The January transfer window is fast approaching and there has been plenty of talk about the future of certain players in the Premier League, such as the likes of Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick, Anderson, John Terry, Fabian Delph and Winston Reid who have all entered the final year of their contracts.
There are also some players further abroad that have uncertainty over their future, at their current clubs, and some top players in Europe who could prove to be bargains for clubs in the upcoming transfer window, which is just over a month away.
Andre Pierre Gignac – Marseille
The 28-year-old French striker has been in phenomenal form this season as he is currently the joint-top scorer in the Ligue 1 alongside Alexandre Lacazette as they both have eleven goals this season.
The striker has an impressive scoring record for Marseille over a sustained period, scoring 49 times in 130 appearances for his club, which shows he has a real eye for goal. Arsenal and Newcastle are both monitoring the player and he would be a bargain for any team if bought in January.
Andre Ayew – Marseille
The 24-year-old can play as a winger or a second striker and is highly rated in French football. Napoli have been open about their interest in the player, while there is a huge host of Premier League sides such as Liverpool, Everton, Hull, Swansea and West Ham who would be interested in signing the winger.
Not only is the Ghanaian attacker available for a small fee in January or for free in the summer, he also doesn’t have high wage demands so he wouldn’t be a huge risk for any interested club.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Schalke
The 31-year-old striker is available for £3 million in January or for pre-contract talks for a free transfer in the summer. The 6 foot 1 inch striker has played for big European sides in the past such as PSV, Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan so his experience would be useful for any side.
Huntelaar has been linked to Tottenham recently as a replacement for misfit striker Soldado who has been linked to Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan this season.
Sergio Romero – Sampdoria (currently on loan at Monaco)
The Argentine goalkeeper is currently playing his football at Monaco on a loan deal but has only made three appearances for the French side. Sampdoria have made it clear he can leave the Italian side and an offer of first team football would be enough to encourage the keeper to open pre-contract talks.
Romero has been continuously linked with a move away since the summer. The 6 foot 4 inch shot-stopper impressed during the World Cup for his country and was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool as competition to struggling keeper Mignolet.
This move didn’t materialise and it was then reported that Romero had rejected a move to Dynamo Moscow for footballing reasons. Romero could go for as little as under €2 million in January if he wants to end his loan deal or he could leave in the summer for free.
Sebastian Giovinco – Juventus
The Italian midfielder may only be 5 foot 4 inches but he has plenty of ability on the football field. Recently, the Italian press have been reporting that the midfielder will open talks with Fiorentina in the January transfer window but these rumours were rubbished by his agent as he stated,
“There is absolutely no truth in that move, I doubt there is a chance that he may move in January.”
The player may not move in January but it won’t stop him opening pre-contract talks with other clubs to sort out his future as English clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the 27-year-old.
Eduardo Vargas – Napoli (currently on loan at QPR)
Part of the Chile national side that lit up the World Cup in the summer of 2014, the right winger has been an exciting addition to a struggling QPR side, showing his flare and eye for goal in their dramatic 3-2 loss to Liverpool.
The 25-year-old may not want to stay at QPR permanently in case they do get relegated. He was linked to Arsenal before his move to QPR as it was expected he would follow his national teammate Sanchez to the Emirates. Vargas will stay at QPR until the end of the season at least but it won’t stop clubs attempting to open pre-contract talks with the exciting winger.
Nigel de Jong – AC Milan
The 30-year-old Dutch midfielder openly stated earlier in the season that he is happy at AC Milan and was expecting them to offer him a new contract as he said,
“I’m happy here in Milan, I don’t see any problems for a renewal.”
Although, there still hasn’t been an agreement between the player and the club regarding a renewal, so he would be available for pre-contract talks in January if the right offer came in for him. Manchester United are reportedly interested in the experienced midfielder but could Louis van Gaal tempt him to move to England.
Yevhen Konoplyanka – Dnipro
The Ukrainian winger was in the headlines last January when he almost signed for Liverpool on deadline day, only for Dnipro’s owner refusing to let the winger leave.
Liverpool never returned for the 25-year-old in the summer, which has opened an opportunity for other clubs to secure his signature. Manchester United and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the winger while Italian giants Inter Milan are monitoring the player who would be available for as little as £5 million in January.
Sami Khedira – Real Madrid
The World Cup winner has been sitting on the Madrid bench for the majority of this season while he was heavily linked with Arsenal in the summer.
In the past couple of weeks, Bayern Munich have overtaken Arsenal as the favourites to sign the 27-year-old who would only cost them €7 million in January.
Dani Alves – Barcelona
The 31-year-old right back has played for Barcelona for most of this season so far but hasn’t been offered a renewal at the Nou Camp.
It has been reported that new boss Luis Enrique will be open to let the Brazilian leave in January so he can introduce youngster Martin Montoya into the Barcelona first team. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked to the player this season.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena
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