With the January transfer window being closed for nearly a month, GiveMeFootball now takes a look at the top five transfer targets for this summer's window.
Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid
Falcao has been a target for teams around Europe ever since his switch from Porto to Atletico Madrid in 2011. His unstoppable aerial game along with his killer instinct for goal makes him one of the most sought after strikers in world football.
Chelsea are the team that have shown the most interest in him, but with three years left on his current contract he doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon; his current focus being Atletico Madrid's push for Champions League football next season.
"I have a contract with Atletico for three more years, therefore that's the best option," Falcao told El Mundo Deportivo. "As a group we have the clear goal of qualifying for the Champions League. If we maintain the same level that we have showed we will achieve our objectives."
Neymar | Santos
Neymar has been on the radar of some of Europe's top clubs since he was a teenager. With his lightning speed and dazzling manoeuvres, both with and without the ball, he is quickly becoming a rising star in the football world.
With interest coming from Spain, England, and Germany, Neymar is quite the piece of property. However he has stated that out of respect to his club, Santos, he will not leave until after the 2014 World Cup.
Even a pledge to his club will not stop interested teams from trying to acquire the young Brazilian, with Manchester City supposedly preparing a £55million bid for the player in the summer. No matter when he leaves or where he goes, Neymar will continue to attract attention.
Christian Eriksen | Ajax
Christian Eriksen has blossomed over the past few years with Ajax, and at the 2012 European Championships with Denmark. His silky playmaking and ability to run at defences is what attracts the attention of top clubs around Europe, and particularly in England, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur all credited with an interest.
Eriksen has over a year left on his current contract, but turned down the chance to re-sign with the Dutch giants because he "wanted to see what opportunities present themselves this summer", according to the London Metro.
And, with top teams showing great interest in the Danish star, offers will not be few and far between for him in the coming months.
Gareth Bale | Tottenham Hotspur
Gareth Bale is considered one of the best wingers in the world at the moment. With his sensational quickness and ability to strike the ball with great power, Bale is often compared to his Portuguese counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo. And not wrongly so.
His stunning performances have appealed to Spanish giants Real Madrid who are said to be looking to bid for the Welshman this summer. One can only imagine a Ronaldo-Bale strike force.
A £50million price tag on Bale could turn Real Madrid away from the signing, but with Ronaldo seemingly on his way out of the Santiago Bernabu, money (and space down the left side) could make room for the Spurs star's arrival.
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
The big daddy of them all, the £80million phenomenon, the Portuguese sensation; no matter what you call him, he goes by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo and is one of the greatest wingers to ever play the game.
His strength is unbeatable, his finishing is unstoppable, and his free-kicks, are unsaveable. Since Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid in 2009, he has been a sensation in world football.
As of late, however, Ronaldo is said to be unhappy in Madrid, and could possibly opt to leave the club at the end of the season. The thing is, Madrid want "the full £80million" that they paid for the winger, and most teams cannot afford to sign a player with that price tag.
Which is why his new home will be up for grabs this summer, with Manchester United gradually starting to show more interest than others. Nobody knows for sure where Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing his football next season, what we do know is that he will continue to amaze football fans around the world with his talent.
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