Some of the finest footballers in the European football are in the last six months of their contracts and it can mean only one thing – Tug of war between club and the player and rumble in the transfer market.
The winter transfer window is not as glorious as the summer transfer window and it never will be. But there is one thing we absolutely love about January – the transfer saga between the clubs and players who are in the last six months of their contracts.
And this season, there are some big names in this list. So much so that, we can actually field a solid playing XI with them. So why not do it? Here is our Out of contract XI:
Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK):
The 32-year old, 6 ft. 6 in. Ciprian Tătărușanu is definitely not the most glorious name to start this list with. But what if I tell you Liverpool are looking to sign him? Yes, the Reds are eager to sign a back-up for Alisson as Simon Mignolet does not want to warm the bench anymore. And Tătărușanu, a veteran goalkeeper is a great option for that. The Romanian has been at Nantes since 2017 after spending 3 years with Fiorentina in Italy.
Opinion: Why wouldn’t you want to be at Liverpool, playing under Jurgen Klopp? The Romanian shot-stopper should take the opportunity if it arrives, even if it means he’ll have to be an understudy to Alisson. (Understudy, despite being a veteran – Football!)
Kenny Lala (RB):
You might not have heard his name before. And we don’t blame you for that – He plays for a French club not named PSG. But Kenny Lala, a 27-year old Strasbourg right-back is one hell of a player. The Frenchman has played every minute of the league season so far and has bagged 3 goals and 6 assists. And his vital contributions have helped the club to climb 7th in the table in just their second season back in the top tier.
Opinion: Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing Lala in January in their battle for the survival. But the Frenchman should finish his season in France and look for even better options in the summer.
Diego Godin (CB):
It is a little strange to see Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid’s captain, and their main-man in the defense entering the last six months of his contract. But the Uruguayan is reportedly considering leaving the capital city club at the end of this season. Godin has been solid at the back as always, helping his team to keep 6 clean sheets in 11 league games he has started.
Opinion: Manchester United and Arsenal have shown interest in signing the veteran and it might just be time for Godin to try something different after 9 years at Atletico Madrid.