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! And stay tuned for numbers 25-1 coming up.
TOP 50 WINTER TRANSFER TARGETS: #50-26
50. Dani Alves (RB)
Current club: Barcelona Potential price: Free
49. Fabian Frei (CM)
Current club: Basel Potential price: $6 million
Signed through 2017 at Basel, but he impressed in Champions League matches against Liverpool and he himself claimed LFC may be interested, even though he also said he is “skeptical” of winter transfers in general.
48. Marko Vejinovic (CM)
Current club: Vitesse Arnhem Potential price: $8 million
47. Fabian Delph (CM)
Current club: Aston Villa Potential price: $4.5 million
46. Peter Crouch (ST)
Current club: Stoke City Potential price: $2 million
West Brom and former Crouch boss Tony Pulis wants to sign his favorite long-ball target, but it seems odd as to why Crouch would accept a lateral move (at best) when he’s got a good thing going at Stoke. Unless West Brom pony up the cash, it seems this one is just for the papers. And would management want to pay for a 33-year-old? Crouch is out of contract at the end of the season, but in talks for a new one.
45. Cheick Tiote (DCM)
Current club: Newcastle Potential price: $17 million
44. Danny Ings (ST)
Current club: Burnley Potential price: $7 million
43. Virgil van Djik (CB)
Current club: Celtic Potential price: $12 million
42. Jozy Altidore (ST)
Current club: Sunderland Potential price: $3 million
It’s been U-G-L-Y for Jozy in the Premier League, and it seems like that could come to a merciful end this month. He could benefit from Liverpool’s striker emergency, with Altidore rumored to be a replacement for Divock Origi at Lille if the Belgian youngster does end his loan and come back to LFC. He sure isn’t playing at Sunderland, so a move would be a positive for him, especially out of England.
41. Andrej Kramaric (ST)
Current club: Dinamo Zagreb Potential price: $14 million
40. Jay Rodriguez (LW)
Current club: Southampton Potential price: $22 million
39. Jermain Defoe (ST)
Current club: Toronto FC Potential price: $7 million
Defoe has flown out to London, and while it’s been a complete mystery who’s interested and who’s not, Defoe is very likely to leave MLS for a return to England. He could price a few teams out with wage demands, but he will likely move. Another sticking point for some teams could be loan vs transfer. Toronto wants to sell, while few teams are interested in anything more than a loan this window.
38. Seamus Coleman (RB)
Current club: Everton Potential price: $15 million
37. Mauro Icardi (ST)
Current club: Inter Milan Potential price: $30 million
36. Marek Hamsik (CM)
Current club: Napoli Potential price: $30 million
Hamsik has seriously regressed from his near-world-class form two years ago (82% passing this season, yuck), but he remains a quality chance creator who may just need a change of scenery. However, with news that Hamsik is “happy” at Napoli, it’s unlikely he moves in January. Can Rafa Benitez get Hamsik back to his best, or will he have to leave to attain a return to form?
35. Bruno Martins Indi (CB)
Current club: Porto Potential price: $10 million
34. Mesut Ozil (CAM)
Current club: Arsenal Potential price: $48 million
33. Fabio Coentrao (LB)
Current club: Real Madrid Potential price: $22 million
32. Kevin Mirallas (RW)
Current club: Everton Potential price: $17 million
With Everton mightily, could Kevin Mirallas become an all-time traitor and move across town to Liverpool? Reports at the beginning of December said Liverpool made contact with the lightning rod’s agent, but things have gone quiet since. Roberto Martinez also vehemently denied any potential sale, but we all saw how that worked out for Wenger and Podolski…
31. Winston Reid (CB)
Current club: West Ham Potential price: $7 million
The New Zealand captain is a favorite to sign for Arsenal, and while Reid is one of the main reasons why West Ham is near the top of the table, Sam Allardyce has reportedly said he wants to be rid of the 26-year-old. He’s out of contract at the end of the year, and Allardyce did say he’s rejected a lucrative new deal.
30. Christoph Kramer (CB)
Current club: Borussia Monchengladbach Potential price: $14 million
29. Guillermo Ochoa (GK)
Current club: Malaga Potential price: $4.5 million
28. Karim Benzema (ST)
Current club: Real Madrid Potential price: $45 million
Karim’s in the rumor mill every year, so he has to get a mention, but he’s nice and low on the list because – while he’s supremely talented and would be a program talisman if signed – he’s not going anywhere.
27. Saido Berahino (ST)
Current club: West Brom Potential price: $30 million
26. Thiago Motta (DCM)
Current club: PSG Potential price: $10 million
With his agent claiming he could leave if unwanted, reports that the Brazilian is unhappy with management have been set alight. Although, the 32-year-old’s agent also claimed “he’s not just another old player” soooo……(spoiler alert, he won’t be the only PSG player on this list when it’s all revealed).