Five big transfer fights that could ensue this summer with some of the biggest clubs on the continent and some of the most-wanted stars of the moment.
1) Edinson Cavani
With Diego Costa now having reportedly agreed terms with Chelsea, the fight over PSG striker Edinson Cavani will only intensify. There are very few strikers available in this window of the Uruguayan’s quality and he is reportedly unhappy at the Parc des Princes where he is behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the pecking order.
Chelsea will likely be involved in the tussle to sign him, unless they can offload some star names themselves as they’ll want to remain within FFP regulations and much the same goes for Manchester City but Manchester United could well be in the mix under new management and, abroad, Rea Madrid could turn to the 27-year-old should they fail in their pursuits of other striker targets such as Luis Suarez which looks very likely indeed.
2) Eliaquim Mangala
The No.1 target for clubs in need of a centre back this summer is this 23-year-old France international whom Porto are looking increasingly unlikely to keep hold of this summer. Chelsea are linked, as are United and City and with the financial muscle of those three giants it could get interesting indeed for the £35 million rated defender.
3) Cesc Fabregas
Meanwhile, there has certainly been a shake up in La Liga this term with Barcelona finding themselves behind Atletico Madrid in the league and nowhere near the Champions League final, which their bitter rivals Real Madrid took. There are serious reservations about the quality of the squad with a number of their stars aging rapidly but there are more than just a few hints their prodigal son could be sold for a reported fee of around £45 million. Manchester United are interested, as they were last summer, and Arsenal still hold their first right of refusal option on their former skipper.
4) Arturo Vidal
The 27-year-old Chilean midfielder is one of the hottest names in Serie A with Juventus but could be a prime target for the usual suspects around the continent. Manchester United and Real Madrid could be up for the scrap for one of the world’s best box-to-box men but it’ll cost them dear, especially if they have to outbid one another to claim their man from the Old Lady.
5) Luke Shaw
Undoubtedly, the most talked about youngster in England this term was Southampton starlet Luke Shaw who is destined for big things but, crucially, that may well see him make a big move to a big club after the World Cup this summer. But where? Manchester United see him as a candidate to replace Patrice Evra with Liverpool reportedly eyeing a move for the Saints man and Chelsea are undoubtedly favourites to make the 18-year-old their heir to the left back position occupied for so long by Ashley Cole.