It’s that time of year again. Manchester United’s 19th Premier League title is a certainty, the Champions League places have been settled, and most of the mid-table are safe and sound. The last two weeks of action will settle matters of Europa League qualification and relegation, but most clubs are already looking to next season and the summer transfer window
January’s manic spending makes predicting how English clubs will spend their money during the coming window very difficult. Premier League squads are rife with holes and problem positions, but Fernando Torres’ failures following his £50 million Chelsea switch may breed a reluctance to spend.
But can the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham really risk falling even further behind their competitors by not opening their chequebooks this summer?
Regardless of spending levels, at least a handful of personnel changes can be expected at every Premier League club. Standout performers will be cherry-picked from relegation-battlers and expensive flops will be sent packing as teams strengthen for 2011-12. Players will leave for better opportunities and bigger contracts, and no squad will be quite the same by the time September comes around.
Discounting confirmed retirements and expiring loan deals, here are 20 players who look likely to leave their current club before the window slams shut.