Eight Premier League players embarrassed in the summer transfer window

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The 2016 summer transfer window will go down in history for the £1 billion spent in the Premier League for the first time.

Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for £89m; Chelsea re-signed David Luiz for £30m; whilst Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Sadio Mane all commanded fees in the region of £35m.

It's been a truly remarkable summer to say the least.


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But away from the sheer amount of money splashed on reinforcements, embarrassing transfer sagas have also dominated headlines.

Whether it be a lack of respect shown or players leaving in such unceremonious fashion, a number of Premier League stars suffered hits to their pride and now face uncertain futures.

Here's eight players who were embarrassed in the transfer window.


Let's start with the obvious one. Despite being Manchester City's No.1 goalkeeper for the best part of six years, Joe Hart was quickly demoted to third-choice upon Pep Guardiola's arrival.

Now at Torino on loan, the England international's future at the Etihad Stadium is in serious doubt because he doesn't possess the technical ability that Guardiola looks for.


What a miserable few months it's been for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who looks set for a frustrating season at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho has no intention of playing the German and, in a desperate attempt to get rid of him, recently ordered him to clear out his first-team locker and move into the reserves' changing room. Ouch.


Arsene Wenger's unprecedented decision to send Jack Wilshere out on loan could actually work wonders for the Arsenal midfielder.

Game time will have been incredibly difficult for him to come by at the Emirates Stadium and so joining a lesser Premier League side, playing week in, week out, could be exactly what he needs to finally unlock his potential.


Another who was suffered utter embarrassment, Mario Balotelli has joined Nice on a free transfer after two awful years at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp had no intention of keeping the Italian, who was struggling for a half-decent suitor until the French outfit came along to offer a permanent escape route.


'Will he stay, or will he go?' is the question United fans were asking of Juan Mata throughout the summer transfer window, after Mourinho reportedly decided to sell him - again.

The Spaniard's short-term future remains at United but he'll be acutely aware that any minor slip up would see him dropped and eventually sold by his former Chelsea manager.


Left out of each and every City squad so far this season, Yaya Toure has been neglected by Guardiola and can expect very little game time going forward.

Quite why he remains at the Etihad is anyone's guess but he clearly isn't wanted, even after his manager insisted he has a role to play.


A case of the player embarrassing himself rather than being embarrassed, so to speak.

Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham on transfer deadline day but only after rejecting a move to Everton and refusing to return calls from Ronald Koeman, who was certain he had bagged the £30 million-rated midfielder from Newcastle United.


A poor pre-season saw Theo Walcott destroyed by Arsenal supporters on a number of occasions, so much so that they were demanding his sale.

Arsene Wenger opted to keep the England winger but his confidence must have taken a hit after being subjected to so much abuse by his so called 'fans'. 

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