11 Players Hoping to Move Before the Window Closes

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIAugust 21, 2013

11 Players Hoping to Move Before the Window Closes

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    The transfer window has already provided several big-name deals this summer, and the same is bound to happen over the remaining two weeks.

    Until September 2 is over (for most major leagues in Europe), players will continue to be linked with transfers away from their current clubs and to new potential suitors. Some of them aren't thinking about moving at all, while others would relish the opportunity to don a new jersey by deadline day.

    Who are the players that would still love to move clubs this summer?

    Read on and find out.

Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers

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    Julio Cesar is a Confederations Cup-winning goalkeeper.

    He was one of the best keepers in the Premier League last season and without doubt one of Queens Park Rangers' best players as they tried (albeit unsuccessfully) to avoid relegation.

    Simply put, he does not belong in the Championship—no disrespect to the second-tier competition—and will surely move this summer. You'd have thought that a deal would probably have already happened for the Brazilian international given how strong he was at the back last season, but one has not yet transpired, making him one of the more intriguing targets remaining over the final two weeks of business.

    Rangers manager Harry Redknapp confirmed earlier in the summerper ESPN, that Cesar would leave the club this summer; the biggest question now just remains where.

    Potential destinations: Fiorentina, Arsenal, Roma

Samuel Eto'o, Anzhi Makhachkala

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    In one of the more dramatic moves this summer, Anzhi Makhachkala owner Suleyman Kerimov has reportedly put his entire first-team on the transfer market, courtesy of Eurosport, as the previously big-spending Russian club look to focus on bringing in more homegrown players.

    Tottenham Hotspur have already begun to take full advantage of this by moving closer to signing Willian according to ESPN, and striker Samuel Eto'o could very well become the next big-name player to leave Anzhi.

    Having played in a variety of roles throughout his time in Barcelona, Internazionale and Anzhi, Eto'o is a versatile striker who would be a deadly addition for any team in and around the penalty box. He isn't as fresh as he might have been four or five years ago, but he's still a world-class player with a lot to offer several clubs—especially in the leadup to the 2014 World Cup.

    The striker has already discussed leaving the club and is reportedly prepared to take a wage-cut in order to do so according to The Sun—paving the way for a summer switch.

    Potential destinations: Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal

Yoann Gourcuff

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    Yoann Gourcuff is desperate to leave Lyon. So desperate, in fact, that he is reportedly willing to reduce his wages even further in order to move away from the French club this summer.

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was quoted in L'Equipe (h/t Sky Sports) as saying:

    All I know, if I understand correctly, is that he was ready to lower his salary to go to Arsenal... I spoke to his lawyer two weeks ago and he asked for the power of attorney to negotiate a transfer. I said no, but I would be keen to offer a non-exclusive power of attorney to see what happens.

    The 27-year-old has two goals and two assists in as many games so far this season, but he scored just four goals and eight assists last year in an injury-riddled season.

    Transfermarkt report that the French international was once worth as much as €25 million but is now valued at just around €8 million. The talent is clearly there, and a move this summer could just be the thing to revitalize his career, which is perhaps why Gourcuff is so keen to leave Lyon this summer. 

    Potential destinations: Arsenal, Newcastle United, Liverpool

Mamadou Sakho, Paris Saint-Germain

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    With Paris Saint-Germain spending big money this summer to sign the likes of Marquinhos, central defender Mamadou Sakho found himself in a difficult position—seemingly unlikely to get regular playing time in a year that he desperately wants to be selected for the French World Cup team.

    The likely solution?

    Leave PSG, which is exactly what the 23-year-old wants to do according to comments that new manager Laurent Blanc said via L'Equipe (h/t The Daily Star).

    It is true Mamadou expressed his desire to find a solution. Until September 2, the situation will develop and there will be time to find a solution that suits both parties. 

    The biggest question that remains, then, relates to which club will end up securing the services of Sakho, with clubs right around Europe no doubt interested in a move for the 23-year-old. Looking back on Sakho's statistics for the 2012-13 Ligue 1 season according to Squawka, it's easy to see why he's such a coveted transfer prospect—especially given that he won't cost as much as several other defenders this summer.

    In addition to scoring two goals, Sakho finished with a higher pass completion percentage than Mikel Arteta or Cesc Fabregas last season. He won 70 percent of his attempted tackles, 76 of his attempted aerial duels and averaged a staggering nine defensive actions per game.

    A very solid prospect indeed.

    Potential destinations: Liverpool, AC Milan, Monaco

Fabio Coentrao, Real Madrid

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    Having been linked by The Independent with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as part of a potential deal for Gareth Bale, it appears that Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has understood his future doesn't lie with the Spanish heavyweights, and subsequently wants to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

    Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed to Fox Sports that the left-back has indeed asked to leave the club, which you'd have to think would happen pretty soon.

    Given Tottenham's biggest outstanding weakness is probably at left-back, a move to White Hart Lane makes sense for Coentrao—particularly if Madrid use him as a sweetener in any deal for Bale. However, there are several other clubs thought to be sniffing around for the defender who could snatch him out from the clutches of Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    Potential destinations: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Monaco

Fabio Quagliarella, Juventus

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    According to Sky Sports, Juventus will allow Fabio Quagliarella to leave the club this summer.

    The Old Lady already made several strong signings up front this season in Fernando Llorente on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao and Carlos Tevez from Juventus, and, as a result, they have several luxuries in their squad that they simply don't need for the Italian and European season ahead.

    Quagliarella is one of those and will likely move this summer as a result. 

    Given his skill set and gifted attacking threat, the Italian obviously wants consistent playing time and would definitely thrive once more at a club that could offer him that.

    Potential destinations: West Ham, Norwich City, Sunderland

Geoffrey Kondogbia, Sevilla

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    Marko Van Ginkel, Fernandinho, Luis Gustavo, Victor Wanyama, Lucas Biglia, Casemiro, Massimo Ambrosini, Jeremy Toulalan, Asier Illarramendi, Etienne Capoue.

    All defensive midfielders, and all transfers from the 2013 summer window so far.

    As a result, few DCM's remain available this summer for clubs to look at, and with several teams still wanting to add a holding midfielder or box-to-box man to their squad, demand is high for players like Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia according to The Express.

    With a €20 million release clause in his contract confirmed by club president Jose Maria del Nido to Estadio Deportivo (h/t ESPN), Kondogbia appears likely to leave the Spanish club this summer, which, according to manager Unai Emery, the 20-year-old would be comfortable with.

    Potential destinations: Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester United

Adil Rami, Valencia

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    Valencia defender Adli Rami made his intentions for the summer transfer window very clear.

    "I am here today but that does not mean to say that I do not have desires elsewhere," Adli told RMC (h/t Goal). He also gave a not-so-subtle hint to any interested clubs that he does have a release clause of around €10-12 million in his contract for clubs to make a move for.

    Rami is a very strong defender, but his career achievements list at Valencia currently lacks any sort of silverware. The Spanish club have already sold star striker Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur this summer—making them even less likely to break the Barcelona and Real Madrid duopoly in La Liga—and it appears he would no doubt jump at the opportunity to change clubs if he could.

    Potential destinations: Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain

Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla

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    One thing is for certain this summer: Sevilla FC have made a serious profit so far.

    The club has pocketed over £60 million this summer in the sale of Luis Alberto, Gary Medel, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Antonio Luna and Jose Campana. Moreover, they've spent less than half of that in return—notably picking up Kevin Gameiro, Vicente Iborra and Carlos Bacca for £18 million—but they still have a serious transfer kitty that they're apparently not going to use.

    And in the mind of midfielder Ivan Rakitic, that decision could well see him leave the club this summer.

    A complete central midfielder capable of hurting teams in both attack and defense, Rakitic said earlier this summer that if the club didn't bring in several big-name players then he would leave to 24sata, (h/t Sky Sports). And while we're not 100 percent what his definition of "big-name players" is, you'd have to think that a backup PSG striker, a 26-year-old from the Belgian Pro League and a player from Levante wasn't quite what the Croatian international had in mind this summer.

    A potential switch could be on the cards.

    Potential destinations: Liverpool, Lazio, Manchester City

Christian Eriksen, Ajax

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    Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen could look back through the rumors of every transfer window in the past few years and find his name linked with a club somewhere around the world.

    And while a move away from the Dutch club hasn't transpired yet, this summer could be the one for Eriksen, who was quoted earlier this summer by The Guardian as saying that he is open to a move should interest be there from other clubs (which we most definitely know that there is).

    I do not know if I am going to leave Ajax. We'll find out in two weeks. There are to my knowledge no negotiations right now either with a new club or Ajax. If there is a good approach (from another club), I see as an opportunity to try something new...

    Eriksen’s representative, Martin Schoots, also confirmed to sporten.dk, (h/t ESPN) that "this is the first transfer window in which Christian has been open to a move."

    The No. 10 picked up more assists (17) than any other player in the Premier League last season (while still picking up 10 goals as well), and would no doubt be a huge signing for whatever club lands his services. Especially given the fact that at just 21 years old, he can seemingly only get better.

    Potential destinations: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund

Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur

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    It's the transfer saga that seemingly never ends, but according to recent reports from a slew of media outlets, Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale could finally be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

    Goal reported back in July that despite Spurs chairman Dan Levy being adamant that the club wouldn't sell Bale, the Welsh winger was "desperate to complete a summer transfer". That was then confirmed by The Daily Mail a few days later, who reported that Bale told manager Andre Villas-Boas that he wanted out.

    The Daily Mirror then reported a few days later that Bale had said goodbye to his Tottenham team-mates (and even signed their jerseys as a parting gift to the team).

    Sky Italia (h/t Eurosport) report that Tottenham are set to receive around £90 million in return from Real Madrid—seemingly in line with Spurs' summer so far.

    • Paulinho (Corinthians) for £17 million
    • Etienne Capoue (Toulouse) for £9 million
    • Roberto Soldado (Valencia) for £26 million
    • Nacer Chadli (FC Twente) for £6 million
    • Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala) for £30 million

    £90 million for Bale. £88 million spent so far this summer.

    You work it out.

    Potential destinations: Real Madrid (no other likely destination)

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