Rarely has the summer transfer window promised so much. Then again, it seems more teams than usual are going into the next few months with problems to address and positions to upgrade.
In Europe, you get the sense the club game—from its financial structure to balance of power—is in flux; in South America, a handful of superstars appear ready to make their moves abroad.
The spectre of incoming Financial Fair Play legislation doesn’t seem to have put the brakes on transfer spending—not yet, anyway.
Big-money clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona were never at risk of violating the new measures, anyway, and both go into the summer with sizeable shopping lists.
The new money at Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will continue to be thrown around with reckless abandon. While Chelsea was the only one of the three to turn a profit (and a modest one) last season, balance sheets for the group are trending toward the black, which means they’ll avoid FFP sanctions as well.
And then there is the scare the Bundesliga giants have put into everyone this spring.
Bayern Munich are the hot new thing on the block, and taking them down will require significant upgrades at many of Europe’s Champions League contenders
A lot is conspiring to make this summer a rumour-monger’s dream, and we thought we’d partake in the fun with providing a look at 50 players you’ve already been seeing a lot of in the papers the last few weeks.
The next 50 slides will reveal them in no particular order, and included with each will be a number grade (out of five) assessing the likelihood of the rumoured move.
Let’s get to it.