The transfer window might be closed in the Premier League, but the same is not the case in other major European leagues.
In most European leagues, the transfer window shuts down on September 2nd, and clubs in these leagues are still busy sorting out their transfer plans.
The Premier League clubs are not allowed to bring in players now, but they can still sell their players. Hence, over the next few days, we could witness some major departures from the league.
We take a look at five names that are likely to depart in the coming days:
5) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
The German centre-back has become a butt of jokes during his time in North London, but it is worth noting that he was a £35m-player not so long ago. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already made it clear that the player doesn’t feature in his plans, and now all that is left is to find a new club for the former World Cup winner. However, this won’t be an easy task for Arsenal considering the criticism the 27-year-old has received of late.
4) Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
There was a lot of talk about Michy Batshuayi when he first arrived in the Premier League in 2016. However, he could never cement a spot for himself at Stamford Bridge, and he has spent most of that time on loan spells with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace. Chelsea’s current situation has presented the Belgian with yet another opportunity to make it at the West London club. Regardless, he still finds himself behind Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order. And if a suitable offer comes for him, we can see him making yet another exit from Chelsea.
3) Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
The Croatian centre-back has been linked with an exit from the Merseyside club throughout the summer. He was slated to join Serie A club AS Roma, but according to latest reports, that move has fallen through.
The 30-year-old is an experienced defender, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool. And we are sure there will be a lot of interest in his services in the coming days.
2) Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)
Victor Wanyama is apparently not required at the North London club anymore. Especially, following the arrivals of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. The Kenyan midfielder had joined Spurs in 2016, but he could never set the stage on fire. As things stand, he doesn’t feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven, and it is the perfect time for him to seek a new challenge. Turkish giants Galatasaray are apparently interested in his services.
1) Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Christian Eriksen is a totally different case than every other player mentioned on this list. Eriksen is a top player at Spurs, who are desperate to hold on to him. However, the Dane has only one year left on his current deal and he is being courted by European giants like Real Madrid.
Hence, Spurs are faced with a dilemma – do they allow him to leave for a fat fee or risk losing him for free next summer. If he does end up leaving, it would be a huge blow for Spurs. This became very evident during Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening weekend.