As the current football campaign reaches a conclusion, speculation is already rife regarding the biggest transfer targets of the summer.
Here is the top ten hit-list of players likely to be dominating the headlines and wish-lists of Europe’s biggest clubs in pre-season.
The giant pole has smashed in 37 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season including an incredible four goal haul against Real Madrid in the Champions League semis.
He will undoubtedly play a huge role for the Black Yellows in the showpiece of Europe’s premier tournament at Wembley in May however the media believes a summer move is imminent with arch rivals Bayern Munich and Manchester United favourites to capture his signature.
With Jose Mourinho expected to depart from the Bernabeu, Ronaldo’s future has also come under the spotlight and former club Manchester United are set to be in the hunt for the Portuguese maestro’s services.
PSG are said to have already tabled an £80 million bid however the Red Devils are believed to also be preparing a substantial player plus cash deal involving Ron’s compatriot and fellow winger Nani.
Colombian ace Falcao has long been the subject of much transfer debate after setting La Liga alight at Atletico Madrid for the past two seasons.
The 27-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most sought after footballers on the planet and this summer could finally see Madrid accept what would be a monumental fee for their star talent.
Chelsea, Barcelona and cross city adversaries Real are thought to be leading the chase.
An unexpected inclusion in the list perhaps, however there will be many clubs across the continent keen to snap up the veteran midfielder who will be released, somewhat controversially, by Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
Turning 35 in the summer, Lampard is certainly not getting any younger, however his performances for the Blues this season signal that Lamps is still a force to be reckoned with and can still carry out a fine job at the highest level for at least the next two years.
AC Milan could well the chosen destination for Lampard considering the Rosseneri’s tendancy to draft in top players approaching the end of their careers.
Gareth Bale has sent sparks flying in the EPL during 2012-2013 with his consistently brilliant performances.
Lightning fast and full of skill, Bale has become a hot commodity at the Lane and Spurs will do well to hold onto the Welshman’s services when the big boys of Europe inevitably come calling.
The Uruguayan frontman has been a revelation at Napoli and will be a major weapon for the Serie A runners-up in the Champions League next season if he stays at the club.
Long-time interest in Cavani looks to set to boom in the summer however and the Italians may not be able to resist a hefty offer if one of Europe’s giants takes the plunge with a £30 million plus offer.
Belgian youngster Benteke has made a real name for himself at Premier League strugglers Aston Villa this season scoring over 20 goals in all competitions.
Thought seems to be that the 22-year-old could really excel amongst a higher calibre of side and he is likely to attract interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea over the coming months.
He may not be the name at the forefront of many fans minds but Borussia Dortmund midfield lynchpin Grosskreutz would be a tremendous asset, especially in the Premier League.
Being a lifelong supporter of his employers, it is perhaps unlikely that the 25-year-old would want to move away from Signal Iduna Park.
Nevertheless, it would be a major surprise if he wasn’t subject to at least a few offers over the summer after turning in a wonderfully sturdy performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League last four.
Rooney’s future at Old Trafford has been under the spotlight in the past but the rumours are likely to resurface in the summer.
It is unclear as to whether the England centre-forward desires a switch away from the EPL champions but if he did, he would unquestionably be spoilt for choice in terms of a new home.
Reportedly unsettled at Arsenal, crafty midfielder Cazorla could be the man to add a new dimension to the Barcelona midfield after the Catalans trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich in Europe.
He has shown many glimpses of his brilliance in the EPL however the Spaniard may seek a move back to his homeland especially if the La Liga champions show worthy interest.