ProSoccerTalk’s Top 50 winter transfer targets: #25 – 1

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With the January transfer window now open and in full swing, we take a look at the top targets that could potentially move in the transfer window.

This list is a rough ranking of top players that we are watching the most, and have made noise in reports recently. The rankings are determined by skill, star power, potential impact for a new team, and chance to move in the window.

So who could be on the move? Let’s find out! Remember, this is far from a “Who will move?” and more of a “Who could move and how interesting would it be?”

TOP 25 WINTER TRANSFER TARGETS (Read Nos. 50-26 here)

25. Joel Campbell (FW)
Current club:
Arsenal            Potential price: $9 million
Scoop: Looks like a loan deal for one of Costa Rica’s breakout stars, as Arsenal reportedly wants to ink the 22-year-old to a new contract. Real Sociedad and David Moyes await the decision.

24. Benedikt Howedes (DF)
Current club:
Schalke            Potential price: $19 million

23. Norberto Neto (GK)
Current club:
Fiorentina          Potential price: $9 million

22. Ron Vlaar (DF)
Current club:
Aston Villa            Potential price: $5 million
Scoop: Out of contract this summer, the Dutch defender has been linked with Manchester United (like seemingly everyone else).

21. Julian Draxler (MF)
Current club:
Schalke            Potential price: $36 million

source: Getty Images20. Wilfried Bony (FW)
Current club:
Swansea City           Potential price: $20 million
Scoop: We say $20 million, but Manchester City is apparently interested in flexing everyone else out of the market with a $45 million move.

19. Ilkay Gundogan (MF)
Current club:
Borussia Dortmund           Potential price: $24 million

18. Mario Balotelli (FW)
Current club:
Liverpool            Potential price: $29 million

17. Alexandre Lacazette (FW)
Current club:
Lyon            Potential price: $20 million

16. Yohan Cabaye (MF)
Current club:
Paris Saint-Germain            Potential price: $27 million
Scoop: The Frenchman has played as much as expected since coming to PSG from Newcastle last January, and some are saying the Parisian giants will look to double-down on Magpies with a Cabaye and money swap for Moussa Sissoko.

15. Ezequiel Lavezzi (MF)
Current club:
Paris Saint-Germain            Potential price: $24 million

14. Arturo Vidal (MF)
Current club:
Juventus           Potential price: $50 million

13. Xherdan Shaqiri (MF)
Current club:
Bayern Munich            Potential price: $18 million
Scoop: Off the market? The World Cup hat trick hero looks set for Inter Milan.

source: AP12. Moussa Sissoko (MF)
Current club:
Newcastle United            Potential price: $15-20 million
Scoop: There is no question the 25-year-old has been the Magpies’ brightest star this season, and the engine in their attack. To think that $15 million is all he’d cost is incredible.

11. Kevin Strootman (MF)
Current club:
AS Roma           Potential price: $27 million

10. Mattia Destro (FW)
Current club:
AS Roma            Potential price: $16.5 million

9. Christian Benteke (FW)
Current club:
Aston Villa            Potential price: $18 million

8. Hugo Lloris (GK)
Current club:
Tottenham Hotspur            Potential price: $20 million
Scoop: Why would Spurs sell their captain, who is on a long-term deal? Well, if speculation is true it’s because he wants to go to a UEFA Champions League power. Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and it’s crazy to think he’d be sold. But people are talking, so he makes the list.

7. Raphael Varane (DF)
Current club:
Real Madrid            Potential price: $30 million

6. Mats Hummels (DF)
Current club:
Borussia Dortmund            Potential price: $42 million

5. Marco Reus (MF)
Current club:
Borussia Dortmund          Potential price: $60 million

4. Sami Khedira (MF)
Current club:
Real Madrid            Potential price: $36 million

source: Getty Images3. Ross Barkley (MF)
Current club:
Everton            Potential price: $45-70 million
Scoop: It seems insane for the Toffees not to sell Barkley if English clubs are placing his value at $70 million. The only way it wouldn’t be a good move that could fund Everton’s hopes and dreams moving forward is if Barkley fulfills every bit of his potential. For example, if he went for his high-end price of $70 million, he’d cost $10 million more than Marco Reus. Do you honestly believe Barkley will become Reus or better? Classic English overvalue (and he’s a fine, fine player).

2. Paul Pogba (MF)
Current club:
Juventus            Potential price: $60 million

1. Lionel Messi (FW)
Current club:
Barcelona            Potential price: $250-300 million
Scoop: One of the world’s most prolific scorers seems Barcelona through and through, but there’s been plenty of hullaballoo at the Camp Nou recently and Chelsea is said to be lurking in the shadows (Not to mention Instagram “drama”). Especially since it would leave transfer-ban bound Barca in the lurch. Still, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and Roman Abramovich is always hungry.