GMS Academy member Ross Webber picks the top 10 players still available for transfer this summer...
10. Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid
Manchester United have had a very quiet transfer window so far, but have reportedly contacted Real Madrid over the availability of two of their players. One of whom is Mesut Ozil.United have been frustrated by failed attempts to land Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Fellaini and are currently considering a third bid for the former of those two.
David Moyes has claimed that he wants three new signings before the end of the window and Ozil is one in a long list of midfielders currently targeted by the Premier League champions.
9. Julio Cesar, QPR
Reports suggest Fiorentina came close to signing the Brazilian stopper but pulled out due to financial reasons. Arsenal, who are looking to add a goalkeeper, have also been heavily linked with Cesar and could make a late bit for the 33-year old.
Cesar himself has kept quiet on the matter, merely suggesting, “a lot can happen” before the transfer window slams shut. The former Inter goalkeeper will be keen to remain at the top level with an eye on next year’s World Cup in his native Brazil.
8. Pepe, Real Madrid
If Manchester City have an area of weakness, it’s in defence. Manuel Pellegrini has admitted his back line needs “fixing” and with Matija Nastasic set to miss the early stages of the campaign, City will be desperate to find a new partner for Vincent Kompany.
Pellegrini has already spent £90 million on new talent and could be set to take that total beyond the £100 million mark, with City willing to advance on their previous bid of £15 million.
Pepe found himself falling down the pecking order at Madrid last season, but the 30-year may be given a fresh chance under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, which could spell bad news for City.
7. Samuel Eto’o, Anzhi
Eto’o is one of the big names currently contracted to Anzhi who have been told to leave. Due to financial issues, the owner of the Russian outfit is looking to let go of some of his top earners in order to balance the books.
Rumours have suggested that Eto’o would be willing to take a wage cut in order to seal a move to Chelsea and be reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho whom he won the Champions League with at Inter.
However, the Blues currently have Wayne Rooney sitting at the top of their wish list for a new striker. At 32, the Cameroonian’s age may also put potential investors off.
6. Christian Eriksen, Ajax
It is a mystery why Eriksen is yet to leave the Dutch side despite willingness to depart and interest from all over Europe. It seemed at the start of the window that Dortmund would be the next destination for the 21-year old before they instead captured the services of Armenian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The midfielder has had interest from England, with Tottenham and Liverpool both linked with the Dane. However, Eriksen reportedly played down the rumours over a potential move to the Premier League, claiming he would only be willing to join a side playing in the Champions League.
5. Luka Modric, Real Madrid
Modric is the second of the two Madrid midfielders currently targeted by Manchester United. The Croatian has been linked with the North West based side in the past during his time in England with Tottenham.
Reports suggest that Madrid will be looking for a bid of around £25 million if United are to prize him away from Spain. Should Moyes fail with a third bid for Fabregas than Modric could well become his number one target should the midfielder be interested in a move back to England.
4. Willian, Anzhi
Willian is another of the big names set to leave the Russian side this summer. Liverpool seem favourites to sign the Brazilian after opening talks with Anzhi soon after Willian himself had announced his interest in the team from Merseyside.
The 25-year old won’t go cheaply however, with a fee of around £30 million the cost to prize Willian away from Russia. The attacker may also have to take a cut to his wages, but could seriously bolster Rodgers’ front line.
3. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
The England striker is one of the three biggest transfer sagas of the summer. United have claimed that Rooney is not for sale, yet the 27-year-old has not kept his intentions of leaving a secret.
Chelsea have had two bids rejected by United but are lining up a third in the region of £28 million and have reportedly set a deadline for when they want the deal to be done by. If the deal does not go through in time, Mourinho will turn his intentions elsewhere but he remains confident due to Rooney’s intentions to leave the champions.
2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
After all the drama and controversy the Uruguayan has caused this summer, it now looks like Suarez will stay with the Reds. Rodgers and Liverpool owner, John W. Henry, have both stood firm over Suarez and denied any suggestions that they will sell the Uruguayan despite him announcing his intentions to leave earlier this summer.
However, recent reports suggest that Suarez has apologised for his conduct and is back training with the first team after returning from international duty. The 26-year old also recently claimed that the affection of the fans changed his mind about leaving the club. With Arsenal already having had two bids turned down for Suarez, they will be hoping there is one more twist left in the saga.
1. Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur
Bale completes the trio of major transfer sagas this summer. Spurs and Bale himself have kept very quiet about the Welshman’s future despite heavy interest and a world record bid made from Real Madrid.
However, Madrid owner Florentino Perez is still unsure whether he wishes to splash so much money and it is suggested that players at the Spanish giants are convinced that they do not need the services of the winger. This has therefore sparked interest from Manchester United after reports suggesting they would be willing to offer a player plus cash deal involving Javier Hernandez moving in the opposite direction.
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