Islam Slimani (Leicester)
It is easy to forget that Slimani is still a Leicester player. Signed following their improbable Premier League title triumph in 2016, the Algeria international made something of an impact in his debut campaign, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances, but he fell sharply out of favour the following season and was loaned out to Newcastle in January. Slimani spent 2018/19 in Turkey with Fenerbahce; given that he is unlikely to play much for the Foxes next term, he should now seek a permanent exit.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
The much maligned Lovren is a perfectly capable centre-back on his day, which is why clubs such as Milan have explored the possibility of signing him this summer. According to the latest reports, the Rossoneri have been priced out of a move for the former Southampton man, who has slipped further down the pecking order at Anfield thanks to Joe Gomez’s emergence at centre-half and Joel Matip’s tremendous end to last season.
Jairo Riedewald (Crystal Palace)
Clashes with powerful members of the Crystal Palace squad supposedly contributed to Frank de Boer’s sacking as the club’s manager after just four games of the 2017/18 campaign, but Riedewald would have been disappointed to see his compatriot go. The Dutchman was a bit-part player under Roy Hodgson for the remainder of that season, before making just a single Premier League appearance last term. His career would surely be best served by a move away from Selhurst Park this summer.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City)
Manchester City’s recruitment has generally been excellent in the last three years, but Mangala’s presence in the squad is a reminder that it was not always thus.
Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa)
No club has spent more in this summer’s transfer market than Aston Villa, who have splashed out £83m since winning the Championship play-off final against Derby County. That is not particularly positive news for Lansbury, who only played 10 games in the second tier last term. That was in large part because of injury, but having been out of the first-team picture for so long, it make sense for the Arsenal academy graduate to start afresh elsewhere.
Joe Hart (Burnley)
Hart’s decision to move to Burnley last summer always felt like a curious one; granted, he was guaranteed to start in the first few months of the season due to injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, but his future beyond that was doubtful. Indeed, Heaton’s return to the starting XI coincided with an upturn in form for the Clarets, and Hart may even fall to third in the pecking order now that Pope is back to full fitness. For the sake of his career, the former England net-minder should seek pastures new.
Yannick Bolasie (Everton)
It is fair to say that Bolasie’s move from Crystal Palace to Everton in 2016 has not worked out. The DR Congo international made a decent start at Goodison Park, but a severe knee injury suffered against Manchester United kept him out of action for a year, and he struggled to make much of a positive impression thereafter. Reports suggest that Bolasie is available for £10m this summer, but at the time of writing he remains on Merseyside.
Guido Carrillo (Southampton)
Southampton parted with £19m to acquire Carrillo in January 2018, a decision they must massively regret 18 months on. The former Monaco frontman failed to score in his 10 appearances for the club before a season-long loan move to Leganes last term. Now back at St Mary’s, Carrillo was left out of the Southampton squad that travelled to Austria last week.
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
If Laurent Koscielny gets his way and departs the Emirates Stadium this summer, Jenkinson will take over as Arsenal’s longest-serving outfielder. That is extraordinary given that he has played only four league matches for the club since 2013/14, and a situation that surely cannot continue. Now 27, Jenkinson must secure a transfer that brings him more first-team football.
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