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Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and more!

Arsenal v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Final

While Barcelona remain quiet in the transfer window, journalists across Europe have run their pens dry talking about which player is going to move where. With plenty of rumors abuzz in the world of football, here are some of the biggest names that are being talked about.


Diego Costa:

Chelsea do not want him, Atletico Madrid can't buy him, and AC Milan can't afford him—that is the story of Spanish striker Diego Costa whose future has been in a limbo ever since Antonio Conte decided that the striker would not be counted on in the upcoming season. Former club Atletico are stuck in a transfer embargo which means Costa's best chance for a move has failed to materialise. While AC Milan continue to remain interested in the forward, paying his hefty £200,000-a-week wage demand will be difficult for the Serie A giants while they oversee a major squad overhaul in anticipation of Europe.

Chelsea v Arsenal - Premier League
Diego Costa was informed via text message that he would not be a part of the plans next season

Things could work out for Costa however, as Atletico are looking to use their Chinese influence and move the striker temporarily to China before buying him back in January.

It could work, but it seems a little too far fetched in my opinion.

Alvaro Morata:

Poised to leave the capital if he doesn't get enough playing time is Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata who can't seem to stay out of the news lately.

Manchester United find themselves in pole position to sign the striker after having let go of Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this week. Having denied reports of a move to Italy, Morata has ruled out AC Milan from the race for his signature, leaving United as his most likely suitors.

James Rodriguez:

Another Real Madrid player who seems destined to leave the club is Colombian James Rodriguez who has struggled to find game time under Zinedine Zidane this season. Signed for a whopping €80 million from Monaco, Rodriguez continues to remain one of the best 10s in the world and any move will involve major money flowing into Madrid's coffers.

Real Madrid CF v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
The Colombian has been reduced to a bit-part player under the new management

With James' step-father publicly stating his desire to see the playmaker leave and get the minutes he deserves, a move is likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Nolito and Navas:

Manchester City are looking forward to a mass exodus, after letting the contracts of a number of players run out. The Spanish duo of Jesus Navas and Nolito seem closer to the exit door than most after falling out of favour with Pep Guardiola and Sevilla are monitoring the situation closely in the hope of bringing them back to Spain on the cheap.

Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Nolito famously rejected BArcelona last season, to link up with former boss Pep Guardiola

Jesus Navas will be happy to learn that his former club are still interested in him, while Nolito would be relieved to finally find game time after his big move to Manchester City ended sourly on the bench.

Alexis Sanchez:

One transfer from Spain to England that definitely didn't disappoint is the move of Alexis Sanchez who has arguably been one of the best players in the league ever since his arrival from Barcelona. The dynamic Chilean has been instrumental in keeping Arsenal at a high level and the fact that he hasn't signed a new contract has the management concerned.

Arsenal v Everton - Premier League
Alexis Sanchez refuses to renew his contract

In the wake of Arsenal finishing fifth in the league and failing to qualify for Champions League football, Alexis appears to be weighing his options with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich interested in the talisman. While Antonio Conte is a long term admirer, Former boss Pep Guardiola is looking for someone to lead his attack and Bayern Munich need someone who can take over from the aging Franck Ribery.