9 players your club could sign for FREE from Europe in January – Mirror Online
The January transfer window is in full swing and we still have a couple of weeks to go.
While most clubs will be looking to get new faces through the door immediately others will already have one eye on next season.
And that means identifying players who could arrive at the end of the season.
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There are a raft of players that will be free agents this summer, meaning they can talk to foreign clubs this month to reach a pre-contract agreement.
Here are nine options for Premier League clubs.
The France midfielder will definitely not be staying at PSG past this summer.
Rabiot, 23, remains one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in Europe and PSG were desperate to keep him.
But he spurned their advances and his agent insists he has made a “definite” decision to leave Parc des Princes.
It is unlikely Rabiot will play for the French champions again with Liverpool and Arsenal both said to be interested.
Barca looked to have agreed a deal with PSG but Bayern have joined the race late on.
Manchester United wanted to sign the Atletico Madrid defender in the summer but ended up getting nowhere.
Godin and his representatives rejected United although the Red Devils were tipped to reignite their interest at the end of the season.
Those plans may now change given Jose Mourinho’s exit but the 32-year-old is still likely to be in demand.
Atletico are desperate to tie Godin down to a new deal and despite talks, he never actually put pen to paper.
Godin has spent the last eight years with Atletico but it appears a move to Inter is more likely.
Could the Dutchman be lured back to the Premier League.
Robben’s contract at Bayern Munich is up this summer and he has confirmed he will be leaving the Allianz Arena.
He is yet to decide where he is heading or if he will hang up his boots, but the winger could still be an astute signing.
At the age of 34, Robben is not the same player we saw in his pomp at Chelsea but another crack in England could appeal.
An emotional return to former club PSV has also been mooted and at this stage appears more likely.
The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently plying his trade with Nice in France.
Balotelli looked set to leave the Ligue 1 club last summer after failing to show up for pre-season but stayed put.
After two fine campaigns, Balotelli hasn’t scored a single goal this term and his exit appears inevitable.
His agent has talked up a move to the Premier League but he looks set to stay in France.
Babel has been revitalised in Turkey with Besiktas but he is unlikely to sign a new deal.
The 32-year-old has also earned a spot in the Dutch starting line-up in recent months.
During his ill-fated spell at Liverpool, Babel claimed the system used by Rafa Benitez didn’t suit his style of play and he wasn’t given time to adapt.
Now a more experienced player, he may be tempted by another crack at the Premier League.
The left-back looks certain to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of his contract.
Luis has fallen behind Lucas Hernandez in the pecking order in the Spanish capital in the past 12 months.
The Brazilian rejoined Atletico after a brief spell at Chelsea, where things simply didn’t work out.
Luis turns 34 in August so a return the Premier League may not be on the cards but he has unfinished business for sure.
Vermaelen’s Barcelona career continues to be hampered by injuries.
Reports in Spain suggested the Belgian could be offered a one-year extension by the La Liga champions.
But the former Arsenal defender has made just a handful of appearances this season.
He admitted he was open to returning to the Premier League earlier this month, saying: “I have warm memories of my time in England and I was very happy there.”
The Mexican midfielder has admitted his time with Porto has come to an end after five years with the club.
Three contract offers have been rejected and it is inevitable he will be moved on.
Herrera was linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham in the summer and at the age of 28 he still has plenty to offer.
Don’t be surprised to see a Premier League club move for the midfielder.
Dzagoev is another player who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has spent the last decade at CSKA Moscow and there are still suggestions an offer could still emerge.
But were it not to, Dzagoev could be offered the chance to try his luck in Englad.