Players Who Need Summer Transfers but Won't Get Them
Every summer is filled with transfer sagas, but only a few of the high-profile players that are linked with a move to a "big" club actually sign on the dotted line.
Tons of factors can get in the way: the buying club is not willing to meet the player's wage demands, the transfer fee demanded by the selling club is exorbitant, there is a depth issue on one of the two teams and/or numerous others.
Yet a player is often the most significant beneficiary from the deal from a footballing perspective.
Let's look at five huge names who really should be on their way out of their respective clubs before the imminent transfer deadline, but will not be.
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Fernando Torres needs a fresh start.
After his time at Liverpool fizzled to an acrimonious conclusion, he has been met with perpetual criticism while playing for Chelsea. Whether due to the persistent pressure or a simple dearth of luck, Torres has failed to express his obvious skill at Stamford Bridge.
A transfer away from his immediate surroundings—and probably England altogether—would do wonders for the Spaniard, as he would not have to compete with two other strikers who are bursting with goals and raw potential: Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.
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Fernando Torres might actually receive a break, as it is difficult to see Jose Mourinho's path to success in his pursuit of Wayne Rooney.
Unless Rooney simply refuses to play for Manchester United again, the Red Devils have a tremendous amount of leverage—Chelsea are the only interested club that could stomach his £300,000 per week salary (via Forbes).
Moreover, David Moyes does not want to be taken for a weakling immediately after assuming the post of the monolithic Sir Alex Ferguson. Allowing one of the club's most iconic active players to walk out the door could be perceived as a sign that Moyes is not quite ready to manage a team in United's echelon.
Rooney, however, would benefit greatly. Unable to keep up with the scintillating Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in attacking midfield, he would arrive at a club that would instantly make him the focal point of its attack.
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For Cesc Fabregas, life at the club of his boyhood dreams has not been idyllic since he arrived from Arsenal in 2011.
Pep Guardiola and subsequent managers have attempted to involve him and his outstanding creative talent in the starting XI in some capacity, but it has proved difficult with all three midfield positions occupied by immovable titans of the game.
Consequently, Fabregas has been deployed as a roving winger in support of Lionel Messi. But, while his phenomenal talent has prevented him from failing in this role, he would be much better suited in his natural spot as the spearhead of the midfield.
After Neymar's arrival, opportunities will be even more limited. Despite perpetual rumors of potent interest from Manchester United (via BBC), Barcelona's brass have publicly declared their intention to retain Fabregas (again, via BBC).
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If Liverpool's fans cheer Luis Suarez when he returns from his latest suspension, their capacity for forgiveness will be almost Christ-like.
After angling for a move all summer and being subjected to flitting glances from cash-rich and striker-hungry Arsenal, Suarez gave a scalding interview to The Guardian's Sid Lowe, claiming that Liverpool had broken their promise to let him leave and officially declaring that he wanted out.
Until, of course, Liverpool decided not to sell.
Unlike the other players on this list, Suarez's club still has a distinct need for him and their partnership could, in theory, be mutually beneficial.
But it is nearly impossible to imagine the Uruguayan maintaining a professional and amicable relationship with both manager Brendan Rodgers and the club's voracious supporters.