The January transfer window is open for business and clubs across the Premier League will be looking to bolster their ranks, including Manchester United and Manchester City.
United’s need for reinforcements was magnified once again during Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to City, while the Blues themselves have struggled for defensive stability this season and that has allowed Liverpool to cement themselves as clear favourites for the Premier League title.
The January transfer window also presents the opportunity for clubs to get ahead of the curve by signing overseas players on pre-contract agreements, with those players then arriving for free in the summer.
This is something Italian giants Juventus have developed a reputation for, having signed Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain in the past 12 months.
Here, we have identified 29 notable players that can be signed on pre-contractual agreements this month.
Walter Benitez – OGC Nice
Thomas Meunier – Paris Saint-Germain
Layvin Kurzawa – Paris Saint-Germain
Nacho – Real Madrid
Benjamin Stambouli – Schalke
Jose Luis Palomino – Atalanta
Robin Knoche – Wolfsburg
Ezequiel Garay – Valencia
Jemerson – Monaco
Omar Elabdellaoui – Olympiacos
Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-Germain
Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund
Giacomo Bonaventura – AC Milan
Blaise Matuidi – Juventus
Charles Aranguiz – Bayer Leverkusen
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
Ever Banega – Sevilla
Daler Kuzyaev – Zenit St. Petersburg
Gaston Pereiro – PSV Eindhoven
Janik Haberer – Freiburg
Adil Aouchiche – Paris Saint-Germain
Viktor Kovalenko – Shakhtar Donetsk
Mikel San Jose – Athletic Bilbao
Steven Zuber – Hoffenheim
Dries Mertens – Napoli
Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
Jose Callejon – Napoli
Artem Dzyuba – Zenit St. Petersburg
Josip Ilicic – Atalantat