MATCH takes a look at the hottest gossip flying around the footy world, and gives its verdict on whether the deals will happen!

PAUL POGBA

MAN. UNITED TO REAL MADRID

£50 MILLION

Pogba has been in scintillating form for The Red Devils since his agent revealed that he wants to leave Old Trafford! It’s gonna be a tough ask for United to tie Pogba down to a new contract, so they might be tempted to cash-in with Real Madrid still interested in the midfielder!

WILL IT HAPPEN? IN THE SUMMER

KINGSLEY COMAN

BAYERN TO MAN. CITY

£60 MILLION

The match winner at the 2020 Champions League final has been linked with both Manchester clubs! He’s not a guaranteed starter at Bayern but isn’t pushing to leave, so it’d take a lot of convincing to get him to the Premier League!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

DIEGO COSTA

FREE AGENT TO WOLVES

FREE TRANSFER

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side need goals – and El Cholo defo knows where the net is! Atletico Madrid terminated his contract early, meaning that he’s available on a free transfer, and it looks like he might be set for a return to the Prem by joining Wolves!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

OLIVIER GIROUD

CHELSEA TO JUVENTUS

£5 MILLION

Giroud has been in and out of the team at Chelsea, and his performances deserve more regular first-team action before his contract expires! Paulo Dybala is set to leave the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season, so Andrea Pirlo definitely needs to add another striker to his squad!

WILL IT HAPPEN? IN THE SUMMER

DIVOCK ORIGI

LIVERPOOL TO INTER MILAN

£25 MILLION

The ex-Lille forward isn’t getting much action this season at Anfield, and he’d be well up for a move to Italy! The Serie A giants want to sign him as competition for Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, but a number of sides across Europe are also chasing his signature!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

DAN JAMES

MAN. UNITED TO WEST BROM

LOAN

United’s lightning-quick Welshman hasn’t played much this season – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred to play Rashford or Martial instead. He’d walk into the West Brom team, but we reckon The Red Devils will want to keep hold of him unless they get a replacement in!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

FIKAYO TOMORI

CHELSEA TO NEWCASTLE

LOAN

The Blues could do with balancing the books a bit this month after splashing the cash in the summer, and one man Frank Lampard could allow to leave is Tomori! The 23-year-old speedster would be the perfect partner for Fabian Schar in the centre of defence at Newcastle!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

EMILIANO BUENDIA

NORWICH TO ARSENAL

£40 MILLION

Daniel Farke will be wondering how much longer The Canaries can keep hold of their star player! Mikel Arteta is keen on signing Buendia, and Arsenal are looking into the possibility of tempting Norwich with a player-plus-cash deal!

WILL IT HAPPEN? IN THE SUMMER

JULIAN DRAXLER

PSG TO LEEDS

£20 MILLION

Draxler admitted that he almost left PSG a few months ago, but the big question is will he leave over the next few weeks before his contract expires in the summer? Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is on red alert, but he faces stiff competition from AC Milan, Inter Milan and Sevilla!

WILL IT HAPPEN? IN THE SUMMER

JULIAN BRANDT

BORUSSIA DORTMUND TO ARSENAL

£50 MILLION

As well as being interested in Buendia, The Gunners are also interested in signing Brandt from Dortmund! The 24-year-old hasn’t been in top form this season, but if Mikel Arteta could find a way to get the best out of him, then he would be a sick signing!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

LEWIS O'BRIEN

HUDDERSFIELD TO BURNLEY

£3 MILLION

The 22-year-old midfielder has been a big hit in the Championship, but Huddersfield would find it hard to turn down a monster bid! Sean Dyche wants to beef up his midfield with his side hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone, and gossips say O’Brien is top of his list of targets!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

HAMZA CHOUDHURY

LEICESTER TO NEWCASTLE

LOAN

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has already admitted that Choudhury could leave on loan this winter, with the homegrown midfielder struggling to break into his squad. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is keen on signing the 23-year-old, and The Foxes would surely benefit from him getting regular first-team action at St James’ Park!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

BRANDON WILLIAMS

MAN. UNITED TO SOUTHAMPTON

LOAN

After breaking through last season, Williams has found himself playing for the youth side again in 2020-21! Gossips reckon Southampton and Newcastle want him on loan, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now having second thoughts about him leaving!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

JOSH KING

BOURNEMOUTH TO WEST HAM

£10 MILLION

It’s fair to say that West Ham fans were gutted when their club couldn’t get a deal over the line for King a few months ago, but they might not have to wait much longer! The 28-year-old speedster only has a few months left on his contract at Bournemouth, so could be available for a bargain price!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

DEMARAI GRAY

LEICESTER TO SOUTHAMPTON

FREE TRANSFER

Even though Gray still has a few months left on his contract at Leicester, he’s now free to talk to other clubs about a move in the summer! Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of the 24-year-old, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Marseille and Monaco!

WILL IT HAPPEN? IN THE SUMMER

DAVID CARMO

BRAGA TO LIVERPOOL

£35 MILLION

Liverpool’s hierarchy have hinted that The Reds aren’t planning any deals this month, but we still reckon they might sneak one in! Jurgen Klopp could do with another centre-back with two long-term absentees, and Braga’s £35m-rated centre-back would be ideal!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

ISMAILA SARR

WATFORD TO CRYSTAL PALACE

£35 MILLION

Even though he’s already got plenty of attacking talent, Roy Hodgson is keen on adding Sarr to his squad this month! The 22-year-old Senegal hero has been on fire in the Championship this season, but he won’t be cheap with the likes of Liverpool and Man. United both understood to still be sniffing around!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

ANDY CARROLL

NEWCASTLE TO WEST BROM

£5 MILLION

The 32-year-old forward took 33 games in all competitions to finally score after re-joining The Magpies in 2019! Sam Allardyce worked with him at both Newcastle and West Ham, and now wants to be reunited again this winter!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

 

EDER MILITAO

REAL MADRID TO TOTTENHAM

£25 MILLION

MATCH spies say Jose Mourinho is willing to sell Davinson Sanchez to fund a move for unwanted Brazil CB Militao this month! The two clubs gets on well after the summer deals for Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, and that could work in Spurs’ favour!

WILL IT HAPPEN? NO

JESSE LINGARD

MAN. UNITED TO WEST HAM

LOAN

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tons of world-class forward players to choose from, so it’s perhaps not surprising that he’s willing to let some of his fringe players leave! Lingard is one player who isn’t getting much game-time, and he might be tempted to reunite with old boss David Moyes at West Ham!

WILL IT HAPPEN? YES

Article by Sam Straw

This article first appeared in the January 19 Issue of MATCH! Magazine. You can purchase old issues of the magazine by clicking here.