While clubs may not be able to actively transfer players until the January transfer window. Running from Jan 1st through Jan 31st at 11:00 P.M. GMT, that doesn’t stop them from talking. Here are some of the latest murmurings and rumors that keep the league we love so interesting.
Bale To Man U?
The Welsh sensation Gareth Bale has been a star wherever he’s played. Except, for the past few months. Bale broke the world record for transfer fees at the time when he transferred from Tottenham to Real Madrid for €100.8 million in September 2013. While the winger has had great success with the club, injuries have stopped him from reaching his full potential.
Bale has yet to take the field to Madrid since September, and with his current groin injury, it does not seem like he will be re-joining them on the pitch until late December. With this in mind, Real Madrid has started looking for offers to sell their once record-breaking star, hoping to replace him with someone who isn’t quite as injury prone. Man U are the frontrunners to bring Bale to their side, having offered upwards of €120 million over the summer. However, they may try to lower their bid given Bale’s recent form, or lack thereof.
Another talent Man U have been looking to add to their roster is current Tottenham defender Danny Rose. The 27-year-old Englishman has carved out quite a name for himself as a solid defender for both club and country. Perhaps he is looking to add a trophy or two to his collection, as he is currently being courted by such other clubs as Real Madrid, Juventus, and PSG.
Torres To Return?
Anyone who watched the Premier League in the late 2000s is familiar with “El Niño” and his prolific scoring through his first few seasons at Liverpool. Then, he got injured, cut his hair, and it was all downhill from there. He then transferred to Chelsea, where he received a mixed bag of reviews, before eventually making his way back to Atletico Madrid. But it seems the striker has not found the success or playing time, that he is looking for. Both Newcastle and Southampton have been in talks with Torres, and although the 33-year-old may be past his prime. One has to imagine that he’d be able to find some more playing time, and maybe his form, at one of these clubs.
Where Can, Can End Up?
Emre Can is a promising young midfielder from Germany. He has already established himself well at Liverpool and the German national team. Even showing his adaptability by playing a variety of positions when needed, including center back for a couple of games. However, as they often do, things have not worked out between Can and all the members of Liverpool F.C., and there have been talks of the German leaving the side when his contract is up at the end of the season. Juventus is a possible option, but Man City has emerged as the forerunner. With even talks of a free transfer, which would be a steal for the team in blue.
This has, of course, resulted in an angry outburst from Liverpool fans. Demanding that if the rumors are true that Can be benched for the remainder of the season. This is, of course, a terribly unsportsmanlike move and could be crushing to the growth of the young star’s career. Especially with the World Cup fast approaching and Can’s spot on the German national team uncertain. Hopefully, all will resolve itself peacefully, but do not be surprised to see Can trade in his red for blue at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
Neymar Back To Spain?
Neymar is one of the most famous, and most talented, soccer players out there. Only 25 years-old, he still has quite a few years left of terrorizing defenses and starring in “best skill moves” videos on YouTube. While many clubs would love to add the Brazilian to their ranks.
After PSG bought him for an enormous sum, they will surely not be willing to let him go for anything less than an outrageous amount. Or perhaps, Gareth Bale and Tony Kroos? This is the most promising of offers that have been talked of so far. Real Madrid would love to have the former Barca striker alongside Ronaldo, and as they are already trying to get rid of Bale. The trade doesn’t really feel like a loss to them. Yes, Kroos is a very good player, but midfielders are not exactly something that Real Madrid lacks. So losing 1 would not be too big a deal.
With these deals and much more in the making. Be sure to check back in late January with updates on these and all other big moves that may occur.