After the success of GiveMeFootball’s first ‘summer transfer targets’ piece, it’s clear that thoughts have already turned to the possible dealings for each of the big clubs at the end of the season.
Managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish will already have a shortlist of targets in place, but need to wait until Euro 2012 reaches its conclusion and the window opens on July 1st to be sure about players they want to bring in.
Having looked at Eden Hazard, Yann M’Vila, Olivier Giroud, Jan Vertonghen and Clint Dempsey yesterday, we put the microscope on five other players who could be moving to the Premier League elite before the start of the 2012/13 season…
The Borussia Dortmund star has made a major impact in Germany since moving from Cerezo Osaka in 2010, but his relatively short-term contract means he has less than 18 months on his current deal.
Having helped BVB to consecutive titles, Kagawa impressed for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Champions League this season, taking his Bundesliga form into European competition.
An attacking midfielder with an eye for a pass, press reports in England have claimed that Manchester United are close to signing the player as he stalls on a possible new deal at the Westfalenstadion.
With 13 league goals this term, he also has an eye for goal, and could add a number of extra dimensions to a club’s attacking prowess.
If you believe the reports, 25-year-old Martinez appears destined for Liverpool after impressing for both Jaguares in South America and the Colombian national side.
A striker with serious pace as well as ability in the air, Martinez has an eye for goal and is very much your typical striker, looking to poach wherever possible from inside the 18-yard box.
Competent with both feet, the 13-cap international is surely destined for bigger-and-better things than the Mexican league.
The Uruguayan striker has proved himself at European level after making a massive impact at Napoli, scoring 48 goals in 68 Serie ‘A’ appearances since a 2010 switch from Palermo.
With 11 goals at international level and impressive performances in the Champions League this term, Cavani has propelled himself to the level of one of European football’s hottest properties.
Chelsea and Manchester City are the two Premier League clubs to have been linked with a move, with Cavani offering a physical presence, eye-for-goal and vast amounts ability on the floor.
However, a hefty price tag and Napoli’s unwillingness to sell could be a stumbling block.
The Wigan sensation has showed his vast potential in the Premier League this season, proving instrumental in the run-of-form that helped the club survive.
Raw pace is perhaps the former Crystal Palace starlet’s strongest attribute, although Moses has shown an eye-for-goal this season and improved his final delivery under Roberto Martinez.
A willing runner, he’s impressed on both the wing and in an attacking midfield role, and was at his best against Arsenal when given a licence to roam behind the striker(s).
£10 million seems like a fair price for a young player with top flight experience, although it’s yet to be seen which club makes the first move.
So often linked with a move away from Juventus, the winger looks certain to leave Italy in the transfer window after admitting he’s ready to turn his back on Serie ‘A’.
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are the two parties currently credited with an interest, understandable given the 27-year-old Serbian’s vast amount of ability.
Krasic has played in Europe with both CSKA Moscow and the Bianconeri, earning 46-caps for his country along the way with a free-flowing style on the right flank.
Good acceleration and speed, coupled with the ability to produce a decent final ball more often than not, makes him a worthwhile proposition for both Harry Redknapp and Kenny Dalglish.