Wildest rumours of this transfer window came to nothing
Juan Mata to Barcelona…..Isco to Manchester City…..Lionel Messi to Arsenal.
Okay, the last of those wild transfer rumours was started by a joking Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at his Monday morning press briefing, but it is not as wild as some of the suggestions that have been made over the course of this transfer window.
There is speculation and then there is madness and a little too often in the last month, the stories appearing in some newspapers and on certain websites have had all the hallmarks of media pack chasing stories that are not there.
Wenger’s prediction that we were in for the busiest January transfer window in years has proved to be mistaken as this has been the window when we have had to get excited about Andros Townsend joining Newcastle and Mohamed Elneny becoming Arsenal’s ‘big name’ arrival.
The truth is, top players do not leave top clubs in the mid-season transfer window and it has left us trying to see through transfer tales that have always seemed improbable.
Here are some of the more crazy rumours that have come to nothing this month.
Man Utd’s Juan Mata to Barcelona - A late entry for the most unlikely move of this January window, it never seemed likely that Manchester United would consider selling Mata right now or that Barca need him in this window given their sparkling form. However, don’t be surprised if this deal returns to the agenda next summer, when it would have more chance of happening.
PSG’s Edinson Cavani to….every top club - The agents for this Uruguayan forward has been trying to engineer a move to the Premier League for his client over the last two years, but he has failed to secure a deal that is too expensive and too risky for a player who has lost his sparkle in recent years. Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with Cavani in this transfer window.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to Man Utd or Arsenal - There is a widespread belief that Real Madrid will look to sell this French striker next summer, but he was never going to make that move in the January transfer window. Expect Benzema to be a Premier League player at the start of next season.
Southampton's Victor Wanyama to Arsenal - When Southampton manager Ronald Koeman stated categorically that his powerhouse midfielder would not leave his club this month, we should have believed him. Again, Wanyama could be a mover next summer, but Saints have ambitions to secure a top six finish this season and were not selling in this window.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane to Man Utd - United may well fancy signing the most impressive English striker in the Premier League, but Spurs were never selling in this transfer window and they may not be willing to business next summer either.
Barcelona’s Neymar to Real Madrid - This was one of the most ridiculous tales of any transfer window. Suggestions that Barcelona’s deadly rivals are eyeing up a move for Neymar was as crazy as any dreamed up by desperate rumour diggers. Expect the Brazilian star to sign a new Barcelona contract soon.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid - This was a pretty unlikely transfer in this window, but the suggestion that Atletico are keen to bring Costa back to their club confirms a deal is possible next summer. Chelsea were never selling their lead forward now, but they will do business if they find the right replacements next summer.
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