The summer transfer window never fails to shock and this window will likely be no exception to the rule.
However, whilst incomings are usually what most fans anticipate and theorize and debate, the outgoings will likely be the most shocking this term.
1) Wayne Rooney
His manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed the claims – speculation that the Red Devils’ striker is unsettled in his new role since the arrival of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.
It’s not been a vintage season for Rooney who is being beckoned by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. Whilst Ferguson has played it down, Rooney’s sudden shyness on the subject speaks bounds – I wouldn’t be remotely surprised to see this one go through.
PSG will pay big and with the kind of cash they can afford to splash United can re-invest and bring in another quality addition, along the lines of Robert Lewandowski or perhaps even Radamel Falcao.
2) Sergio Aguero
The other side of Manchester, Sergio Aguero has seen a dip in his form this term – last year’s title-clincher for City has been a little less than himself this term and is currently linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The lure of such an elite European powerhouse may prove to be too much of a temptation for the Argentine. If nothing more, his head will certainly be turned by the rumours linking him with Los Blancos and, once his mind is elsewhere, the writing may be on the wall.
3) Frank Lampard
It’s no secret that Chelsea have not offered Blues and England veteran Frank Lampard a new contract and that, for some unimaginable reason, they’re prepared to let him walk away at the end of the season.
He will definitely be headed for LA Galaxy – I can’t imagine he’d join any other Premier League club, even Manchester United as has been suggested, as he won’t want to taint his image as a Chelsea legend.
It won’t be the biggest shock but it’ll certainly sting both the Stamford Bridge faithful and the player himself. It’ll be emotional, to say the least. I guess what’s most shocking is the fact that Chelsea FC are unmoved and unwilling to keep him around. The Premier League is about to lose one of its finest servants, that’s for sure.
4) Thomas Vermaelen
Another underachiever this term has been Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen – he’s been their worst player (apart from Andre Santos) and has really failed to make the grade this season, which, unfortunately, is his first with the skipper’s armband.
He’s been ousted from his position by a decent spell of form from both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and manager Arsene Wenger has clearly lost faith in the Belgian.
He’s currently linked with an unlikely move to Barcelona and whilst I would be amazed if this actually comes to fruition, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wenger picking his fourth captain in four years again next term.
5) Gareth Bale
Tottenham fans won’t like it – they’ll say it’s media boat-rocking and I’m a terrible person but Gareth Bale could, in all reality, be sold this summer. He’s just been named PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of Year – he’s achieved all he can with Spurs and the bright lights are waiting for him.
I don’t think he’ll ever play for another English team – not even United, I think he’s definitely got too much respect for Spurs but Real Madrid would be an offer he just couldn’t refuse. After the season they’ve has, they’ll want to re-enforce and Bale will certainly be their top target.
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