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The 10 big-name players Europe’s elite are looking to offload this summer

The summer transfer window is now open and clubs across European are desperate to get business done before the quick turnaround of the new campaigns, which are due to start next month.

Teams will have 10 weeks to do their business before it slams shut on October 5, but some clubs have taken the initiative to get new players in as early as possible in time for pre-season training.

Since the window opened on July 27, Chelsea managed to bring in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Tottenham completed the signing of Pierre Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton while Manchester City sold Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich.

But who could be on the move this summer? Here, Sportsmail has identified 10 big-name squad players that could be set for a switch in the next few weeks.

Juventus’s new rookie boss Andrea Pirlo is set to have a summer clear-out in Turin as he looks to put his own stamp on the team he inherited from Maurizio Sarri.

One of the players that looks destined set for the exit at the Allianz Stadium is Brazilian winger Douglas Costa.

Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on the 29-year-old while Juve are willing to offer him in a player-plus-cash swap deals to bring in new recruits.

There are suggestions United will target Costa should a move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho fall through.

However, Costa’s age and seven appearances for Juve last season make him a risky proposition for the Red Devils, who were hoping to bring in the 20-year-old Sancho. 

After helping dump parent club Barcelona out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion, the on-loan Philippe Coutinho will return to the Nou Camp once his European campaign with Bayern Munich comes to an end. 

The Bundesliga giants have the option to sign the Brazilian playmaker once his loan deal finishes this month but will likely turn down the offer and allow him to return to Spain instead.

With no future in Munich, Coutinho will head back to Barcelona for crunch talks with the club, with reports suggesting that he could be given a second chance by new boss Ronald Koeman.

However, should the Dutchman find no room for the Brazilian, then a return to the Premier League looks to be on the cards. 

Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have all registered interest in the former Liverpool star in recent months but his price and wages may prove to be a sticking point in negotiations.

Another South American star that could also be leaving Spain this summer is Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez.

The Colombian playmaker, who turns 30 next July, has struggled to tie down a starting spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side at the Bernabeu and looks set to bring the curtain down on his six-year stay with the Spanish champions.

Plenty of Premier League clubs are tracking his on-going situation and Rodriguez himself appears keen on a move to England.

‘I’ve already been in several good leagues and the only thing missing is Serie A and the Premier League. You have to see where I want to go or where they want me to go,’ Rodriguez explained on a podcast earlier this week.

‘Going to England would be a good thing, it’s a top league.’ 


Napoli look set to cash in on defender Kalidou Koulibaly and the highly-rated centre-back is well sought after. 

Following the arrival of Lille forward Victor Osimhen, the Serie A side are looking to get upwards of £70million for Koulibaly in order to balance the books.

Liverpool were reportedly linked with a move for the 29-year-old but their strict spending will prohibit them from entering a bidding war for the Senegalese international.

Manchester City have also registered interest in the defender but the arrival of Nathan Ake has cooled interest in the Napoli star. 

According to Pedulla, City bid around £58million for the 29-year-old earlier this summer, which was rejected by the Italian side.

It’s only a matter of time before this deal is completed, it seems.

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has told the club that he will not be renewing his current deal and has asked to leave with one year left on his contract.

The Spaniard is very keen on a move to Anfield and is ready to join Liverpool once Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign comes to a close.

However, Liverpool and Bayern still remain apart on their valuation of the player, with the Bundesliga giants wanting £27m for the midfielder while the Reds feel their asking price is too high. 

The Reds have seen their spending finances badly hampered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic but are pushing ahead with a move for the very-experienced 29-year-old.

With Matteo Guendouzi ousted from first-team action by Mikel Arteta for attitude problems, Arsenal have been looking for the Frenchman’s replacement and Thomas Partey fits the bill for the Gunners.

The 27-year-old will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid if those interested in the midfielder pay his £50m release clause.

In a bid to get their man, Arsenal offered £22.5m plus Guendouzi in exchange for Partey but had their offer rejected by Atletico.

Now, Juventus have arrived on the scene and are interested in the Ghanaian, according to reports in Italy.

Manchester United have also been linked with the midfielder but find themselves at the back of the queue as it stands.

After a disappointing campaign at Tottenham, Jose Mourinho will be aiming to make the squad his own ahead of the new campaign next month.

Serge Aurier – a main player from his starting XI – will be allowed to leave this summer should a potential suitor meet the club’s asking price of £23m.

Tottenham are working to a limited budget and would need to sell to fund any major rebuilding but Daniel Levy is not prepared to take major hits financially.

AC Milan are keen to bring the Ivory Coast skipper to Italy but are still working on a price for the right-back. 

Along with a host of other men at Barcelona, Ivan Rakitic looks set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Rakitic appeared to be one of those transfer-listed for this summer even before the Bayern result happened with his contract set to expire next summer.

Links with Sevilla have been played down by their sporting director Monchi and Rakitic has now been linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United the names in the frame.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also reportedly contacted Rakitic directly to gauge his interest in a move to the Premier League.

Rakitic wasn’t apparently too keen on leaving Spain but Sevilla’s climb-down may force a rethink and the experienced player should be available for around £9m.

He featured prominently for Barcelona last season and should still have what it takes to perform at the top level elsewhere in Europe. 

Jesse Lingard’s time at Manchester United could be coming to an end this month – ending his 20-year affiliation with the club.  

The 27-year-old midfielder has been on the fringes of the first-team since the emergence of Mason Greenwood and impressive form of January signing Bruno Fernandes.

The Guardian reported earlier this month that although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an admirer of Lingard, having coached him at United’s academy, he is desperate to offload the Englishman in order to raise money for his summer transfer kitty.

AC Milan are reportedly interested in bringing him to the San Siro, which would see him follow former United team-mates Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku in making the move to Italy.

The England international struggled for form earlier in the season and is now surplus to requirements. 

Following the arrival of Ake earlier this month, John Stones has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad.

Barring a disastrous injury crisis at City, Stones looks unlikely to find a route back into the first team and will be allowed to leave the club if the right offer comes in for him.

Chelsea, who have been long-term admirers of the Englishman, are reportedly in for him again while London rivals Arsenal and West Ham are also keen.

A return to Everton could also be an option as the defender looks to get more game time ahead of the Euros next summer.

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