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Who is on the move? Ten top players who will soon be available on free transfers

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With the January transfer window a few days away now, attention will soon turn to how might be on the move.

Indeed, if the winter market is notoriously difficult to navigate, it often represents the first flirtation between clubs and players, especially those who are approaching the end of their contracts.

Some of the biggest names in the game will be able to talk to foreign clubs in January, and while pre-contractual deals are reasonably rare, the next few weeks will provide some sort of indication as to where many of them are going.

With that in mind, Standard Sport’s reporting team has identified the top stories you need to keep as contracts across Europe and beyond.

Giuseppe Muro

Mbappe tried to force a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and is expected to end his contract at Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are hoping to negotiate a new deal with the 22-year-old, but a move to Real next summer seems the most likely outcome. Real could face competition from Liverpool and Manchester City, but Mbappe has made it clear that his desire is to move to the Bernabeu.

Manchester United appear to have agreed for Pogba to terminate his contract at Old Trafford and become a free agent next summer. United will not allow the 28-year-old to leave in January, so he is free to negotiate a summer stint with a non-England squad from January 1. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all have a long-term interest. in Pogba.

Jack Rosser

Lingard’s offer to find his way into the Manchester United squad after his superb loan with West Ham fell flat. He hasn’t started a Premier League game all season, having rejected West Ham’s summer advances in favor of a final crack at Old Trafford.

The Hammers remain enthusiastic in January, but it is believed that some in Lingard’s camp would rather wait until summer and move with a wider selection of clubs. England will be a key factor in any move. Leaving a move until the summer risks leaving the midfield little time to work its way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup in Qatar.

London, Madrid or … Newcastle. Niklas Sule appears to have a number of offers on the table if he cuts his contract with Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old has never really clicked at Bayern and would feel underrated at the club and therefore want to come out at the end of the season. There have been some fitness and form issues but the defender has stepped up since Julian Nagelsmann arrived and will be a good catch for whoever drops him.

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Dan Kilpatrick

Now in his tenth season at Tottenham, the Frenchman shows no signs of lowering standards and has likely been the club’s outstanding player in 2021. Lloris and his manager Antonio Conte have been shy about a new deal. for the 35-year-old, but Spurs are expected to step up discussions in the new year. The Blues captain is ready to end his MLS career and might want a stint in his native south of France. Before that, he will surely want one last chance to win a trophy with his adopted club.

After a strange but not insignificant season at Tottenham, Bale has returned to the familiar position of Real Madrid’s outcast, and his next move is shrouded in mystery. The 32-year-old has played down talks about retirement after Euro and he won’t hang up his boots if Wales reach the World Cup in Qatar, making him an intriguing option as a free agent for someone. A money transfer to China is no longer an option, but maybe MLS or the Middle East could give it a try. Or how about a third spell at Spurs? A good golf course in the area is the only prerequisite.

James robson

He might just be the most wanted free agent this summer and is set to become the highest paid defender in world football. European giants are lining up for Chelsea center-back, who is reborn under Thomas Tuchel.

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