The summer transfer window is poised to bring big changes and an overwhelming amount of speculation just like it does every year. Below may be the fourth installment of some articles that examines the speculation and the fantasy relevance of every possible move.
David Villa – Valencia : Villa is one of the top targets this off season because it appears he’s destined to leave Valencia at the conclusion of the year. Valencia’s finances have led many to trust that they may sell off most of the quality players to be able to cut payroll and Villa likely will fetch them the most profit return. Villa is a quality finisher, and paired alongside Fernando Torres, he helped lead Spain to the EURO 2008 title. Villa has caught the eyes of the largest and most wealthy clubs, and it will be a fight between them to ascertain where David Villa will end up.
Where He Will End Up: The list has narrowed considerably but still has three to four worthy contenders. Manchester City is involved as they fight and buy any superstar they are able to making use of their newly attained limit-less budget. Chelsea in addition has shown an interest yet window part they seem to be keen to locate a forward similar to the one they’re likely replacing (Drogba) and that role would probably be fitted more for Zlatan than Villa. The two biggest teams in Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are both in contention as well. Valencia has the mindset that if they sell him, they don’t want to manage him, which may make more sense to send him to England. However, it is yet to unfold what will happen but my money is on that Villa will wind up somewhere in Spain, his home country.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan: Zlatan has been as dominant a striker as may be in Series A in Italy, and has accumulated a plethora of goals for Inter Milan. However, the rumors have swirled that he is trying to play someplace else in the ’09/’10 season and is not content to remain at Inter. This situation is one of the hardest to decipher for there is not a lot of information available only at that time. Inter want to help keep him for he’s lethal before goal, however they have been discouraged by his performances on the big stage such as his lackluster efforts in Champions League games. A striker of his immense quality and capability to finish seemingly impossible efforts at goal can make him a huge target in the off season.
Where He Will End Up: If he does indeed leave Inter, don’t be surprised to find him at Chelsea or Barcelona. With the talk that Drogba will leave Chelsea only at that season’s end, Zlatan is an able replacement and plays in exactly the same manner that Didier Drogba does. Barca is seeking a physical, tall power forward and Zlatan definitely fits that bill. I’m the only way Inter will retain his services is if you can find no major changes in the front office or with their head coach. Since there is guaranteed to become a shakeup in both areas in the off season, Zlatan is probably headed out and there will be a large bidding war for his efforts.