The Top 10 Transfers we expect to happen this summer
Published 23:00 30/06/10 By Darren Lewis and Dan Silver
The transfer window opened at midnight (July 1) and it's shaping up to be another red-hot summer of big money moves and deals.
Here's Football Spy's Top 10 transfers that we expect to happen this summer:
10) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28, forward)
Barcelona: 41 appearances, 21 goals
Sweden: 62 appearances, 22 goals
Clubs interested: Chelsea, Manchester City
The Swedish striker has endured a mixed first season at the Camp Nou since joining in a complex player-plus-cash deal that saw Samuel Eto'o move the other way to Inter. And with Barcelona having recently splashed out the best part of €40million for Spain's David Villa, Ibrahimovic is looking increasingly like being surplus to Pep Guardiola's requirements.
9) Roman Pavlyuchenko (28, forward)
Tottenham: 61 appearances, 24 goals
Russia: 24 caps, 10 goals
Clubs interested: Fulham, Lokomotiv Moscow, Liverpool
After being initially frozen out by new boss Harry Redknapp, the lanky Russian forward cam in from the cold to help Spurs clinch a Champions League place. However, with the Tottenham boss looking to reshape his forward line for a lengthy European campaign, Pav is expendable once more.
8) Steven Pienaar (29, midfielder)
Everton: 106 appearances, 10 goals
South Africa: 46 caps, 2 goals
Clubs interested: Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United
Everton's reigning Player of the Season has become a Premier League star since moving to Goodison from Borussia Dortmund (initially on loan) in 2007 - and boy, does he know it. The South African has just one year left to run to contract and is holding the Toffees to ransom with his wage demands; expect David Moyes to cash in on his £15million asset this summer instead.
7) Edin Dzeko (24, forward)
Wolfsburg: 120 appearances, 74 goals
Bosnia: 23 caps, 14 goals
Clubs interested: Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, AC Milan
Wolfsburg's prolific forward has been watched more times than
over the past year but the German side's prohibitive £25million price tag has so far deterred any serious bids. New boss Steve McClaren could be tempted to sell this summer, though, and if he does, then there'll be no end of bidders for the Bosnian's services.
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6) Laurent Koscielny (24, centre-back)
Lorient: 35 appearances, 3 goals
Clubs interested: Arsenal
French-born but eligible to play for Poland due to his East European ancestry, Koscielny has been on Arsenal's shortlist for some time now. The Gunners recently hand an improved £8.5million bid for the centre-back rejected, but it's only matter of time before Wenger gets his man.
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5) Steven Gerrard (29, midfielder)
Liverpool: 532 appearances, 132 goals
England: 79 caps, 16 goals
Clubs interested: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester City
Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool was once unthinkable; following on from yet another season of under-achievement and recriminations - not to mention failure to qualify for the Champions League - it's now not only thinkable, but also extremely likely to happen. The bigger question now is not now will he go, but rather where will he end up?
4) Ashley Cole (29, left-back)
Chelsea: 162 appearances, 6 goals
England: 77 caps, 0 goals
Clubs interested: Real Madrid, Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich
One of the few England players who didn't commit career suicide in South Africa, Cole would still be considered a catch by many of the continent's top clubs. More importantly, following his very public divorce from wife Cheryl, the Chelsea left-back is reportedly ready to make the move abroad. Could a reunion with old boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid be on the cards?
3) Joe Cole (28, midfielder)
Chelsea: 274 appearances, 40 goals
England: 53 caps, 10 goals
Clubs interested: Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City
In the wake of Chelsea's decision not to renew his contract, Cole has become the most sought-after free agent in England. And with Manchester United no longer interested, it now appears to be a straight tug-of-war between North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
2) Fernando Torres (26, forward)
Liverpool: 116 appearances, 72 goals
Spain: 72 caps, 23 goals
Clubs interested: Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has made retaining the services of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres his number one priority, but all the signs point to the Spaniard already having made his mind up to go. Chelsea are long-term suitors but Manchester City could yet tempt the striker with a mega-bucks offer.
1) Cesc Fabregas (23, midfielder)
Arsenal: 267 appearances, 48 goals
Spain: 48 caps, 5 goals
Clubs interested: Barcelona
The Arsenal skipper hasn't so much flirted with Barcelona this summer as taken the Catalan club out to dinner, invited her in for coffee and now slipped into something a little more comfortable. The Gunners might well be digging their heels in over the move, but if Cesc isn't spraying passes around the Camp Nou on a regular basis next season then we'll eat our replica Gunnersaurus.
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