Dele Alli, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil lead the fallen stars, forgotten men and outcasts desperate for a deal this month… so, which clubs are willing to take a gamble on these 10 potential bargains?
- Top players currently out-of-favour will be interested in securing moves away
- Dele Alli and Mesut Ozil are two Premier League playmakers who could move on
- Man Utd and Chelsea also have deadwood while some players are unattached
- Sportsmail lists 10 stars who will be looking for transfers during this window
With the January transfer window firmly up and running, footballers across Europe are eyeing moves to new teams – so get set for plenty of transfer stories in the next few weeks.
While in-form players such as Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho continue to be linked with big-money transfers away, others are looking at pastures new due to a lack of opportunity at their current clubs – if they’re attached to a club at all, that is.
Sportsmail takes a look at 10 top stars who will be looking for a move before the window slams shut on February 1.
Dele Alli and Mesut Ozil are two players who need moves away but who else makes our list?
The Tottenham playmaker, having been one of the team’s key players, has fallen down the pecking order in north London under Jose Mourinho.
Alli has not started in the Premier League since the opening-day defeat to Everton and, having started just four times in all competitions since, he will be eyeing a move this month with the European Championship finals on the horizon in the summer.
Given former boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken charge of PSG this week, the Ligue 1 champions have been linked with a loan move for the England international, after showing initial interest in last summer’s window – and a six-month temporary deal could just suit all parties.
Dele Alli is not a starter under Jose Mourinho and he could join PSG on a six-month loan deal
Boca Juniors are in talks with Manchester United for the defender, who has not played once this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Signed back in 2014 at the beginning of Louis van Gaal’s tenure, Rojo looks set to move on from Manchester with the first-team well covered at centre back. Although that has appeared the case for several years without a transfer ever getting across the line.
The 30-year-old has been struggling with a calf problem, and having been on loan at Estudiantes last season – where he made just one appearance – a return to his homeland looks most likely.
Speaking on Friday, Solskjaer confirmed the Argentinian, alongside countryman Sergio Romero, are free to leave Old Trafford this month with their contracts expiring in the summer.
‘Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended. We’re looking for them to find clubs. Marcos has been given time to go home, so he’s still in Argentina.’
Marcos Rojo looks set to move on from Manchester United with Boca Juniors currently in talks
The out-of-favour Arsenal playmaker has not played for Arsenal since March 7, pre-Lockdown 1.0.
The club’s highest-paid player on wages of £350,000 per week, his exile under Mikel Arteta has regularly been a talking point, particularly as the Gunners endured a miserable run in November and December.
Ozil looks on the verge of a move to Fenerbache, and his Turkish roots suggest that a move to Istanbul would be a good fit.
Ozil’s agent confirmed that a decision on his future will be made next week – but that the former Germany international is undecided about whether to leave in January amid interest from clubs in America, Asia and Qatar too.
His Arsenal contract has six months left to run. The Gunners could find it difficult to shift the playmaker given his lucrative pay packet amid reports the German could ask the club to pay him £68,000 a week to cover the remainder of his salary.
Mesut Ozil’s career at Arsenal looks all but over having not played for the Gunners in 10 months
The Spaniard, having started Chelsea’s first three Premier League games this season, has not even featured in the Blues’ matchday squad since.
Why? The signing of Ben Chilwell means Frank Lampard has settled on a first-choice left back and Alonso has not played a minute of first-team football since.
He was most recently linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, with whom Chelsea have exchanged left backs before in the form of Filipe Luis.
Marcos Alonso has gone from being a starter to not featuring in Chelsea’s matchday squad
A year ago, Eriksen pushed and pushed for a move away from Tottenham and was eventually granted his wish by chairman Daniel Levy.
Now, you suspect the Danish international may be regretting that eagerness. It has not worked out for him at Inter Milan so far and he is a regular substitute under Antonio Conte this season.
A host of clubs have been linked with the 28-year-old, including Arsenal, Wolves and Real Madrid – while a report from the Guardian even claimed he could make a sensational return to Spurs on loan.
However, a link-up with former boss Pochettino at PSG is now a real possibility.
Christian Eriksen is not a regular starter at Inter Milan and has been linked with a move away
For a player of such promise when he broke through as a teenager at Arsenal, the demise of Jack Wilshere – largely due to injury – has been sad to witness.
Currently unattached following his release from West Ham in October, the 28-year-old is still searching for a new club, though he is training with Bournemouth at the moment.
He has been suggested as a possible signing for struggling West Brom, with former Hammers star Trevor Sinclair claiming he has looked ‘a million dollars’ in training with Jason Tindall’s side. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are another possible destination, according to reports.
Whether the Cherries are interested in putting pen to paper on a deal for the playmaker with 34 England caps remains to be seen, while a switch to the MLS has also been mooted.
Free agent Jack Wilshere is currently training with Bournemouth to keep up his fitness levels
Having developed into a first-team regular last season under Lampard, the centre back has fallen down the pecking order following the signing of Thiago Silva on a free transfer in the summer.
In fact, he has even dropped behind Antonio Rudiger and as such, the 23-year-old has looked likely to leave on loan this month, having not played since September.
Leeds have most recently been linked with a move, while Newcastle and Nice are also interested.
But their hopes might be dashed by an injury to Thomas Christensen. The Dane’s lay-off would leave Lampard without a fourth centre back and short of cover. All of which means Tomori could be forced to stay at Stamford Bridge while still only getting rare gamer time.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is likely to leave the club on loan having not played in months
Romero’s failed deadline day move to Everton hit the headlines in October, with both the goalkeeper and his wife fuming that United pulled the plug at the 11th hour.
Since then, Dean Henderson and David de Gea have battled it out for the No 1 shirt, with Romero not even featuring in a matchday squad.
Brighton are an interested Premier League suitor, while a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami side has also been mooted.
But a return home to Argentina with Boca Juniors looks the most likely move after Solskjaer cleard his departure. He has reportedly already said his goodbyes to United’s staff and is not training at Carrington.
Manchester Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero could move to Brighton or Inter Miami this month
Having signed for Everton for £25m from Crystal Palace in 2016, it has been a torrid few years for Yannick Bolasie.
He has spent time on loan over the past two years at Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon but is now simply uninvolved at Goodison Park, having not even been included in Carlo Ancelotti’s 25-man Premier League squad.
Middlesbrough, who are managed by Bolasie’s former boss at Palace Neil Warnock, have been linked with the winger, after a deadline-day move collapsed in October.
Yannick Bolasie has not played this season and a move to Middlesbrough collapsed in October
Sturridge is currently a free agent following the termination of his contract with Trabzonspor by mutual consent, after he was suspended last March from all football-related activity worldwide until the middle of June 2020 for breaching betting rules.
The ex-Liverpool striker has not found a new club since, though has been linked with a move to the MLS.
Now aged 31, former England star Sturridge has been training and regularly posting fitness updates on his Instagram page – he’ll be hoping to join a new project before February arrives.
Daniel Sturridge left Turkish side Trabzonspor back in March and has been unattached since
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