The man at the top of the list of the disgruntled stars of the summer got his own piece earlier today on High Press Soccer. But Neymar is just one of several high-profile players pining for a change of scenery.
Below is a quick look at three other players who want out.
Paul Pogba transfer updates
If not for Neymar, Pogba would have generated more will-he-or-won’t-he headlines than anyone this summer.
The Frenchman has not been quite as outspoken as the Brazilian, but between him and his superagent, Mino Raiola, Pogba has generated plenty of noise in his own right. Manchester United has the difficult task of trying to sell a world-class player on a season where the most it can realistically aspire to is a Europa League trophy (this club isn’t winning the Premier League). Real Madrid seems to be the most likely destination, but that currently appears like a remote possibility after all the money Los Blancos have already spent this summer.
The “verdict”: At least one more year in Manchester.
Has anyone had a more interesting last few seasons than Bale? While he’s had some incredible moments, particularly in the Champions League, Bale has rarely, if at all, been prominently featured at RM.
This is not the first, or even the second, summer when Bale has sought an exit, but his age (30) and contract situation (he’s scheduled to make €17M/$19.1M per year for three more years) have limited his suitors.
Saturday, when RM Manager Zinedine Zidane benched him for a friendly against Bayern Munich because, in Zidane’s words, Bale “is very close to leaving,” it was the first time all summer a move appeared truly imminent. As much as I hate to call Zidane a liar, I find it hard to believe that Bale has found a team interested in paying top dollar to a player who has played in 79 of 151 possible games in La Liga the last four years
The “verdict”: At the risk of this being proven wrong in the next 48 hours, I’ll say he’s staying put.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Costa’s 20-goal, seven-assist ’16-17 season for Chelsea happened a lifetime ago? At that point, Costa had scored 20 goals in domestic play in three of four seasons dating back to ’13-14
Two seasons later, it’s unclear how much he has left, as he has made just 27 appearances combined since returning to Atletico Madrid in ’17-18. He also seems likely to take a backseat to Álvaro Morata and João Félix in the years to come. Everton has been mentioned as a possible landing spot, and is not the only EPL club that is reportedly interested.
Costa seems like the likeliest of these three players to make a move. It would not surprise me to see him playing next season for Everton or another second-tier EPL club hoping to unseat one of the league’s big six for a spot in Europe in ’20-21.
The “verdict”: Costa’s disappointing return to Atleti will end sometime in the next month.