The January transfer window is edging closer and several Premier League players could be about to decide their next move.
As of January 1, players in England can sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs with a view to moving at the end of the season.
We’ve taken a look at all the Premier League players that can sign pre-contract agreements in the January transfer window. We’ve also included players that are contracted to Premier League clubs but are currently out on loan.
Note: an asterisk denotes that the club have an option to extend the player’s contract but are yet to activate it.
After a difficult few years, Nelson seized his opportunity to impress against Nottingham Forest by scoring a brace in a 5-0 win.
The 22-year-old can still sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club in January but is keen to commit to his boyhood club.
“There’s been times where I’ve been a bit down, but my plan has never been to leave or say that I have no future here,” he said. “Of course [I would like a new deal]. Getting a new deal would be amazing and I would love to commit to the club. But I’m just really, really focused on doing the right stuff.”
Reiss Nelson's game by numbers vs. Nottingham Forest:
100% shot accuracy
92% pass accuracy
9 touches in opp. box
5x possession won
3 shots on target
2 chances created
2 passes into the box
What a performance off the bench. 💪 pic.twitter.com/isEgSexU0x
— Squawka (@Squawka) October 30, 2022
Mads Bech Sorensen
Jan Paul van Hecke
Jorginho is yet to make a decision on his future and Barcelona are reportedly planning a pre-contract move for the Italy international as they look to replace Sergio Busquets.
Barcelona, who signed Andreas Christensen on a free transfer earlier this year, are also interested in Kante, who has been plagued by injury problems this season.
While Bettinelli is yet to make his Premier League debut for the Blues, Silva is a key player and is seeking clarification over his future.
“For sure, there will be a time when we need to talk, it could be before the World Cup or after the World Cup because I need to know whether I will have a new contract with Chelsea for my family arrangements,” he said.
“If I don’t have a new contract, I will have to decide what to do. For my family it’s an important decision. We will see what happens.”
Zaha is expected to join one of the big six clubs in the Premier League after his Crystal Palace contract expires, but he could move abroad.
Roma manager Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to sign him in the summer window while Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan have previously been linked with the Ivory Coast international.
Tielemans looks set to leave Leicester at the end of the season and has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.
While he can’t sign a pre-contract deal with another Premier League team, Barcelona have reportedly been monitoring his situation and could make him an offer in January.
Tielemans TOP BINS SCREAMER from all angles 🔝🗑️ pic.twitter.com/PaXQn0d1B0
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 24, 2022
Despite his impressive form in 2022/23, Firmino hasn’t signed a new contract at Liverpool and Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid have all expressed interest in the Brazil international.
Keita is also attracting interest from clubs outside of England as Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Barcelona are reportedly looking to sign him on a free transfer.
Gundogan has been a key player for City in recent years, helping them win four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup.
But Pep Guardiola’s side reportedly fear that the midfielder will reject their contract offer, and he has been linked with Bayern Munich and Juventus.
David de Gea*
According to reports, Erik ten Hag has told the United hierarchy to halt any plans to offer players new contracts as he wants to determine who deserves to remain in the squad.
But the manager may have to act quickly as Rashford, Dalot and De Gea have all been linked with clubs in Spain and United are yet to trigger the 12-month option in their contracts.
While United might decide to keep Ronaldo in January, the forward could decide what club he plays for next season by signing a pre-contract deal.
Despite only joining Nottingham Forest in the summer, Lingard can already think about his next move and sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January.
He reportedly rejected offers from clubs outside of England in the summer transfer window and might be regretting that decision following a poor start to the season.