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January Transfer Window: Who Goes Where? by nicestguy1: 4:35am On Jan 14
The January 2021 European Football transfer window is open again.

This is the time teams with deficiencies increase their odds of winning more matches by adding new players to the existing team before the season comes to an end in the summer months.

Let’s take a quick look at the top teams and their possible involvements in the transfer market. All transfers discussed are projections only.

Leo Duarte seems to be on his way out on loan to Turkish side (Istanbul Bakasheir) till the end of the season since Mateo Musacchio is not interested in a January exit and would rather wind down his contract till expiry in June. Odds of Milan exit: 6/10

Gianluigi Donnarumma is currently a hot bride to AC Milan and Chelsea FC as Milan is interested in renewing the 21-year old’s contract which comes as a blow to Chelsea who were hoping to snap the shot-stopper on a free transfer this summer as their faith in Edouard Mendy continues to dwindle every passing day. Odds of staying at Milan: 7/10


Kieran Tierney has caught the interest of Napoli as they aim to add him to their 2021/ 2022 season squad list. Hopefully, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are smart enough to keep him for longterm and not opt for cash on the short-term as he has impressed fans at the back and in attack so far this season. Odds of KT leaving: 1/10

Mesut Ozil is wanted by Fenerbahce and DC United urgently and he seems eager to leave Arsenal finally too. If the star playmaker does leave Arsenal during this window, he definitely will not be missed as he has not featured for the team this season and will enable Arsenal to spread payment of his remaining contract till 2023, thereby saving the team some dough. Odds of Ozil leaving Arsenal: 8/10.

Lucas Torreira’s lack of opportunity at Atletico Madrid might force Arsenal to recall him from there and loan him to Fiorentina where he might get more playing time. Nothing is certain right now regarding Lucas’ fate. Odds of joining Fiorentina: 5/10


Moussa Dembélé has asked to leave Lyon and Atlético Madrid seem to his next soccer destination. Atletico Madrid want him on loan till end of season with an option to purchase included if Atletico is satisfied. Dembélé is touted to be Diego Costa’s replacement and hopefully he fills those big boots. Odds of Dembélé joining Atletico Madrid: 6.5/10


Dayot Upamecano seems to be one of the defenders identified by Bayern Munchen to help resolve its recent multiple defensive issues. There is no surprise his name is being whispered at the Allianz Arena based on his current form. This desire might lead to a bidding war as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG are all interested in the solid central defender. DU moves to Bayern Munchen odds: 5/10


Julian Brandt seems to be on Arsenal FC’s radar though Borussia Dortmund claim they have not received an offer from Arsenal for the creative play maker yet. Arsenal are in need of a playmaker that can create opportunities and score goals too as Mesut Ozil’s exit seems imminent this year. Odds of JB joining Arsenal on loan or full transfer: 6/10


Gianluigi Donnarumma is Chelsea’s top transfer target but they will have to wait out their desire as AC Milan is currently considering retaining his services with a new contract. Odds of GD joining Chelsea this window: 5/10

Fikayo Tomori is set to go out on loan to aid his development as playing time has been hard to come by for the youngster at Stamford Bridge. Odds of transfer loan: 8/10


FC Barcelona are hoping they can find a replacement for Luiz Suarez who left for Atletico Madrid in September 2020 after Ronald Koeman stupidly thought he was excess to requirements. Hopefully, they can find a worthy replacement in a market that is dearth of quality strikers.

Emerson is PSG’s next right back target as he rounds up his current loan at Real Betis in the summer. Their current woes with that position will require a juicy offer even though the Catalans already have Sergino Dest available. Emerson joining PSG odds: 5/10.

Lionel Messi is believed to be considering remaining at Barcelona as he has clicked with Pedri in recent weeks to build a formidable attack that is of Barcelona’s standards. Let’s wait to see if anything happens by summer. Odds of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona this summer: 5/10.

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