10 big-name players out of favor in Europe

Saturday02 November 2019 | 13:04
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Managers have had enough time to find their favorite players after reaching the 10-game mark in the big domestic leagues around Europe.

Here is the list of 10 big-name players who may be looking forward to the January transfer window:

Ivan Rakitic

Linked with Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, and Inter, Rakitic has fallen behind Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, and Sergi Roberto in the midfield at Barcelona.

The 31-year-old has made a solitary start in all competitions, but Andres Iniesta believes the club would be making a mistake if they sell his former teammate.

“I would not [let him go]. I personally consider him a great player,” Iniesta told Marca. “What he has been doing all this time has been magnificent.

“This year he is not having the prominence he had before but that does not mean that he is not a great player,” he added.

Mesut Ozil

Unai Emery appears tempted to give Ozil more opportunities after an impressive showing for Arsenal against Liverpool in midweek, which was only the German’s third appearance in the Gunners’ 15 matches this season.

Ozil does not seem to fit in Emery’s plans, yet the manager cannot keep ignoring the enigmatic playmaker’s talents while Arsenal continue to stutter.


Mario Mandzukic

Manchester United are keen to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in the January window but are unhappy with the asking price set by Juventus.

The addition of another striker to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is a priority for the club in the upcoming window.

However, United are not keen to pay a transfer fee for a player who is currently on and is still demanding a substantial weekly wage.


Emre Can

Manchester United are ready to make a move for out-of-favor Juventus midfielder Emre Can. The former Liverpool star has been linked with a transfer to previous bitter rivals United, but the Premier League side are said to face a battle for his signature with European superpowers Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Can has made just one start in all competitions and even missed out on Juve’s Champions League squad.


Edinson Cavani

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that

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Atletico Madrid and Manchester United target Cavani is not completely happy with his role at PSG.

He has scored 195 goals in 284 games for the Parisians during an illustrious six seasons; however, he has played a minimal role at the club this campaign, registering just six appearances so far.

Adrian Rabiot

When Juventus picked up Aaron Ramsey and Rabiot on free transfers this summer, they did so believing at least one, if not both, of Blaise Matuidi or Sami Khedira, would be on their way out of the club.

Instead, the experienced duo stayed put and impressed Maurizio Sarri in pre-season, meaning Rabiot has been restricted to just three starts in all competitions and is already being linked with a move away from Turin.

The striker scored twice in PSG’s opening three matches of the Ligue 1 campaign and then suffered a hip injury, allowing new signing Mauro Icardi to establish himself as the center-forward in Tuchel’s team.

Cavani has had to settle for cameo appearances off the bench since his return, and with the Uruguayan out of contract at the end of the season, this could be his final campaign in the French capital.

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez spent all summer expected to leave Real Madrid for either Napoli or Atletico Madrid, only to return to the Bernabeu after two years on loan at Bayern Munich.

The attacking midfielder has been given opportunities by Zinedine Zidane, starting five times in all competitions, but has been in and out of the side.

Marca stated that Rodriguez has now fallen behind young Uruguayan Federico Valverde in the pecking order.

Julain Draxler

Draxler has played just twice for PSG in 2019-20 due to a foot injury and there have been signs in the Germany international’s absence that his future in the French capital may not be too promising.

Idrissa Gueye has shone in midfield after joining from Everton and fellow new arrivals Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia have injected a much-needed work ethic and selflessness to the side.

Draxler, who is under contract until 2021, is hoping to be offered a new deal by the club in the coming weeks, yet PSG have little intention to do so, and they could be open to selling the 26-year-old due to the impact of the aforementioned trio of new signings.

Thomas Muller

Muller has admitted that his time in Bavaria could be coming to an end after becoming more regularly used as a substitute this season.

“In the recent five games there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy,” he said.

“If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that.”

Ricardo Rodriguez

AC Milan have had a torrid season, winning just four times in Serie A to sit 10th and already replacing Marco Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli.

New signing Theo Hernandez has been a rare positive at left-back, meaning Rodriguez has had to settle for just four appearances so far this term.

The Switzerland international was linked with a transfer last season, and rumors could begin to resurface if he remains out of the side.

source: SportMob