2012 Top Transfer Targets
Robin Van Persie
I'll start with the obvious one; Arsenal's Dutch striker scored 30 Premier League goals to claim the league's Golden Boot despite playing for a team that finished 19 points off the top of the table, and so is in more demand than ever, and will want to move to a team where he has a chance of winning titles.
His contract is running out and Manchester City are interested, along with the two spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is thought Arsenal would want £25 million at the least, and all three teams could afford that, especially City.
However, after a dreadful start to the season, Arsenal are looking like a real force again, and with recent signing Lukas Podolski, are rebuilding a team with the potential to seriously challenge for honours, so Arsene Wenger will be doing everything in his power to hold on to his star striker.
Price: £25+ Million
Chance Of Transfer: 6/10
Lille's Belgian number 10 was voted Ligue 1's Player Of The Season for 2011-12 and is fast becoming the most wanted man in world football. During the season, he set up 49% of his clubs goals, scoring 17 and assisting 16, more than Lionel Messi!
He is a winger or attacking midfielder with the potential to be the next superstar of Messi or Ronaldo's level, and has already stated that he will be going to Manchester, but whether it is United or City, who knows?
City have the obvious advantage of having the capability to pay extraordinary wages, along with the allure of being Premier League Champions, while Manchester United are known for developing young talent, as they have done with many players including Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Neville and Ronaldo.
The problem for United is that they don't especially need a winger, as their wingers (Young, Nani, Valencia) are the best in the league. However City do, their top winger is Adam Johnson, and Nasri is not looking like ever producing his best form.
Price: £30 Million
Chance Of Transfer: 10/10
This Japanese and Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder is largely unheard of in England, but has a crucial role in helping Dortmund pip Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga, and he now looks set to move to England, most likely Manchester United.
His contract runs out in 2013, and so Dortmund would rather cash in on him now than lose him on a free transfer in a years time. His pricec would also be lower because of this, in the £20 million region.
He would be a perfect fit for United, a player to drift around behind the striker and create chances for Rooney, something which United lack at the moment.
Price: £20 Million
Chance Of Transfer: 10/10
Atletico's Madrid's Colombian forward was the star of the Europa League Final, scoring 2 brilliant goals, and is now in Chelsea's sights to replace the aging Didier Drogba.
With 24 La Liga goals for a team that isn't Real Madrid or Barcelona, he is a ready made goalscorer, something that Chelsea have sometimes lacked this season with Drogba, Torres and Sturridge not being consistent scorers.
Atletico signed him from Porto for £32 million, and will be looking to make a profit on that if they are to sell him just a year after he joined, so any club looking to buy will have to make an offer of up to £40 million. This could potentially rule out Chelsea, who just 18 months ago spent £50 million on a certain Spanish striker, but instead leave the door open for Manchester City to snap him up using their superior funding.
Given that Dzeko, Balotelli and Tevez could all be leaving the Etihad this summer, Mancini will be looking for a world-class striker to combine with Sergio Aguero.
Price: £40 Million
Chance Of Transfer: 7/10
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