The January transfer window may not be as long as the summer transfer window, but it has seen its fair share of big moves in the last few years, none bigger than Fernando Torres’ record-breaking deadline day move from Liverpool to rivals Chelsea. Here’s a look at some of the most persistent transfer rumors that won’t happen this January.
5. Iker Casillas to Manchester City/Arsenal
The Real Madrid skipper has been frozen out of the starting eleven by manager Carlo Ancelotti, and has made his appearances only in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. With the World Cup coming up in six months’ time, Casillas may miss out on a starting berth for the national team if he continues to sit on the bench any more, fuelling rumors of a January exit to one of the Premier League teams.
Joe Hart had been dropped in favor of Costel Pantilimon, and the press started linking the Spaniard with a move to the Etihad stadium to replace Hart, or to the Emirates to provide a world class keeping option to Arsenal’s title challenge. However, with Madrid challengeing on all three fronts this season, Casillas will get sufficient games at the Bernabeu to keep his place in the Spanish starting eleven safe, and the same has been hinted by the Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar.