World football is truly a fascinating business model in that there is no real offseason for the most followed sport on the planet. While the National Football League has attempted to replicate this practice by earning headlines every month of the year, the truth of the matter is that NFL fans and even team beat reporters are able to take significant time off in between seasons. That is not the case for those who follow competitions such as the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga, as clubs who are in those leagues are busy 12 months out of the year.
A big reason for this activity is the summer transfer window, what is one of the most talked about times on the soccer calendar. It is during the summer months when the biggest and most noteworthy player transfers of every year go down. Clubs that qualify for competitions such as the Champions League are able to splash large amounts of cash to lure big-name players away from their current teams, while other sides that were not as successful during the prior European season may be forced to sell away star talents in order to financially keep up or because of the demands of the athletes involved.
Some of the true giants in all of world football are being linked with moves that could see them selling off and acquiring talent during the upcoming summer transfer windows. That could include a side that goes on to win the Champions League competition later on this month, and it may also involve the man who broke the bank upon becoming the most expensive transfer in the history of the sport back in September 2013. It is amazing how much things can change in one year, as that man who was once beloved by his new side's fan base could now be on the outs for several reasons.
20 Didier Drogba to Major League Soccer
19 Memphis Depay to Liverpool
18 Juan Mata to Juventus
17 Romelu Lukaku to Atletico Madrid
16 Florian Thauvin to Tottenham
15 Christian Benteke to Liverpool
14 Iker Casillas to Arsenal
13 Branislav Ivanovic to Bayern Munich
12 Edinson Cavani to Juventus
11 Robin van Persie to Juventus
10 Danny Rose to Manchester City
9 Paul Pogba to Real Madrid
8 Karim Benzema to Manchester City
7 Mario Balotelli to Sampdoria
6 Radamel Falcao to Liverpool
5 David de Gea to Real Madrid
4 Hugo Lloris to Paris Saint-Germain
3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan
2 Fabio Coentrao to Chelsea
1 Gareth Bale to Manchester United
The story was not supposed to go this way following the Welsh wonder making an anticipated switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid. Less than a year after Gareth Bale played the hero role for Real on multiple occasions, he has been on the receiving end of catcalls and jeers from home crowds during matches. Bale has reportedly been eying a return to the Premier League during the current campaign, and Manchester United could come calling as the club that serves as the lifeboat for the former Tottenham star. This would prove to be just the latest heartbreak for Spurs supporters.
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