The January transfer window is now officially open, allowing clubs the chance to strengthen or trim their squads mid-season.
But for players entering the final six months of their contracts, it also means they can begin negotiations with foreign clubs.
The rules state they can arrange a move to a club in another country during the summer transfer window.
With no shortage of Premier League players coming to the end of their current contracts, we could see many starting to explore their next move this month.
Here are some of the bigger names who could have started negotiations with foreign clubs as of now.
Raphael Varane is eligible to talk to foreign clubs over a summer move from January 1, one of several prominent Premier League players entering the final six months of their contracts
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Manchester United, defender
As Mail Sport revealed on New Year’s Eve, United will not activate the option to extend Raphael Varane’s contract for another 12 months from the end of the season.
As a result, the French defender’s contract expires in the summer but United are keen to negotiate a new deal that would reduce his expensive £340,000-a-week wages.
But their decision means Varane, who has recently fallen out of favor with manager Erik ten Hag, could consider leaving Old Trafford if he does not want to take a pay cut.
Varane, 30, arrived when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was United manager and played a key role in Ten Hag’s first season before falling out of favor.
Matip may have played his last game for Liverpool after a ruptured ACL ruled him out for the second half of the season.
Although manager Jurgen Klopp recently hinted at talks over a new deal for Matip, urging the club to show class with the injured 32-year-old Cameroonian.
But that decision could be taken away if Matip decides to call time on his seven-year Anfield career, which has seen glory in the Premier League and Champions League.
Joel Matip may not play any more matches for Liverpool after suffering an ACL injury
Arsenal, defensive midfielder
The Italian only signed from Chelsea for £12million a year ago but Jorginho has entered the final six months of his short 18-month contract.
He has captained the Gunners a few times this season but has struggled to get going and the 31-year-old could decide to leave in the summer.
Jorginho admitted a few months ago his future was “very doubtful” and hinted that he might want to return to Italy at some point.
Jorginho has struggled to get going at Arsenal and is now entering the final six months of his contract
There is a bit of surprise here as the 39-year-old Brazilian has had his contract extended for another year during his time at Chelsea.
Silva continues to play a key role in the squad so one cannot certainly be ruled out but as of today he could technically be in talks about a move abroad.
He has been linked with Fluminense, his boyhood club in Brazil, but both his sons Isago and Iago play in Chelsea’s academy so he could stay.
Thiago Silva, 39 years old, is entering the final 6 months of his latest short-term contract with Chelsea
Dier has fallen out of favor at Tottenham, having played just 198 minutes this season, spending most of his time on the bench or out of the squad.
A move seems inevitable, whether in January or in the summer when his contract expires.
The 29-year-old has been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Roma and former club Sporting Lisbon, so January could be a busy month for sifting through offers.
Eric Dier has struggled to make appearances at Tottenham as the Englishman has been linked with a number of clubs
Manchester United, right back
There are a lot of changes at Old Trafford now that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has arrived but it seems inevitable that some unwanted players will be left out.
Wan-Bissaka is out of contract after five years and although there have been talks about an extension, nothing has yet come to fruition. His deal can also be extended for another year.
The 26-year-old has had some injury problems this season and shares right-back duties with Diogo Dalot, but neither is really first choice.
Manchester United could trigger a 12-month extension to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s contract
ANTHONY VO DAI
Manchester United, striker
There does not appear to be any prospect of United entering into contract extension talks with Martial, whose contract expires in the summer.
The 28-year-old French striker has really failed to reach his peak in his nine years at Old Trafford and it is definitely time to cut the cord.
There is an option to extend for another 12 months but it is highly unlikely the club will trigger that.
Manchester United will definitely cut losses on striker Anthony Martial this year
Newcastle United, defender
The Newcastle captain, 30, has featured regularly this season and is vital to Eddie Howe. However, he was still able to discuss the move today.
Howe recently admitted he was “uncertain” about progress in offering Lascelles a new contract but insisted the defender was part of his long-term thinking.
Given how well he has played in Sven Botman’s absence this season, you would imagine Lascelles would want to stay at St James’ Park.
Jamaal Lascelles has shown his importance to Newcastle and could receive a new contract
BOBBY DE CORDOVA-REID
Fulham, attacking midfielder
He may have scored the winning goal for Fulham against Arsenal on New Year’s Eve but from New Year’s Day, De Cordova-Reid could begin to discuss the possibility of a move away.
His contract was extended by 12 months last year and having been a regular this season, it remains to be seen whether Fulham will offer him new terms.
Willian, Tom Cairney, Tosin Adarabioyo and Kenny Tete are among other Fulham players to share similar sentiments this month.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid is one of the Fulham players whose contract is about to expire