Sunday, 1 January 2012

January transfer window: Top players who could move

BBC Sport profiles the most likely transfer targets during the January window - at home and abroad.
Last January, the headlines were made on deadline day when Chelsea spent £50m on Fernando Torres and Liverpool replaced the Spaniard with £35m striker Andy Carroll.
Here are some of our top 50 suggestions for high-profile moves this time...
Carlos Tevez
CARLOS TEVEZ (aged 27, forward) Manchester City The Argentine is on his way out and, although City want a permanent deal, they may be prepared to initially loan him to AC Milan.
Wayne Bridge
WAYNE BRIDGE (31, left-back) Manchester City Pocketing a reported £90k-a-week but not in manager Roberto Mancini's plans and looks certain to leave. Possible Arsenal target.
Chieck Tiote
CHEICK TIOTE (25, midfielder) Newcastle United Despite signing a new long-term contract in February, the Ivory Coast star has created a lot of interest prior to leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Marouane Chamakh
MAROUANE CHAMAKH (27, forward) ArsenalAfter a blistering start to his Arsenal career, went dramatically off the boil. He will not want to sit on the bench for too much longer.
Gary Cahill
GARY CAHILL (26, centre-back) Bolton Wanderers The England international's contract expires at the end of the season and Bolton will sell him. Chelsea are the front-runners.

Chris Samba
CHRIS SAMBA (27, centre-back) Blackburn Rovers Unhappy at the club and has made that clear for a while now. A big asking price may put off any potential suitors from making a bid.
Florent Malouda
FLORENT MALOUDA (31, winger) Chelsea Has been sidelined since Juan Mata's arrival at Stamford Bridge. He may return to France and join ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain.
Wesley Sneijder
WESLEY SNEIJDER (27, midfielder) Inter Milan Inter may decide to cash-in on their Dutch star but a destination isn't clear. His sky-high wages and a hefty transfer fee could put clubs off.
Mario Gotze
MARIO GOTZE (19, midfielder/forward) Borussia Dortmund 'The German Messi' as described by Franz Beckenbauer. Extremely skilful and attracting plenty of interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (19, midfielder/forward) Ajax Starred for Denmark against England in February. Manchester United are among a host of major clubs who have been tracking him.

Rasmus Elm
RASMUS ELM (23, midfielder) AZ Alkmaar The talented Swede has attracted plenty of interest from Premier League and Serie A clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs.
Marco Reus
MARCO REUS (22, midfielder/forward) Borussia Monchengladbach Has made a tremendous start to the season and scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga so far. May favour a move to German giants Bayern Munich.
Xherdan Shaqiri.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI (20, midfielder) FC BaselThe talented Swiss impressed against Manchester United in the Champions League and both United and Liverpool may target the £10m-rated player.
Yoann Gourcuff
YOANN GOURCUFF (25, midfielder/forward) Lyon Disappointing since his £18m move from Bordeaux, Lyon are ready to cut their losses on the playmaker and may even consider a loan.
Andre-Pierre Gignac
ANDRE-PIERRE GIGNAC (26, forward) Marseille His move to Fulham collapsed at the last minute in August but could be back on after a falling out with coach Didier Deschamps.

Eden Hazard
EDEN HAZARD (20, winger/forward) Lille The exciting Belgian is a tasty prospect for Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City fans, but is also being targeted by wealthy domestic rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Benjamin Corgnet
BENJAMIN CORGNET (24, midfielder/forward) Dijon Hugely impressive in his first Ligue 1 season, the dynamic attacking midfielder is reportedly attracting interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.
Álvaro Pereira (FC Porto)
ALVARO PEREIRA (26, left-back) FC Porto The attacking full-back is strongly linked with Chelsea. The Portuguese champions have a replacement in Brazil's Alex Sandro and may be ready to haggle.
Nicolas Gaitan
NICOLAS GAITAN (23, midfielder) Benfica The Argentine sparkled in the Champions League group stage, but the extent of Manchester United's interest is the subject of some debate.
Hulk (FC Porto)
HULK (25, forward) Porto Few clubs in the world have a realistic chance of luring the burly Brazil striker, who has an £83m buy-out clause - but Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain might be tempted to break the bank.
Kaka (Real Madrid)
KAKA (29, forward) Real Madrid The Spanish giants are keen to offload a player earning £8.5m-plus per year. Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and a return to Brazil have all been mooted but the £25m price tag is too high.
Martin Cáceres (Sevilla)
MARTIN CACERES (24, full-back) SevillaSelling the cultured Uruguayan would raise funds for Sevilla. He has attracted admiring glances in La Liga and abroad. Juventus are keen and £8m might do it.

Nilmar (Villarreal)
NILMAR (27, forward) Villarreal The Brazilian striker initially flopped at Lyon but has impressed since arriving from Internacional. Roma and Barcelona are monitoring but would need to find £25m.
Esteban Granero (Real Madrid)
ESTEBAN GRANERO (24, midfielder) Real Madrid Has been limited to a handful of minutes as a sub this season. Arsenal have a long-standing admiration, as do Malaga.

José Antonio Reyes (Atlético Madrid)
JOSE ANTONIO REYES (28, midfielder/forward) Atletico Madrid The ex-Arsenal utility frontman was set to rejoin Sevilla before the arrival of Diego Simeone as Atletico coach. Sevilla and Zenit St Petersburg are keen.
Danielle de Rossi
DANIELLE DE ROSSI (28, midfielder) Roma His contract expires in the summer and has not yet signed a new deal. Manchester City have repeatedly denied an interest in the Italian.
Riccardo Montolivo
RICCARDO MONTOLIVO (26, midfielder) Fiorentina The Italian looks likely to move away from the Viola with Arsenal potential suitors. AC Milan and Liverpool are also in the frame.

NEYMAR (19, forward) Santos Outrageously talented wonderkid whose desire for a move may have been boosted by the mauling his Brazilian club suffered against Barcelona in the World Club Cup.
DEDE (23, centre-back) Vasco da Gama Tall, strong and very quick. A giant in defence who also likes to make an attacking contribution. Linked with Real Madrid.

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