As the season draws to a close, much of the focus is inevitably drawn towards the transfer market and which clubs will manage to make a statement of intent by securing a marquee signing.
Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are expected to be the most busy as they aim to assemble a squad capable of wrestling the league title back off champions-elect Chelsea. Further enhance by the new TV rights deal worth over £5bn (via BBC), we could be set for a record-breaking summer.
It is therefore only right that we aim to construct an XI made up of the players linked with sensational moves this summer.
GK) Petr Cech
The Chelsea legend is set to move this summer after being displaced by emerging star Thibaut Courtois as the club’s first choice in goal. Rivals Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in taking Cech across the capital with a move to Inter Milan also mentioned (via the Express).
RB) Dani Alves
Following a sensational career with Barcelona, playing a major part in arguably the best club side in history, Alves looks set to depart Camp Nou with his contract expiring in June. His agent last week confirmed that a three-year contract was rejected and reports suggest that Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain remain keen on the Brazilian (via Daily Mail).
CB) Mats Hummels
Borussia Dortmund’s disappointing season has already cost them their manager Jurgen Klopp, it remains to be seen whether or not their skipper will be at the club beyond the summer. Linked very heavily with Manchester United (via Daily Star), Hummels will certainly be in demand come the summer.
LB) Nathaniel Clyne
Southampton will be hoping that another successful Premier League season won’t result in a mass exodus for the second consecutive summer, but some of their star players are certainly attracting big clubs. If reports are to be believed, Chelsea and Manchester United are involved in a scrap to land the England international (via ESPN).