January transfer window: Top three players available for pre-contract agreements


Christian Eriksen is free to negotiate pre-contract deals with other clubs in January transfer window
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The players who have only six months remaining in their contracts with their current clubs are free to agree pre-contract agreements with other sides in the January transfer window.

With the opening of the January transfer window earlier today, Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is free to agree pre-contract deals with other clubs.

The 27-year-old Danish midfielder has refused to sign a new deal with the North London club and is adamant of running down his existing contract.

His potential departure would mean bad news for Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho, though the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United can benefit from his unsettling situation in London.

Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly a huge fan of the central midfielder whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might also be tempted by the option of replacing the wantaway Paul Pogba with the 27-year-old Dan.

#2: Luka Modric

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Modric is currently in the last few months of his existing deal with Real Madrid Image Copyright: xAFP7x

The former Spurs player has enjoyed huge success during his seven-and-a-bit year career with Real Madrid but looks set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu once his contract expires in the summer.

Modric was a key member of the Madrid side that lifted four Champions League titles in the space of five years between 2013 and 2018.

His brilliant performances for club and country in the 2017/18 season, at the end of which his national team Croatia reached the World Cup Final, helped the 34-year-old break the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly and win the 2018 Ballon d’Or award.

However, while he has been a loyal servant for the La Liga giants since his 30m move from Tottenham in 2012, Modric has found his importance diminished at Madrid this season. The rise of Federico Valverde and brilliant form shown by Toni Kroos has limited the Croatian to making only 7 La Liga starts so far this term.

Unlike Eriksen who could still play at the top level for a few years, there are legitimate questions as to whether Modric still has what it takes to play for top European clubs once his current contract with Los Blancos will expire at the end of this season.

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#3: Willian

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The Chelsea and Brazil midfielder has repeatedly indicated his desire to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge with boss Frank Lampard also hinting of the club offering a new deal to the winger.

As it stands, however, the 31-year-old will be free to leave the Blues at the end of this season and is free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with other clubs in the ongoing January transfer window.

Willian has been a key member of the Chelsea side since signing for the London club from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 in a £30m deal. His arrival at Stamford Bridge was preceded with the Brazilian flirting with Tottenham before eventually dedicating his services to the Blues.

That proved to be a very good decision on the part of the Brazilian who has won two Premier League trophies and one UEFA Europa League title during his six-and-a-half-year stay in London. The 31-year-old was also named Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in both the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons.

Also, while his current deal with Chelsea is set to expire, the Brazilian is still banging goals for fun. He has scored 4 goals and provided 4 assists in 19 Premier League appearances this term, indicating that he could still give his best for a few more years.

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