This summer, as ever, major activity is expected across the Premier League. Up and down the division, its’ expected that some pretty big names are going to be on the move. Whether searching for the team that can do them the best representation, or looking to find more trophies/first-team football, the reasons for each move are going to be quite interesting to see.
What we do know, though, is that the following five players are likely to be on their way out of their respective clubs when the transfer window opens in early June.
Riyad Mahrez. Does it not feel to all that sticking around for another season was a bad move? At the moment, the main links to the Algerian winger are Marseille and PSG. Both big clubs with impressive financial portfolios, Mahrez might fancy linking up with the likes of Dmitri Payet back in France. Hugely talented, he’s shown nothing like the same qualities that he did last year, and in truth looks like he is desperate to move on.
Daniel Sturridge. Never robust enough to play the #9 role for a Klopp team, nor dynamic enough to play wide, it looks like the time for Liverpool’s most prolific post-war striker is on the cards. Injury woes aside, someone will buy Sturridge for a large amount of money in the summer. His finishing and his instinct make him perfect for teams who ned a forward who only scores. For Liverpool, though, it appears they’d swap his predatory instincts for something more varied.
Mamadou Sakho. Another Red sure to be on the move, Sakho is likely to be out of Liverpool – in fact, almost certain. An injury has finished is Crystal Palace season early, but he’s shown more than enough during this time to show that he should be playing first-team football somewhere. Talented if a little erratic, the big Frenchman is likely to be a transfer target for many clubs with other clubs in the Premier League likely to be interested.
Ross Barkley. With the contract furore continuing on, it looks more likely than ever that Barkley is going to be out of the door at Everton this year. A rather poor season in many aspects, despite an upturn in assist numbers, Barkley might find that his main ticket to a move up the league is his nationality rather than current form. Still seen as ‘young’ by many, Barkley needs to make his next move the right one, or face potential obscurity.
Virgil van Dijk. Apparently wanted by half the league, the ex-Celtic stopper is one of the most enjoyable to watch defenders on the planet. Great on the ball and like a brick wall in defence, the big Dutchman stands out as one of the finest players in his position in the country. A big move to a club like Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea seems likely. As time goes on, we might just see Van Dijk making a major move in the summer of 2017.