Twenty-seven premier league players will depart for African Cup of Nations starting on January 14 to February 5 in Gabon.

The timing of the competition is a big worry to some premier league clubs because it will force some of them into the transfer market. Sunderland and Leicester city will lose four key players each to the competition.

Premier league players to watch in the competition include Riyad Mahrez, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane, Wilfried Zaha and Boufal Sofiane.

The list below is the names of the players that have been invited by their country and their departure dates.

January 2nd

Ramadan Sobhi – Stoke City – Egypt.    Eric Bailly – Manchester United – Ivory Coast

Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal – Egypt      Arouna Kone – Everton – Ivory Coast

Brice Dja Djedje -Watford – Ivory Coast   Bakary Sako – Crystal Palace – Mali


January 3rd

Idrissa Gueye – Everton – Senegal  Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace – Ivory Coast

Ahmed Elmohamady – Hull City – Egypt    Dieumerci Mbokani – Hull City – DR Congo

Andre Ayew – West Ham – Ghana            Cheikhou Kouyate – West Ham – Senegal

Diafra Sakho – West Ham – Senegal         Kwesi Appiah – Crystal Palace – Ghana

Yohan Benalouane – Leicester City – Tunisia    Jeffrey Schlupp – Leicester City – Ghana

Daniel Amartey – Leicester City – Ghana

Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – Algeria      Islam Slimani – Leicester City – Algeria

Lamine Kone – Sunderland – Ivory Coast *

Sadio Mane – Liverpool – Senegal          Sofiane Boufal – Southampton – Morocco

January 4th

Max Gradel – Bournemouth – Ivory Coast        Nordin Amrabat – Watford – Morocco

Adlene Guedioura – Watford – Algeria       Mame Biram Diouf – Stoke City – Senegal

Wilfried Bony – Stoke City – Ivory Coast