The start of Premiership is next weekend, so with the transfer window set to close at the end of the month, Sean Cremin looks at the top 10 players that might leave their club before end of transfer window.
1. Luis Suarez
An obvious one to watch as it is clear that this player wants to leave and it appears that he will do everything in his power to get his move. He has expressed his desire publicly to be allowed to move to Arsenal but Liverpool have said that they will not sell. The clauses in his contract seem to be causing confusion as the player and the club appear to have different understandings. I can see this one finishing in the courts and who knows what will unfold.
2. Gareth Bale
Things have gone relatively quiet on the Gareth Bale front over the last few weeks. Real Madrid want the player and it seems that the player wishes to move but the most stubborn negotiator in football, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is involved. Levy will only allow Bale to leave if the deal is of benefit to his club. Is he holding out for the best transfer fee? Is he trying to line up replacements? Is he hoping to get a few Real Madrid players as part of the deal? Or is he simply refusing to sell his best player? I can’t imagine we have heard the end of this and it’s hard to see Bale remaining at White Hart Lane.
3. Wayne Rooney
This is another confusing one for the public. It’s hard to tell if Rooney wants to leave or not. There is a new manager in David Moyes who is insisting that he will not sell Rooney. Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have said that they want Rooney. It seems that Rooney to Chelsea would be a bad move for Moyes unless he had a ready made replacement, which looks unlikely. Rooney to Chelsea puts them in the driving seat ahead of United, but does Moyes risk keeping an unsettled player? This is another interesting situation.
4. Julio Cesar
A world class goalkeeper playing in the Championship in a World Cup season seems very hard to believe. Brazil host the World Cup next summer and Cesar surely wants the number one jersey. It’s hard to imagine that playing in the second tier of English football would lead to this. A move would be of benefit to both him and QPR but the question is more than likely surrounding his wages. He would be a great fit for Arsenal but will he be willing to take a pay cut? I think a move for Cesar is definitely still on the cards.
5. Marouane Felliaini
Earlier in the summer it was thought that a bidding war would commence for Felliaini between the Premier League’s top clubs. He is a proven midfielder at this level, in both an attacking and defensive mould. He offers different options. There was a supposed clause in his contract that has now expired so his asking price may now be higher. Having missed out on Cesc Fabregas, it will be interesting to see if David Moyes will look back to what he knows.
6. David Luiz
There has been constant speculation around Luiz all summer and it has now come to light that Barcelona are interested. Barcelona are still searching for a world-class central defender and it’s hard to imagine that they will stop their pursuit without a fight. Luiz doesn’t seem to be a ‘Mourinho type player’ so will he decide to cash in and buy a less flamboyant defender or will Luiz even be tempted by a move to the Nou Camp? We will have to wait and see.
7. Darren Bent
He was frozen out by Aston Villa and Paul Lambert last season so it seems highly unlikely that he will begin the season at Villa Park. He may not be world class but he is a proven Premiership goal scorer. When he has been given a position as a first-team regular, he has delivered at Charlton, Sunderland and Aston Villa. I think he would be a very good purchase for a number of sides.
8. Demba Ba
It’s hard to imagine that Chelsea will not sign another striker before the transfer window closes and one would think that this would see either Ba or Fernando Torres leave. Ba is another player who is proven in the Premier League but may not be at the standard of the very biggest clubs. If Chelsea were to sign somebody, Ba could easily become available and he would be another good signing for a club looking for a goal scorer.
9. Joey Barton
He is a name that will never go away. While he said he would never play for QPR again, and would prefer to be back at Marseille, the move has not happened and he remains at Loftus Road. Will a Premier League manager take a chance on Barton? Is there a manager who will be able to control his temper? The answers to these questions are unknown but a manager may yet decide to take a gamble come deadline day.
10. Robert Lewandowski
While it is generally perceived that there is an agreement in place to join Bayern Munich at the end of next season, I still think there could be a number of late attempts to sign the Bourussia Dortmund striker. He has been in great form in the last few years and he only has one year remaining on his contract. There are a shortage of strikers available and while a move may still be unlikely, I think some clubs will make a last ditch attempt to sign Lewandowski before the end of this current window.