By News Team
25th January 2021
The January transfer window has been relatively quiet this season, especially among Premier League clubs, with only a few murmurs of big transfer rumours and a few clubs offloading high wage benchwarmers.
But there’s still time for all that to change as we look at the potential big-story transfers that could still happen this month.
Messi on the move?
It wouldn’t be a transfer window if Lionel Messi’s name wasn’t being chucked around. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been strongly linked with a move away from Barcelona over the last year, with his contract due to expire in the summer. Only a handful of clubs would be able to pay Messi’s wages so it’s no surprise to see Manchester City as favourites to sign him at 2/1. Pep Guardiola’s side have been known to spend large sums of money to get what they want and if they could get Messi it would bolster an already outstanding side.
Unsurprisingly, PSG are second-favourites to sign the forward, currently priced at 5/1. The French giants signed Neymar back in 2017 for a world record fee, so they aren’t afraid of spending a penny or two. It appears they are thinking of reuniting the two forwards to push for that elusive Champions League trophy.
Pogba heading to Italy?
He’s performing very well at the moment but has generally never really reached the highs that were expected from him. It’s been reported over multiple transfer windows that Pogba has expressed his desire to leave the club, so he could be on his way out.
Market favourites to land the Frenchman’s signature are Juventus at 2/1. The move would see Pogba link up with his former club and play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Another option for the midfielder is Real Madrid, currently priced at 5/1. Los Blancos haven’t been at their best this season and look a shell of their former selves, but you cannot imagine the slump will go on for long. Pogba’s arrival would certainly get them firing again.
Sancho finally set for Old Trafford?
It appears every window Jadon Sancho’s name is mentioned. Once again, the England star is linked with a move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund (4/1). Sancho has recorded two goals and seven assists this season in Germany and would certainly boost United’s battle for the top spot in the Premier League. The link-up play between Bruno Fernandes and Sancho would be lethal in England’s top-flight and he would be a huge asset to their squad.
Another potential destination for Sancho could be the current Premier League champions. Liverpool are 16/1 to sign him but it would be hard to see how he would walk right into the current set-up. Sancho primarily plays on the wing, a position currently occupied by both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with Diogo Jota also fighting for his place. It seems unrealistic Sancho would move to the champions if he wasn’t guaranteed to be one of the first names on the team sheet.