With the January transfer window now over, you might think there won’t be much worth reading about in terms of major transfer stories until the window opens again in the summer.
There were some major movers this winter, more than arguably ever before as big names like Alexis Sanchez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moved around the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Still, as we know in this era of 24-hour news, even the transfer gossip doesn’t end when the January window closes and there is plenty left unresolved ahead of the summer.
Here’s our look at five players who look certain bets to finally move after being denied January transfers:
One of the first names that springs to mind is want-away Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who saw a £60million move to Manchester City blocked by the Foxes.
The Algeria international is a slightly unpredictable character and it’s a good thing so many sites now publish football tips every day as his situation seems to change on a 24-hour basis.
The latest is that Mahrez has returned to training with Leicester after a week-long stand-off, but that follows reports that he insisted he’d only come back if he were promised an exit in the summer. Definitely worth sticking your money on him being one of the first to find a new club at the end of the season.
Liverpool were strongly linked with Thomas Lemar for some time but failed to meet Monaco’s asking price, seemingly meaning they’re now out of the running.
Still, the talented France international, valued at some £90million, has also been linked with big names like Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Monaco don’t have the best track record of keeping their stars, so expect Lemar to follow the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy in finally moving on in the summer.
Repeatedly linked with Manchester United and Chelsea at the moment, it’s worth keeping an eye on Marco Asensio between now and the end of the season.
The talented young Spaniard is not featuring regularly under Zinedine Zidane and if that continues you can bet speculation will continue to mount over his future at the Bernabeu.
One of the most highly-rated attacking midfielders in the game at the moment, the 22-year-old would be a welcome addition in the Premier League and could improve most top sides.
Having been linked with Manchester United, City and Chelsea for months, it’s something of a surprise that Danny Rose did not leave Tottenham in January.
Spurs may have been reluctant to lose a key player to a rival in the middle of the season, but as we’ve seen before, they may not be able to hold on to him for much longer.
The left-back is a big talent and could play for most top clubs, and has spoken of his desire to play up north, so it’s worth a flutter on him being among the players set to change clubs ahead of next season.
Here’s another player whose situation changes almost every time he speaks, with Thibaut Courtois possibly – or possibly not- in talks over a new contract with Chelsea.
Real Madrid are known admirers and there’s no doubt the Belgian is bound to have a big decision to make this summer as he’ll be in the final year of his Blues contract next term.
Chelsea may choose to cash in quickly rather than lose him for free, and with Courtois’ family based in Madrid this one surely points to only one answer.