The World Cup is over, the Premier League season is return imminently and the January transfer window is just over a week away from opening.
With that in mind we are analysing the most likely moves to take shape in the New Year.
It is still early days but we do have a good idea of exactly what some clubs are looking for and where they might turn.
So here’s a run down of five of the best big transfers to look out for…
Liverpool – Sofyan Amrabat
There is still some work to be done here but it is one we need to take somewhat seriously. We have not been expecting too much activity from Liverpool but a central midfielder is possible given the weaknesses they have suffered so far and Amrabat could make a great fix.
This is not a sudden interest based on his great World Cup with Morocco, either. Liverpool have admired him for a while. When they last enquired, it was understood to be about the possibility of a loan, but that is out of the question now with Fiorentina in a position where they could ask up to £40m for him.
Sources say the player would see the transfer as a no-brainer if it opens up but there is still a little work to be done.
Man Utd – Cody Gakpo
Yes, we have heard this one a few times before. But the player is already convinced of the idea of joining Manchester United and so we wait for the financial details to fall into place.
Gakpo has an understanding of Erik Ten Hag and what he is trying to achieve at United, where he has impressed with his coaching methods.
Sources close to this deal expect United to pay around £40million to PSV Eindhoven in order to complete a deal but we will have to see what their first move is—it is important not to low-ball with the opening offer.
Newcastle – James Maddison
The prospect of having Maddison on the right flank has slowly been turning from a dream to reality for Newcastle, who believe they can pull off this deal. In January it will not be easy but sources around it say it is not impossible.
The environment, the coaching set-up and the leverage of the team offer a very intriguing step if this can come through in the coming weeks. It’s dampened by the fact Brendan Rodgers would rather not lose him but, ultimately, an offer in the region of £60million would almost certainly get this going.
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In the meantime look out back-up as Newcastle continue to monitor Moussa Diaby, who they feel might be becoming fidgety at Bayer Leverkusen, and will check on him too while they wait on Maddison’s situation.
West Ham – Josip Juranovic
West Ham are searching for a new right-back as a means of priority and are checking on the availability of Juranovic in a bid to fix the problem. If he is genuinely up for grabs at under £10million then we should expect this one to progress as it is understood West Ham want good value or a loan for this position.
Juranovic is heading back to Celtic on the back of a great World Cup and while it is not yet certain he will be leaving, there has been plenty of hype around the fact he will be – even Barcelona have been linked.
Juranovic is definitely a name to look out for: Manchester United like him too and could make a move for him if Wan-Bissaka finally leaves.
If West Ham have to look elsewhere then other names to potentially explore are Ola Aina of Torino and Igor Vinicius of Sao Paulo.
Wolves – Matheus Cunha
Given he has already flown in to the country, this one could not be much closer. The deal will see him sign permanently in the summer for around £40million.
He’s going to add some new life to their attack and the inside line is that Wolves are excited about how their new Brazilian can generate energy within the set-up as they look for a goal flurry.
He won’t be the only new face coming though as Wolves have six signings in sight – including Wan-Bissaka.
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