What Moves to Expect From the Big Names in this Summer's Transfer Window

Bryan BayneContributor IJuly 9, 2008

Another Summer transfer window is upon us, and the question on most people's mind is when will the Cristiano Ronaldo saga be over?

Will he go? Will he stay?

All non-Man Utd fans don't care anymore. Some Man Utd fans have even turned on the player, thinking he should now go to Real Madrid as he's taken so long to come out and say where he will play his football next season.

Another saga: Gareth Barry.

Aston Villa and Liverpool can't strike up a deal. Barry, being kept at arms length by Villa and Martin O'Neill, is now surplus to requirements as he is not allowed to even train with the squad. This is due to an interview he gave about his manager in a Sunday paper.

And now, the two clubs are at deadlock as they can't reach a reasonable price and deal. Villa want £17 million, whereas Liverpool are only willing to go to £15 million.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are seemingly entering the race for Spanish superstar David Villa. Liverpool would have the upper-hand in signing the much-wanted striker, due to manager Rafael Benitez's Spanish influence. He was also once Villa's former manager, and has Villa's national strike partner, Fernando Torres already on his team.

Torres and Villa would be a match for the Cole-Yorke partnership of Sir Alex Ferguson's class '98-'00. With the sale of Peter Crouch to Portsmouth bringing in £11 million, that could fund the push for the Spaniard.

With other targets seemingly being priced out of reach (David Silva, for one), Benitez might be able to swoop for one star player. David Villa would be as popular at Anfield as Torres. It's whether or not Benitez would use them in the same line-up. The good money would be on "probably not!"

Arsenal have a few saga's of their own: Emmanuel Adebayor to AC Milan? Alexander Hleb to Barcelona?

Arsenal are falling apart quicker than the backroom at Liverpool seems to be. They've already let Flamini and Lehmann go on free's to AC Milan and Stuttgart respectively. Yet now it seems like they'll be letting play-maker Hleb move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and their top striker to another.

Letting these two players go without worthy and proven replacements to fill in the gaps would be a tragedy for Arsenal. The could see their young team of flair and fancy football fly out the window, and possiblyout of the top four, with the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Tottenham building up impressive squads.

Lastly, Chelsea. Frank Lampard. Big Frank. Will he go to Inter Milan and team up with ex-manager Jose Mourinho? 

Chelsea have already brought in Deco from Barcelona and let go of the rather pointless purchase Sidwell. Also, will the likes of Drogba, Wright-Phillips and Carvalho stay? Such transfers would see Chelsea suffer as they have no sufficient back-ups.