With the title race set to be tighter than ever this year here are five players who could make all the difference if the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City decide to sign them.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, for the second time in his Manchester United career has apparently declared his intention to leave the club and though David Moyes has reassured fans that he will remain at Old Trafford it is hard to see that happening if Rooney really has his heart set on leaving. The United front-mans preferred destination is unknown, although there is certainly a lot of interest from abroad with the likes of PSG and Barcelona sure to be sniffing around.

Domestically though, it could be a real coup for a club such as Chelsea. Mourinho has already spoken of his admiration for the player, and at 28-years-old Rooney still has a few years left in the tank. He still harnesses real quality and the ability to change a game with a moment of genius. 

£25 million is the rumoured fee, and you wouldn't see much in terms of re-sale value for a player only two years shy of 30 but as Manchester United found last season in the form of Robin van Persie, paying in excess of £20million for a more experienced player can be the difference between success and failure.

Estimated value: £20-25million

Stevan Jovetic

The Fiorentina forward has been linked with many of the European elite over the past few months including Arsenal, Chelsea and now, Manchester City.

The young Macedonian has made quite a name for himself over the past couple of seasons and could well prove to be the key in unlocking some of the Premier Leagues most stubborn defenses. 

With Edinson Cavani seemingly on the brink of a move to the French capital and with Carlos Tevez already leaving for Juventus it would seem that Manchester City have shortlisted Jovetic alongside Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo as their prime transfer targets, and surely securing the signature of one of Europe’s most coveted young stars alongside the business they have already done would put them in an extremely strong position come the opening day of the season.

Estimated value: £30-35million

Luis Suarez

Those looking at Suarez will have to decide whether his talent out-weighs the negatives, the Liverpool man has spent nearly as much time on the sidelines suspended as he has on the pitch playing but when he has played,  what a player he has been. I am certainly one to argue that he was more impressive than Robin van Persie last season, and not to far behind Bale. 

His movement in and around the box is exceptional, his ability to twist and turn on sixpence leaves defenders tangled up in their own legs whilst his finishing is deadly.

Real Madrid was the team that seemed favourites to sign him but out of the blue Arsenal have showed more than just an interest lodging a £30million bid, with rumours of an improved £35million bid lodged today.

Although a massive risk, if Wenger can get a controversy free season out of the Uruguayan he could prove to be the key in Arsenal achieving their long wait for a piece of silverware.

Estimated value: £35-40million

Xabi Alonso

Maybe a long shot but rumblings of Alonso wanting to leave the Bernabeu were rife earlier on in the summer and they may return with Madrid’s purchase of Real Sociedad playmaker Asier Illarramendi for a £34million fee, which would suggest he’s certainly in the first team plans.

Alonso has already proved he is a capable of coping with the hustle and bustle of the Premier League proving to be one of the best playmakers around during his time at Liverpool. 

At 31 he is not getting any younger but the style in which plays means age shouldn't pose too much of a problem and would bring valuable winning experience to any team who choose to sign him.

Chelsea is one team which could present a suitable destination, with Mikel looking set to leave Alonso could be the man to sit in midfield and provide the service for the likes of Hazard & Mata.

Whilst a return to Liverpool has also been spoken of, and would certainly show Rodgers intent to break into the top four in the coming season.

Estimated value: £8-12million


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