Exodus of the outcasts: Dele Alli is almost certain to leave Tottenham while Mesut Ozil’s future lies away from Arsenal and Sergio Romero is looking to quit Old Trafford… the unwanted stars who could be on the move in January
- Mauricio Pochettino’s pending arrival at PSG means Dele Alli should leave Spurs
- Alli would run into the arms of his former mentor in France to revive his career
- Christian Eriksen is being offered around Europe as Inter Milan seek a quick deal
- Mesut Ozil’s future surely lies away from Arsenal but players want him to stay
For many, the pending appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as Paris Saint-Germain boss means Dele Alli’s scripted exit from Tottenham is nigh on complete.
Seemingly an outcast under Jose Mourinho, Alli would run into the arms of his former mentor in France to revive his career.
Last week’s public dressing down from an angry Mourinho only raised expectation that when the January transfer window opens on Saturday, Alli will not be seen for the proverbial dust.
Dele Alli’s exit from Tottenham is nigh-on complete with Mauricio Pochettino set for PSG
Alli would run into the arms of his former Tottenham mentor in France to revive his career
Alli has not looked comfortable under Mourinho. But in truth, he has been out of form for 18 months, left on the bench and out of squads.
Yet PSG were given short shrift in summer and, despite how it looks, the message from Tottenham still is there is little appetite to lose the 24-year-old even though he wants out.
There have been no hard talks over a January move and they want Alli to stay and fight for his place, citing the renaissance of Tanguy Ndombele as an example to follow. Mourinho is not averse to changing his system should Alli rediscover his touch when opportunities arise through injuries — such as Giovani Lo Celso’s hamstring tear.
Mourinho would rather add to his squad, wanting cover in midfield and centre back. But he will let goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga leave and there is no route back for Danny Rose. Up until last week’s driving mishap, the 30-year-old had been training well with the Under 23s. With six months left on his contract, he has been biding his time waiting for the right offer.
Mesut Ozil’s future surely lies away from Arsenal though some senior players want him to stay
Christian Eriksen is being offered around Europe as Inter Milan seek a quick deal
Liverpool are willing to accept offers of around £20million for striker Divock Origi
Alli and Co are not the only high profile players looking for a way out next week in a market where the emphasis is on sales.
Christian Eriksen is being offered around Europe as Inter Milan seek a quick deal while former Chelsea firebrand Diego Costa had his contract cancelled by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday
Mesut Ozil’s future surely lies away from Arsenal. Though some senior players have pushed for him to be integrated back into Mikel Arteta’s squad, believing the win over Chelsea masked their greater need for creativity, there is a desire to raise funds.
Ozil has interest from MLS, Turkey, Germany and Italy but the cost is the main obstacle. Arsenal, cooling on Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, have considered Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho while Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is fancied but unlikely to be sold in January.
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is one of several players that Chelsea will look to move on
The need for funds means other sacrifices may be made, such as the sale of Hector Bellerin. Arsenal face a decision over highly-rated forward Folarin Balogun too. Still to agree a new contract, he has attracted attention from Liverpool and Bundesliga clubs.
Danny Drinkwater is one of several players that Chelsea will look to move on. The 30-year-old’s last first team appearance for Chelsea was over two years ago in the Community Shield. Loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa ended badly and he was reluctant to drop down a division in the summer. But all options will be considered now.
Left back Marcos Alonso is in talks over a move to Atletico, while Fikayo Tomori is a loan option for Newcastle. Chelsea will also listen to offers for Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Jorginho.
Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has seen two potential moves break down
Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero was priced out of a transfer to Everton in the summer and has seen negotiations over a move to Valencia falter. Compatriot Marcos Rojo may have more luck leaving. Sheffield United tried to lure him in August and will try again but face competition from Newcastle.
Liverpool have often turned to Divock Origi in times of need but are now willing to accept offers of around £20million for the Belgian. Wolves, who have asked about Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic among others, would like Origi, though preferably on loan.
Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny was considered one of the best full backs in the Bundesliga while on loan at Schalke last season. Yet Carlo Ancelotti has utilised others as makeshift right backs instead of Kenny, 23, and a move away looks the best option.
Forgotten team-mate Yannick Bolasie, a £25m signing from Crystal Palace four years ago, is looking for a fresh start with Middlesbrough discussing a loan.
Palace are willing to offload defender James Tomkins while midfielder James McCarthy is out of contract in the summer.
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