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15 Players To Keep An Eye On During Final Week Of Transfer Window

15 Players To Keep An Eye On During Final Week Of Transfer Window

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There is just under a week left of the summer transfer window, with Monday, September 1 being the final day for most of the top leagues around Europe to do business. As the final hours draw closer, desperation will inevitably set in for many clubs who are looking to either buy or sell players. There is guaranteed to be transfers between now and the deadline, and here are 15 players to keep an eye on from now until the window officially closes.

15. Micah Richards

Manchester City right-back Micah Richards
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15. Micah Richards

Manchester City right-back Micah Richards
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Micah Richards has been a fan favorite at Manchester City ever since he emerged from the City Youth Academy during the 2005-06 season. The hope was for Richards to develop into a world class defender but those ambitions have never really come to fruition. Injuries haven't helped his development, and with Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna now both at City, Richards is destined to leave the club before the window closes.

14. Shinji Kagawa

Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa
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14. Shinji Kagawa

Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa
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Things just haven't worked out for Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United. Initially unable to dispossess Wayne Rooney from the number 10 positon, Kagawa now finds himself sat behind Juan Mata in the pecking order also. And with Louis van Gaal now utilizing a 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford, and seeing Kagawa cannot play at wing back, or defensively reliable enough to play central midfield, then a transfer away seems inevitable in the near future.

13. Matija Nastasic

Manchester City center-back Matija Nastasic
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13. Matija Nastasic

Manchester City center-back Matija Nastasic
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Manchester City still needs to offload a foreign player before the window closes in order to comply with the Champions League quota that has been imposed on them as part of the Financial Fair Play punishments they received earlier this year. Matija Nastasic was a player who struggled for game time last season, and will do so again thanks to the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala, and the Serbian could move clubs in the coming days.

12. Alex Song

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song
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12. Alex Song

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song
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Alex Song has failed to establish himself at Barcelona since his arrival from Arsenal in 2012, and under new Barca boss, Luis Enrique, Song now appears to be free to leave the Catalan club. Song does have his flaws but he would still be an upgrade and in demand for teams who lack physicality, energy and an element of defense in midfield, such as Arsenal and Manchester United.

11. Danny Welbeck

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck
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11. Danny Welbeck

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck
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Danny Welbeck has emerged as a shock candidate to leave Manchester United before the transfer window closes. Welbeck is often criticized for his lack of goals but he still brings other attributes to the United team when he plays. Other teams in the Premier League will be happy to sign the England international, if he is indeed available for transfer, and his situation will be one to eagerly watch.

10. Alvaro Negrado

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negrado
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10. Alvaro Negrado

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negrado
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Alvaro Negrado could also be considered as a shock exit were he to leave Manchester City. Negrado had a good first season at City but it could have been better had he not tailed off in the second half of the campaign. Valencia and Real Madrid have been linked with making a move for the Spaniard, and if fees of £20 - £25 million are indeed accurate, then you could fully understand City deciding to cash in on the 29 year-old while they still can.

9. Sami Khedira

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira
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9. Sami Khedira

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira
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German World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, has been linked to a move away from Real Madrid for the last 12 months or so, and this transfer window could see the midfielder finally leave the Santiago Bernabeu. Khedira only has 12 months remaining on his Madrid contract, and after rejecting a new contract offer, the Spaniards will be loathe to allow Khedira to walk away for free next summer.

8. Juan Cuadrado

Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado
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8. Juan Cuadrado

Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado
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Juan Cuadrado already had a healthy reputation from his play at Fiorentina in recent seasons. However, at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, the Colombian enhanced his reputation further with his displays for his national team. Cuadrado will inevitably leave the Viola in the future, the question is just whether it will be before this window's deadline?

7. Fernando Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres
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7. Fernando Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres
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Fernando Torres has endured a horrendous time at Chelsea, where he has failed dismally to justify the £50 million price tag he was signed for. Now with Diego Costa leading the Chelsea attack this season, and with Didier Drogba a returning favorite of Jose Mourinho's, Torres' prospects for the season look dull at best. A transfer away could suit all parties if the figures are reasonable for all involved.

6. Lukas Podolski

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6. Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski scores a goal for Arsenal
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Lukas Podolski has struggled to cement a place in the Arsenal starting XI since joining the club in 2012. Podolski is versatile but was often used on the left wing, and with Arsenal now having so many attacking players queuing up for the offensive positions, Podolski looks set to exit the London club before the window closes. The German is a deadly finisher and he will be a valuable asset to whichever club he lands at next.

5. Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez
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5. Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez
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Xavi is a legend of Barcelona and one of the greatest midfielders to ever play the game. Unfortunately for Xavi, however, he has reached that stage in his career at age 34 where the physical decline vs the technical ability meter is starting to swing too far into the decline area for a team like Barcelona. Xavi almost moved clubs earlier in the summer and may still do so if the right offer arrives before the window closes.

4. Isco

Real Madrid attacker Isco
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4. Isco

Real Madrid attacker Isco
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Isco made a poor decision to join Real Madrid over Manchester City during last summer's transfer window, and if he didn't realize that then, he soon will. Madrid are a club who live off of big name signings and every summer, whether they need the player or not, they sign at least one extra star player. This summer it was James Rodriguez, and seeing as Isco's game time will be limited even further with his arrival, an exit could be on the cards.

3. Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
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3. Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
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An obvious potential transfer was always going to be the loser of the Petr Cech vs Thibaut Courtois battle for the goalkeeping spot at Chelsea for this season. Jose Mourinho has firmly nailed his colors to the Courtois mast since the beginning of the season, and as a result, Cech will now be a target for other clubs around Europe. Cech is still world class, however, and should have no problem finding a club if he does pursue an exit from Chelsea.

2. Arturo Vidal

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal
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2. Arturo Vidal

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal
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This summer looked like it would finally be the time when Arturo Vidal would leave Juventus, but doubts surrounding the health of his previously injured knee seem to be stalling things currently. Vidal had surgery on his knee earlier this year and hasn't looked quite right ever since. Due to the Chileans reliability on movement, the box-to-box midfielder, at such a high price tag, may or may not prove a risk worth taking before the window closes.

1. Radamel Falcao

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao
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1. Radamel Falcao

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao
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Radamel Falcao completed a shock move to AS Monaco last summer for £50 million, but after only one season in the principality, rumors persist that the Colombian could leave this summer. Falcao is a wonderful striker, who any club would love to have, but the price of the deal may be off-putting for many clubs given Falcao's age and recent serious knee injury, and they will be the main reasons if Falcao does remain in France beyond next Monday.