World Football's Summer Transfers We Can't Wait for
We are approaching the end of the European football season, and fans would normally fill their addiction for the beautiful game with an international tournament of sort.
We of course have the Confederations Cup to give us a glimpse of next year's World Cup, but most fans will concentrate their thoughts on something entirely different.
The transfer window will open in a month or so, and it is perhaps the beginning of great seasons where clubs can assemble their side in preparation for the year ahead and quickly forget last season.
With thousands of rumours released in the buildup to the offseason, anticipating the ones that will really happen can be tricky.
However, there are always those that we, as fans, anticipate to be inevitable for numerous reasons, and the thought of certain players joining forces with others can generate huge excitement in the wait for the new season to roll back around.
So here are some of the the biggest transfers that we are ultra keen to see this summer.
Fernando Llorente, from Athletic Bilbao to Juventus
This is not only a transfer we are very keen to see, but the player, Fernando Llorente, will be desperate to finally arrive in Italy and begin playing on a regular basis again.
The Athletic Bilbao striker has endured a torrid season, as the club have frozen him out due to his refusal to sign a new contract, and rather inevitably, the 28-year-old signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Bianconeri in the summer on a free transfer, according to The Guardian.
Off the back of one of the most sensation seasons in European football where Llorente scored 29 goals in all competitions, Juve will feel that they have finally solved their striker dilemma, as Mirko Vucinic, Sebastian Giovinco, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri have all flattered to deceive this season.
Big, strong and possessing an ability to lead the line and attack crosses, Llorente will provide Juve will a different option in attack and potentially take them to the next level.
Neymar, from Santos to Barcelona
In a transfer saga that has run for several years, it appears as if Neymar might finally leave Santos and make his much-anticipated move to European football.
Barcelona appear to be the most likely destination, and the 21-year-old is already generating anticipation from potential future teammates.
According to Barcelona's South America representative Andre Cury, the Blaugrana are "extremely interested" in the reigning two-time South American footballer of the year.
Cury added, talking to Radio Globo (via ESPN), that Neymar was their "first choice" and that they will "start negotiations this summer."
Whether Neymar cares to risk stagnating his career as we approach the final year before the World Cup is another matter, but European football fans cannot wait to see whether Neymar can replicate his success in the Brasileirão over in Europe.
Radamel Falcao Leaving Atletico Madrid
The best pure striker in world football, when Radamel Falcao departs Atletico Madrid, there will be a massive queue of clubs ready to sign the Colombian.
The 27-year-old is expected to move on this summer, but with so many clubs being linked with El Tigre, it is difficult to decipher exactly where his landing spot will be.
The Daily Mail reported that Manchester United will consider a £47 million move for the player, but the Red Devils will have a fight on their hands, as Manchester City and Chelsea also appear to be interested.
With 66 goals in 84 matches for Los Colchoneros, Falcao's goalscoring exploits will finally be witnessed at the highest level, the Champions League.
Despite Atletico almost certain to qualify for Europe's premier tournament, it appears inevitable that Falcao will leave, and wherever he lands, fans will be keen to see how he fares with his next challenge.
Edinson Cavani, from Napoli to Real Madrid or Manchester City
If Falcao is the best striker on the market, whomever misses out on the Colombian will probably shift their attention towards Edinson Cavani.
A transfer away from Napoli is less certain, though, as the Partenopei have consistently shown their ambition by keeping their best players until they absolutely want to sell.
With Champions League coming back to Naples next season, El Matador could stay, but with interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid, a move away cannot be ruled out.
Especially when the players appeared to open the door to a summer departure in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica (via The Guardian), stating that there would be "lots of things to consider" regarding his future.
The Uruguayan won't have any shortage of offers and could spearhead any front line in world football, which makes a potential move ever more intriguing.
Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina to Arsenal
Stevan Jovetic is one of the best players in Serie A, and after recovering from a serous knee injury, the Montenegrin is showing why he is one of the most coveted strikers in Europe.
Jojo has been a sensation whenever Fiorentina have been able to get the player out onto the pitch and reminds me most of Lionel Messi with the way he shuffles across the edge of the penalty area and darts in and out of spaces.
With Champions League football unlikely next season for the Viola, after Milan's resurgence, Fiorentina could be forced to cash in on their prized asset, and news this week has revealed that Arsenal could be his most likely destination.
A FIFA agent has revealed to the Metro that Jovetic has seemingly snubbed interest from Juventus and may have already agreed to a transfer to the Gunners.
Gareth Bale, from Spurs to Real Madrid
Perhaps the breakthrough player of the season in Europe.
Gareth Bale has exploded for Spurs this season, showing us why he is one of the most destructive players in the Premier League, capable of winning a game on his own with his athletic prowess and deadly accuracy from range with that wand of a left boot.
With Spurs' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in some doubt, a player of Bale's talent will always be attracting the biggest clubs in Europe, and with Real Madrid's elections set for the summer, Los Merengues could be targeting the Welshman as their latest galactico.
Florentino Perez will face stiff competition to be named president of Real Madrid, so it is no wonder that noise out of the Bernabeu has suggested Bale could be part of his latest campaign to persuade voters.
Spanish paper Estadio Deportivo, via The Express, reported that a £51 million bid could be tabled this summer and having seen Bale's form this season, anybody outside of Barcelona and Spurs would surely be excited to see Bale don another white shirt next season.
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