World Football: 7 Clubs That Will Challenge Real Madrid for Top Transfers

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2012

World Football: 7 Clubs That Will Challenge Real Madrid for Top Transfers

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    Even with Euro 2012 going on at the moment, the rumors surrounding world football's top players are still there.

    As we know, Real Madrid is one of the premier clubs in all of the world, and they always have their hand in the world's biggest transfers.

    But, as we also know, there are other clubs with the money to compete with Real Madrid for the world's best players.

    Here are Real Madrid's seven biggest competitors in the transfer market this summer.

Barcelona

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    Barcelona are Real Madrid's top rivals in La Liga and usually the two are mentioned in the rumor mill together at least once a week.

    However, Barcelona make only one or two transfers each year, as they have a solid set squad that includes many players from their La Masia academy.

    Real Madrid are known for spending money, but Madrid were unable to scoop up David Villa and Javier Mascherano in the past few years.

Juventus

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    The Old Lady of Italian football is back in business after winning Serie A this season, and they are looking to improve on that result.

    Last summer, stars like Andrea Pirlo, Simone Pepe, Eljero Elia and Arturo Vidal were all brought in to help Juve win the Italian title.

    Now, with Juventus back into the UEFA Champions League mix, they have already signed Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla from Udinese and are sure to be back in the transfer mix after Euro 2012 ends.

Manchester City

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    Manchester City are a club similar to Real Madrid.

    Both clubs are defending champions of their respective leagues and both usually make a good amount of moves in the transfer window.

    Also like Real, Man City have a surplus of players that help fund the club's eventual moves.

    Both clubs are also mentioned in almost every transfer rumor involving a big name in world football.

Manchester United

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    That other club in Manchester is also looking at some of the biggest names in world football after losing out to their rivals, Man City, on the last day of the Premier League season.

    This offseason is a bit different than most for Sir Alex Ferguson and company because they are not trying to repeat as champions in any competitions and need to get better.

Anzhi Makhachkala

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    Over the past few season, Anzhi has become one of the world's richest clubs, and they are not shy to spend money.

    Now, with a group of established players in the squad like Samuel Eto'o, Yuri Zhirkov and Chris Samba, they are looking to attract more stars.

    The Russian club have already made a big splash this year by bringing in Guus Hiddink to manage the club. It is also a move that will attract players because of Hiddink's track record.

Chelsea

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    Chelsea are expected to be one of the biggest movers in the transfer window this summer.

    The Blues won the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup last season and are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

    The motto "out with the old, in with the new" is what the Blues are following as Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou are set to leave the club.

    With the older players on the way out, new manager Roberto Di Matteo has already brought in younger players Eden Hazard and Marko Marin this summer.

AC Milan

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    AC Milan are in a situation just like Manchester United, as they are looking to reclaim their domestic title after winning in the 2010-11 season.

    Also, AC Milan did not win any titles this season and are looking to reclaim the Serie A throne that Juventus took from them this past season.

    So far, the Italian club have brought in Riccardo Montolivo and a few other squad players, but look for them to make a big move before the end of the summer.