January Transfer Window Predictions: Top 13 Players Who Will Be Overpaid
Every transfer window will see some players picking up new deals worth extraordinary sums of money that are barely justifiable, especially as UEFA looks to bring in new financial fair play rules.
Take a look at the players who are likely to pick up some extraordinary wages to do an ordinary job on the field.
These players are not lacking in ability and are undoubtedly very talented (well, some of them are), but they are certainly not worth the vast wages they will earn should a move or new deal be struck.
13. Jose Pinto
Jose Pinto is reaching the end of his career. At the age of 35, he has spent the last few seasons languishing on the bench for Barcelona, making only eight league appearances since signing in 2008.
He recently made it public that he would be interested in a move to England.
So, there is the possibility that a Premier League team in the midst of a goalkeeping crisis will offer the Spaniard a contract well in excess of what he really deserves.
12. Habib Beye
Habib Beye has failed to make a single league appearance for Aston Villa since the arrival of Alex McLeish. As such, he may be on the move in January.
The defender has always seemed to be a player who has picked up extraordinary wages for his performances, and come January, that won’t change.
Beye is unlikely to leave Villa for a big drop in wages and is a good candidate for any team who have started the season with a leaky defence.
Whoever makes a move for Beye will need to meet his wage demands, and the pressure of winning games and keeping clean sheets will probably drive some mid-table clubs to do that.
Another average player on superstar wages.
11. Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong is perhaps one of the harsher entries on the list.
The defensive midfielder has been a solid performer for both Manchester City and The Netherlands in recent years.
He is currently in the process of negotiating a new contract at Manchester City that is likely to see him demand wages that match the top earners at City.
In my opinion, those top earners are incredibly overpaid, and the fact that a defensive midfielder is set to join them in earning well in excess of £100,000 per week is nothing short of ridiculous.
10. Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez is one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League, and one way or another, he is likely to remain one of the best-paid players in the world come January.
With a move away from Etihad Stadium still not a certainty, by the end of January, Tevez could be picking up a ludicrous amount of money to sit on the bench and play a small, if any part in the rest of the season.
That would certainly make Tevez the most overpaid player in the world!
9. Milos Krasic
Milos Krasic is a player who could see a huge increase in his weekly wage in the new year.
The Serbian has sparked interest from Manchester United, among others, after just over a year at Juventus, and he's likely to start a bidding war in January.
With the Premier League title race set to be a very close affair between the two Manchester clubs and even Chelsea, it is unlikely that any prospective signing will slip in under the radar in January.
A player like Krasic could improve the title prospects of whoever he signs with, and that means all three challengers will be desperate to lure him to their club.
A bidding war ensues, and Krasic ends up being paid far more than he deserves as a player.
8. Andy Polo
All right, that isn't him on a horse—but, it's pretty difficult to find a usable image of a 17-year-old Peruvian who has only played senior football a few times!
He will be one of those players who clubs battle it out to sign, and with his current club Universitario de Deportes not likely to be fussy about whose fee they accept, it will come down to wages.
Polo will be offered lucrative deals by many clubs and will end up being paid far more than what is deserving for a player who has made less than 20 appearances in the Peruvian league.
7. James McFadden
James McFadden has created a solid negotiating base for himself as a footballer.
Letting himself become a free agent, he is available to sign before January. So, teams that are underperforming (such as Celtic) can sign up the former Birmingham player.
Being the only Premier League striker available on the market means he could go into discussions with any club and demand wages that he would normally only be able to dream of, taking advantage of his situation.
He may well have signed a new deal with former club Everton this week, but the timing means he will be getting a wage more deserving of a player with a better goalscoring record.
6. Marek Hamsik
Marek Hamsik plays his football in Italy for Napoli and has regularly been linked with moves to big European clubs, with Manchester United often topping the list of suitors.
With just a year left on his contract at Napoli, his big move could be just around the corner, but this time, there are a lot of wealthy owners willing to bankroll the highly rated midfielder.
When January comes around, the top teams in Europe will all either be chasing the top spot, or looking to hang on to it, and a goalscoring midfielder could make all the difference.
With that in mind, Hamsik and his agents are well aware that his services will be worth a hefty fee.
With clubs like Manchester United and PSG in the hunt, it is unlikely that Hamsik will have to settle for mediocre wages, and it is more likely he will get more than he really deserves.
5. Yoann Gourcuff
Yoann Gourcuff has left France once before, and it didn’t work out too well for him.
After a disappointing spell at Milan, the midfielder returned to France and is enjoying his second season with Lyon.
If any of the interested clubs wish to prize him away, then they are going to have to offer him a lot of money—and I’m sure they will. Arsenal have already made their interest clear, and I’m sure a whole host of other top clubs will also get involved in trying to prize the Frenchman away from his homeland once again.
Not to suggest that Gourcuff is not talented in any way. But, he's unproven outside of France and has a desire to stay there, which means if he is to move, he will become heavily overpaid.
4. David Beckham
David Beckham is 36 years old and at the very end of his football career.
He already earns huge sums of money to play in America, and with his contract set to expire over the winter, a January move to Europe is a real possibility.
Should Beckham make the move, he is likely to join a top level club such as Tottenham or PSG, and he won’t come cheaply, especially for a player who has not been playing in a top league in recent years.
His wages will be far greater than any other player of a similar age or ability, simply because he is David Beckham.
3. Sulley Muntari
Sulley Muntari is reportedly close to leaving Inter, and a move back to England would be the best option as far as his bank balance is concerned.
Muntari proved with Sunderland at the back end of last season that he is not the same player he was at Portsmouth. He was certainly not prepared to work as hard as many fans expected from such an experienced player.
A return to England would see Muntari picking up a very large wage, and in return, he would provide some average performances for his new club.
Most likely to sign for a team making a push up the table, he will almost certainly disappoint and become an average player earning superstar wages.
2. Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt impressed almost everyone who watched him last season as Queens Park Rangers made it into the Premier League. But, he has struggled to make a big impact in the Premier League this year.
The Moroccan youngster also has some attitude problems and has been known to take the huff on more than one occasion.
It would seem he is trying to manufacture himself a move away from QPR and onto a bigger club. Any such deal would see his wages increase significantly and see him become a top earner wherever he may go.
Taarabt is a very skillful player, but his lower than average work rate and often poor team play do not justify him being a top earner at any top division club.
1. Aly Cissokho
Left back is often a troublesome position for many teams. With two of the Premier League’s big guns hanging on to aging left backs—Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole—the battle to sign the next big star at left back is imminent.
Aly Cissokho is seen by Manchester United as the ideal replacement for Evra, and he has already gotten interest from Manchester City and Liverpool during the summer.
Clubs will be looking to snap up the star and will be willing to offer big sums to bring him their way. And it’s not just in England where left backs are in demand; Barcelona also have a left back in his 30s and could see Cissokho as an ideal signing, especially as he has played in the similar Portuguese league.
Wherever he goes, his pockets will be well and truly lined when he gets there.