Summer brings about a variety of challenges for Premier League fans, not least the navigation of the barren months between the final day and opening day.
Perhaps the desperation to fill these long hours has led to the circus known as the transfer window, which now pitches its Big Top up every summer for quite a show.
All kinds of rumours, comments and hints fly around until the window slams shut in September and the dawn of Twitter has only served to increase the volume significantly.
Hearing about your club possibly signing a shiny, brand spanking new players is easy to get excited about, so GMS decided pick out five of the most exciting transfer targets we have seen for the Premier League so far.
GMS is not saying any of the five targets are definitely going to be joining the clubs they are linked with, just that there has been much talk and it appears there is some interest in the certain players.
GMS’ Five Most Exciting Premier League Transfer Targets are as follows…
Gonzalo Higuain – Real Madrid to Arsenal
Arsenal fans have been starved of big-name signings since Arsene Wenger produced Andrey Arshavin from out of the January snow in 2009 – some fans may now wish they were starved a little longer.
Recent claims from Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis that they are ready to spend big will have upped the optimism among Emirates Stadium fans, but the prospect of getting the Real Madrid striker will really have got their juices going.
Although not an undisputed starter for the Santiago Bernabeu club, Higuain has a good goalscoring record and would represent a step-up in quality for recent Arsene Wenger signings.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Manchester United
Probably the dream signing of most Manchester United fans, Ronaldo returning would prove to be a transfer coup of massive proportions. It would appear unlikely given the £80million it took to make him a Madrid player, but the rumours are not going away.
The Portuguese was a very good player when he left Old Trafford, but has since become a truly great player and will go down as one of the greatest of all time.
Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back is probably the biggest statement David Moyes could make that he is the right man to take up Sir Alex Ferguson’s mantle.
Edinson Cavani – Napoli to Chelsea
Uruguay’s athletic forward has been the subject of about as much transfer talk as any player can and has been so for a long, long time. However, this summer has seen him go public with his desire to move on from Naples and Chelsea have been linked with a bid.
Centre-forward has been of slight concern for the Stamford Bridge club, with neither Fernando Torres or Demba Ba setting the world alight in the Premier League last season.
Cavani would bring pace, power, energy and dramatic facial expressions were he to join Chelsea, providing some serious competition among Jose Mourinho’s forwards.
Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Manchester City
From what he has been saying since the end of the season, Luis Suarez wants to join Real Madrid this summer, but the Santiago Bernabeu club may be about to go big for Gareth Bale and will need to keep reserves high.
Manchester City are ready to step in, according to reports, and signing Suarez would be a big statement of intent that they want to take the Premier League title back.
Suarez has bemoaned the English press for his unhappiness but a move to the Etihad Stadium would likely have an easing salary. Suarez is a player that can make the difference by himself and would improve Manuel Pellegrini’s chances of a debut title greatly.
Paulinho – Corinthians to Tottenham
Spurs fans can be excused for fretting over the future after missing out on a Champions League qualification place once again, as well as the rumours about Real Madrid’s interest in their star man, Gareth Bale.
However, this week has seen them heavily linked with current Brazil international Paulinho, a player that the White Hart Lane can get excited about. An intelligent skilful and midfielder with an eye for goal, the 24-year-old would add much quality to Andre Villas-Boas’ midfield.
£17million is the mooted price tag and it is a statement that chairman Daniel Levy is ready to invest in Villas-Boas’ vision.
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