January Transfer Window: 7 Clubs That Will Be Buying and 7 That Will Be Selling

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2011

January Transfer Window: 7 Clubs That Will Be Buying and 7 That Will Be Selling

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    The reason why Lyon are on here is not due to a poor start (they currently are third in Ligue 1) or a bad start in the Champions League (where they will probably advance) it mainly comes in the form of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

    Gourcuff has been linked multiple times to different clubs and he probably will move if not this winter, than in the upcoming summer.

    Also, there are rumors circulating that left back Aly Cissokho could change hands this winter, with both Juventus and Liverpool considered to be among the clubs trying for the young French international's services.

Buying: AC Milan

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    Even though Milan are in 15th place in the table, the likelihood that the Rossoneri will make a transfer looks strong.

    Milan have been struggling with injuries throughout this season and certainly are capable of making a run in the spring to keep the Scudetto for another year.

    Of course, Milan will need to find a way to stay in contention in Serie A in order to make sure that this prediction to come true. If they know that they will not be in the title chase for Serie A, then the Champions League will be their main priority.

Selling: Inter Milan

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    Just like their fellow tenant at the San Siro, Inter have had a disappointing season. Inter have also seen several key players get injured this season.

    But unlike AC Milan, Inter have not been able to show any mediocrity with their replacement players and have already seen one manager get the sack. 

    Right now Inter are just outside of the drop zone and have lost to Group B minnow Trabzonspor in the Champions League.

    After getting completely outclassed by Napoli last weekend, it will be surprising to see if Inter will claim anything positive this season.

Buying: Napoli

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    What can't we say about Napoli? They have been the most impressive side in Serie A so far this season and have been productive in their return to the Champions League.

    Now Napoli do have several holes that they would like to fill up this winter.

    Considering how well they have played, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Napoli makes a big move in order to make sure that they will either make a deep run in Europe or win the Scudetto this season.

Selling: Villarreal

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    What can't we say about Villarreal's dismal season so far? After qualifying for the Champions League last season with a fourth place finish, Villarreal have fallen off into the lower half of La Liga's table.

    It also doesn't help to see that el Submarino Amarillo have also been put into a difficult group in the Champions League. So far in Group A, Villarreal are in last place in the table with no points and no goals scored.

    Considering that La Liga has been more competitive this season, it is unlikely that Villarreal will make a move to get back into a Champions League spot and a transfer might just be the best move for them in the long run.

Buying: Chelsea

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    What can't we say about Chelsea and the fact that they like to spend? They have a rich owner in Roman Abromovich and as it looks right now, they don't look like they will overtake either Manchester club in the league table.

    However, Abromovich is still capable of bringing in any player at any time, even when that player is not exactly needed (Fernando Torres).

    With the numerous links to former players for Andre Villas-Boas at Porto over this past summer, it shouldn't surprise anyone if they would go after their players despite the fact that they are currently cup-tied.

Selling: Porto

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    Porto have continued on with their successful season from last year both domestically and in the Champions League but it appears that Porto will probably be selling at the end of the year.

    The main reason why I see Porto as a seller is that with the loss of Andre Villas-Boas to Chelsea, the former Porto manager will get his chance to pick up some of the key players that he had from last season.

Buying: Juventus

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    After opening their new stadium and a strong start that sees them on top of the Serie A table, it should come to no surprise that Juventus will continue to contend for the Scudetto this season.

    Juventus are not playing in any European football this season and are already looking like they will at the very least capable of playing in Europe this season.

    It also doesn't hurt to see that much of Juventus' top competition for the Scudetto has been hurt this year due to injuries.

Selling: Manchester City

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    Unlike any other team that will be a seller this year, Manchester City will just be looking to unload some of their spare parts in order to become a more efficient side.

    This of course includes Carlos Tevez and many other dissatisfied players that are looking to get more playing time.

Buying: Arsenal

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    Arsenal have absolutely been the biggest disappointment so far not only in the Premier League, but also in all of European football. That being said, I expect the Gunners to buy during the winter.

    When you look at Arsenal's squad, you see a team that not needs to get some more leadership, but also a side that can easily contend to win any cup that they are entered in.

    The Gunners will most likely buy not only for the reason to try to win the Champions League, but to also try to somehow secure a berth in some form of European football for next season.

Selling: Sunderland

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    After Arsenal, Sunderland have been the biggest disappointment in the Premier League to date. Over the summer, the Black Cats made plenty of transfers but so far it has come to no avail.

    Right now, Sunderland find themselves just north of the relegation zone and it doesn't look like they will be able to improve from that position anytime soon.

    Now Sunderland can of course improve this season but their pipe dream of European football is now over, which means we could see some of their veterans move onto contending sides in England.

Buying: Paris Saint-Germain

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    Rather quietly, PSG have become one of the most expensive clubs in Europe with their new owners in the Qatar Investment Authority.

    So far this season, PSG are on top of Ligue 1 and are looking rather impressive, so it shouldn't come to no one's surprise if they make a gigantic move sometime this winter.

    PSG have not won Ligue 1 since 1994 and they absolutely would love to end that streak this season.

Selling: Lyon

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    The reason why Lyon are on here is not due to a poor start (they currently are third in Ligue 1) or a bad start in the Champions League (where they will probably advance) it mainly comes in the form of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

    Gourcuff has been linked multiple times to different clubs and he probably will move if not this winter, than in the upcoming summer.

    Also, there are rumors circulating that left back Aly Cissokho could change hands this winter, with both Juventus and Liverpool considered to be among the clubs trying for the young French international's services.

Buying: Anzhi Makhachkala

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    After signing both Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o within the last year, it is safe to say that not only is Anzhi Makhachkala one of the biggest money clubs in football today, but that it also is going to aggressively pursue players on any club.

    Anzhi Makhachkala have supposedly gone after Nemanja Vidic but that transfer is pretty unlikely to happen.

    Instead, expect Anzhi to go after another high priced player as they try to qualify for European football for next season.

Selling: Borussia Dortmund

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    After winning the Bundelsiga last year for the first time since 2002, Borussia Dortmund have fallen back to Earth this year with a sixth place spot in the Bundesliga and a third place spot in a difficult Champions League group.

    Dortmund are not helped with transfer rumors over players such as Mario Gotze and it shouldn't come to anyone's surprise that some of Dortmund's good young players could leave to play elsewhere this winter.

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