Who of Europe's top strikers will move to England this summer?
The Premier League is seen as one of the top leagues in the world and many of Europe’s top strikers will be linked with English clubs over the close season as the domestic sides prepare to compete in the betting for the new campaign.
But who are some of the attacking players that we could be enjoying in the Premier League next season?
The Next Messi?
Inter’s Argentine striker Mauro Icardi was heavily linked with a move to England in the January transfer window but that never came to fruition. Icardi has been a bright spark in a very ordinary season for the Nerazzuri, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.
All the usual suspects have been linked with the 26 year old but Liverpool’s striking options have looked limited when Daniel Sturridge has been injured and Icardi would definitely solve that problem.
But a move to Manchester United could be more likely for the former Barcelona youngster if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League. With Robin Van Persie seemingly close to leaving the club, Van Gaal could be tempted to spend big to capture one of the hottest prospects in Serie A.
Another South American linked with Manchester United – as well as a host of other clubs – is Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani. The Paris Saint Germain striker has a proven record for club and country and would be an excellent addition at Old Trafford.
Cavani is exceptional in the air as well as on the ground and looks likely to leave France. But interest from Spain – and Atletico Madrid in particular – may prove more enticing.
Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac has attracted the interest of a number of clubs including Arsenal but the French international is looking more likely to join West Brom or Villa.
Sunderland and Newcastle have also enquired about the 29-year-old who has scored 20 goals already this season. Gignac is an especially popular transfer target as he is coming into the final year of his contract and will be available at a knock down fee.
There have been reports that Bayern Munich’s Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena. After starring for Borussia Dortmund for four seasons, Lewandowski made the move to fierce rivals Bayern and has managed to score 16 times in the league alone this season.
Although he is top scorer at the German club, Manchester United have been rumoured to be interested in bringing him to the Premier League, possibly alongside his Bayern teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Keeping it in the Family
Another striker plying his trade in France who has been linked with a move to the Premier League is Marseille’s Andre Ayew. The Ghanaian international is a free agent in the summer and has caught the eye of Swansea, Arsenal and Newcastle.
A relative bright spot in a very disappointing World Cup for Ghana, this son of African footballing royalty (his father is the Marseille legend Abedi Pele) was rumoured to be close to joining QPR in January but a move in the summer now seems to be on the cards.
With Premier League clubs willing to spend a lot of money once again in the close season, it is likely that there will once again be an influx of attacking talent this summer. Time will tell if it will prove to be money well spent.