EPL Summer Transfer Rumors and Speculation That Will Drive the Media Wild
The crazy merry-go-round that is the summer transfer window is almost upon us. And with each EPL club set to get a share of the biggest TV deal in history, expect plenty of comings and goings over the next few months.
The media will thrive on speculation surrounding some of the biggest names in the business, with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez sure to take up plenty of column inches.
Here are five of the biggest summer stories that are bound to hit the back pages...
5. Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors
It seems as though Carlos Tevez is the subject of intense speculation every summer, winter and in between. And that won't be changing this season.
The only thing that may be different is that the Argentinean could finally be heading out of Manchester after threatening to do it on more than one occasion.
A return to Boca Juniors seems to be the likely destination if they come up with the money—and that's a big "if."
Tevez has recently told Canal 9 (h/t ESPN) that he would welcome a return to his former club but fears he will be priced out of a move.
However, the Argentinean international's contract is due to expire in the summer of 2014, making a potential return more likely in 12 months time.
But with the new financial constraints for each club, City may want to cash in on Tevez now in order to fund a big move for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. QPR Players to Everywhere
After QPR's inevitable relegation was confirmed during a dour 0-0 draw with Reading last weekend, the fire sale that will surely follow will provide plenty of material for journalists.
There is no way that the Londoners can keep paying the wages they currently are doing in the Championship.
And Rangers better hope they attract plenty of interest. Otherwise, this club could end up following the same path Leeds United did six years ago.
Christopher Samba will be the main priority, but offers for Adel Taarabt, Bobby Zamora, Jermaine Jenas and Loic Remy will also be welcomed.
In fact, the whole overpaid squad should all be available for the right price. But the wages some of these players are getting paid could mean that the R's will have to accept offers that are smaller than anticipated.
And, of course, there's the return of a certain Joey Barton, too.
3. Luis Suarez to Bayern Munich
He just can't stay out of the news, but Luis Suarez's latest misdemeanour could be the last straw for the Fenway Sports Group.
The quality of the Uruguayan cannot be argued. He has been one of the players of the year and was on course to win the Golden Boot before the bite on Branislav Ivanovic cost him the remainder of the season.
And with the 26-year-old also not available for the start of next season, it could be time for Liverpool to sell one of the most controversial players ever to grace the EPL.
Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with a move (via The Telegraph) and with the club now in the Champions League final, they will not have too much trouble attracting top talent next season.
2. Wayne Rooney to Paris Saint-Germain
It could be the end of the Old Trafford road for Wayne Rooney with PSG primed to test United's resolve according to French source Le Sport 10 (per the Daily Mail).
With Robin van Persie's massive impact, Rooney has had to play second fiddle during the majority of the campaign.
Of course he still has his moments of brilliance, but 12 EPL goals compared with 27 from last season represents a big decline.
Injury has had a part to play in that, but the relationship between himself and Sir Alex Ferguson continues to be strained.
Leaving Rooney out of the Champions League return leg against Real Madrid was seen as the biggest indication yet that the striker could be on the move.
PSG are waiting in the wings with a big money offer and if United are to sell, it will most likely be to a club that cannot hurt them in the league.
But this story has the potential to drag on all summer, it will not be a quick easy deal—that's for certain.
If United do decide to sell one of their prized assets, they will try and eek out every bit of money they possibly can.
And with someone who has the quality Rooney possesses, it's almost a formality that plenty more clubs will show their hand as the summer progresses.
1. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid
The current PFA Player and Young Player of the Year will surely be the main talking point of the summer.
Bale's rise to stardom has been nothing short of sensational, and at just 23 years old, his stock is at an all-time high.
While the likes of Messi are untouchable when it comes to a potential transfer, the possibility of Bale moving is far greater.
That probability will only increase if Spurs once again fail to qualify for a Champions League spot.
Should they make him available, Real Madrid seems the favourite destination in a potential $94 million deal (via the Mirror).
Chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously shrewd with his spending, and a huge offer from Europe could well tempt him to push the button.
The likelihood of Bale moving to another EPL club is negligible, leaving Madrid in pole position.
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