I'm playing as Liverpool, was 3rd on my league, won CL, and english cup, also the konami cup or w/e.^ Don't think anything is wrong with you But you have to think of the team you're playing as. Are you in second or first div? A lot of the players you mention are very good players and therefore their respective teams would like to keep them.. I try with young players, unknown players and loan transfers. There's a lot of great players out there. Try searching the transfer and loan list - your upcoming star could be there..
Rasmus Elm (Sweden) Awesome winger. Plays amf as well. He's 19-20 in the beginning of the game, so don't know his age in your league since i don't know how many seasons you've played.