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If there’s one thing that keeps football fanatics going in the off season, it’s the transfer market. News of celebrated players going or staying greatly impacts the mood of the average fan ahead of a new season. It’s no different this time, and among the many names being tossed up at the moment, we look at four of the biggest to be linked with a change of scenery. We also analyse what they stand to gain and lose in the process -

  • Gareth Bale
  • Current Club – Tottenham Hotspur

    Likeliest New Destination – Real Madrid

    Real Madrid rate the 23-year-old Welsh winger so highly that they are said to be prepared to splash a world record 100million euros to secure his services. Much to Tottenham’s dismay, Bale has privately told the club that he is keen on the move.

    (Pic Courtesy – www.standard.co.uk)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to play for one of the most glamorous clubs in world football

    - Champions League football on a regular basis

    - Chance to play alongside fellow world class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Kaka

    - Opportunity to work with two-time Champions League winning coach Carlo Ancelotti and the legendary Zinedine Zidane (Assistant Coach)

    Cons

    - Challenge of adjusting to a new league and new country

    - Adjusting from a team where he is the big fish to a team packed with stars will also be a challenge

    - Added scrutiny that comes with playing for a club the size of Real Madrid both on a professional and personal level

  • Wayne Rooney
  • Current Club – Manchester United

    Likeliest New Destination – Chelsea

    Shortly after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management, Rooney formally put in a transfer request which the club has rejected. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has publicly stated his desire to sign the wantaway United star.

    (Pic courtesy – sabotagetimes.com)

    Pros

    - New challenge may be just the motivation he needs

    - Chance to work with Jose Mourinho

    - Not much competition for a regular starting spot besides Fernando Torres

    Cons

    - Will be assured of a hostile reception whenever he returns to Old Trafford

    - If he was able to annoy Fergie, no guarantee relationship with Mourinho may always be smooth

  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Current Club – FC Barcelona

    Likeliest New Destination – Manchester United

    Unlike at former club Arsenal, the 26-year-old has seldom played in his favoured midfield role, mostly occupied by Xavi and Andres Iniesta. New United manager David Moyes is extremely keen on luring the 2010 World Cup winner to Old Trafford.

    (Pic courtesy – www.telegraph.co.uk)

    Pros

    - Pretty much assured of a regular starting spot at United

    - Moyes likely to build United’s midfield around him which should see him play in his preferred role

    - Chance to renew link up with former Arsenal teammate Robin Van Persie

    Cons

    - Likely to receive same kind of stick from Arsenal fans as Van Persie did last season

    - Will be giving up a chance to play alongside two of modern football’s biggest stars – Messi and Neymar

  • Luis Suarez

  • Current Club – Liverpool

    Likeliest New Destination – Arsenal

    With Liverpool falling way short of securing Champions League football for the upcoming season, the controversial Uruguayan forward is keen leave Anfield. Arsenal remain the only club who have formally bid for the temperamental 26-year-old even though the Reds have no intention of selling.

    (Pic courtesy – www.wardoon.net)

    Pros

    - Champions League football a certainty

    - Would blend in nicely with Wenger’s ‘pass and move’ footballing philosophy

    Cons

    - May possibly have to compromise on pay due to Arsenal’s stringent salary structure

    - Will turn villain in the eyes of passionate Liverpool fans who have fiercely stood by the striker in troubled times

    - Strained relationship with the British media unlikely to improve

    MOVE OR NOT TO MOVE

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    If there’s one thing that keeps football fanatics going in the off season, it’s the transfer market. News of celebrated players going or staying greatly impacts the mood of the average fan ahead of a new season. It’s no different this time, and among the many names being tossed up at the moment, we look at four of the biggest to be linked with a change of scenery. We also analyse what they stand to gain and lose in the process -

  • Gareth Bale
  • Current Club – Tottenham Hotspur

    Likeliest New Destination – Real Madrid

    Real Madrid rate the 23-year-old Welsh winger so highly that they are said to be prepared to splash a world record 100million euros to secure his services. Much to Tottenham’s dismay, Bale has privately told the club that he is keen on the move.

    (Pic Courtesy – www.standard.co.uk)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to play for one of the most glamorous clubs in world football

    - Champions League football on a regular basis

    - Chance to play alongside fellow world class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Kaka

    - Opportunity to work with two-time Champions League winning coach Carlo Ancelotti and the legendary Zinedine Zidane (Assistant Coach)

    Cons

    - Challenge of adjusting to a new league and new country

    - Adjusting from a team where he is the big fish to a team packed with stars will also be a challenge

    - Added scrutiny that comes with playing for a club the size of Real Madrid both on a professional and personal level

  • Wayne Rooney
  • Current Club – Manchester United

    Likeliest New Destination – Chelsea

    Shortly after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management, Rooney formally put in a transfer request which the club has rejected. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has publicly stated his desire to sign the wantaway United star.

    (Pic courtesy – sabotagetimes.com)

    Pros

    - New challenge may be just the motivation he needs

    - Chance to work with Jose Mourinho

    - Not much competition for a regular starting spot besides Fernando Torres

    Cons

    - Will be assured of a hostile reception whenever he returns to Old Trafford

    - If he was able to annoy Fergie, no guarantee relationship with Mourinho may always be smooth

  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Current Club – FC Barcelona

    Likeliest New Destination – Manchester United

    Unlike at former club Arsenal, the 26-year-old has seldom played in his favoured midfield role, mostly occupied by Xavi and Andres Iniesta. New United manager David Moyes is extremely keen on luring the 2010 World Cup winner to Old Trafford.

    (Pic courtesy – www.telegraph.co.uk)

    Pros

    - Pretty much assured of a regular starting spot at United

    - Moyes likely to build United’s midfield around him which should see him play in his preferred role

    - Chance to renew link up with former Arsenal teammate Robin Van Persie

    Cons

    - Likely to receive same kind of stick from Arsenal fans as Van Persie did last season

    - Will be giving up a chance to play alongside two of modern football’s biggest stars – Messi and Neymar

  • Luis Suarez

  • Current Club – Liverpool

    Likeliest New Destination – Arsenal

    With Liverpool falling way short of securing Champions League football for the upcoming season, the controversial Uruguayan forward is keen leave Anfield. Arsenal remain the only club who have formally bid for the temperamental 26-year-old even though the Reds have no intention of selling.

    (Pic courtesy – www.wardoon.net)

    Pros

    - Champions League football a certainty

    - Would blend in nicely with Wenger’s ‘pass and move’ footballing philosophy

    Cons

    - May possibly have to compromise on pay due to Arsenal’s stringent salary structure

    - Will turn villain in the eyes of passionate Liverpool fans who have fiercely stood by the striker in troubled times

    - Strained relationship with the British media unlikely to improve

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