In the past, there have been many transfer sagas in the summer leading to speculation on whether a coveted player would leave for another club – in recent times, it’s been like that for Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and Cesc Fabregas to name a few and as for the summer of 2012, things certainly seem that way, so let’s take a look at 5 players who could dominate the transfer window and are sure fire targets of media speculation this coming summer.
Where do you begin with Eden Hazard? Probably the hottest prospect in the market today, the 21 year old, explosive Belgian winger has set many clubs’ radars towards him with his eye catching performances for Ligue 1 club, Lille. Dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo, the trickster helped Lille win their first league trophy since 1954 last season and looks all but set to leave the French club this summer as Lille look to cash in on him.
With these comments in January, it’s only a matter of which club Hazard will join – Arsenal? Manchester United? Chelsea? Tottenham? We’ll have to wait and see but one thing is for sure; expect a lot of newspaper talk regarding this talented youngster.
22 year old, Shinji Kagawa is probably one of the best purchases in football history, having been bought by Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp for a mere approximate of £294,000, his market price today is probably £15-20 million now. Having been in the Bundesliga best XI in his first season and helping Dortmund win the league title after a long 9 years, Kagawa’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed as he has gained interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, when it was widely expected that Kagawa would extend his contract with Dortmund until 2016 with double the salary, contract negotiations were reportedly stalled and hence, broken down. Dortmund still remain confident that Kagawa will extend his contract soon but the media will almost certainly continue to link the Japanese maestro with various English clubs as his contract runs out in 2013.
As the above quote specifies, 28 year old, Robin van Persie who has been in stunning form this season has only delayed contract talks with Arsenal so that he can focus on his football – or is it a ploy to force Arsenal to sell him with just a year left on his contract just like Samir Nasri did this season? We’ll have to wait and see. However, the gifted Dutchman who is the current captain of Arsenal has professed his genuine love for the North London club on more than one occasion and seems settled with his family in London. But that won’t stop the media – expect transfer rumours of a move away from Arsenal with Manchester City and Real Madrid, the likely destinations.
Dubbed the new Patrick Vieira, 21 year old, Yann M’Vila has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Arsenal heavily since last year. The Stade Rennais player is already a regular in the France team and is touted as the best defensive midfielder for many years to come and is certain to leave his club this summer despite his contract ending in 2015. It’s just a question of where his destination will be as clubs would look to seize the opportunity to sign him before EURO 2012 in an act to prevent his market value from rising.
We’ve heard it a million times but 28 year old, Carlos Tevez is just not happy in England. After a fallout in a game against Bayern Munich with Roberto Mancini, the Man City manager claimed Tevez would never play for the club again. AWOL from training since, Tevez was heavily linked with moves to PSG, AC Milan and Boca Juniors but it never catalyzed.
However, he has returned to action at a key time for Man City in their title run in but it remains to be seen whether the Manchester club will still trust the talented Argentine rebel after the season’s conclusion so we can expect a lot of transfer speculation.