Europe's most wanted strikers
Prolific strikers likely to attract interest from Europe's elite clubs this summer
As the transfer window approaches, rumours and reports are published at an alarming rate. Teams are always on the lookout for goals and goal-scorers, so we take a look at five strikers that could be on the move this summer.
Arguably the third best player in the world right now behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao is a wanted man. His goal scoring record has been unbelievable since moving to Europe: 41 goals in 51 games for F.C Porto and 45 goals in 57 games for Atletico Madrid. Despite standing only 5ft 10, Falcao is known for his raw power.
Devastating in the air and deadly with both feet, Falcao is the definition of the traditional number 9. He is no stranger to teams in England either, after he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Super Cup during Atletico’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea in August. Part of the Columbian national team, his chances of winning silverware on the international stage are limited, so the chance to join a European superpower will be tempting to him.
‘The lanky Uruguayan is becoming somewhat of a hero in Naples. Cavani is a complete striker- he can score with both feet and his head but works his socks off too. He proved his pedigree during last year’s Champions league campaign by netting 5 goals in 8 games, including both home and away against Manchester City.
The athletic forward is one of the most prolific forwards around having scored 93 times in 127 games for Napoli. Manchester City are rumoured to be interested. However, as a lifelong friend of Gianfranco Zola, this could set up a potential move to Chelsea (or Watford!).
At 31, it’s fair to say David Villa’s best days may be coming to an end. But his best days were nothing short of remarkable. The striker has enjoyed a successful career in La Liga, scoring 170 goals in 304 games for Zaragoza, Valencia and currently Barcelona. During his 7 years in Spain’s top flight, Villa has won La Liga, Copa del Ray, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup. Villa also scored in the 2010 Champions League final at Wembley, during Barcelona’s 3-1 victory against Manchester United.
His international career is also devastating. With 55 goals in 86 games, he is Spain’s all-time leading goal-scorer; and has the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup to boast about also. With chances limited at Barcelona, Villa is reportedly looking to move. He can operate as either a striker or winger and will make a super signing for any team.
The Polish striker has been a big hit in Dortmund over the last two and a half seasons. He played an integral part of the Dortmund side that captured the Bundesliga title in 2012 scoring 22 goals in 34 games. At only 24, he has still yet to reach his prime, which makes him an ideal signing for Europe’s top sides.
Dortmund director Michael Zorc has announced that he will not be renewing his contract that runs out at the end of next season. Dortmund will be willing to sell their player in the summer, rather than risk losing him on a free the following summer. Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich are said to be interested in a move for the striker who would cost a fraction of his market value.
Well, well, well, where do we start with Fernando Torres? With Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and endless funds behind them, Chelsea look certain to let their £50 million leave at the end of the season. At 28, logic would suggest he is enjoying his prime years. But the footballing world knows this is not the case.
At Liverpool he scored a goal every 1.5 games but at Chelsea he scores on average every 5 games. Not even former boss Rafael Benitez can rekindle his old form. Why would anybody sign the misfit? Well a fresh start could be just what he needs-maybe at a club with less expectation, maybe even abroad. He is suffering from a loss of confidence as well as form but somebody needs to put their arm round Fernando Torres and give him assurance that he’s the club’s main man.
Will these five players be on the move? If so, where should they move? Do you know any other strikers that could make the switch in the summer? Tell us in the comments below.
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