If ever there was an argument against the recession, it’s the January transfer window.
In 2011, a total of £225 million was spent – the most since the window was introduced during the 2002-03 season. Last year’s window saw a new British transfer record when Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for an eye-watering £50 million. Here, David Walker, of http://www.freebetsite.com, looks at potential bank-busting transfers in the Premier League to light up a cold, wet January.
The Gunners are pushing hard for a top four finish but have undoubtedly relied upon Robin van Persie for the past calendar year. He scored 35 goals in 2011, one short of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record, but the flying Dutchman needs help up front. Club legend Thierry Henry is set to return to the Emirates Stadium on loan from New York Red Bulls, where arguably he hasn’t uprooted any trees during his 18 month spell in MLS.
Slightly more ambitious targets are young Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze and the much-courted Eden Hazard of Lille but a move for Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson could be more realistic. Cologne striker Lukas Podolski and Schalke’s Klass-Jan Huntelaar has also been linked with a switch to the Premier League.
Arsenal have seen their defence decimated by injury, so much so, even the much-maligned Sebastien Squillaci managed some game time during the club’s recent 2-1 defeat at Fulham. Indeed, times have gotten so desperate in North London, Wayne Bridge has been linked with a loan move. The full back has been out in the cold at Manchester City this season and most of the last campaign too.