Ten big names who could move
We've got plenty of time to go until the transfer window shuts, and plenty of big names have been circulating in the rumor mill. Expect a fair number of the following to pitch up elsewhere next season.
This one has been rumbling for more than a year. It's an open secret that Fabregas would like to go back to Barcelona, but equally it's a given that Arsenal don't want to sell for anything less than full freight. Arsenal turned down a €40 million ($57.4M) bid a year ago but now it's hard to see how Barca can justify paying that much. Expect this to go down to the wire.
He only really seems happy when he's on the pitch. Beyond that, from his "family issues" (his wife and children live in Buenos Aires) to the bumpy relationship between his adviser, Kia Joorabchian, and Manchester City's hierarchy it seems that nothing is ever straightforward with Tevez. The
A no-brainer really. A release clause of €45 million ($64.6M) for a striker of his age (just turned 23) and quality means he can pretty much write his own ticket. Only question is whether he moves across town to Real Madrid or makes the leap across to the Premier League, at either Manchester City or Chelsea.
This one's very simple. He's 24 and he can walk out on a free transfer next summer. Which means you either give him a contract extension now (but, alas, the two parties are far apart) or you sell him and get what you can. Given his contractual situation, he could go for between €20 million and €25 million ($28M-$35M) which would be a pretty good deal for all involved (Arsenal paid some €15 million/$21M for him back in 2008).
Everybody is being coy here, but Inter has sent a clear message: Sneijder is not a natural fit for Gian Gasperini's system and, for the right price, he's for sale, not least because there's those pesky
Chance he'll stay put: 20 percent
After four seasons with the Yellow Submarine, he's ready to move on. It's also a great time for Villarreal to cash in. Having flirted with Barcelona, who saw him as the Plan B to Alexis Sanchez, he now looks headed to Juventus.
He's 33, he makes a huge amount of money and he's not exactly the ideal partner for Fernando Torres, the £50 million ($80M) man. Everything points to the Exit sign, even though he's reportedly agreed to a new one-year extension, but new coach Andre Villas Boas has said he won't be rushed into making any rash decisions. Won't fetch a big fee, but could be a tremendous short-term boost for someone needing a high-energy target man type.
It's obvious he's not exactly top of Jose Mourinho's Christmas card list. Yet last season, following Gonzalo Higuain's injury, he showed he could contribute. If Real gets the striker it supposedly wants, expect Benzema to be sacrificed, either for around €30 million ($43M) or, more likely, for a loan plus buyback situation.
Modric has come out pretty emphatically stating he wants to move and Spurs have been equally firm in suggesting that's out of the question. But the club know all too well that everybody has his price (we've been here before, witness Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick) and with offers creeping up toward the €40 million mark, it won't be too long before it would be foolish for Tottenham not to sell.
For much of last season he was arguably United's best player. Yet late in the campaign, he was often benched and, with the addition of Ashley Young and - presumably - a fit Antonio Valencia, it's hard to see the situation getting much better. At 24, he's very much a saleable asset and should the club pick up another midfielder, he could be on his way.