As the summer transfer window nears, lots of speculation is starting for the world’s top players. Neymar’s next destination seems to be the most discussed subject as his move to Europe seems likely to happen this summer even if he said he would stay with Santos until 2014. Below is a breakdown of the destinations of some of the world’s best players:
Will Neymar join Messi next year?
There has been talk for many months now that Neymar and Barcelona have an agreement in place to send Neymar to Camp Nou. This appears to be the next destination for Neymar and now the price is the only question. While Real Madrid and Bayern Munich may offer him more money, many reports indicate that Barcelona is the only team Neymar actually wants to play for. Barcelona is a perfect fit for Neymar and by joining a team with other stars, he will not have to carry all the pressure and focus that he had at Santos.
Leandro Damião (Internacional):
In the last several transfer windows, Damião was linked with a move to Tottenham, but the deal fell through because of the asking price. After Damião’s performance in the Olympics, his stock has risen significantly and a move to Europe seems imminent. Tottenham again has said that they will pursue Damião this summer because of there need for a striker. Tottenham is also pursuing Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke who had a great season scoring over 20 goals in all competitions. Things could get interesting for Damião if Benteke is signed, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Tottenham signed both players, which would create a very strong attack along with Gareth Bale. French club Marseille has said that Damaio is their top target for this transfer window and there are certainly more clubs interested.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspurs (but it won’t be easy)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG):
Zlatan has been PSG’s most valuable player this year by scoring the vast majority of the team’s goals. PSG will do everything they can to keep the Swedish striker. Bayern Munich and Juventus are among many clubs who want to sign Ibrahimovic. Zlatan is a player who can do it all. He is a great combination of size, speed, and strength and will find any way he can to score. PSG will have a tough time keeping him, but they will make it their priority.
Prediction: Stays at PSG
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund):
Lewandowski had plenty to celebrate this year.
Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in all of Europe this season and has attracted many possible suitors. His performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals shows how talented he really is and that he performs his best against the top clubs. Bayern Munich and Manchester United seem to have the best chance at signing Lewandowski as it will require a lot of money due to his form.
Prediction: Bayern Munich
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid):
Falcao is one of the world’s best.
Falcao has proved that he is one of the top players in the world. An argument can be made that the Colombian is currently the third best player behind Messi and Ronaldo, but it will take another great year for him to really solidify himself among the best. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs need a striker right now and will be willing to spend a lot of money to secure his services. Chelsea and Manchester United seem to be the leaders in the chase. Monaco, a French club, has offered Falcao 100 million euros, but it wouldn’t make any sense for Falcao to join the small club. With Torres being inconsistent for some time now, Chelsea will go all out to acquire a top class striker.
Edinson Cavani (Napoli):
Napoli has surprisingly finished second in Serie A this season largely in part to Cavani’s performance. His play has sky-rocketed his value and Cavani is now valued at close to 50 million euros. Few clubs have the spending power to sign Cavani. He has recently said that he would like to play for PSG so this is where he will most likely end up, but many other clubs will make a play for him.
Other Potential Moves:
Fernandinho (Shakhtar) to Manchester City
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) to Manchester United
Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to Real Madrid, only if Tottebanham doesn’t qualify for Champions League
Paulinho (Corinthians) to Inter Milan
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) to PSG
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) to Real Madrid