A list of the 10 hottest transfer targets this summer.
HE is likely to follow Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad Stadium after two seasons in southern Spain.
Isco, an attacking midfielder, would slot into the mould with other similar players such as Samir Nasri and David Silva.
His close control and ability to beat players is the envy of Spain’s La Liga — but whether he will survive in the more physical Premier League remains to be seen. He will surely aid City’s bid to fare better in the Champions League.
Suitor: Manchester City
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United and England)
THE Englishman’s future at Manchester United all hinges on talks with new Old Trafford boss David Moyes.
If Wayne Rooney reiterates his desire to leave, then a whole range of suitors are in the frame and a bidding war begins.
However, Rooney’s desire to stave off weight and focus on terrorising defences domestically and in Europe is crucial.
David Moyes’ description of him as “the last of the great street footballers” reminds us what a talent Wazza still is.
Suitors: Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG, Real Madrid
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona and Spain)
FABREGAS’ homecoming to Barcelona has been short of what he had hoped for two years ago.
But look at the stats — the 26-year-old has played 32 games, scoring 11 with 11 assists, which is not a bad return for the former Arsenal man.
Premier League fans need no reminding of what the Spain star can do in midfield — or even playing as a ‘false nine’ at Euro 2012.
But the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United could be left diasppointed after Fabregas stated his desire to remain at the Nou Camp this summer.
Suitors: Manchester City, Manchester United
Gareth Bale (Tottenham and Wales)
WELSHMAN Bale is the hottest property in world football and could spark the bidding war to end all bidding wars.
One of the most intriguing prospects could be the thought of him filling the void at Manchester United left by Cristiano Ronaldo after his 2009 transfer. But Real Madrid have made the most noises about the Cardiff-born winger.
And despite Andre Villas-Boas' desperation to keep him, the lure of a mega-money move could prove too great.
Suitors: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United
Luis Suarez (Liverpool and Uruguay)
THE controversial Uruguayan may be one of the best players in the world, but Liverpool could still let him leave for £40m.
Back in his home country the 26-year-old has been telling journalists about how misunderstood he is in England.
But bans for racist remarks made towards Patrice Evra and biting Branislav Ivanovic have soured relations with the Kop faithful and admiring neutrals alike.
Suitors: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, PSG
Edinson Cavani (Napoli and Uruguay)
IT is the second summer in a row that the hotshot Uruguayan is being tipped to leave Napoli.
The 26-year-old scored 40 goals for club and country this season and Champions League football is on the agenda for Napoli next campaign — but the departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last summer left Cavani unimpressed.
If Edin Dzeko forces a move away from Manchester City then Cavani could be on his way in — and expect goals from distance from his fearsome right boot.
For reminders of what he can do, just take one look at the overhead kick Cavani scored at the Nou Camp last season.
Suitors: Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea
Leighton Baines (Everton and England)
WITH Patrice Evra’s defensive form seemingly fading every season, combined with David Moyes’ arrival at Old Trafford, it seems logical to tip Leighton Baines with a move to United.
Baines has been in inspired form in the last two seasons and has been a key playmaker, even as a left-back, during Everton’s transition into a more smart, free-flowing style.
The 28-year-old does not fit into United’s approach of signing players under 26, but he would relish the thought of playing Champions League football ahead of a World Cup next summer.
Suitors: Manchester United
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa and Belgium)
HIS 19 goals kept Aston Villa in the Premier League last season and have been enough for potential suitors to sit up and take note.
Benteke is only 22, and his ability to head, shoot and play alone upfront make him a key player in Belgium’s plans leading up to the World Cup.
At this point of his career, he surely needs games and goals to keep his form ticking along nicely for Brazil.
Suitors: Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Liverpool
David Luiz (Chelsea and Brazil)
LUIZ’s biggest problem under Jose Mourinho could be his adaptability.
The Brazilian has, however, had his best season for Chelsea and if Mourinho lets him go, that says more about his style of football than it does about Luiz’s ability.
His defensive solidity has been questioned since he joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011 but he could fit perfectly into the total-football model of Barcelona.
Suitor: Barcelona, Napoli
Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray and Holland)
WITH his receeding hairline, it is easy to forget that Sneijder is still 28 and is still one of the leading attacking midfielders in the world.
His performances for Galatasaray in the Champions League showed the Dutchman will single-handedly turn games, and Jose Mourinho certainly fancies the idea of working with his former Inter Milan star again.