The Hot Transfer Targets from EPL this Summer: Part Two - Midfielders
This is the second part in the series of slide shows featuring the top transfer targets from English Premier League during the upcoming transfer season.
In the first part of this series we had looked at defenders from the Premier League clubs who are likely to be subjects of massive bidding wars among several clubs this summer.
In these part we will look at the midfielders from the Premier League clubs who are likely to be top transfer targets for numerous European clubs this summer.
Steven Pienaar: Can Moyes Keep His Impressive Midfielder?
Steven Pienaar has had an impressive season for the Toffees. The 28-year-old South African national team regular has scored a total of four goals and has made an equal number of assists in his 29 appearances for the Goodison Park outfit.
Although the numbers may not suggest much, his performance has been one of the key factors for Everton's late surge this season after making a dreadful start to the season.
The 5'9" versatile winger has been in top form for his club. His quick pace along with his ability to play in both wings has made him an integral part of David Moyes's side.
His impressive performances for the Toffees have earned him admirers in the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham and some other top European clubs.
With Pienaar's contract running out after a year the skilled midfielder has demanded a new, improved contract before the World Cup. His agent informed that the Toffees need to give him a lucrative contract if they wish to keep his services for another year.
Although Everton Boss Moyes has informed that Pienaar will stay at the club for next season, yet an audaciously massive bid from Benitez or a lucrative offer from his suitors, including Chelsea or Tottenham, may force both Moyes and Pienaar a re-think of their plans.
Joe Cole: Will Chelsea Lose Him for Nothing??
The 28-year-old Chelsea midfielder has been in news recently after it was reported that his contract negotiations with the Blues have come to a dead end.
The latest developments have sparked interest from Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham, who all look to make a bid for Chelsea's attacking midfielder in the summer if he fails to reach an understanding with the club.
A long-term injury saw him make a mere 14 league appearance for Chelsea in the 2008-09 season and also miss the first part of the current season.
The "2008 Chelsea Player of the Year" has been less than impressive since returning from injury and except a few impressive performances his role has been very minimal.
His demand for a new contract with wages at over-£100,000 a week has not been met with the Blues. The contract negotiations have stalled and if no resolution is reached by the end of this season the ex-Hammers may leave on a free transfer.
Although Manchester United are ready to make a bid for securing his services, they may face stiff competition from their cross-town rivals Manchester City, who are planning to make a record-breaking, four-year contract worth £40m, offer to Joe Cole.
Chelsea manager has expressed his desire in keeping Joe Cole at Stamford Bridge next season but unless a new contract is found he may well be heading on his way out. Chelsea would not like to let go off their high-rated midfielder for free.
But in case Chelsea fails in binding their talented midfielder to a new contract the summer season may see a huge bidding war among Cole's suitors to secure his signing.
Charles N'Zogbia: Reds' Benitez or Wenger's Arsenal!!!
With some fantastic performance for the Latics this season the 23-year-old has become the subject of numerous transfer speculations linking him with a move to Arsenal or Liverpool.
Zogbia's versatility allows him to play either on the wing or upfront. He has an excellent technique, good delivery off either foot, and a shooting capability that can mix strength with finesse. The impressive ex-Newcastle player can also dribble and create space much to the problem of his opponents.
Arsenal boss Wenger has expressed his interest in the French international. It has been reported that Wenger is ready to make a double swoop for the gifted youngster, along with his teammate Hugo Rodallega.
The French winger has already scored an impressive five goals and made seven assists with his creative play for the giant-killing Wigan.
Wigan Athletics's chief executive has recently informed that they are willing to sell their impressive left-winger if the right offer is made.
Although Arsenal look like the most likely team to snap up the versatile, two-footed winger, the London outfit could face competition from Liverpool who are looking to strengthen their midfield after the flop-show of their £24 million signing Alberto Aquilani.
So will it be the Emirates or the Anfield?? Only next season will bear the answer to that.
James Milner: Will O'Neill Allow Him to Leave?
Martin O'Neill is a worried man these days. It seems his ace player James Milner, who has been in outstanding form this season, looks to be lured away by massive bids from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, who have expressed their growing interest in signing the in-form midfielder.
The 24-year-old Milner has been in the transfer spotlight for quite sometime now. With 10 goals and 12 assists already this season, he has become a hot transfer target for Premier League managers looking to reinforce their midfield before next season.
Manchester United have been reported of planning a massive £22 million summer bid for securing the midfielder's services next season as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to reinforce his ageing midfield.
United's cross town rivals Man City are not to be left behind. The cash rich City are ready to break the bank for securing the 5"9' versatile midfielder's sign.
Although Villa manager O'Neill suggests that Milner is not for sale it looks unlikely that he can keep hold of his player in case a huge bid as speculated is offered.
Cesc Fabregas: Shall We See a Reunion??
Making a slideshow on possible transfer targets from English Premier League without the versatile and outstanding Cesc Fabregas on it is incomplete.
Ever since his ascent to the top layer of world football there has never been a season when this gifted 22-year old Spanish Gunner has not been in the spotlight during a transfer window.
The Arsenal captain is one of the most coveted and celebrated young talents of modern day football. He has developed into the spine of Arsenal's attacking style of play with his matured vision, accurate passes and superb understanding of the game.
The Spanish national team regular's statistics speak more than words. With 19 goals and an equal number of assists for Arsenal he has been undoubtedly their best player this season.
As the season nears to its end speculations have surfaced again that Fabregas might be on his way out of London. Barcelona are the favorites to land him in case he decides to leave this summer.
The Gunners' inspirational captain has expressed his desire to play for his childhood club on numerous occasions. Barcelona have been reported of lining up a massive £50m bid for bringing back their former player.
With the high-spending Real Madrid joining the race to sign the highly respected youngster Arsene Wenger may have to fend off massive bids to keep his most prized assets at Emirates next season.
Though Arsenal's club president has informed us that Barca have promised them they will not make a bid for Fabregas this summer, the Nou Camp outfit has rejected having made any such promises.
So it may well turn out to be the biggest transfer saga in this summer transfer window between the two European giants as they try to secure the skilled midfielder's services for next season.
Although most of the Premier League faithfuls would love to see him stay, a lucrative bid may well lead to a re-union.