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The top 30 targets of the January transfer window

10:45 GMT+3 01/01/2018
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After a record-breaking summer, which players could be on the move in January? In no particular order, Goal presents 30 to keep an eye on...

  • Thomas Lemar Monaco

    #1 Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

    Lemar was targeted by Arsenal on deadline day in the summer but the Gunners could not get a deal done, which had the knock-on effect of preventing Alexis Sanchez's proposed switch to Manchester City. Liverpool are also said to be keen admirers but, similarly, their interest could depend on another move - Philippe Coutinho's to Barcelona.
  • Malcom Bordeaux

    #2 Malcom (Bordeaux)

    A series of spectacular goals have alerted Europe's top clubs to Bordeaux's Brazilian winger Malcom, who has netted seven in total in Ligue 1 this season and recorded four assists. With prices for young players skyrocketing, Manchester United have been linked with an attempt to get in early.
  • Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

    #3 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

    Manchester City made their move for Alexis Sanchez in the summer, but Arsenal refused to sell. The Chilean will be available on a free at the end of the season but City and Paris Saint-Germain may be tempted to stump up a fee to avoid competition for his signature if the Gunners are willing to cash in.
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio

    #4 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)

    A 6' 4" midfield general, Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been linked with Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus but Manchester United may be the best fit. The Serbian could be the perfect third man to Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in United's midfield, boasting Marouane Fellaini's height but far more technical ability.
  • Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund

    #5 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

    Christian Pulisic will command some fee if he leaves Borussia Dortmund, perhaps even eclipsing the one paid for his former team-mate Ousmane Dembele. The 19-year-old is already the centrepiece of the United States men's national team and may be their first true superstar, shining in an otherwise troubled Dortmund side.
  • Mesut Ozil Arsenal

    #6 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

    Like his team-mate Alexis, Mesut Ozil's contract is six months away from expiry. He looks more likely to re-sign at the Emirates Stadium than the Chilean but that is hardly something to bet on given that it has reached this stage, and his old boss Jose Mourinho will be watching.
  • Jean Seri Nice

    #7 Jean Seri (Nice)

    Nice's midfield metronome Jean Seri was heavily tipped to join Barcelona in the summer, but the Blaugrana opted for Paulinho instead. Only Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti have attempted more passes than Seri in Ligue 1 this season and he is likely to be the subject of interest again.
  • Ryan Sessegnon Fulham

    #8 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

    Compared by some to Gareth Bale, Ryan Sessegnon (pictured in white) has established himself as Fulham's first-choice left-back at age 17. Many see his future further forward, though, and he netted a hat-trick against Sheffield United in November. Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are all said to be keen.
  • Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

    #9 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

    Word is that Philippe Coutinho remains top of Barcelona's wishlist after the Catalans failed to persuade Liverpool to sell in the summer. He will not be able to play in this season's Champions League if he makes the move to Spain in January, but Barca may be wary of a strong World Cup further inflating his price tag.
  • Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

    #10 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

    Another megastar said to be on Barcelona's radar is Antoine Griezmann. Diego Simeone would surely be loathe to sell the Frenchman just as Diego Costa becomes available to play with him, though, and Atletico have made a formal attempt to get the league leaders to back off by complaining to FIFA about their conduct.
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club

    #11 Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Club)

    Are Real Madrid finally giving up in their pursuit of David de Gea? Their reported interest in Athletic Club's 23-year-old star Kepa Arrizabalaga suggests so, and that Zinedine Zidane may seek a long-term successor for Keylor Navas instead of an immediate replacement.
  • Theo Walcott Arsenal

    #12 Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

    Another of the many players potentially heading for the exit at Arsenal is Theo Walcott, who is struggling to crack Arsene Wenger's Premier League squads. Wenger has said Walcott will not be sold in January, but Everton may test that resolve.
  • Olivier Giroud Arsenal

    #13 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

    Olivier Giroud professed his loyalty to Arsenal in the summer despite being given the chance to leave after the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but his stay may be short-lived. The Frenchman has a place in his country's World Cup squad to think about and his agent has admitted he will be open to finding "a better project".
  • Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

    #14 Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to see a future at Chelsea for Michy Batshuayi. Antonio Conte seems to have decided that Eden Hazard as a false nine is preferable to Batshuayi in his starting lineup when Alvaro Morata is unavailable and the Blues may decide to cash in before his value falls any further.
  • Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club

    #15 Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club)

    Manchester City wanted to sign Aymeric Laporte before turning their back on him when he pulled out of a deal. That could open the door for Barcelona or Real Madrid to make a move, with Barca likely to need a replacement for Javier Mascherano.
  • Inigo Martinez Real Sociedad

    #16 Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad)

    With Laporte off their radar, Manchester City have two options in central defence. One is Inigo Martinez, who has previously attracted the interest of Barcelona and fits Pep Guardiola's ball-playing profile.
  • Virgil van Dijk Southampton

    #17 Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

    The defender most likely to come under the gaze of both Manchester City and Liverpool is Virgil van Dijk. He appeared to have set his heart on the Reds in the summer only for the deal to not be completed. Now, sitting pretty at the top of the table, City may have the upper hand.
  • Mauro Icardi Inter

    #18 Mauro Icardi (Inter)

    Mauro Icardi just keeps scoring. It's 17 goals in 17 games in Serie A this season for the Inter star, and his controversial personality may not inhibit the likes of Real Madrid, who are said to be seeking a new centre forward, from making a bid for much longer.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United

    #19 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan started slowly at Manchester United, then seemed to be getting the hang of things, but is now out of favour again. The Armenian does not appear to have earned the trust of Jose Mourinho, leading to links to Inter and even Premier League rivals Arsenal.
  • Lucas Moura PSG

    #20 Lucas Moura (PSG)

    Once upon a time, Lucas Moura was the Brazilian adored at Paris Saint-Germain; the Ligue 1 side made one of their first major splashes by beating Manchester United to his signature. Now PSG live in Neymar's world, though, and despite the fact that Lucas is a 25-year-old coming off a 19-goal season, he may end up in China.
  • Marouane Fellaini Manchester United

    #21 Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

    Jose Mourinho has repeatedly leaned on Marouane Fellaini's brute force since taking over at Manchester United but surprisingly, the Belgian has not been tied down to a new deal. Juventus are said to have their eye on him and if United can find a reinforcement, they may choose to recoup some cash.
  • Emre Can Liverpool

    #22 Emre Can (Liverpool)

    Juventus are also said to be fans of Liverpool's Emre Can, who, like Fellaini, is out of contract in the summer and yet to pen an extension. Again, though, a January departure will be dependent on the Reds' ability to secure a new signing in the centre of the park.
  • Jack Wilshere Arsenal

    #23 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

    Arsenal fans would hate to see one of their most gifted academy products leave, but Jack Wilshere is fit and playing for a place in England's World Cup plans. He has admitted himself that he needs first-team football, with Newcastle United one of the clubs said to be willing to offer it to him.
  • Leon Goretzka Schalke

    #24 Leon Goretzka (Schalke)

    With four goals in 11 league games this season, Schalke and Germany starlet Leon Goretzka will have his pick of Europe's top clubs - Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United are all said to be keen - if he sees out his contract, which expires in the summer. Schalke could well receive a bid to take him away before then.
  • Danny Rose Tottenham

    #25 Danny Rose (Tottenham)

    Tottenham may feel it is time to cut Danny Rose loose. The left-back was the subject of interest from Manchester United in the summer and has not hit top form since returning from injury, which could tempt Spurs to take the money - if it is still on offer - and move on.
  • Steven N'Zonzi Sevilla

    #26 Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla)

    Former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is vying for a place in France's World Cup squad and appears to fancy a return to the Premier League. Arsenal are believed to have been admirers of the 29-year-old for a while and Everton could join the race.
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan

    #27 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

    There is a mutiny breaking out at Milan, where many fans have again turned on the young goalkeeper they once adored. The controversy over Gianluigi Donnarumma's new contract at San Siro continues to roll on and given Mino Raiola is unlikely to attempt to calm things down, it could eventually force him out of the club.
  • Joao Mario Inter

    #28 Joao Mario (Inter)

    Joao Mario cost Inter more than €40m but a lack of starts may persuade him to seek a move away from San Siro in the January transfer window. Manchester United were said to be interested in the Portuguese playmaker when he left Sporting and could return with a bid.
  • Javier Pastore PSG

    #29 Javier Pastore (PSG)

    According to reports in France, Javier Pastore has already told his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates that he will be leaving in January. The Argentine has performed well when he has started this season but finds himself on the bench when everyone is available, and at 28 he looks set to pursue a new opportunity.
  • Arthur Melo Gremio

    #30 Arthur Melo (Gremio)

    Arthur is rated as one of the top prospects to come out of Brazil since Neymar, and is creating a similar buzz going into the January window. The young midfielder was pictured in a Barcelona shirt, fuelling rumours he was Camp Nou-bound - but the Catalans may yet face competition from arch-rivals Real Madrid for his signature.