Sneijder, Lavezzi, Cavani & the Serie A stars who could leave if their clubs fail to qualify for the Champions League

With just one crucial day of the Serie A season remaining, several clubs still hope to join Juventus and AC Milan at the top table, and player exits are possible if they don't
By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor

The destiny of the Scudetto may have long been decided, but you could say there is even more at stake this weekend for the four clubs fighting it out for the last place on the Serie A podium, and the Champions League play-off spot that comes with it.

So big has the competition become since its days as the European Cup that the entire face of the first-team squads at Udinese, Lazio, Napoli and Inter could change depending on their results this weekend. For the one club that makes it to the two-legged fixture in August, it will represent a great opportunity. But for the other three there will be a summer-long fear that their lack of representation at the top will lead to them losing some of their most valuable assets.

With just 90 minutes separating on-the-pitch heaven from boardroom-based hell, looks at some of the biggest names in Italy who could be on the move if their side miss out on third place on Sunday.

KWADWO ASAMOAH | Udinese, Midfielder, 23

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Appearances 39
Goals 3
Assists 1
Transfer value €12m
Interested clubs Juventus, Milan
Chance of move after CL failure 40%
The Ghanaian has gathered many admirers since first donning the black and white stripes in 2009, and a move away from the club could well materialise this summer.

With the Zebrette having lost Gokhan Inler to Napoli last year, they could easily lose two more vital midfielders this time around. But while Mauricio Isla's knee ligament damage casts doubt over his rumoured move to Inter, there would be no such roadblock stopping Asamoah becoming the latest player to earn Udinese a huge profit.

AC Milan were said to be interested in him in February, and Juventus have since been linked with a swoop, suggesting that he could well end up playing in the Champions League in 2012-13 regardless of what happens to Udinese at Catania.

MEHDI BENATIA | Udinese, Defender, 25

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Appearances 37
Goals 2
Assists 0
Transfer value 10m
Interested clubs Milan, Man Utd
Chance of move after CL failure 40%
"It would be a dream to wear the Manchester United shirt," said Mehdi Benatia in one of the most thinly-veiled 'come and get me' pleas in football history earlier this year. The Moroccan has since said that he has never spoken with the Red Devils and he wants to stay with Udinese, but a seed has been planted.

The Moroccan centre-back quickly became the Bianconeri's most impressive defender after arriving from Clermont Foot in 2010, with their back line having not suffered from the exit of Cristian Zapata to Villarreal last summer. But with Benatia having expressed the desire to play for the English champions, it seems a move could be on the cards.

Besides United, Milan should also be considered as a possible destination, with rumours earlier this season that they could be interested and the Rossoneri now on the lookout for a long-term replacement for the departing Alessandro Nesta.

LUC CASTAIGNOS | Inter, Forward, 19

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Appearances 7
Goals 1
Assists 1
Transfer value 8m
Interested clubs Liverpool
Chance of move after CL failure 85%
The former Feyenoord man has not exactly had the season he would have dreamed of when putting pen to paper on the transfer forms at Appiano Gentile last summer. The Dutchman has rarely even been part of the Nerazzurri matchday squad, let alone the first XI, and could well make a loan move at the very least before August 31.

The talented striker's agent Arie Treffers recently confirmed that his client will almost certainly not be playing for Inter next term, stating: "I think that a loan move is the most realistic option, or perhaps a big club will be willing to take him on a permanent move."

Liverpool were linked with Castaignos in January, but the current uncertainty behind the scenes at Anfield could scupper a serious approach, and there is still plenty of time for new suitors to make their move with the player seriously thinking of a fresh start.

EDINSON CAVANI | Napoli, Forward, 25

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Appearances 47
Goals 32
Assists 6
Transfer value €40m
Interested clubs Man City, Juventus
Chance of move after CL failure 50%
Cavani's has been one of the most well-publicised transfer sagas in recent months, with seemingly the whole world watching his progress at the San Paolo.

Many had doubted his ability to back up his tally of 33 goals in 47 games in his debut season in Naples, but this term he sits just one shy of that total with two matches still to play, and in racking up so many strikes he has solidified interest from Manchester City in particular.

There have been recent reports that Juventus could make an approach, but after originally saying he wasn't sure what his future holds, his agent has said that he wants to respect his Napoli contract which still has four years to run, meaning it could take a big fee and huge wages to drag him away.

DIEGO FORLAN | Inter, Forward, 32

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Appearances 20
Goals 2
Assists 3
Transfer value 3m
Interested clubs Atletico Mineiro
Chance of move after CL failure 95%
The Uruguay international is one man who could well be on the move regardless of where his club sit in the table come 23.00CET on Sunday.

After a very difficult first season at San Siro, with injury and poor form having hampered his attempts to make a big impact for the Nerazzurri, he now seems almost certain to leave Italy. His father Pablo has admitted that his son wants a move, while an agent attempting to facilitate a move to Atletico Mineiro has claimed that Massimo Moratti has promised to allow the player's transfer to go ahead.

MAREK HAMSIK | Napoli, Midfielder, 24

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Appearances 48
Goals 11
Assists 10
Transfer value 20m
Interested clubs PSG, Man City, Chelsea
Chance of move after CL failure 15%
Hamsik may well have signed a new contract tying him to Napoli until 2016 only a month ago, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill suggesting he could be wearing a different shirt next season.

The Slovakia international has been something of a revelation in his five years with the Partenopei, but he has been tracked for many years now by a whole host of top European clubs. Some believe that the signing of his new deal could simply be used by the San Paolo side as a strong bargaining chip for a potential move in the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain have been just one of a number of clubs watching the former Brescia man this season, and if he can hold on to both Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis may use the French club's megabucks status and Hamsik's long-term deal as tools to get the right price for his man.

ANDERSON HERNANES | Lazio, Attacking Midfielder, 26

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Appearances 42
Goals 11
Assists 3
Transfer value 20m
Interested clubs Juventus
Chance of move after CL failure 35%

The Brazilian remains sidelined due to his recent injury problems as his team-mates head into the do-or-die encounter against Inter, with the outcome potentially forcing Hernanes out of the Formello door. Having arrived from Sao Paulo two years ago, he had big hopes of making a huge impact with the capital club, but while he has made a real name for himself, a second successive near-miss on the Champions League front could prove terminal to his Lazio spell.

Juventus are likely to be the first club standing in the queue of suitors if he does leave the Biancocelesti, with Italy recently revealing that the Bianconeri are keen on the idea of adding him to their squad ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.

MIROSLAV KLOSE | Lazio, Forward, 33

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Appearances 35
Goals 15
Assists 8
Transfer value 6m
Interested clubs -
Chance of move after CL failure 25%
The German has been the focal point of Lazio's push for Champions League football this term, with many vital goals sending them to the brink of a third-place finish.

However, relations have been strained somewhat since being ruled out of the run-in due to a thigh injury he picked up in training. Some began to doubt the striker's motives for not wishing to push himself, claiming that he was putting Germany's Euro 2012 campaign above Lazio's bid for third place, meaning Klose had to speak publicly on his recuperation bid.

Should the Biancocelesti miss out, there is a chance that the former Bayern Munich man, who turns 34 next month, will look for one last hurrah in the Champions League away from Rome.

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI | Napoli, Forward, 27

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Appearances 41
Goals 11
Assists 11
Transfer value 31m
Interested clubs Inter, PSG, Man City, Chelsea
Chance of move after CL failure 50%
The Argentine has not always been as convincing this season as during campaigns past, but he has certainly hit the high notes at the right times. His form in the Champions League was enough to persuade a number of the game's big hitters that he has what it takes, while he has also had a major say in some key league wins too.

With a €31 million clause in his San Paolo contract, there is every chance that this summer will be seen as the right moment for his suitors to make their moves, especially if Napoli finish fourth or lower in Serie A. PSG recently admitted an interest in the man who Inter are eager to add to their team, while Premier League leaders Manchester City and Champions League finalists Chelsea have also been linked for some time.

All things being equal, Lavezzi is perhaps the most likely of Napoli's 'three tenors' to leave the club this summer, and he is at the right kind of age to be looking to make an immediate impact in a new environment.

WESLEY SNEIJDER | Inter, Attacking Midfielder, 27

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Appearances 27
Goals 4
Assists 0
Transfer value 20m
Interested clubs Man Utd, Spartak Moscow
Chance of move after CL failure 80%
In 2000, Manchester United called a press conference to announce the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy from PSV. However, just as the media were getting ready to assemble, it was confirmed that the deal had collapsed due to concerns over the player's fitness. One year and a cruciate ligament injury later, the Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford to become one of United's most prolific scorers in recent times.

Wind forward to 2011, and just when it seemed likely Sir Alex Ferguson had landed the signing of Wesley Sneijder, the deal came to nothing. But, just like his compatriot 11 years previous, the former Ajax and Real Madrid star could yet make the move to Manchester after a disappointing 12 months.

With Ferguson having decided not to sign somebody to fill the Sneijder-shaped gap in his team, there is every chance he will make another move, with former United forward Teddy Sheringham this week stating he's certain a transfer is on the cards. What's more, the 70-year-old could save his club a lot of money, with Sneijder's indifferent 2011-12 campaign having knocked a fair chunk off his price tag.

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