With Robin Van Persie heavily linked with a return to the Emirates Stadium in the recent past, here are 10 forward deals which I think are very likely to come off once the season has ended...
10: Loic Remy - QPR to Newcastle, £8 million
Earlier this season, Harry Redknapp said that Remy and Adel Taarabt did not feature in his plans. And with Remy reportedly having an £8 million buyout clause, Newcastle will be desperate to keep hold of their top scorer.
9: Roberto Soldado - Tottenham to Valencia, Loan
After a stellar season in Spain, Soldado joined Spurs for £26 million and seemed to be headed for stardom. However, Soldado has only hit six Premier League goals so far, his best achievement an incredible four-yard miss against Dnipro.
A desire to keep a place in the Spain squad could see him return to La Liga, most likely with his old club. However, Spurs are unlikely to let him leave after one season.
8: Nicklas Bendtner - Arsenal to Crystal Palace, Free
The much-trolled Dane is likely to want to leave and, with a new striker likely to join Arsenal in the transfer window, Bendtner is surely on his way out. With Crystal Palace lacking a striker, nearby and seemingly around Bendtner’s class, they would be ideal suitors (that is if they stay in the Premier League).
7: Luis Suarez - Liverpool to Real Madrid, around £50.5m
This season’s top scorer has always showed a desire to join Real and having had an incredible season so far, they will surely come calling.
6: Mario Mandzukic - Bayern Munich to Manchester United, around £20m
With a certain Pole on his way to the Allianz Arena, a player with quality such as that of Mandzukic will most likely want to leave. One team in search of world-class players (especially a goal scorer) and with lots of money to spend are Manchester United, who may be able to buy a world-class striker for a cut-down price.
5: Javier Hernandez - Manchester United to Tottenham, around £12m
The Mexican has fallen out of favour in the starting line up at Old Trafford, despite proving himself on many occasions to be a natural goalscorer. He would surely want a top team to join and Tottenham have the money to buy him. An Emmanuel Adebayor-Hernandez combination would put them into top-four contention.
4: Hulk - Zenit to Chelsea, around £35m
While inconsistency may well have lowered Hulk’s value perhaps a strong bid of arounf £35 million would be accepted. Jose Mourinho is a known fan of Hulk.
3: Edin Dzeko - Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund, around £26m
Having made his name in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, Dzeko has now fallen down to third choice under Manuel Pellegrini, having to compete with Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.
There’s no question that a player of his ilk deserves to be playing for a top team and it’s possible that the Bosnian could return to Germany for a similar fee to which he departed.
Borussia Dortmund have some money to spend and with star striker Robert Lewandowski off to rivals Bayern Munich, they will be on the hunt for a world-class forward.
2: Robin Van Persie - Manchester United to Arsenal, around £22m
According to reports - which have since been denied by the player - Van Persie is unsettled in Manchester. If there was one club that he could return to it would undoubtedly be the Gunners, who have shown this season they can compete with the big boys for trophies but are just lacking a goalscorer to partner Olivier Giroud.
Another bonus would be the guarantee of the captain’s armband and legendary status amongst the Arsenal faithful.
1: Robert Lewandowski - Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, Free
This one we all know is going to happen; the contract has been signed, it’s all done and dusted. Lewandowski is a fantastic striker, extraordinarily prolific, who showed that he could perform at the very highest level when he struck four goals in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. If he can keep his form, Bayern may become unassailable.
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