While billions around the world will be frantically getting in their Christmas shopping, football fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the January transfer window.
Always entertaining and littered with bargains, bizarre deals and the occasional jumping of the gun (we’re looking at you Peter Odemwingie).
For those whose deals expire next summer, they can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a top European side.
With Aaron Ramsey already set to run his contract down at Arsenal, talkSPORT.com picks out the ten best players whose contracts run out in 2019 and follow suit.
David De Gea
If Kepa Arrizabalaga is worth £70m, De Gea’s value is mouth-watering. Only an administrative error prevented him from joining Real Madrid on deadline day in 2015. Manchester United are hopeful of tying De Gea down to a new long-term contract and have an option to extend his current deal by 12 months. But they have still not made any announcement on De Gea’s future and, as it stands, he is out of contract in 2019.
It remains to be seen whether Fabregas will force his way into Chelsea’s plans under Maurizio Sarri this season. Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all currently ahead of him in the central midfield pecking order and, with the 31-year-old on big wages, it would be surprise if he signed a new deal beyond 2019.
The Tottenham defender was linked to Manchester United throughout the summer after failing to agree a new deal with Spurs. The north London side could trigger a one-year extension in the 28-year-old’s current contract, but that could result in them losing him for just £25million next summer if a transfer is sealed in the final two weeks of the transfer window.
After Liverpool signed Naby Keita and Fabinho, many would’ve expected Milner to feature as a back-up for the Reds this season. However, he has started every Premier League game so far, and has been outstanding for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Surprisingly, he has yet to be offered a new deal.
The Chelsea defender fell out of favour under Antonio Conte last season. He recently admitted he was close to leaving the club if Conte remained in charge. However, Luiz has become a key man once more under new boss Sarri and there is talk he is line for a new deal.
Another player who looked set for a move over the summer, Martial’s time at Manchester United has turned sour. Mourinho publicly criticised the out-of-favour winger for not returning to pre-season immediately after his wife had given birth and the relationship between the pair often appears frosty. United, however, will not lose their £50million man for nothing, and are likely to trigger an option to extend his current deal to 2019.
Tottenham’s Mr Reliable is confident his stay in north London won’t end when his current deal runs out. “My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he told Belgian media this week. “I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.” Like teammate Alderweireld, Spurs are expected to keep Vertonghen for one more year – at least – but there has been no confirmation from the club yet.
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The veteran defender appears to have reached the end of his career at Stamford Bridge after six years of diligent service. Having won the Champions League in his first season and captained the Blues with distinction, Cahill will surely be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans.
With Maurizio Sarri set on playing a high-intensity possession-based style of play, the 32-year-old seems out of his depth and appears to be hampering the progress of Andreas Christensen.
While it is has not been confirmed he will leave the club, Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly already eyeing up a potential move.
Like his Chelsea teammate Cahill, Giroud’s time at Stamford Bridge appears to be up. A January signing from Arsenal last January, the forward has led the line to the best of his abilities when called upon – even starting a handful of games at the start of the season.
Yet it appears as though the younger and more mobile Alvaro Morata appears to have done just about enough to convince Sarri he deserves the chance to start up front. Either that or Roman Abramovich has warned the Italian his £60million investment needs to start getting some game time.
Giroud will certainly have no shortage of suitors, with lucrative moves to MLS or China the most likely options for the veteran striker.
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