9 out-of-favour Premier League stars who could still move this summer
1. Ross Barkley (Everton)
Barkley seemed destined for the exit earlier this summer, but he’s still not managed to find a new employer as the end of the window comes into sight. Tottenham continue to be linked with the attacking midfielder, whose contract at Everton expires next June, but Ronald Koeman revealed last week that the 23-year-old could yet remain at Goodison Park beyond the end of the month.
That possibility has strengthened with the reports of an injury scare in training this week. Still, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to add bodies to his squad and Barkley’s rank in the Everton pecking order uncertain, it wouldn’t come as a great surprise if Daniel Levy tried to arrange a late deal for the player before long.
2. Jefferson Montero (Swansea)
Montero has enjoyed a few memorable highs during his time in south Wales, most notably a fine performance against champions Chelsea on the opening day of the 2015/16 campaign. Yet injuries have proved hugely disruptive, while the Ecuadorian has been guilty of not grasping the opportunities that have come his way under successive managers.
After just 31 Premier League starts in three full seasons at the Liberty Stadium, the time has surely come for a parting. As the winger is still just 27 years old, there should still be several interested parties out there. Newcastle and Qatari side Al-Rayyan – managed by ex-Swans chief Michael Laudrup – have been linked.
3. Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City)
Mangala may have been on the substitutes’ bench as City beat Brighton on Saturday, but game time will prove elusive if John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi stay fit. There’s also a chance that Pep Guardiola will bolster his defensive options before the end of the window, in which case Mangala – fresh from a season-long loan at Valencia last time out – will surely seek pastures new.
The £42m man hasn’t done much at the Etihad to convince prospective buyers that’s he’s the man to shore up a shaky backline, but Mangala was a commanding presence at Porto and could enjoy success elsewhere.