Several big moves have been rumoured as likely to happen, as Europe’s elite clubs look to strengthen for the 2013/14 campaign.
Here are five transfers that whet the appetite for next season.
5. Radamel Falcao to Chelsea
The Colombian sensation became a target for Europe’s top clubs after his extraordinary scoring record in the Europa League, netting 17 in a single campaign for FC Porto.
In his first three seasons in Europe, he incredibly scored over 100 goals. In August 2011, he completed a transfer believed to be worth in excess of £40m, to replace the outgoing Sergio Aguero to Manchester City.
After scoring 36 goals in the 2011/12 season, reports suggested that he was on his way to Real Madrid, but a move never materialised. With the summer transfer window approaching, no doubt he will be a wanted man - and Chelsea could offer Fernando Torres and cash for the prolific striker.
4. Marco Verratti to Juventus
Paris Saint Germain’s young Italian star has been on the Juventus radar for some time now. The midfielder has the potential to replace Juve’s talisman Andrea Pirlo, and if anyone can teach him how to fulfil his huge potential, it would be Pirlo himself.
In July 2012, he left hometown club Pescara for PSG for around £20m, beating both Juventus and Napoli to his signature. But with the transfer window fast approaching, and Juve looking to invest to have a better crack at the Champions League, rumour has it that he is in Antonio Conte’s targets. And with Blaise Matuidi breaking through for the French giants, he could be allowed to leave.
3. Christian Atsu to Tottenham Hotspur
With Andre Villas-Boas rumoured to be looking for a reunion with the Porto starlet, rumours have gathered pace that the Ghana international is off to England.
With only a year remaining on his contract, it is understood that Porto would rather cash in on him than have his contract run out. Although every transfer window Spurs are linked with 40 different players and only usually end up signing one - often at a cut price of £7m - expect the winger to be plying his trade in north London next season.
2. Isco to Inter Milan
The Malaga starlet burst on to the scene this season with a string of impressive performances in the Champions League. With Malaga banned from European competition next season - subject to an appeal - he may seek Champions League football.
With Inter Milan looking to revolutionise their squad, and with the young Spaniard having a £30m buyout clause, it is understood that the wheels for a move to the San Siro are already in motion.
And at £20m, it will be a bargain.
1. Alexis Sanchez to Juventus
The former Udinese forward has finally hit form for Barcelona, but the re-emergence of David Villa has seen him take the Chilean's place in the starting XI.
The fact that he is such a high-profile player that cost the Blaugrana in excess of £30m but can’t claim a starting place may give him the right reasons to leave.
With Juventus reportedly willing to offer a large sum of cash for the versatile attacker, it may be of interest to Barcelona to add to their own transfer kitty - and also to free up some of their wage bill.
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