Football Transfer Rumours: Top 25 Players Set to Make Big Moves This Summer
In what is set to be one of the biggest summer transfer windows in recent history, clubs across Europe, and the world, look set to spend heavy to land their prized targets and bolster their squads.
Already, we have seen Liverpool kick off the huge summer spending, with the Reds' signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £20million.
Other high-profile deals include Nuri Sahin's £8million switch to Real Madrid, with Los Galacticos set for a massive summer of transfer activity as they reportedly set about overhauling their squad.
And there look to be many more transfers where that come from. Here are the top 25 players in world football set for a high-profile switch this summer.
Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel)
19-year old Switzerland sensation Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed at both the club and country levels this season, turning in a number of stellar displays both for FC Basel in the league and for the Swiss in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Having been the stand-out player for his nation against England at Wembley, Shaqiri's transfer value has gone through the roof, as Liverpool, Aston Villa, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have all registered their interest in the superstar talent.
A fee of around £10million could get the ball rolling, with Villa said to be lining him up as a replacement for Ashley Young.
Willian (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian, 22, has been attracting the interest of Chelsea, Liverpool and now Arsenal following another stellar season for the Ukrainian club.
Having stated his desire to play in the Premier League, the Brazilian midfielder has been very in-demand, with Arsenal having reportedly seen a £4million plus Denilson offer rejected.
A fee of £13million is rumoured to be enough to land the Brazil starlet, as clubs across Europe keep tabs on Willian's situation.
David De Gea (Atletico Madrid)
Sir Alex Ferguson proclaims David De Gea a Manchester United player, and then the man himself says he's still an Atletico Madrid player.
Nobody seems certain whether or not the reported £18.3million deal is actually happening, but one thing is for certain: De Gea is available for the price quoted, and anybody seeking a top-quality goalkeeper for the long-term can now make a bid. Arsenal, take note.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
A familiar name and face in the transfer rumour mill, Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale has been coveted by Europe's elite all season. After ordering a "taxi for Maicon!" at White Hart Lane, Inter Milan have become strong admirers of the Welsh wizard.
Real Madrid and Manchester City are also keen, with the latter reportedly set to offer £40million to secure Bale's signature.
However, it seems Tottenham are holding out for £50million, a fee which all of the above trio could well match.
Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)
The fact that two top Tottenham Hotspur players are on this list proves two things: how well Tottenham have done in their first UEFA Champions League campaign, and how powerless they'd be to stop Gareth Bale and now Luka Modric from leaving if the right offers come in.
With Manchester United and Chelsea both keen on Modric, who recently said he would like to play in the Champions League next season (something he won't get with Spurs), a summer auction for the Croatia international could be on the cards.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said any potential suitors are "dreaming" if they think £20million would be enough for Modric. Therefore, possible bids will start at £25million.
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)
Possibly the biggest success story of the season, nobody would've predicted how Borussia Dortmund's £320,000 signing from J-League minnows Cerezo Osaka would go on to take the Bundesliga, and Europe, by storm.
Shinji Kagawa has been a revelation in Germany since his move in July 2010, becoming the star of their success alongside Nuri Sahin, as Die Schwarzgelben won their first Bundesliga title in nine years.
And it is such form which has garnered the interest of Europe's elite, with FC Barcelona keen on the Japanese star. However, after talking about a dream move to Old Trafford, Shinji Kagawa could well be the subject of many bids from Manchester United this summer.
Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
A player quite possibly born to play for Manchester United with his playing style, Inter Milan's midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder has been courting the interest of the Red Devils for quite some time.
With a £30million move to the Premier League on the cards, it appears Chelsea have stolen a march on the team that beat them to the league title, having tabled a bid for the World Cup runner-up.
In an attempt to use the arrival of new manager Guus Hiddink to tempt Sneijder to come to West London, it seems Chelsea are looking to out-battle their rivals in the transfer market yet again.
Javier Pastore (Palermo)
Palermo star Javier Pastore, 21, has already been the subject of a failed £33million bid from Chelsea.
A player who has had yet another stellar season, the man they call "El Flaco" has scored 14 goals and made six assists in Serie A this campaign.
And it's such form which has prompted Palermo's president Maurizio Zamparini to slap a £45million price tag on the Argetine's shoulders.
And it's also such form which could see Chelsea, Manchester City or Real Madrid match that fee.
Alexis Sanchez (Udinese)
After FC Barcelona failed in a £22million attempt to lure the Chilean winger to the Camp Nou, Manchester United have reportedly been told to up their £25million bid by five to lure him to Old Trafford.
Udinese superstar Alexis Sanchez has been the subject of bids by all of Europe's elite ever since he shone for Chile at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Barca, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, they all want him apparently.
And he's theirs, for £30million.
Nacho Monreal (Osasuna)
In modern-day football, in which full-backs play a more prominent role than ever before, clubs around the world are making right and left-sided defenders some of their biggest transfer priorities.
And one player high on the transfer agenda this summer is Osasuna left-back Nacho Monreal, 25, who has won four caps for Spain.
Available for £9million, Monreal is reportedly set for a move to Liverpool, with the Reds keen to finally bring in a quality full-back, something they've lacked for many seasons.
However, SL Benfica are also said to be seriously interested as they eye up a replacement for Fabio Coentrao, while Arsenal could also be set to re-kindle their interest in the Osasuna star.
Aly Cissokho (Lyon)
The former Porto star who was up against Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League less than two years after turning professional for his local club, French third-tier team Gueugnon, has recently emerged as one of the best full-backs in world football.
After a move to AC Milan fell through, Aly Cissokho, 23, has gone on to play a starring role for Lyon in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, once again courting the interest of Europe's top teams.
And since the French side put a £9million price tag on the super-talented player, a whole host of clubs have lined up for his signature.
Liverpool have apparently listed Cissokho as their top defensive target, while Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all been credited with a move for the left-back.
Fabio Coentrao (SL Benfica)
The most talked-about defender in world football at the moment, Benfica and Portugal superstar Fabio Coentrao is absolutely certain to move to La Liga or the Premier League in the 2011/12 season.
A £26million move to Real Madrid looks very likely, with Coentrao himself speaking of his desire to move to the Bernabeu.
The left-back, 23, can also play as a left winger, and has revealed both Manchester United and FC Barcelona are also interested in signing him.
Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic)
Having emerged as the best player in the Scottish Premier League, Celtic and Honduras star Emilio Izaguirre has been linked with a move to Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Celtic have reportedly slapped a £10million price tag on the Honduran full-back, 25, who has risen to further stardom in Europe following his eye-catching performances at the 2010 World Cup.
After being signed for just £600,000 and being billed as the next Roberto Carlos, a bidding war for the defender could ensue as Celtic look to make a huge profit on the player, while clubs in the Premier League and across Europe look to secure the talent for a reasonable price.
Eden Hazard (Lille)
Belgium's most talked-about player, Lille star Eden Hazard looks set to spark off a bidding frenzy this summer as various clubs scramble to secure his signature.
A long-term target for Arsenal, the £20million-rated winger/playmaker is also on the radar of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid and just about any top team imaginable.
And with the player himself clamouring for a move to the Premier League, La Liga or Serie A, a serious amount of transfer activity could be heading his and Lille's way very soon.
Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
After telling French media, "I don't know if I will sign a new contract [with Arsenal]", Samir Nasri has got everyone talking, with clubs across Europe reportedly lining up bids.
He's also got Manchester United very interested, after saying, "Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it's real and if it is concrete."
Should the Gunners decide to avoid another Mathieu Flamini situation, it won't just be United offering Arsenal the £8million they'd get for a player in the last 12 months of his contract.
If all goes pear-shaped for Nasri's Arsenal future, long-term admirers FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid could also come circling.
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
With a mass exodus on the cards at Arsenal ahead of the new season, one player who looks set to finally leave is Cesc Fabregas.
As a World Cup winner who is established as possibly the best playmaker in the game, even if there is no Barcelona return for Fabregas, a move still looks on the cards with Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester City seemingly happy to meet Arsenal's inflation-adjusted £55million valuation of the player.
But that's not to say a Barca return isn't on the cards, with a possible player plus cash deal rumoured to be on the cards.
Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers)
The most exciting English defensive prospect yet, Bolton Wanderers star Gary Cahill is set to move to pastures new, with the player wanting to test himself in the Champions League, and his club wanting to get as much money as possible for his services.
Manchester City have reportedly agreed to a £17million deal with Bolton, while Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (who have targeted Cahill as part of their transfer policy of signing British talent) are also known admirers of the 25-year old.
Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan Athletic)
With almost half the Premier League interested in Wigan Athletic's biggest talent, Charles N'Zogbia, it is virtually a guaranteed certainty the France international will make a big-money move this summer.
Newcastle United and Sunderland are interested in the player, while Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been rumoured to be keen on the £13million-rated talent.
And with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan saying the club will sell N'Zogbia to a team in the Champions League if one makes an offer, a move to Arsenal or Liverpool seems very likely.
Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
After admirers Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson, the path is now clear for Manchester United to complete their reported £20million swoop for Aston Villa playmaker Ashley Young.
Having emerged as Villa's top talent this season, as well as a vital player for England (as proved against Wales and Switzerland), Young, 25, has been coveted by all the Premier League's top teams.
Arsenal were credited with a move for the midfielder in January, while Real Madrid have also previously been interested in the star.
But now it seems it's Manchester United, who have been heavily linked with Ashley Young all summer, who will give the former Watford star his taste of the Champions League football he craves.
Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund)
Linked with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, Neven Subotic has been vital to Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga success this season.
The Serbia international's strength and unparalleled aerial ability in both penalty areas has caught the eye of clubs across Europe, while the fact that he speaks fluent English has made him particularly appealing to Premier League sides.
And after telling the media he dreams of a switch to the Premier League, a move to England for the £15million-rated centre-back could be highly likely this summer.
Jan Vertonghen (Ajax)
A player long linked with a move to Arsenal, Jan Vertonghen looks set for a big-money move to the Premier League this summer.
With Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger keen to bring in a new, top-quality centre-back and restore Vertonghen's partnership with Thomas Vermaelen, a £10million move to the Emirates could happen this summer.
However, Manchester City are also rumoured to be interested, with Vincent Kompany singing his praises and enticing the Ajax and Belgium defender to make the move to Eastlands instead.
Heavily linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid, Santos star Neymar, 19, finally seems likely to move to the Premier League or La Liga.
With plenty of suitors more than willing to pay whatever it takes, Neymar will have no shortage of options this summer.
The striker, who has scored 66 goals in 134 professional games for Santos and has already scored four goals in five caps for Brazil, will cost over £30million—a fee which could easily be matched by Europe's elite.
Romelu Lukaku (RSC Anderlecht)
From one phenomenal young talent to another, 18-year old self-confessed Chelsea fan Romelu Lukaku looks set to seal his switch from Anderlecht to Stamford Bridge in the coming days.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues will agree to a £20million deal for the striker, who has already scored 39 goals in 96 matches for Anderlecht, and has two goals from nine caps for the Belgium national team.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Reported to be offered alongside Gonzalo Higuain to Manchester United in exchange for Javier Hernandez, Karim Benzema is a sure-fire bet to leave Real Madrid in a big money move this summer.
A highly talented striker who's scored 26 goals this season and made nine assists, Benzema has long been on United's radar, while Liverpool and Arsenal are also keen on the Frenchman.
And after Arsenal winger Theo Walcott expressed his desire to play alongside Benzema next season, a £26million move to the Premier League could well be a distinct possibility.
Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
Unassailably one of the greatest strikers in the world at the moment, it's not a case of if, but when, for Sergio Aguero and his departure from Atletico Madrid.
A move to one of Europe's elite is a certainty this summer, with Aguero having a £40million buy-out clause in his contract.
Atletico's fierce rivals Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a swoop, while Manchester City could make a move once they sell Emmanuel Adebayor.
Whoever Ageuro moves to, one thing is for certain: it will undoubtedly be the biggest transfer of the summer.