It promises to be another hectic summer, as some of the world's best players prepare to move clubs.
Here are 10 players who could make big-money moves this summer:
Mario Gotze | Borussia Dortmund
The 20-year-old German has been subject to huge speculation over the past couple of years with reported interest from Barcelona and Arsenal among others. However, a move to Dortmund’s fierce rivals Bayern Munich has been completed. The deal for €37m - his release clause - will make him the most expensive Bundesliga transfer ever.
Robert Lewandowski | Borussia Dortmund
Another Dortmund star that looks set to be on the move. After a stunning performance v Real Madrid recently his stock will most certainly have risen but, with his contract running out in 2014, Dortmund could lose him for free if they don’t sell this summer. Bayern, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all potential suitors.
Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid
After another stellar season in La Liga, scoring 25 goals at the time of writing, many big clubs are in for Atletico Madrid’s Colombian. With a release clause of €50m, the richer clubs of the world are all very interested. Chelsea and Manchester United look favourites at the moment, and Real Madrid also want him, but Atletico don’t want to sell to their biggest rivals.
Edinson Cavani | Napoli
When Ezequiel Lavezzi left last summer, many people couldn’t imagine Napoli repeating performances of last season since their famed attacking trio was broken up. However, thanks largely to one man, the 26-year-old Uruguayan, they’ve all but secured second place in Serie A. Chelsea, PSG, Arsenal and Manchester City are all struggling to match Napoli’s €65m asking price at the moment.
Stevan Jovetic | Fiorentina
He missed the entire 2010/11 season through injury but has recovered well and returned stronger. With a range of dribbling, passing and shooting skills, he’s led a mediocre Fiorentina team to fourth place with 12 goals, but looks set to leave in the summer. Juventus, Manchester City and Arsenal are all prepared to pay £25m for the Montenegrin.
Neymar | Santos
It’s hard to think of a big club that hasn’t been linked with this young starlet. The tricky Brazilian has presumably had many lucrative offers to lure him away from his home club Santos and it seems certain Barcelona are winning the race. It’s now just a question of whether the £50m man will leave this year or wait until after the 2014 World Cup in his native Brazil.
Wayne Rooney | Manchester United
While he is still adored by the United faithful, Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with PSG and Real Madrid reportedly keen.
Christian Eriksen | Ajax
In the past few days, after the imminent departure of Gotze from Dortmund, he has become their top replacement target, but the Champions League semi-finalists will have to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City among others to secure Ajax’s young Danish star for a fee of around £20m.
Gareth Bale | Tottenham
This one hugely depends on whether Tottenham can clinch a top-four spot this season. It’s hard to see the Welsh wonder hanging around at White Hart Lane with another season of Europe League. Lots of clubs are interested but Real Madrid look favourites at the moment, with Gonzalo Higuain or Angel di Maria possibly going the other way in a player-plus-cash deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
With Jose Mourinho’s imminent departure from the Madrid giants, their star player could be set to follow. There are rumours of him being unhappy there and Chelsea - if the Special One takes the job there - both Manchester clubs and PSG all will look to capitalise. It’s thought a bid of at least £70m will be needed to prise him away from ‘Los Blancos’.
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