The January transfer window is just six weeks away and with the mid-season market fast-approaching, clubs in need of reinforcements will be eyeing up potential additions as they look to finish their seasons as strongly as possible.
Known for being an inflated market in comparison to the summer window however, price-tags can be magnified amongst the desperation of January business, meaning chairmen are perhaps reluctant to part with their cash in some cases.
But amidst the speculation of crazy big-money deals, there are some relative bargains out there particularly when it comes to players whose contracts expire next summer.
If their current clubs don’t offload them in January, they run the risk of letting the player go on a free at the end of the season.
Here’s our list of the top five players who have yet to sign new contracts at their clubs and will hence become free agents in the near future.
A name that continues to be heavily linked with Manchester United, Toby Alderweireld has yet to sign a new deal at Tottenham and still just 29-years-old, would be an incredible addition to most clubs looking to sign a dependable leader – and a fantastic all-round player – at centre back.
United appear to still require such a player after missing out for a move for Alderweireld in the summer.
Mourinho may move back in for the Belgian in January, with United 11/2 favourites with bookies Paddy Power to sign him before February 1st.
With Spurs needing to sell to recoup some capital, particularly with the ongoing costs of their new stadium, he might be available for a relative bargain.
Aaron Ramsey is another player who is running down the remaining months of his contract at his current club and for a while now Arsenal have seemed resigned to losing the Welshman.
Another potential target for Manchester United and also rumoured to be fancied by Liverpool, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have emerged as odds-on favourites with bookmaker Ladbrokes to sign the 27-year-old.
Ramsey would be a great addition to any squad looking to strengthen and still has many years left to become a great value signing.
Once a regular starter, Gary Cahill is no longer a first-choice centre-back at Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri preferring the pairing of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.
Which must mean that the 32-year-old is keen for a move having recently retired from international football in an attempt to prolong his club career. Again, Cahill is out of contract in just over six months time.
David de Gea
De Gea has become one of Manchester United’s most important players in the post-Ferguson era, but they look like they might be losing the Spanish shot stopper in the near future.
De Gea is currently in the middle of contract negotiations with United and the club does have an option to extend his current deal by one year, but they run the risk of losing him for a small fee next season.
If he goes in January, they can still demand a respectable fee. Juventus are currently 9/2 favourites to get De Gea’s signature before February 1st.
Fabregas is another Chelsea man that is struggling to get game time at Stamford Bridge and his contract running out means he can leave for free in 2019.
Both AC and Inter Milan are keeping an eye on the veteran midfielder’s situation, who could still offer plenty to any side in the middle of the park.