The January transfer window is approaching, and some players in the Premier League are hoping to find a new destination.
Aaron Ramsdale: The surprise emergence of David Raya has raised eyebrows, considering Aaron Ramsdale had solidified his position as the number one goalkeeper at Emirates. Mikel Arteta stressed the importance of competition for positions, but it’s evident that the summer signing from Brentford has gained full trust from the Spanish manager. In recent rounds, Ramsdale has only featured once, in the away match against Brentford, where Raya was not permitted to compete against his former club.
A similar storyline unfolds in the Champions League. Ramsdale’s debut in the tournament was in the recent clash against PSV Eindhoven this week, as Arsenal secured a spot in the Round of 16 as the group leaders. The English goalkeeper has become the second choice in Arsenal’s goal, despite Raya’s shaky start with the Gunners.
Chelsea, Wolves, and Newcastle are rumored to be Premier League clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old goalkeeper in January. With his position in the English national team for EURO 2024 at risk, Ramsdale may seek a move away from Emirates to find regular starting opportunities.
Jadon Sancho: Jadon Sancho’s career at Manchester United appears to have ended after being excluded from the first team this season. Ten Hag omitted Sancho from the squad in the match against Arsenal on September 3, criticizing the player’s lack of commitment in training. The public disagreement with Erik ten Hag ended with the Dutch manager’s dismissal amid increasing pressure.
Sancho is struggling to justify his £72.9 million transfer. However, he is now a shadow of his former self during his peak at Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus has contacted Manchester United in a loan inquiry for the 23-year-old player. The Serie A representatives hope Jadon Sancho will revive his form. During his time with Dortmund, the English international contributed to 114 goals in 137 appearances across all competitions.
Kalvin Phillips: Another English player has spent most of the season on the bench. Kalvin Phillips’ move to Manchester City has been a nightmare for the midfielder. The former Leeds United player has only started two Premier League matches at Etihad in the last 18 months.
Phillips is expected to leave next month to secure his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for EURO 2024. As of the current season, the 28-year-old player has only played 89 minutes in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola has apologized for not selecting Phillips more frequently earlier this month. However, the Spanish manager expressed regret, stating that he did not envision the midfielder as part of the team. “I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola said before the match against Luton Town.
English media reveals that several Premier League teams have shown interest in Kalvin Phillips and are ready to offer a long-term contract to the 28-year-old.
Noni Madueke: Noni Madueke is a victim of Chelsea’s lavish spending, as the winger struggles to find a place in the crowded squad. Madueke signed with Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven in the January transfer window of the previous season but has fallen behind Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, and Cole Palmer in the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino.
The 21-year-old player has only played 121 minutes in the Premier League this season, starting only once, and is expected to leave in January. Selling Madueke will highlight Chelsea’s transfer market shortcomings. The U-21 England international signed a 7-year contract with Stamford Bridge for a fee of £28.5 million.
Eric Dier: It seems Eric Dier’s tenth year at Tottenham will be his last season, as the defender is no longer favored at the North London club. Dier has only started one Premier League match under Ange Postecoglou. The Australian manager chose the full-back pairing of Emerson Royal and Ben Davies in the center-back position when Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven were unavailable.
The 29-year-old, who has 49 caps for the England national team, will be out of contract at the end of the season and can negotiate freely with another team in January. Dier is likely to return to his former club Sporting Lisbon.
Danny Ings: Even with West Ham lacking a goal-scorer, Danny Ings still finds himself on the bench. Eight of his nine Premier League appearances have been a substitute, totaling only 130 minutes under David Moyes. Michail Antonio is prioritized in the central striker position, while Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen also take turns playing up front.
Ings has struggled since joining West Ham from Aston Villa in January 2023, scoring only three goals in 35 appearances across all competitions. At the age of 31, Ings wants regular starting opportunities, and the winter transfer market provides a chance for him to start afresh.