Transfer Rumours: Top 50 Transfers of Players Outside the EPL This Summer

Nabeel KhokharCorrespondent IJune 21, 2011

Transfer Rumours: Top 50 Transfers of Players Outside the EPL This Summer

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid Kaka after scoring Real's third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 9, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty I
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    With English clubs already wheeling and dealing in the transfer market, the European clubs will follow suit in the next few weeks.

    Once this happens there will be some major movements of some top players from around Europe and the world.

    Speculation and rumors have already started doing the rounds with many deals almost agreed and once the window opens these will be formalized and players will be on the move.

    Here are the Top 50 transfers of players playing outside English football this summer.

50: Bruno Ecuele Manga

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    Player : Bruno Ecuele Manga

    Age :  22

    Position :  Central Defender

    Current Club : Lorient, France

    Nationality : Gabon

    Interest From : Everton

    Valuation : £2.5 million

    Qualities : Powerful, dominating, intimidating presence, no nonsense defender at a great price.

49 : Mevlut Erding

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Mevlut Erdinc of Paris Saint Germain in action during the UEFA Europa League group J match between Sevilla and Paris Saint Germain at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 16, 2010 in Seville, Spain. Paris Saint Ge
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    Player : Mevlut Erding 

    Age : 24

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Paris Saint-Germain, France

    Nationality : Turkey

    Interest From : Newcastle United

    Valuation : £7 million

    Qualities : Eight goals and one assist last season, may not be a great return, but the Turkish player has shown great promise and could well be a good punt in a replacement for Andy Carroll despite the recent signing of Demba Ba.

48 : Shiniji Kagawa

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 15:  Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 15, 2010 in Seville,
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    Player : Shiniji Kagawa 

    Age : 22

    Position : Attacking Midfielder

    Current Club : Borussia Dortmund, Germany

    Nationality : Japan

    Interest From : Manchester United

    Valuation : £8 million

    Qualities :18 goals from 30 games last season from playing in midfield is an excellent return.

    Having assisted Dortmund in lifting the German title last season, the Japanese star has come under the radar of English champions Manchester United.

    With a lack of midfield scorers, his knack of finding the back of the net is the main quality United will be after.

47 : Diego Forlan

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 20:  Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid in action during the quarter-final Copa del Rey second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid and at Vicente Calderon Stadium on January 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper J
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    Player : Diego Forlan

    Age : 32

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Atletico Madrid, Spain

    Nationality : Uruguay

    Interest From : Galatasaray

    Valuation : £10 million

    Qualities :  Since arriving in Spain, Forlan has an excellent scoring record and has become one of the best strikers in European football.

    Excellent work ethic, combined with stamina and a never give up attitude has resulted in Forlan becoming a fan favorite in Madrid.

    Forlan is a lethal finisher with both feet and a willing runner with and without the ball.

46 : Abel Hernandez

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    ROME, ITALY - APRIL 16:  Abel Hernandez of Palermo celebrates after scoring his second goal (1-3) during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Olimpico on April 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Image
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    Player : Adel Hernandez

    Age : 20

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Palermo, Italy

    Nationality : Uruguay

    Interest From : Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal

    Valuation : £10 million

    Qualities :  Tall, improving striker with a good work ethic.

    Only knocked in three goals in 22 games for the Italian team Palermo, but is attracting some attention particularly at a good bargain price.

45 : Gregory Van Der Wiel

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 25:  Gregory Van Der Wiel of AFC Ajax in action during the Champions League Play-off match between AFC Ajax and FC Dynamo Kiev at Amsterdam Arena on August 25, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Ge
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    Player : Gregory van der Wiel

    Age : 23

    Position : Right Back

    Current Club : Ajax, Netherlands

    Nationality : Netherlands

    Interest From : Manchester City, Arsenal

    Valuation : £10 million

    Qualities : Great speed, stamina, hardworking with powerful running down the flank and good quality delivery into the box.

    Additionally, he has Champions League experience with Ajax and as with all Ajax players, excellent technical ability.

44 : Xherdan Shaqiri

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    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 11:  Xherdan Shaqiri of FC Basel 1893 in looks on during the Swiss Super League match between FC Zurich and FC Basel 1893 at Letzigrund Stadium on May 11, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Sebastian Derungs/EuroFootball/Gett
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    Player : Xherdan Shaqiri

    Age : 19

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Switzerland

    Nationality : FC Basel, Switzerland

    Interest From : Roma, Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa

    Valuation : £10 million

    Qualities : Very creative, great flair, powerful shot, excellent passer possessing great vision.

    Shaqiri controls games with precise passing and pacey running with the ball, his low centre of gravity means he can twist and turn in tight areas to find space.

43 : Gervinho

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  Gervinho of Ivory Coast in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at Soccer City Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/
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    Player : Gervinho

    Age : 23

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Lille, France

    Nationality : Ivory Coast

    Interest From : Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton

    Valuation : £10 million

    Qualities : Lightening quick, strong with good upper body strength, Gervinho scores and also sets up goals.

    With 15 goals and 10 assists in 34 outings for the French Champions, he is one of the reason why Lille lifted the French title this year.

    Top class player at a bargain price only issue is will he be able to settle into the English game?

    Worth a punt though.

42 : Raphael Varane

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    Player : Raphael Varane

    Age : 18

    Position : Central Defender

    Current Club : Lens, France

    Nationality : France

    Interest From : Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain

    Valuation : £10.5 million

    Qualities : Tall, strong, versatile athletic defender with good pace who can play both as a central defender and further forward as a defensive midfielder.

    One for the future and looks like he has a very good one ahead of him looking at the clubs expressing an interest in him.

41 : Maarten Stekelenburg

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 19: AFC Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AFC Ajax and AJ Auxerre at the Amsterdam ArenA on October 19, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Bryn Len
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    Player : Maarten Stekelenburg

    Age : 28

    Position : Goalkeeper

    Current Club : Ajax, Netherlands

    Nationality : Netherlands

    Interest From : Manchester United, Arsenal

    Valuation : £11 million

    Qualities : Experienced, tall, commanding goalkeeper with Champions League experience.

    Stekelenburg is also a full international with the Netherlands, where he has taken over the gloves from Edwin van der Saar.

    It would be ironic if he were also to take over from the legendary Dutch goalkeeper at Manchester United.

40 : Ricky Alvarez

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    Player : Ricky Alvarez

    Age : 23

    Position : Attacking Midfielder

    Current Club : Velez Sarsfield, Argentina

    Nationality : Argentina

    Interest From : Roma, Arsenal, Manchester City

    Valuation : £12 million

    Qualities : Alvarez is a graceful, stylish attacking midfielder in the typical Arsenal mould.

    With a keen eye for goal as well as great technical ability, this Argentine has amazing potential.

    However, Arsenal may be wary of signing another 'typical' Arsenal player, as this has not stood them in good stead in their hunt for trophies in recent years.

39 : Jan Vertonghen

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 25:  Jan Vertonghen of AFC Ajax in action during the Champions League Play-off match between AFC Ajax and FC Dynamo Kiev at Amsterdam Arena on August 25, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Im
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    Player : Jan Vertonghen

    Age : 24

    Position : Central Defender

    Current Club : Ajax, Netherlands

    Nationality : Belgium

    Interest From : Manchester City, Arsenal

    Valuation : £12 million

    Qualities : Vertonghen is a versatile central defender who has also played his fair share of games as a defensive midfielder for the Dutch champions Ajax.

    Interestingly, Vertonghen has played with Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen at club and international level. The Dutch defender is also a free kick expert with six goals last season.

    This could be the ideal partner in central defense for Vermaelen that Arsenal could be looking for.

38 : Leandro Damiao

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Leandro Damiao of Brazil in action during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Player : Leandro Damiao

    Age : 21

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Internacional, Brazil

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Benfica, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona

    Valuation : £13 million

    Qualities : The Brazilian has awesome acceleration and is composed on the ball in front of goal, making him a lethal finisher.

    His work rate is also commendable and he is a willing runner into space and the channels. 

37 : Papiss Demba Cisse

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    Player : Papiss Demba Cisse

    Age : 26

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : SC Frieburg, Germany

    Nationality : Senegal

    Interest From : Arsenal, Fulham

    Valuation : £13 million

    Qualities : Cisse has scored 34 goals in 24 appearances for his German club, more than any other player in the club's history.

    A powerful, quick and hardworking striker has taken the German league by storm and his success there could ultimately lead to his moving on to a bigger club.

36 : Keisuke Honda

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    KHIMKI, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN ALL JAPANESE MEDIA UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Keisuke Honda of PFC CSKA Moscow in action during the Russian Football League Championship match between PFC CSKA Moscow and FC Anzhi Mak
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    Player : Keisuke Honda

    Age : 25

    Position : Attacking Midfielder, Winger

    Current Club : CSKA Moscow, Russia

    Nationality : Japan

    Interest From : Liverpool, Arsenal

    Valuation : £ 13 million

    Qualities : Honda is an accomplished player and has been a star at his club and more so for his country.

    With extremely good technical ability, stamina and fitness the Japanese playmaker is a hardworking yet technically brilliant footballer.

    He is also a lethal free kicker taker, with some spectacular strikes to his name.

    Surely the next big Japanese star.

35 : Cristian Zapata

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    UDINE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 05:  Valencia Cristian Medhi Zapata of Udinese Calcio in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Friuli on February 5, 2011 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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    Player : Cristian Zapata

    Age : 24

    Position : Central Defender, Right back, Left Back

    Current Club : Udinese, Italy

    Nationality : Columbia

    Interest From : Liverpool, Arsenal

    Valuation : £14 million

    Qualities : Zapata was one of the most accomplished and highly rated defenders in the Italian league last season.

    Completely at ease playing off both feet makes Zapata extremely versatile and a valuable asset to any team.

    The Colombian has been the linchpin at the back for Udinese, he is comfortable on the ball, reliable and has excellent distribution.

    A graceful and elegant stopper at the back.

34 : Pablo Osvaldo

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    BOLOGNA, ITALY - OCTOBER 28: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo of Bologna FC competes with Albin Ekdal of AC Siena during the match of Serie A between Bologna FC and AC Siena at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on October 28, 2009 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Get
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    Player : Pablo Osvaldo

    Age : 25

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Espanyol, Spain

    Nationality : Argentina

    Interest From : Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Argentine born but with an Italian passport, Osvaldo has been a sensation this season with 13 goals and four assists in 24 appearances.

    He is fast, strong, aggressive and an excellent finisher.

33 : Mario Gotze

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    WEIMAR, GERMANY - MAY 18:  Filip Modelski (L) of Poland and Mario Goetze (R) of Germany battle for the ball during the Men's U15 friendly match between Germany and Poland at the Wimaria stadium on May 18, 2007 in Weimar, Germany. (Photo by Dirk Brzoska/Bo
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    Player : Mario Gotze

    Age : 18

    Position : Midfield

    Current Club : Borussia Dortmund, Germany

    Nationality : Germany

    Interest From : Juventus, Manchester United, AC Milan, Real Madrid

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Eight goals, 16 assists from 41 games last season has pushed this young German into the spotlight of the giants of European football.

    His speed, combined with immaculate close control and amazing ability to find pockets of space helped Dortmund to the German title last season and catapulted this playmaker into the headlines.

32 : Willian

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    ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 20: Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the UEFA Cup Final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on May 20, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    Player : Willian

    Age : 22

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine 

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Willian is an awesome dribbler with both feet on either wing.

    Great speed and a great finisher. 

    Has experience of European football and put in amazing displays in the Champions League, with some stunning goals.

    Out and out winger with speed, trickery and a great delivery.

31 : Michel Bastos

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Michel Bastos of Lyon in action during the Emirates Cup match between AC Milan and Lyon at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Player : Michel Bastos

    Age : 27

    Position : Left Back

    Current Club : Lyon, France

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Bastos is a versatile left back who is equally as comfortable playing on the left wing.

    As with most Brazilian players, he is technically very good and has superb ability with the ball.

    With five goals and four assists last season Bastos had become a hot property for Lyon and they will struggle to retain his services, with several top club lining up for his signature.

30 : Neven Subotic

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  Neven Subotic of Serbia during the International Friendly match between South Korea and Serbia at Craven Cottage on November 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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    Player : Neven Subotic

    Age : 22

    Position : Central Defender

    Current Club : Borussia Dortmund, Germany

    Nationality : Serbia

    Interest From : Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Subotic is a tall and graceful defender with solid distribution out of defense.

    The Serbian controlled and marshaled the Dortmund defense in their title winning drive last season.

    Composed, assured and solid, the Serbian is much in demand for top English teams.

29 : Fernando Gago

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    PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 07:  Fernando Gago #5 of Real Madrid during the pre-season friendly soccer match against Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Real Madrid will travel back to Spain after the soccer match comp
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    Player : Fernando Gago

    Age : 25

    Position : Defensive Midfielder

    Current Club : Real Madrid, Spain

    Nationality : Argentina

    Interest From : Liverpool, Manchester City

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Gago is a typical Argentine player; strong, tough and of course aggressive.

    Also though, this tough Argentine is a good tactical player whose has great technical ability to control his passes and distribution.

    All in all, Gago is a powerful and consistent central midfielder with a no nonsense attitude.

28 : Marko Marin

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    MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Marko Marin of SV Werder Bremen in action during the UEFA Champions League group A match between FC Internazionale Milano and SV Werder Bremen at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 29, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valeri
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    Player : Marko Marin

    Age : 22

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Werder Bremen, Germany

    Nationality : Germany

    Interest From : Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Marin has been German football's rising star with some stellar displays for his club before being promoted to the national team.

    With a low center of gravity, Marin is a speedy little winger with great acceleration, creativity and flair.

    As with most German players, his work ethic is exemplary.

    Last season, Marin scored five times but gave 12 assists. It is his wing play and assists that have had top clubs taking notice.

27 : Bojan Krkic

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 15:  Bojan Krkic of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou Stadium on May 15, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Player : Bojan Krkic

    Age : 20

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Barcelona, Spain

    Nationality : Spain

    Interest From : Roma, Udinese, Arsenal, Villareal

    Valuation : £15 million

    Qualities : Bojan is a talented player in a team where he hardly gets a look in, hence he is looking for more first team opportunities elsewhere.

    Blessed with pace, vision, trickery, agility and the uncanny knack of being able to find space in the box, Bojan is an excellent young talent.

    A real bargain to be had at £15 million, the Spaniard just needs more chances to show that he is one of the most exciting prospects in European football.

    A hidden gem of a player, waiting to shine.

26 : Eljero Elia

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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28:  Eljero Elia of the Netherlands in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence G
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    Player : Eljero Elia

    Age : 24

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Hamburg SV, Germany

    Nationality : Netherlands

    Interest From : Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Chelsea

    Valuation : £17 million

    Qualities : Elia really came to prominence when he moved to Hamburg and put in some scintillating displays of wing play.

    Extremely fast, with an amazing turn of pace which is combined with an array of tricks and twists that bemuses defenders.

    Elia is a powerful winger that can whip in a great cross or cut inside and smash an effort goalwards.

25 : Moussa Sow

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    Player : Moussa Sow

    Age : 25

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Lille, French

    Nationality : Senegal

    Interest From : Arsenal, Manchester City

    Valuation : £20 million

    Qualities : Sow was the top scorer in the French league last season with 25 goals helping his club Lille to the championship.

    Physically strong and a powerful runner in behind defenses made him a constant threat last season. 

    He can at times seem raw and unpolished but his spectacular bicycle kicks have demonstrated that he is not short on technique.

24 : David De Gea

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 05:  David De Gea of Atletico Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on February 5, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 3-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Player : David de Gea

    Age : 20

    Position : Goalkeeper

    Current Club : Atletico Madrid

    Nationality : Spain

    Interest From : Manchester United

    Valuation : £20m

    Qualities : De Gea is a tall goalkeeper who has an excellent nerve which keeps him cool in pressure situations.

    His height makes him excellent in the air and his good handling makes him a commanding presence in the his area.

    Calm, solid, reliable, quick and agile.

23 : Romelu Lukaku

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    Player : Romelu Lukaku

    Age : 18

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Anderlecht, Belgium

    Nationality : Belgium

    Interest From : Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, AC Milan

    Valuation : £20 million

    Qualities : Lukaku is a young player hot in demand, with top European club expressing interest in acquiring his services for next season.

    The Belgium striker is a tall, physical and imposing figure with an eye for goal and a deadly finisher.

    A dominant presence on the pitch with an explosive manner in his play had led to him being dubbed as the new Didier Drogba.

    Huge potential promise at a bargain price.

22 : Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 20:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Milan celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the TIM Cup semifinal match between AC Milan and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 20, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. P
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    Player : Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Age : 29

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Barcelona, Spain

    Nationality : Sweden

    Interest From : Manchester City, AC Milan, Real Madrid

    Valuation : £20 million

    Qualities : Ibrahimovic is a much traveled, yet successful striker with an eye for the spectacular.

    Currently on the books at Barcelona, but on loan to AC Milan following a fall out with Barca manager Pepe Guardiola, it is almost certain that he will once again move on.

    Ibrahimovic is strong, agile and plays well with his back to goal. He is able to hold the ball well and link up with his team members.

    Along with stunning ball control and technique, he also has poise and style.

    Sometimes he can seems a little to languid and off the pace, but he is never far from scoring a spectacular goal. 

21 : Karim Benzema

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 10:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his side third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 10, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Image
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    Player : Karim Benzema

    Age : 23

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Real Madrid, Spain

    Nationality : French

    Interest From : Arsenal, Manchester United

    Valuation : £22 million

    Qualities : Benzema seems unsettled at Real Madrid but has still managed 26 goals last season.

    The young Frenchman is a strong, powerful, quick and classy striker, who despite his size seems to be able to find space in the box.

    A lethal finish combined with electric pace and acceleration means that Benzema will always be in the goals.

20 : Eden Hazard

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Eden Hazard of Lille breaks clear of the challenge of Glen Johnson of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Gett
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    Player : Eden Hazard

    Age : 20

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Lille

    Nationality : Belgium

    Interest From : Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona

    Valuation : £22 million

    Qualities : Undoubtedly Hazard is one of the most sought after footballers in the world right now.

    Added to the fact that he has had a magnificent season for his club Lille and won the French championship.

    In 54 games last season, he scored 12 times and set up 15 goals for his team-mates.

    And it is these statistics that have brought him into the radar's of the top clubs on Europe.

    Hazard has the tricks in the bag all good winger needs, speed, ability to turn on a dime, creativity, flair and a great cross.

    It is unlikely that Lille will be able to keep their start winger and his move to one of the top club is inevitable.

19 : Mirko Vucinic

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    ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 16:  Mirko Vucinic of AS Roma in action during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk at Stadio Olimpico on February 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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    Player : Mirko Vucinic

    Age : 27

    Position : Striker, Left Winger

    Current Club : Roma, Italy

    Nationality : Serbia

    Interest From : Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, Juventus, Inter Milan

    Valuation : £25 million

    Qualities : The Serbian has had a productive season with 11 goals and two assists in his 30appearances for Roma.

    Vucinic is a willing worker and puts in a good shift.

    He is a seasoned and experienced campaigner and has gain respect in Italy as a dependable performer that, although unspectacular, is reliable and scores goals.

18 : Juan Mata

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    VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 10:  Juan Mata of Valencia controls the ball during the La Liga match between Valencia and Villarreal at Estadio Mestalla on April 10, 2011 in Valencia, Spain.  Valencia won 5-0.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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    Player : Juan Mata

    Age : 23

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Valencia

    Nationality : Spain

    Interest From : Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City

    Valuation : £25 million

    Qualities : Juan Mata is a pint size dynamo with an all energy style.

    In 43 games last season, he chipped in with nine goal but it was is 18 assists that really caught the eye of top clubs.

    Mata is a great runner with the ball and when he does not have it, he is always making runs into space looking for the ball to be played into him.

    A great bag of tricks makes him a slippery customer and his work down the wings has been eye catching.

    Combined with his work, he is a real upcoming star to watch out for.

17 : Marek Hamsik

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    NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 30:  Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on April 30, 2011 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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    Player : Marek Hamsik

    Age : 23

    Position : Attacking Midfielder

    Current Club : Napoli, Italy

    Nationality : Slovakia

    Interest From : Manchester United, AC Milan, Chelsea

    Valuation : £ 26 million

    Qualities : Marek Hamsik is one of the brightest young stars in the Italian League. 

    In 49 games, he scored 13 goals and nine assists.

    But it is reading of the game which makes him stand out amongst others.

    He seems to be a step ahead of those around him thereby giving him great anticipation for where his team-mates, as well as defenders, will be.

    A classy playmaker, Hamsik is also physically strong which also helps him dictate play.

    Comparisons with Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, are common place in the media and amongst fellow players.

16 : Radamel Falcao

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    DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Radamel Falcao Garcia of FC Porto celebrates victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Player : Radamel Falcao

    Age : 25

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : FC Porto, Portugal

    Nationality : Colombia

    Interest From : Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur

    Valuation : £26 million

    Qualities : Falcao has been one of the stars of the all conquering Porto team last season and the Portuguese champions will have a tough task keeping him at the club.

    With a staggering 38 goals in 42 matches, Falcao has been a sensation.

    A clever runner off the ball, the Colombian striker finds space in the box and possesses a deadly finish; he instinctively knows where the goal is.

    Having scored goals at all the clubs he has played for, it is safe to say that in Falcao, any future club will have a scoring machine on their books.

15 : Fabio Coentrao

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    LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  Fabio Coentrao of Benfica controls the ball during the Portuguese Liga match between Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Luz Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Patricia de Melo/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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    Player : Fabio Coentrao

    Age : 23

    Position : Left Back

    Current Club : Benfica, Portugal

    Nationality : Portugal

    Interest From : Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich

    Valuation : £26 million

    Qualities : Fabio Coentrao has been described as the best Portuguese player still playing in Portugal and it seems highly likely that this will not be the case much longer, with a host of top European club queuing for his services next season.

    Coentrao is versatile and can play in midfield as well as left back and has pace, skill and great technique making him an explosive and very dangerous player.

    With a great shot and cross in his bag, he is a top quality attacking left back.

14 : Givanildo Vieira De Souza, Hulk

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    DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Hulk of FC Porto on the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    Player : Hulk

    Age : 24

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : FC Porto

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City

    Valuation : £28 million

    Qualities : There is no more explosive or powerful player in world football today than Hulk, coupled with his phenomenal body strength and amazing speed, he is a compact and dangerous striker.

    In 53 games for Porto, he scored 36 times and lead them to a historic treble winning season.

    A powerful shot goes without saying, but it is his all round attitude to the game which makes him really stand out.

    He is the most willing of runners with astonishing stamina and fitness.

    Again as with other Porto star, big money transfer moves seem to be on the cards.

13 : Fernando Llorente

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    BILBAO, SPAIN - JANUARY 05:  Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao celebrates scoring his sides equalizing goal during the round of last 16 Copa del Rey second leg match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at Estadio de San Mames on January 5, 2011 in
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    Player : Fernando Llorente

    Age : 23

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Athletic Bilbao , Spain

    Nationality : Spain

    Interest From : Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Manchester United

    Valuation : £30 million

    Qualities : Llorente has almost become the forgotten striker of Spanish football, behind the likes of David Villa and Fernando Torres.

    But last season he fired 19 goals for his club and has forced his way into reckoning in the national team too.

    A tall striker that is good in the air, but Llorente also has great technical ability with the ball.

    A good runner off the ball means that he gets into great positions in the box.

12 : Alexandre Pato

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    MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 02:  Alexandre Pato of AC Milan celebrates scoring the first goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 2, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images
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    Player : Alexandre Pato

    Age : 21

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : AC Milan

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Chelsea

    Valuation : £30 million

    Qualities : Pato seems to have been around for years and he actually has.

    A highly gifted and technically superb striker in the typical Brazilian mould.

    Great vision, graceful movement and deadly finish has made Pato one of the young established stars of Italian and European football.

    Last season Pato netted on 15 occasions in 25 outings for Milan and was a major reason for their drive toward the Serie A title.

    Long been linked to Chelsea, this transfer window may well see the Blues finally get their man.

11 : Wesley Sneijder

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    MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 20:  Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Lecce at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 20, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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    Player : Wesley Sneijder

    Age : 26

    Position : Attacking Midfielder

    Current Club : Inter Milan, Italy

    Nationality : Netherlands

    Interest From : Chelsea, Manchester United

    Valuation : £30 million

    Qualities : A top class, proven world star player, Sneijder is most probably one of the most complete and gifted players in the game.

    He has it all; stamina, pace, quickness of thought and movement, powerful shot, great passing ability, superb technique and can play off either foot.

    Long rumored to be unhappy at Inter, a move away to new challenges seem inevitable for this Dutch international.

    Manchester United and Chelsea seem the most likely destination for probably one of the best players in the world right now.

10 : Alexis Sanchez

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    UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 06: Alexis Sanchez of Udinese Calcio in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AS Bari at Stadio Friuli on March 6, 2011 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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    Player : Alexis Sanchez

    Age : 22

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Udinese, Italy

    Nationality : Chile

    Interest From : Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan

    Valuation : £35 million

    Qualities : Sanchez has played more often than not as a right winger for his club but can also play down the middle as well as on the left wing.

    An extremely gifted player in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo, he has all the magic and trickery of the Portuguese star.

    The diminutive Chilean star is a little magician on the ball and his wonderful skills have been a huge factor in Udinese finishing fourth in the Italian league last season.

    Great speed with and without the ball, his pace is breathtaking; this combined with his phenomenal control of a football and descent finishing has made Sanchez one of the hottest commodities in world football today.

9 : Sergio Aguero

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid waves to his bench during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza at the Vicente Calderon stadium on September 26, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Imag
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    Player : Sergio Aguero

    Age : 22

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Atletico Madrid, Spain

    Nationality : Argentina

    Interest From : Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus

    Valuation : £35 million

    Qualities : Sergio Aguero is one of the most sought after talents in the game today.

    Playing for unfashionable Atletico Madrid, he has been courted by many of the top teams in the game.

    Last season he knocked in 27 goals in 41 games.

    Aguero is a bull of a player; direct, strong and cool minded.

    He is the most potent of finishers and with surging powerful runs into the box, he is difficult to mark and control.

    His expertise at finding the net has given him a reputation of a master marksman.

    Too good a player to be playing for the second team in Madrid, surely Aguero is on the move to a prestigious club in this upcoming window.

8 : Neymar

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Neymar of Brazil on the ball during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    Player : Neymar

    Age : 19

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Santos, Brazil

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Chelsea, Real Madrid

    Valuation : £39 million

    Qualities : Neymar is the next great player to come out of Brazil. Naturally blessed with all the talents one would expect from a wonderful Brazilian striker.

    The teenage sensation has average one goal every other game for his club since making his debut as a 17 year old.

    He has also burst onto the international scene with three goals in five appearances. For the U20s he scored nine times in only seven outings.

    Neymar is stylish, confident, creative and a phenomenal talent of the world game and has the makings of becoming one of the world's top players.

7 : Giuseppe Rossi

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    PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 28: Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal in action during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between FC Porto and Villarreal at Estadio do Dragao on April 28, 2011 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Player : Giuseppe Rossi

    Age : 24

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Villareal

    Nationality : Italian

    Interest From : Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur

    Valuation : £40 million

    Qualities : This little striker has come a long way from the reserve team at Manchester United and the occasional first team appearance as a substitute.

    Moving to Spain, Rossi has found his feet and has even broken into the Italian national team.

    Last season he scored 32 goals and 11 assists.

    Rossi has great speed, a low centre of gravity therefore excellent mobility and an excellent finish.

    Villareal may well find it hard to keep their man, but slapping on a hefty price tag may help.

6 : Edinson Cavani

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    NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli  celebrates after scoring the goal 2-2 during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and SS Lazio at Stadio San Paolo on April 3, 2011 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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    Player : Edinson Cavani

    Age : 24

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Napoli, Italy

    Nationality : Uruguay

    Interest From : Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal

    Valuation : £40 million

    Qualities : Cavani is a excellent all round footballer, with great technique and finishing.

    Last season he played 47 games and scored 33 goals.

    A powerful player with good awareness of his fellow teammates and the goal. Equally comfortable in scoring with his feet as his head, Cavani is a top class finisher.

    Defenders find him a tough customer and difficult to play against.

5 : Frank Ribery

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 20:  Franck Ribery of Bayern runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on August 20, 2010 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Player : Frank Ribery

    Age : 28

    Position : Winger

    Current Club : Bayern Munich

    Nationality : French

    Interest From : Juventus

    Valuation : £40 million

    Qualities : Although Ribery has stated that he is happy at Bayern and the club have every intention of keeping their star winger, there still persists the feeling that Ribery is not quite as content as we are told.

    Last season he played 32 times, scoring 11 goals and providing 22 assists; clearly Ribery was back to his best.

    On his day he is arguably unplayable. He has such a repertoire of tricks and ball skills that it is wonderful to watch. Defenders do not know what to expect, excerpt the unexpected when faced with Ribery in full flight.

    One of the best dribblers in the game and most direct runners with the ball.

    If the rumours of unrest continue when the transfer window opens, there will certainly be more suitors knocking on his and Bayern's door.

4 : David Villa

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 23:  David Villa of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Player : David Villa

    Age : 29

    Position : Striker

    Current Club : Barcelona, Spain

    Nationality : Spain

    Interest From : Chelsea, Manchester City

    Valuation : £40 million

    Qualities : Villa is one of the most prolific strikers in European football. 

    A striker's striker, who is like a goalscoring machine. His movement is quick, thoughtful and incisive and his final is lethal.

    An excellent runner with the ball and even better without it. Villa make clever runs into space and when found usually finishes with style.

    Last season he scored 23 goals for a Barcelona team that swept all before it.

    Wherever Villa goes he scores goal, it is safe to say that wherever he goes after Barcelona, he will continue to score.

3 : Javier Pastore

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    PARMA, ITALY - MAY 01:  Javier Matias Pastore of US Citta di Palermo is in action during the Serie A match between Parma FC and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Ennio Tardini on May 1, 2011 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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    Player : Javier Pastore

    Age : 21

    Position : Attacking Midfielder

    Current Club : Palermo, Italy

    Nationality : Argentina

    Interest From : Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Barcelona

    Valuation : £44 million

    Qualities : Undoubtedly one of the classiest midfielders around, Pastore has an elegant, stylish and graceful way about how he plays his football.

    A player with great vision, his passing is fabulous and he has the uncanny knack of being able to create space for himself and others.

    Last season he scored a commendable 13 goals from midfield, which is an excellent return.

    Pastore has excellent balance and poise making him wonderful to watch and extremely effective as a players.

    All round, he is a fantastic young midfielder with an amazing future.

2 : Kaka

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06: Kaka of Real Madrid  celebrates after scoring Real's first goal  of during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 6, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty
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    Player : Kaka

    Age : 29

    Position : Attacking Midfield

    Current Club : Real Madrid

    Nationality : Brazil

    Interest From : Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan

    Valuation : £50 million

    Qualities : Kaka is without doubt one of the Brazilian superstar of the game. Blessed with huge talent, technical ability and style, Kaka graces any football pitch he steps onto.

    He is a highly skillful player who possesses a superb shot, has wonderful vision and is able to find space for himself with ease.

    Undoubtedly Real have not seen the best of Kaka and he does not seem to have settled well at Madrid, rumors are rife that he will look to resurrect his career else where.

    Kaka has been awarded countless personal accolades and footballing awards and is a fabulous player with still much to offer.

1 : Cristiano Ronaldo

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 21:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Player : Cristiano Ronaldo

    Age : 26

    Position : Winger, Striker

    Current Club : Real Madrid

    Nationality : Portugal

    Interest From : Manchester City

    Valuation : £100 million

    Qualities : What can be said about the talents of Ronaldo?

    He is one of the two best players in the world right now and his past season for Real has been nothing short of spectacular. 

    He has scored 53 goals in Real colors with 14 assists.

    His ability on the ball is spectacular and he bamboozles defenders with his magic and wizardry. His speed with and without the ball is breathtaking and the power of his shot venomous.

    He has a special technique for free kicks which has brought amazing results with the ball moving in the air with immense power and swerve. 

    In recent weeks, Ronaldo and Manchester City have distanced themselves from each other. But with his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho falling apart and showing no signs of improving, nothing is impossible.

    In football, never say never, stranger things have happened and we may yet see some movement form Ronaldo and City towards each other in the coming weeks.