As football fans, the cold winds of January barely affect us, the New Year carries little to no excitement when compared to the white-knuckle excitement we feel because of the transfer window. The January transfer window has had a history of shocking signings of the most high-profile players in the world such as Luiz Suarez’s transfer to Liverpool from Ajax or Nemanja Vidic from Spartak Moscow to Manchester United.
Like every other season in football, there have been no shortages in the transfer rumour department and there are a number of names that carry with themselves the prospects of a transfer. Here is a list of the most high profile players rumoured to be making a move away from their current club.
10. Romelu Lukaku
Although Lukaku hasn’t been making headlines lately as he once used to. There is little to no doubt about Lukaku’s intensity and work rate. The Belgian is a credible physical threat up the field and is usually known to be a fairly consistent performer.
The 23-year old still has his best years ahead of him and big clubs have him on their radar because with time, he is bound to only get better. The striker is reportedly been garnering attention from French giants Paris Saint-German and German behemoths Bayern Munich.
Reportedly valued at £65 million, a move of this calibre can only benefit both Everton as well as the career of Romelu Lukaku.
Say what you will about Pepe’s “controversial” antics on the pitch, but that has amazingly become a thing of the past. It is quite sad that whenever the topic of Pepe comes up, it is usually followed by digs and jokes about his aggressive un-sportsman-like behaviour. However, Pepe has gradually mended his ways a subsequently proved to the world that he is one of the most sought-after defenders in the world.
Pepe is extremely intelligent to gape holes in his club’s defence in the blink of an eye and imposes his will on attackers during set-pieces to perfection. Pepe has been essential in the Real Madrid machine and has become one of the most beloved players in the Spanish capital.
Pepe has long been associated with a move to EPL and Chelsea have been the club most likely to bag the services of the Portuguese.
8. Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal has been a player whose name consistently pops up whenever there is a discussion about the best midfielders in the world. As with most Chileans, Arturo’s physical conditioning sets him apart from players from other countries. He is known to be the ultimate workhorse on the pitch. Moving up and down the pitch at a moment’s notice.
He had previously played under the leadership of Antonio Conte at Juventus and it is reported that the Italian values Arturo Vidal highly and wishes that he got to coach him for longer than he did. Vidal has been associated with a move to Chelsea and the results of the transfer are guaranteed to be phenomenal as the Chilean has rarely ever put up a bad performance regardless of the league he plays in.