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Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Paul Pogba among players who need a January move

The January transfer window opens across Europe in just a matter of days ( find out when for each league here ) and for some players the chance to relaunch their career elsewhere can’t come quickly enough.

With the COVID-19 pandemic inflicting long-term damage on the finances of clubs throughout the game, recent windows have led to reduced business in the transfer market and many players have missed out on moves due to the lack of money circulating within the major leagues.

But as the January window prepares to open at the start of a World Cup year, a number of top players have now reached the stage where they will have to push for a transfer — permanent or loan — in order to guarantee themselves the opportunity of regular football.

Some players need to play, while others are entering the final six months of their contract and may choose to move now if the right offer comes their way. So who are the top players in Europe’s major leagues who should be targeting a transfer in January?

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ANTHONY MARTIAL

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Martial wants to leave Old Trafford in January , but moving him on won’t be as straightforward as it seems. The France international forward has two years left on his United contract, so any club interesting in signing the 26-year-old will likely have to pay in the region of £30m.

Having scored just one goal in 10 appearances for United so far this season, Martial’s recent form has not been impressive, but the view within Old Trafford is that the player is still able to realise the potential he displayed as a youngster when signed from Monaco in 2015, so won’t be allowed to leave cheaply.

Newcastle, who are planning to spend big in January following their recent takeover by Saudi-backed owners, are interested in Martial, so United know they can hold out for a sizeable fee.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Having been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy for disciplinary issues earlier this month, Aubameyang has since been left out of the team’s last five matchday squads by manager Mikel Arteta. Sources have told ESPN that Arsenal are prepared to listen to offers for the former Borussia Dortmund forward in January and a move now seems inevitable for the 32-year-old.

Aubameyang’s involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon in January may complicate his situation, but Barcelona are interested in signing him following the retirement of Sergio Aguero recently.Throughout his career, Aubameyang has delivered goals wherever he has played and reliable scorers are always in big demand in January, so it would be a surprise if he is still at the Emirates when the window closes. Both Aubameyang and Pulisic could be looking for a fresh start. Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images CHRISTIAN PULISIC Pulisic […]

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