Top 25 January 2019 transfer targets: From Dembele to Isco, Hazard to Pulisic

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As the January transfer window draws closer, Goal takes a look at some of the biggest names who could be on the move

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    Toby Alderweireld | Tottenham | Defender

    Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld was on the brink of a move to Manchester United during the summer, but the transfer ultimately did not materialise. The Belgium international has been a key component of Spurs' defence under Mauricio Pochettino, striking a formidable understanding with compatriot Jan Vertonghen, but his contract expires next summer and he looks likely to depart North London after four seasons. United remain in the market for reinforcements and Alderweireld, who will cost considerably less than the fees touted during the summer, certainly meets the requirements.
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    Mario Balotelli | Nice | Forward

    With his contract running out in the summer of 2019 it looked likely Nice were set to cash in on Mario Balotelli during the summer, but the Italy international eventually agreed to remain at the club for another campaign. Marseille were strongly linked with the striker, while Napoli are also believed to have been in the mix. Interestingly, Major League Soccer has been suggested as a potential destination for Balotelli, with Philadelphia Union being mentioned in connection with him. However, Union's sporting director Ernst Tanner denied the rumours.
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    Matteo Darmian | Manchester United | Defender

    Matteo Darmian's playing time at Manchester United has been severely limited in the past two seasons and the Italy international has made no secret of his desire to leave Old Trafford. Napoli made an offer to loan Darmian during the summer, with an option to buy, but United did not sanction the move. Serie A is the likely destination for the 29-year-old, with Inter and Juventus linked during the summer. However, Jose Mourinho's defensive woes mean the Red Devils boss is likely to demand replacements are secured before allowing a January move.
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    Frenkie de Jong | Ajax | Midfielder

    Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong's star is on the rise and a move away from the Netherlands could be confirmed in January. In November, Goal revealed that Manchester City are winning the race to secure the highly-rated 21-year-old's signature, beating the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. A deal to bring De Jong to the Premier League would see him remain at Ajax until the end of the season.
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    Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona | Forward

    Ousmane Dembele is only mid-way through his second season at Barcelona since making a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, but Goal understands the forward has asked to leave the club, with a January departure a real possibility. Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with the France international, who could be used as a makeweight in a deal which would see Neymar return to Barca. A move to the Premier League move has also been touted, with Arsenal and Liverpool among the clubs believed to be keen.
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    Brahim Diaz | Manchester City | Midfielder

    Manchester City have no shortage of talent in their squad, but they are set to lose one of their most promising youngsters in January. Goal understands Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz has decided not to renew his contract at the club and has reached an informal agreement with Real Madrid. Diaz, whose dribbling ability has been likened to that of Lionel Messi, is highly rated by Pep Guardiola and the Catalan wants to retain the midfielder's services. However, the 19-year-old's desire for first-team football is resolute, so a move - even if only temporary - is likely.
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    Cesc Fabregas | Chelsea | Midfielder

    Cesc Fabregas' playing time at Chelsea has been heavily impacted by the arrival of Jorginho and the 31-year-old is on the radar of a number of clubs. With his current deal expiring in the summer and no new one agreed, the door is open for Fabregas to make an early exit from Stamford Bridge in January. AC Milan are reportedly keen on the World Cup winner, but a return to Spain could also be on the cards, with Atletico Madrid said to be monitoring the situation.
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    Olivier Giroud | Chelsea | Forward

    Olivier Giroud returned to Chelsea for the 2018-19 season with a World Cup winner's medal and the striker has cultivated a healthy rivalry with Alvaro Morata for a place in the Blues' first XI. However, the 32-year-old's contract runs out in the summer and he has consistently been linked with a move back to Ligue 1, with Marseille believed to be leading the hunt. 
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    Eden Hazard | Chelsea | Midfielder

    Maurizio Sarri is staging a tactical revolution at Chelsea and Eden Hazard is a crucial part of the Italian's vision for the Blues, but he may not be there much longer. The club are locked in protracted negotiations with Hazard about renewing his contract, which expires in 2020, but the Belgium international is torn, with a 'dream' move to Real Madrid potentially on the table. The Liga giants are on the lookout for new talismanic forces after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and they are expected to up the ante in January.
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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic | LA Galaxy | Forward

    The allure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows no sign of abating. Despite the Swede's advancing years, he could be set for a return to one of Europe's big leagues in January after impressing at LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic made the switch from Manchester United to Major League Soccer in March 2018 and finished the season with 22 goals in 27 appearances for the Galaxy. That form has attracted attention from one of his former clubs, AC Milan, who are ready to make a move for the 37-year-old in the winter transfer window.
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    Isco | Real Madrid | Midfielder

    The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid opened the door for a new focal point at the club and Isco was among those expected to step up and fill the void. However, the Spain international has endured a nightmarish season, with rumours of a rift with Santiago Solari, and speculation is mounting he could be set to leave. Europe's elite clubs, such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Napoli and even Barcelona, are on high alert, but they would have to be willing to fork out at least €80 million (£71m/$91m) to prise him from Madrid's grasp.
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    Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli | Defender

    Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has firmly established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A and he is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United, who are desperately attempting to bolster their backline. However, having signed a new deal in the summer and with a price tag said to be in excess of €100m (£89m/$114m), it will take a record bid for the Red Devils to secure his services. Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on the issue at the beginning of December, saying: "The only thing I can tell you is Koulibaly is a Napoli player. And I don't speak about players from other clubs."
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    Anthony Martial | Manchester United | Forward

    At the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign Anthony Martial's Manchester United future was in serious doubt. Faltering form and clashes with Jose Mourinho contributed to the narrative that he was set to leave the club during the summer. He has improved since then, chipping in with six goals in 11 league appearances. Nevertheless, the France international's contract extension still has not been triggered, suggesting his long-term future remains unclear. Bayern Munich were strongly linked with the forward during the summer and could rekindle their interest, while Arsenal have also been suggested as a good fit.
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    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic | Lazio | Midfielder

    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was said to have been on the radar of a host of clubs during the summer, with Manchester United, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all linked, but the midfielder ended speculation by penning a new deal with Lazio. Despite a dip in form this season, the Serbia international remains highly regarded and Lazio are believed to have reduced their valuation, which should pique the attention of suitors.
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    Victor Moses | Chelsea | Forward

    The arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea has not been good for Victor Moses and Goal understands the winger is considering his options. Having been restricted mainly to substitute appearances this season, the former Nigeria international is open to the idea of leaving the Blues in search of regular games. A loan move is a potential avenue, with the likes of West Ham and Wolves believed to be admirers.
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    Benjamin Pavard | Stuttgart | Defender

    Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard is one of the Bundesliga's brightest stars at the moment and that means one thing - links with Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants have a habit of hoovering up the league's best talent and the 22-year-old, who shone in Russia as France won the World Cup in the summer, is considered more than capable of making the step up. A deal could potentially be put in place during the January window, but it seems likely that any move would only transpire at the end of the season.

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    Krzysztof Piatek | Genoa | Forward

    Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is cultivating a burgeoning reputation in Serie A and has already tallied double figures in the goal charts. The Poland international, whose goalscoring exploits have led to comparisons to Robert Lewandowski, is on the radar of Chelsea as the Blues seek a replacement for Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Barcelona and Napoli have also been keeping tabs on Piatek.
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    Christian Pulisic | Borussia Dortmund | Midfielder

    Dubbed "Wonder Boy" by the American media, Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic has been turning heads in Europe for a number of years. As reported by Goal, the midfielder, who turned 20 in September, is one of Chelsea's top transfer targets as the uncertainty over Eden Hazard's future rumbles on. The only obstacle to a potential move is the difference of valuation, with the Blues in disagreement with Dortmund's £70 million ($89m) price tag. Paris Saint-Germain are also in the market for Pulisic, but Liverpool, who have previously shown interest, have bowed out of the race.
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    Adrien Rabiot | PSG | Midfielder

    Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate Adrien Rabiot was touted for a summer exit from Parc des Princes and the rumour mill has started up once again ahead of the January transfer window. The 23-year-old France international has stalled on signing a new deal with PSG, meaning he could leave for free, and has a string of top clubs on high alert, including Barcelona, who look set to miss out on top target Frenkie de Jong. Premier League clubs Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with Rabiot.
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    Aaron Ramsey | Arsenal | Midfielder

    Despite an impressive series of performances for Arsenal in recent weeks, Aaron Ramsey's departure from north London has been decided and his new club could be known in January, when he will be free to conduct negotiations. Goal understands Bayern Munich are leading the way, with Barcelona, Juventus, Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea also putting forward offers to the Wales international.
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    Daniele Rugani | Juventus | Defender

    The return of Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan has had a negative effect on Daniele Rugani's Juventus career and the defender could be set to force a move away in search of first-team football. Rugani, who is valued at around €50m (£45m/$57m), is a target for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who missed out on landing the 24-year-old during the summer. However, Goal understands Juve will put up a fight to keep the defender at the club.
  22. Milan Skriniar | Inter | Defender

    Inter defender Milan Skriniar was on a long list of Manchester United's desired defensive reinforcements during the summer and the Red Devils are likely to revisit the idea of making a move in January. The Slovakia international has conceded that interest from United is flattering, but he is also considering a new deal with the Nerazzurri.
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    Denis Suarez | Barcelona | Midfielder

    Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez is a reported target for Chelsea, who are said to be willing to pay £45m ($57m) for his services. Suarez is believed to be unsettled at Camp Nou as he struggles to force his way into Ernesto Valverde's first-team plans, but Goal understands that, with a year and a half left on his current contract, he would prefer to stay and fight rather than leave. Nevertheless, the Blues could well test his resolve - and that of Barca - by making a firm offer.
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    Sandro Tonali | Brescia | Midfielder

    Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali has been given the title of 'The New Pirlo' by the Italian media, due to his style of play and long hair, so it's no surprise he has been attracting admiring glances from some of the world's biggest clubs. Chelsea are among that contingent, Goal understands, along with Juventus, Inter, Roma and Napoli. Tonali's price tag is believed to be in the region of €20 million (£17m/$23m).
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    Julian Weigl | Borussia Dortmund | Midfielder

    Germany international Julian Weigl has been out of favour at Borussia Dortmund this season, but the midfielder's appeal extends beyond the Bundesliga and he could find himself at a new club in January. Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be chief suitors for Weigl's signature, thanks in no small part to the fact that their coach, Thomas Tuchel, was the man who signed him for Dortmund from 1860 Munich. Manchester City are also reported to be keen, with Pep Guardiola viewing Weigl as an alternative to Jorginho, who snubbed a move to the Etihad Stadium to join Chelsea instead.