The January transfer window is wide open and rumours are flying all around. Our tipster has been looking at the odds and the rumours to see which ones are worth betting on as part of his free picks.
It’s the crazy season in the world of football, with agents, clubs and players on red alert until the transfer window slams shut on January 31st. Keeping an ear to the ground and an eye on the various transfer blogs is crucial for the punter too, just in case you beat the bookies to the punch with your soccer picks.
Lavezzi to Liverpool?
Brendan Rodgers’ striker crisis means Liverpool are never far from rumours linking them to strikers all over Europe. Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have scored one Premier League goal between them and Daniel Sturridge has only played three games because of injury.
PSG’s Argentinian striker Ezequiel Lavezzi is rumoured to be surplus to requirements at the French club, with Nicolas Gaitan reportedly being lined up as his replacement.
The Reds are long-term admirers of the Argentine international, having lost out to PSG to sign him from Napoli in 2012. It’s a surprising admiration though because his goal-scoring record is hardly prolific. He has never reached double figures in a domestic league season and, at the age of 29, it may be the style is better than the substance.
However, Lavezzi could arrive at Anfield for £8m and at 11/4 to be on Merseyside following the transfer window, I’d be happy to play at that price.
Mats Hummels to Manchester United?
Rumours were growing stronger that German World Cup winning defender Mats Hummels could be heading to England following a torrid first half of the season for Borussia Dortmund, but the flames are being dampened by the day.
He is 3/1 to be at Old Trafford, but his latest comments appear to make the 1/4 that he stays with Jurgen Klopp ‘buying money’: “I am not really known as a globetrotter," Hummels said. "I have been with two clubs in 26 years. Loyalty is important to me. The only thing I am concerned with right now is to play better than in the first half of the season. I was not satisfied at all with myself as one can imagine.
“I have never said I will stay until 2024 or 2030 or whenever… but I have stayed until today. I will stick to my way of not promising anything and maybe leave someday, instead of saying I will stay forever and then leave all of a sudden.”
Paul Pogba to the Premier League?
One of the world’s most sought after young footballers has sparked another set of rumours that he may be about to leave Juventus.
Paul has told 4-4-2 magazine he still "loves" Manchester United and with the likes of Chelsea, PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid among the big-money admirers of the Frenchman, some think a £77m bid from Louis van Gaal could be tabled to spark a bidding war.
His agent Mino Raiola is, not surprisingly, happy to field questions: "We are happy with Juve, we have extended the contract, it's all fine, but whether this season or the next, when the right moment comes to leave, we'll take it."
Jose Mourinho is the favourite to land him in this window at 5/2, with PSG 6/1, Man City 9/1 and United 10/1. Given his ‘love’ for the club, that double figure price looks tempting, but I’d be more cautious and look at the “next club” market. The Old Trafford outfit are still 8/1 in that list, so are worth a play in my opinion.