12The month of January often results in a considerable influx of activity during the January transfer window which provides managers with the opportunity to improve their squad towards achieving their respective goals. Bringing in new faces could make the difference between success and failure, with clubs who are able to bring in top quality players often seeing their odds of success with Betway improving almost instantly. However, managers always have to be aware of falling into the trap of panic buys that often backfire dramatically and prove extremely costly in terms of transfer fee and league position.
Gaining value for money is a difficult commodity in the modern day transfer market when valuations are invariably over-inflated in an effort to fend off any interest, but although this season’s surprise package Angers, Monaco and Saint-Ettiene have already been busy this month, it remains to be seen how much money will be spent across Ligue 1.
There is every possibility that the most activity could be generated through players leaving the French top-flight, with any opportunity to move to the English Premier League one that star names find difficult to turn down. The rumour mill has already linked several players with a move to England, and while football betting markets have provided their own odds on who they believe will move where, the transfer window presents an opportunity for players who want first-team football or a new challenge to change scenery.
Much was expected of Ezequiel Lavezzi following his big-money money from Napoli in 2012 as the new Paris Saint-Germain began to take shape under their new Qatari owners, but the 30-year-old has endured an unhappy time in France. Limited first-team appearances, combined with being in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has left Lavezzi considering his future in the French capital, with a number of clubs looking to securing his services this month.
A return to Serie A with Inter Milan may be on the cards, but rumours have emerged of strong interest from Chelsea who are looking for reinforcements in attack to salvage a campaign in which almost everything has gone wrong. Moving to Stamford Bridge would present a new challenge in Lavezzi’s career, but although Laurent Blanc would like to retain his fantastic work ethic and ability on the ball, it may be best for all parties if the Argentine star departs for pastures new.
Leaving a team who continue to dominate Ligue 1 and appear set for yet another league title would be considered foolish, but not for Salvatore Sirigu who has seen Kevin Trapp replace him as PSG’s number one. The Italian international has stated that he would find it hard to leave the club, but with Euro 2016 fast approaching, Sirigu’s lack of first-team football is unlikely to help his chances of being selected.
He has no shortage of potential suitors from the Premier League, with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Liverpool to name just three clubs who have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old. All three could benefit from signing a goalkeeper of Sirigu’s quality, and while Betway stands out from all of these football betting markets as the best place for value on the first two to be relegated, their odds would significant improve if they were able to bring Sirigu to the Premier League.
It would seem unthinkable that any club, whether they are in Ligue 1 or elsewhere, would be willing to part with their captain, but it appears that the relationship between Lamine Sane and Bordeaux have soured. Rumours suggest that the 28-year-old has fallen out with Willy Sagnol to the point where his future at the Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique has been shrouded in considerable doubt, with Aston Villa waiting in the wings to swoop via a loan deal.
Former Lyon manager Remi Garde will hope that Sane’s impending arrival will be the first of many as he tries to salvage their fading Premier League hopes, and while the latest football betting odds suggest that very few expect to see them playing top-flight football next season, signing a strong centre-back with leadership qualities could be the start of their revival.