Top Five Players To Watch In January Transfer

The winter transfer market opens in Europe’s leading
leagues on Friday and Saturday. Here are five players to
look out for as compiled by AFP:


MARCO REUS
The 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker will be the most
watched player in the transfer market with media reports
putting Real Madrid ahead of Manchester United, Chelsea and
German rivals Bayern Munich in the race to lure him away.
Though he missed Germany’s World Cup-winning campaign
through injury, Reus’s goalscoring record from an attacking
midfield position — a goal nearly every two league games —
and Dortmund’s poor league form mean top European sides
have high hopes of signing him. Reus reportedly has a release
clause in his contract allowing a transfer for 25 million euros
($30 million). His German record 540,000-euro fine for
driving his Aston Martin without a licence has not put off
anyone.


WILLIAM CARVALHO
The 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder is
considered a top target for Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger who
has indicated he has money to spend. The Angolan-born
player featured in Portugal’s World Cup campaign but it is his
form in the Portuguese league and in the Champions League
that have made the physically imposing Carvalho such a
bright hope for Portugal. Expect a fee above 25 million euros
($30 million).


EDINSON CAVANI
Arsenal also have been linked with the 27-year-old Uruguayan
striker, who has never looked at ease in France since joining
Paris Saint-Germain 18 months ago. He has scored 23 goals in
48 Ligue 1 appearances but was rated as the worst striker in
the division in the first half of this season by sports daily
L’Equipe. Perhaps not helped by off-field issues, including a
divorce, Cavani has not justified the reported 64 million
euros ($77.5 million) PSG paid to Napoli for him. However,
they will be looking for around 50 million euros to let him go.
Edinson Cavani


MARTIN ODEGAARD
The 16-year-old Norwegian attacking midfielder is the
precocious talent of European football and has been to
Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and
other top clubs in recent weeks. Real Madrid, Arsenal and
Liverpool are also reportedly in the chase for the
Stromsgodset player who had a spectacular 2014, becoming
the country’s youngest international when just 15 years and
253 days old. Odegaard has become known for his
acceleration into the penalty area and his incisive passes. “He’s
an absolutely exceptional talent for his age,” according to
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Wilfried Bony of Swansea.


WILFRIED BONY
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has emerged as one
of the most wanted strikers in the English league and
Manchester City and Chelsea are both said to be ready to
spend in the region of £30 million for the powerful and
prolific striker. Even Real Madrid have been linked, but
Swansea say they have not received any offers and Bony’s
participation in the Africa Cup of Nations could deter a move
in January.