Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
João Felix’s four years at Atlético Madrid didn’t go as expected. He is set to leave the Metropolitano this summer after a failed loan spell at Chelsea. The Portugal international has made it clear that he wants to join Barcelona and this seems to be the final straw for manager Diego Simeone. However, the Blaugrana do not appear to be interested in Felix and his most likely destination at the moment is the Saudi Pro League clubs.
Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Manager Erik ten Hag says he has no problem keeping Harry Maguire at Old Trafford, but it’s clear the Dutch strategist is very interested in selling the midfielder to raise money to bring in new players. The deal to join West Ham has been derailed but could be reopened in the final days of the summer 2023 transfer window. West Ham still need men while Maguire hasn’t played a minute and certainly doesn’t want to continue the whole summer season.
Ryan Gravenberh (Bayern Munich)
Gravenberch joined Bayern last summer but is feeling down after a very poor first season at the Allianz Arena, starting just six games in all competitions. He seemed to have hope of turning his life around when Thomas Tuchel took over from Julian Nagelsmann as manager in March, but in the end everything remained the same. Currently, both Manchester United and Liverpool want the 21-year-old and it remains to be seen which team will win this race.
Despite only signing a new deal with PSG last season, Marco Verratti has been advised to find a new club before the end of the summer 2023 transfer window. A move to the Saudi Pro League club seems inevitable and remains the most likely outcome. But the Italian player may decide to stay in Europe if he receives an offer from a big club. Manchester United reportedly recently contacted Verratti’s agent.
David de Gea (freelancer)
De Gea is still looking for a new position after his contract with Manchester United expired at the end of June. There was also news that the Spaniard would come to Real Madrid instead of Thibaut Courtois, who was seriously injured. But in the end, the White Vulture decided to take Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan. Therefore, De Gea may have no choice but to move to Saudi Arabia.
Sofia Amrabat (Fiorentina)
Many believe that Amrabat will be in demand in the January transfer window after an impressive performance at the 2022 World Cup with Morocco. Liverpool and Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing the defensive midfielder. But in the end he stayed at Fiorentina. By the summer transfer window of 2023, there was news that Amrabata was after Man Utd, but there is no official information yet. In addition, there are rumors related to Atlético Madrid, Liverpool or Napoli.
Randal Colo Muani (Frankfurt)
It is surprising that Randal Kolo Muani, who has been associated with many of Europe’s top clubs after an outstanding season at Eintracht Frankfurt, remains at Deutsche Bank Park. In the summer he was linked with PSG. But with Kylian Mbappe left and stars like Ousmane Dembele and Gonzalo Ramos landing at the Parc des Princes, Mouani’s chance to join PSG all but disappeared.
Donny van de Beek (Manchester United)
A beautiful goal in pre-season raised hope that Donny van de Beek could revive his career at Manchester United. However, in the first two matches of the 2023/24 Premier League season, Van de Beek did not even sit on the bench. He has been contacted by Real Sociedad but the deal has yet to move forward.
Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
McTominay was once considered the backbone of Manchester United, but gradually he becomes an unnecessary person in the team with which he trained from childhood. At 26, the midfielder needs to leave to be able to play regularly. West Ham are still leaving the door open for McTominay, but the problem is that Manchester United are overcharging their star (around £30m). If the Red Devils refuse to lower the price, this deal is unlikely to succeed.
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)
Pepe is one of the worst transfers in football history. Arsenal have long since turned down a £72m contract but have yet to find a team that can help them solve Pepe’s ‘problem’. It was thought that the Ivory Coast player would be finally bought by Nice after a year on loan, but in the end the French team did not activate this clause. Rumors about a move to Besiktas also did not develop. Pepe remains in North London and there are speculations that the Gunners will try to negotiate a termination of his contract.