Seven Players Set To Create Buzz in the January Transfer Window

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Seven Players On The Transfer Rumor Mill

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The January transfer window is quickly approaching, and once it arrives at the beginning of next year the usual buzz regarding the moves of top players will occupy headlines all over the world.

This year things won’t be any different, and with the addition of having the upcoming World Cup approaching faster and faster there’s a lot of movement to be expected in terms of transfers, loan and even short deals. Some top players will look for a change of scenery to get back to their top form while some others could look to join another side chasing more minutes to book a place in their National Teams for Brazil 2014.

While the big teams like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG aren’t expected to be major players in the January transfer window, they could end up taking part in the negotiations as well if a quality player is available at the right price. The landscape of Europe’s top leagues could change drastically from January to February, and it all depends on the ability of the teams to negotiate.

This upcoming month, several strikers and midfielders – mostly – are expected to change teams. There are seven players who have already generated a lot of buzz whose names are expected to be heavily mentioned in transfer talks as things start to heat up in terms of negotiations.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check seven different players who will surely generate a lot of noise in the upcoming transfer period.

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Ross Barkley - Everton FC

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The Everton midfielder is a target for some of the most important teams in the world including Chelsea, Manchester United and even Real Madrid. His team has already said they aren’t looking to cash in on him, but if a big offer comes they might be forced to move him.

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Mohamed Salah - FC Basel

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The Egyptian midfielder is the heart and soul of FC Basel, a team that has been generating some buzz around Europe in recent years. Salah got worldwide attention after some impressive displays in the UEFA Champions League this season, and he could be on the move this January since lots of important teams are reportedly after his services.

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Angel Di Maria - Real Madrid

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Real Madrid’s winger lost his place as a starter for Los Blancos after the arrival of Gareth Bale, and with the World Cup getting closer and closer the former Benfica star could decide to play somewhere else to gain consistent minutes until the end of the year. Di Maria already said he’s not looking to leave, but that might be the best thing for his future right now.

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Robert Lewandowski - Dortmund

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The Poland international was at the center of the rumors this past summer with a reported move to Bayern Munich in the cards, but in the end he stayed with Borussia Dortmund. With only six months left on his contract, no deal has been worked out to extend him so his name should be even hotter now that his tenure with the current UEFA Champions League runners-up is quickly reaching an end.

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Pedro - Barcelona

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Barcelona’s winger has been able to produce this season – he even scored a hat-trick the last week – but his name has been on the radar of several teams since he’s losing space in Barcelona’s starting lineup. With Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi and Neymar penciled as the starters, Pedro could look to move elsewhere in search of minutes before the World Cup. He has drawn huge interest from the Premier League already.

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Fredy Guarin - Inter Milan

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Inter Milan’s midfielder is a reported target for both Chelsea and Manchester United. With the Colombian looking to leave the Serie A, it seems like it will only be a matter of time to see him in another league. He’s a proven competitor at the highest level, and he will surely have a lot of suitors if he’s made available officially.

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Jackson Martinez - FC Porto

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Another Colombian international looking to move elsewhere, Jackson Martinez wants to follow the same steps of his countryman Radamel Falcao who jumped from FC Porto to Atletico Madrid. Jackson has dominated the Portuguese league in recent years, and he has already proved he can take the next step. Now it’s a matter of time to see if Porto wants to part ways with him, but if he’s put on the transfer block plenty of teams are expected to chase him.