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Footballers who could make a move in January 2018

5) Angel Di Maria (PSG)

After missing out on the Argentine’s services in 2014, PSG finally got their man thanks to Di Maria’s inability to settle in at Manchester United, leaving the club despite becoming their most expensive signing of the time after just one season. With high hopes, PSG made the Argentine their flag bearer in their bid to conquer Europe; however, after just a couple of seasons, Di Maria looks set to be moved on. Di Maria might not be blamed for this after it is PSG’s luxurious budget, which is pushing him out of the club. Twice breaking the transfer record last summer bringing in Neymar and Mbappe, Di Maria has often found himself on the periphery. A player of his immense talent and the world cup on the horizon, it looks highly unlikely that the Argentine would be content with a place on the bench.

4) Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke)

The German is amongst the hottest property in the football world at the moment. After impressing with Schalke last season, Goretzka capped it off with a fine Confederations cup, only further fuelling interest from top European clubs. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are all interested in his services, while Bavarian giants, Bayern, too are a rumoured destination.  It looks highly unlikely that Goretzka would sign a new contract with the Ruhr side and with his contract ending in the summer; Schalke would be keen to earn some money through their prized asset’s sale.

3) Juan Mata (Manchester United)

The Spaniard has had moments of brilliance throughout his Manchester United career. After famously falling out with Mourinho at Chelsea, the Spaniard was offloaded despite winning the club’s player of the year for two consecutive seasons. At United, Mata played his best football under Louis Van Gaal; however, he has failed to convince any of the managers to play him in his much favoured no 10 role. He remains a key figure and had a 2-goal performance against Leicester further reminding everyone of his quality. Mourinho’s preference to go defensive in big games often means that the Spaniard finds himself warming the bench and with the World Cup next summer, Mata might be keen to get significant playing time in order to boost his chances.

2) MesutOzil (Arsenal)

The elusive MesutOzil is currently in the best form of his career, putting in match-winning displays week in week out. Often ridiculed for his work rate, the German shut his critics with a defining performance against Spurs in the North London derby, while being the creative hub for his side in the defeat against rivals United. Much has been made of Ozil’s newly found work rate; however, in reality, the German has always been a difference maker for the Gunners. Arsenal’s inability to field a powerful workhorse behind Ozil has exposed the German time and time again. With his contract winding down, Ozil displays great love for Arsenal and might yet sign a new contract; however, if he does not, Arsenal might have to sell him in January than risk losing him for free in the summer.

1) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

On his day, the Welshman is arguably amongst the top five players in the world. Pace, skill, power, Bale has it all which makes him a defender’s nightmare. While injuries have marred his career recently, the attacker retains his best assets, with fine performances in the games he could feature in. Despite that, with Isco’s rise, the Real Madrid fanbase have grown tired of Bale’s injury struggles and always on his head. The Welsh too might himself have had enough of the Spanish media’s regular criticism and could finally look to put an end to his time in Spain. He has been nowhere near a failure for the Spanish champions, featuring prominently in their three Champions league title wins. Manchester United have been rumoured as a possible destination; while, a return to Spurs has also been talked of, it would be interesting to see where Bale ends up at coming 31st January.

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