By Danny Carrington
Last Updated: 6th January 2020
January is a month of failed resolutions, short-lived beginnings and – often in the Premier League – panic buying. As teams clamour to find the deal that will save their season, we preview the odds on offer for this January’s strongest rumours.
Chelsea’s pursuit of the 23-year-old England left-back Ben Chilwell is quickly becoming this window’s worst kept secret. However, Leicester’s impressive form combined with major interest from other big clubs has cast doubt on the move.
In fact, recent reports suggest that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is already eyeing up alternatives in the form of Porto’s Alex Telles and Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico. The markets, though, haven’t budged: at 6/4, Chelsea remain overwhelming favourites to sign Chilwell, well ahead of the next in line, Manchester City, at 6/1.
With Olivier Giroud seemingly on the way out of Chelsea (the Frenchman is currently 4/7 to join Inter Milan), Lampard is also reportedly keen to sign a striker, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson 7/1 to join the west London outfit. Punters should, however, bear in mind Wilson’s poor injury record, which along with his disappointing Premier League goal tally of five for the season could scupper the move.
Napoli’s Belgian winger Dries Mertens is on the radar of more than one major club. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apparently pining to leave Arsenal (although at 12/1 to join Real Madrid there is still only an outside chance he will do so), the Gunners have been strongly linked with Mertens. He is 7/2 to join Arsenal, 6/1 to sign for Tottenham and 4/1 to choose Inter, who are set for a busy window according to the markets.
Denmark international Christian Eriksen fell out of favour towards the end of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham, and replacement Jose Mourinho has kept him mainly on the bench since arriving in north London. Inter are the strong favourites to sign the midfielder at 5/1, with Real at 8/1. Could Eriksen have already played his last game for the Premier League club?
Recent injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have left Manchester United short of central midfielders. With Fred and 31-year-old Nemanja Matic the only recognised options in that position, they are reportedly on the hunt for reinforcements. Sporting Lisbon’s in-form playmaker Bruno Fernandes is rumoured to be top of the list, and at 4/1 he remains the market favourite.