The summer transfer window will no doubt be a busy time for English Premier League clubs, who will be looking to improve their squads for the season ahead.
With plenty of players listed as potential movers in and out of English clubs this summer, it can be tough to understand the difference between the rumors and ones with a little bit more substance. And whilst we won't ever actually know until the transfer window itself, we can see which deals would be more logical to take place this summer and see who could be on the move as a result.
Read on to see seven EPL stars who will be transferred this summer.
We start here with Christian Benteke—Aston Villa's superstar Belgian international—who will surely depart from the Villans should they get relegated from the Premier League this year.
Having just signed the Belgian, it seems hard for Villa to be willing to part with the 22-year-old this summer, but the reality is that they would not be able to keep him in the Championship.
Not when clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are all believed to be interested in him (per the Daily Mirror).
If Villa get relegated, which seems likely, expect Benteke to go.
Once heralded as an inspirational player by Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, Gervinho is another player who will surely leave his club over the summer transfer window.
Simply put, the Ivory Coast international has not lived up to his transfer price since arriving from Lille and has been nothing but a disappointment for the Gunners. Especially this year, with several great attackers leaving the club, with guys like Gervinho unable to fill their boots in 2013.
As Bleacher Report's Will Tidey pointed out earlier this week, the amount of money that Arsenal paid for Gervinho means it's unlikely he'll be sold. After all, few clubs are going to be willing to offer that much for the maligned attacker, and Arsene Wenger may not even want to sell him in the end.
However, a loan deal could be perfect for Gervinho—allowing him to get away from the English media and Arsenal and regain his attacking confidence.
For, as we saw at the African Cup of Nations, Gervinho can be a brilliant player on his day when full of confidence. The only problem is that his confidence simply isn't there at Arsenal, so a move away from the North London club could be a smart thing for both parties this summer.
Having struggled to land a regular starting spot in Manchester United's midfield, Anderson reportedly wants to leave Old Trafford this summer in order to find first-team football (per Goal.com).
And who can blame him.
The Brazilian hasn't been given the opportunities that his transfer fee suggested he would get, with United's midfield already full of talent. Even this year, with Paul Scholes not really being used, Anderson has still struggled to get a starting berth, and it's unlikely that will change any time soon.
Wilfried Zaha is coming in the summer after United picked up him on a big transfer—meaning that Anderson falls even further behind in the depth charts.
He's unlikely to stick around to play fifth or sixth fiddle to a 20-year-old midfielder from Crystal Palace, and given how strong he can be and how much money he'll attract as a result, it makes sense for both United and the midfielder himself to explore options on the transfer market.
And when that decent offer comes, expect the Red Devils to pull the trigger.
Perhaps a bizarre one here, and one that many people won't have considered, but the signs do point towards a potential summer exit for star striker Carlos Tevez at Manchester City.
After starring in their title breakthrough last season, Tevez hasn't been afforded a stack of opportunities by Roberto Mancini—nowhere near the amount that he was shown last season. In fact, you could probably make a strong case that Tevez is now behind Edin Dzeko in the depth chart at the Etihad—such as been his fall from grace in the mind of the City manager.
Now consider that Tevez has already refused to sign a new deal at the club and is touted as a potential free transfer for clubs over the 2014 summer transfer window.
City are a business-minded club and definitely won't want to let a player like that leave for a small fee—meaning they could be tempted to shop him out on the market this year. After all, they can receive a transfer fee for him this year that they won't be able to do at the 2014 window.
The Citizens have also been linked with a number of marquee strikers over the summer with Stevan Jovetic, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani all linked with the Etihad. If one of those guys are to come, you have to think that City will either have to sell someone big in order to free up the money.
Plus they'll also have to fit with Financial Fair Play regulations (which could mean they'll need to part ways with someone on a decent amount of money at the club).
Tevez fits the bill for both of those and, as a result, could very well be a mover this summer.
Chelsea bought Kevin De Bruyne over the 2012 summer transfer window, but already he's being touted as a potential departure over the 2013 transfer window.
Which, for any other club, would seem like madness; for Chelsea, it's simply the way that Roman Abramovich will do business. If he can get a profit on the player, and feels he isn't needed for the years ahead, then he will be more than happy to let him leave.
And you get the sense that's what could happen with the Belgian in 2013.
Unsure of where his future lies with Chelsea, De Bruyne himself has spoken of the lack of clarity on his playing future. Current loanee club Werder Bremen, on the other hand, have spoken about their desire to keep the midfielder in their team for the year/s ahead.
The Blues have had a disappointing season this year and are likely to make some moves over the summer—bringing in new talent to Stamford Bridge.
If that happens, I think we could well see a serious cull take place by Abramovich and whomever the new Chelsea manager is—cutting off much of the "excess" from their 2012/13 season. That means guys like De Bruyne, if they aren't needed, will be sold to bring in players that are needed.
It might sound drastic, but that's how Chelsea do business.
An interesting rumor emerged earlier in the year, with Marouane Fellaini not ruling out the possibility of moving on from Everton if they do not make the top four.
What's been even more interesting is the way in which the rumor has hung around, with Fellaini consciously making little decisions to create distance between him and the club.
And whilst the Toffees certainly aren't out of the race for the top four just yet, they aren't in as strong a position as they were earlier in 2013, or even back in 2012. They've surrendered ground to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool, and it seems likely that one of those clubs will clinch a top-four berth and subsequent Champions League qualification for next season.
If that happens, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Fellaini move over the summer, and given Everton's constant need for cash, it may be hard to say not to a big offer.
Chelsea have been linked with a big bid for the Belgian before, so they could make a move. His big, strong style also suits the German game quite well, so perhaps a shock move from Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund could also be on the cards this transfer window.
Either way, a big offer will surely see Everton sell Fellaini, and given how good the attacker can be, it's hard not to see a big offer coming in for the Belgian international.
Especially if a team can offer Champions League football.
But perhaps the biggest deal that's going to take place this summer will be one involving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who has come under an incredible amount of criticism since his move from Liverpool.
It's the rumor that seemingly is discussed every transfer window, and this year, it may just end up coming to fruition—for a number of reasons other than Torres' form.
The first is Financial Fair Play, which will dramatically affect the West London club. As Rowanne Westhenry highlighted earlier in the week, The Blues are currently carrying a lot of dead weight in their salary and they'll likely need to make that back up come the summer transfer window.
That could mean some big selling by Chelsea over the summer—especially if they're wanting to bring in Radamel Falcao, who has been touted as a potential mover for some time now.
For Chelsea to buy Falcao (or any other striker), they'll surely need to sell Torres. Demba Ba is there to carry the load as a second striker, and with guys like Marko Marin waiting in the wings to come on as a substitute or even as a starting striker for lesser competitions, the Blues don't necessarily need the depth that Torres will provide at the team anymore.
He just hasn't been performing like the Blues have needed and hasn't gotten the goals that a top-class striker should be getting—he should be sold because of that.
They say that form is temporary and class is eternal, and that's true. But when the form has been the same for over two years now, some serious questions need to be asked, and in the case of Torres, it will surely result in his sale over the summer transfer window.
Which Premier League transfers do you think will happen this summer?
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