The Premier League games are always tight and fast this time of year – as are the transfer rumors.
When the window reopens on Friday we will see more reports of everything that could come and go that could happen in the Manic Month.
Paul Pogba has flirted with the idea of leaving Man United several times. Will January finally be the time he’s leaving?
The teams want to attract some players to prepare for the final months of their respective campaigns, but they may also try to eliminate any individuals who are considered overwhelmed.
Some clubs will be desperate to keep players who are attracting the attention of others.
In the meantime, there may even be some players who look like they’re on the move before signing a new long-term contract.
Who is most likely to get out next month?
Below you can see who is most likely to leave each Premier League club in January, according to Paddy Power, and what the likelihood is that they will leave.
The most likely departure of any Premier League club in January
* Odds of winning according to Paddy Power
- Arsenal – Mesut Ozil (2/1)
- Aston Villa – Wonderful Nakamba (15/8)
- Brighton – Yves Bissouma (8/1)
- Burnley – James Tarkowski (4/1)
- Chelsea – Olivier Giroud (6/1)
- Crystal Palace – Andros Townsend (4/1)
- Everton – Bernard (3/1)
- Fulham – Tim Ream (5/2)
- Leicester – Jonny Evans (10/1)
- Leeds – Helder Costa (8/1)
- Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum (14/1)
- Manchester City – John Stones (6/1)
- Manchester United – Paul Pogba (5/2)
- Newcastle – Dwight Gayle (3/1)
- Sheffield United – John Lundstram (7/4)
- Southampton – Ryan Bertrand (10/1)
- Tottenham – Dele Alli (8/11)
- West Brom – Charlie Austin (4/6)
- West Ham – Robert Snodgrass (11/8)
- Wolves – Conor Coady (16/1)
Outstanding names clearly include Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, with Mesut Ozil, Paul Pogba and Dele Alli tipping them to leave their respective clubs.
January is the last chance for the Gunners to benefit from Ozil as the German’s contract expires in June 2021.
Pogba has been linked with a move for a long time, but with his agent recently announcing that his time at Old Trafford is over, Paddy Power offers 5/2 chances for him to leave.
As for Alli, he can’t get a game under Jose Mourinho so his days at Spurs may just be numbered.
Ozil hasn’t played for Arsenal since March
While Alli cannot connect with Mourinho
As for the rest of the Big Six clubs, a formidable Olivier Giroud is linked to a move from Chelsea, while Georginio Wijnaldum could leave Liverpool.
As it stands, both players can leave for free in the summer.
John Stones have been ordered to leave Manchester City but at 6/1 and that is highly unlikely at the moment as he’s been pushing back on the first team.
There are fascinating opportunities for Brighton with Yves Bissouma being considered the most likely January departure. Liverpool and Real Madrid are linked to the 24-year-old midfielder.
James Tarkowski is 4/1 to leave Burnley with the Clarets involved in a relegation battle this season, while Wolves captain Conor Coady is the most likely player to leave Molineux – perhaps with Liverpool youth club potentially on the Search for a new center is back.
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Bissouma (left) was one of the unlikely stars this season
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Coady started his career in Liverpool and established himself with Wolves