Published On: Wed, Jun 5th, 2013

Top 15 Best European Summer Transfer Deals

Here’s a quick round-up of the players to watch in the transfer market this summer.  I’ve discounted the likes of Falcao, Götze and Neymar as they’ve already completed their moves.  Lewandowski’s off the list too as he’s ein bratwürst skin away from joining Götze in Bayern.  To be honest, this list could have gone on and on, and on again and the cream of the crop are being snapped up with a regularity that’s not been seen in the last few seasons – it looks like this summer transfer window’s just starting to heat up.

  1. Christian Eriksen (Ajax) – The Ajax attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to just about every European big name under the sun since his emergence from the Ajax youth academy a few seasons ago.  Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to express interest, viewing him as the ideal replacement for Mario Götze who’s of course signed for Bayern Monaco-in-Bavaria.

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    Christian Eriksen in action for Denmark

  2. Isco (Malaga) – Malaga’s well documented financial woes and the imminent departure of coach Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City will surely coerce the über-talented 21-year-old playmaker out the exit door at La Rosaleda.  Pellegrini himself has identified him as a top target and he could join fellow Spaniards David Silva, Javi Garcia and – reportedly Jesus Navas – at Eastlands.   Don’t discount Barcelona or Réal Madrid though, from sticking in offers for a player they have long since courted.
  3. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) – Much like the others, the interest in Cavani has been established for years, but Napoli’s owner – prominent film producer Aurelio de Laurentiis – is no mug and knows exactly how to thicken a plot.  When Cavani signed his new deal, a buyout clause of €63 million was inserted into the contract, and it looks like the Neapolitans will not settle for anything less than that figure in negotiations.

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    Malaga’s Isco

  4. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Moenchengladbach) – Even after his complete howler against the USA in a recent friendly international, the young goalkeeper’s stock is still sky high, having turned in some excellent displays in the Bundesliga for Borussia Moenchengladbach.  Top clubs who could do with a new keeper (Barcelona anyone?) will still surely be champing at the bit to sign the 21-year-old for a reasonably priced £12 million
  5. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) – Will the exodus at Dortmund continue with the loss of this centre-half colossus?  The rumours abound that Barcelona want him to plug the defensive chasm at Camp Nou, but do they have the stones to pay the over £30 million asking price?  I’m not so sure and Hummels himself has quashed any talk of an imminent departure, remarking that “When I now say that these speculations are baseless, that should be enough”
  6. Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) – I’m sure I will not be the only one rubbing my eyes in a comic expression of disbelief if Arsène Wenger finally dusts off that Arsenal chequebook of his and snaps up this exciting Montenegrin attacker from Fiorentina.  His ability is beyond any shadow of doubt, the one stumbling block is price – will La Viola be willing to lower their €30 million asking price?  I don’t think so – and what’s more I think there’ll be a host of clubs queueing up to fork over that kind of dosh for him, which may price the Gunners out of the whole shooting match.

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    Stevan Jovetic has starred for La Viola

  7. Andre Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) – His move to Chelsea’s been put on hiatus as Leverkusen want Kevin de Bruyne on loan from the Europa League champions.  de Bruyne, however, wants only a move to Dortmund.  If a compromise cannot be reached, don’t expect Schürrle to hang about for too long, or for there to be any shortage of suitors for this pacy attacker
  8. Most of the Shakthar Donetsk first team squad (Shakthar Donetsk) – the likes of Henrik Mkhitaryan, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano feature high on shopping lists continent-wide, with Man City supposedly trés close to snaring Fernandinho and Liverpool all up in Mkhitaryan’s grill.   Keep your eyes peeled out east for more developments.

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    Mkhitaryan is a big target for Liverpool

  9. Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona) – A £17 million buyout clause in his contract, and a seeming desire to leave Catalunya, have made him a top priority for both Manchester clubs, with City having a slight edge due to the heavy Spanish influence at Eastlands these days.
  10. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs) – The most expensive of the Summer targets on the list – with a potentially record-beating £85 million price tag on his napper – the Welsh wing wizard is Réal Madrid’s dream signing, a proper Galactico – albeit a rather more humble one.  If Spurs get offered the exorbitant fee that’s being quoted, it will be impossible to turn down…but could just help refinance Spurs’ push for the top 4 next season.
  11. Leandro Damiao (SC Internacional) – Which brings me seamlessly onto number 12 on our list – Leandro Damiao has been a target for Tottenham for the last few transfer windows and André Villas-Boas will be desperate to get secure his signature after seeing his similarly-coveted compatriot Joao Moutinho slip through his grasp and join free-spending Monaco.   A fee of £25 million plus will probably convince Internacional of Porto Alegre to part with their Brazil-capped hitman, although AC Milan have also been credited with an interest.
  12. Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines (Everton) – Both these players flourished under the tutelage of David Moyes and the new Man United boss is said to be trés keen to be reunited with the pair at Old Trafford.  They ain’t gonna come cheap though and it may take the best part of £50 million to get them across the M62.

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    Fellaini could follow his mentor Moyes to Old Trafford

  13. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – It’s like a terrible soap opera isn’t it, Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career – full of tawdry tales and tearful goodbyes, only for him to make a triumphant return to resurrect his Old Trafford career – he’s had more comebacks than Barry Grant from Brookside (for those unaware of the Brookside reference, just be thankful you’ve never seen it).  In summary, a Rooney transfer probably won’t happen as he’ll just end up all teary-eyed on the steps of the “Theatre of Dreams” saying how much he loves the club and how he could never possibly leave, we’ve seen it all before.  On the other hand, if he does leave, it’ll probably be to one of – Real Madrid, Arsenal, PSG or Monaco.
  14. Luis Suarez – Liverpool may be tempted to cash in on their troubled talisman – a 10 game ban is not so easy to forgive and the Spanish capital’s-a-calling.   He also dislikes the British media intensely and this seems like a convenient get-out clause for Suarez, who’s undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player.   The problem is, his off-field “antics” (I personally don’t see much that justifies the sheer amount of vilification aimed at Suarez) look as though they’ll push him out of the club

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    Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield

  15. Gonzalo Higuain – Seemingly surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu this season, the French-born Argentinian striker may not have the patience to stick around and see if he’s fancied by Madrid’s new coach.  A move to Juventus or Arsenal seems the most likely at this moment, with a fee of £20 million representing a comparitive bargain for a player who has scored plenty of goals, even when not playing regularly.  It’s apparently a toss up between Higuain and Karim Benzema as to who will leave this summer, and the smart money’s on 25-year-old Higuain shifting towards the exit.

Words by Andy MacKay