Even though some of the top transfer targets already found new homes, that’s not to say transfer rumors are lacking thus far. Let’s take a look at some recent targets being linked with new clubs.
Edinson Cavani – ESPN is reporting increased interest by Chelsea as expressed by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. The potential €63 million move (Cavani’s release clause) would be a Barclay’s Premier League record. Demba Ba is a quality Premier League striker, but does not have the quality of the top strikers of the world. Cavani is a special talent who would instantly propel Chelsea back to being Premier League favorites.
Fabio Contrao – Not exactly a ‘high profile’ transfer target, but it is noteworthy who he is being linked with. Once again, Monaco is looking to splash even more cash and, most recently, has been linked with the Real Madrid/Portuguese defender. After already booking the talents of Falcao, James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, and Ricardo Carvalho, Monaco looks to add top quality to become relevant again and with these signings, they may be more than just relevant in the near future.
Gonzalo Higuain – Arsenal reportedly has a substantial cash reserve and with another year in Champions League action, they should be able to attract some top talent and not be providers of top talent to the rest of Europe as was the case the past few years. Out of favor striker Higuain is the latest, and most probable, world class player to be linked with a move to the Emirates. Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £19 million offer to Real Madrid. Let’s see how this one plays out but of all the Arsenal transfer rumors, this one seems the most likely.
Marouane Fellaini – It’s been reported that Arsenal have triggered Fellaini’s £24 million release clause. Fellaini would be a big boost to the Arsenal defensive midfield that has been lacking since the departure of Alex Song prior to last season. However, would Everton be willing to part with their star player? He certainly would add a different dimension to Gunner’s squad.
Cesc Fabregas – After departing Arsenal for his dream club, he may not be as happy as he thought he would be playing at Camp Nou. Which is why speculation is growing with a move back to England. His family happens to still live in England. He has always loved Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Arsenal is not the only club being linked to the Spanish International, Manchester United are also rumored to be interested. However, Arsenal have the advantage with the transfer clauses they implemented with Barcelona as stipulations for the move. Arsenal’s release clause for Cesc is set at only £25 million. They also have a built in fee clause that gives Arsenal half of the transfer fee should Barcelona sell Cesc to another squad. Meaning, United would have to offer Barcelona £50 million to match an Arsenal offer of £25 million since the £50 million would be split by Barcelona and Arsenal. Should Cesc leave Camp Nou this summer, which is still unlikely at this point, it would most likely be back to Arsenal and not United.