Transfer Rumours: 20 Best Pure Goal Scorers on the Market This Summer

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIMay 9, 2012

Transfer Rumours: 20 Best Pure Goal Scorers on the Market This Summer

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    Everyone loves a goal scorer—even one that hasn't found the back of the net for a while.

    That are some talented players around who just need to find that manager who believes in their ability, and then anything could happen.

    You only have to look at the season performance of Emmanuel Adebayor—who features in this slideshow—to see there is talent wasting on many a team's bench.

    Here are 20 Pure Goal Scorers on the Market This Summer.

Dimitar Berbatov

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    Dimitar Berbatov will have his contracted extended so that it doesn't expire until summer 2013—purely so that Manchester United can get some money for the Bulgarian hit-man.

    Lazio are the latest party to be interested in a move worth just €5 million.

Darren Bent

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    Liverpool are reportedly back on the trail of Aston Villa's Darren Bent, following their woeful goalscoring attempts in the league this season.

    Aston Villa have endured a terrible season themselves, with a large portion of their best players sold as Bent arrived at the club.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Marouane Chamakh might not be the hottest property on the market right now, but the Moroccan international did notch seven goals with seven assists in just 1,846 minutes of Premier League football in his first Premiership season.

    Bordeaux are interested in taking Chamakh back to France.

Michael Owen

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    Former Ballon d'Or winner Michael Owen was once one of the best goal scorers in world football.

    Fast forward to modern day and the Manchester United striker looks set to be playing his football at Shanghai Shenhua in China next season—at least according to The Sun.

Edin Dzeko

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    The return of Carlos Tevez to Manchester City has cast serious doubts on where Edin Dzeko will be playing his football next season.

    Bayern Munich are rumoured to be lining up a move that will see the Bosnian play Bundesliga football next season.

Steven Fletcher

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    Perhaps Wolverhampton Wanderers' only bright spark this season was the form of striker Steven Fletcher.

    The Scottish international notched 11 goals and two assists despite playing for the worst team in the league.

    Sunderland are already rumoured to be preparing a move to spare his championship blushes.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Real Madrid apparently don't want Higuain to leave, but they aren't guaranteeing him first-team football either.

    Chelsea are thought to be interested in acquiring the Argentinian if Real Madrid accept their £35 million evaluation of the player.

Edinson Cavani

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    Manchester City have been keen on Edinson Cavani for quite some time, but this summer may mark their first attempt to sign the player.

    Cavani himself has admitted he could leave Napoli, with Chelsea and Manchester City mulling over his £40 million price tag.

Robin van Persie

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    Whether Robin van Persie will stay or go is anybody's guess. One thing for sure is that if he was ever available to sign, it's now.

    Van Persie has just over 12 months remaining on his contract, meaning Arsenal would rather sell him for something now rather than risk losing him for nothing next season.

    Just last month he was sighted visiting the Barcelona team hotel, leading to mass speculation about his future.

Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba seemingly wants a two-year Chelsea deal, but the Stamford Bridge club are only putting one year on the table.

    With Drogba's contract up in the summer, he may make a lucrative move elsewhere.


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    Raul has decided his time at Schalke has come to an end, and the Spanish striker is now seeking a lower level club somewhere outside of Europe—at least that's what he's saying at present.

    Who knows whether the prolific marksman could be persuaded to go elsewhere.

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    After a season-long loan at Tottenham Hotspur, Emmanuel Adebayor is set to go back to his parent club Manchester City—only Manchester City seemingly don't want him anymore.

    Roberto Mancini will expect good money for the Togolese striker, who has scored 16 goals and garnered 12 assists in the Premier League this season.

Luuk de Jong

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    Luuk de Jong could be at the top of Liverpool's transfer list if you listen to the Mail Online.

    The article goes on to state that there are 15 other clubs rumoured to be interested in the player.

    De Jong has scored 23 goals in 28 league appearances this season for FC Twente.

Olivier Giroud

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    The fact that Montpellier have slapped a £50 million price tag on Olivier Giroud immediately makes me skeptical of Arsenal's supposed interest.

    With Lukas Podolski already signed, the only reason Arsene Wenger would want Giroud is if he lost Van Persie.

Clint Dempsey

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    Clint Dempsey has enjoyed his best-ever goal-scoring season for Fulham this term—17 to date in the league—despite being a midfielder by trade.

    The Texan's performances have brought rumoured interest from Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League.

Asamoah Gyan

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    Sunderland outcast Asamoah Gyan looks set to make his move away from the Stadium of Light a permanent one following interest from loanee recipients Al-Ain.

    Manager Martin O'Neil has admitted Gyan is unlikely to return.

Roberto Soldado

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    Roberto Soldado has enjoyed a fruitful season for Valencia but now looks set for a switch of divisions following interest from Paris St Germain.

    The Spanish international has failed to rule out the switch, according to Inside Futbol.

Fernando Llorente

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    As with any great striker in the modern game, Fernando Llorente's goal-scoring record has raised rumours that Manchester City could be set for a £30 million bid.

    Mail Online goes on to suggest that parent club Bilbao are looking to cash in on their prized asset.

Lucas Moura

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    Inter Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Paris St Germain are just some of the clubs believed to have been scouting Lucas Moura of Sao Paulo.

    The Brazilian international is one of the hottest properties on the market after displaying excellent goal-scoring ability from both midfield and attack.

    He is valued at a whopping £40 million.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Robert Lewandowski scored 22 goals in 38 league games this season to ensure Borussia Dortmund won yet another Bundesliga.

    The Polish international has reportedly stalled on contract talks until after Euro 2012, leading to speculation that Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea may all attempt to intervene.


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