25 Premier League Footballers Who Will Definitely Transfer This Summer
With the January transfer window slammed shut, transfer rumours will go into recess for the time being.
There were many notable footballers who should be meeting their new employers today, but for whatever reason, the transfer never transpired.
This article will inform you which Premier League footballers will most definitely transfer during the summer.
Adel Taarabt hasn't scored a goal since last April.
What he has done is flirted with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, sulked and outlasted Neil Warnock.
Mind you, Taarabt's future isn't at Loftus Road and it's unlikely that PSG will sign him given how unproductive he has been.
It's unfortunate that someone so gifted can struggle so much. Clearly, it's not a matter of ability, but rather one of mentality.
Andrey Arshavin has become an easy scapegoat for Arsenal supporters because he doesn't seem to want to win. He's just going through the motions, and what does he offer?
On average, not even one successful dribble or a key pass per game.
The Russian's name should be at the top of Arsène Wenger's clear-out list.
Armand Traoré looks good going forward and that's the only compliment you could give him as a left-back. But it's problematic when you have a left-back who can't defend and is constantly caught out of position.
Compared to Traoré, Taye Taiwo will look like Paolo Maldini.
I have serious doubts about Traoré's top flight career because he's a terrible defender. He may have a future as a winger or an attacking midfielder, however, because he has attacking flair.
Blackburn Rovers have mortgaged their future on Chris Samba's professionalism.
Aside from handing in a transfer request, Samba has been training by himself and has taken shots at the club.
What Rovers fail to grasp is that Samba can ensure he moves in the summer if the Lancashire club is relegated.
Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres?
Something has to give.
Right now, Torres is becoming more and more frustrated with his inability to score. His lack of goals is costing Chelsea, and André Villas-Boas will turn to Drogba when the Ivorian returns.
However, does Drogba want Chelsea?
It might be 'bye bye' England and 'ni hao' China, because Shanghai Shenhua want to pay him £270,000 a week.
It seems Manchester United are putting blindly hoping Dimitar Berbatov remains faithful to a club that has humiliated him this season.
Six goals in his last four starts prove that whenever he has been given a chance, he has shown why he should be a consistent starter.
Berbatov will leave on a Bosman this summer, allowing him to dictate his own future.
It would be heartbreaking for Dirk Kuyt if his professionalism towards Liverpool cost him a spot on Bert van Marwijk's Euro 2012 squad.
Kuyt is a workhorse, but Liverpool are finding out that workhorses playing out wide need to contribute offensively.
He'd be a good impact sub but he wants to start. That conflict may lead to him leaving in the summer.
Fábio Aurélio has only played 14 games in the past year.
Liverpool have stood by him through thick and thin, but it's time to let him go.
Florent Malouda was lethargic against Swansea City and it only reinforces the belief that he needs to be cut loose in the summer.
He isn't going that extra mile for Chelsea because he doesn't want to get injured, thus jeopardising a sizeable move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Giovani Dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos has wasted four seasons of his career that he'll never get back at Tottenham Hotspur.
He looks first rate when he plays for Mexico and he played with confidence during a loan spell at Racing Santander.
Spurs do not see dos Santos as part of the future, so it's only logical for the Mexican to force a move away, preferably to a La Liga club.
What a beautiful photo taken by photographer Vladimir Rys. It perfectly illustrates how much of an outcast Heurelho Gomes is.
Truth be told, he was Tottenham Hotspur's answer to Fabien Barthez.
Wigan Athletic could have cashed in on Hugo Rodallega, but chose not to.
If Wigan are relegated, Rodallega will definitely leave. And even if Wigan survive relegation, the Colombian holds all the aces because his contract expires at the end of the season.
It's likely that he'll leave for greener pastures.
Jermain Defoe has only started eight games in the Premier League yet still has scored eight goals, a testament to his goal-poaching prowess.
Nonetheless, Emmanuel Adebayor is the No.1 forward at Tottenham Hotspur, and Defoe will look for a club that will want him as the main man.
Blackburn Rover have royally screwed up by not selling Junior Hoilett.
The Canadian has been one of the most dynamic wingers in the Premier League, completing 53 successful dribbles in 18 games while also making 29 key passes.
If Hoilett is the reason why Rover survive relegation, whichever club that snaps him up for free will be blessing themselves much to the chagrin of Rover.
Łukasz Fabiański watched his Arsenal dreams crumble as Falcao wheeled away in celebration. In a way, it was symbolic of Fabiański's tenure as an Arsenal starter, during which he gave away too many goals.
He's had to watch his young brash compatriot Wojciech Szczęsny become the starting goalkeeper, and now, Szczęsny is Arsenal's future instead of Fabiański.
Marouane Chamakh wasted 68 minutes and produced nothing against Leeds United.
It took Thierry Henry 10 minutes to score, and remember, the Arsenal legend has been taking it easy in New York.
Chamakh has only scored twice in the past year, a pathetic showing.
Michael Owen has only started four games in the past year and has endured the same hardships as Owen Hargreaves.
Unlike Hargreaves, Owen's body isn't glass—yet.
Because of this, Owen can still score goals for a mid-table club or a lower club, but it's up to him whether or not he wants to continue this facade as a "Manchester United" player.
Having burned his bridges at Arsenal, Nicklas Bendtner will either transfer to Sunderland or try his luck in another league.
He's suffered an unfortunate setback at Sunderland with a facial injury ruling him out for the foreseeable future.
Nigel De Jong
A season ago, Nigel de Jong was considered one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. Today, he's not even a permanent fixture in Roberto Mancini's starting XI.
De Jong recently rejected a contract extension, foreshadowing an exit during the summer transfer window.
Niko Kranjčar had some great touches against Wigan Athletic, but the chances of seeing him start for an extended period are slim.
Someone of Kranjčar's quality should be a starter and he's likely to pursue a move in the summer.
Everton is just an audition for Royston Drenthe. Toffee supporters should think back to Manuel Fernandes and understand that Drenthe will not come back.
Of course, this is assuming that major clubs are interested in Drenthe, because he's been sharp when playing for Everton.
Salomon Kalou should have transitioned from a bit-part player into a world-class player, but he deteriorated as time passed by.
Kalou has been content with being a bench warmer and Chelsea need players who want to do much more.
They need impact subs like what Real Madrid has with José Callejón, not bench warmers who fill in for 10-20 minutes per game.
Taye Taiwo is an exceptional left-back and Mark Hughes will be chuffed to have such quality around.
If Taiwo plays poorly, A.C. Milan will sell him, but if he plays excellently, QPR have no chance of holding onto him.
When an Italian club loans a player out, it is essentially the kiss of death. Milan are essentially saying to Taiwo: "Please play well, so we can sell you."
Injury has curtailed what would have been an exceptional career for Tomáš Rosický. He was incredibly advanced for a midfielder at such a young age.
Nuri Şahin's tenure at Borussia Dortmund was reminiscent of Rosický. Arsenal need to clear out and Rosický should be one to make way.
Thankfully for Chelsea, Yossi Benayoun has been a non-factor for Arsenal, because if he was the reason why Arsenal pipped Chelsea to fourth place, André Villas-Boas would have some explaining to do.
You should never loan out footballers to your rivals.
If Benayoun wanted to stay in London, loan him to Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Millwall or West Ham United.
Benayoun is a great talent and why he isn't coming off the bench to inject some creativity into this stagnant Chelsea midfield is beyond me.
Then again, most of Villas-Boas' decisions give me food for thought.
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