Striker Shell Game – Summer Transfer Predictions

Now that the Premiership season has come to an end, it is time to predict where some of the top strikers who may be on the move this summer will end up. This is based largely on guesswork and instinct, as there is little else to go on at this point, so take it with a grain of salt. We can re-visit after the summer to see how it all shook out.

Samuel Eto’o
I think he will generate a lot of interest, and his price tag will be huge. He wants to leave Barcelona, but they would never give him up cheap. I think he goes to Arsenal, and….

Thierry Henry
While looking for a fresh start with a team like Barcelona may be the most prudent move for the Arsenal captain, I think he and Wenger will stay on at least another season and see how well their young team improves.

David Villa
Liverpool may break the bank for him, and they would be wise to, but I think they will go for a less-expensive option (which they will regret), and Villa will stay at Valencia.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar
As much as it pains me to admit, this will be the signing of the summer. He will go to Manchester United relatively cheap, and will be fantastic for them.

Dimitar Berbatov
This is the striker everyone wishes they could get. There will be a lot of speculation tossed around, but at the end of the summer I think he stays at Tottenham.

Michael Owen
For Michael to leave Newcastle after all the heartache and drama he’s caused seems beyond belief. I think he will play (or sit out injured through) one more season with them.

Carlos Tevez
His future is the hardest to predict. West Ham will try very hard to keep him, and I think they will. He’s built up a cult following after disappointing for so long when he first arrived. However, West Ham will be getting Dean Ashton back, and are most likely going to buy another striker with the huge transfer kitty that will be opened now that they’re staying in the Premiership, so Tevez is not absolutely vital. Also note that if they somehow lose the legal battle and go down he will be gone in the blink of an eye.

Darren Bent
Definitely leaving Charlton, and would be a nice pick-up. Liverpool and Manchester United will consider him, and I think he will stay in England. I see him going to Bolton to fill the spot left by….

Nicolas Anelka
I think Bolton was a one year stop for him to remind bigger clubs of his skill. I see him going to Italy to play for Juventus.

Benni McCarthy
He wants to go to Chelsea, and I think they’d jump at the chance, but only if the price is right. It won’t be. Manchester United may consider him as well, but I think he ends up at Barcelona.

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