Clubs unlikely to splash cash in transfer window
When European football’s January transfer window opens for
business on Wednesday, the market is expected to have a slow
In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads
after spending nearly $1 billion in the offseason. And although
English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January,
Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads
with new strikers.
Chasing their first league title in 10 years, the Gunners are
reportedly looking for a forward to add to France international
Olivier Giroud, who ended a seven-match scoring drought with the
winner at Newcastle on Sunday, ensuring that his club starts 2014
at the top.
Although Giroud said Arsenal has sufficient attacking options
for the remainder of the season with himself, Lukas Podolski and
Theo Walcott, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted he could be
tempted to sign a couple of new players.
After failing to lure Luis Suarez, Wenger won’t bid again for
the Uruguay striker, who signed a new deal with Liverpool this
”We are, as many clubs, certainly on alert. If something
special turns up, we will not turn it down,” Wenger said. ”But we
are not as well desperate because we have a big depth in our
Lagging two points behind Arsenal in the standings, Chelsea
could also be looking for extra firepower after Samuel Eto’o, Demba
Ba and Fernando Torres scored only six goals between them in the
league so far this season.
With Ba, Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne possibly leaving, British
media reported that Chelsea and Liverpool have held discussions
about the possible arrival of Suarez at Stamford Bridge that could
make up for Jose Mourinho’s failure to sign Manchester United
striker Wayne Rooney in the offseason.
While a Suarez move to Chelsea looks highly unlikely, Monaco
forward Radamel Falcao is a more realistic target for Mourinho,
with the Colombian reportedly unhappy in the French league. Xabi
Alonso has also been linked with a move to the Blues.
After a shaky start to the season, defending champion Manchester
United has managed to limit the damages with four consecutive wins
and trails Arsenal by eight points going into the new year.
David Moyes has not been able to replace Paul Scholes and is in
need of a creative midfielder. The Red Devils manager could make a
50 million pound ($82 million) offer for Everton marvel Ross
Avoiding the drop to the second-tier League Championship is
crucial, with topflight teams boosted by increased revenues. And
last-place Sunderland will beef up its defense with Marcos Alonso,
who will join from Fiorentina until the end of the season.
”Marcos is a player that I have known well for a very long
time,” Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said. ”He was desperate to
come and play for Sunderland and he is a player I am excited to
Staying among the elite is also vital for West Ham. The London
club is languishing in 19th place after scoring only 18 goals in 19
matches and signed 18-year-old striker Jaanai Gordon from
Everything looks relatively quiet in Spain, too. Barcelona seems
more concerned with getting Lionel Messi healthy again for the
second half of the season, and will probably be more than content
to have its star forward playing at full speed again.
The only possible big move would be Barcelona signing a
replacement for goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has said he will
leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the
Atletico Madrid is reportedly reinforcing its title challenge by
bringing in midfielder Jose Sosa from Metalist.
In Germany, Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is
expected to confirm in the coming days that he will be leaving for
Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while AC Milan has already
announced the arrivals of Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda.
In France, winger Jeremy Menez is lacking playing time at Paris
Saint-Germain and has been linked with a move to Juventus to boost
his chances of making the trip to the World Cup in Brazil, and
Bastia signed former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse on an 18-month
AP Sports Writer Steve Douglas in Manchester and Associated
Press writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona contributed to this