TUE 5th JAN - The New Year means a new transfer window, with Europe’s biggest clubs again able to recruit players as they go in search of glory in 2021.
While the reality of football economics in light of the coronavirus pandemic may dictate that January spending isn’t as ambitious as usual, but expect some deals involving Africa’s biggest players to be done over the coming month.
Here are five big stars who could be the subject of transfer interest—and potentially move clubs—before the window closes.
The Anglo-Ghanaian right-back only signed for Brighton & Hove Albion a year ago, after seeking regular playing time away from Chelsea, but he’s gone on to prove himself as one of the most exciting right-backs in the Premier League during that time.
Lamptey boasts the engine to have an influence up and down the right flank all contest, and unlike some of the league’s other full-backs, relishes one-on-one combat with a fleet-footed forward.
He’s been so impressive at Brighton, that some of Europe’s biggest clubs—including Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Sevilla—are understood to be monitoring his services.
While Brighton would be loath to lose him, they’d surely make a massive killing on a player recruited for approximately £3 million.
Another one of Brighton’s African players who’s been tipped for the exit door, Bissouma has grown into a competent Premier League midfielder during his time on the south coast.
He’s a talented all-rounder who may not be the most eye-catching contributor, but boasts an impressive physique and has impressed with his consistency for the Seagulls.
Linked with Manchester United in late 2020, the Mali international has also been linked with an unlikely switch to Real Madrid in the Spanish press.
After Eberechi Eze used Queens Park Rangers as a platform to reach the Premier League last term, could his compatriot Osayi-Samuel be set to do the same in 2021.
The 23-year-old has caught the eye this term—particularly on QPR’s right flank—where he has had a hand in five goals in 20 Championship games, having registered eight assists and scored five last season.
He’s out of contract this summer, and the vultures are circling.
Crystal Palace, in particular, have been tipped to return to Loftus Road to recruit the wideman, and they could be on the brink of snaring a bargain.
Jean Michael Seri
One player who appears set to be leaving London for good is Ivory Coast and Fulham midfielder Seri, whose career has derailed since he moved to England from OGC Nice.
Having spent last term on loan at Galatasaray, he’s failed to kick on upon his return to West London, and has been entirely overlooked by Scott Parker this season.
The playmaker desperately needs a move away from the club, and a return to Gala—who are understood to be prioritising his signature this January—appears to be on the cards.
Another star man who has fallen by the way side since arriving in England, Slimani wholly failed to replicate his Sporting Lisbon form while at Leicester City, but served a reminder of his class at AS Monaco on loan last term.
As a result, there’s interest from France, where Olympique Lyonnais are understood to be considering a move for the 32-year-old as they look to sustain their title challenge into the New Year.
However, with finances tight for almost all Ligue 1 sides following the domestic departure of broadcasters Mediapro, any move for Slimani may be contingent on OL’s ability to cash in on Memphis Depay.