They will be out of contract at their current employers in six months’ time and can start talking to potential suitors now.
The January transfer window is open for business. Dominant sides have a chance to add depth to their squad while floundering teams can receive the boost to revive their squad for the campaigns.
This January is not going to witness world record deals, but teams will certainly rectify, and bolster the chinks in their armour, by introducing talented players into their roster. But, apart from reinforcing for the rest of the season, clubs across Europe will also be planning for the summer and let’s not forget they can now speak to players who will be out of contract in six months’ time
So, let’s take a look at the top 10 players who could be available on a free transfer in the summer
Mesut Ozil has been tremendous for the Gooners
Despite being one of the best playmakers in the English Premier League this season, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is facing the wrath of the fans. The team’s poor run, and manager Wenger’s awry tactics have led the fans to lay the blame on this German wizard.
FC Barcelona, and Manchester United are said to be eyeing up the German World Cup winner this January. It’ll be a massive boost to the midfield of Jose Mourinho’s United, and his arrival could act as a catalyst in Mourinho’s future jaunts. While, for Barcelona, Ozil’s addition could be the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta, at least for a short-term.
Akin to that of his teammate at Arsenal, Ozil, Alexis Sanchez is also facing the wrath of the fans. His recent performances for the Gunners haven’t been up to his own high standards and he has been receiving criticism.
Manchester United have an eye on this Copa America winner, and reports have emerged that Arsenal are all set to offload him with Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, his likely replacement.
Yaya Toure has been a linchpin for Manchester City in the midfield over the years. His work and toil have always directed City’s drive on the pitch. But, the strongman isn’t getting any younger in a City team that is bursting with talent and his contract is set to expire soon.
Toure may be getting on in years but still has the ability to turn things, and he’s still one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the game and a switch from City could be the best option for him at this stage of his career.
Zlatan scored 28 goals for Manchester United before getting an ACL injury
Age’s just a number for this Swedish legend. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still one of the most lethal attackers of his kind, and his stint at United has kept in sight of Europe’s elite. But, he is not the primary option for Mourinho and his contract with the club will expire soon.
Ibrahimovic, who is a prolific goalscorer, is renowned for his technical ability and has won 32 trophies in his entire career. With injuries hampering his spell with the Red Devils, United are unlikely to renew his contract and this gives other teams a chance to rope in the veteran striker.
The rock solid Italian defensive stalwart, Giorgio Chiellini’s contract with Juventus is going to expire soon. He’s performing well this season and his tenacious approach at the back has helped them secure important victories, and vital points.
However, the no-nonsense defender is getting on in years and could be offloaded as Juve revitalize their squad with younger blood for the upcoming campaign. Thus, many teams could get a chance to bolster their roster with the inclusion of the experienced defender on a free.
The 27-year-old Italian striker has been performing vividly for OGC Nice in Ligue 1. A player, who was then regarded as the next to the throne of world football’s greats, Balotelli lost the sceptre and crown due to his unprofessional behaviour.
However, His stats at Nice have been impressive and Pep Guardiola reportedly has an eye on the striker. Blessed with physique and talent, the forward is a handful for any team on his day and it could be interesting viewing if he finds himself back in the big time with the Citizens under Guardiola.
The former French international, Frank Ribery is not having the best of days in the Bavaria. He’s past his prime, but he’s still adept at turning things around, he still has the attributes of a supreme winger.
This pacy midfielder has the endowment to ply his trade in a number of positions, and his versatility is not dwindling. Right or left in attack Ribery is one of the best available options to choose from.
Another Bavarian in the list, Arjen Robben wants to stay at the club, but Bayern Munichen have not yet responded positively to his desire for an extension. Regarded as one of the best wingers in the world, Robben is an excellent dribbler, and his precision skills are second to none.
Arjen Robben retired after the Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup 2018
Akin to that of his teammate Ribery, Robben’s contract is also going to expire. This 33-year-old is not an energetic novice anymore, but still has the ability and power to perform marauding runs and dazzling dribbles past defenders.
With him available on a free, teams’ are getting a golden opportunity to poach one of the best of his kind before the end of his time at the top level.
Fernandinho has been playing a crucial, integral role for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Brazilia box-to-box midfielder has been termed vital by Guardiola, but their decision not to extend his contract has surprised everyone.
A player blessed with blistering pace and kwown for his blinders, Fernandinho contributes both to the defensive, and attacking segment of the midfield simultaneously and all these attributes make him another top midfielder to feature on the list.
With Fernandinho being in hot form, it won’t be a difficult task for him to get a new club from Europe’s elites.
Leon Goretzka – Schalke
Leon Goretzka became a pivotal piece for Schalke last season
This 22-year-old German international, Goretzka’s dazzling performance has caught the eyes of Bayern Munich and they are ready to fill the void in the team’s midfield with the inclusion of this bright youngster.
Known for his dominant approach in the midfield, Goretzka also possesses a tendancy to score goals and his stats prove the precision of the player with passes. He’s known for his aerial dominance and is a versatile player who can play as midfielder, no matter whether it is defensive, or attacking.