Every Premier League player that can sign a pre-contract deal with another club in the January transfer window

Reiss Nelson, Ilkay Gundogan, Manuel Lanzini, Roberto Firmino - Premier League free agents

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.


Reiss Nelson
Mohamed Elneny*

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.”

Aston Villa

Frederic Guilbert
Ashley Young
Jed Steer


Jefferson Lerma
Jaidon Anthony
Jack Stacey
Jordan Zemura
Jamal Lowe*
Junior Stanislas
Will Dennis
Christian Saydee


Sergi Canos*
Mathias Jensen*
Pontus Jansson*
Saman Ghoddos*
Mads Bech Sorensen
Tariqe Fosu
Joel Valencia


Leandro Trossard*
Joel Veltman
Jan Paul van Hecke
Shane Duffy
Adam Lallana
Jason Steele
Haydon Roberts


N’Golo Kante
Thiago Silva
Marcus Bettinelli

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.”

Jorginho - Chelsea v West Ham United - Premier League - Stamford Bridge

Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha
Jeffrey Schlupp*
Jordan Ayew
Nathaniel Clyne
Luka Milivojevic
Nathan Ferguson
Joel Ward
Jack Butland
James Tomkins
Vicente Guaita*
James McArthur
Remi Mathews

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.


Yerry Mina
Abdoulaye Doucoure*
Tom Davies
Andros Townsend
Salomon Rondon*
Seamus Coleman
Asmir Begovic
Andy Lonergan


Tosin Adarabioyo*
Bobby Reid*
Neeskens Kebano
Nathaniel Chalobah*
Josh Onomah*
Tim Ream
Joe Bryan
Anthony Knockaert
Paulo Gazzaniga
Steven Sessegnon


Luke Ayling
Adam Forshaw*
Joel Robles
Mateusz Bogusz

Leicester City

Youri Tielemans
Caglar Soyuncu
Daniel Amartey
Ayoze Perez
Jonny Evans
Nampalys Mendy
Ryan Bertrand

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.


Roberto Firmino
Naby Keita
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
James Milner

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.

Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan
Scott Carson

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.

Manchester United 

Marcus Rashford*
Luke Shaw*
Diogo Dalot*
Cristiano Ronaldo*
David de Gea*
Phil Jones*
Tom Heaton*
Axel Tuanzebe
Alejandro Garnacho

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.

David de Gea and Marcus Rashford

Newcastle United

Jonjo Shelvey
Matt Ritchie
Paul Dummett
Mark Gillespie
Ciaran Clark
Matty Longstaff

Nottingham Forest

Jesse Lingard
Harry Arter
Jack Colback
Lyle Taylor
Jordan Smith

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. 


Mohamed Elyounoussi
Theo Walcott
Willy Caballero



West Ham

Manuel Lanzini*
Vladimir Coufal*
Aaron Cresswell
Craig Dawson
Angelo Ogbonna
Lukasz Fabianski*
Conor Coventry
Darren Randolph


Nelson Semedo*
Adama Traore
Diego Costa
Joao Moutinho
Leo Bonatini
Louie Moulden

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