Jonjo On the Move: Winter 2016 Transfer Roundup

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Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates for Swansea

This might be one of the most shocking moves of the entire window. Shelvey had become a mainstay at Swansea, a key cog in the team’s successes. After a few run-ins with management and fans, he was shipped to Newcastle for a fee of 12 million pounds. That is a profit of 7 million pounds from the 5 million the club originally paid for Shelvey. Nicknamed Voldemort for his bald head, he will hopefully be the savior in Newcastle’s story, who are hoping to stave off relegation.

Brad Davis

The St. Louis native wanted to be closer to home, and the Houston Dynamo obliged, sending the midfielder to Sporting KC. The 34-year-old is nearing the end of his career, but still has the quality to churn out some performances in the MLS. He played for the US at the 2014 World Cup, getting a start against Germany in the group stage. Sporting KC gave up 2 draft picks for the midfielder.

Henri Saivet

Newcastle have really been buyers during this window, and Saivet is the latest signing. The Senegal international was the youngest professional player in the history of the club for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. Now 25, the winger is making the jump to the Premier League, with Newcastle paying 5 million pounds for his services. He will be relied upon to insert energy into the relegation battle.

Big Name Movers?

Mario Gotze

The German has been linked former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. He has been publicly disappointed in his playing time at Bayern Munich, and a move isn’t completely out of the question. Gotze is still very young and dynamic, but he might stick out this year and wait to see who the new manager for Bayern Munich will be.

Marouane Fellaini

The big Belgian might be looking to AC Milan for his future. Fellaini has struggled under Louis van Gaal, and never quite found his groove in a United shirt. His trademark afro might fit in well in Italy, where Milan are making a real resurgence. Milan have quite a few surplus midfielders, while this is strictly rumor for now.

Way Long Shots

Wayne Rooney

Speculation will always follow Rooney in regards to returning to Everton at some point. He has said he would like to go back, and every day that passes makes him a little bit older and less valuable. Any way you put it, it is extremely unlikely that Rooney will move this year. With that said, you can never count out a home club at any time.

Robert Lewandowski

Sure, the striker is still settling in at Bayern Munich, but there are rumblings that Lewandowski is bored. Bayern are dominating the Bundesliga, with a cast of stars that vastly surpasses anyone else in the league. It is easy to see why a player might want to seek out more exciting competition opportunities, but this is a WAAAYYYYY back burner rumor for now.

 

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About the author: Dominic Habjan

 

I am a contributor to SoccerPro’s blogs, and truly enjoy writing about the World’s Game. I support Sporting KC, US National Team, and Slovenian National Team. I follow the Premier League but don’t necessarily have a favorite club. I am an avid sports fan, but prefer college to professional leagues in every sport with exception to soccer. I love the Mizzou Tigers, KC Royals, and KC Chiefs. Outside sports I enjoy movies, music, and musical theatre.


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