Summer Transfer Rumours: Top 10 Strikers Still on the Market
The football transfer window is barely underway yet a multitude of strikers and attackers have been linked with moves to a new club, and few signings excite a club's fanbase like a brand new, top-quality forward.
Some of the best talents in the world, learned in the arts of creating chances and putting the ball in the back of the net, appear to be up for grabs over the next two months—with hefty prices for all.
Here are the top 10 still on the market who could well be playing in a new shirt come September.
Alvaro Negredo scored 25 goals in Spain's top flight last season for Sevilla, an impressive haul.
He has been linked most recently with Premier League side Manchester City, as per BBC, and has an estimated price tag of £24 million. It seems a little on the high side for a player who will be 28 years old when the transfer window shuts and who has won just 14 caps for his nation, but prices do tend to become a little inflated where City are involved.
A real predatory striker, Negredo is capable of scoring all sorts of goals from inside the penalty area—but he was also the player who attempted the most shots from outside the penalty box in all of Europe's top five leagues during 2012-13.
Uruguay's Confederations Cup striker Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move all summer, but of course his participation in the competition means any deal has had to wait.
The Napoli centre-forward hit 29 goals in 34 matches in Serie A last season, making him the division's top scorer by some six strikes.
A powerful attacker, Cavani is noted for his aerial presence and his set pieces but is also capable of terrific finishing with either foot and good movement inside the penalty area. At times an awkward-looking striker though, he can fade out of games for long periods, and his control lets him down on occasion.
Goal.com's Roberto Pessoa has him linked with Chelsea, but the likes of PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid all feature prominently next to his name.
Real Madrid's own striker, Gonzalo Higuain, is another who looks set for a summer move. Perhaps even to make room for Cavani?
The Guardian, like many others, have Higuain prominently linked with Arsenal, who seem set to spend big on a proven striker this summer. Last season in Spain, Higuain netted 16 goals in 28 appearances for his side, but with playing time split with Karim Benzema, less than half of those appearances lasted the full 90 minutes.
Higuain could cost around £20 million.
Another Confederations Cup player now and Uruguay's other main forward, Luis Suarez.
The Liverpool attacker was the second-highest scorer in the Premier League last season with 23 goals, while he also created more chances for his team than most of the league's players.
Suarez has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but as per Marca, there is no agreement in place yet. Liverpool are likely to demand more than £40 million to even consider selling their prized asset, and the figure could yet reach a club-record level of £50 million.
Wayne Rooney's future is decidedly unclear at present, with his new manager being his old manager and his last boss claiming he had asked for a transfer, a notion the player rejects according to John Cross of the Mirror.
Sky Sports report that United and their forward are set for talks this week, with Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG amongst the interested parties watching on. Rooney managed 12 goals in 27 league games last season, not his best haul, but he also played a deeper role at times early in the campaign and was gradually phased out of the team by the end of it.
Rooney has been capped 83 times by England.
Back to Italy now and Stevan Jovetic, the Fiorentina forward who has attracted plenty of interest.
A creative force who prefers to operate just off the front line, Jovetic nonetheless scored 13 times in 31 matches last season, in addition to five assists.
He has been prominently linked with Manchester City, as per Mirror Football, with Chelsea and Arsenal also looking to bring him to the Premier League. Jovetic is rated at around the £25 million mark.
Leandro Damiao continues to ply his trade in his native Brazil, at present with Internacional for whom he scored six Copa Libertadores goals last year.
He missed out on the Brazil Confederations Cup squad through injury.
Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas has recently linked him with a move to Southampton, with Tottenham a known long-term admirer of the striker. He will cost any interested side around €25 million (£22.5 million).
Over into the Bundesliga now, and Bayern Munich's successful 2012-13 side will be restructured somewhat with the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager.
Mario Gomez appears to be one of the first headed for the exit door, with the 27-year-old linked with Fiorentina according to Shane Callaghan of Goal.com.
Despite starting just nine league games last season, Gomez hit 11 goals in 21 matches overall in the Bundesliga and will have no shortage of takers. Rumoured fees for Gomez have ranged from £7 million to £20 million.
The Valencia striker represented Spain at the Confederations Cup this summer, after scoring 24 goals in 35 games for his team last season. Now 28 years old, this summer will likely be his best or final chance to move to a new top club at the peak of his powers, though he could cost anywhere between £10 and £20 million to prise from Los Che.
Soldado has an all-time strike rate of 101 goals in 207 games in Spain's top flight.
We finish up back in Serie A for the 10th and final striker, AS Roma's Pablo Osvaldo.
The Argentine-born Italy international is rated at around £15 million and has gained interest from Manchester City, Southampton and Atletico Madrid, according to the Express.
Osvaldo managed 16 goals in 29 games last season for his side and was in trouble for comments made about then-manager Aurelio Andreazzoli toward the end of the season. It appeared then that he would certainly be leaving Roma, though they have since changed managers to bring in Rudi Garcia.
Should Osvaldo still head out the Roma door, it appears England or Spain could be his next destination.