One eye is still on the transfer rumor mill as we prepare for the newest Premier League action.
England’s top flight clubs are anticipated to make some significant additions during the January transfer window in order to increase their chances of accomplishing their individual objectives this season.
Many have a good chance of placing among the top four and possibly challenging for the championship, and the Premier League still has plenty of time to take its customary detours. As the weeks pass, tales will undoubtedly wane and strengthen, but for now, take a look at some of the most recent connections on the transfer market and our thoughts on them.
Spurs are considering a winger loan move.
Despite his well-publicized summertime relocation to Saudi Arabia, Jota is already connected to a new team. The winger is not registered to play in the Pro League, hence he has been “frozen out” at Al-Ittihad and hasn’t appeared in a game since September.
Tottenham Hotspur are keeping an eye on Jota’s status and are interested in signing him when the January transfer market opens, but only on loan, claims Football Insider. Due to their time together at Celtic, Ange Postecoglou is well-versed in the Portuguese attacker, and the Spurs are said to “remain a huge fan” of him. Jota gave the Hoops 15 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season.
The 3 AM Verdict: Spurs are now dominating the Premier League and will undoubtedly stop at nothing to maintain this success. They can really take advantage of the January window to bring in any backup they might need if they can maintain their momentum and finish 2024 at the top of the table.
According to Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur is monitoring Jota’s situation and would like to buy him when the January transfer window opens, but only on a loan. Ange Postecoglou is familiar with the Portuguese attacker from their time together at Celtic, and the Spurs are rumored to “remain a huge fan” of him. Across all competitions last season, Jota contributed 12 assists and 15 goals for the Hoops.
The 3 AM Verdict: Spurs are currently winning the Premier League and will do whatever it takes to keep things that way. If they can keep up their momentum and finish 2024 at the top of the table, they can really take advantage of the January window to bring in any support they might need.
Newcastle makes a bid for Real Madrid
According to reports, Newcastle United has entered the competition to capture Sporting Lisbon’s Gonçalo Inácio, a hot transfer target. Fichajes claims that the Magpies have made an offer for the defender, who is also on Real Madrid’s winter shopping list, costing €70 million (£61 million).
Inacio has quickly established himself as one of the most impressive and sought-after defenders in Portuguese football. He won’t be an easy target to acquire though, especially with his current contract running until 2027. Newcastle are looking to add more defensive options to their squad, especially as they hope to continue the form that earned them Champions League football last season.
The 3AM Verdict: An injury to Sven Botman will have been a blow for Eddie Howe in an otherwise ageing central defence. Even Dan Burn (31) has been used in the middle of the backline despite naturally being a left-back. Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and Fabian Schär are all into the final year of their current contracts too, which will leave Newcastle with extremely limited options heading into the new season. Investing in a solid, young centre-back will be a very important signing for Newcastle and snapping up a Real Madrid target will make a huge statement too.
Liverpool star to leave next year
Thiago Alcantara is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of this season when his current terms expire, according to Football Insider. The midfielder has been linked to an exit for some time now, and Saudi Arabia even showed interest in him during the transfer window. The initial plan was reportedly to keep hold of him and let his contract run out, as the summer exodus meant the Reds needed all the options they could get in midfield.
However, injury has prevented Thiago from playing a single minute of football this season and he is not expected back until the new year. Liverpool have no intentions of offering the 32-year-old a new deal at the club.
The 3AM Verdict: Liverpool made the right decision not to cash in on Thiago during the summer. They will miss out on pocketing any money for him next year but as the midfielders continued to leave the club, Jurgen Klopp needed every man possible in that area. Thiago’s injury setbacks have been a huge blow for him though but in his absence, new boys Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch have been settling in nicely. Sadly, the team seems to have already evolved without him and an exit is probably the most beneficial outcome for all involved.