Let’s name a spade a spade: the 2024 January transfer window has been fairly rattling boring.
Apart from Tottenham – they’ve at the least signed Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin – high golf equipment round Europe have merely refused to do any form of enterprise that does not contain a younger participant coming back from mortgage after which occurring mortgage to a distinct membership for the remainder of the season.
So in a bid to spice issues up a bit heading into the ultimate week of the switch window, we at 90min have determined to attempt to want some signings into existence.
This is six transfers we need to see undergo earlier than the window shuts…
There’s clearly a superb participant in Rasmus Hojlund…deep down…someplace. The ex-Atalanta ahead has mainly the whole lot you possibly can need in a quantity 9, however Erik ten Hag was maybe asking a bit an excessive amount of of Hojlund when he determined to make him the membership’s one and solely centre ahead heading into the 2023/24 season.
That strain has not agreed with Hojlund and, as such, he is managed two Premier League objectives all season.
Enter 2022 Ballon d’Or recipient and five-time UEFA Champions League winner Karim Benzema.
Rumours have been swirling relating to Benzema’s potential mortgage availability this January – because of seeming remorse from becoming a member of Saudi Professional League outfit Al Ittihad – and in the event that they’re true, Manchester United must be first in line to signal the legendary ahead.
Benzema would supply United’s ahead line with star energy, ease the strain on the younger Hojlund, and his means to drop deep and hyperlink play might convey out one of the best in Marcus Rashford as soon as once more.
It is a switch that makes a lot sense.
Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate have struck up fairly a formidable partnership on the coronary heart of Liverpool’s defence this season, however outdoors of that first-choice pair, Jurgen Klopp does not have too many choices to name upon.
Apart from the vastly proficient Jarell Quansah and a Joe Gomez who’s extra repeatedly used as a full-back as of late, Klopp has little else with Joel Matip out with an ACL harm.
When going toe-to-toe with Manchester Metropolis for the Premier League, that merely is not sufficient.
With a view to bulk up the defensive choices, Klopp and co ought to in all probability flip to Goncalo Inacio this January. The 22-year-old has the bodily stature and capabilities on the ball to fill in for Van Dijk when wanted, and has the potential to go on and turn into an everyday when the Dutch star begins to wind down his profession.
“You possibly can by no means predict when is the appropriate time to maneuver elsewhere, however I believe it is apparent I need to play for a high membership. All people needs to play for a high membership that’s combating for titles. Whether or not it is this January that’s the proper time for a membership to return in and pay the appropriate cash, who is aware of?”
These are latest quotes from Ivan Toney – a person seemingly determined to depart Brentford as quickly as doable.
The striker lately returned to motion following a betting ban, and instantly acquired among the many objectives in his first recreation in eight months. Noticing that Toney hasn’t missed a beat throughout his prolonged lay-off, whereas additionally noticing his present strikers repeatedly ballooning the ball broad of the web throughout essential video games, Mikel Arteta must be contemplating making a transfer for the present Brentford star this January.
He is a dependable goalscorer within the Premier League, and that is in all probability the one factor Arteta’s crew is lacking proper now.
A participant signing a brand new contract at his present membership normally places speak of a switch to mattress, nevertheless it’s executed the other for Victor Osimhen.
The striker put pen to paper on a brand new deal which runs till 2026 at Napoli simply earlier than Christmas, however with a nine-figure launch clause in it, the truth that the Serie A champions have been totally rancid this season, and Osimhen persevering with to debate a future transfer to the Premier League, it’s extremely apparent that he is leaving very, very quickly.
Osimhen’s most blatant vacation spot is the free-spending striker-less (we refuse to depend Nicolas Jackson) Chelsea, who’ve been closely linked with the Nigerian star for fairly some time.
Simply think about it: a decade after leaving Barcelona, prodigal son Thiago Alcantara returns to his boyhood membership.
It is a good looking story, is not it?
And it is one we might prefer to see turn into a actuality this January, particularly when Barca are in dire want of midfield cowl following Gavi’s season-ending harm, Pedri’s hamstring changing into even much less reliable, and Oriol Romeu’s poor performances.
If* Thiago can keep match, he’d be a tidy mortgage addition for Xavi’s facet.
*We’re conscious of how massive an ‘if’ that is.
Look, Kylian Mbappe is sort of actually going to hitch Actual Madrid, so why not simply do it this January?
*Fixes glasses* “As a result of it does not make monetary sense to signal a participant for an enormous charge when he’ll be free in the summertime.”
Yeah, we all know that, nevertheless it’d be funner if Madrid went out and signed Mbappe throughout the subsequent week as a substitute. And that is, essentially, all that issues to soccer followers.
The ahead would additionally immediately make Los Blancos heavy, heavy favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this season too.