20 Big-Name Players Guaranteed to Be on the Move This Summer
Believe it or not, some clubs are already mulling over which players to sign in the summer transfer window.
Porto will not sell Hulk for under £83 million, so he’s unlikely to leave Portugal anytime soon.
Santos will end up auctioning off Neymar and Ganso after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The aforementioned three may not be on the move, but there are still 20 big-name players that could transfer this summer.
Read on to find out who they are.
Alessandro Del Piero
Juventus will not offer Alessandro Del Piero a new contract, so he'll be free to join any club on a Bosman.
Retirement could be an option, but considering the money Middle Eastern and Chinese clubs can offer, Del Piero may take a detour into Asia.
Andrey Arshavin has no future at Arsenal given his lackluster performances this season.
Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are front runners to sign the Russian captain in the summer.
The lingering question for A.C. Milan is whether they want to persist with Clarence Seedorf, or give a youngster like Alexander Merkel a chance.
Seedorf is a reliable professional and he's been willing to play a minor role. It's in Milan's best interests to be pragmatic and let him go in the summer.
A big-name like Seedorf will garner offers from all over the world.
Cristian Rodríguez's career has stagnated in Portugal and Porto missed their chance to cash in on him both last summer and in January.
He'll come to any club via a free transfer and will be an invaluable asset.
When Rodríguez is on song, he's a lethal dribbler.
Rather than forking out £30 million for Dimitar Berbatov, one lucky club will sign him for free.
Well, that was until The Sun reported that Manchester United will extend his contract by a year due to a clause in the Bulgarian's contract.
Essentially, Manchester United are ensuring they will receive a transfer fee in the summer, as opposed to watching him leave on a Bosman.
Didier Drogba has been in great form for the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.
When Drogba does come back, he ought to replace Fernando Torres—but will André Villas-Boas make that decision?
Probably not, as Drogba is likely to leave in the summer for free whereas Chelsea are stuck with the Spaniard till 2016.
Logic would say persist with Torres, because no club will offer £30 million for him, so they should keep starting him and hope he comes around.
Ederson has been a bit-part player this season for Lyon, even though his talent suggests he should be a starter.
Therefore, Ederson is likely to run down his contract and look for greener avenues.
With the exception of Nenê, no Ligue 1 player has been as exciting or influential to the team as Eden Hazard.
Lille have no reason to hold onto him, given they've shown the world how valuable Hazard is.
Hazard's transfer fee can only go down through a career-debilitating injury, and so it would be wise for the French club to sell him for a monumental amount.
If Esteban Granero wants to be a bench warmer, then he should stay at Real Madrid.
If he wants to be a starter, he will force a move away, and there's no reason why the serviceable midfielder can't play for another top club.
Federico Balzaretti is one of the best left-backs in the world, yet outside of the Serie A, not many people recognise his name.
If Paris Saint-Germain do not pull out of the deal, Balzaretti will become more recognisable.
PSG would be spoiled for choices with Balzaretti, Maxwell and Siaka Tiéné viable options at left-back.
Keep in mind, if Balzaretti joins the Parisian club, it would almost guarantee an exit for Tiéné.
Filippo Inzaghi has yet to score a goal in the Serie A this season and it's been sad watching him consigned to the outer looking in.
He is four appearances away from 300 games and Massimiliano Allegri should consider giving the veteran some symbolic game time in order to reach the milestone.
Such is Inzaghi's love for Milan, he may even retire rather than find a new team. However, he's so competitive that maybe he'll do a Raúl.
Florent Malouda had a chance to redeem himself against Manchester United, but unsurprisingly put in a nothing performance.
Chelsea would have been better off playing with 10 men, such was the anonymity of Malouda.
It would be a horrible decision to renew his contract. Let him leave to Paris Saint-Germain.
Gianluca Zambrotta had a forgettable Derby della Madonnina.
Luca Antonini has been more reliable than Zambrotta and A.C. Milan's decision to buy Djamel Mesbah signals the end of Zambrotta's career at Milan.
Schalke haven't taken lightly to Jefferson Farfán wanting €14 million just to sign a contract extension.
Farfán's contract runs out at season's end and it is bad management on Schalke's part to not sell him.
Joe Cole has had a renaissance at Lille after he seemed down and out at Liverpool.
This has been a smart loan deal from Liverpool because I can see the club packaging Cole plus money for Eden Hazard.
Good left-backs are few and far between. Jordi Alba reads the play so well that he averages four interceptions a game for Valencia.
Valencia are cash-strapped, so someone as valuable as Alba will be sold at the right price.
Barcelona should sign Alba because he'd add an extra dimension to an already ridiculously strong football club.
Leandro Damião is just 22 years old, yet he scored 40 goals last year.
Internacional need to capitilise on Damião's transfer value, which is now at its highest, and sell him in the summer.
Of course, if he can score 40 goals again or possibly even more, then Internacional should keep him.
Why keep him?
He's sure to make the Brazilian national team and if he lights it up at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, his transfer value will be astronomic.
That's the approach Santos are taking with Neymar and Ganso.
However, Damião isn't on the level of the Santos duo—yet.
Chelsea would have been better off submitting £50 million for a young, dynamic and promising world beater in Lucas Moura.
Instead, Chelsea bought Fernando Torres, who was clearly in decline.
Buying Moura may lead to Torres scoring goals by the bucket load.
With regards to the transfer fee, Chelsea need to be wary of São Paulo wheeling and dealing.
In 1998, the Brazilian club managed to inflate Denílson's transfer fee to £21.5 million, which at the time was a world record transfer fee.
Bernd Leno's meteoric rise means the end of René Adler at Bayer Leverkusen.
He'll come for free, but his knees are a concern.