Neymar, Pogba, Ozil and 12 stars who need a transfer this summer

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The reasons for wanting to leave may differ but some of the biggest names in the game will be desperate to engineer a move before the window closes

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    Neymar (PSG)

    Despite his record-breaking £198 million ($248m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 to pursue a new challenge away from Barcelona, Neymar has never appeared truly happy in Ligue 1.

    The Brazilian forward essentially moved to the Parc des Princes to win both the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or. He has achieved neither goal.

    PSG have now conceded that their statement signing is for sale at the right price after Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu finally confirmed the 27-year-old is keen to leave his current club.

    This transfer saga could run all summer along but one can be sure that Neymar and his entourage will be doing everything to secure a return to Camp Nou.

  2. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

    The Pogba circus is currently on a pre-season tour in Australia but the Manchester United midfielder has already admitted that he wants a new challenge and his agent, Mino Raiola, is already paving the way for his client's departure.

    The 26-year-old is poised to either join fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid or return to Juventus after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford.

    When motivated, there is no doubt that Pogba is a world-class player, as underlined by his record of 16 goals and 11 assists from midfield in all competitions last season, but it looks as if he's determined to join a club capable of winning the Champions League.

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    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

    There is no doubting Bale's ability to be a match-winner but he has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid, both with the club's fans and, even more importantly, coach Zinedine Zidane.

    The Wales international, who turns 30 in the coming days, could clearly do with a change of scenery but his wages, reportedly £350,000 a week after tax, represent a major stumbling block for potential suitors.

    Nonetheless, Bale has been linked with a move to Manchester United as part of a deal to bring Pogba to the Spanish capital, while former employers Tottenham are also believed to be interested.

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    Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

    Ozil is a playmaker with extraordinary talent but the German just isn't the right fit for the kind of football Arsenal boss Unai Emery is trying to play at the Emirates.

    At 30, the attacking midfielder is hardly going to change his ways now and would be better linking up with a coach willing to build a side around him.

    However, there has, as of yet, been no interest in a player who is on a whopping £350,000 a week in north London.

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    Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)

    Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018 to win the Champions League with Barcelona but was instead forced to watch his former club lifted the trophy in June, after upsetting the Blaugrana in the semi-finals.

    The 27-year-old midfielder has never looked at home at Camp Nou, struggling to find his best position in Ernesto Valverde's side, and only managed five goals in La Liga last season.

    He has been linked with a move back to Anfield as the Reds look to mount an assault on the Premier League title but there appears little hope of that happening and it seems more likely that he will be used as a makeweight in a deal for PSG forward Neymar.

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    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

    Zaha is beginning to reach the peak of his powers, having racked up 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League for Crystal Palace last season.

    A step up to a bigger club beckons for the 26-year-old, with Arsenal repotedly keen to bring the Ivorian attacker to the Emirates.

    Zaha struggled when he made the move to Manchester United at the age of 20 but he now looks perfectly primed to realise his full potential.

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    Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

    Dybala is the Juventus player to have suffered most from the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin last summer.

    After netting a career-high 22 goals during the 2017-18 Serie A season, the Argentine only managed to score five times last campaign as CR7 became the focal point of the Bianconeri attack.

    The 25-year-old has been repeatedly linked to Manchester United, perhaps as part of a deal for Pogba, while Inter have reportedly also emerged as a potential buyer.

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    Mauro Icardi (Inter)

    It has been clear since Inter surprisingly stripped Mauro Icardi of the captain's armband in February that the Argentine is on his way out of San Siro this summer.

    It is not yet known exactly why the Nerazzurri made that sudden decision, though it is believed to be down to comments made about Icardi's team-mates by his wife and agent, Wanda.

    What we do know for sure, though, is that Inter no longer want the social media-loving striker, with both sporting director Beppe Marotta and new coach Antonio Conte having made that abundantly clear at a press conference last week.

    Icardi has been linked with a host of clubs but he and his wife want to stay in Italy, so Napoli and Juventus are leading the chase for his signature.

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    Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

    Talks have started between Inter and Manchester United for the transfer of Lukaku, who was no longer a guaranteed starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season.

    The 26-year-old Belgian has been solid enough during his two seasons at Old Trafford, with 28 league goals in two campaigns, but he hasn't looked like replicating the form which saw him strike 25 times for Everton in 2016-17.

    It only seems like a matter of time before Lukaku departs the Theatre of Dreams and a fresh start under long-time admirer Antonio Conte could help him get his career back on track in Italy.

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    James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

    Rodriguez's career is currently in limbo having failed to settle at Bayern Munich, primarily due to his strained relationship with coach Niko Kovac.

    As a result, the Colombian attacking midfielder asked the Bavarians not to turn his two-year loan from Real Madrid into a permanent transfer.

    The Blancos still want to sell James, though, to raise funds for other summer moves, and a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli looks like the ideal outcome for a player who could yet recapture the form that lit up the 2014 World Cup.

     

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    Nicolas Pepe (Lille)

    Despite spending most of his time on the right wing, Pepe netted an extraordinary 22 goals in Ligue 1 for Lille last season – only PSG phenom Kylian Mbappe scored more.

    What made the 24-year-old's campaign even more impressive was the fact that he also contributed 11 assists, so it's hardly surprising that some of Europe's biggest clubs are now circling.

    The Ivorian is now ready and willing to take his career to the next level and Liverpool are now reportedly considering adding him to their star-studded strike force.

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    Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)

    Despite starring for Spain at the Under-21 Championship in Italy this summer, Dani Ceballos knows full well that he has no future at Real Madrid now that Zinedine Zidane is back in charge.

    The talented attacking midfielder barely featured during the Frenchman's first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and knows that he will have to leave if he is to secure regular game time next season.

    Ceballos still has four years remaining on his Real contract, though, and given nobody can be certain just how long Zidane will remain at the helm this time around, the former Betis ace favours a loan move, with Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly keen.

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    Radja Nainggolan (Inter)

    Like Inter team-mate Icardi, Nainggolan has also been told he is not a part of Antonio Conte's plans for the coming season.

    The enigmatic 31-year-old joined the Nerazzurri from Roma last summer and enjoyed a solid campaign, with seven goals in 36 appearances from midfield, despite ongoing concerns over his professionalism.

    Chinese Super League duo Dalian and Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly interested in the Belgian midfielder but his decision on where to move next could be influenced by the sad news that his wife is battling cancer.

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    Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)

    The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin effectively signalled the decline of Higuain's Juventus career, with the Argentine spending last season on loan at Milan and Chelsea.

    His form in the Premier League wasn't enough to convince the transfer-banned Blues to buy him permanently and he is now back at the Old Lady trying to convince everyone that he is worth retaining.

    Juve, though, are determined to offload a player on a lucrative contract and the 31-year-old has recently been linked with a loan move to West Ham.

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    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

    Arsenal captain Koscielny stunned the club when he refused to travel on their pre-season tour of the USA earlier this week.

    The centre-half has been a long-time servant of the Gunners since 2010 but the 33-year-old is now apparently keen on a move back to his native France, with Bordeaux reportedly interested.

    It's now being claimed that Arsenal, who were open to offers for the player, are now willing to let his contract run down at the end of the season.