15 Players Desperate to Seal a Transfer This Summer
Like any employee in the working world, football players sometimes want a change of scenery.
They may all seek out this change in different ways but the end result is all the same: Out with the old in with the new.
The players on this list all want a move elsewhere. Some have made their intentions quite clear through various means and others we just had to surmise a little considering their situations at their clubs.
Here are 15 players desperate to seal a transfer this summer.
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Modric was in a similar situation last year but Tottenham held out. It is unlikely that the club would want to hold on to a player who has wanted to leave two summers in a row.
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Robin Van Persie's statement that he will not sign a new contract with Arsenal provoked strong reaction from Arsenal fans.
That statement surely signals his intention to leave this summer as the Dutchman seems unconvinced by his clubs ambitions. Via the Guardian:
Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don't want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.
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After an impressive season with Fulham, and a pretty good career in general with the London club, Clint Dempsey seems ready to move on.
"I am grateful for everything Fulham have done for me, some of the best memories I have in soccer have been there, but the fact remains that I want to play in Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible," Dempsey said.
Unfortunately for Fulham they can't offer him Champions League football anytime in the near future and Dempsey may indeed be ready to move if something can happen.
Liverpool has been strongly linked with the American attacker and while they are not competing in the Champions League at the moment, they are closer to it than Fulham.
Arsenal is another team that has been linked to the player and could offer him an opportunity to fulfill his dream right away.
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Dimitar Berbatov's recent statement that he should leave Manchester United makes him a clear candidate for this list.
The Bulgarian striker was frustated with his playing time last season and though he provides Manchester United with a quality forward off the bench, his preference for playing time may see a move happen at some point this summer.
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Junior Hoilett has yet to move to a new club despite being out of contract at Blackburn Rovers. The club's relegation at the end of last season virtually sealed the departure of their young star.
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Steven Pienaar may still be part of the Tottenham setup but the South African star wants to leave the club.
After enduring a torrid time at the London club, Pienaar enjoyed a renaissance with his old club Everton and prompted rumours about a possible full-time return in the process.
He may yet get his wish as the clubs are reportedly close to a deal.
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Emmanuel Adebayor has no future at Manchester City and he has stated his preference to stay at Tottenham after a solid loan spell.
Tottenham may face some competition for the striker though especially with a move to the club being hindered by the player's financial demands.
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Andrei Arshavin's agent claims the player wants to leave Arsenal and that isn't surprising news.
Last season was Arshavin's worst at the club and even went on loan to former club Zenit St. Petersburg at one point.
The diminutive Russian attacker is sure to find less playing time next season with the introduction of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to the squad.
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According to the Guardian Sebastian Bassong is ready to leave Tottenham.
The Cameroonian defender went on loan to Wolves in January in order to receive more playing time and could see a future for himself away from the club.
Even though Ledley King has retired, Jan Vertonghen's arrival may mean Bassong is in the same position he was before when it comes to competition in central defense.
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After one year at the club, Luc Castaignos is reportedly to be on his way out of Inter. Here is what the young striker had to say about the situation:
"In Italy I only want to play for Inter, but this is not looking possible now," Castaignos told Sky Sport 24. "The club wants to loan me to an Italian team, but it is a move I would not be interested in."
"We have thus decided that I be sold. I regret not having been able to show my qualities. I am sad, but football is like that and the club and I have made this decision together."
Dutch club FC Twente may offer Castaignos a route out of Italy.
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According to the Chronicle, Andy Carroll wants to leave Liverpool and return to Newcastle United. There has been plenty of speculation concerning the player's future at the club but if this is true then all that speculation ends.
Here are some tidbits from the article, courtesy of the Chronicle:
ANDY CARROLL wants to make a sensational return to Newcastle United—but only after giving new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers a piece of his mind.
Carroll has told his representatives a simple message: “Take me home.”
Now he has told his representatives that Newcastle are at the top of his wish list and the sooner a move back to Tyneside can be quickened up the better.
A close pal of Carroll told the Chronicle last night: “Newcastle are interested – and Andy wants to come home. He’s already told Liverpool that too."
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Though his club president stands firm in his stance that Edinson Cavani will not be allowed to leave, various reports have stated otherwise.
The Premier League is the most likely destination for the Uruguayan forward should anything occur.
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According to the Mirror, Ron Vlaar declared that he wanted to move to Aston Villa during the summer:
Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel confirmed the defender Vlaar has held talks with Villa and wants to join the Premier League club.
“Ron visited [them] on Sunday and wants to continue his career at Aston Villa,” Van Geel said.
“We met with him last week to discuss a contract extension, but that was not an option.
“It’s true that he has a buy-out clause. I won’t reveal how much exactly we’re talking about, but we’re obviously talking about millions here.”
A deal may eventually be completed but nothing is final at the moment.
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Mathieu Debuchy has made it clear that he wants to leave Lille:
"Despite my commitment to Lille—the club is in my heart—I am 100% committed to leaving. I want to leave LOSC,'' he told L'Equipe. "The coach wants to keep me but I will not change my opinion.''