As we approach the end of yet another entertaining Premier League season, the newspapers will need something to fill there back pages with over the summer months, so the talk of Lionel Messi’s move to Tranmere Rovers will really gain momentum. However in amongst the bogus transfer rumours will be a few stories that carry substance, with a few players finding themselves seeking out pastures new either due to loss of form, place or either retirement. But who are the top 10 that will need to make the biggest decisions.

Gareth Bale

PFA Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale, has been stealing the headlines throughout this season for his performances in the league and in Europe, with the Welshman’s devastating speed and acceleration and his eye for goal it was only a matter of time before Europe’s elite began snooping around White Hart Lane. It has been reported that the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United are keen on adding the former Southampton starlet to their squads and are willing to spend in excess of £30 million. Despite Harry Redknapp’s stand that Bale is not for sale, the Welshman’s head will have no doubt been turned and now must ask himself whether he is ready for the next step up the footballing ladder after one season or to stay with the Lilywhites to further his development.

Sebastien Bassong

After a successful stint with Newcastle United Bassong joined the Redknapp revolution at ‘The Lane’; 38 appearances in his first season suggested the Cameroonian international was a first team regular but since the arrival of William Gallas and the continual high level of consistency from Michael Dawson, Bassong has found chances limited and after admitting he doesn’t know where he fits in at Spurs, combined with Schalke’s supposed interest the defender has to make a decision.

Francesc Fabregas

Yawn! This story is so tedious now after several transfer windows worth of rumours but without a doubt Fabregas will yet again weigh up his options after Arsenal will more than likely finish a season empty handed that had promised so much. Despite mixed stories coming from the Nou Camp about whether they can still afford or want the Arsenal captain, Fabregas will still draw a lot of interest if he does decide to leave with Manchester City apparently readying an audacious bid for the Spaniard. Fabregas has to decide whether he wants to return ‘home’ and play second fiddle to Xavi and Iniesta like he does at international level or face the Gunners faithful backlash if he were to join ‘Top four’ rivals City.

David Bentley

The Englishman has never really lived up to his exciting reputation and currently finds himself out on loan at Birmingham City after failing to justify his large transfer fee while at Tottenham Hotspur; since playing for Alex McLeish’s side Bentley is beginning to recapturing the form that had everyone at Arsenal excited during his early days and has been again attracting interest from various clubs.  Should Bentley return to White Hart Lane and earn a starting place, continue enjoying his football at Birmingham or look for a fresh start all together, with the likes of Newcastle linked with the winger.

Paul Scholes

The midfielder has been instrumental in a golden era for Manchester United and is still putting in man of the match performances at the age of 36. Scholes contract however is drawing to a close and despite pleas from fellow players and Sir Alex Ferguson to stay on at Old Trafford, the former England international has spoken of his desire to play for Oldham Athletic, the club he supported as a boy. Will Scholes see out his final playing days at the highest level?

Ashley Young

This season really put Ashley Young on the footballing ‘map’, turning in sublime performances for club and country, has seen the former Watford man catching the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish. After a relegation threatened season despite many predicting the Villains to qualify for Europe Ashley Young must now be wanting to get a taste of Europe’s greatest club tournament, which the likes of Manchester United could offer the England man

Carlos Tevez

The driving force behind Manchester City’s season which has seen them gate crash the top four and reach an FA Cup final; however this has been overshadowed by constant speculation of the happiness of the Argentinean at the Manchester outfit, handing in a transfer request, which he later retracted but despite this the striker is linked with various of Europe’s elites and if stories are to believed Tevez and his ‘bulldog like approach’ could be jetting off to hotter climates.

Michael Owen

Since leaving Merseyside Owen’s career has been nothing but a crossroads. Behind Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez in the pecking order and with Welbeck and Macheda returning from loan spells, Owen yet again will be considering his future.

Charlie Adam

A revelation in the Premier League this season, with several Premier League clubs considering making a move for the Scotsman; Adam has to decide whether he should leave a club whose fans worship him for a bigger challenge to a club where he will be one of many stars in a team.


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