Dunkley looms as the Dogs' biggest retention target as they now go back to the drawing board after falling short in Saturday night's semi-final against Fremantle, seeing their 2022 campaign come to an end.
The gun midfielder has long been linked to the exit at Whitten Oval, with speculation sparking two years ago when Dunkley requested a trade to Essendon - a move that failed to transpire.
With his contract now reaching its cessation, rival clubs - including Essendon - have emerged as keen suitors in the Gippsland product's services.
"He's put his talks on hold for much of the season. It's going to be crunch time now for Josh Dunkley," Cleary said after Saturday's elimination final.
"The Power are coming hard, they're chasing a ready-made big-bodied midfielder and Josh Dunkley is in that conversation so watch this space on that one."
News Corp's Jon Ralph has revealed the Power are ready yo offer a singular first-round selection for Dunkley at the trade table, while their offer to the Dogs onballer is believed to be in the vicinity of $650,000 per season.
Johannisen is another Bulldog gaining external interest, with the Gold Coast Suns having reportedly tabled a deal to the unrestricted free agent.
Cleary revealed a three-year contract looks to be in the works, with Johannisen seen as an ideal target for the Queensland club following multiple long-term injuries to their defensive stocks.
"I understand a three-year deal has been put on the table from the Suns
Gold Coast has put a three-year offer to Bulldog Jason Johannisen https://t.co/LkDEaWHM3t
— Mitch Cleary (@cleary_mitch) September 3, 2022
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confirmed the club were bracing for a period of uncertainty, with a number of players alongside Dunkley and Johannisen still required to make a call on their futures.
When questioned on the contract situation for several key names, including defender Zaine Cordy, Beveridge was candid in his response.
"There are some unknowns," Beveridge said after the 13-point loss.
"We're desperate, we hope Josh is going to stay, but I can't tell you whether he is or whether he isn't.
"There are a couple of boys in that boat - JJ, Zane, there may be one or two others.
"The scope to move clubs - whether it's free agency or in contract - it's pretty significant. We all have to manage our situation within the ceiling of the salary cap."