The relegation battle is heating up, and heating up fast.
Following Wigan’s 1-0 win against Norwich City and Aston Villa’s 1-2 home loss against Liverpool, both clubs find themselves on 30 points, the joint-second lowest tally with only QPR and Reading, both on 23, beneath them in the table.
Sunderland aren’t too far in front, on 31 after another depressingly listless display against Manchester United on Saturday ended in Martin O’Neill’s sacking and Paolo Di Canio’s hiring.
By mid-May, three of these clubs will find themselves headed down to the Championship next season. And inevitably, as they restructure their playing staff and finances to adjust to a much less lucrative league, their star players will be let go.
Let’s take a look at those relegation-bound players who will be up for sale at the end of the season, either for playing or for financial reasons.
Disclaimer: For this article we consider the aforementioned five EPL clubs. To keep things short, we will assume that Newcastle, Norwich, Stoke and Southampton (as well as everyone else above them) will survive relegation. Players out of contract this summer (like Reading's Alex Pearce) will not be considered.