WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW SIGNINGS & SPECULATION

2023-01-13 · 3 min read · Premier League/Soccer
Mykhailo Mudryk – Arsenal, Raphael Leao – Manchester City and Jeremie Frimpong – Manchester United

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The Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 sides will all be massively busy once again looking for some gems to bolster their sides after seeing out half of their season.
However, this year's January transfer window may be more exciting than most. It comes straight off the back of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, so whoever has made an impression during the competition could secure a move to a top club.
Cristiano Ronaldo had his Manchester United contract terminated in November and has signed a £178 million-per-year deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr. Meanwhile, Liverpool has completed the signing of Netherlands international Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven in a deal which could rise to £45 million. And Chelsea has already signed four players this month including their loan deal for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix. Below are players and clubs to keep an eye on in January to bolster their squad for the final stretch of the season.
Mykhailo Mudryk – Arsenal
Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has been the talk of North London so far this January Window ahead of a potential move to Arsenal.
Arsenal has made a fresh bid for Mykhailo Mudryk worth £ 62 million plus add-ons, it's been reported. Direct talks with Shakhtar Donetsk have continued this week, according to Fabrizio Romano, who says the two sides are closing in on a deal. The winger has had an immense beginning to his breakout season, amassing 10 goals and providing a further 9 assists across all competitions.
Personal terms between Mykhaylo Mudryk and Arsenal have never been an issue, and it is reported that a contract is already agreed upon between the player and club should the move get to that stage. It is just a matter of ironing out the details between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • Probability – High
Raphael Leao – Manchester City
Leao, who featured five times at the World Cup for Portugal, was part of the AC Milan side that lifted the Serie A title last season. With his contract set to expire at the end of next season, reports suggest Milan are pushing hard to get the Portuguese forward tied down to a long-term deal – if not, he could be sold for £70m as per reports in Italy.
But it still might not be enough to keep Leao at San Siro. City’s Premier League rivals, Chelsea, were said to be interested in Leao during their summer spending spree but were eventually put off by the cost. Milan rejected an €80 million bid from the west Londoners, instead staying firm on Leao’s €150 million (£130 million) release-clause value.
  • Probability – Medium
Jeremie Frimpong – Manchester United
Manchester United‘s next right-back signing is most likely to be Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong as reports would suggest. Although far from done, this is one to keep an eye on as Man Utd may be able to pry the versatile fullback away from the German side in the next couple of weeks.
  • Probability – Low
Bukayo Saka - Manchester City
City is not afraid to change up their first-team squad and Bernardo Silva has openly admitted that his ambition is to ‘move to a new project’ if an appealing offer arrives. Saka, who is valued at around £100 million, has established himself as one of English football’s most promising talents over the last couple of campaigns. Despite the rumours, the Gunners are top of the table currently and would be foolish to let one of their best players walk to their rivals.
  • Probability – Extremely low
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