The summertime transfer window is poised to create big changes and an overwhelming number of speculation just like it does every year. Below could be the fourth installment of a series of 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 end of the year. Valencia’s finances have led many to believe that they may sell off most of their quality players to be able to cut payroll and Villa likely will fetch them the absolute 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 greatest and most wealthy clubs, and it will certainly be a fight between them to determine where David Villa will end up.
Where He Will End Up: The list has narrowed considerably but really has three or four worthy contenders. Manchester City is involved as they try and buy any identify parts superstar they can using their newly attained limit-less budget. Chelsea in addition has shown a pastime yet they seem to be keen to find a forward similar to the one they’re likely replacing (Drogba) and that role may possibly be fitted more for Zlatan than Villa. The two biggest teams in Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are both in contention as well. Valencia gets the mindset that when they sell him, they don’t want to face him, which will 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 find yourself somewhere in Spain, his home country.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan: Zlatan has been as dominant a striker as can be in Series A in Italy, and has accumulated an array of goals for Inter Milan. However, the rumors have swirled he is seeking to play someplace else in the ’09/’10 season and isn’t content to remain at Inter. This situation is one of the hardest to decipher for there is not a lot of information out there at this time. Inter would need to help keep him for he’s lethal facing goal, however they’ve 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 complete seemingly impossible efforts at goal is likely to make him an enormous target in the off season.
Where He Will End Up: If he does indeed leave Inter, do not be surprised to get him at Chelsea or Barcelona. With the talk that Drogba will leave Chelsea at this season’s end, Zlatan is an able replacement and plays in the exact same manner that Didier Drogba does. Barca is seeking a real, tall power forward and Zlatan definitely fits that bill. I feel the only way Inter will retain his services is if you will 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 might be headed out and there will certainly be described as a large bidding war for his efforts.