World Football Transfers: Adam Johnson & 5 Players Who Need to Move On
Despite being one of the English Premier League's hottest properties, explosive winger Adam Johnson has found himself on the fringes of Manchester City's first team, as the likes of James Milner and Samir Nasri seem to be favoured ahead of him in the pecking order.
Needless to say, many are predicting him to be one of a few established want-away players of the January transfer window, looking to either step up to the big leagues or move to pastures new in the hunt for first-team action.
Some possible destinations include Arsenal, Tottenham and possibly even some foreign team.
Who are the other's that could move to pastures new? Check out this slide to see five other players that may be on the move in January.
With Dimitar Berbatov having been relegated to the bench as backup in Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United team, it seems the Bulgarian may be one of the few big name players on the move in January.
Last season's joint Golden Boot winner, Berbatov still possesses talent and technical brilliance in abundance. Needless to say, a plethora of suitors can be expected for the lethal striker.
Possible destinations include Tottenham Hotspur, Roma and Malaga.
With Carlos Tevez's having locked horns with all corners of Manchester City, a departure only seems inevitable, as his relationship with Roberto Mancini and the fans seems to have reached irreparable proportions.
Tevez is arguably still one of the most talented strikers in all of world football. A no-nonsense forward playing a direct style with a lethal eye for goal, Tevez is the sort of frontman any team would be lucky to employ.
The only hiccup in Tevez's case though would be the finances. Not only would his transfer fee be hard to reach, but his wage demands may be unreasonable for many interested clubs. His temper and attitude of course doesn't help his transfer cause either.
Possible destinations include Brazil, his homeland Argentina and possibly one of the two Milan clubs (AC Milan and Inter Milan).
One of Arsene Wenger's top transfer targets of last summer, Yann M'Vila has gone from strength to strength since rising to prominence since first featuring for the French national team after the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
A defensive midfielder with a great ability to read the game, M'Vila possesses the perfect blend of talent and physical prowess required to flourish in the English Premier League. And at just 21 years of age, there's still plenty room for improvement for the Frenchman.
The fact that he isn't cup tied for any European competition also makes him an attractive target for top continental clubs, as he'd be able to feature in the elite competition.
Possible targets include Arsenal, Barcelona and some Italian teams.
Ivorian Didier Drogba may be one of the most talented and effective strikers in the English Premier League. Unfortunately for him, he's also considered second-tier by new manager Andres Villas-Boas, who seems more content with playing him from the bench rather than starting him.
And though he may be aging, no one can deny Drogba's obvious remaining talent. He still has pace to burn, can still take a wicked free kick and is still lethal in the box. In all, he's still considered one the league's top forwards, and would definitely land a contract with a top European club.
Possible destinations include Tottenham Hotspur, who have reportedly expressed an interest, some Italian club or even Malaga, who seem set to lead a revolution in the La Liga.
If Wesley Sneijder does move—and it's a big "if"—then there's only one club that he would be going to.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a long time admirer of the player touted as the perfect replacement for retired legend Paul Scholes. And Sneijder really does have it all in his arsenal.
Extremely creative playing in his favoured "No. 10" position, Sneijder has the ability to not only score from anywhere but also lay out a perfect pass to his strikers and get them in goalscoring positions. His work rate is something to behold as well, as this ambidextrous midfielder works tirelessly for his team.
The only plausible destination would be Manchester United, who probably won't be put off by his European cup-tied status, as Sir Alex would simply see the transfer as an investment for the long term. It may also prove handy in the league, as he would be well rested for crucial EPL encounters.