Top 100 players who are being targeted for moves in this summer’s transfer window.
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100. Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers)
The veteran Brazilian goalkeeper is likely to be on the move again this summer despite only arriving at QPR from Inter Milan a year ago. Arsenal are on the lookout for a goalkeeper and may turn to Cesar if they cannot land some of their other options. A return to Brazil has also been mooted for the 33-year-old, who will surely depart Loftus Road following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League, as his manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is too good for the Championship. Perhaps some good news at last for Rob Green!
99. Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)
The Spanish international striker came close to joining Everton in January, and has admitted a liking for English football. Arsenal and Tottenham may move for him this summer as both are keen to sign strikers, but the 27-year-old could be persuaded to stay in Spain as Atletico Madrid are reportedly eyeing him up as a replacement for Radamel Falcao if he leaves. After showing his quality with 81 goals in the last four years with Sevilla, he may feel he has earned a chance at a bigger club next season.
98. Adil Rami (Valencia)
One of the most solid defenders in Spain, Adil Rami is on the lookout for a move to a bigger club this summer to boost his chances of a starting place in France’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be the frontrunners for his signature, and he would certainly be a bargain at Valencia’s supposed asking price of just £10million.
97. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
The young Austrian has been something of a revelation for Aston Villa this season, with some eye-catching displays to help Paul Lambert’s side survive relegation. The attacking midfielder, who can also play upfront, has got himself on Liverpool’s radar with his performances and his 12 goals in all competitions. His agent has admitted he is unlikely to stay at Villa Park, but wants a move to another Premier League club.
96. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)
The £16million signing from Lazio has not really looked the part for City, and could be heading back to Serie A this summer with champions Juventus showing an interest in the left-back. With City offering Gael Clichy a four-year contract, it is clear that he has become first choice on the left side of defence, as Kolarov has not shown the same defensive discipline in that role, possibly operating better as a wing back, which would suit Juventus’ 3-5-2 formation.
95. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Sagna’s six-year stay with Arsenal could be coming to an end, as the right-back has reportedly refused to sign a new contract. PSG have shown the strongest interest in the 30-year-old, and he has not ruled out a move to the French giants. Monaco are also said to be interested, and Arsenal will surely choose to sell him this summer rather than risk losing him on a free next season – a similarly sticky situation to the one they found themselves in with Robin van Persie last year.
94. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
The Bulgarian forward only joined Fulham from Manchester United last summer, but is reportedly unhappy at Craven Cottage already. The 32-year-old has had a good season for Martin Jol’s side, and his displays have attracted the interest of big-spending Turkish giants Galatasaray, who will to carry on their ambitious January spending which saw big names such as Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba join the club. Fulham may decide to take the reasonable £5million offer for an ageing player and reinvest in their squad to improve their displays next season.
93. Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United)
West Ham are said to be monitoring the situation of Manchester United’s backup goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. The 29-year-old is unlikely to break past David de Gea in the pecking order, and could be tempted by the Hammers’ offer of first team football.
92. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (St Etienne)
This highly rated young forward has caught the eye of many top clubs with his performances for St Etienne this season. The 23-year-old has scored 20 goals in Ligue 1 and is being watched by Premier League trio Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle. Though the player himself has said he dreams of playing for Real Madrid.
91. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
The former Chelsea winger has been a key player for Bayern Munich over the last few years, but may be on the way out this summer after falling down the club’s pecking order. However, his talents are still admired by Manchester City, who are being tipped to make a move for the speedy Dutchman.
90. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
This young Barcelona midfielder is reportedly holding talks over a summer switch to Tottenham, as he does not fancy his chances of breaking past the likes of Xavi and Iniesta into Barca’s vastly talented midfield.
89. Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
The Swansea captain has had another impressive season, helping his team to glory in the Capital One Cup. Arsenal and Liverpool are showing a strong interest as they look to add a centre-back to their squads this summer, and have been told by Swansea that they will have to pay £10million for the Welshman.
88. Tim Krul (Newcastle)
The talented Dutch shot stopper is being tipped to leave St James’ Park this summer after Newcastle have had a poor season fighting relegation. Roma are said to be leading the way for the 25-year-old, and AC Milan are also admirers of his. This will come as a blow to Alan Pardew, as he will also lose backup ‘keeper Steve Harper, who has made the decision to retire at the end of the season.
87. Angelo Ogbonna (Torino)
A whole host of clubs have been watching Angelo Ogbonna of Torino. The talented 24-year-old centre-back could be approached by any one of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or AC Milan this summer, as a big move surely beckons for the Italian international. Reports suggest he would cost around £17million.
86. Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk)
The Brazilian midfielder has pleaded for Shakhtar Donetsk to lower their asking price so that he can move to Manchester City, who have made him one of their main targets for this summer’s transfer window. At the moment he could cost around £42.5million due to the release clause in his contract, but he is a top talent who could improve City’s midfield for the title race next season.
85. Leighton Baines (Everton)
With Everton manager David Moyes leaving the club to join Manchester United, he is apparently keen to take left-back Leighton Baines with him. The former Wigan man has been a stand-out performer at Goodison Park this year and would be an upgrade on Patrice Evra in United’s defence. Everton will be determined not to lose him, but he could go for around £15-20million.
84. Dani Alves (Barcelona)
The Brazilian right-back has been a world class player over the last few years at Barcelona, though his form has dipped this season. He has been linked with a summer move to PSG, and the Catlans are willing to sell the player as they make some changes to their inconsistent squad, which has been unconvincing despite their La Liga title win.
83. Alvaro Pereira (Inter Milan)
Former Porto left-back Alvaro Pereira says he will stay and fight for his place at Inter Milan, but the Serie A club may decide they’d rather let him go if interest from Tottenham and his old boss Andre Villas-Boas continues. Spurs are keen to recruit a new player to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Danny Rose, who are unlikely to be kept at the club for next season.
82. Gervinho (Arsenal)
The Ivorian forward is somehow a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray, who are willing to pay an incredible £12million for the 25-year-old who has been such a flop for Arsenal. With just eight league goals in two seasons, the former Lille man does not look like Premier League quality at all, often getting himself into a muddle with his wayward dribbling and missing easy chances when they are presented to him. Arsenal will be hoping to take the money and run if Galatasaray really rate him.
81. Florian Thauvin (Lille)
This exciting 20-year-old attacking midfielder is attracting a lot of interest after his displays this season for Bastia, where he has been on loan. Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle are all said to have made enquiries about him in January and could move for him again as they look to strengthen their squads this summer.
80. Younes Belhanda (Montpellier)
Arsenal and Spurs target Younes Belhanda will leave Montpellier this summer, his club have confirmed. The talented 23-year-old has been a key player for the French side over the last couple of years and is said to be keen on a new challenge, with a particular liking for English football. Newcastle are also likely to show an interest given their recent liking for players from France, and Belhanda could be one of the bargains of the summer with just an £8million asking price from Montpellier.
79. Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
One of many players impressing in the Bundesliga at the moment, Ilkay Gundogan’s displays for Borussia Dortmund have attracted a lot of interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona. The 22-year-old is a skillful defensive midfielder who could add a lot of quality to any of those sides’ squads. United appear to be leading the way for his signature, as they look to improve on their current options in the middle of the park, which will be weakened with Paul Scholes’ retirement and possible departure of Anderson.
78. Esteban Granero (Queens Park Rangers)
Esteban Granero has not had the best of seasons at QPR, despite looking like a quality signing from Real Madrid. The team have struggled as a whole this season, finding themselves surprisingly relegated when they were expected to aim for a top half finish after all the money they spent. Granero is one of many big-name flops, scoring just one goal and providing just one assist. The 25-year-old is still highly rated however, and is reportedly a target for Serie A side Fiorentina.
77. Adem Ljajic (Fiorentina)
Chelsea are said to be leading the chase for Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic, one of the best young players in Serie A. The talented 21-year-old was once a target for Manchester United when he was younger, though a move fell through. He is now hot property after developing into a fine player in Italy, and will also attract interest from Arsenal and Manchester City this summer. With 8 goals and 8 assists for La Viola in Serie A, imagine what he could do in one of the top Premier League sides.
76. Heung-Min Son (Hamburg)
One of the best young players in the Bundesliga, Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son is much in demand this summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund all said to be vying for his signature. Hamburg have recently said they are confident of keeping him as they have not yet received any bids for the skillful 20-year-old, but it is surely only a matter of time before the young South Korean moves on to bigger things.
75. Hernanes (Lazio)
Manchester City are said to be hot on the heals of Lazio’s Brazilian star Hernanes, and the player himself has welcomed their interest. The 27-year-old has a great reputation after moving to Serie A a few years ago, perhaps known best for his powerful long range shots, as well as his overall passing and playmaking abilities from the middle of the park. City would be lucky to have him as he could form a great midfield partnership with Yaya Toure and help get them back on track for a title challenge next season.
74. Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
Barcelona have apparently identified Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina as a top priority target this summer, as they expect Victor Valdes to leave the club. Valdes himself could make his way to the Premier League, while Reina could return to the club where he started his career. The 30-year-old’s departure may be a blessing in disguise for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, as Reina has not been at his best for a couple of years now, and could be improved on. Liverpool could make some decent money from his sale and get someone more reliable between the posts for next season.
73. Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Liverpool could in fact target Swansea City’s Michel Vorm if Reina leaves. The Dutch shot stopper is also another target for Barcelona, but he may be keen to reunite with Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, after it was he that brought him to the Premier League in his time at Swansea. The 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country at the moment and is also a target for Arsenal, who are looking out for a new goalkeeper to replace or at least challenge the off-form Wojciech Szczesny for his place in the team.
72. Mohamed Diame (West Ham)
West Ham could lose Mohamed Diame this summer, just one season after they signed the Senegalese midfielder from Wigan. The 25-year-old has had an excellent season for the Hammers, and was reportedly close to joining Arsenal or Tottenham in January. The move never materialised, but his £3.5million minimum release fee clause is likely to see the North London pair sniffing around again in the summer transfer window. Both clubs could do with reinforcements in the defensive midfield position, as Arsenal are still to find a suitable replacement for Alex Song, who left for Barcelona last summer. Tottenham could also do with strengthening in that area, as Sandro and Scott Parker have had lengthy spells out with injury this season. Parker has also been linked with a move to relegated QPR. At this kind of price, a talent like Diame is unlikely to remain at West Ham.
71. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
The talented French centre-back is reportedly a target for Pep Guardiola, who will be taking over as manager of Bayern Munich next season. The 27-year-old has proved a good find by Arsene Wenger since joining as a relative unknown from Lorient in 2010, establishing himself as one of the club’s best defenders. Now valued at around £20million, he would be a good addition to this strong Bayern side, though Wenger will be hoping not to lose another important and experienced member of his squad this summer. Barcelona have also been linked, as they look to strengthen in central defence after a season of injuries and poor form from Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.
70. Tom Ince (Blackpool)
This exciting young winger is earning rave reviews after his performances in the Championship, and is wanted by his old club Liverpool, as well as Tottenham and Inter Milan. Blackpool are keen to tie down the 21-year-old to a new contract, though it seems unlikely that they will be able to fight off so much interest in their star player. Having started his career at Anfield, he could be a good addition to a squad lacking in talented wingers at the moment, and looks good value at around £7million. The son of former England captain Paul Ince is arguably a better player than Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha, who earned his move to Old Trafford in January after his displays for Crystal Palace.
69. Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid are planning something of a summer clear-out, and Angel Di Maria could be one to go. The talented Argentine has not had his best season this year, and may fall further down the pecking order with some of the big names that are expected to join at the Bernebeu. Manchester United are rumoured to be interested, with their need for wingers to improve on the likes of Nani and Ashley Young, and AC Milan are also said to be considering a move. He would apparently be available for around £15million and could do with a move to get his promising career back on track.
68. Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Another player said to be leaving alongside David Moyes for Manchester United, the talented Belgian has apparently welcomed the interest from Old Trafford. Everton will be keen not to lose him as well as Leighton Baines, but the towering midfielder has been another stand-out performer this year and has expressed a desire to play in the Champions League. Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with him, and he has a minimum release fee clause of around £25million, which would be decent money for a player who guarantees you goals, assists, an aerial threat and good defensive work in midfield. He is a very influential player and looks to have outgrown Everton at this stage in his career.
67. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
The Stoke City goalkeeper has arguably been their best player this season, in a disappointing campaign for the Potters in which they fought against relegation. The Bosnian shot stopper is now on the radar of the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. The 25-year-old would cost around £15million and prove a good option for any of those sides. He has said he is happy at Stoke, but with manager Tony Pulis already bringing in young goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City in the summer, he may be expecting Begovic to be sold, and they may not feel they are able to turn down that kind of money if the offers come in.
66. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)
After a poor season for Newcastle, it would be no surprise to see a number of key players depart, and Hatem Ben Arfa is certainly one of them. On his day the exciting French winger can win games on his own with remarkable dribbling skills and powerful long range shots. Still only 26, he would be a good investment for any top club and supposedly already has offers from Tottenham and Liverpool, with PSG also monitoring his situation. The one problem with the former Marseille star is that he has been plagued by injuries during his time in England, but it’s no surprise to see top clubs showing an interest given what he can do if he stays fit. His absence this season has played a big part in Newcastle’s worsening fortunes.
65. Kevin De Bruyne (Chelsea)
This talented Chelsea youngster has really put himself in the shop window with his displays on loan at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen this season. The Belgian still seems unlikely to force his way into the Chelsea team, so will reportedly attract a bid from Borussia Dotmund. Jurgen Klopp’s side see the 21-year-old as a good replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Mario Goetze, which is some compliment. Bayer Leverkusen may also ask for him in return for long-time Blues target Andre Schurrle, though many Bundesliga fans cannot understand why Chelsea don’t want to keep him.
64. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Lukas Podolski has had a decent start to life in English football, but due to some fitness problems and recent omissions from the team, it has been suggested that he could leave the club just one season after joining from Cologne. Atletico Madrid and Juventus have been linked with the German forward, but the strongest interest seems to be coming from Galatasaray, who could make a double swoop on Arsenal as they also look to sign Gervinho from the Gunners. They will offer £12million for the 27-year-old, and Arsenal don’t have a great recent track record of keeping their big names at the club.
63. Micah Richards (Manchester City)
Micah Richards has been unfortunate to find himself out of the Manchester City team this season, after some problems with injuries and the fine form of Pablo Zabaleta. Now 24, the talented right-back needs regular first team football if he has any hope of getting back into the England squad, and it is said that Liverpool and Arsenal may come in for him this summer. Richards can also play at centre-back and deserves a chance to be playing regularly at a top club, though a high asking price of £15million may put some clubs off, due to his recent lack of regular action.
62. Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray)
This Turkish striker has shown himself to be something of a goal machine this season for Galatasaray, in both the league and the Champions League. Arsenal and Liverpool are known to be looking for strikers this summer and have been linked with the 27-year-old, as have Manchester United and Napoli. Galatasaray have made it clear they will expect around £15million for their star striker, though they have also admitted that they don’t hold out much hope of keeping him. However, with plenty of summer spending plans of their own, they might not miss him so much.
61. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
The speedy Spurs winger has never quite looked like becoming the world class talent that he looked like as a youngster in his days at Leeds. The 26-year-old has been at White Hart Lane for most of his career now, but could be subject to a summer bid from Serie A giants Inter Milan. Spurs may feel it is time for the England international to move on while they pursue other targets, and Lennon could also do with a new challenge in Italy, and certainly improve this Inter side that is struggling so much at the moment.
60. Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
West Ham’s search for a goalkeeper could see them approach Aston Villa for Brad Guzan. The Hammers, as already mentioned, are keen on Manchester United’s backup ‘keeper Anders Lindegaard, but with the Danish shot stopper supposedly happy to stay at Old Trafford, Guzan could be a good second choice. The American has been in fine form for Villa this season after replacing Shay Given as first choice at Villa Park. the 28-year-old could be sold at a very healthy profit for Villa, now valued at around £5million – not bad for a player that cost £600,000 when he was signed from MLS side Chivas in 2008.
59. Jesus Navas (Sevilla)
The Sevilla winger has been highly rated since a young age, but has spent his entire career with his boyhood club due to suffering from chronic homesickness, which also affects him when he travels with the Spanish national team. However, he continues to attract interest from top clubs as there is no doubting his quality. The skillful winger is wanted by Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, as both sides hope to strengthen their attacking midfield options.
58. Koke (Atletico Madrid)
This talented young Atletico Madrid playmaker is one of many in this generation of impressive Spanish midfielders, and has previously been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal. Roma are now rumoured to be stepping up their interest, and other big clubs may soon follow for a 21-year-old who surely has a great future in the game.
57. Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)
With Bacary Sagna likely to leave Arsenal, the Gunners have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Polish right-back Lukasz Piszczek. The 27-year-old has emerged as a key performer for both club and country in recent years, combining great defensive work with a high work rate and ability to get forward. Piszczek won’t come cheap, but he could actually be a significant improvement on Sagna for Arsenal, as the Frenchman has not been at his best this season and is surely past his peak at the age of 30. Chelsea have also watched him in the past and with a number of players likely to leave Dortmund this summer, there could be a few clubs who try their luck with Piszczek.
56. Aymen Abdennour (Toulouse)
Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona have all watched this highly rated Ligue 1 defender in recent months, and it now seems Liverpool will step up their interest and table a £6million bid for the Tunisian international. The versatile 23-year-old defender can play both centre-back and left-back, and would be a very useful addition to any of these clubs, due to their current defensive problems. He has certainly established himself as one of the best defenders in the French league, and interest in him is no surprise.
55. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Romelu Lukaku will be a wanted man this summer, even if it is only on loan. The young Belgian has been in great form on loan at West Brom from Chelsea, but it seems he still won’t quite work his way into the Blues’ starting lineup next season. West Ham appear to be leading the chase for the talented 19-year-old, who will certainly help the club deal with the loss of Andy Carroll if they don’t manage to sign him permanently. Lukaku’s form has also attracted interest from Swansea, Fulham and even Italian giants Juventus, but as with Kevin De Bruyne it’s hard to understand why Chelsea can’t find a use for him – he would surely be an improvement on Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
54. Luke Shaw (Southampton)
It’s incredible to think Luke Shaw is only 17 and playing his first season in the Southampton first team. The young left-back has slotted in seamlessly for the Saints in the Premier League this season, and looks to be the latest in the line of great players produced by the academy at St Mary’s, along with Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has played with great maturity in defence this season, and also looks a skillful attacker going forward. Chelsea and Tottenham are the main clubs that seem to be in for him, and despite saying he’s a Chelsea fan, he is said to be torn between the two options. Arsenal have also shown an interest, and it looks like Southampton will have a big job on their hands fighting off interest in their young prodigy this summer.
53. Franco Di Santo (Wigan)
West Brom are keen to land Franco Di Santo from relegated Wigan. The 24-year-old is a free agent this summer after his deal at the DW Stadium is set to expire, and the Baggies will need a new striker as loan star Romelu Lukaku heads back to Chelsea. Shane Long could also leave the club, and want-away striker Peter Odemwingie will probably be shown the door after his antics in the January transfer window. This will leave Steve Clarke’s side desperately short of options upfront and Di Santo has shown himself as a very capable Premier League player in the last couple of seasons with Wigan, despite their regular battles with relegation and their eventual drop this year.
52. Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
If Jose Mourinho rejoins Chelsea, he has reportedly made Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi a prime target. The Blues could do with extra options in midfield and could land the 29-year-old for just £10million after he has had a relatively disappointing season in Serie A. He has been linked with moves to the Premier League before, with both Manchester United and Manchester City showing an interest, and this could finally be the year he leaves the club he’s been with for his whole career.
51. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Manchester United are known to be on the lookout for strikers this summer, and Karim Benzema could be available after falling down in the pecking order at Real Madrid. The talented French finisher still has an impressive record of 19 goals and 20 assists this season, and could surely reach world class form again if given the chance. Manchester United are currently being linked with a move for the France international who should cost around £30million.
50. Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)
Scott Sinclair’s move from Swansea to Manchester City has been nothing short of a disaster this season, as the 24-year-old has hardly featured for Roberto Mancini’s side. Mancini admitted he was unfair on him and didn’t give him enough opportunities, but even with the Italian being sacked following his side’s shock defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final, City are sure to welcome offers for the unwanted winger. The most likely moves for him at the moment seem to be either a return to Swansea or to Liverpool where he would play under his old Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers.
49. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
After a falling out with Leonardo at PSG, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set for a move back to Italy with Juventus, after just one season (and another league title in another country) in France. The talented but eccentric Swede has arguably shown the best form of his career in Serie A, originally with Juventus, and then Inter Milan and AC Milan. Juve are keen to sign some strikers this summer, and Ibrahimovic remains one of the best in the game, bringing success with him wherever he goes.
48. Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona)
Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara could be a good option for a number of clubs this summer, as he remains a wasted talent at the Nou Camp. The 22-year-old is one of the club’s brightest prospects, but he has been unfortunate to be around when such star names such as Xavi and Iniesta are always going to be picked ahead of him. Manchester United are on alert after hearing he could be sold, and he has been previously linked with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal. He’s certainly too good to be on the bench for much longer, so is sure to be on the move this summer.
47. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)
Yohan Cabaye has really impressed since joining Newcastle from French side Lille for what now looks like a real bargain at just £4million, and was almost immediately linked with Arsenal. The talented playmaker could now be a £20million target for Manchester United as they seek a long-term replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes. The 27-year-old could also be tempted by a move away after a difficult season of fighting relegation with Alan Pardew’s side.
46. Papiss Cisse (Newcastle)
Borussia Dortmund are on the lookout for a number of strikers this summer due to the inevitable loss of star man Robert Lewandowski, and Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse is the latest to apparently be on their shortlist. The Senegalese forward made an explosive start to life in the Premier League last season with an incredible 13 goals in 14 games – including an absolute wonder-strike against Chelsea – but has struggled somewhat this time round, albeit in a team that has been worse overall this season. He could be tempted by a return to the Bundesliga, where he first made a name for himself with Freiburg.
45. Jackson Martinez (Porto)
Borussia Dortmund may also go head-t0-head with Liverpool for in-form Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The Colombian has had a great breakthrough season in Portugal, scoring an excellent 33 goals in 38 games in his first season with the club. Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked, though they appear to have more pressing targets.
44. Nemanja Matic (Benfica)
This former Chelsea youngster has made a real name for himself at Benfica, impressing this season in his team’s run to the Europa League final. Chelsea have been unsurprisingly linked with a return for the Serbian, though Manchester United are also keen on him to improve their midfield options this summer. He would supposedly cost around £45million, which may be a stumbling block in the deal. One of a few Benfica players who could be snapped up by bigger clubs in the upcoming transfer window.
43. Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has confirmed his desire to leave Barcelona after a fantastic eleven years with the club. The Spaniard wants a new challenge and could be signed by any one of a number of interested parties. Arsenal are considering him as one of several options for a new goalkeeper, and Manchester United and PSG are also keen on the 31-year-old. His experience and history of winning things would be a great addition to any side’s dressing room, and it’s certainly Barca’s loss. They are reportedly targeting the uninspiring Pepe Reina of Liverpool as a replacement.
42. Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen)
The signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea looked like being a done deal not so long ago, though the move hasn’t progressed from there. Still, the Blues are determined to land this long-standing target and add to their attacking midfield options next season. He should cost around £20million and looks worth every penny as another great prospect emerging from German football at the moment.
41. Callum McManaman (Wigan)
With Wigan relegated from the Premier League, a number of their best players are sure to leave for bigger clubs, and none have caught the eye more recently than Callum McManaman. The young winger played a great part in the club’s miraculous FA Cup win and is now a target for Liverpool, though boss Roberto Martinez has pleaded with him to reject a move and continue his development with Wigan in the Championship. Not sure he’ll listen to that particular piece of advice.
40. Loic Remy (Queens Park Rangers)
The January signing from Marseille has proved a hit in the Premier League, though his six goals in thirteen games have not been enough to keep Queens Park Rangers from avoiding relegation. The French striker was wanted by Arsenal and Newcastle as well in January, and they may move again this summer as he is sure to be available following Rangers’ drop to the Championship. He apparently has a minimum release fee clause of £8million and Liverpool are also keen on him, though he has described Arsenal as a ‘dream move’.
39. Joao Moutinho (Porto)
Joao Moutinho came close to joining his old Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham last summer, though a move didn’t materialise in the final hours of the transfer window. Spurs are expected to rekindle their interest in the Portuguese playmaker, though he is also a target for big-spending Monaco, who may be more able to offer his £33million fee than Spurs are.
38. Alex Song (Barcelona)
Alex Song has had a tough time since joining Arsenal from Barcelona, which may come as no surprise. He had a good season for the Gunners last year, but he never exactly looked capable of dislodging Sergio Busquets in Barca’s defensive midfield position. He is now understandably unhappy after a season on the bench and pining for a return to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move, but he often likes to keep his cards close to his chest, and may be tempted to bring back a player he has so far failed to replace. Spurs and Manchester City have also been linked with the Cameroon international.
37. Phil Jagielka (Everton)
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Man United are set to launch a mammoth bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as David Moyes sets about moves to bring in summer additions to strengthen his Old Trafford squad.
CaughtOffside understands that the Premier League title holders have deliberately held back on expressing any concrete interest in the 23 year old Welsh international as the club had hoped to lure former attacker Cristiano Ronaldo back from Real Madrid. However secret talks between outgoing chief executive David Gill and Bernabeu president Florentino Perez appear to left Man United realising that such a move would be next to impossible.
This has led United to direct their attention to Bale, with Sir Alex Ferguson advising his board to dig deep and make a substantial offer for the Tottenham star, especially now that the North London club have failed to secure a Champions League berth for the coming season.
Buoyed by the completion of a number of big money sponsorship deals Man United’s board are keen to bring in a ‘Marquee’ signing this summer as something of a statement of intent to help alleviate any talk of uncertainty at the club following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years at the helm, moves to sign a big name are perhaps even more pressing given that Wayne Rooney has put in a verbal transfer request.
Moyes has earmarked moves to bring in more effective wide attacking options given the fairly average campaigns the likes of Luis Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani have had this season and the Toffees boss is keen to see Bale pursued by his new employers.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would be loathed to lose his side’s prized asset and showed he is more than capable of keeping hold of top talents as evidenced by the manner in which he held onto Luka Modric for an extra season before the Croatian was finally given permission to seal a move to Real Madrid.
The White Hart Lane side’s failure to secure a Champions League berth doesn’t just cause a concern in relation to the disappointment this generates among their playing staff it also costs the club a massive sum in potential lost revenue and as such Levy may well have to consider sizable offers.
Man United are ready to mount a bid of as much as £60m to sign the former Southampton man, such is the high-esteem they hold the youngster, but would prefer to offset some of the cost in the form of a player exchange plus cash deal.
The Old Trafford side were willing to offer in excess of that sum to Real Madrid for Ronaldo and feel that such an offer for a player five years his junior, with the footballing world at his feet is an offer they feel is worth making.
Such a move could see the likes of Nani, Anderson and Ashley Young used as makeweights though it’s unknown whether such an offer would interest Levy or indeed Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Though Tottenham have publicly stated their intention to keep Bale Man United feel confident that once their interest in his services is publicly known the PFA Footballer of the Year will consider his future and may well then elect to force the issue by requesting a transfer.
Bale is tied up to a long term contract and as such his value in the marketplace will be high but Man United are ready to make a big money offer for the player, who this season has scored 20 Premier League goals and attracted the interest of a number of Europe’s ‘Elite’ after another excellent campaign.
Man United will hope that the chance to follow in the footsteps of boyhood hero Ryan Giggs will be a prospect Gareth Bale will find impossible to turn down.