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Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline
02:51 EST, 25 August 2016
05:02 EST, 25 August 2016
There should be fireworks before the transfer window closes in a week’s time. That much is certain. What is less obvious is where a number of outcast Premier League stars will end up.
Players across the top flight are currently trapped in a footballing purgatory. They are unwanted by their current managers but have not yet secured a move elsewhere. Their agents will be working around the clock to push through switches to other clubs, but as of yet they have not managed to make the transfer happen. A dangerous fate awaits those who remain at their current clubs.
Sportsmail has put together a guide to the Premier League players who are outcasts at their current clubs and have not found somewhere else to move as of yet.
Joe Hart – Manchester City – signed for £100,000
When Hart was confidently jumping up and down in the tunnel prior to England’s game against Iceland at Euro 2016, geeing himself up for a huge tie, he would probably have never pictured this outcome. Cast aside by Pep Guardiola fairly swiftly due to a perceived issue with his distribution, Hart is looking for a club, any club, to take him before the transfer window closes.
His £135,000-a-week salary is a stumbling block for anyone but the super rich. Everton and Sevilla are chasing him but neither can afford him. Hart himself is furious due to the fact that his future was made public so late in the window, which may hinder his ability to find a move elsewhere.
Joe Hart has been left searching for a club after Pep Guardiola decided to replace him
Eliaquim Mangala – Manchester City – signed for £31.8million
A much vaunted signing who was supposed to revolutionise Manchester City’s defence, although it has not panned out that way. Mangala has failed to settle over his two seasons in the Premier League and has never looked as convincing as his reputation suggested prior to his arrival.
The central defender is attracting interest from Napoli, Valencia and AC Milan, and City are willing to let him leave the club on loan in order to get more football under his belt. After the arrival of John Stones, the 25-year-old seems to be fifth choice in City’s defence. He will find his opportunities very limited this season if he does not move.
Eliaquim Mangala seems to have fallen to fifth choice at Manchester City this summer
Mamadou Sakho – Liverpool – signed for £18million
Sakho’s fall from grace has been incredible over the last few months. Having been an integral part of the Liverpool side that reached the Europa League final, scoring key goals along the way, Sakho found himself banned by UEFA after allegedly failing a drugs test. The situation since has suggested he was unfairly banned, with no charges being pressed. He also missed Euro 2016 as France reached the final due to his suspension.
His return to Liverpool did not go any better – he was sent home from the club’s trip to the United States after interrupting a Jurgen Klopp interview and displaying poor timekeeping. Having seen his reputation soar, Sakho is now left picking up the pieces. Sunderland have turned down the opportunity to sign him on loan. He is available to any other takers.
Mamadou Sakho has had a bad few months after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp
Lamine Kone – Sunderland – signed for £6million
The man who helped save Sunderland’s season last time out is seemingly very keen to get away from the Stadium of Light before the end of the transfer window. A self-diagnosed back issue kept him out of the club’s last Premier League game. There is a contract on the table that Kone could sign at any point to commit his future to Sunderland, but he does not seem keen to do so.
Everton are incredibly interested in his signature and see him as the missing link in their rebuilt defence, but they are going to have to work hard to bring him into the club. David Moyes does not seem interested in having him play until he has decided to stay. The ball is in Kone’s court.
Sunderland want to keep Lamine Kone but he missed a game due to a self-diagnosed injury
Juan Cuadrado – Chelsea – signed for £27million
Cuadrado arrived at Stamford Bridge amid much fanfare in January 2015, but it was almost impossible for him to break into the side as they romped to the title. He had just 15 appearances in all competitions to prove himself before he was shipped out on loan to Juventus last season.
Having returned to a club that finished 10th in the Premier League last season with a Serie A title winner’s medal, he may have expected some opportunities. That is especially the case given new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was reportedly keen to sign him before he moved to England. It has not panned out like that. Cuadrado has not kicked a ball since the season began, and he currently looks set to join Juventus on loan. Again.
Juan Cuadrado has found chances limited at Chelsea and could return to Juventus on loan
Yaya Toure – Manchester City – signed for £24million
When Yaya Toure saw the announcement that Pep Guardiola would be his new manager at City, it would have been reasonable for him to assume that his time might be finite at the club. After all, Guardiola had deemed him surplus to requirements at Barcelona. Throughout the summer, the message from the City boss was the same: that Toure would receive the same opportunities as everyone else, and that he saw him as an important player.
The unspoken message that has been received since the season kicked off is slightly different. With no minutes to his name over City’s opening Premier League games and a place among the outcasts and kids against Steaua Bucharest, Toure could do with an escape route from the Etihad before August ends. He is not as much of an outcast as some of the other players in this side, but the Ivorian will not be as key a man at City as he has been in the recent past.
Yaya Toure is not unwanted at City but does not seem to be an automatic first choice
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United – signed for £14million
It is fair to say that Schweinsteiger’s first season at Old Trafford did not exactly go to plan. He managed just 18 appearances in the Premier League before suffering a season-ending injury in January. The manager that brought him into the club – Louis van Gaal – departed acrimoniously at the end of the season. His contribution to Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign was minimal, and the 32-year-old bore some of the blame for that exit.
Jose Mourinho soon decided that Schweinsteiger was not part of his plans, pushing him towards the exit door by making him train with the Under 21s. The German has seemingly grabbed on to the door and refused to let go by declaring on Wednesday that Manchester United would be his last club in Europe. A move to the United States or China is likely.
Bastian Schweinsteiger can leave Manchester United after a difficult first season in England
Samir Nasri – Manchester City – signed for £25million
It is never a good sign when a manager publicly confirms an issue with a player’s weight during pre-season. Sportsmail reported early on that Nasri had fallen foul of Guardiola’s fitness regime. That meant the France international was not able to train with the first-team.
Nasri has barely kicked a ball in anger since. He missed out on City’s first two pre-season games and has not featured in any competitive action since. After an injury hit campaign last time out, with Nasri playing just 13 times in all competitions, City seem keen to cut him loose. Besiktas have given the two-time Premier League winner a way out of the Etihad.
Samir Nasri was publicly questioned for being overweight by Guardiola during pre-season
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool – signed for £16million
How do you solve a problem like Mario? The striker was once regarded as one of the best young prospects in world football. After years of questionable activity off the field and little in the way of performance on it, Balotelli is firmly in football purgatory.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp clearly does not want him at the club, banishing him to train with the Under 21s. AC Milan, always a convenient option for an Italian player of his talents, do not want him again after a loan spell last season that brought one goal in 20 appearances. Sion and Nice seem to be his latest options, which represents a significant fall in stature for a player once perceived as a reasonable replacement for Luis Suarez.
Mario Balotelli was sent to train with Liverpool’s Under 21 side this summer
Wilfried Bony – Manchester City – signed for £28million
Never seen by City as anything but backup to Sergio Aguero, Bony’s time at the Etihad must have been frustrating. After all, in a career that has brought 136 goals in 278 games, Bony has repeatedly proven himself to be a goalscoring talent. He might just be a cut below City’s standard.
West Ham are keen to offer Bony a way out as their search for a striker continues. However, they would rather sign Simone Zaza ahead of him, judging by Slaven Bilic’s public proclamations. Even if he did move to the Olympic Stadium it would probably only be on a short term basis, causing a repeat of this situation next summer.
Wilfried Bony has spent his entire spell at City as back-up to first choice striker Sergio Aguero
Loic Remy – Chelsea – signed for £10.5million
Remy has wanted to move in essentially every transfer window since joining Chelsea. It’s only natural – his first team chances are limited at Stamford Bridge. He played just 13 Premier League games in 2015-16. The striker is desperate for more first-team football.
Crystal Palace are keen to add him to their squad after signing Christian Benteke, but that would only be on a loan with the potential for a permanent deal. Remy needs a route out of Chelsea before the transfer window closes – with both Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi already ahead of him and Antonio Conte keen to sign another striker, the 29-year-old could possibly find opportunities even more limited.
Loic Remy seems to have two strikers ahead of him at Chelsea under Antonio Conte