Mbappe, Dembele and Lingard among stars set for moves away in January

Barcelona will sell Dembele if he doesn’t sign a new deal, Lingard looks set to be on the periphery at Man United and Loftus-Cheek NEEDS to leave Chelsea… these are the stars likely to get transfers away in January

  • A number of big-name players saw their summer moves collapse in the window 
  • Many clubs will revive their interest in players when the January window opens 
  • Stars like Jesse Lingard could become unsettled if they aren’t playing regularly
  • PSG and Barca may have to cash in on Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele 
  • Here, Sportsmail looks at 10 players likely to get transfers away in January 

So, the summer transfer window has come and gone. Some landed their targets, while others missed out, with loads of deadline-day moves failing to materialise or collapsing at the last minute.

The players linked with moves away from their clubs now face a four-month wait before they can have the opportunity to get a transfer away again.  

There are also some big-name players around Europe who are either set to spend the season on the periphery or unsettled at their clubs after missing out on a summer move.

Here, Sportsmail take a look at the 10 stars most likely to get transfers away when the January window opens for business in a few months’ time.

Edinson Cavani may leave Man United in January if he finds himself down the pecking order

The Uruguayan is said to be determined to see out the last year of his contract at Old Trafford, but his resolve will be tested if he spends most of his time on the bench, as is expected.

United were willing to part with him on deadline day, entertaining an enquiry from Barcelona and offering his services to Juventus, who turned down the opportunity to sign him. 

With Cristiano Ronaldo adding to what is already a bloated squad of attacking talent, Cavani will likely find himself largely out of the first-team picture. Given United were hardly fighting to keep hold him just days ago suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has settled on who will be playing in his forward line.

Cavani missed the start of United’s Premier League campaign and was linked to Barcelona

The striker (right) may struggle at Old Trafford now Cristiano Ronaldo (left) is back

Mason Greenwood has already staked an early claim for the central striker position, scoring three from his opening three in the Premier League, while United still have Marcus Rashford to come back, with Ronaldo as an option to play down the middle.

Anthony Martial, who is under immense scrutiny amid a poor run of form, has also played as the centre forward twice already this season. 

With Cavani’s deal running out next summer, if the opportunity arose for a permanent transfer, it could suit all parties. United get a fee rather than see him leave for nothing and Cavani gets first-team opportunities for the second half of the season, which in turn could help him to secure another deal elsewhere in the summer. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The battle to get into Chelsea’s midfield was hard enough without adding Saul Niguez to the mix. 

Now Ruben Loftus-Cheek is even further marginialised and he must be considering his future at Chelsea for the sake of his career. He’s never truly broken into the first-team fold at Stamford Bridge and looks destined to spend this season on the periphery. 

The midfielder is 25 now and has still not managed to shake that nagging feeling that we haven’t quite seen the best of him. There were bright moments last year at Fulham, which were enough to attract a fair amount of interest this summer, but that didn’t materialise into a transfer.  

Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to leave Chelsea if he wants regular minutes and to progress

We’ve seen it before: if Loftus-Cheek is fit and confident, he’s a real player. But he needs a manager who trusts him and regular minutes. Last month, Roma and Napoli both were reportedly interested in him. 

Seeing how joining Roma has refreshed Tammy Abraham’s career, surely Loftus-Cheek will strive for an exit if the chance came up again in January.

Jules Kounde

This one could turn ugly. 

Jules Kounde looked for all the world like he was going to be a Chelsea player come the end of the summer window. A fee was agreed and then Sevilla hiked their asking price, sparking the collapse of his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman was excited at the prospect of signing for Chelsea and reports in Spain this week have claimed he has been left ‘furious’ with Sevilla after his move fell through.

Jules Kounde was chased by Chelsea this summer but a move from Sevilla never materialised

He is said to be ignoring calls from his manager Julen Lopetegui and director of football Monchi as well. Early indications suggest Kounde won’t let his dream Chelsea move die easily. 

It does Sevilla no favours having an unsettled star around, so you imagine should the proposal to sell Kounde come up again in January, it will be more straightforward to do a deal. The player wants it, Chelsea still want him and now Sevilla may be left with no choice but to go along with it.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid was the transfer saga of the summer.

The will he, won’t he narrative was like something straight out of a rom-com as Real Madrid made numerous attempts to lure him away from PSG before pulling out of a deal.

The 22-year-old sensation has his heart set on joining Real and rejected several lucrative contract offers to extend his stay at PSG, with his current deal running out at the end of this season. 

PSG must be considering selling Kylian Mbappe in January to avoid losing him for free

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Madrid had two offers of £137m and £154m rebuffed by PSG despite Mbappe’s contract situation, but it now seems like a matter of when and not if the Frenchman moves to the Spanish capital.

Reports this week claimed Mbappe will now likely join Real on a free transfer next summer. But you expect PSG – with the fact they could lose a player they spent £166m for nothing dawning on them – will be eager to get Madrid back to the negotiating table in January if Mbappe’s stance remains the same.

Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona are still going through the rigmarole of trying to get Ousmane Dembele to sign a new contract.

Talks have been going on for what feels like an eternity now, but the Catalan giants are preparing to meet with Dembele’s representatives again this month in efforts to reach an agreement.

Whether or not that is possible, only time will tell. Speaking only months ago, even Dembele was unsure where his future lies. Asked if he would still be a Barcelona player this time next year, he replied: ‘I don’t know, we will see.’

Barcelona will likely try and sell Ousmane Dembele in January if contract negotiations fail

Barcelona will certainly not be able to offer him improved terms, with the club in the midst of a financial crisis, and will find themselves in a vulnerable position should talks rumble on into January. 

They can’t afford to let someone with Dembele’s value slip away for free, a player they had signed for £98million only four years ago. If they cannot get him to extend, their hand will be forced and many clubs will be interested in getting Dembele on the cheap. 

Barcelona evidently won’t be a position to dictate, just look at how much Atletico Madrid managed to get off the asking price for Antoine Griezmann.

Dani Olmo

Barcelona are supposed to be cash-strapped, but that somehow didn’t stop them from trying to sign Dani Olmo for a reported £50m.

RB Leipzig rejected the offer, telling Barcelona they would need to stump up an extra £15m if they wanted the Spain international. 

Barca baulked at that response but reports in Spain they will almost immediately set about trying to reignite the deal, with a view to completing a move as early as the January transfer window.

Barcelona tried to sign Dani Olmo on deadline day and are planning to reignite the deal

With the savings the club will make over the next few months from not having to pay Lionel Messi or Griezmann’s wages, and with a number of senior stars recently agreeing to a pay cut, Barca may just have enough funds by then to reach a compromise with Leipzig.

Olmo is understood to be keen on returning to Barcelona, having emerged from their La Masia academy between 2007 and 2014 before making his name at Dinamo Zagreb.

Malang Sarr

Malang Sarr will almost certainly go out on loan in January if he doesn’t get a move over the next few days.

Sarr was set to join Greuther Furth before the move collapsed at the eleventh hour and now Chelsea are considering sending him to Russia or Turkey instead, with the summer transfer window still open in those countries.

The 22-year-old had travelled to Germany to complete a medical but an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two clubs before the window slammed shut.

Malang Sarr was set to join Greuther Furth before the move collapsed at the eleventh hour

Sarr spent last season on loan at Porto, but was in and out of the side. Chelsea are keen for him to play elsewhere again this campaign but want him to have regular minutes.

If they can’t find a suitable team, Chelsea will undoubtedly try again in January with Sarr not yet in Thomas Tuchel’s first-team plans.  

Jesse Lingard 

Jesse Lingard revived his career at West Ham last season and scored in England’s victory over Andorra on Sunday, but that still might not be enough to win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In United’s three Premier League games this season, Lingard has played just four minutes of action and will have only slipped further down the pecking order following Ronaldo’s arrival, who may operate from a left-wing position that the Englishman likes to play from.  

With Martial and Donny van de Beek also staying at the club despite deadline-day interest, Lingard faces huge competition for places.

Jesse Lingard will have plenty of suitors in January if he isn’t getting game time at United

West Ham were interested in re-signing him on a permanent deal but the two clubs couldn’t reach an agreement. United legend Gary Neville admitted this week he was ‘disappointed’ Lingard didn’t get a transfer away because he fears he could be a fringe player again this season.

You imagine that if that turns out to be the case, Lingard will be knocking on the door to leave in January because he’s too good to be sat on the bench, and will have plenty of suitors.

Nat Phillips

Nat Phillips was heroic for Liverpool last season in the absence of any senior defenders, but now Jurgen Klopp has his key men back it’s hard to see him getting back into the team.

With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate for competition, Phillips will likely find himself out of the first-team picture this season.

Liverpool were open to selling him or loaning him out this summer, but received no suitable offers and instead opted to give him a new four-year contract.

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips signed a new deal this summer but could still be sold soon

The Reds are keen to maintain his value, with Phillips currently worth around £15million. Giving him a new long-term deal is one way to do that.

Game time is another and with Klopp well covered for central defenders this term, a loan deal would be an ideal situation for all involved. Whether it be for emergency cover, to start games or play in rotation, Phillips could quite easily do a job for lower-ranked sides in the Premier League or top-end teams in the Championship. 

Adama Traore

Wolves rebuffed Tottenham’s late attempts to strike a deal for Adama Traore but may be more tempted to sell him if contract negotiations go south.

Reports claim Wolves want to tie down Traore for the future, with the winger’s deal expiring in 2023 and plan to hold talks with him soon.

Wolves are planning to cash in on Adama Traore if he rejects their contract extension

However, the club’s owners have made it clear they won’t sit by and allow the Spaniard to wind down his contract and will consider cashing in on him in January if that is Traore’s intentions.

The club have already turned down a £35million offer from Spurs and value him closer to the £50m mark. If the powerful winger becomes available in January, Spurs would likely not be on his only options. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is also a known admirer of the 25-year-old while Chelsea were also linked with him this summer. A return Barcelona, where he spent his youth at the Catalans’ La Masia talent factory, is also favoured by Traore.




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