12 key players who could be on the move

With less than 12 hours to go in the transfer window, The World Game takes a look at the players likely to switch teams before the transfer deadline.

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Robbie Kruse

Kruse himself said he was open to a move when speaking to The World Game after only starting two Bundesliga matches for Bayer Leverkusen last season.

Things don’t seem to have changed after the Australia winger was left out of Bayer’s squad in their opening match.

Rumored interests include Werder Bremen and Stuttgart, however with Kruse on his way to Perth for Australia’s upcoming qualifier against Iraq it could prove tricky to seal a deal.

Brett Holman

This one is up in the air as the Australia attacker is currently a free agent.

For a while the A-League seemed the most likely destination, but he was reportedly denied a guest contract subsidised by FFA, a la Tim Cahill, and nothing else has materialised despite interest from Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC, and Melbourne Victory.

Holman also didn't rule out a return to the Netherlands, his wife's homeland, where he had successful spells with Feyenoord, NEC, and AZ Alkmaar.

James Rodriguez

One of the most expensive players of all-time is looking for a new club after falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane.

Colombia’s number 10 has reportedly been sought by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. However a ridiculously high buy-out clause, as well as a contract holding him at the club until 2020, means Real Madrid calls the shots.

Coach Zinedine Zidane said “James is staying” after the 2-1 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend – which included a 21 minute cameo from the Colombian.

However similar things were said about Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil before their late moves to Bayern Munich and Arsenal respectively, so watch this space. 

Juan Cuadrado

The Colombian speedster's time in London might be ending soon where he has yet to be named in a match-day squad this season. 

After spending last season on loan with Juventus, it is believed that Cuadrado is forcing a way back to the Turin giants behind the scenes as it has become evident he is not in Antonio Conte's plans.

Yaya Toure

Despite initial reports suggesting otherwise, the Ivorian looks set to stay with the Sky Blues despite struggling for fitness in the early stages of the season.

In what many fans believed to might be his final match with City, Toure's sole appearance this season was in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Steaua Bucuresti, but Pep Guardiola's desire to keep him with the squad means he'll likely stick around with the club but not start the bigger games.

A big-money move to China is in play but becoming more remote as the deadline draws closer.


Isco is another incredibly talented midfielder who can’t seem to crack the first XI of Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old missed the game on the weekend with an injury, and only completed 90 minutes eight times last La Liga season.

Tottenham and Malaga are said to be circling, however Isco has said previously he wants to fight for his place in the Madrid line-up. Looks unlikely, especially given Madrid have been restrained in their spending this transfer window.   

Saido Berahino

The West Bromwich Albion striker is in the final year of his contract and has been seeking a move away from the Baggies having developed a rocky relationship with manager Tony Pulis and West Brom supporters.

Stoke City the current are frontrunners to sign the forward for a fee believed to be upwards of $34 million.

Moussa Sissoko

The French international wants to leave relegated Newcastle desperately and has no shortage of suitors with Juventus, Spurs, Everton and Crystal Palace all reportedly interested.

The $60 million valuation that Newcastle have placed on Sissoko is proving to be a huge stumbling block to any deal being done before the deadline.

Yet to play for Newcastle this season, the midfielder may have to wait until January to seal a move to his next club.

Jack Wilshere

Formerly one of England's great hopes, Wilshere's lack of availability over recent seasons has seen him given permission by Arsenal to go out on loan.

West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton are all possibilities with a move overseas to Juventus or Roma also viable.

Wilfried Bony

Out of favour with Pep Guardiola, Bony is yet to make an appearance for Manchester City this season.

Everton, Stole City and West Ham United are all interested, while there is a big offer from China on the table too.

His excessive wage demands are proving to be the main difficulty in ensuring a deal is done before the deadline closes, especially given he has been on the transfer block since it was announced that Guardiola would be taking over from Manuel Pellegrini. 

Islam Slimani

The Algeria forward appears to be on the move after leaving the pitch in tears during his most recent game with Sporting Lisbon.

Riyad Mahrez has been trying to convince him to make the move to Leicester City, with the only issue being his sizable valuation of upwards of $60 million.

Heung-Min Son

Having only spent a single season with Spurs, his failure to secure a starting spot means a move is possible for the Korean.

Wolfsburg are keen and given Son's previous success in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV he should have no problem adjusting should he make the move to Deutschland.

Eliaquim Mangala

Another Manchester City player set to be on the move, the centre-back is believed to be headed to Spain with Valencia or back to his former club FC Porto.

After being bought for $73 million only two seasons ago, his time in Manchester seems like a huge waste of money despite making 64 appearances across all competitions. 

Micah Richards

After a brutal season at Aston Villa, Richards has been on the transfer block after the club were relegated.

Once one of England's most promising players, a move back to the Premier League West Ham is rumored to be on the cards for the defender.

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Published 30 August 2016 at 2:01pm
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