With the January Transfer Window reaching its climax, we take a look at potential deals we could see happen before the deadline. This is our Transfer Roundup:
Real Madrid and Manchester City prepared to battle it out for Paulo Dybala
4 UEFA Champions League starts. 5 UEFA Champions League goals. £90m fee. Los Blancos continue to monitor Paulo Dybala
January signings were previously unable to play in the Champions League, but now that has changed. This means that once a club reaches the knockout phases, they’re willing to spend the big bucks on a world-class talent that will propel them towards the final, held this year at Atlético Madrid’s magnificent Wanda Metropolitano. Dybala is certainly one of those world-class talents…
Whether a deal can be done in January, however, does remain in doubt, with the 25-year-old Argentinian perhaps preferring to see out this Champions League campaign alongside imperious world-beater Cristiano Ronaldo. Nevertheless, a summer deal is looking more and more likely and if anyone is to stop Florentino Pérez getting his man it will be Pep Guardiola…
The Spaniard has made it public that he has wanted ‘La Joya’ since his days at Bayern Munich and with City bearing significant financial muscle, it could no longer be the case that Real Madrid simply get who they want, simply because of Guardiola’s ethos. Will we see Paulo Dybala at the Etihad next season? Only time will tell.
West Ham interested in Danny Drinkwater
Premier League winner with Leicester, Manchester-born Danny Drinkwater must’ve been pinching himself when Chelsea offered £35m for his services, in the summer of 2017…
Two years later, Danny has not had the dream he imagined, playing only five-hundred minutes for the London side. Now, he wants out. In all honesty, there has been little interest from other top clubs. However, news began circling yesterday that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini had a potential interest in Chelsea’s number six.
Drinkwater is usually a box-to-box with an incredible engine, similar to that of current Hammers skipper Mark Noble, but perhaps with a cleaner strike on him. With his range of passing, he would certainly add quality to West Ham in the centre of the park, providing a fantastic out-ball to lightning-quick Felipe Anderson. At 28-years-old, Drinkwater is not even halfway into his five-year Chelsea contract, so a loan move would be more likely than a permanent switch.
We will keep you updated on any progressions in this deal but for now, nothing is concrete.
Dortmund target Zaha
With Christian Pulisic joining Chelsea for £60 million next season, the Dortmund hierarchy have targeted Wilfred Zaha as his replacement.
The American’s departure will leave the BVB squad missing a winger with blistering pace and the ability to beat defenders with ease. The Ivorian fits that criteria perfectly with a staggering 3.1 dribbles per game this season.
There have been question marks in the past over his end product, but now 26 years of age, the former Manchester United winger has improved his output in the final third with 28 goal contributions in his last two Premier League seasons.
Zaha has become a legend at Selhurst Park since his return from Old Trafford. With over 200 appearances in two spells with the Eagles and coming through their youth system, his loyalty to the Palace faithful is unquestioned.
Convincing him to move to the Westfalenstadion could prove to be difficult for Die Borussen, with both player negotiations as well as a hefty transfer fee (around £44m).
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