European Transfer Window: 11 Likely Transfer Window Losers

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2011

European Transfer Window: 11 Likely Transfer Window Losers

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal applauds the fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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    The transfer window is upon us again, and football teams across Europe are busy trying to rebuild their rosters or to keep their core intact. 

    Every team has improvements to make, but unfortunately, not every team is going to end the summer as they wanted. Some will have to lose players they'd rather not, and some will once again not be given the funds to replenish their squads.

    Let's take a look at who those unlucky teams may be. Here are the 11 (in no particular order) likely transfer losers in the European transfer window. 

11. Everton

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Everton Manager David Moyes looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on May 22, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Everton has been stuck in a rut in recent seasons. They start off miserably, contend with injuries to their best players and often hover in and around the relegation zone.

    But the Toffees always manage to pick it up in the end and finish, respectably, in the top seven or eight. But that's not good enough for David Moyes and his charges.

    However, it looks like, once again, the Scot will not be given proper funds to be active in the transfer window to provide his squad with the necessary backups.

    And now, there are rumors that Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta is wanted at Valencia.

    Leighton Baines, who will likely be the first-choice England left back soon, is also wanted by the top clubs, most notably Arsenal, Manchester City and arch-rivals Liverpool.

    After selling Steven Pienaar to Tottenham for a minuscule £3 million in January, Everton really can't afford to sell more of its best players.   

10. Arsenal

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Samir Nasri of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    I wouldn't say Arsenal is very likely to be a loser in this transfer window, but there isn't much optimism around the Emirates these days.

    Manchester United wants Samir Nasri, who is having difficulty negotiating his contract, but Arsene Wenger will not sell his midfield maestro to the Red Devils. I doubt Nasri will leave, be it for United or elsewhere, but the Cesc Fabregas saga could very well come to an end this summer, with the Spaniard returning home.

    Barcelona have been chasing Fabregas ever since they let him leave for Arsenal when he was 16 years old. He's been stalling at Arsenal, and this could very well be the time to cash in, however much it would hurt to sell the world-class midfielder.

    Left back Gael Clichy wants to leave as does Nicklas Bendtner, although no Gunner fan is complaining about that. There are also some questions over whether or not Andrei Arshavin will remain with the team. 

    The Gunners also aren't looking highly likely to bring in the proven, world-class replacements the fans so desperately want. 

9. Atletico Madrid

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 13: Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid reacts during the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 13, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Get
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    Atletico Madrid are going to have to give up their young starlet Sergio Aguero. They may also have to lose one of the best young keepers in the world in David de Gea.

    Aguero, the 23-year-old Argentinian superstar and Diego Maradona's son-in-law, stated he wanted to leave Atleti after five years with the club soon after the transfer window opened. Arch-rivals Real Madrid emerged as the front-runners, but Chelsea have also been chasing the striker for years.

    Aguero has said he'd prefer to stay in Spain, but Atleti will try to avoid selling on of the best young scorers in the game to their already loaded neighbors.

    Meanwhile, 20-year-old keeper David de Gea is wanted by Manchester United as the successor to the recently retired Edwin van der Sar. De Gea has said he is unsure over his future and whether or not he is ready for a club of United's stature, but it is a likely move.

    Losing Aguero is bad enough for the Rojiblancos, who could not secure European competition this season after winning the Europa League last year, but losing de Gea as well would turn the club's fortunes completely around. 

8. Carlos Tevez

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between  Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    Carlos Tevez is not in an enviable position right now. 

    His family is not happy living in England, so he understandably wants to leave Manchester City. But City is riding high right now after winning the FA Cup, their first trophy in 35 years, and finishing third in league and securing automatic Champions League qualification.

    Not really the kind of situation you want to walk away from.

    City know they can buy just about any replacement they want (save Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi), so they are willing to let the Argentine go if he really wants to. Tevez reportedly wants to go home, but that would be taking a huge step back in the prime of his career. 

    City will surely lose a great playmaker (or have to keep an unhappy one), but Tevez will be a loser at the end of the summer whatever he decides. 

7. Aston Villa

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    WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Stuart Downing of Aston Villa celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 with Ashley Young during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on September 26, 2010 in Wolverh
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    Aston Villa spent £24 million on Darren Bent in January, and now they have to get some of that money back. It's very likely they'll have to sell two of their best young playmakers to do it.

    Ashley Young's signing with Manchester United seems imminent, and Stewart Downing will not discuss his contract with Liverpool looking very likely to sign him soon as well.

    To add on, veteran keeper Brad Friedel signed with Tottenham soon after the window opened.

    The Villains are also looking for a new manager but have not been very active in purchasing players this summer, so far.

6. Dimitar Berbatov

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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    Dimitar Berbatov finally looked like he was worth the £30 million Manchester United paid for him in 2008 in the first half of last season as he went of a goal-scoring spree, but that didn't stop Sir Alex Ferguson from putting him on the bench.

    And let's face it, Fergie has earned the right to do what he wants.

    Berbatov didn't make the squad for the Champions League Final, but the Bulgarian says he wants to stay at United and fight for his spot. He'll have to fight against much younger players in Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez and will likely have to get to know Michael Owen a whole lot better on the bench. 

    One club who'd like to take him away is Paris Saint-Germain, thanks to their new Qatari owners.

    Being on the bench won't suit a player of Berbatov's ability and pride, but he likely doesn't want to leave a club of United's stature for PSG, especially at half the price.

5. Valencia

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    VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 10:  Juan Mata of Valencia in action during the La Liga match between Valencia and Villarreal at Estadio Mestalla on April 10, 2011 in Valencia, Spain.  Valencia won 5-0.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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    Even after selling David Villa and David Silva for a combined £70 million last summer, it seems Valencia are still a bit of a selling club.

    Though they are linked to Everton's Mikel Arteta, his arrival may come at the price of 23-year-old Juan Mata, who is once again linked to Liverpool, among other Premier League clubs. 

    The Spanish winger has dismissed the rumors and stated he is happy at Valencia, but with the dire financial situation at the Mestalla remaining, it would be hard to turn down a good offer.  

4. Chelsea

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on March 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Similar to Arsenal, Chelsea aren't extremely likely to be transfer losers, but the shine is definitely wearing off the London giants. 

    Guus Hiddink may or may not be their manager (again) for next season, but the real problem is Chelsea can no longer sign whomever they want.

    Brazilian starlet Neymar's agent has said he'd rather his player go to Real Madrid, among his client's numerous options. Premier League rivals Manchester United look likely to pip the Blues to Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, and long-time Abramovich target Sergio Aguero would rather stay in Spain.

    The Blues finally got Fernando Torres in January, but it's caused problems with how to play him alongside Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

    If Chelsea cannot bring in some new forwards, they cannot sell their older ones and therefore could face the same formation problems they had the second half of this season.  

3. Alberto Aquilani

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    ROME, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Alberto Aquilani of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Juventus FC at Stadio Olimpico on April 3, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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    Alberto Aquilani was hoping his loan spell at Juventus would turn into a permanent move, but the Italian giants dumped the Liverpool midfielder when they dumped their manager Luigi Delneri, leaving Aqua with a few options that are more problematic than promising.

    Liverpool is obviously an option for Aquilani, and plenty of Reds are fans of his, but he may not be who Kenny Dalglish wants, as evidenced by the recent signing of Sunderland's Jordan Henderson.

    It also looks like the player would rather stay in Italy, and Napoli may offer Aquilani a lifeline. 

    Overall, the past two years have not been kind to the 26-year-old, and it should be another trying summer for him. 

2. Lille

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  Gervinho of Ivory Coast in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at Soccer City Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/
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    French champions Lille looks set to lose two superstar players this summer in Eden Hazard and Gervinho. 

    Gervinho is being chased by all the top English clubs, with Tottenham and Arsenal both already having bids turned down, but the 24-year-old forward is staying mum on the links.

    Hazard has been on the radars of Liverpool and Arsenal for a long time now, and European and Spanish champions Barcelona have jumped in as well trying to snatch up the 20-year-old winger.

    Lille will get a very nice price for both of the players, but losing these talents at such a young age will hurt for years, especially watching them star in the biggest competitions. 

1. Villarreal

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    VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 10:  Santi Cazorla of Villarreal in action during the La Liga match between Valencia and Villarreal at Estadio Mestalla on April 10, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia won 5-0.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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    Even though Rafa Benitez has left, Liverpool's Spanish fixation doesn't seem to have ended. The Reds are reportedly interested in signing Villrreal's versatile midfielder Santi Cazorla.

    Villarreal do not want to sell such a stellar player, especially one who is at the peak of his career at 26 years old. But if the Spanish winger indicates he wants to leave, they may have to let him go.

    The Yellow Submarine is also at risk of losing their best scorer, Gieseppe Rossi, to Barcelona of all clubs. The Italian is flattered by the link and is unsure of where he will play next season, which is the last thing your club wants to hear.

    Inter Milan and Juventus are also keen to bring the 24-year-old American-born Rossi back to Italy.

    Midfield stalwart Marcos Senna is out of contract with Villarreal and could be snapped up by newly promoted Premier League side Swansea City. Not quite sure where that came from.