Ahead of the January transfer window, Sport360 is running a series of features on the players across European football’s top leagues which look at the players who may be on the move this winter.
This time around, it’s La Liga, with the futures of Real Madrid star Isco, Jese Rodriguez and Nolito all up for debate.
– Premier League: January transfer window watch
Clubs Interested: Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal
There could be several players departing Real Madrid as part of a squad reshuffle, and the most high profile name of them all could be Isco. Out of favour with Rafael Benitez, the young Spaniard has failed to build on progression made under Carlo Ancelotti, and with Euro 2016 around the corner there is little room for error. Isco needs to be playing regularly as the fulcrum of a team’s attack, blessing us with his high level of technical ability and in-game vision.
Clubs Interested: Spurs, Newcastle
With Barcelona able to sign again in January, there could well be new faces at Camp Nou. It means some will get pushed out, and Sandro Ramirez is a likely candidate. Sandro is able to play all across the front line, but is most destructive on the counter attack, playing through the middle or cutting in from wide areas. He would suit a team who plays on the break, given his pace and attitude in the penalty area make him a potent threat.
Clubs Interested: Arsenal, Liverpool
Jese’s exit from Real Madrid has been long mooted, and after failing to build a rapport with Rafael Benitez – including a refusal to play at full-back – the boy from the Canary Islands might view his future best away from the club. His good friend Gerard Deulofeu has blossomed in the Premier League, and there is no reason why Jese can’t follow suit. Equally as skilful, and with a better eye for goal, Jese could make a quick adaptation to the English game and offer a team some cut and thrust around the penalty area.
Clubs Interested: Barcelona, Arsenal
With talk of a move away from Celta Vigo fading recently, Nolito’s a name that remains on the lips of many scouts around the globe. An impressive goal haul, coupled with a great work ethic, has seen the reputation of the winger grow rapidly. No longer an unfamiliar name, he’s become one of La Liga’s stars away from the usual suspects. Quick, skilful and most importantly clinical in front of goal, Nolito could provide a major team with an immediate injection of quality. At 29 this could well be the last time he gets to secure that big move.
Clubs Interested: Fenerbahçe, Inter, Manchester United
The Algerian has been one of Valencia’s most impressive players on a consistent basis in recent seasons, improving each campaign and offering the team much experience and ability. Individually he packs plenty of talent, but he’s also learned to be unselfish, and takes into account the team game. Feghouli has plenty of pace, can deliver a sweet cross, and is also able to provide goals. With his contract up in the summer, Feghouli could well be a steal for a top club. Interest continues to grow and Valencia’s hopes of keeping him dwindle at the same time.
Clubs Interested: Napoli, Manchester United, Chelsea
A major star for Valencia last season, the Portuguese man has failed to get going this campaign. Injuries have played a significant part in this, as has the uncertainty and poor form at the club in general. The failure to get Andre Gomes involved on a regular basis has been a major factor behind such a mediocre season for Valencia, and losing him altogether would be a massive blow. It’s clear the 22-year-old is destined for the top, his energetic displays in midfield show that, and it’s no surprise to see the biggest names as suitors.
Clubs Interested: Watford, Bournemouth
The Cameroonian goalkeeper has been ever present at struggling Malaga this season, and his performances have caught the eye of some Premier League high-fliers. Kameni’s an agile, solid presence in goal, and rarely lets his team down. He’s seen off the challenge of highly rated Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa at Malaga, and cemented the number one spot for himself. However, in doing so he’s attracted attention and with a low release clause and Malaga’s financial situation continuing to worsen, the 31-year-old could be a fine back-up or starter for many of Europe’s clubs.
Clubs Interested: Arsenal, Liverpool
The main sensation of this current La Liga season, Lucas Perez is performing at an outstanding level since returning to the club he supported as a boy. He recently scored for the seventh consecutive game, and has been Spain’s own version of Jamie Vardy this season. With 12 goals overall, he’s riding high with some of the big names in La Liga, and even aside from the numbers he’s been outstanding. Lucas plays with his heart on his sleeve, chasing down every lost cause, and throwing himself into defensive work too. Could he be prised away his beloved Depor though?
Clubs Interested: Valencia, Villarreal, Liverpool
The most high profile moment of Denis Cheryshev’s season has undoubtedly been his involvement in the now infamous exclusion of Real Madrid from the Copa Del Rey. That really does say it all about the talented Russian, who has been handed few chances at the club this season. At one point it did look like he could grow into an important squad player, but Cheryshev is clearly short on the quality required to succeed in the capital. A move away to a club with less pressure, and a less intense glare, could well be ideal. Another quick customer, he can create and score goals, while also showing nous in defensive situations.
Clubs Interested: Stoke, Newcastle, Spurs
There is always an under the radar player teams should be watching in La Liga, and Victor Camarasa fits the bill. Far from the build of the Spanish midfielder we have become used to – slight, technical – the Levante man packs an altogether different punch. He’s 1.82m and brings a physical, powerful presence to midfield. A box-to-box player in a way, he can also play just off the frontline too. While his physical appearance does have its advantages, Camarasa is still talented enough on the ball and can find a pass when required. He might well be the most interesting name on this list, and one an ambitious team in major leagues should not ignore.
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– Premier League: January transfer window watch
XHERDAN SHAQIRI (Stoke City) – 8.19
Shaqiri was instrumental in Stoke City’s 4-3 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Monday. He opened the scoring after just 17 minutes, converting a cleverly weighed pass from striker Marko Arnautovic.
His second goal though was a truly exquisite strike. Bojan came bounding through the middle and delivered a delicate pass over the top. The ball was still running down the right flank as Shaqiri swept a glorious right footed effort over the stranded head of Tim Howard and into the Everton net.
ROMELU LUKAKU (Everton) – 8.14
Despite finishing on the losing team, Romelu Lukaku was formidable for Everton against Stoke City. The Toffees twice came before behind, with the Belgian international demonstrating why he’s one of the most in-form players in the league scoring his 17th and 18th goals of the campaign.
His first goal was the pick of the bunch. Collecting possession on the left, he sent Ross Barkley into space and continued his run. Barkley weaved a pass to James McCarthy, who played Lukaku in from ten metres to score.
ROBERT HUTH (Leicester) – 7.85
Bossed the game well from defence and made significant interventions to prevent Manchester City from getting the killer breakthrough. At times he was caught out by Raheem Sterling’s pace but overall, he proved to be a powerhouse for the Foxes.
MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (Stoke City) – 7.65
Sealed Stoke City’s latest victory with a 90th minute penalty having been taken down by Everton substitute Joselu. The penalty itself was magnificent as he smashed the ball straight down the middle of Tim Howard’s goal to make it 4-3.
Besides producing the final drama of this match, Arnautovic was involved in Shaqiri’s first goal as he played a neat one-two with Bojan before sending the Swiss star in from close range.
DARREN FLETCHER (West Brom) – 7.62
The Scottish star proved to be the hero in West Brom’s stunning 1-0 win against Newcastle at The Hawthorns with a goal 12 minutes from time. Despite the dour opening to this fixture, Fletcher looked at all times enthusiastic and led his team effectively from middle.
With the game edging towards a dull 0-0 draw, Fletcher rose unmarked to score after 78 minutes and hand his side the much-needed three points.