Quality players on the fringes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona have been overlooked in the market this summer but could yet get a move before the transfer window slams shuts.
The transfer window is always a bit of a circus and has proved as much this year as well.
Neymar’s world record €220 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has been the highlight while Ousmane Dembele’s move to the Camp Nou has made headlines as well.
Meanwhile, the futures of Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa are still up for discussion with the transfer deadline fast approaching.
However, there are a few players who appear available this summer that have been strangely overlooked.
Here, we look at five quality players clubs should be considering before the transfer window slams shut.
LOIC REMY | CHELSEA | VALUATION: €15-20M
The Frenchman arrived at Chelsea in 2014 after successful spells at Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United but has become a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge.
As the Blues are linked with Fernando Llorente to provide cover for Alvaro Morata, with Michy Batshuayi not yet deemed ready to assume responsibility, Remy has not even been part of the conversation.
The 30-year-old has had an unfortunate time with injuries but could still be prolific for a different team.
The striker has been linked with a move to Cagliari but even a return to Newcastle could be good for him with Rafa Benitez in the hunt for a new striker before the window closes.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | BORUSSIA DORTMUND | VALUATION: €70-80M
Earlier in the summer Aubameyang looked to be on the cusp of a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain but it all went quiet very abruptly. He was later linked to a host of European clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea as he angled for a move away from Borussia Dortmund but nothing quite stuck.
Strangely, there hasn’t been much interest at all in the Bundesliga top goalscorer and he now seems set to stay put.
There are still a few whispers of a late move to City but it doesn’t look promising. A team like Liverpool on the other hand would benefit from signing him.
The 28-year-old would slot in perfectly with the counter-attacking style under Jurgen Klopp. Should Philippe Coutinho end up leaving for Barcelona, it opens up the option for Aubameyang to come in as their chief goal threat upfront and have Roberto Firmino drop into an attacking midfield role.
However, with Liverpool rushing to sign up Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco, surely there isn’t time for to make a move for the Dortmund man as well?
ERIK LAMELA | TOTTENHAM | VALUATION: €30-40M
Once touted as a replacement for Gareth Bale, life at Tottenham didn’t start well for Lamela. However, he eventually proved his worth and became a regular in the first team.
The Argentine dropped down the pecking order last season though, making just 12 appearances in all competitions with Heung-Min Son arriving on the scene from the Bundesliga.
There’s no doubting Lamela’s quality though and while he may not be on the radar of a top European outfit at the moment, the 25-year-old could still be a handy recruit for a mid-table Premier League side.
A return to Serie A could also be an option.
MAMADOU SAKHO | LIVERPOOL | VALUATION: €30-40M
The French centre-back has been shunned at Liverpool ever since he fell out with Jurgen Klopp last summer. After a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, he’s available for a move again.
Sakho was PSG’s youngest captain before he moved to Anfield and could yet prove to be a great signing for several clubs in the market. West Brom have been linked with the 27-year-old and Palace have recently had a bid rejected but there are other clubs who could benefit from recruiting him.
Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans but with the Baggies having turning down bids from both sides, is it worth turning their attention to Sakho who is a couple of years younger?
ARDA TURAN | BARCELONA | VALUATION: €30-40M
The Turkish midfielder was linked to Arsenal earlier in the summer but those reports faded away as quickly as they surfaced.
The understanding is that Turan is not willing to compromise on his wages for a move to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old has been on the fringes of the Barcelona side since his arrival from Atletico Madrid. Despite his lack of playing time for the Catalans, he could prove to be a coup.
Arsenal in particular could benefit from the tenacity and energy he brings to the midfield, especially as they are in danger of losing key players.
After Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were overrun by Liverpool’s midfield, bolstering that department with an experienced head in Turan makes a lot of sense, particularly given his versatility as well.