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June 15, 2009

Manchester City’s acquisition of Gareth Barry and Real Madrid’s record bid for Cristiano Ronaldo has kicked off another summer of big spending, lets look at the other Premier League stars who might be changing clubs before next season kicks off.

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Ashley Young (Aston Villa – Chelsea) – Probably the most consistent player in Aston Villa’s push for a European spot last season and his progress is constantly monitored by Chelsea. It’ll probably take a lot of money to get Martin O’Neill thinking of selling his price asset, especially after the loss of Gareth Barry to Man City.

Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers t0 Man City) – The striker was keen on following Mark Hughes to Man City last season but was refused the transfer by Blackburn, and once again by Sam Allardyce during the January transfer window. If the Paraquayan still wants to move, its highly doubtful Allardyce will keep him for another season.

Joleon Lescott (Everton t0 Man City) – Apparently Man City are ready to throw money and Micah Richards to get their hands on Everton’s versatile defender who can play any where in the back-four and is somewhat a prolific scorer for a defender.

Xabi Alonso (Liverpool t0 Juventus or Real Madrid) – Last summer, Alonso appeared to have sealed a deal with Juventus but somehow the deal collapsed at the last minute. Although, Rafa Benitez has insisted that the Spanish midfielder is staying at Anfield but there’s been a constant speculation linking the player with Real Madrid and Juventus.

Carlos Tevez (Man Utd – Liverpool, Man City or Real Madrid) – He didn’t score a lot of goals last season, but he gave Man Utd all he had and still the board are uncertain of whether to sign the Argentinian or not. His hefty price-tag may have a say to that, but there are other clubs looking into the menacing striker.

Joey Barton (Newcastle United – Classified) – Not too sure whether clubs are happy to be linked with this numbskull of a thug but I’m sure there are some suitors for Barton. If you sweep his thuggish past under a carpet, he is a good footballer – as regularly seen in his Man City’s days.

Michael Owen (Newcastle United to Aston Villa or Everton) – The once boy-wonder of Liverpool, is now an injury-proned shadow of his old self. If fit, he’s not match-fit and plays too irregularly. But there’s no doubt that he still knows how to score, as long as he can stay fit. Everton are willing to sign the striker but only if Owen is willing to take a £70k wage cut.

Glen Johnson (Portsmouth t0 Chelsea or Liverpool) – Johnson has come to age while in Portsmouth and its no surprise that he is an England regular now. Chelsea are highly interested in taking the right-back to Stamford Bridge, although it seems foolish to go back to the club that hindered your development. On the other hand, with the World Cup around the corner a move where European football is guaranteed will help him develop more.

Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletics t0 Manchester United or Real Madrid) – A bidding war is poised to take place between Man Utd and Rea. Valencia had indicated that he wants to stay in the Premier League, but with the Real’s acquisiton of Kaka he might re-think his preference.

Titus Bramble (Wigan Athletics t0 Sunderland) – Somehow I don’t see the quality in this defender, but Steve Bruce rates him highly during last season’s campaign with Wigan and wants Bramble to follow him to Sunderland.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2009 2:49 pm

    Tevez surely going to City, he’s getting more salary and more play time there, City a serious contender for the 4th place next season?! Ashley Young would be one of the replacements fergie should start thinking about for Ronaldo, he’s quick and passes the ball really well. Silva also could be an option, given that Valencia badly need cash, and as for the other Valencia(player), he’s more likely to join united, but the asking price is somewhat overrated. Madrid is more on Galacticos 2, so Ribery and Villa on their target list, with more to come of course :)
    Barton, now thats surely newcastle material, no club in the prem would like to buy someone who will be suspended for months, may be Owen to join a prem club in the coming weeks, but will he be able to stay injury-free is another question.

  2. January 9, 2010 2:50 pm

    Nice article its amazing to look back at some of the transfer buys at the start of the season. Hopefully in the january transfer window we will see some more great transfer buys.

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