The Biggest Rumours Ahead of January Transfer Window
We are now firmly in the season of transfer speculation, with the two months leading up to the January window's opening set to be full of rumours flying around. Some managers will be reacting to injuries and the poor form of players, while other managers will be keen to make their mark on a newly-inherited squad. Here are some of the most intriguing potential January transfers that the rumour mill has given us already.
Ousmane Dembele - Barcelona to Arsenal/Liverpool/ChelseaThere is not a squad in the world that wouldn't benefit from being able to call on Ousmane Dembele. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, Dembele has been called on sporadically at Barcelona. The Frenchman only came off the bench in El Clasico that a Messi-less Barcelona won 5-1, playing 16 minutes as Luis Suarez delivered what Goal described as an "irrepressible" performance. Dembele will be craving the starring role that Suarez currently has. Arsenal and Liverpool may struggle to convince Dembele that he fits alongside their existing attacking options, but he could provide excellent balance to the Chelsea attack if rumours in The Sun are true.
Phil Foden - Manchester City to JuventusLooking at this transfer in isolation creates scepticism; surely Guardiola wouldn't be willing to let a promising youngster with such technical gifts leave the club? However, comparing Foden's case with that of Jadon Sancho supports the case for exiting Manchester. His stats at WhoScored make disappointing reading; Foden has been reduced to 47 minutes across 4 Premier League cameos this season, so he may look enviously towards Sancho's form at Borussia Dortmund that has propelled him to a Champions League goal and an England cap. The Daily Mirror have reported that a contract clause could allow Juventus to snap up the starlet for £175,000, a bargain in any era.
Victor Moses - Chelsea to Crystal Palace/Manchester UnitedOne of these rumours from The Express sounds more plausible than the other. Moses began his career at Palace as a tricky winger, before his reinvention into a wing-back at Chelsea. Palace could benefit from such extra experience in their fight against relegation, with Moses likely to revert to his attacking origin. Yet, Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be considering a surprise swoop for the former Eagle, offering Moses the promise of regular European football. However, Moses parting defences for Palace once again seems the more likely outcome.
Miguel Almiron - Atlanta United to NewcastleMiguel Almiron may not be the most familiar name to many Premier League fans, but that is likely to change. Wherever it is Newcastle who can prise the Paraguayan away from his MLS side is more in doubt, although fans are understandably excited by reports that Benitez can persuade Almiron to trade Major League Soccer for the Magpies. HITC call Almiron one of the most exciting MLS performers this year, with the midfielder racking up 12 goals and 11 assists in the regular season. Newcastle fans could certainly do with something to get excited about. As of 30th October, Newcastle are at odds of 15/8 with Betway to succumb to relegation. A signing like Almiron could prove crucial in avoiding the drop.
Wayne Rooney - DC United to Manchester UnitedYou did read that correctly; talkSPORT pundit Michael Gray has suggested that Rooney should trade United's and rejoin his former club in a sensational loan move, reminiscent of Landon Donovan's brief spells at Everton. Whether there is any more substance to this beyond Gray endorsing the move remains to be seen, but it would be one of the more memorable January transfers.