World Football Transfer Window: Predicting Where Top Targets Will Land
The summer transfer market is beginning to heat up, and some of the world's top players have unsurprisingly been linked with moves away from their respective clubs.
Where they will end up, nobody knows.
It seems as though everyone and their mother shows "interest" in these men, but, oftentimes, all the speculation is moot.
Less than two months remain in the window, so we should start to see clubs make moves with ever increasing regularity.
With that in mind, here are some likely scenarios.
Luka Modric to Real Madrid
Tottenham have seemingly given up hope on retaining the services of Modric.
In an interview with the BBC, Andre Villas-Boas hinted at a move for the Croatian:
It's fair to say that the club respects Luka's ambitions and his willingness to move on and he respects the fact that he's an important player for the club and can help us move forward.
According to The Sun, Real are ready to offer 34 year old Ricardo Carvalho to further sweeten the pot.
Spurs are demanding nothing short of £35 million for Modric after turning down a big bid from Chelsea last summer.
Robin Van Persie to Manchester City
As much as I hate to say it, Manchester City may be moving in on yet another world-class striker.
Can they not just make do with Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez, and Edin Dzeko?
I suppose not. The Mirror claims that City are ready to launch a £20 million, £220,0000-a-week bid to bring RVP to the Etihad.
With only one year remaining on his current contract, Van Persie will want to decide his future quickly in order to avoid a drawn out transfer saga.
The Premier League Golden Boot winner has also drawn interest from the likes of Juventus and Manchester United in recent weeks.
Let's hope wherever he ends up, he can produce more moments like these.
Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham
No surprises here.
Adebayor became a fan-favorite at White Hart Lane, scoring 18 goals in all competitions during his loan spell last season.
He is currently raking in a staggering £170,000-a-week from Manchester City, a figure deemed wasteful in the eyes of the owners.
The Sun claims that a £5 million fee should be enough to see the Togolese striker head to North London on a permanent basis.
His departure could also potentially pave the way for an RVP transfer to City.
In a 2009 incident, Adebayor stamped on the Dutchman's face, and Van Persie has made clear that he has no intentions of linking up with his ex-striking partner again.
Etienne Capoue to Arsenal
Arsenal and Barcelona are reportedly in a head-to-head battle for the signature of Toulouse starlet, Etienne Capoue.
Arsene Wenger sees the £9.5 million-rated defensive-midfielder as a backup, should talks with Yann M'Vila fall through.
Barca have identified the Frenchman as a possible replacement for Seydou Keita, who left the Camp Nou after a four-year-spell with the Catalan giants.
I see the Gunners winning this race for a few different reasons.
With a substantial amount of money likely to come from the transfer of Robin Van Persie, Wenger should have the funds to bring in a few more fresh faces.
On top of that, Barcelona's squad depth is out of this world.
Sergio Busquets has made the defensive-midfield spot his own, and will take some serious stopping.
Regardless of where he ends up, Capoue looks like one for the future and we should be hearing a lot more about him in the coming years.
Edin Dzeko to AC Milan
Edin Dzeko has had somewhat of a difficult time finding his feet in the Premier League since his arrival from Wolfsburg in January 2011.
It now looks as though Manchester City are willing to take a cut of the £27 million they paid for him in order to open up space for the likes of RVP (and who knows who else).
According to Goal.com, City have slapped a £19 million price-tag on the Bosnian to be paid over the span of four years.
Dzeko is still only 26 years old and may be better suited to playing week-in-week-out football at Milan.
Just imagine coming up against the 6'5" Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the 6'4" Edin Dzeko in the same attacking line.
Clint Dempsey to Liverpool
For some time now, Americans have eagerly been awaiting the transfer of Clint Dempsey to one of Europe's top clubs.
Well they may not have to wait much longer, as The Mirror claims that Liverpool intend to tie up a deal before their US tour starts next week.
Dempsey netted 23 times for the Cottagers last season which alerted a score of Premier League sides to his talent.
With his contract due to expire in 2013, Fulham are willing to accept bids in the region of £7.5 million.
Not a bad price for the Premier League's fourth top goal scorer.