The 2019 summer transfer window was dominated by a select group of footballers who often make the headlines.
Speculation about the futures of Neymar and Paul Pogba flooded the back pages for months on end, but both stars eventually remained at their clubs.
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Eden Hazard sealed his dream move to Real Madrid and fans from around the world breathed a sigh of relief that one of the longest transfer sagas finally came to an end.
However, Christian Eriksen failed to get a move away, with the Dane remaining at Spurs despite claiming he wanted a new challenge away from north London.
Just because some high-profile stars didn’t get their move away, though, doesn’t mean it won’t happen at the turn of the year in January – so talkSPORT.com has assessed who could still move in the mid-season window…
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Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Neymar’s time at Paris Saint-Germain has turned into a nightmare for the Brazilian and he very nearly sealed a move away this summer.
His talent is clear for all to see but his spell in French capital has been pretty underwhelming, with on and off-field problems dominating the headlines.
From the the offset the deal was seemingly problematic, with Barcelona triggering a lawsuit to recover a loyalty bonus the player had received.
And the flamboyant winger ruffled feathers in the dressing room too, causing a feud with Edinson Cavani over penalty-taking duties, as well as punching a match-goer at the French Cup final.
It is clear the club were desperate to keep him, despite strong interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
But knowing Neymar, he will do everything in his power to make sure he heads back to Spain in January,
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Eriksen was desperate to leave Spurs but at the end he fell short of any takers, despite his contract being up next summer.
The Dane was angling to move to one of Europe’s top clubs but the biggest obstacle standing in his way was Daniel Levy, who was demanding a whopping £70m for the playmaker.
The 27-year-old could sign a new contract at Spurs between now and the end of the campaign, but he will most likely avoid doing so as he could demand a huge signing-on fee and salary whilst at the peak of his career.
In January, he will be allowed to discuss a move away with other clubs and Levy may even allow him to be sold for a smaller fee, with Man United still in the hunt for a creative player following their failure to sign Paulo Dybala or Bruno Fernandes.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
The relationship between Pogba and Manchester United has not worked out as well as people were expecting since his return in 2016.
The Frenchman also admitted he wanted a ‘new challenge’ over the summer but he didn’t push hard for a move away like his colleague Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made keeping hold of the World Cup winner a priority but he has proven to be a divisive figure among United fans, with many saying he is simply too inconsistent to be a top player.
Any potential buyers, such as Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid, all made big money signings early on in the window, which would have been a stumbling block in any deal for the midfielder.
However, if United continue to have a difficult season it would not be a surprise if Pogba forced through a move in January.
Isco (Real Madrid)
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told Isco he is free to leave the club in the winter window and Manchester United are frontrunners to sign him.
The attacking midfielder appears to have fallen out of favour under Zidane at the Bernabeu, with Hazard’s return from injury set to make it harder to break into the XI.
According to Don Balon, Zidane is ready to allow Isco to leave the club for a fee in the region of €60m (£53.5m).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be a big fan of Isco and sees him as a long-term replacement for Juan Mata, who could be allowed to return to Spain.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Somehow, the Argentine is still a Juventus player despite the club’s best efforts to offload him.
He looked set to join Manchester United in the summer but the Red Devils pulled the plug on a deal to sign him a few days before the August deadline.
Dybala was then supposed to be on his way to Tottenham on deadline day, however, issues surrounding image rights prevented that deal from going through.
The forward is part of Juve’s Champions League squad for this season but don’t be surprised if there is another effort made by the club’s top brass to find a Dybala buyer.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked to him and will be on the lookout for a superstar if Neymar ends up leaving.
David de Gea (Manchester United)
The goalkeeper seems happy enough to run down the final year of his contract but he could leave Old Trafford sooner than that.
Manchester United have clung on to De Gea for dear life over the past few years and it now looks like they’ll finally lose him next summer at the latest.
There have been reports that the club and the Spaniard’s representatives have agreed a new deal, however, United fans will continue to have sleepless nights about his future until he actually signs.
He was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in 2015 and United will be eager to make sure their prized player does not leave for free after the end of the season.
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