Prince-Boateng’s Move to Barcelona Adds to Unexpected Transfers
Barcelona completed the loan signing of former Portsmouth midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng from Italian club Sassuolo on Monday, in what is just one of a number of unexpected transfers and rumours to have materialised during the January transfer window. The Spanish giants were looking for cover for Luis Suarez, having sold both Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi over recent times. So, will there be more surprises to come before the transfer window closes? Let’s take a closer look at the some of the standout rumours.
Elsewhere, 38-year-old Ashley Cole reunited with former team mate Frank Lampard by securing his move to Championship side Derby County for the remainder of the season, with the former Arsenal and Chelsea man having been without a club following his departure from MLS club LA Galaxy. The full-back hasn’t played in England since 2014, however the Rams will undoubtedly be hoping that his experience can help them gain promotion to the Premier League come the end of the season. Bookmaker Ladbrokes offer odds of 10/3 for Lampard’s Derby to be in the Premier League next year.
Spurs Target Carroll after Kane Injury?
Andy Carroll is something of the forgotten man at West Ham, with the towering striker looking lightyears away from the form which led him to secure a big money move to Liverpool back in 2011. However, the former England international has been linked with a shock transfer to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur this week, with Spurs currently dealing with the news that Harry Kane will be absent until March due to injury. However, it is actually Newcastle who are the 4/1 favourites with SkyBet to sign Carroll during the January transfer window.
Other Potential Transfers
Elsewhere, Bristol City youngster Antoine Semenyo has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United, with the 19-year-old having impressed whilst on loan at League Two side Newport County this season. Despite having only ever made one first-team appearance for his parent club, the Premier League giants are both reportedly keeping tabs on the forward.
Meanwhile, despite also being interested in signing Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, German giants Bayern Munich are believed to be keen on Manchester City wonderkid Bayern Munich have Rabbi Matondo, who has a £10 million price tag.