Monday , 26 October 2020

Top 25 January 2019 transfer targets: From Dembele to Isco, Hazard to Rabiot

With the January transfer window now open, Goal takes a look at some of the biggest names who could be on the move
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    Marko Arnautovic | West Ham | Forward

    Austria international Marko Arnautovic is reportedly a target for Chelsea, who are seeking to strengthen their attacking options in January – particularly now that Olivier Giroud has been injured. Manchester United are also said to be keen on the forward, while the Chinese Super League has been touted as a potential destination too. The West Ham forward hit double figures in the Premier League last term and is a leading light for the Hammers, who will be unwilling to let him go cheaply.
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    Mario Balotelli | Nice | Forward

    With his contract running out in the summer of 2019 it looked likely Nice were set to cash in on Mario Balotelli during the summer, but the Italy international eventually agreed to remain at the club for another campaign. Marseille were strongly linked with the striker, while Napoli are also believed to have been in the mix. Interestingly, Major League Soccer has been suggested as a potential destination for Balotelli, with Philadelphia Union being mentioned in connection with him, but Union’s sporting director Ernst Tanner denied the rumours. It remains to be seen where the former Liverpool man will end up, but, interestingly, a Premier League return could be on the cards, with Newcastle United being linked. However, while it seems unlikely, Patrick Vieira suggested that “nothing is impossible” when asked if Balotelli had a future with the club.
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    Nicolo Barella | Cagliari | Midfielder

    One of the brightest prospects in Serie A, Nicolo Barella is being pursued by a number of clubs, including Chelsea, Napoli and Inter. The 21-year-old is valued at £45 million ($57.5m) and a move could potentially happen in January. Napoli and Inter are prepared to bide their time until the end of the season, but Chelsea could steal a march on the Italian clubs by making a bid this month. However, Barella has been warned by Italy boss Roberto Mancini not to make a move which sees him sitting on the bench rather than playing regularly.
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    Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona | Midfielder

    It may seem hard to believe, but Philippe Coutinho’s time at Barcelona could be set for a premature conclusion, with reports of a potential Premier League return. However, the identity of his reported admirers – Manchester United – suggests that a deal may leave Liverpool fans with a sour taste. The Brazil international has struggled to find consistency at Camp Nou this season, but is still highly thought of in Catalonia, so United would have to launch a lucrative charm offensive if they were to land him.
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    Matteo Darmian | Manchester United | Defender

    Matteo Darmian’s playing time at Manchester United has been severely limited in the past two seasons and the Italy international has made no secret of his desire to leave Old Trafford. Napoli made an offer to loan Darmian during the summer, with an option to buy, but United did not sanction the move. Serie A is the likely destination for the 29-year-old, with Inter and Juventus linked during the summer. Lazio have also since entered the mix. Interestingly, though, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho as United boss, Darmian appears to have been brought in from the cold and could well rebuild his future at the club.
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    Frenkie de Jong | Ajax | Midfielder

    Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s star is on the rise and a move away from the Netherlands could be confirmed in January. Manchester City had been winning the race to secure the highly-rated 21-year-old’s signature, but the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid appear to be in pole position, with Pep Guardiola expressing a pessimistic outlook. A deal to bring De Jong away from his native Netherlands would see him remain at Ajax until the end of the season.
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    Matthijs de Ligt | Ajax | Defender

    Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt is just 19 years of age, but the centre-back has demonstrated maturity beyond his years since making a breakthrough in Amsterdam. Barcelona have been heavily linked and have a long-standing history with the Dutch giants when it comes to transfer business, but Europe’s elite are also keen to lure De Ligt their way. Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United have also been reported as suitors for the Netherlands international, who claims that a move will not happen in the current window.
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    Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona | Forward

    Ousmane Dembele is only mid-way through his second season at Barcelona since making a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, but Goalunderstands the forward has asked to leave the club, with a January departure a real possibility. Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with the France international, who could be used as a makeweight in a deal which would see Neymar return to Barca. A move to the Premier League move has also been touted, with Arsenal and Liverpool among the clubs believed to be keen.
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    Diego Godin | Atletico Madrid | Defender

    Manchester United’s defensive issues have been a chronic issue over the course of the past number of seasons and the Red Devils are reportedly keen to rekindle their interest in a player widely deemed to be one of the best centre-backs in the world: Diego Godin. The Uruguay international is at the later stage of his career at 32 and is also believed to be a target for Inter, who are desperate to ensure they return to the Champions League next season.
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    Eden Hazard | Chelsea | Midfielder

    Maurizio Sarri is staging a tactical revolution at Chelsea and Eden Hazard is a crucial part of the Italian’s vision for the Blues, but he may not be there much longer. The club are locked in protracted negotiations with Hazard about renewing his contract, which expires in 2020, but the Belgium international is torn, with a ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid potentially on the table. The Liga giants are on the lookout for new talismanic forces after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and they are expected to up the ante in January. Chelsea’s recruitment of Christian Pulisic was received by many as one of the first moves towards replacing the Belgian.
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    Gonzalo Higuain | AC MIlan (on loan from Juventus) | Forward

    Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain is half-way through a season-long loan at AC Milan, but he has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this January. The Juventus striker, who turned 31 in December, does not quite fit the bill in terms of the Blues’ policy of signing players over the age of 30, but they are crying out for an attacker to help sustain a push for Champions League qualification. Maurizio Sarri is well acquainted with Higuain, having coached him during his time as Napoli boss.

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    Callum Hudson-Odoi | Chelsea | Forward

    Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has drawn admiring glances from Bayern Munich this season and the 18-year-old could join the likes of Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga this January should the Blues accept a bid from the Bavarian giants. Bayern are believed to have made a number of offers for Hudson-Odoi, with the most recent coming in at £35 million ($45m), but Maurizio Sarri is hopeful that the England Under-19 international will stay at Stamford Bridge.
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    Isco | Real Madrid | Midfielder

    The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid opened the door for a new focal point at the club and Isco was among those expected to step up and fill the void. However, the Spain international has endured a nightmarish season, with rumours of a rift with Santiago Solari, and speculation is mounting he could be set to leave. Europe’s elite clubs, such as Manchester City, Juventus, Napoli and even Barcelona, are on high alert, but they would have to be willing to fork out at least €80 million (£71m/$91m) to prise him from Madrid’s grasp.
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    Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli | Defender

    Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has firmly established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A and he is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United, who are desperately attempting to bolster their backline. However, having signed a new deal in the summer and with a price tag said to be in excess of €100m (£89m/$114m), it will take a record bid for the Red Devils to secure his services. Chelsea – who, don’t forget, are managed by Koulibaly’s former mentor Maurizio Sarri – have also been touted as a potential destination.
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    Malcom | Barcelona | Forward

    Despite arriving at Camp Nou in the summer of 2018, Malcom could potentially be on his way out, with suitors from China – specifically, Goal understands, Guangzhou Evergrande – making overtures to Barcelona. The Brazilian winger has played a limited role for Barca since making the switch from Bordeaux and he could be tempted by the prospect of more game time, not to mention more money. Barca, too, could be tempted by the €50 million (£45m/$56.7m) offer.
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    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic | Lazio | Midfielder

    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was said to have been on the radar of a host of clubs during the summer, with Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all linked, but the midfielder ended speculation by penning a new deal with Lazio. Despite a dip in form this season, the Serbia international remains highly regarded and Lazio are believed to have reduced their valuation, which should pique the attention of suitors.
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    Victor Moses | Chelsea | Forward

    The arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea has not been good for Victor Moses and Goal understands the winger is considering his options. Having been restricted mainly to substitute appearances this season, the former Nigeria international is open to the idea of leaving the Blues in search of regular games. A loan move is a potential avenue, with the likes of Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, West Ham and Wolves believed to be admirers.
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    Leandro Paredes | Zenit | Midfielder

    The departure of Cesc Fabregas to Monaco has left Maurizio Sarri wanting another midfield option and Goal understands that Chelsea are keen to land Leandro Paredes from Zenit. However, the clubs are not agreed on the player’s fee, with the Russian side wanting the Blues to up their bid by €10 million to €40m (£36m/$46m).
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    Nicolas Pepe | Lille | Forward

    Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Ligue 1 and could be set to follow the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Malcom by making a move away from France. The Ivory Coast international, who turns 24 in May, has been heavily linked with clubs in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga. Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all reported to be keen. He has indicated that he would like to finish the season at Lille, but the right offer would surely tempt him.
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    Krzysztof Piatek | Genoa | Forward

    Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is cultivating a burgeoning reputation in Serie A and has already tallied double figures in the goal charts. The Poland international, whose goalscoring exploits have led to comparisons to Robert Lewandowski, is on the radar of Chelsea as the Blues seek a replacement for Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Barcelona, AC Milan and Napoli have also been keeping tabs on Piatek. Despite the clear interest, Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has insisted that there have been no offers and that no move will transpire until the end of the season.
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    Adrien Rabiot | PSG | Midfielder

    Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate Adrien Rabiot was touted for a summer exit from Parc des Princes and the rumour mill has started up once again during the January transfer window. The 23-year-old France international has stalled on signing a new deal with PSG, meaning he could leave for free, and has a string of top clubs on high alert, including Barcelona, who once again expressed their interest. Premier League clubs Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with Rabiot.
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    Alvaro Morata | Chelsea | Forward

    Spain international Alvaro Morata has struggled to maintain his early form at Chelsea and looks set for an exit from Stamford Bridge. Goal understands that the striker could be on his way back to La Liga, with Atletico Madrid keen on his services. Sevilla were also believed to be in the mix, but have withdrawn their interest for financial reasons.
  23. Milan Skriniar | Inter | Defender

    Inter defender Milan Skriniar was on a long list of Manchester United’s desired defensive reinforcements during the summer and the Red Devils are likely to revisit the idea of making a move in January. The Slovakia international has conceded that interest from United is flattering, but he is also considering a new deal with the Nerazzurri.
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    Denis Suarez | Barcelona | Midfielder

    Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez is a reported target for Chelsea, who are said to be willing to pay £45m ($57m) for his services. Suarez is believed to be unsettled at Camp Nou as he struggles to force his way into Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans, but Goal understands that, with a year and a half left on his current contract, he would prefer to stay and fight rather than leave. Nevertheless, the Blues could well test his resolve – and that of Barca – by making a firm offer. Arsenal are also reported to be interested.
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    Callum Wilson | Bournemouth | Forward

    Bournemouth have a fight on their hands to keep hold of striker Callum Wilson, with Chelsea among the clubs believed to be weighing up a move. The 26-year-old, who earned his first England cap last year, has been impressive for the Cherries and is likely to end the season with a double-figure goal tally. The Blues are on the lookout for more attacking options, particularly with Giroud injured and Morata potentially on the way out.

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