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14 top-class footballers who could be on the move in the January Transfer Window

Gareth Bale, Christian Eriksen, Petr Cech and others.

1. Kevin Strootman

Italy Soccer Serie A Source: AP/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £32million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

The Dutch midfielder has been continually linked with a move to Manchester United, though his current club Roma have maintained that they are reluctant to sell the star.

2. Ron Vlaar

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Hull City - Villa Park Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £12million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

Another player that Louis van Gaal has experience of coaching at international level, Vlaar would bring some much-needed experience to a United defence that often looks vulnerable when pressurised. Moreover, Villa manager Paul Lambert recently admitted that the 29-year-old defender could leave the club.

3. Christian Eriksen

Britain Soccer Premier League Source: AP/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £32million

Most likely destination: Paris Saint-Germain

The 22-year-old has lit up the Premier League in 2014, scoring more goals than any other midfielder (excluding penalties), and according to Danish newspaper BT, a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, including PSG, are eager to sign him. Of course, whether Tottenham will sell him, even if an attractive offer comes in, is another matter.

4. Gareth Bale

Morocco Soccer Club World Cup Source: Abdeljalil Bounhar

Estimated Price: £120million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

Any move would likely go through in the summer, nonetheless a deal could be arranged for then in January, and recent reports in the Spanish media have suggested a transfer between United and Madrid is possible, with the Red Devils understood to be willing to break Bale’s own world record fee in order to secure his services.

5. Petr Cech

Soccer - Petr Cech File Photo Source: Andrew Matthews

Estimated Price: £7million

Most likely destination: Arsenal

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed an interest in the Chelsea stopper, who is no longer the number one goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge. However, the player’s agent has indicated it could be the summer rather than January when the deal is finalised.

6. Mario Mandzukic

Spain Soccer King Cup Source: AP/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £25million

Most likely destination: Manchester City

With Sergio Aguero’s fitness not always reliable, the prolific Croatia and Atletico Madrid striker would be a welcome addition to the City squad, even if he would not be eligible to play Champions League football, having already featured in the competition for his current side earlier this season.

7. Edinson Cavani

France Champions League Soccer Source: Francois Mori

Estimated Price: £50million

Most likely destination: Arsenal

The Uruguay striker is understood to be unhappy at having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG and thus, manager Laurent Blanc is reportedly fed up and ready to cash in on his 27-year-old star.

8.  Fabio Coentrao

Soccer - 2014 UEFA Super Cup - Sevilla v Real Madrid - Cardiff City Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Estimated Price: £25million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all thought to be chasing the Portugal international, with the full-back no longer wanted by Real Madrid.

9. Kevin De Bruyne

France Soccer Europa League Source: AP/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £30million

Most likely destination: Manchester City

Chelsea only sold the Belgian international for £18million earlier this year to Wolfsburg, but Manchester City are now reportedly willing to pay nearly double that amount to bring the 23-year-old back to the Premier League.

10. Sergio Busquets

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 - Manchester City v Barcelona - Etihad Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Estimated Price: £25million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

Barcelona are currently happy enough to offer the experienced midfielder a new contract, but Busquets remains keen to keep his options open, with Manchester United reportedly ready to pounce.

11. Mats Hummels

Germany Soccer Bundesliga Source: Frank Augstein

Estimated Price: £25million

Most likely destination: Manchester United

Louis van Gaal is well aware he needs at least one extra centre-back, as illustrated by his recent need to deploy Michael Carrick in defence. The German World Cup winner would fit the bill nicely, particularly as he’s reportedly ecome disillusioned with life at Dortmund owing to the club’s poor recent form.

12. Paul Pogba

Italy Soccer Serie A Source: AP/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £63million

Most likely destination: Paris St Germain

It would take some serious cash to prise Pogba away from Juventus, nonetheless Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all remain interested, though PSG appear best positioned to land the young central midfielder.

13. Morgan Schneiderlin

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Ham United v Southampton - Upton Park Source: Daniel Hambury

Estimated Price: £25million

Most likely destination: Arsenal

The Southampton star is unlikely to be with the club much longer owing to a string of highly influential displays. Tottenham remain keen on buying the French player, but he is thought to prefer a move to London rivals Arsenal. 

14. Matija Nastasic

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Everton - Etihad Stadium Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Estimated Price: £10million

Most likely destination: Juventus

The out-of-favour Manchester City youngster has been consistently linked with a move to Italy in recent times, with Juventus, Lazio and Roma among the clubs mentioned as possible destinations for the 21-year-old centre-back.

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