Summer transfer deadline day is upon us this Wednesday, and while Europe’s clubs have already done most of their business over the past couple months, there are still some teams who have holes to fill and players who are definitely available for various reasons. Here’s a look at who still could be set for a move before the transfer window shuts until January 1.
Joe Hart, Manchester City
Let’s start with the most obvious name. Hart lost his starting gig the moment Pep Guardiola walked through the Etihad doors and already had what amounted to his testimonial match in the Champions League playoffs against Steaua. Everton had been the frontrunners to free Hart, and now Serie A outfit Torino are reportedly interested as well. In any case, Hart should find a home in the next couple days.
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Julian Draxler, Wolfsburg
This is a tricky one given that Wolfsburg explicitly ruled out giving up Draxler this summer, but now Paris Saint-Germain are said to have tabled a huge €75 million offer for the winger. Draxler’s intent to leave the club is well-known, and Wolfsburg folded late last summer in a similar situation with Kevin De Bruyne. Should the Bundesliga club relent once again, Draxler would become the third-most expensive transfer of the summer.
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Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United
Sissoko is desperate to get out of Newcastle, and frankly, he’s too good a player for the Championship. Sissoko was perhaps France’s best man in the Euro final loss to Portugal, and the line of interested clubs is said to be long, with Juventus reportedly ready to offer £15 million. The problem? The Magpies don’t want to give up their star for anything under £35 million.
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Mario Balotelli, Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp made it clear he has no use for Balotelli in his heavy-metal Liverpool side, but finding any takers for the “enfant terrible" has been difficult. Possible moves to AC Milan, where Balotelli spent last year on loan, and Wolverhampton of the Championship fell apart. Now Palermo, the club of his hometown, are reportedly favorites to sign the 26-year-old former phenom. Oh, how his stock has fallen...
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Memphis Depay, Manchester United
Depay arrived at Old Trafford last summer hailed as United’s next big thing, but after just two goals in eight Premier League starts, is now considered a £25 million flop. Depay is just 22 years old and has bags of talent, but doesn’t seem to have much of a chance with Jose Mourinho – he was left out of the squad against Hull City over the weekend – and a change of scenery might be in everyone’s best interest.
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Isco, Real Madrid
If James Rodriguez’s situation at Real is considered bleak, Isco’s looks like the Gobi desert. The 24-year-old wants to stay in Madrid, but after the emergence of Marco Asensio he's fallen even lower on Zinedine Zidane’s depth chart. Tottenham are reportedly interested in bringing him to London on a season-long loan.
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Heung-Min Son, Tottenham
Speaking of Tottenham, Son has failed to win a starting gig at White Hart Lane and has reportedly been made available for the right offer. Wolfsburg are keen to bring the South Korean back to the Bundesliga and have both the need and the cash for him. Bild already claim that the Wolves have made a €30 million bid for the winger, who would help offset the loss of Draxler once he indeed leaves, either this week or next summer.
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Wilfried Bony, Manchester City
Next to Hart, Bony is Man City’s most prominent victim of the Pep Guardiola Revolution. Luckily, a host of Premier League clubs are interested in the Cote d’Ivoire striker, who bursted on the scene with Swansea just three years ago. Stoke City, Everton and West Ham are all in the running, but whoever Bony chooses will be on the hook for his £90,000-a-week wages.
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Saido Berahino, West Brom
It wouldn’t be a transfer deadline without the Berahino drama. The West Brom striker unsuccessfully pushed for a move to Spurs last summer and rejected a contract extension with the Baggies. This might finally be the time he leaves. Tony Pulis said he’ll know more about Berahino’s future in “the next 48 hours” after Sunday’s game against Middlesbrough, during which West Brom fans booed Berahino upon his substitution.
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Juan Cuadrado, Chelsea
Antonio Conte is said to be a fan of Cuadrado, but that hasn’t helped him get on the field for the Blues’ first handful of competitive matches this season. A return to Juventus for another loan spell could be the answer, as both the player and the Serie A champs are interested in a reunion. But the old Juventus and new Chelsea manager appears to have the final call.