The January transfer window is fast approaching and several high-profile clubs will be bidding to improve their squads by seeing who comes onto the market. A host of top stars will have just six months left on their current deals and can sign pre-contract agreements with rival teams in January. Rather than risk losing them on for free in the summer, their clubs may try to cash in on them so as to recoup a bit of cash to reinvest in their playing staff. Here are the top 10 players that could be on the move:
The cultured midfielder was plying his trade for PSG at the top of Ligue 1 not so long ago and now finds himself bottom of the Premiership with struggling Crystal Palace. Check an Intertops review for the most competitive odds and you will see that the Eagles are relegation favourites and Cabaye may decide to push for a move elsewhere.
The Brazilian is a rock at the heart of the Man City midfield and a key pillar in their title tilt, so it is remarkable to think the club have allowed him to enter the final year of his contract without tying him down to a new deal. Many leading teams would benefit from his steady presence in the middle of the park and Pep Guardiola may find vultures circling in January.
The Arsenal star’s career has been blighted by injuries, but when he is fit he is one of the most exciting midfielders around and has often lit up the England team. He has struggled to break into the Gunners’ first team this season and Real Betis are interested in taking him off their hands, but Wilshere could hold out for a move to somewhere more exciting.
Man Utd spent a fortune on the exciting young full-back a couple of years ago but injury curtailed his progress and now Jose Mourinho is unconvinced by him. Utd may try to offload him in January as – like everyone on this list – his contract expires in the summer and they could reasonably expect to recoup around £15 million for him in January.
Another Utd player out of contract this summer is Dutch utility man Blind. Like Shaw, Mourinho inherited him from a previous era and – while he get more game time than Shaw – he is not a regular in the side and may be another one shown the exit door in January.
Barkley came within a whisker of signing for Chelsea in the summer but backed out of the deal at the last minute. He has not featured for relegation-battling Everton and the Toffees are now well-stocked for players in his position, so they will be desperate to move him on.
The Spaniard can be a devastating attacking threat and is blessed with magnificent technique, but he has never quite been able to convince Mourinho of his ability. The Portuguese sold Mata while managing Chelsea, and may well do so again at Utd in January.
Utd could be in for a mass exodus soon as Herrera is another big name with just six months to run on his current deal. He was the fans’ player of the year last season, but has been ousted from the midfield by the arrival of Nemanja Matic and will find playing time limited going forwards, so it could be time for this energetic midfielder to move on.
The assist specialist and serial German Player of the Year can leave on a free in the summer as Arsenal have balked at meeting his extravagant wage demands. They may opt instead to flog him in January, if they can find a bidder. Ozil has been inconsistent this season, a familiar refrain, but he creates plenty of chances and is a wonderful passer of the ball, so he could really shine if he finds the right home.
Arsenal’s headache is compounded by the fact that another of their best players will be off in the summer if they do not sell him in January. Sanchez almost moved to Man City last summer, but the Gunners pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute as they could not secure a replacement. Since then Sanchez has been ineffective and Arsenal may seek to cut their losses. City may not be quite as keen on him after his poor display at the Etihad at the weekend and Raheem Sterling’s magnificent start to the campaign, but you would expect plenty of bidders for the Chilean superstar nonetheless.