Looking at the frantic pace at which soccer players are changing clubs with each passing year, it’s for certain that there will be a lot of activity next year. Be it in the relatively quieter January transfer window or the extravagant summer window, high-profile names will all look to move elsewhere in 2019. Some stars have already indicated their interest to move to another club for a different challenge. Similarly, the contract status of some others makes it sure that they’re pushing for a sale to some other clubs. With the massive inflow of dollars in the soccer market right now, there will definitely be some big-name signings made by clubs next year.
The January transfer window might not feature that many big-name transfers because of players sticking to their clubs till the summer. But things could get heated in the middle of 2019 when players who are looking for different challenges force a move to another club. There seem to be some prominent transfers already being lined up by top soccer clubs from Europe if rumors are to be believed. Some surprising transfers can also take place sometime next year as the financial strength of certain clubs allows them to buy-out players.
If the fans thought that 2018 saw some huge transfers take place, things are going to get even more exciting next year. There are some real surprises coming our way in terms of blockbuster transfers. In this list, we look at 20 soccer stars who will change clubs in 2019.
20 Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas has completely fallen out of order at Chelsea since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri and has only been able to make a couple of appearances under him. While the Spaniard has been persisted by injuries problems so far this season, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be a regular starter under the new manager. Fabregas is quite down the pecking order at Chelsea and with the Blues having a set midfield right now, he’ll struggle to break into the team at his age. Fabregas’s contract is coming up next summer and if he’s not preferred by Sarri, he’ll look to change clubs. With giants like AC Milan looming, Fabregas might look to embark on a new journey and move elsewhere next season.
19 Adrien Rabiot
Adrien Rabiot isn’t really cherishing life at Paris Saint-Germain as much as would’ve wanted to, with the lack of competition irking him. Rabiot has made it quite clear that he doesn’t intend on signing a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. That decision has sparked interest from many European heavyweights, including Liverpool and Barcelona. Those two clubs are especially urging to make Rabiot sign a “pre-contract” with them in January, which will allow him to join next season. The French midfielder has been in fine form for PSG as an industrial, hard-working presence in their midfield. But what is PSG’s loss could be another club’s gain next season, when Rabiot decides to move elsewhere.
18 Wilfried Zaha
Many fans were left surprised earlier this year when no Premier League giant tried to steal away Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. Despite scoring 9 goals for Palace last season and being a major reason for their survival in the Premier League, Zaha’s ability was still doubted by some. It could be assumed that big clubs didn’t feel him to being consistent enough at the top. But Zaha has silenced those doubters, having already scored three goals from Palace’s first five games. If he continues his stunning form, he’ll be snatched up by a Premier League giant. Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing him last season and if they put in a solid offer, Zaha could be changing clubs in 2019.
17 Simon Mignolet
After the arrival of Allison at Liverpool, Simon Mignolet has become kind of an isolated figure at the club. Liverpool didn’t trust Mignolet enough to give him a permanent spot in the team this season and Allison's signing has proven horrible for him. Mignolet has only made a single appearance for Liverpool, that too in a Carabao Cup fixture. The Belgian has indicated in interviews about his frustration at sitting on the bench and was left perplexed at why he wasn’t loaned or sold in the summer. Besiktas were interested in signing Mignolet in the summer and being desperate for regular football, Mignolet will look to force a move out of Liverpool some-time next year.
16 Paul Pogba
Things are not alright at all for Paul Pogba at Manchester United, with the French midfielder being at war with manager Jose Mourinho for some-time now. Pogba might have four goals and assisted a few so far this season, but he isn’t entirely happy with Mourinho’s style at the club and United’s inability to challenge at the top. While he decided to stay on with the club for another year, Pogba will probably push for a transfer next season. Barcelona have already indicated their interest in signing him and that might happen in 2019. It could be the biggest signing of the summer transfer window next season, as Pogba will change clubs looking for glory at the top of soccer.
15 Ruben Neves
Ruben Neves has been a breakthrough star for Wolves in the Premier League so far this season, as he’s done some excellent work in midfield for the newly promoted side. Neves has scored and assisted once in the Premier League so far this season, but his excellent work-rate, passing ability and creativity make him a rising midfielder. Neves terrific work for Wolves has piqued the interest of Pep Guardiola, who wants to sign him for Manchester City soon. Neves might be held onto in January, but Wolves might be forced to sell him in the summer. While he’ll cost a lot of money, City will want to secure the signature of Neves soon to further boost their impressive midfield.
14 Lorenzo Insigne
For Lorenzo Insigne, scoring goals in Serie A has almost become routine stuff for the past few seasons. Napoli’s star striker has been reveling at the club over the past few seasons and being a prime reason for the club’s rise to the top of the Italian Serie A. Insigne has already scored five goals in seven appearances for the club this season, which is four less than what he scored in the entirety of the Serie A last season. Insigne’s amazing goal-scoring ability has attracted the interest from many clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri would love the Italian working again with him and with Napoli failing to win things, Insigne could be inspired to change clubs soon.
13 Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze hasn’t really become the star he was destined to be ever since scoring the winner in Germany’s World Cup Final win over Argentina four years ago. Since then, Gotze’s game has regressed and some persisting injuries haven’t helped his case. Gotze has only made two appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season and doesn’t seem to be in their immediate plans at all. A change of clubs could be great for Gotze right now and what could be even better is a reunion with former coach, Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Gotze some-time next year. In order to prove himself to still have the capability of performing at the top, Gotze should look to move elsewhere next season.
12 Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen has been a magician in Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield for the past few seasons now, with his impeccable creativity and eye for goal helping Spurs play some dazzling soccer. Eriksen has started this season brightly, having assisted twice in six games so far and having an impressive passing accuracy as well. But the Spurs’ reluctance at not giving Eriksen a proper contract offer could be their bane, making the Danish midfielder leave the club. Eriksen wants a deal close to that of club captain Harry Kane and if Spurs don’t give him that, he’ll ponder other options. With Barcelona and PSG having real interest in signing him, Eriksen could make a leap forward and move to a bigger club in 2019.
11 Paulo Dybala
Ever since the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala has been forced to change his style at Juventus as he’s no longer the “prime attacker” of the team. Dybala has changed into this supporting role to Ronaldo and his game has been hampered by all the changes. The fact that the avid goal-scorer has only scored a single goal so far this season proves how he’s struggling to cope up with the pressure. Dybala has garnered interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid recently after rumors of him being unhappy at Juventus started to garner. With Juventus allegedly needing money to make up for the Ronaldo signing, they could be forced to sell Dybala in a big-money move in the summer of 2019.
It almost seemed destined that Neymar would be joining Real Madrid when rumors started to heat up during the FIFA World Cup about the Brazilian wanting to leave PSG. But Neymar has since pledged his loyalty to them and has scored seven goals in eight appearances for them this season. While Neymar will try his best to win the UEFA Champions League with PSG this season, he must hate wasting his talents at the club. He definitely wants to go back playing in a competitive environment and will hope Real Madrid’s interest for him sparks up again. Madrid might go for a “Galactico signing” next season if they fail to win something big this time and Neymar could be that blockbuster capture next year.
9 Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea has been a complete bust, as he’s struggling to make the kind of impact he’s expected off for the Blues. Morata has only scored a single goal so far this season and is mostly being switched with Olivier Giroud. The Spaniard doesn’t seem to be comfortable playing in the Premier League at all and could be looking for an exit if his underwhelming form continues. Morata is allegedly interested in going back to Italy, with both Juventus and AC Milan monitoring his situation at Chelsea. The Spaniard definitely wants regular soccer and for his career to get back on track, which could compel him to change clubs next year to make that happen.
8 Mauro Icardi
Being one of the most dangerous strikers in Italian soccer right now, Mauro Icardi’s stock in the European scene is rising with each passing year. The Inter Milan captain made quite the impact in the UEFA Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur recently, scoring a great goal against the English side. Icardi has proven to be a strong, clever striker for Inter and has driven them forward with his fantastic goal-scoring ability. Icardi has also gained strong interest from European giants like Real Madrid and rival Juventus. While he’s maintained utmost loyalty to Inter, their inability to challenge for titles and Icardi’s wishes to thrive at the top could compel the Argentine to leave Inter if Madrid comes calling next season.
7 Aaron Ramsey
Once heavily mocked for his sporadic goal-scoring record, Aaron Ramsey has now become a highly respected figure at Arsenal because of his great work for the club. Ramsey has proven to be a dangerous midfielder, who has the knack of scoring important goals and creating a lot for the Gunners. Ramsey has only assisted twice in seven Premier League appearances so far this season, but he’s still in demand in the market. Ramsey has allegedly refused to sign a new contract with Arsenal, which indicates that he wants to leave. There are many clubs, including Liverpool, Juventus, and AC Milan who are interested in signing the Welsh midfielder and because of his high ambitions, Ramsey could change clubs next season.
6 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Even though Lazio managed to keep a hold of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer, it’s only a matter of time before the promising midfielder takes a step forward into the big leagues. Savic was excellent for Lazio last season, scoring 12 goals for them despite playing as a midfielder. He gained the interest of many clubs like Juventus and Manchester United but pledged allegiance to Lazio for another season. Savic has retained his impressive performance-level for Lazio so far this season and will look to impress the heavyweights even more. If either of Juventus, United or even PSG want to sign Savic, they’ll have to give Lazio a huge transfer fee the swoon him out of Seri A next year.
5 Toby Alderwiereld
Tottenham Hotspur managed to successfully fend off interest from other clubs for Toby Alderwiereld in the summer and retained the Belgian defender for another season. He’s even made seven appearances so far, keeping two clean-sheets at that. But with Alderwiereld’s Spurs’ contract expiring in January, he could be free to talk to other clubs in January. Toby was highly interested in joining Manchester United in the summer and will definitely accept any interest towards him in the near future as well. With United in dire need of a strong center-defender, Alderweireld could be perfect for him. If the Red Devils put in a strong offer for him, Alderwiereld might reject Spurs’ claims and change clubs in 2019.
4 Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir’s transfer saga was one of the hot topics of the transfer window earlier this season when Liverpool amazingly couldn’t seal his signing from Olympique Lyonnais. Fekir’s was even medically cleared to sign for Liverpool, but a stumbling block, in the end, ended chances of him moving to the Premier League. Fekir has maintained professionalism and played many matches for Lyon this season, scoring three goals and assisting one as well. But he’ll definitely be looking to change clubs next season as he has no real future at Lyon. The French club will ask for a big fee for the dazzling attacking midfielder, but knowing his ability, many clubs will line up to sign him in January or sometime next season.
3 Alex Sandro
It seemed destined that Alex Sandro would be moving out of Juventus in the summer, but the club kept a hold of him despite strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Sandro has started many games for Juventus this season, assisting a goal and keeping some clean-sheets with them as well. But it seems that he will be moving on from the club some-time next year, having done everything he could with them. Sandro might be attracted by the cash-rich PSG, who will put in a big-money offer to attain the dangerous Brazilian left-backs services. With Juventus looking to sell certain players themselves, Sandro could be one they can let go off and allow the Brazilian to finally change clubs next year.
2 Timo Werner
It was speculated by many that Timo Werner would be snapped up by Bayern Munich in the summer after he continued impressing everyone with his excellent work last season. But his poor FIFA World Cup campaign probably turned out any interest from Munich, as he has to work hard in order to gain up his reputation. He’s started the season brightly by scoring two goals from five games and looking more involved than he generally is. Werner has allegedly gained interest from Italian giants Juventus, who are looking to bring him in for Mario Mandzukic’s replacement. Werner has all the tools to thrive at a big club like Juventus and will be eager to make the big leap next season.
1 James Milner
James Milner has almost developed into Liverpool’s “ace in the hole” over the past few years, as Jurgen Klopp has managed to revitalize the Englishman’s performance levels. Milner has been a real work-horse for Liverpool and is constantly creating big chances for them with his fantastic distribution. He’s already scored a few goals and assisted two goals this season and been extremely important to Liverpool’s fantastic start. But Milner has made it clear that he wants to end his career somewhere else and could move to Leeds United next season. Milner wants to help Leeds re-establish themselves in the Premier League and gain some success before he retires, which could compel him to leave Liverpool next season.