Transfer Window Rumours: 11 Flashiest Players Set to Change Sides This Summer
Some of these players have been covered by every single news outlet in the world; others have made it in the scouting networks of Europe. Here is a look at the 11 most admired and flashiest stars who are inching closer and closer to a move into European football glory.
From tireless saga of Eden Hazard to the hush-hush chase for Lucas Moura, these stars have caught the attention of big-shot managers such as Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
1. Eden Hazard
The overplayed saga of Eden Hazard is coming to an end as the Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea target has opted to join Stamford Bridge next season.
However until he puts name to paper, this story isn't over just yet. Await when the transfer window opens to hear an official announcement from Chelsea.
2. Robin Van Persie
Robin van Persie gave his all for Arsenal this season, but after eight years of loyalty and scoring 96 goals for the club, he only earned a FA Cup and Community Shield medal in North London.
Meanwhile former teammates Thierry Henry, Yaya Toure, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have left for clubs that won titles.
At the age of 28, van Persie is facing the harsh reality that he may not have that many years left in his career to make a move to a better club.
He currently has interests from Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Manchester City. Although his mother advices him to stay, expect the captain to abandon ship as newly crowned Premier League champion City is prepared to triple Dutchman's wages to ₤250,000 a week to beat other clubs for the bid.
3. Yann M'Vila
Keeping Robin van Persie at Arsenal comes with a cost, and that cost may be the £17.7million needed to sign the Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila.
M'Vila is one of the hottest topics in football right now. The Frenchman, however, have put all transfer talks to hold till after the Euro 2012.
It is expected that as that tournament will be broadcast to millions around the world, M'Vila will receive fresh new offers from clubs around the world. Expect him to change sides this summer.
4. Luka Modric
Tottenham's Luka Modric has faced seasons of questions about his future and where he may decide to go. With Spurs unable to play in the Champions League next season, Harry Redknapp may have no choice but to part ways with the want-away Croatian midfielder.
Real Madrid are expected to make a bid of £25million and Lassana Diarra for Modric as the transfer window opens.
As the Croatian star has previously expressed a desire to leave for better suitors (including Manchester United and Chelsea), the player will no doubt change sides this summer.
5. Clint Dempsey
Undoubtably the most successful American in Europe, Dempsey has won the admiration of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal was ready to sign the Fullham midfielder last summer, only to have their bid rejected at the last moment.
Now Wenger has reignited his interest in the 29-year-old, and with Dempsey's ambition to play in the Champions League, we may see Arsenal finally get their man to move to Emirates Stadium this summer.
6. Ezequiel Lavezzi
Rumour has it Ezequiel Lavezzi may be seeing red this summer. We may see the Napoli striker make a move to Liverpool this summer if sources are to be believed.
More concrete sources link the italian to rivals Inter Milan this summer, but since the Nerazzurri failed in their bid to qualify for Champions League next season, we can expect Lavezzi to choose to transfer to a club that has.
7. Didier Drogba
Although everyone was persuaded that Didier Drogba would end his career in China, the Ivory Coast captain was unconvinced. Now reports reveal that he had the right reason to hold off on a move to China as Jose Mourinho wants to be reunited with his former Chelsea star at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As Drogba's contract hasn't been renewed, the free transfer of the aging player will be a welcomed option to big-spending Real Madrid as Drogba has proved in this month's Champions League final that he is still in superb form.
Expect Drogba to choose Real Madrid as his destination this summer.
8. Lucas Moura
The playmaker has the skills to bring Jose Mourinho all the way to Brazil to scout him. The statistics to have Manchester United fly the 19-year-old Moura's father all the way to Old Trafford for lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sao Paulo has reportedly rejected bids of £20.2million from Inter and £32.4million from Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Brazilian and as Real Madrid officials have already met his parents, expect Mourinho and Ferguson to battle to sign the Brazilian and turn Lucas Moura into a household name next season.
9. Roberto Soldado
This season the Valencia striker scored 27 goals for the club and, at 27 years old, has the experience and drive to lead any top-tier club. As Valencia have failed to win La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Champions League and Europa League this season, expect Soldado to eye better options for his career this transfer window.
The forward revealed that he is flattered and tempted by a move to Paris Saint-Germain, a club he believes has importance in the European football scene.
Soldado's contract is set to expire in 2014, with Spain boss Del Bosque snubbing Soldado in preference for a risky Fernando Torres, Soldado may be persuaded to join a high-profile club in order to gain importance in national team selection in the future.
10. Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente is a considerable unknown to the regular football fan; however in Spain he is La Liga's answer to Didier Drogba. The decline of Torres' form in the summer of 2010 paved way for Llorente to shine for Spanish national team at the World Cup and in Euro Cup qualifiers soon after.
Soon after the Hercules lookalike became a common name in the transfer gossip column, many predicting a move of Athletic Bilbao's top scorer to the English Premier League.
But on 28th of May Llorente created a frenzy on social networking site Twitter when his name became linked with Arsenal; now many believe Arsene Wenger may actually be interested in the striker.
If Van Persie does make a switch to another team this summer, expect Wenger to approach Bilbao for the services of Llorente.
Hulk, a Chelsea and Real Madrid target, has become the most sought-after player of the transfer season, only second to Eden Hazard.
With the Hazard's story unfolding in the early weeks of the summer, expect the Brazilian striker to become the hottest topic of the transfer window. The player (born Givanildo Vieira de Souza) has a £80 million release clause, a number reportedly met by clubs last summer but rejected by his current club Porto.
As Hazard had confirmed choosing Chelsea as his destination this summer, Real Madrid has taken the opportunity to enter the race to sign Hulk as they expect Chelsea's interest on the 25-year-old forward to cool off.
Hulk himself has stated that he wants to leave this summer and that he eyes Stamford Bridge as a suitable home.
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