10) Petr Cech
Chelsea’s No. 2 said in March that he “could not have another season like this”. Luckily for the Cech, it seems he won’t have to. Despite his inactivity over the last year, there are a queue of clubs all desperate to give the 32-year-old a game.
Cech has much to offer, with his next employer possibly a direct rival of Chelsea, either in the Premier League or Champions League. After digging their heels in with other players (Demba Ba, for example), Mourinho is reportedly happy to let his loyal servant pick his next destination.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and PSG have all been linked with Cech. Jose must be hoping he fancies a year in Paris.
9) Kevin Mirallas
The Belgian is doing his best to burn his bridges at Everton, having recently accused Roberto Martinez of “breaking promises”. Unfortunately, following a season during which he started fewer than half the club’s Premier League matches, Mirallas is not taking on the manager from a position of strength.
Mirallas claims he turned down moves to Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid in January to stay and help Everton recover form a poor start, but the winger found himself spending more time out of the starting XI. That came in the wake of the goalless draw at home to West Brom during which he insisted on taking a penalty that he promptly missed.
Spurs have long been credited with an interest in Mirallas, and Everton are likely to field calls from across the continent should they put the 27-year-old on the market. With the Euros only a season away, Mirallas needs a regular start in order to retain his international starting place.
8) John Obi Mikel
Mikel has almost no chance of re-establishing himself as the anchor of Chelsea’s midfield and, unless he is happy playing the role of stand in, the Nigerian needs to persuade Jose Mourinho to allow him to leave. He’s just not good enough, basically.
Mourinho would be loathe to lose the man he signed as an 18-year-old, but the Chelsea boss has repeatedly emphasised the need to allow his young players to flourish. The likes of Nathan Ake and Ruben Loftus-Cheek can act as back-up to Nemanja Matic.
Mikel would not be short of offers should Mourinho reluctantly allow him to leave, with Real Madrid said to have been looking at the 28-year-old. Yes, that Real Madrid.
7) Morgan Schneiderlin
The France midfielder’s initial upset at not joining the Southampton exodus last summer was eased by the Saints’ subsequent fine season, but Schneiderlin’s ambitions have not waned. He really fancies the Champions League.
North London has long been the probable destination for Schneiderlin, with Arsenal said to be holding off Tottenham in the pursuit. Spurs’ hopes of landing the 25-year-old seem to have been quashed in May by the midfielder, who said: “If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League.” Poor Liverpool.
Southampton are unlikely to dwell on losing Schneiderlin, especially if the price is right. They will have planned for his exit, which the player hopes will furthers his international prospects ahead of Euro 2016 in his homeland.
6) Asmir Begovic
With Begovic refusing to sign a new deal, his replacement waiting in the wings and his form having dipped last season, it is best for all concerned if the Bosnian keeper moves on from Stoke. Begovic will be available for around £8m as he enters the final year of his contract at the Britannia.
A new challenge could help Begovic rediscover his form, while Stoke would prefer a fee now rather than losing an asset for nothing next year. Jack Butland is ready for the Premier League, so the Potters would welcome any serious enquiry from those with the funds. No time-wasters please.
Spurs could be a suitor should they lose Hugo Lloris, and Chelsea have been credited with an interest, though the prospect of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to appeal to Begovic. Liverpool, perhaps?
5) Charlie Austin
Austin established himself as one of the Premier League’s highest goalscorers last season, quite a feat when you consider how dire QPR were for most of the season. Austin now needs to stay in the top flight if his England call-up this summer is to be anything other than a one-off.
Eighteen goals in 35 appearances have attracted the attention of the top half, and Austin’s stock may never be higher. Having only a year of his contract remaining, the 25-year-old is probably a better bet for most clubs than Danny Ings, despite the Burnley forward’s free-agent status. Who’d want to stay at QPR, anyway.
4) Roberto Soldado
While trying to state that players like Soldado deserve more time to find their feet in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino also suggested that time alone will not help the Spaniard finally become a success.
“I think that it’s for many reasons that Roberto struggles, not just the culture,” Pochettino said. Rough translation: He’s been absolute horse c**k for two years.
Two seasons and just seven Premier League goals – only one last term – suggests it is time to accept that it’s all over at White Hart Lane for Bobby Soldier. Pochettino already needed at least one striker this summer, with Emmanuel Adebayor being shunted out. You can make that two.
There is likely to be interest in Soldado from Spain, but another season in the wilderness at Tottenham might ruin the striker’s chances of a decent move home.
The Brazilian appeared destined to be Manchester United’s right-back for the foreseeable future when he became Alex Ferguson’s first choice. When Fergie left, he took Rafael’s form with him.
Rafael was not alone in being wretched under David Moyes, but Louis van Gaal’s arrival has done little to further his long-term prospects at Old Trafford. The 24-year-old spent much of last season on the treatment table but, when fit, Van Gaal opted to play Antonio Valencia.
Rafael is entering the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. With United actively looking for another right-back, they will be keen to sell. Cue sad faces around Old Trafford.
2) Rickie Lambert
The Scouser’s homecoming last summer was one of the feel-good transfers of the summer. Whatever warm, fuzzy feelings Lambert had presumably dissipated over a season during which he made just seven league starts, scoring twice.
Admittedly, Lambert did fare marginally better than Mario Balotelli in the goalscoring stakes, but Brendan Rodgers too often chose the Italian ahead of Lambert.
With Lambert’s free-scoring Southampton days still in the memory of most Premier League managers, this is the last summer you might expect the 33-year-old to be able to secure a decent move. Entering the final year of his contract, the Liverpool hierarchy would surely be delighted to recoup some of the £4m they paid last year.
1) Stevan Jovetic
Edin Dzeko could also do with a move away from the Etihad, but Jovetic’s need is even greater.
Since the Montenegrin signed from Fiorentina for £22m in 2013 he has made only 11 Premier League starts, nine of which came last season. He didn’t finish a single one of those matches. A mix of injury and poor form have caused a career to stall.
Just in case Jovetic wasn’t getting the hint, despite the occasional glimpse of promise, Pellegrini dropped the 25-year-old from City’s Champions League squad in February. Adieu, farewell, so long and goodbye.