2018 has got off to a blazing start and the action will just keep on coming as we watch clubs go head-to-head with each other in order to bring in the best talents from around the world in this January transfer window. The mid-season transfer window has had quite a few record-breaking deals but it can never compare to the madness that goes in the last 2 months of the summer window.
However, in January all clubs are allowed to approach players who have less than 6 months remaining on their contract. The players themselves have an option of entering into discussion with other clubs and sign pre-contracts if they are able to come to common terms.
Here we look at the 5 players who were available for free in the summer transfer window.
1. Alexis Sanchez
One of the most intriguing transfer saga of the summer looks to be continuing from where it left off now that the window is back open. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that only if he finds a perfect replacement will he allow Sanchez to leave this month, however, if the Chilean decides to stay for another six months and not sign a new contract, he will surely start a huge bidding war between clubs like PSG and Manchester City.
Sanchez could have easily been playing for League leaders Man City, however, a late disruption in Thomas Lemar’s deal to Arsenal, hampered any chance that City had of signing Sanchez.
2. Mesut Ozil
Another player who is slowly inching towards the completion of his contract with Arsenal is Mesut Ozil. The German international has been in fine form this season but a new contract extension with Gunners is nowhere in sight right now. The World Cup winner will become a free agent in the summer if Wenger doesn’t manage to get his contract sorted out.
Manchester United appear to be most interested in bringing Ozil to the Old Trafford stadium. However, Wenger has indicated in recent press conferences that he is confident that the former Real Madrid player will definitely sign a new contract.
3. Ander Herrera
Even though Manchester United are sweating over the future of Jose Mourinho at the club, they need to keep their attention on Ander Herrera, whose contract with the Red Devils comes to an end in summer 2018. The former Bilbao defender moved to England in 2014 and has since gone on to become a fan favourite.
However, with Pogba and Matic in the squad, it is unlikely that Herrera will get much playing time in the starting XI, which is why he could be tempted to move away. United do have an option of extending his contract by one year but with time passing by quickly, it is essential that they get the contract in order before the window opens in the summer and various clubs come in with their offer.
4. Juan Mata
With Manchester United struggling to keep up with their neighbours Manchester City, it will be interesting to see how they go about their transfer business in Premier League’s summer of 2018. Juan Mata has been pretty consistent for United since moving from Chelsea in 2014 for a hefty sum and is one of the most loved players in the league.
However, with the team going through an overhaul, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho deals with the question of extending Mata’s contract which will reach it’s conclusion in the summer this year. The Spanish international is highly talented and has the ability to pick out those perfect passes from almost anywhere on the pitch.
5. Emre Can
Can arrived at the Anfield as a talented youngster in 2014 but has since gone on to become a regular German national. His contract in Premier League is in its final 6 months and now he has the option to talk to other clubs regarding his future. However, it is inconceivable that Jurgen Klopp would allow an experienced solid midfield to leave the club, especially given the defensive frailties they have faced this season.
Juventus are one of the clubs who have shown interest in getting Can to Italy. The 23-year-old still has his best years ahead of him, hence letting him go for free in the summer could prove to be a huge mistake by Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool management.