Often, the summer transfer window is talked about in terms of what the players can get out of it. We ask what's best for the player, where the player would fit most, how the player can get the most money and what the most practical outcome would be for a certain player and his individual style.
However, in doing that, we often end up forgetting about the clubs these players belong to, and the football clubs should also be looking to do what's best for them this summer. They, too, should be looking to offload the deadweight players that are bogging down their team and bring in new players that are more worthwhile—trimming the fat, per se.
Which clubs (and players) could do with some trimming this summer?
Here are a few deadweight players who should be sold by their clubs.
Time to start with the sulking legend himself, and it's clear that Juventus should be looking to sell off Nicolas Anelka as soon as they can this summer transfer window.
The French veteran has made just three substitute appearances for the Bianconeri all season and doesn't seem like gaining any more appearances any time soon—especially not with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente set to arrive in the summer transfer window.
He might be a big-name player, but he isn't producing the results that he was at Chelsea or even at Shanghai Shenhua, and Juve should sell him before it's all too late and interestin the 34-year-old striker completely dies down.
With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2014, this summer presents the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to sell defender Bacary Sagna to wherever possible.
The right-back hasn't been sound defensively this season and has hindered their one good right-back—Carl Jenkinson—from truly establishing himself in the first team. He's struggling going forward and hasn't offered the same attacking flair down the wing that the Gunners would have expected this year either.
At 30 years old, Sagna isn't getting any younger, the North London club would do well to sell him whilst they can still actually make some money off him.
Why Manchester City made the move to bring in Scott Sinclair is a decision that few will understand. One thing we can hope, however, is that with a new manager running the show over the summer transfer window, the Citizens will get rid of the 24-year-old for someone worthwhile.
Sinclair has started just three games for the club all season and doesn't appear to be breaking into the first team any time soon—especially not if the 2012 league champions make a move over the transfer window and bring in another big-name attacking player.
The winger's value has already dropped this year, and City would do well to get rid of him before that value continues to depreciate over the summer.
Victor Valdes simply isn't cutting it anymore for Barcelona.
The 31-year-old shot-stopper hasn't been his dominant self at the back and doesn't appear to be changing that any time soon. The Catalan club were shown to be wanting at the back right throughout the Champions League; that starts with their man in goal, who doesn't offer a dominant presence at all.
Preferably before they get caught by his inadequacies again next season.
Anderson has not been poor when he's taken the field for Manchester United this season. He has, however, been inconsistent, and with the Red Devils looking for a young, consistent central midfielder and possibly looking to sign one this summer, the former Porto man just doesn't have a place anymore.
Simply put, Anderson cannot offer United anything that they do not already have, and with The Telegraph reporting that clubs are queueing up for the Brazilian, the Red Devils should look to sell the 25-year-old this summer.
Yes, they might lose some money on what they paid in signing him from Porto, but with David Moyes coming in, a summer clear-out may well be the best thing for the league champions. And who knows—it could well rejuvenate the careers of a number of footballers, such as that of Anderson himself.
This one makes sense for both the club and the player himself.
Let's finish with another one—Pepe and Real Madrid.
Pepe brings a unique role when used in central defense by Jose Mourinho, and his physical style is more than capable of unsettling opposition players, which can therefore bode well for Los Blancos.
However, given the Spanish giants lack of success in both the Champions League and La Liga, the reality is that they need to upgrade at the back. They need to move on from "good" players and bring in world-class players who can instill a security and confidence not seen in recent years at the Bernabeu.
Raphael Varane can offer that, as can Sergio Ramos at times.
The same cannot be said for Pepe, and after Robert Lewandowski single-handedly knocked Madrid out of the Champions League thanks to Pepe's woeful defending, Madrid would do well to sell him this summer.
It's time that the Spanish powerhouse started to rebuild at the back.
What other deadweight players do you think clubs should sell this summer?
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