By Jamie Elliott
The January transfer window is fast approaching and contracts are dwindling down.
With players looking for football and clubs looking to cash in before the dreaded free transfer, here’s a look at the players most likely to make club exits.
5. Dani Alves
Dani Alves will leave Barcelona, but it is a question of when.
The full-back has already said that he will leave the Catalan club in 2015 and has spoken of his desire to play in England, putting several of the Premier League’s top clubs on alert.
The 31-year-old told Brazilian publication O Globo: “This will be my last season at Barcelona. Next year I will move to England. I want to play in the birthplace of football.”
Alves has had a stellar career in La Liga, winning four league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues and two UEFA Super Cups and will have no shortage of suitors come January.
The Chelsea midfielder has been the subject of continued interest from Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti, the manager who signed him during his spell in London.
The Spanish side let midfielders Xabi Alonso and Di Maria go and are lacking that tough-tackling entity in midfield and look set to test Chelsea for the player’s signature in January.
The Blues midfielder is no longer a regular starter under Jose Mourinho and a move to Real Madrid would be hard to turn down.
3. Sami Khedira
During the summer, Sami Khedira seemingly turned down a new contract with the Champions League winners and his current deal will run out in 2015.
With Real Madrid keen to cash in on the midfielder, it is looking likely that the 27-year-old will make a January exit from the club.
The German has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea and a move to London is looking increasingly likely.
2. Lukas Podolski
The Germany international has become the forgotten man at Arsenal in the start of the season, making only one start in the Capital One Cup and seven substitute appearances.
The 29-year-old has become increasingly frustrated with his lack of football and is likely to move on from the Gunners if his situation does not change.
“I am a full blooded player, a street player and I love competition. If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur,” he told RTL Television.
“We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about.”
1. Juan Mata
Juan Mata just can’t seem to catch a break. After being shut out of the Chelsea first-team by Jose Mourinho, the Spaniard is now struggling to hold a role at Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.
With the Reds’ acquisitions of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao this summer, it has made Mata fall down the pecking order.
The Spain international was a January sale last year and could now be set to move on again with Manchester United reportedly set to cash in on the playmaker this January.
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