With Christmas on the horizon, one of the most exciting times for football fans is right around the corner, the January transfer window! the chance for teams to strengthen, possibly for a late cup run, title challenge or stave off relegation, is always full of excitement and made up headlines, linking some of the worlds best players to your team.

Some of the silliest, most exciting and most shocking rumours are bunting around the internet right now, such as Christian Eriksen to West Ham, after falling out of favour with Antonio Conte at Inter. These sort of rumours, usually made up for clicks and reads by journalists, still get fans excited, but are usually baseless.

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 26: Christian Eriksen, having recently been the subject of rumour, of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 26, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

However, if a journalist has done enough research, or has a source inside a club. Some of the transfer rumours are sometimes made so well that clubs have already identified that player as a target, and the writer has decided that they would make a good fit for the club they are linking them to.

Recently, a headline linking Erling Haaland to Manchester City has been doing the rounds on twitter, but realistically every big team in the world wants the Golden boy winner at current. But, rumours linking players like Darwin Nunez from Benfica to the Citizens have much more potential to be based in facts and adequate research.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – OCTOBER 03: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Sport-Club Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park on October 03, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. A limited number of fans have been allowed into the stadium as COVID-19 precautions ease in Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Then we have fan based rumours, where fans of a club would love to see a player at their club, so begin to link that player, as could be the case in a sensational move for Lionel Messi by PSG, which aided by interviews and the Cash-rich Parisians, has picked up momentum in recent weeks, and would see Messi link back up with Neymar, which excites all football fans.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 10: Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar Jr. of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou stadium on September 10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Usually, the biggest deals are left until summer, but occasionally huge deals are struck in January, such as was the case with Phillipe Coutinho a couple of years ago. Clubs don’t usually spend big in winter, but perhaps we could see some major deals struck, with this year being so unpredictable.

In grassroots football, transfer rumours are non-existent, but the quality is still there! if you would like to keep up to date, why not check out our twitter for updates, or our YouTube for regular videos in the grassroots scene! be sure to let us know of any transfer rumours you have seen, no matter how silly or ridiculous they sound!

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By Sam Hutchison

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