Not every big-money summer signing was successful. While Neymar and Mbappe have been lighting up Paris, several new players failed to live up to their lofty price tags and might choose a way out in the winter transfer window.
5. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)
Ceballos established himself as a first choice at Real Betis back in 2014, and finally got the appreciation he deserved after the U21 Euros. Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane deemed him worthy of Real Madrid and signed him for €18 million in the summer.
Most fans thought it was a very good deal for a very reasonable price. But since then, Ceballos has made only 6 league appearances. Ceballos would do himself a huge favour if he moved out on loan elsewhere, and almost every mid-table club in Spain would be willing to take him.
4. Aleksandar Dragovic (Leicester City)
The Austrian centre-back was reportedly a target for Manchester United when he was playing for Dinamo Kiev. He ended up joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2016, but couldn’t become a regular in his first season in Germany. He was loaned out to Leicester on deadline day at the start of this season.
In England, though, he’s largely played second fiddle to Leicester’s first choice pairing of new signing Harry Maguire and captain Wes Morgan. There’s no assurance that he’ll be the first choice at Leverkusen, but right now, it seems like he has a better chance there than in England.
3. Davy Klaassen (Everton FC)
Dutch midfielder Klaassen was among Everton’s first recruitments of the summer when the Toffees paid Ajax £23.6 million in July. But he’s turned out to be one of the biggest flops in what has been a dismal season for Everton so far. He has only four appearances in the Premier League with no goals or assists.
At this point in his career, he can’t afford to stay at a club where his playing time isn’t guaranteed. He is apparently willing to fight for his place at Goodison Park though.
2. Stevan Jovetic (AS Monaco)
It appeared to be an ideal deal; Jovetic would fit perfectly into Monaco’s 4-4-2 system alongside Radamel Falcao. And he did initially play alongside the Colombian before Monaco changed to a 4-2-3-1 with Falcao as the lone striker. The system suited them, and Jovetic was sidelined.
There’s next to no chance of him upstaging Falcao at this point; El Tigre is in an inspired run of form that has seen him score 15 goals in 16 appearances in Ligue 1. Jovetic is in serious danger of fading into obscurity.
1. Andre Silva (AC Milan)
Silva was shaping up to become a major player for the Portuguese national team when he was at Porto, and AC Milan decided to bet on him by splashing out €38 million. The move to Serie A, however, has been as disastrous for Silva as Milan’s season so far.
Milan have already rejected £34 million bid, but the offer is a good one. And if Silva himself wants to leave, they might not have much of a choice.