Managers are currently drawing up their shortlists and fans are sending forums into meltdown with speculation. With players being linked with moves to new clubs on an hourly basis, it is certainly shaping up to be an exciting transfer window.
The opening of the transfer window brings hopes and ambition to the forefront with managers, fans and players. For managers it’s a chance to rejuvenate a squad or add that final piece to the jigsaw. For fans it brings a sense of enthusiasm or despair regarding players walking in and out of their respective clubs doors. For the players it gives them a chance to finally move on to pastures new or to see which new team mates could be joining them. For all parties concerned, it is sure to make those long summer days without club football that slightly more bearable as the intrigue of the window begins.
Some of the top teams around Europe will be looking to bolster their teams significantly in the summer. This has the potential to be one of the most active transfer windows in recent memory with saga’s galore regarding certain players. Here are the top five players you may be hearing a lot about this summer.
Eden Hazard (Lille OSC)
The 21-year-old Belgian could be about to spark one of the largest transfer battles of the window. Highly regarded across Europe as one of the most talented youngsters in the market, he has alerted every major team out there about his availability in the summer.
It is understood that teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal have all registered an interest with his club Lille. As well as Italian giants Inter Milan, Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and cash rich PSG. The Ligue 1’s player of the year possesses immense talent with Real Madrid’s sporting director Zinédine Zidane saying he would sign Hazard “with his eyes closed”.
His next destination will be much talked about during the summer and this could be one of the more attractive transfers of the window.
Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)
Last summer he was at the centre of a £40million rated transfer saga between his current club Spurs and Chelsea. This summer he could yet again be in the midst of another transfer battle with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini already talking up how good of a player he is.
The Croatian’s performances this season have been impressive in the middle of midfield for a Spurs team who at one stage were considered to be playing the best football in the Premier League. This has only enhanced his reputation as one of the best midfielders in the league which has brought the interest of both Manchester clubs.
Whether this move goes ahead could also be down to what happens with the future of Harry Redknapp. He is the favourite for the England job and if he leaves, Levy and Spurs may find it difficult to convince one of their best assets in Luka Modric to stay this time round.
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
For the past two seasons this man alone has been creating headlines for himself. Longing for a move last summer, his wish wasn’t granted and subsequently a disgraceful show from him in Munich in September saw him escape Manchester for his native Argentina, albeit on a prolonged golfing holiday. The January transfer window came and went with Mr Tevez still a City player after deals could not be agreed with Corinthians, PSG and both Milan clubs.
Against all odds he then returned for Man City not so long ago, recently scoring an impressive hat-trick against Norwich. This has shown he is still a class act at least on the pitch, if not away from it and he could again be part of the saga that surely sees him exit Manchester City this summer.
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
The languid yet brilliant Bulgarian is set for a move away from Old Trafford this summer as both he and Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed it is time he moved on. Last season’s joint top goal scorer in the Premier League has dropped significantly down the pecking order at Manchester United and at 30-years-old he can no longer bide his time regarding team selection.
Interest has been high already in Berbatov with the likes of PSG, Anzhi Makhachkala, Galatasaray and Bayer Leverkusen all processing potential offers for him.
Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Since his arrival in the Premier League with West Ham and now more so at Newcastle he has been very impressive with his performances and goal scoring abilities. He is currently spearheading a Newcastle attack on the Champions League fourth spot and after scoring 14 goals in the league this season, he is causing plenty of interest.
It is well known there is a £7million clause in his contract, which is relatively cheap in today’s inflated market. This could see many respected clubs around Europe vying for his signature such as PSG who Demba Ba has admitted he would be interested in, labelling the club as a “Dream Move”.
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