January Transfer Window : Detailing all the biggest names in Europe who are allowed to open discussions with prospective suitors across the next month
While the January transfer window will mostly be utilised by clubs to rope in players as replacements for injuries and bolster their ranks, the window also takes importance owing to the bevy of names set to run out of contracts at the end of this season.
With a lengthy plie of worldclass performers seeing their respective contracts curtail in summer of 2021, the January transfer window will see clubs make initial approaches for these names. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Sergio Ramos all available on a free once the season halts, prospective suitors will be looking to make the first moves across the next month.
Opening on January 2, the transfer window will run in the Premier League till February 1 while the rest of the European leagues will be allowed to conduct their business till February 4.
January Transfer Window Free Agents
With the Barcelona player persistently touted with a move away from the La Liga side, the likes of Manchester City and PSG are all salted to open first contact with Messi once the forthcoming window opens.
Rocked by injuries this season and eventually being eased out of Manchester City’s setup, it looks like a wonderful era at the club could finally be nearing its end for the striker. Out of contract once the season ends, Aguero will be hot property owing to this expansive skill set.
Having broken out of his contract at Atletico Madrid earlier last month, Costa is currently available as a free agent. And he’s already been heavily linked to Arsenal who are in dire need of bolstering their attacking ranks.
Although Liverpool are extremely eager to tie down the player’s future at the club, the midfielder is yet to commit to the club. With Barcelona said to still hold an avid interest in the player, the La Liga side will be looking to utilise the upcoming month to convince the player to opt for them.
With him set to exit Bayern Munich after rejecting a new deal by the club, Alaba is one of the most highly coveted players at the moment. Bayern Munich are eager to offload him this month itself as they avoid losing him on a free with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all admirers of the player.
Although Arsenal are trying their best to get the player off their books with Arteta making it abundantly clear that he doesn’t fancy the midfielder, it remains to be seen if the club can get rid of him. His hefty weekly wages will be a bone of contention, a massive price tag few would be willing to dole out for the finished player.
Said to have all but sealed a move to Barcelona prior to the start of the season, Depay saw things collapse. If Barcelona will return for him remains to be seen given the crunch of funds they face but the Lille man is set to see a string of clubs open talks with him.
Much like every season, the talk of Ramos leaving Real Madrid has again reignited. Whilst its mostly a ploy by the club’s captain to lure in an improved contract, clubs around Europe will still try to touch base with the defender with his contract running out in the summer.