January transfer window 2021: The biggest moves that could still happen

by Johanna Roelich

The winter transfer window is open until 11pm on Monday 1st February, and there have been some exciting moves so far, but it’s clear there’s a lot more shockers to come. It looks like we’re to expect moves from Dele Ali, Jesse Lingard and Christian Eriksen.

January is traditionally a difficult month for Premier League clubs to do business but there is still ample time for transfer twists and turns. There are several big transfers that could still go ahead, so who could yet make a move before the winter window closes?

Jesse Lingard – Manchester United to West Ham

West Ham have approached Manchester United with a view to signing Jesse Lingard on loan until the end of the season. Lingard has not made a Premier League appearance this season and a move to the Hammers would see the midfielder play under former United manager David Moyes.

This transfer will be final before the weekend is up, that’s for sure.

Dele Alli – Tottenham to PSG

Dele Alli has been left out of several match day squads by Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho this season, including at Bramall Lane in their most recent Premier League outing. Should the situation remain unresolved any decision to sanction a departure is likely to be made by Daniel Levy. Alli wants to play regular football, and has a contract at Spurs until 2024.

PSG are interested, but Spurs have consistently maintained they want him to stay and fight for his place. They have always said they would resist a loan.

Christian Eriksen – Inter Milan to Tottenham

Christian Eriksen is keen on a return to Tottenham in January, and Spurs would be open to a loan move in the right circumstances. There are no formal discussions at this stage, and Inter Milan are believed to be pricing out interested clubs with the loan fee.

Inter would be happy for him to go because returning to Spurs would mean playing regular football, putting him in the shop window and allowing Inter to sell him in the summer.

Danny Rose – Tottenham to Trabzonspor

Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is apparently wanted by Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor. The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has stated previously that he’s interested in a move abroad. Rose is not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans this term after returning from a loan spell at Newcastle last season and has been winding down his contract in Spurs’ U23s side. There have been reports the England defender could buy out his contract this month in order to force a move abroad before the end of the month.

Eric Garcia – Manchester City to Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has ruled out making additions to the Manchester City attack in the January transfer window, but could there be a high-profile departure? Guardiola accepts defender Eric Garcia could leave City this month.

The 20-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, has indicated a desire to move and been heavily linked with a return to boyhood club Barcelona. Garcia is now entitled to speak to other clubs with a view to a summer switch but there have been reports suggesting Barca could even move to complete a deal this month.

The deadline for transfers is Monday 1st February at 11pm, which means there’s still plenty of time for the action, probably including some shockers that we all love during the transfer window period.


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