The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona could be looking to bolster their squads when the window opens
Roll up, roll up, get your January bargains!
The transfer window is just one month from re-opening – and it could be what makes or breaks your team’s season.
Each of the Premier League’s top six have been known to spend in recent transfer windows, with Chelsea the most prolific mid-season buyers.
Stamford Bridge chiefs have shelled out on average £17million every January between 2002 and 2016.
Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool spend on average between £10.6m to £8.6m, with Arsenal and Manchester United paying £6.5m each winter.
But which of those clubs are going to be splashing the cash when the window opens in one month’s time?
We’ve rounded up the six potential movements that you need to keep your eye on…
1. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal to Barcelona or Manchester United)
Mesut Ozil will be offered £350,000-a-week to move to Barcelona.
The Spanish giants are interested in signing the Arsenal star, who is out of contract at the end of the season and could command a huge pay-day next summer.
Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho is also keen, and Ozil may be tempted to link up again with his former Real Madrid boss at Old Trafford.
But the Germany international is allowed to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club from January 1 after reaching a stalemate with the Gunners over a new deal.
There is a growing belief that Ozil – whose representatives have been seeking a £350,000-a-week deal for him to stay at the Emirates – will leave next summer and is now getting big offers from top European clubs.
It has left Arsenal facing a major dilemma over whether to try to cash in on him during the upcoming winter window or let him and striker Alexis Sanchez – a target for Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – both walk away for nothing after the season. (John Cross)
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea)
Chelsea have been given the chance to snap up Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
The Gabon international is available following the breakdown of his relationship with the German club.
Aubameyang has netted 17 goals in 19 games this season but his campaign has been peppered with controversy and Dortmund have had enough.
Chelsea are among a number of side to have been made aware that he is on the market with just over a month to go before the transfer window reopens.
Boss Antonio Conte is looking to increase his options up front as his Premier League champions trail in the wake of current leaders Manchester City.
First-choice Alvaro Morata has eight top-flight goals this season but has admitted he is struggling with the demands of playing three games a week while back-up Michy Batshuayi out injured. (Darren Lewis)
3. Danny Rose (Tottenham to Manchester United)
Manchester United are ready to offer Danny Rose an escape route out of Tottenham .
Jose Mourinho will target the England left-back for a January switch to Old Trafford after Rose was left out of the squad for north London derby defeat at Arsenal earlier this month.
United are ready to pay £40million for the 27-year-old – and also offer Luke Shaw as a makeweight.
Rose, who has just returned to fitness after being sidelined for 10 weeks with a knee injury, was not included in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans as Spurs’ title hopes were hit by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of their arch rivals.
Tottenham insist there has not been a bust-up between player and manager. (Simon Mullock)
4. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool to Premier League club)
Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool in January to save his World Cup dream.
The 28-year-old marksman has often found himself as an unused substitute for the Reds — despite scoring twice in recent appearances.
His decision to cut his losses will spark a mid-season scramble, with Sturridge still seen as one of the country’s most gifted finishers.
The marksman was among seven high-profile stars axed by Gareth Southgate for the prestige friendlies against Germany and Brazil earlier this month, with the England boss naming him as one of the big-hitters not getting enough game time to be included in his current plans.
Sources close to him are hoping Liverpool will put a realistic price-tag on his head when the transfer window reopens.
A loan deal is even a possibility, despite the Reds rejecting such an approach from French giants Paris Saint-Germain last winter. (DL)
5. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Manchester City)
Manchester City ‘s Pep Guardiola could spark a tug-of-war for Virgil van Dijk after confirming he will target a new defender in January.
Liverpool , long-time admirers of the £60million-rated Dutch centre-back, are set to pounce after Southampton recently revealed last week he could now be up for grabs.
But City boss Guardiola was hunting defensive reinforcements for his Premier League leaders even before John Stones was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on Saturday.
Guardiola said after the 2-0 win away to Leicester earlier this month: “We’re going to discuss when January is coming.
“We are going to think about it, but not because John is in that position.
“To play in all the competitions, you need a bigger squad because the players don’t have time for regeneration before the next game.”
Van Dijk has so far indicated to friends that he has his heart set on a move to Anfield. (DL)
6. Richarlison (Watford to Arsenal, Tottenham or China)
Watford winger Richarlison – already on Tottenham’s transfer radar – is attracting interest from China.
Brazilian starlet Richarlison joined Watford in the summer in a £11.2m deal and has caught the eye of big clubs with his performances.
Chinese clubs are now reported to be monitoring the situation while Tottenham and Arsenal have also been watching his progress.
The 20-year-old signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road in the summer, but after netting five goals in his first 12 Premier League games, he has attracted a number of admirers. (JC)
Which of these players do you think is most likely to move in January?
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