It’s that time of the year again. Deals are already being agreed as players weigh their options ahead of the new season. For some, having stayed in a particular club for years without achieving their goal, it’s time to move on. For others, their decision will be about who can pay the highest fee.
The CIES Football Observatory, a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland, in its monthly report lists names of footballers who are the most likely to be transferred for a fee during the 2016 summer transfer window.
“Numerous footballers from relegated clubs figure among those for whom a paid departure is the most probable,” the report said.
“Indeed, relegation obliges teams to compensate decreasing revenues by selling players. This also gives an incentive to the players themselves to leave. Consequently, relegated clubs generally offer interesting recruitment possibilities.”
But they are not the only ones; there are many top-flight forwards among the players whose transfer value is over €25 million (£19.2 million) and who are most likely to be transferred. Gonzalo Higuain tops the list.