With the January transfer window ten days away from its conclusion, it promises to bring along with it some crazy stories and possibly some outlandish transfers.
We have already seen Philippe Coutinho swap the Nou Camp for Villa Park, and Kieran Trippier exiting the reigning La Liga champions for a relegation battle on Tyneside.
So, which players look ready for the exit door, and what surprise moves could we see before the 11pm deadline on January 31st?
One transfer that seems a safe bet - Ousmane Dembele leaving Barcelona.
He, much like Coutinho, has had a horrible time at the Nou Camp. Combine injuries with a lack of game time and it has been a recipe for disaster for the former Borussia Dortmund man.
Barcelona manager, Xavi, has already said: “Dembele is important but it’s a club decision and we all agree - I don’t think his absence has affected the team.”
The first team to consider for a move is Chelsea. The Blues have been heavily linked with the French forward and he is available at 6/1 to be a Chelsea player by the end of the transfer window.
This move would rekindle the relationship between Thomas Tuchel and Dembele that they had at Dortmund for one year. The Chelsea boss has already spoken fondly of his former players this week, he said: “I’ve no idea about his situation with Barca. He’s a very good player when he is in his top level.”
Besides Chelsea, Dembele is linked with a move to Newcastle (who isn’t this transfer window). There’s not much substance to this without Newcastle’s new found billions, but they are 5/1.
The never ending transfer saga of January has been Fiorentina superstar Dusan Vlahovic’s impending move. The Serbian frontman has scored 17 goals in 21 Serie A matches this season - he’s 21 years old.
So, unsurprisingly, the European giants have started to swarm around the Fiorentina man.
The first team linked to Vlahovic was Arsenal. Their current striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is heading for the exit door, and he recently got diagnosed with heart lesions. Therefore, the Gunners need a replacement. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah don’t appear to be the heir apparent, so Vlahovic is at 7/4 to join up with Mikel Arteta and co with Unibet.
Arsenal’s north London rivals are also interested in the 21-year-old’s signature. This one seems slightly less likely with Harry Kane back to his best, and Spurs seem to be more interested in Adama Traore. Vlahovic is 11/1 to make the move to the Lilywhites.
Vlahovic may be odds on to stay with Fiorentina at 2/5, but the odds on him moving to the Premier League seems tempting.
With all the stories that surround Manchester United, a repetitive one is Anthony Martial’s unhappiness. The French striker has had a few poor seasons by his standards, and that may come to an end in January.
Manchester United are still the favourites to retain him. With Unibet he is 2/5 to play out the season with the Red Devils, but after his recent conflict with manager Ralph Rangnick, the odds for a departure look tasty.
The best odds are a move to Juventus. The Italian giants are 4/1 with a few bookmakers to make Martial their striker this January, and this deal might hinge on Alvaro Morata heading out of Turin.
Other clubs with interesting odds are Newcastle (again) at 4/1 with Unibet, Sevilla at 5/1 also with Unibet, and Barcelona to add to the signing of Ferran Torres by getting Martial from the red side of Manchester at around 13/2 with a few bookmakers.