Arsenal to sign Real Madrid outcast, Lingard to leave Man United and Eriksen returns but Alli leaves Tottenham January 22, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
There are just a few days left of the January transfer window and some big deals could still yet happen in the mid-season market.
West Ham are on the lookout for a striker to replace Sebastien Haller, who left for Ajax in a £22.5million deal following a miserable 18 months in east London.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are scouring the market fora creative midfielder as Mesut Ozil leaves on a free transfer to Fenerbahce.
There could also be another outgoing at Manchester United, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah departing for Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.
Crystal Palace signed Mainz frontman Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent, as they look to survive another year in the top flight.
But what deals could happen in the Premier League as we reach the tail-end of January? talkSPORT.com has identified the biggest possible transfers, below…
Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid to Arsenal)
The Gunners have approached the Spaniards over the possibility of signing the youngster on loan, reports claim.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has been tipped for greatness at the Bernabeu, has started just three LaLiga games this season.
Sky Sports claim Arsenal have made a move for Odegaard, who wants to be playing regular first-team football.
Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan to Tottenham)
Spurs are believed to be trying to seal a return for Eriksen this month.
Eriksen left Spurs for Inter Milan last January but his time in Italy has been a huge disappointment, and a return to England has been rumoured.
The likes of Arsenal, Leicester, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with the playmaker, as well as Spurs, with Jose Mourinho keen to bring the Dane back to north London.
It is understood the Lilywhites are the only club ‘sending signals’ to Inter over a possible January swoop.
The report also claims Inter will only let Eriksen leave this month on a permanent basis, or on loan if the interested club offers money as part of the temporary signing.
Dele Alli (Tottenham to Paris Saint-Germain)
Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of sealing a reunion with his former player at the Parc des Princes this month.
Alli has fallen well out of favour under current manager Mourinho and is believed to be desperate to link up with his former manager in Paris.
The 24-year-old arrived in north London six years ago in a £5m switch from MK Dons and was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the country.
His impact under Pochettino was undeniable, with Alli directly involved in 121 goals during his Tottenham career to date.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be reluctant to let the playmaker leave this month, however.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United to Tottenham/West Ham/Sheffield United)
talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook revealed that the transfer saga surrounding Lingard is ‘set to go to the wire’.
The likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Sheffield United are interested in signing the 28-year-old, who’s also being monitored by Porto, Nice and Marseille.
Lingard, who has spent his entire career with United, is believed to be keen on a loan move this month as he attempts to kick-start his career.
Ryan Kent (Rangers to Leeds)
Former Gers defender Alan Hutton revealed that his former club would be willing to sell Kent for ‘the right price’ this month.
Kent, who has five goals and six assists in 24 Scottish Premiership matches this season, has yet to sign a new deal at Ibrox and a number of clubs – including Premier League side Leeds – are said to be monitoring his situation.
Marcelo Bielsa twice tried to sign Kent while the winger was at Liverpool and failed for a third time last summer with Steven Gerrard insisting he would not be sold at any price.
Erick Pulgar (Fiorentina to Leeds)
One player who has been tipped as a potential signing for Leeds this month is Fiorentina’s Pulgar.
Italian reports claim Marcelo Bielsa’s side are involved in a three-way tug of war with Real Betis and Sevilla for the 27-year-old midfielder.
Pulgar is valued at around the £22m mark, with reports also indicating that Leeds would be interested in an initial loan deal.
Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla to West Ham)
The Moroccan striker is believed to be the top target for boss David Moyes, but talkSPORT’s Crook revealed that the Hammers may end their interest in him due to the £35m being demanded by the LaLiga club.
The Hammers have reportedly seen a £27m bid rejected as they hunt for a new centre-forward following the sale of Haller to Ajax.
Only time will tell if West Ham cough up the asking fee, but their hierarchy are reluctant to pay over the odds after getting their fingers burnt with Haller.
En-Nesyri has scored 13 goals in 26 games for Sevilla this season.
Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad to West Ham)
Should the Hammers fail in their pursuit of En Nesyri, another name who has been linked with a switch to east London is Oyarzabal, transfer insider Crook revealed earlier this week.
“A new name in the frame that I’m hearing today is Mikel Oyarzabal, who played under David Moyes at Real Sociedad,” Crook said.
“He’s 23 years old. A Spaniard, who’s scored 50 goals for Sociedad.
“He can play outside so would suit that system with Antonio very much the man up front.”