As the summer transfer window enters the second half, many potential deals are yet to occur. There is about a month before the league seasons begin, but the respective managers will want the full squad for the preseason. Time is running out to fill the squad to their liking. Along with managers, many players will be pushing for moves as well.
Despite playing at big clubs, numerous players are not satisfied. They have issues which can range from injuries to homesickness. Chemistry issues, bust-ups with the team and a lack of playing time can prompt a player to look for a transfer. Now all these don’t materialize, but that is natural. One thing is for sure that numerous players could do with a change of scenery this summer. On that note, here are five players who could do with a transfer this summer.
Malcolm had two great seasons at Bordeaux, and numerous teams were in the market for him last summer. The right winger was great for the French side, and he was set to move to a bigger club. Roma were interested for a long time, but Barcelona swooped in to get the Brazilian. The Catalan side are a bigger club than Roma without a doubt. In spite of that, Malcolm has had a tough debut season in Spain.
He has not been able to nail down a starting spot so far. Both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been ahead of him in the pecking order. His preferred position is the right wing where Lionel Messi dominates. It seems likely that Barcelona will sign at least one of Antoine Griezmann and Neymar this summer. Even both of them could come to the Camp Nou, which would put Malcolm’s playing time at even more risk. The likes of Everton are interested in the Brazilian, and it could be the move which reignites his career.
Malcolm’s Barcelona teammate could be on his way out this summer as well. Coutinho was a crucial player for Liverpool, but he wanted to realise his dream to play for Barcelona. So he asked to leave, and his request was belatedly accepted. Coutinho left the Premier League and joined Barcelona last January. His first season in Spain was a good start as he adjusted to football and life in Barcelona. In contrast, his second season has been anything but.
Coutinho has played on the left wing for the majority of the games, which does not do justice to what he brings to the table. An attacking midfield role is better suited for the Brazilian, but Ernesto Valverde has not played him there. Coutinho has struggled in attack, and he has failed to get a run of good performances. His confidence has dropped massively, and the fans have not been the kindest either. If Neymar or Griezmann should arrive, Coutinho could be used as a pawn in the dealings. Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs.
It seems so long ago that Gareth Bale came off the bench to deliver the Champions League to Real Madrid with two goals in the final. That win over Liverpool was just a year ago when Bale was basking in all the glory. When Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Juventus, it seemed as though Bale would have a bigger stage to express himself. Sadly for the Welshman, he has under-performed massively.
The major problem has been injuries, and those have struck him regularly. He has failed to get in the good books of Zinedine Zidane, and the manager benched him for the later games of the season. Bale was on the bench but did not feature in Real’s last game of the season. He scored just eight goals last season, and the Bernabeu fans were quick to voice their displeasure. Bale could flourish on a different side, but he will need to take efforts to revamp his career.
Rodriguez’s case is not unlike Bale’s. The Colombian was signed in 2014 after his excellent World Cup, but he is clearly not Zidane’s favorite. The likes of Isco and Eden Hazard are bound to be higher in the rankings, which is not ideal for Rodriguez. He spent the last two seasons at Bayern Munich on loan, where he impressed to some extent. But now it looks like the German champions don’t want him back.
There is no doubt how good Mauro Icardi is on a football pitch. He is a world class striker capable of scoring goals in every which way. The problem with Icardi begins when you step away from the turf. His issues with the Inter board and fans have been documented to a great extent. Icardi was the club captain when the season began, but those issues led coach Luciano Spalletti to drop him at times in the second half of the season.
His wife Wanda is also part of the baggage that comes with Icardi. She has publicly criticized the Inter players on a radio show. Icardi himself has allegedly faked an injury even when the Inter medical staff deemed that he was fit to play. He has had bust-ups with players and fans alike, which has put him in a pickle. Rumours have emerged linking him to Juventus and Napoli, but nothing conclusive has happened thus far. Both those clubs will need to exercise caution before engaging in any talks, but Icardi is a strong contender to leave Inter this summer.