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Top 20 Blockbuster Deals That Could Happen in 2014 Summer Transfer Window

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2014

Top 20 Blockbuster Deals That Could Happen in 2014 Summer Transfer Window

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    In 2013, the football transfer market witnessed a summer of spending like no other. But which players will receive star billing this time around?

    Over the following slides, we look at 20 players who could be the blockbuster deals of the 2014 summer transfer window—we're talking big-money moves and the biggest names. 

    These choices have all been linked with a switch to another club but, as with all rumours, they are purely speculative. The players are arranged in a lowest—highest order that best reflects how much of a "blockbuster" their respective moves would be.

    All market values and player statistics come from Transfermarkt.com.

    Read on for more!

20. Antoine Griezmann to Paris Saint-Germain

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    Club: Real Sociedad

    Market value: €25 million

     

    Antoine Griezmann has been attracting admiring glances from a large number of clubs. It appears that Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been considering a move for the 23-year-old, as reported by Steve Stammers in the Mirror.

    The France international has also been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain. Last month, he tried to dispel rumours that a move had already been agreed, via his Twitter account (h/t Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC): "After having seen the news about my possible agreement with PSG, I want to deny any type of agreement or conversations with this club," he tweeted. "The rumours of a possible signing with PSG are not correct, there has been no contact or decision to leave."

    Recently, Griezmann told French TV show Canal Football Club (h/t ESPN FC):

    I want to finish my season with Real -- to try to get a good place in the league to get into Europe.

    When a big club is interested in you it’s always nice. But I'm thinking about my club and after that we'll see what can happen.

    A move from Real Sociedad to the Parc des Princes would be huge for the young winger, who has scored 20 goals (in all competitions) for Jagoba Arrasate's side this term.

19. Jackson Martinez to Roma

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    Club: FC Porto

    Market value: €30 million

     

    Jackson has bedded in to European football with ease—becoming a resounding success at FC Porto, where he has notched 59 goals in 89 games (in all competitions) since signing for the club in July 2012.

    In February, the striker told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo (h/t Football-italia.net):

    I feel good at Porto right now. I'm fine here at the moment, but I would like to play outside Portugal.

    The Italian League, for example, fascinates me.

    But so does the English, Spanish and German Leagues. I'll just have to wait and see what my future holds.

    A classic case of the come and get me plea?

    Currently, the 27-year-old is being monitored by Manchester United and Chelsea, with Arsenal also said to be interested, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail.

    The Colombian international has also been strongly linked with a move to Roma, as reported by Ben Jefferson in the Express. As Jefferson writes:

    The player's agent William Lara said: "The price remains the same? It's hard to say now. It depends on supply and demand and at this time Porto are focused on other things.

    "[Roma] is a big club, no doubt. Porto at this time has not yet initiated any contact about this matter. It has other matters to think about.

    "The situation is critical, not the best. Porto are focused on this season finale, this situation will be evaluated later."

18. Luke Shaw to Manchester United

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    Club: Southampton

    Market value: €13 million

     

    As the next transfer window approaches, you will read about plenty of "transfer tussles" and "bidding wars." This summer, expect most of them to be focused on Southampton's Luke Shaw.

    After an impressive season, his senior England debut and being nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year, the 18-year-old is wanted by a raft of clubs.

    As reported in The Guardian by Jamie Jackson, Chelsea and Manchester United are the two sides most strongly linked with acquiring his services. As Jackson writes, "Manchester United are convinced a £30m deal to buy Luke Shaw on a £100,000 a-week salary is virtually complete in what is viewed as a major coup over Chelsea."

    In a separate article in The Guardian, Jackson also reported on interest in the left-back from not only United and Chelsea but also Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

    As seen on BBC Sport, Southampton have moved to deny reports of Shaw's move away from St. Mary's.

    The Saints face a battle to keep hold of the young full-back, who could be one of the moves of the transfer window. 

17. Olivier Giroud to Atletico Madrid

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    Club: Arsenal

    Market value: €20 million

     

    Arsenal haven't had the widest selection of strikers to choose from this season. With Theo Walcott's injury problems, Nicklas Bendtner's strange liaisons with Danish taxis (per Dominic Fifield in The Guardian) and Yaya Sanogo's lack of experience at Premier League level, responsibility has fallen largely on Olivier Giroud's shoulders.

    The Frenchman has done well, struggling through obvious exhaustion at times to put away 15 goals and register eight assists in the top flight, with a further six goals coming in European and domestic cup competition.

    Arsenal needed a new striker last summer and they will go all out to get one when the transfer window reopens for business. 

    And, if rumours are to be believed, the 27-year-old may make way for new signings. With Mario Mandzukic and Karim Benzema linked with the North London club, the Daily Mail's Simon Jones claims that Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Giroud if Diego Costa departs this summer.

    Will it happen? This is a case of the transfer merry-go-round in full swing and, in order to occur, this particular move would depend on a lot of other signings going through. 

16. Miralem Pjanic to Exit Roma

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    Club: AS Roma

    Market value: €20 million

     

    The number of clubs interested in signing Miralem Pjanic probably swelled in size last week, following the midfielder's wonder-goal against AC Milan in a 2-0 win for Roma.

    In June, Pjanic will enter the final 12 months of his existing deal with the Giallorossi and, according to Paolo Bandini in The Guardian, new contract talks have stalled so far.

    In early April, reports appeared to suggest that rumours linking the 24-year-old with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico held some truth, as seen on Sport.ba (h/t Football-italia.net), where Pjanic was quoted as saying:

    I am used to these rumours, and I have to admit that there is some truth to some of these. Anyway, as I have always said, I am a Roma player and I still have one year on my contract. At the moment I cannot say with certainty what will happen, that’s football.

    But to be honest, currently I am not thinking a lot about it, because Roma have some important goals this season. I want to think about this, and of course the World Cup. There will be time to think about contracts and transfers later.

    However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sky Sports), the former Lyon player said he is focused on Roma, despite interest from Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Manchester United.

15. Edin Dzeko to Inter Milan

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    Club: Manchester City

    Market value: €24 million

     

    According to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t John Drayton in the Daily Mail), Inter Milan have earmarked Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as one of their key summer targets.

    Inter club president Erick Thohir was quoted as saying:

    We will sign a striker in the summer and he will be of European standard. We have a lot of candidates in our list.

    We have to sign a striker and reports point to Dzeko, [Alvaro] Morata and [Fernando] Torres, and it would be great if one of them was to join us.

    Manchester City's use of the 28-year-old as a substitute has made him a regular fixture in the rumour mill. This season, Dzeko has played a full 90 minutes just nine times in the Premier League, where he has scored 12 goals in 28 appearances.

    Nerazzurri midfielder Mateo Kovacic told Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sky Sports) this week:

    We need a top player to reduce the gap between the top teams and us. Who would I prefer between Edin Dzeko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata? Dzeko.

    He is technically very strong, scores many goals and helps the team so much in defending.

14. Pedro to the Premier League

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    Club: Barcelona

    Market value: €25 million

     

    We can only imagine that Pedro Rodriguez wasn't thrilled when Barcelona signed Neymar last summer. The Spain international has seen his time on the pitch limited this season, despite his 15 goals and nine assists in La Liga.

    With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Alexis Sanchez in the side, Pedro seems to be becoming an afterthought in Tata Martino's plans and could be forced to exit the club in search of pastures new. Now that Barcelona's transfer ban has been suspended (pending appeal), there is a greater chance the club will allow him to leave.

    As reported by John Cross in the Mirror back in December, Manchester United and Liverpool are both fans of Pedro. Elsewhere, he was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool by Nick Lustig in the Express, who quoted the player as saying:

    I am happy with Barcelona, but things have to be evaluated every season. My goal is to try and stay at this club where I feel very valued and loved.

    When you play less you do not feel less important, but it is true that you notice playing fewer minutes and it is different. But I must fight for my only goal, which is to continue with Barca.

13. Mario Balotelli to the Premier League

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    Club: AC Milan

    Market value: €30 million

     

    According to Ben Jefferson in the Express, Mario Balotelli could be set for a move back to the Premier League this summer.

    Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the clubs currently being linked with the 23-year-old, with AC Milan said to have "given up" on their striker after he clashed with journalists following last week's 2-0 loss to Roma.

    As Jefferson writes:

    Sky Sport Italia pundit Giancarlo Marocchi suggested that Balotelli hadn't proved to be a top player because he still didn't move enough off the ball during the game.

    Balotelli responded: "You don't understand anything about football. Trust me, you really don't.

    "It isn't nice? I don't care. I don't care."

    Elsewhere, on Sky Sports, it was reported last month that Chelsea were considering a bid for the Italian striker. 

12. Karim Benzema

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    Club: Real Madrid

    Market Value: €34 million

     

    Karim Benzema is currently being linked with a summer exit from Real Madrid, with a number of clubs reported to be interested.

    As reported by Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all want to sign the 26-year-old striker, with Madrid said to be chasing Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez as their new No. 9.

    Benzema has put away 24 goals in all competitions for Madrid this term and he has played a part in all but two games for Carlo Ancelotti's side in La Liga in 2013/14.

    The same rumours appeared last October, when it was suggested that Benzema could be on his way to Arsenal—as reported by Danny Griffiths in Metro.

    The France international was also linked to Arsenal last summer, claimed Richard Beech in the Mirror

    It didn't happen then. Will it happen this time?

11. Robin Van Persie to Leave Manchester United

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    Club: Manchester United

    Market value: €40 million

     

    In comparison to last season, where he scored 26 Premier League goals for Manchester United (not to mention a glut of goals for the Netherlands), 2013/14 has not been a particularly good campaign for Robin van Persie

    With injury ruling him out of all but 18 games and with United failing to qualify for next season's Champions League, rumours have appeared—somewhat inevitably—linking the Dutchman with a move away from Old Trafford.

    In March, The Independent's Jack De Menezes reported on an article that appeared on Goal.com, which stated that Van Persie may look to leave United due to a lack of European football next term, with an apparent release clause in his contract that would enable a summer switch.

    Elsewhere, Simon Mullock claimed in the Mirror that, "Robin van Persie is ready to quit Manchester United. The Dutchman is a target for Italian giants Juventus and is open to a move to Italy after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford."

    However, with David Moyes no longer managing United and with Louis van Gaal's name in the frame to become United's next boss, RVP is now set to stay in Manchester, as seen on Goal.com.

    Who knows what will happen over the summer. Whether he stays or goes, Van Persie's next move will be blockbuster news.

10. Eden Hazard to Paris Saint-Germain

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    Club: Chelsea

    Market value: €45 million

     

    It seems unlikely that Eden Hazard will leave Chelsea after his excellent season at Stamford Bridge but if he did, and if the club he chose was Paris Saint-Germain, it would be a monumental move.

    The PFA Young Player of the Year has had an excellent season for the Blues, where he has scored 17 goals (in all competitions) over the course of the 2013/14 campaign so far.

    Hazard has been at Chelsea since summer 2012, when he swapped Lille for London as part of a €40 million deal.

    In the Express, John Richardson claims that PSG are going to offer Chelsea £50 million for Hazard this summer.

    Hazard fuelled speculation when he wore a PSG shirt during a post-match interview after Chelsea lost 3-1 to the reigning Ligue 1 champions in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

     

9. Radamel Falcao to Leave Monaco

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    Club: AS Monaco

    Market value: €60 million

     

    This time last year, we were all wondering which club Radamel Falcao would join after his prolific season with Atletico Madrid.

    The Colombian striker put an end to the rampant speculation early into the transfer window, when he joined Monaco in a deal worth upwards of €60 million.

    This summer, Falcao's name will be back in the rumour mill but where next for the 28-year-old striker?

    Real Madrid are keen, if this October report by Mike Dawes in the Daily Mail can be believed. Chelsea have also been linked with Falcao, after Jose Mourinho appeared to drop a hint that the Blues might move for him in the summer, as reported in The Guardian (from an original interview on Canal+):

    The problem at Chelsea is that we are missing a striker. I have one in [Samuel] Eto'o but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows? I don't have Falcao but Falcao doesn't have a club. Who wants to play in front of 3,000 supporters? If I was one day to go to Monaco it would be the end.

    According to Ben Jefferson in the Express, Manchester City could also be a possible destination for the Monaco man. There is speculation that originally appeared on Spanish television station Cuatro that claims Falcao has already been in touch with Manuel Pellegrini's side. 

    Falcao is currently recovering from a knee ligament injury, racing to get fit in time for the 2014 World Cup.

8. Mario Mandzukic to Arsenal

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    Club: Bayern Munich

    Market value: €30 million

     

    When Robert Lewandowski arrives at the Allianz Arena this summer, Mario Mandzukic's first-team opportunities could take a blow, which may lead the striker to push for a move elsewhere

    The Croatia international has been linked with Arsenal. As reported by Tom Collomosse and James Olley in The Independent, the Gunners have made Mandzukic their top summer transfer target.

    Despite Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer telling Sky Deutschland (h/t Sky Sports): "No one needs to start knocking on our door about Mandzukic. He is incredibly important to Bayern."

    Since joining the reigning Bundesliga champions in 2012, Mandzukic has scored 48 goals in 86 games and has won a glut of silverware, including the Champions League, two Bundesliga titles, the DFB Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. 

     

7. Toni Kroos to Manchester United

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    Club: Bayern Munich

    Market value: €40 million 

     

    Toni Kroos is being strongly linked with a transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United and the numbers being bandied about have already achieved blockbuster-like proportions. 

    According to Jamie Jackson in The Guardian, United are offering the 24-year-old £260,000 a week, in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford. As Jackson writes:

    Wayne Rooney is United's highest earner with a total package worth around £300,000 per week, but Kroos's prospective terms would put him in the top bracket of earners at the club, alongside Rooney and Robin van Persie. Kroos is thought to be seriously considering his options, with the midfielder yet to sign a new contract at Bayern with his current contract expiring in summer 2015.

    The German international was warned in February that his wage demands were "going through the roof" by Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer. As quoted by Simon Austin in the Mirror, Beckenbauer said, "There is not a single player who's worth changing your entire wage structure for. Nobody is indispensable. If the player wants to stay at Bayern, I can only advise him not to overplay his hand."

    Kroos has racked up over 200 appearances for Bayern, where he has won three Bundesliga titles, the Champions League and two DFB Pokal cups, among other honours.

    Expect this transfer story to be one of the biggest of the summer. 

6. Paul Pogba to Real Madrid

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    Club: Juventus

    Market value: €45 million

     

    Juventus would be crazy to let such a prodigious talent depart but, if the speculation turns out to be true, Paul Pogba could be on his way out of the club this summer.

    If he landed at the Bernabeu, it would be a huge move.

    According to Ben Jefferson in the Express, the Turin club are considering selling Pogba this summer, in order to fund moves for Robin van Persie and Nani from Manchester United. 

    Jefferson also credits Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain with interest in the 21-year-old.

    Elsewhere, France Football (h/t Football-italia.net) claim that Zinedine Zidane has told Pogba to join him at Real Madrid.

    The former Juventus and Madrid player is said to have made a phone call to his fellow countryman in a bid to encourage Pogba to sign with Carlo Ancelotti's side.

    The report claims that, "Ancelotti sees Pogba as the ideal replacement for Xabi Alonso in the Real Madrid midfield."

5. Edinson Cavani to Manchester United

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    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

    Market value: €60 million

     

    Edinson Cavani, after almost one full season with Paris Saint-Germain, is already being linked with a move away from Parc des Princes.

    Speculation concerning the Uruguayan striker started to appear as early as January, when it was suggested that he wasn't happy at the Ligue 1 club after "playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic," as reported by Ben Jefferson in the Express (from initial gossip in Le10Sport).

    As summer approaches, so too do rumours linking Cavani with a switch away from Laurent Blanc's side. 

    In The Independent, Jack De Menezes claims that Manchester United are interested in signing the 27-year-old.

    Speaking to L'Equipe last month (h/t Simon Jones in the Daily Mail), Cavani said:

    Will I remain at Paris next term? We will see at the end of the season. I am fine in Paris, but obviously there are things we have to talk about with the club, things we need to do in a different way.

    Playing in 4-4-2 was my vision of the team when I joined Paris. It is one of the arguments that motivated me to sign in that club. Let’s terminate Le Championnat and we will see what will happens.

     

4. Arturo Vidal to Chelsea

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    Club: Juventus

    Market value: €44 million

     

    Arturo Vidal is currently, without doubt, one of the best midfielders in world football. In January, he told Bild (h/t Football-italia.net):

    Why am I playing so well? Well that's simple. Because in my role I am the best in the world. Many try to imitate my style, but I want to say one thing – I'm the best in the world. In my role, no one defends like me or scores as many goals as me.

    And who are we to argue? Juventus' Player of the Year last season has everything you'd want from a midfielder—excellent in defence and in attack, he scores goals, he creates goals, he passes the ball beautifully and has a ferocious, never-say-die attitude that, no matter who your team, you can't help but love.

    There's all this and more, which makes Vidal a very tasty prospect when it comes to the transfer window.

    The Chilean international has been linked with a number of sides. As he told Las Ultimas Noticias (h/t Ben Jefferson in the Express):

    I live with my feet on the ground, I try not to think too much about the rumours, otherwise I would go mad. I think it is better to focus on training and getting ready for games at my best.

    It is nice to hear my name linked to Madrid, Barca or to Manchester United, but I think only about training, the rest we shall see about.

    Vidal has most recently been linked with Chelsea. As Dave Kidd writes in the Mirror, the Blues "are plotting a £20million summer swoop" to sign the 26-year-old.

    Kidd goes on to say that "Vidal is believed to fancy a move away from the Serie A leaders this summer. And with Juve expressing an interest in Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires, a swap deal could even be struck."

3. Thomas Muller to Barcelona

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    Club: Bayern Munich

    Market value: €45 million

     

    It would take a sizable wedge of cash to part Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

    Barcelona have been linked with the striker, as reported on Sky Sports. In an interview that originally appeared in Bild, when asked about Barca rumours, Muller said:

    If you stay at the level we are playing at in this business then you are going to be sought after. There have been some interesting offers, but I know that Bayern is not a selling club.

    I really enjoy being at Bayern, but I am not going to make a declaration of loyalty and then tomorrow change my mind.

    I feel good here, but I understand that in this game anything can happen quickly and can change from one week to the next.

    I must insist though that this is nothing negative against Bayern.

    Muller has scored almost 100 goals for Bayern's senior team in his 252 appearances for the club (in all competitions).

    Barcelona, whose transfer ban has been lifted pending an appeal as reported on ESPN FC, may move for the 24-year-old this summer. 

2. Diego Costa to Chelsea

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    Club: Atletico Madrid

    Market value: €35 million

     

    Diego Costa has scored 35 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid this season which has, rightfully, made him one of the most coveted strikers in world football.

    Diego Simeone's side have history when it comes to selling on their star centre-forwards for huge amounts of money—Radamel Falcao, Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres and Diego Forlan are just a few examples in recent memory.

    Costa has been linked with a move to Monaco, as reported by Marc Williams in The IndependentHowever, it seems that a move to Chelsea could be on the cards. As reported by Ben Hayward on Goal.com, "Talks are at an advanced stage and the Londoners are closing in on a €42.5 million deal for the forward."

1. Sergio Aguero to Real Madrid

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    Club: Manchester City

    Market value: €45 million

     

    Transfer rumours don't get much more "blockbuster" than that of Sergio Aguero to Real Madrid. 

    In the Mirror, John Cross claims that Carlo Ancelotti is preparing to sell Karim Benzema to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, in order to make way for the Manchester City striker.

    As Cross writes, "Real's president Florentino Perez is personally involved in trying to broker a deal with the PSG hierarchy and will then go for Aguero."

    The 25-year-old has notched 16 goals in the Premier League this season, despite seeing his time on the pitch limited to just 21 games through injury. In the Champions League, Aguero has scored a further six goals this term.

    In the Daily Mail, Simon Jones reported earlier this month that Aguero had entered talks with City, who want to keep hold of they star striker: "City realise a move back to sunnier climes and a Spanish-speaking community is a potentially attractive proposition but they are determined to show he is valued as a pivotal part of their plans."

    Aguero spent five years in Madrid with Atletico, before signing for City in July 2011. 

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