Is there any point of handing in a transfer request? FourFourTwo investigates

Harry Maguire Leicester Manchester United

The back page of a newspaper – it’s the football fan’s Heat magazine during the transfer window. While those obsessed with celebrity have the Daily Mail 'sidebar of shame', football fans will relentlessly refresh their Twitter feed in blind hope of an update on the whereabouts of Neymar, or the identity of the latest club to target Nicolas Pepe. But, among the transfer window's silly season – rife with Chinese whispers, cloak and dagger negotiations and oil-rich oligarchs gazumping teams just for the hell of it – spare a thought for the humble transfer request.

Although this window has been plagued by reports of stars like Harry Maguire and Laurent Koscielny keen to leave their respective clubs, neither have thought to do what some may see as logical, and signal their intent with a transfer request – officially, at least. Maguire has voiced his desire 'privately', while Koscielny simply refused to board Arsenal's plane for their US tour. The question is: why do some drop in a written note and some not?

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