in a swap deal with an unsettled star of their own, which leads us nicely to the next slide.
In 2010 Wesley Sneijder nearly won the lot. A club treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League was almost bettered at international level as his Dutch side reached the World Cup final.
He has been courted by English soccer's richest clubs ever since and was believed to be on the verge of signing for either Manchester Club this summer.
Perhaps a deal will be done in January, but Sneijder will not come cheap. He is valued at €35 million by Internazionale and is reputedly on wages of €6 million per annum.
Fernando Torres seems to take two steps back for every one he takes forwards at Chelsea. The Spanish striker scores a great goal against Manchester United, but misses two or three very presentable chances and one complete sitter.
He scores against Swansea, and gets himself sent off for a ridiculously bad challenge.
If Torres can continue his generally improving form, he may yet become a success at Chelsea. If not, there have been rumours he will leave Stamford Bridge on loan.
The next few months will be vitally important for the Premier League's record signing.
Meanwhile, a player going the other way, from North London to Germany, could be Roman Pavlyuchenko. The forgotten man at White Hart Lane has been out of favour for so long that the move looks likelier than most.
Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested.
Robin Van Persie
Arsenal star Robin van Persie has been stalling on talks about signing a new contract, which has aroused the interest of many of Europe's top clubs.
Italian giants AC Milan are rumoured to have joined Manchester City in the pursuit of the Netherlands striker.
Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill has long been in the sights of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, although he balked at the prospect of signing him in the summer due to what he felt was too high a fee.
Powerfully built French defender Aly Cissokho could be on the way to Italian giants Juventus.
Whilst the Turin club have fallen on hard times in recent years, they remain quite a draw for French internationals, and Cissokho would follow in the footsteps of such famous Frenchman as Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane.
The Beast of Vallecas, Alvaro Negredo has been attracting the interest of AC Milan.
Often overlooked by Spain due to the previously dazzling form of preferred the front two of Fernando Torres and David Villa, Negredo has five goals in seven caps for his country.
Current club Sevilla would want upwards of the €15 million they paid to secure his services in 2009.
AC Milan are also rumoured to be preparing a January swoop for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan is feted by many, with the Milan giants hopeful his goal-scoring prowess will help their ambitions of returning to the very top of European football once more.
Fernando Llorente, a long-time target of Tottenham Hotspur, may be off to big-spending Paris St. Germain in January.
The muscular Spaniard doesn't seem to be needed at White Hart Lane given the form of loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor, and is tipped to become a marque signing of the French club.
Talented attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, the latest product of Ajax Amsterdam's famed academy, is wanted by both Liverpool and Arsenal.
Kenny Dalglish will hope the presence of former Ajax striker Luis Suarez at Anfield will help persuade the young Dane that his future is on Merseyside.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are set to pip Liverpool and Arsenal to another long-standing target, however.
Expect Belgian winger Eden Hazard to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu this January for €25 million.
Brazilian star Neymar has been the subject of ongoing transfer speculation for what seems like an age, but he will finally join Real Madrid this January for a fee in the region of €50 million.
Another player said to be leaving Ajax this winter is Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender is a target for several English Premier League clubs, with both Arsenal and Chelsea likely to make a move in January.
Theo Walcott's contract expires in 2013, and Arsenal are desperate to avoid a repeat of this summer's situation with Samir Nasri. They may decide to cash in during the January transfer window, when transfer fees tend to be inflated.
A number of Serie A clubs are said to be interested in the England player.
Despite never truly fulfilling the potential he showed at Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remains a sought after striker.
Newcastle United are said to be keen on making a swoop as they bolster their goal-scoring options.