Mbappe, Pogba and the top 25 January transfer targets in 2022

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The month of January represents an important period for football clubs across Europe, with the transfer window opening and business to be carried out.

It's the mid-way point of the season and many players will have taken stock of their positions, while clubs will be looking to strengthen their squads.

GOAL takes a look at the top 25 transfer targets this January.

Known affectionaly as 'Wonder Boy' during his breakthrough years, USMNT star Christian Pulisic has seen the sheen wear off since making the switch to Chelsea in 2019.

He has struggled with a series of injuries, which have prevented him from achieving any sort of consistency and a number of teams are reportedly monitoring his availability this January.

Kylian Mbappe will be a free agent this summer if Paris Saint-Germain cannot get him to agree fresh terms on a new contract.

Real Madrid have made no secret of their desire to sign the France World Cup winner, but found their advances rejected during the summer. PSG may be forced to engage in January, particularly if they want to avoid losing out on a transfer fee.

Christian Eriksen is available on free transfer following his release by Inter and is on the hunt for a new club after recovering from a cardiac scare at Euro 2020.

The Denmark international cannot play in Italy while fitted with an ICD, but could potentially make a return to the Premier League while Ajax have been touted as a potential destination.

Trippier swapped England for Spain when he signed for Atletico Madrid and helped Diego Simeone's side to a Liga title. Highly regarded in his native country, Trippier has enhanced his reputation by thriving abroad. Manchester United have long been linked, while Newcastle United are also reported to be in the mix for his signature.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has made it clear that he wants to leave Old Trafford and an exit could transpire in January if his agent has his way.

The France international has struggled to make a meaningful impact with the Red Devils and will look to ignite his career elsewhere, with Newcastle United, Juventus and Sevilla all linked.

Dele Alli took the Premier League by storm in the early days of his Tottenham career, but injuries and a downturn in fortunes have taken their toll in recent years. Everton and West Ham have both been linked with the attacking midfielder, who has proven a goal threat in the past.

A World Cup winner with France and one of the most expensive footballers of all time, Paul Pogba just can't seem to crack it at Manchester United and speculation is mounting once again that he could be on his way out of the club. He is out of contract this summer and Juventus have been linked, while Real Madrid were keen in the past.

One of the best young strikers in the world right now, Erling Haaland is on the wishlists of a lot of the top clubs in football.

Manchester City and Manchester United are thought to be leading the race, but Chelsea are also reported to be in the mix. Borussia Dortmund are not going to settle for anything less than what they feel Haaland is worth, so efforts to sign him in January might well stretch into the summer.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal captain in 2021-22 but was stripped of the honour by Mikel Arteta following a disciplinary breach. Now it looks possible that he could be on his way out of Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona have reportedly expressed their interest, although it is unclear how the Catalan club will afford a deal. Saudi-backed Newcastle United are another team that have been touted as a potential destination.

Agent Mino Raiola has hinted that his client Matthijs de Ligt could leave Juventus in the summer, but he will be on the radar of clubs this January too. Chelsea are reportedly interested, while Raiola has spoken of clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. However, it remains to be seen if a winter move will be sanctioned.

Barcelona are in the middle of a financial restructuring that involves offloading a number of players and Sergino Dest is among a clutch of stars the club is willing to sell. Chelsea are reportedly interested in the USMNT full-back, who previously starred for Ajax.

Edinson Cavani was endearing himself to Manchester United fans in the No 7 shirt before 'Prodigal Son' Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford.

Since then, the Uruguayan's first-team opportunities have been limited and he has been urged to leave, with Barcelona said to be keen.

Alexandre Lacazette was considered a statement signing when he joined the Gunners in 2017, but his time at the North London club hasn't really lived up to his expectations.

He hasn't been as prolific as expected, and has mostly been outshone by fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since his arrival. At 30 years of age, Lacazette could be nearing his exit; there are still goals and assists left in him, though.

Fiorentina star forward Dusan Vlahovic has been prolific in front of goal in Serie A, and remains just behind Robert Lewandowski in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

Vlahovic's contract expires in 2023, so he'll need to be offloaded either in January or next summer in order for Fiorentina to receive a lucrative fee.

Philippe Coutinho has endured mixed success at Barcelona despite his big-money transfer from Liverpool in 2017, but has been getting more playing time under Xavi.

He's still a lucrative asset and one of Barcelona's most expensive players on the wage bill, so he could be offloaded in January.

Jesse Lingard looked to have had something of a career revival when he joined West Ham on loan from Man Utd last season, but he's since returned to Old Trafford and Ralf Rangnick's plans for him remain unclear. Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that Lingard was to remain a part of the squad, but that is now all up in the air.

Thomas Tuchel has refused to go into detail regarding the contract situation of Antonio Rudiger, whose deal expires next summer, but the centre-back could still very well stay at Stamford Bridge.

Man Utd and Tottenham are rumoured to be interested in the experienced defender.

Franck Kessie has already been eyed by Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, and with the midfielder in a stand-off with AC Milan regarding his contract situation, he could be making a Serie A exit sooner rather than later.

Kessie's contract expires in the summer, although whether or not he will be allowed to leave Milan as early as the January transfer window remains unclear.

Once a shining star in a swashbuckling Ajax team, Donny van de Beek joined Manchester United in the hope of taking his game to the next level.

However, the Netherlands international has struggled to nail down a starting position in the team and has been urged to leave Old Trafford for the sake of his career. Bayern Munich and Newcastle United have been linked with the midfielder, who turns 25 in April.

Antoine Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid on loan from Barcelona this season and looks likely to make his departure from Camp Nou permanent as the Catalan club look to balance their books.

While Atletico have an option to extend the loan or buy the World Cup winner, Fichajes report that he could even be on his way to the Premier League, with Tottenham said to be keen.

There were high hopes in Catalunya when France international Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund, but the forward has been hampered by a series of injuries and is veering into 'big-money flop' territory.

With his contract expiring in the summer, a number of major clubs are circling including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, so Barca could look to cash in.

At just 21 years of age, Dejan Kulusevski is one of the highest-rated young players in Serie A, impressing first in Atalanta's youth ranks before making waves while on loan at Parma.

His development at Juventus has reportedly alerted Premier League clubs Tottenham and Arsenal, with the Turin giants expected to demand a fee of €35 million ($39m/£29m) to let the Sweden international go in January.

Veteran playmaker Juan Mata is set to bring his Manchester United adventure to a close in 2022, either by leaving in the summer when his contract expires or else in January, should a good offer come in.

A return to La Liga has been mooted, with Real Sociedad believed to be interested, while Barcelona could also look to bring in experience.

France international Jordan Veretout could be on his way back to England, with Newcastle United reportedly keen on signing the midfielder from Roma in January. Veretout has thrived since moving to Serie A in 2017-18, impressing with Fiorentina and Roma.

While Leeds United may be struggling this season, Raphinha continues to shine and the dynamic Brazilian midfielder looks to have taken his goalscoring exploits to another level in 2021-22. Liverpool have been linked with a January move for him, while Bayern Munich are also reportedly monitoring his availability.

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