What's next for the stars of summer 2013?

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The off-season this year displayed a fantastic array of football.

In the Confederations Cup, Brazil emphatically defeated current Euro and World Cup champions Spain. However the Iberian country did have reason to celebrate, as their U21 squad cruised to the title in Israel. 

The U20 World Cup has also just finished. Spain couldn't replicate the success of the U21's and crashed out in the Quarter Finals, beaten by Uruguay who in turn lost to France in the final on Saturday evening.

Thus, given that Neymar and Isco have completed their moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, what lies ahead for more of the best players from all three tournaments at the start of the 2013-2014 campaign?


Brazil's holding midfielder Paulinho was exceptional at his home country's tournament, winning the 'bronze ball' award as the competition's third best player. Considering the wealth of talent on show throughout the tournament, that is a significant achievement Brazil's number 18. 

Therefore Tottenham could have pulled off one of the signings of the summer as the midfielder completed a £17 million to Spurs from Corinthians. The 24 year old could link up with fellow Brazilian Sandro as the two central figures in Tottenham's midfield.

Keisuke Honda

Despite Japan's failure to progress through to the knockout stages of the Confederations Cup Keisuke Honda was hailed as one of the competition's best players.

He threatened early on against Brazil and scored a penalty in an incredibly enticing match versus Italy but was unable to cause any detriment to Mexico's defence in the final group game. 

During the tournament it was well publicised that Honda's CSKA Moscow deal expires in January 2014.

This has prompted a whole host of clubs to chase after the playmakers signature, but it appears that Everton and Milan are currently in pole position. Inter's Japanese full back Yuto Nagatomo recently said that it would be an honour to face Honda in the Milan derby.

Emanuele Giaccherini

Attacking midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini was one of only a few Italians who impressed at Brazil's eight-team tournament this summer. Despite being on the fringes of the Juventus' starting eleven, Giaccherini is evidently a favourite of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli as he started all but one game for the Azzuri.

Giaccherini rewarded Prandelli for his loyalty by netting a sublime goal against Brazil and also contributed two assists.

Juventus are reluctant to sell the 5'6'' attacker but their spending this summer may mean that are forced to part ways.

Paolo Di Canio is keen to make Sunderland a force in the Premier League next year and has therefore bid £7 million for the 28 year old, with Juventus reportedly accepting the bid. If he performs anything like he did for Italy for the Black Cats, then Sunderland have managed a bargain. 

Giovani Dos Santos

Another attacker who impressed this summer was the little Mexican, Giovani Dos Santos. Dos Santos won the penalty that clawed Mexico back into the game against Italy and linked well with Javier Hernandez in Mexico's victory against Japan.

The former Spurs star attracted attention from MLS heavyweights LA Galaxy before deciding to join newly promoted Villareal after Real Mallorca's relegation.

Incredibly, this will be the forward's eighth club despite being just 24 years old. Dos Santos was supposed to be one of the brightest young talents in the world not too long ago, so he will need a really solid season in Spain to put him back on the map internationally.

Thiago Alacantra

Thiago, alongside Isco, is being hailed as one of the world's best young players following superb performances at the Euro U21 Championship. In the final his first half hat trick demoralised Italy as Spain went on to seal the title. 

Alacantra has delivered a number of impressive displays for Catalan giants Barcelona from a young age but has now decided that he needs to leave to secure a place in Spain's 23 man World Cup squad.

David De Gea allegedly wrote 'see you in Manchester' on Thiago's match ball, arousing speculation that the Barcelona star was on his way to United. But Manchester United have missed out - Thiago has signed for Bayern Munich.

Kevin Strootman

Another player who has been lined with a move to the red side of Manchester is Kevin Strootman of PSV. The tough tackling midfielder formed a formidable three man midfield for the Netherlands at the Euro U21 Championship, helping the Oranjes to progress to the semi-finals.

His contribution has sparked interest from Roma, who have had a £12 million offer rejected. United were apparently readying a £17 million bid but whether this is legitimate or not it is yet to be seen.

Strootman himself has confessed that he has been on the receiving end of a lot of attention from teams across Europe, including sides in Russia. However, the Dutch midfielder has stated that he doesn't want a move there.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

20 year old Geoffrey Kondogia has gone from strength to strength ever since his move to Sevilla last summer. The French defensive midfielder has carried his form from Spain into the U20 World Cup in Turkey. He has scored twice so far in the tournament, netting in the first game and in the quarter-final match against Uzbekistan, while also keeping Les Bleus defensively resolute.

Currently Arsenal are deemed to be the team who have shown the greatest interest in Kondogbia, as they are preparing a £7 million bid for the defensively minded player. If the bid is accepted, Kondogbia could link up with countryman Yaya Sanogo, who has agreed to become a Gunner this summer.

Real Madrid and Chelsea were also thought to be monitoring Kondogbia, but their interest has cooled.

Jese Rodriguez

The man more commonly known as 'Jese' has arguably been the star of the tournament at the U20 World Cup, despite Spain exiting prematurely at the quarter-final stage.

He scored 5 goals at the tournament, making him the joint top scorer. Along with his 22 goals for the Real Madrid B side last term, it is clear that Jese is about to be propelled into football stardom. 

However that may not be with Real Madrid. The ideal for Rodriguez would be to graduate to the actual Real Madrid squad, but given the lack of opportunities he will face with the likes of Benzema, Ronaldo, Higuain and Jose Callejon all vying for starting places, it seems as though Jese may have to look elsewhere.

Tottenham is a possible destination, as Spurs are eager to bolster their front line. If Real Madrid are looking to bid for Bale, then Rodriguez could be used as a sweetener in the deal. If the attacker does join Spurs then he will be joined by Barcelona B starlet Deulofeu, who joined Everton on a season long loan in the last few days.

To summarise, it appears that this summer will be very chaotic. With the vast range of skill, flair and power that was exhibited these past couple of months; expect the transfer rumours to continue to thrive right up until the September 1 deadline.


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