Premier League Transfers: 10 Big-Time January Deals That Might Just Happen
We are officially one month away from the January transfer window and the Premier League is sure to have its share of January deals.
All across Europe, teams will be looking to offload players and revamp their teams to get into better positions in their respective leagues.
The purpose of this is to look at some of the deals that would have the biggest impact for the teams involved. Some of these players may not be superstars but the clubs who want them are extremely interested, and they could definitely make a big impact.
All these deals are still only speculation at the moment, but considering recent rumblings they may just be completed during the transfer window.
Here is a list of 10 big-time January deals that just may happen.
Landon Donovan to Everton
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Landon Donovan will always have his fans and his doubters, but there is no guessing as to which category David Moyes is in.
Moyes has not hidden his interest in bringing the American speedster back to the blue half of Merseyside since his first visit in 2010.
Donovan had a good impact on the Toffees and became a fan-favorite in his short 10-game spell. He scored two goals and had three assists during his time with Everton and Moyes will surely be hoping for a similar result if a deal is completed.
It is more likely that this would be another loan spell, but Moyes will have some money to spend in January and if he plays his cards right, he may just be able to get Donovan full time.
Either way, Donovan would certainly have a big impact on Everton and the league just as he did before.
Lucho Gonzalez to Arsenal
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Lucho Gonzalez is a pretty well-known name in Europe at this point in his career. When Arsenal decided to make their deadline day deals, he was one of the transfer targets for manager Arsene Wenger.
In recent weeks, Gonzalez has basically been dropped from the Marseille squad and is looking for a way out with Arsenal his preferred destination. There has also been talk that Arsenal is re-igniting its interest in the Argentinian playmaker.
If Jack Wilshere continues to spend more time on the treatment table, Gonzalez could be seen as a viable short-term option. The only thing stopping him from a move to Arsenal would be his age and the possible transfer fee.
Lukas Podolski to Arsenal
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While Arsenal may not need much help in the midfield arena, there is a growing concern in the forward line. Both Chu Young Park and Marouane Chamakh have not been able to get much playing time and do not necessarily look like capable replacements for Robin van Persie.
Park still deserves a little more time to settle, as well as some more trust from Wenger, but Chamakh's time may be coming to an end. In steps Lukas Podolski, according to the Daily Mail. Other reports have stated Arsene Wenger's interest in the player.
Podolski is ready to leave his current situation and could end up being the right man to help decrease the goal-scoring burden on Robin van Persie. Transfer price will always be a factor, but there is no restriction on Podolski's European participation which will definitely be a bonus for the Gunners.
In terms of filling a need, this transfer is a nice possibility.
Alvaro Pereira to Chelsea
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Porto's Alvaro Pereira could leave the club in January. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea is rekindling its interest in the Uruguayan player.
Pereira's agent did not give a direct response when the issue was brought up and that may be a good thing for Chelsea. Pereira's former boss, Andre Villas-Boas, is currently the coach at Chelsea and that may help in the negotiation process.
There is no certainty as to where in the squad Pereira would fit as the left-back position is currently occupied by Ashley Cole.
Pereira can play further up the field and can possibly fill in a little on the right as well. There is no doubt he would bring some much-needed energy to the Chelsea squad.
Jadson to Liverpool
Jadson was thought to be a transfer target for Arsenal in the last days of the summer window. While that deal did not materialize, Liverpool look set to take on the Brazilian playmaker.
According to CaughtOffside.com Liverpool will look to buy the player during the January window.
Liverpool spent a good amount of money upgrading things on the offensive end but the goals have not been easy to come by. Jadson may be just the man to provide that creativity the side has been missing with Steven Gerrard out.
If this deal does happen, the possible Jadson and Luis Suarez link-up will be a very tantalizing one indeed.
Luka Modric to Chelsea
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Over the summer Luka Modric wanted to leave Tottenham and Chelsea was one of the teams that wanted him.
The Tottenham hierarchy stood firm and kept the Croatian playmaker for the time being. It may just be for another six months, though. According to Footy Bunker, Chelsea will rekindle their interest in the playmaker this January.
Though Juan Mata has helped keep the attack afloat while the Chelsea defense has floundered and Frank Lampard has pulled back the years a little, adding Modric would help Chelsea return to its dominant state.
Borja Valero to Tottenham Hotspurs
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At the moment all is quiet at White Hart Lane. If Luka Modric is eventually snatched up by Chelsea then a replacement will be needed.
Tottenham's manager, Harry Redknapp, apparently has a successor in mind in the form of Spanish midfielder Borja Valero. Valero does have some experience in England, having spent time with West Bromwich Albion, and he could provide an immediate impact.
Andre-Pierre Gignac to Fulham
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Fulham was interested in the French striker during the summer window and almost closed on a loan deal.
According to InsideFutbol.com, Fulham will look to try for the French striker again in January. The Cottagers already have the likes of Andy Johnson, Moussa Dembele and Bobby Zamora and Gignac would add a great amount of depth to the front line.
The deal may start off as a loan but there will surely be the possibility of a full transfer if things go well.
Edinson Cavani to Manchester City
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With Carlos Tevez sure to leave the club in January, Manchester City may look for a replacement. As usual, they are linked with a number of top players and Edinson Cavani definitely falls into that category.
According to the Daily Star, Manchester may finally make an official bid for the Uruguayan forward. Adding Cavani to a forward line that includes Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero would make Manchester City an even more formidable team.
Gary Cahill to Chelsea
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Gary Cahill has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent months. With their recent defensive troubles, Chelsea could surely use a player like Cahill.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will look to sure up his defense with a cut-price deal involving the young English defender.
This deal is very much a possibility as Bolton will not be able to put up too much of a fight. Cahill would be a signing for now and for the future and may just be the missing piece for Chelsea.