- The 2023 January Transfer window is expected to close on January 31
- A lot of transfers have taken place across the month, and more are expected to take place before the deadline
- SportsLeo looks at players who are expected to move before the deadline day
The January transfer window hasn’t quite closed yet, but the cogs are being greased, and ears in the neighbourhood are prepared.
However, as January 31 draws closer, players from teams throughout the continent find that they no longer have time for winter musings. Agents scattered over Europe will have phones vibrating in their breast pockets as the number of deals frantically increases as the deadline approaches.
Here are several players who haven’t signed contracts yet but may wear other colors in the start of February.
David Raya – Brentford
Before the Bees ever made it to the top division, there was a lot of transfer rumor surrounding Brentford’s starting goalkeeper, with Arsenal allegedly interested in the Spain international.
The number of suitors increased after the team posted an exceptional save percentage of 77% over 18 months in the top division. Although some of Europe’s top teams are vying for Raya’s services, 90min recently reported that Brentford are confident in locking down Raya to a new contract. However, the keeper’s head may yet turn.
Clubs linked: Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham
Moses Caicedo – Brighton
Brighton may have shunned Moises Caicedo for the remainder of the transfer window, but Chelsea and Arsenal still have him on their wish lists.
Caicedo used social media to push for a deal from his side of the door following eye-watering bids from the two London sides, which are anticipated to rise above the current watermark of £60m. However, as Brighton digs its collective heels in, negotiations seem to be stuck.
Clubs linked: Arsenal, Chelsea.
Enzo Fernandez – Benfica
When Benfica manager Roger Schmidt criticized Chelsea’s “disrespectful” attempts to entice Enzo Fernandez to London, any deal for the World Cup winner appeared to be dead in the water.
Nevertheless, there was never any radio silence between the player and Chelsea, according to 90min. Benfica openly demands that the Blues pay Fernandez’s £106 million release clause, but Todd Boehly and company are free to continue their spending binge without doing so.
Clubs linked: Chelsea.
Dusan Vlahovic – Juventus
Just one year ago, Juventus paid over €80 million for Dusan Vlahovic, the in-form frontman for Fiorentina. However, Juve are apparently willing to let the 23-year-old go after just 36 games, 16 goals, and severe financial difficulties.
Manchester United is the front-runner in the race to sign Vlahovic, but they might fail this month. The short-term solution for a centre-forward is Wout Weghort’s loan agreement, and Vlahovic hasn’t played for Juventus since October due to a number of injuries.
Clubs linked: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal.
Tariq Lamptey – Brighton
Tariq Lamptey, a player for Brighton, has made one less Premier League starts this year (one) than Enock Mwepu, a player who gave up football in October (two).
Lamptey is apparently interested in a trip to Europe because he has limited game experience, and there isn’t much to imply an abundance of opportunities in the near future. In this transfer window, Lyon and Sporting CP both lost (or are about to lose) their top right-backs, which increased the desire for Lamptey’s quick feet.
Clubs linked: Sporting CP, Lyon.
Keylor Navas – PSG
Keylor Navas was starting for Paris Saint-Germain in the semifinals of the Champions League in May 2021. Four days later, Nottingham Forest suffered their 18th defeat of the campaign to finish 17th in the second division of English football.
Navas may be the goalkeeper at City Ground in 18 months after Forest unexpectedly started talking to the 36-year-old about a loan move. This surprising loan isn’t as odd as it may appear, given that Dean Henderson, Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper, may be out until March and that Navas is Gianluigi Donnarumma’s understudy in Paris.
Clubs linked: Nottingham Forest
Weston McKennie – Juventus
It’s not the first time that Juventus has had issues with transfer money. Although Weston McKennie’s services are expected to be secured by Leeds United, the specific terms of the purchase agreement are still unknown to 90min.
Whatever the agreement’s parameters, this winter should see an increase in the size of the growing American presence in Yorkshire.
Clubs linked: Leeds United