THE summer is almost upon us – and that means the Premier League will swell once again with an influx of footballing talent.
But with the millions splashed out, there will be the inevitable big name, if perhaps not big money departures.
From those disappointed with their lack of game time, to those attracted by the fortunes on offer elsewhere (read: China), next season’s line-ups will surely be very different to this campaign.
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Here, Sunsport takes a look at nine players who could well call time on their Premier League journey.
The Chelsea striker has been his moodiest best of late, and it’s perhaps a sign that he is ready to quit the club.
It has been reported the Spanish striker has been offered a mega £650,000-a-week to move to China and now the Blues are ready to listen to offers.
Club chiefs are unsure whether Costa is worth the money and know Tianjin are offering an eye-watering £650,000-a-week to the hitman.
Tottenham are set to be sprung a surprise as Toby Alderweireld is reportedly set to snub a new contract offer.
The Belgian defender, 28 – who has a £25million release fee clause – is now being chased by Inter Milan, according to Italian Sky Sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
The San Siro side are hoping to bolster their back-line in the summer, with Kostas Manolas and Stefan De Vrij two others.
According to reports in Spain, Eden Hazard is on his way to Real Madrid.
Don Balon are claiming Hazard, 26, has reached an agreement to make the move to the La Liga giants in the summer.
The Spanish giants are so desperate to get their man, they are even prepared to let Alvaro Morata go in the opposite direction as part of the deal.
Hazard – who is up for the PFA Player of the Year award – even hinted that he has ambitions to play for another club.
He said: “When it’s not PSG, it’s Real Madrid, then maybe it’s Bayern Munich… strangely last year there wasn’t anybody.”
The Swedish striker has just been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, with Manchester United fans fearing it could be the last time they see him in a red shirt.
Ibra is yet to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, with the deal expiring this summer.
And, according to Marca, MLS club Galaxy are looking at offering Ibrahimovic, 35, a move across the Atlantic.
The Ivorian has been targeted by BOTH Milan clubs.
Toure’s contract at Manchester City ends in the summer, and although he fancies the chance of proving he can still cut it at the Etihad, his days look numbered.
And the two Italian outfits are ready to go head to head and try and tempt him to finish his playing days in Serie A.
He currently earns £230,000 a week at City with bonuses – and both Italian sides are willing to stretch to slightly less than half that AFTER tax, as no fee is involved.
David de Gea
SunSport has exclusively revealed Real Madrid will launch a world-record £60million raid to land David De Gea this summer.
The Spanish giants desperately want De Gea and are ready to almost double the previous highest fee for a goalkeeper.
A Madrid source said: “De Gea is the top priority.
“We expect him to come this summer.”
AC Milan reportedly want to make Cesc Fabregas their first summer signing as Chinese investors prepare to conclude a £622million takeover.
The Italians are finally set to welcome their new owners to the San Siro and they will now embark on a huge squad overhaul.
The Mirror claims £110million has been put aside for new players, and top of the pile is Chelsea ace Fabregas.
The playmaker has struggled to cement a place in the starting XI under Antonio Conte this season.
Manchester City’s Jesus Navas has emerged as a target for Roma this summer.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set depart the Etihad after a four-year spell.
A return to Sevilla, who he left in 2013, also appears to be on the cards.
Navas made 388 appearances for Sevilla during his 13-year spell at the club.
The Liverpool cult hero is out of contract at Anfield, and could well leave this summer in the pursuit of first-team football.
The Brazilian has been used mainly as cover in central midfield and centre-half this season by Jurgen Klopp.
He said: “I am getting to the stage of my career where I think I can help a lot, off the pitch of course, but on the pitch as well.
“Playing time will play a part, I wouldn’t like to just be around. I feel I have many years that I can still play at the top level. I need to analyse and see what is best for me and the club and then I am sure we will make a decision together.”
Clubs in Italy, Turkey and Brazil have all declared an interest.