The 2024 January window is officially open and clubs across Europe are making transfers in a bid to maximise their potential this season.
That fact certainly applies to every Premier League club, with all 20 teams likely to spend big in an effort to ensure this campaign is a success.
Given the vast amount of money involved in the English top flight, it’s set to be another busy – and expensive – window and the big clubs will be at the heart of the transfer action.
While much of the transfer talk will be about incomings, outgoings are just as important and could be extremely significant this time around.
Below, FootballTransfers runs through 10 Premier League players who could leave their current clubs in January.
With Donny van de Beek having already departed, Raphael Varane could be next. The Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at Man Utd. The Red Devils have not triggered his one-year extension, meaning that Varane is free to negotiate with interested clubs over a summer move.
What’s more, United reportedly want to hand him a new deal, but on a reduced salary, which has already sparked rumours that he is unhappy. A January exit is therefore a possibility. Bayern Munich are interested as are Saudi sides Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr. Indeed, Saudi dealmakers are said to be confident of securing Varane in 2024.
Jadon Sancho has been frozen out at Man Utd, with the Englishman not featuring since his public bust-up with Ten Hag in September.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund winger has refused to apologise for his actions, despite being requested to by his Man Utd peers, and now looks set for a mid-season departure.
Juventus are one of several clubs to have been linked with a move in recent weeks.
Despite signing a new contract at Craven Cottage, the Portuguese international could still be on his way out in January and Bayern remain keen on landing him.
In November, sources told FootballTransfers that Mikel Arteta has no intention of selling Thomas Partey in January as he still views the former Atletico Madrid star as a key player at the Emirates Stadium.
However, there is significant interest from abroad, most notably Juventus, and reports suggest that Massimiliano Allegri’s side have stepped up their pursuit following Paul Pogba’s suspension for doping.
If Partey does leave, then Arsenal would be fairly light in central midfield, meaning his sale may only be sanctioned if a replacement is lined up – potentially Palhinha.
Emile Smith Rowe
Emile Smith Rowe is the second Arsenal player on this list and he isn’t the last.
The Englishman is simply out of favour in north London and looks as though he needs a move away to save his career. Arteta clearly doesn’t fancy deploying Smith Rowe in any role and his tally of just 104 Premier League minutes this season proves that.
Aston Villa are sniffing around and FootballTransfers understand that Smith Rowe will be sold if a suitable offer is tabled.
Arteta has agreed that Nketiah may be sacrificed if necessary in order for the Gunners to sign a prolific replacement.
Victor Osimhen, Dusan Vlahovic, Ivan Toney and Benjamin Sesko are all options that Arsenal like, FootballTransfers can confirm, but a move for any of those options might only be sanctioned if Nketiah is sold.
David Raya is the clear first-choice at Arsenal and while he is only on loan from Brentford, it’s expected that he will be signed permanently next summer.
The England international may stick it out until next summer, but his place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad is at risk if he doesn’t play, which could lead to a January exit – either on loan or on a permanent deal.
Mauricio Pochettino still wants new additions at Chelsea and his January demands include signing a new defender.
That request has harmed Trevoh Chalobah’s chances of extending his time at Stamford Bridge even further. The former Lorient loanee was expected to leave during the summer, but moves to Bayern Munich and Nottingham Forest didn’t materialise, and a January departure is now inevitable.
He hasn’t featured so far this season due to injury and it’s likely that Chalobah has already played his final Chelsea game.
The story with Ian Maatsen is similar to Chalobah. The Blues wanted to offload him this summer, but he refused to join Burnley after a Transfer Deadline Day bid was accepted.
Despite a promising pre-season, the Dutchman is not in favour under Pochettino, who clearly doesn’t view him as a dependable left-back.
Maatsen has been linked with several top clubs, including Barcelona, and a move in January is likely, even though he’s recently been given a chance to prove his worth.
The final player on the list of Premier League stars who could leave in January is Brentford’s Ivan Toney.
The former Peterborough forward is currently serving a footballing ban after pleading guilty to over 200 betting breaches, but he is allowed to return to action in mid-January.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Tottenham and Newcastle have all expressed their interest since the beginning of the 2023-24 season, and while a summer exit may be more likely, Toney could well leave Brentford in January.