It’s coming to the business end of the season and as promotion, relegation, cup winners and league champions are decided, many clubs have already turned their attention to who they can bring in to improve their fortunes next campaign and get rid of those bench warmers who are weighing them down.
|Chelsea - Busy end to the season|
|Hazard - Doing a Bale in England next season?|
Back in the capital, Harry Redknapp has said Tottenham need to be ‘bold’ in the transfer market this summer, after missing out on the England job he can now focus on strengthening his squad at White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor has lead the line for the Lilywhites, but is on loan from Manchester City and his wages could prove to be a stumbling block in this move, but on a reported £180,000 a week at the Etihad it is likely the Togolese forward would have to take a wage cut wherever he ends up. ‘Arry is keen to hold onto both Modric and Bale, with chairman Daniel Levy saying Welsh winger Bale is worth at least £40million, Levy has taken strides to warn off surprise interest from Barcelona for French centre back Younes Kaboul, slapping a £24million price tag on defensive lynchpin, since returning from Portsmouth, Kaboul has becoming perhaps Spurs’ most valuable centre back. Redknapps first ‘bold’ move could be to bring in Jan Vertonghen from Ajax, the defender who is also club captain at league champions Ajax, has just been named Eredivisie player of the year.
At the bottom end of the league, some players will have done enough to earn themselves a spot in the Premier League next year, whether their teams survive or not. Wolves are already down, but Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher have given a good account of themselves and deserve to strut their stuff in the top flight. Likewise over at Blackburn, striker Yakubu has kept Rovers survival hopes alive with his goals, often accompanied by good performances from Canadian Junior Hoilett.
No doubt Euro 2012 will throw some relatively unknown talents into the limelight and with the Olympics and arrival of Team GB, everyone in the country will be taking a keener interest in the competition which could showcase some of the world’s most promising youngsters. Europe’s biggest clubs, the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona will surely venture into the transfer market and their moves could well have a say on what happens with the Premier League big spenders, Paris Saint-Germain should not be underestimated with their spending power, the lure of the French capital has already attracted some sizeable captures and of course with Juventus clinching the Serie A title, the Milanese clubs will not be shy in spending their way back to the top.
This is just an early feeler of what may be to come, the speculation surrounding players and clubs, who’s moving, where to and for how much is sure to keep us all hooked during the off season as always, feel free to comment with any gossip at any level, lets the debates begin...