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The 5 very best players available this summer

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1. Ashley Cole

No one even would have contemplated the fact that there was ever a chance Ashley Cole would be leaving Chelsea. However, since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle back in November, Jose Mourinho has always preferred the right footed full-back Cesar Azpilicueta instead of Cole.

At the age of 33, Cole still produces some fine performances, and is still in the frame for a starting position in Brazil with England. Already knowing the fact that he moved from one London team, Arsenal, to another London team Chelsea, who have been fierce rivals in recent years, Cole would have no problem moving to another Premier League team in the summer.

However, Mourinho himself has hinted that a move to the MLS could be on the cards for Cole, insisting he wanted him to stay, but also saying: "Maybe Thierry has a better proposal for him".

Whatever happens for Cole, the likelihood is that he will leave Stamford Bridge after some glorious years, and will still be an asset for any top club.

2. Blaise Matuidi

Blaise Matuidi is a key component for PSG. Part of the project PSG want to build, it is evident that they want to keep hold of him until further than the summer. His versatility to go forward and defend solidly has won much praise from many pundits.

His goal recently against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions league displays this. However, the reality of the situation is that Matuidi's contract expires in the summer, and there seems to be no progression regarding talks.

Talks are reportedly understood to have broken down with his representatives and PSG, and Matuidi will not be short of admirers if indeed he decides to leave PSG.

Manchester City could be keen on a deal for him, as their deadline day move for Fernando of Porto was scuppered, and he has since signed a new deal. Matuidi's versatility means he would be a fantastic addition for any club around the globe.

3. Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic's situation is slightly different to anyone else's on this list. Manchester United have confirmed Vidic is set to leave Old Trafford this summer as he seeks a "new challenge" in his final years as a footballer.

His departure was met with sorrow from some United fans, but supporters would have been more disappointed to have seen him gone a couple of years ago when he was at his peak.

His drop in form has raised eyebrows this season, and many have suggested he is past his peak, and United don't need him anymore. However badly this season has gone for Manchester United, Vidic will always remain a legend for them.

Vidic has been strongly linked to Italian giants Inter Milan, and some reports suggest that a deal could be announced as early as next week. The only thing that is for certain is that he won't be staying in England, something which Vidic has confirmed himself.

4. Miroslav Klose

At the age of 35, Miroslav Klose has not showed any signs of slowing down. In contention for a starting place in Brazil, many would not be surprised to lead the line for the Germans in Rio. After all he has scored a mouthwatering 68 goals in 130 appearances for Germany.

Klose was subject of a deadline day loan move from Arsenal much to the surprise of everyone around the world. However, Lazio declined this offer, and Klose was reportedly left upset that his move to the Gunners had been crushed. However, reports have emerged lately that he could sign a new deal with Lazio although nothing is confirmed yet.

There is still more chance Klose could be leaving this summer than staying at Lazio. Being the adventurous man that he is, Klose wouldn't be afraid of a move to the Premier League so late on in his career, and that move could be a possibility if he does leave.

5. Victor Valdes

This seems to be an ongoing saga after Valdes announced he was going to leave at the end of his contract, and head for a new challenge. Despite Barcelona still trying hard to persuade Valdes to stay, he has been adamant regarding his position and there is a great chance he will leave Barcelona and leave Spain.

Valdes was heavily linked to Monaco in the past couple of windows, and there is a possibility he could join the big spenders in the summer.

Regularly mocked by many for his mistakes, Victor Valdes has been outstanding for Barcelona and new boss Tata Martino this season, making some important saves at crucial times.

Whatever people say, he would be a brilliant addition for any club that wants him.

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