Five players likely to leave in the January transfer window
The January Premier League window is officially open, and despite a nation-wide lockdown, teams up and down the land are likely to still do the odd bit of socially-distanced business this month.
And with such a crazy Premier League table upon us (just 10 points separate 1st from 12th) getting the right players in – and out – could make all the difference.
But which players might be involved? We’ve picked out five who may be on the move in the coming weeks…
Divock Origi – Liverpool
With the arrival and subsequent impact of Diogo Jota from Wolves, Divock Origi has been pushed back from Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Liverpool.
Though he remains a hero for his Champions League exploits against Barcelona in 2019, Origi has made just three Premier League appearances so far this term.
Serie A giants Inter Milan reportedly lead the chase, but with the San Siro outfit already boasting Romelu Lukaku and Lauro Martinez up front, would Origi be willing to play second-fiddle once again?
A number of Premier League clubs could make the 25-year-old their main man up front. Both Aston Villa and Newcastle are believed to have enquired about the Belgian international last summer, and may strike for a permanent or six-month loan deal in the next few weeks. Brighton have also been linked.
Demarai Gray – Leicester City
We’re not too sure what’s happened to Demarai Gray at Leicester this season, but the former Birmingham City hotshot has fallen right out of Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
With Marc Albrighton, Dennis Praet, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Ayoze Perez and Cengiz Under for competition, Gray has made just a single Premier League appearance this season, having racked up at least 21 games in each of the previous four campaigns.
Gray is only 24-years-old, out of contract this summer, and could prove a shrewd addition for any Premier League sides lacking some spark up front.
Southampton have been linked with the forward in recent days, while a continental move could be on the cards, with Benfica, Marseille and Monaco all reportedly keen.
Jesse Lingard – Manchester United
It looks like the writing might be on the wall for Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford. The Manchester United midfielder hasn’t made a single Premier League appearance for the Red Devils this season.
Indeed, the 28-year-old has played just 99 minutes of Carabao Cup football this term.
United have activated a contract extension for the midfielder, but they’re looking to offload a number of players, and it still seems likely Lingard will leave the Theatre of Dreams sooner rather than later.
Still a fine player on his day, Sheffield United have been touted as a potential destination, while West Ham have reportedly started talks about taking Lingard to the capital.
Dele Alli – Tottenham
After firing in 32 goals in his first two seasons at Tottenham, it’s taken Dele Alli another four seasons to score another 32.
It’s indicative of how things have faded for the forward in North London over the last couple of years. And things appear to have soured again for Alli under Jose Mourinho, with the 24-year-old making just four Premier League appearance this season.
While they remain in four competitions, and while they handle a number of injuries, Spurs may yet keep hold of Alli. But Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman, and should the right offer come in, it seems likely Spurs would listen. Alli is under contract until 2024, and is believed could bring Spurs a fee of at least £60m.
Paris Saint-Germain have bid for Alli in the past, and with ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino now the head coach in the French capital, speculation has risen again that Alli is set to swap London for Paris in the near future.
Diego Costa – Free Agent
Is Diego Costa heading back to the Premier League? A pantomime villain to some, but the Spaniard is a two-time title winner, thanks to his defender-scuffling exploits with Chelsea.
Costa has called time on his second spell at Atletico Madrid, leaving the club six months before his contract was due to expire. Still only 32-years-old, the striker should still have plenty left in the tank.
But where to? Arsenal have been linked, but the Gunners are looking to reduce a bloated wage bill, and have strikers aplenty in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
So how about Wolves? The Molineux outfit are missing Raul Jimenez’s presence up front, and the club are familiar with Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes. It’s also believed that Costa has turned down bids from Brazilian and Turkish clubs, are he plots a move back to the Premier League.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.