The summer of 2013 has seen a lot of activity on the transfer market. But the drama is nowhere near the end. Here are some of the big names who may be playing their football for a different club.
We start the list with Europe’s most wanted striker. Napoli has stated that they will not sell the 26 year old Cavani unless the buyer is willing to pay the minimum 54 million euros. It seems that Paris Saint-Germain and its Qatari owners have taken interest. PSG is willing to pay the fee to make Cavani part of a talented squad that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Thiago Silva. According to Sky Sports, Cavani has been talking to PSG officials for a potential move to the French capital, and that they are close to getting his signature on a contract that will reportedly double his salary. PSG’s wealth will buy them Europe’s most lethal attacking force if Cavani decides to partner up with Ibrahimovic. Both strikers netted 30 goals apiece in the 2012-2013 campaign.
Another striker in high demand, Gonzalo Higuian, the Real Madrid striker, is looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and play his football somewhere else. After losing playing time and his starting position to Karim Benzema, Gonzalo is keen on a transfer. Arsenal seems to be in the lead for the Argentine striker’s services. With Juventus showing promise earlier this summer before they bought Carlos Tevez from Manchester City. Gonzalo still managed to net 19 goals in all competition, even though he played sparingly. Arsenal look to end their 8 year trophy less campaign with this signing as they try and sign a legitimate striker to add more goals to their tally for next season. According to Express, Gonzalo Higuian’s father stated that his son will most likely play his football at the Emirate’s stadium. The fee for the transfer is estimated between 19 million- 25 million for the 25 year old player.
The sweepstakes for the Premier League’s best player was massive. A few weeks ago every rumor on transfers had Bale’s name in them. Bale found the back of the net 31 times in all competitions. Manchester United and Real Madrid are looking to add the explosive forward to their squad. At one point Real Madrid were willing to break the bank and offer Spurs 85 million for the 23 year old Welsh player. That would be paying 5 million more what they paid for their current superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Those talks have died down. Manchester United offered players and cash for Bale, but those negotiations have faded away. According to The Guardian, Gareth Bale has the intentions to stay at White Hart Lane and help Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League table. But with the transfer window being so unpredictable, we should all follow this carefully.
David Moyes has backed up the talks of Rooney staying at Old Trafford, but his words will be ignored by many top clubs. The English forward’s relationship with Manchester United has been rocky the past few months. According to the Mirror, Wayne Rooney’s old boss, Sir Alex Ferguson said that the forward asked to leave the club at the end of the season. Rooney is being chased down by Chelsea, Arsenal, and Barcelona. According to The Daily Mail, all three clubs are willing to pay the 30 million price tag Rooney is estimated to have. The other requirement the three clubs must meet is his 250,000 euros a week salary. Wayne Rooney’s numbers were considerably low this past campaign. He scored 16 goals in all competitions compared to his 34 the previous year. The season was filled with injuries, and inconsistent play by Rooney. He took back seat to Robin Van, who arrived from Arsenal in 2012, scoring 30 goals in 2012-2013. Even with all those negatives, top clubs are still willing to invest big money in the 27 year old English striker.
The Real Madrid superstar is rumored to return to Old Trafford. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester for a record transfer fee of 80 million in 2009. Now many sources say that he is keen on returning to Manchester United. According to The Telegraph, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez wants to stop the move before it even happens. Perez has said that he expects the Portuguese captain to retire a Madrista. Ronaldo won more trophies in England than in Spain, he is loved by the supporters and they cheered for him earlier this year when he played against them. With his contract expiring in 2015 a move to Manchester United makes sense. But what will make Ronaldo stay at Real Madrid? A huge contract will. Real Madrid’s plan to keep the Portuguese is to present Ronaldo with the biggest contract offer Real Madrid has ever made. Perez has said that Real Madrid wants to make the winger the highest paid player in the world. Many sources estimate Ronaldo to receive more than 350,000 euros a week if he were to sign such a huge contract. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 200 goals in 197 appearances for Real Madrid, and at the age of 28, Perez wants to take full advantage of the Portuguese winger’s services.