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As the new season draws ever nearer, Goal.com takes a look at some of the biggest names in Italy who may be changing teams in this summer's transfer market

ANALYSIS
By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor

With the summer break nearly two-thirds of the way through already, time is beginning to run out on those clubs looking to strengthen their first-team squads this summer. And it also means that any players looking to move on to pastures new before the start of 2012-13 had better get their skates on.

Two weeks on from the end of Euro 2012, attention is now firmly fixed on players' domestic futures, and there are many top international stars who are the talk of the transfer market right now. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wesley Sneijder among the names touted to be set for moves, and Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi having already departed, this could be a truly momentous transfer season.

Providing a guide to some of the bigger potential departures, we look at some of the stars from Serie A who could be moving on before September 1.

PABLO ARMERO | Udinese, Winger, 25

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 39
Goals 1
Assists 10
TRANSFER FILE
Transfer value 10m
Interested clubs Juventus, Napoli
Chance of leaving in summer 80%

Udinese have already lost Cristian Zapata, Alexis Sanchez, Gokhan Inler, Kwadwo Asamoah, Mauricio Isla and Samir Handanovic over the last year, but Pablo Armero may yet join them on the departures board. The Colombian wideman has made quite the name for himself over the last two seasons in Udine, but it may come back to bite the Zebrette as he now keeps an eye out for new employment.

"I am fine at the Friuli, I have four years of my contract left and the chance to play in the Champions League. I am calm, but I know clubs like Juventus and Napoli are interested in me," said Armero recently, sending out a message that he is aware of his worth in a now thin-looking Udinese side. Juve could well come in even before the Friulani face their Champions League play-off D-day.

FEDERICO BALZARETTI | Palermo, Full-Back, 30

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 27
Goals 0
Assists 3
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Transfer value €4m
Interested clubs Juventus, Lazio, Milan
Chance of leaving in summer 60%

Balzaretti was the big beneficiary from Domenico Criscito's summer troubles, as the Palermo full-back played a big part in Italy's runners-up showing at Euro 2012. His renaissance has sparked the interest of former club Juventus, as well as Lazio and Milan who are all looking for a top-class left-back.

The Rosanero have insisted that Balzaretti will stay in Sicily, but an official offer from one of the above trio would likely be enough to set the wheels in motion for a return to the mainland. Juve's interest has cooled since they began their assault on Udinese's Armero. The most determined club appear to be Lazio, but it remains to be seen whether Balzaretti would accept a relatively sideways move at this stage of his career.

MATTIA DESTRO | Siena, Forward, 21

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 32
Goals 13
Assists 2
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Transfer value €12m
Interested clubs Roma, Milan, Inter
Chance of leaving in summer 80%

The young striker had a real breakthrough season last time around, with his 13 goals helping the Robur surprise many under the guidance of Giuseppe Sannino. But with Genoa still owning 50 per cent of his contract, this summer was always going to provide something of a crossroads.

Roma are currently in pole position to buy his full rights from the Rossoblu for €12m, with Siena likely to benefit to the tune of €4.7m. However, if Zdenek Zeman's side cannot complete a deal, then Milan and Inter may both have something to say. Destro is on the Rossoneri's shortlist to replace the outgoing Ibrahimovic, while the Nerazzurri could seek to sell Giampaolo Pazzini and sign their former youth product in his place.

WALTER GARGANO | Napoli, Midfielder, 27

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 40
Goals 2
Assists 3
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Transfer value 12m
Interested clubs Valencia, Porto, Gala'ray, Fener'che, W'burg, Milan
Chance of leaving in summer 30%

The Uruguayan has pulled up as many trees as any Serie A player in recent years, and proved to be the driving force behind the star-studded Napoli side which caught Europe's imagination in the Champions League last season. But with Lavezzi having already waved goodbye to the San Paolo, many of the continent's clubs believe they can tempt the midfielder away as well.

A whole host of teams have been linked with Gargano in recent days, but with his agent currently said to be in Valencia, it appears Los Che lead the chase ahead of Porto, for the time being. There is still every chance that Gargano could remain a Napoli player next season, though, with president Aurelio De Laurentiis unlikely to want to lose a second key man following Lavezzi's move to France.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC | AC Milan, Forward, 30

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 44
Goals 35
Assists 10
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Transfer value 20m
Interested clubs PSG, Man City
Chance of leaving in summer 99%

It now only appears to be a matter of when Ibrahimovic leaves AC Milan, rather than if. The Swede has been the subject of speculation since before the summer began, and agent Mino Raiola has been turning the wheels expertly in that time as his client looks to end his two-year association with the Rossoneri.

He appears set for Paris Saint-Germain as things stand, with Raiola saying he is working for a resolution with the French side's owners. But even if a deal with the Parc des Princes outfit fails to materialise, Ibra is likely to look outside of Milanello for his next step, after the San Siro club sold Thiago Silva to all but end their hopes of a serious tilt at the Scudetto in 2012-13. Roberto Mancini is a big fan, and so if PSG do not capture the Swede, then Raiola could attempt to fix a deal with Manchester City instead.

JULIO CESAR | Inter, Goalkeeper, 32

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 40
Goals 0
Assists 0
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Transfer value 8m
Interested clubs Milan, Man City
Chance of leaving in summer 45%

There are few top class goalkeepers who do not welcome a challenge when it comes their way, and Samir Handanovic's arrival at Inter has presented exactly such a proposition for Julio Cesar. His wife, Susana Werner, blasted the club for their show of "disrespect" in adding the Slovenian to their roster, and her reaction suggests that a serious offer could see the Brazilian leave the club he won the Champions League with in 2010.

But there will be question marks over the destination, should he decide to look elsewhere. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been forced to deny a link, claiming that Christian Abbiati, Marco Amelia and Gabriel remain the Rossoneri's shot-stoppers of choice. And rejoining former coach Roberto Mancini at Manchester City could be to step out the frying pan and into the fire given the presence of Joe Hart, but just as he arrived at Inter and immediately pushed out Francesco Toldo, he may fancy his chances of doing the same again at Eastlands.

MILOS KRASIC | Juventus, Winger, 27

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 7
Goals 1
Assists 0
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Transfer value 9m
Interested clubs Lazio, CSKA, Zenit, Anzhi
Chance of leaving in summer 85%

After a hugely productive first season in black and white, the Serbian winger was the forgotten man during Juventus' return to the top of the Italian game in 2011-12. With only seven appearances all term, and none during the second half of the campaign, Krasic was considered little more than an expendable nuisance by coach Antonio Conte.

With a move to Russia having been touted during the winter and into the spring, Krasic is surely going to move on this summer, though his agent Dejan Joksimovic insisted recently that a return to Russia or a move to Turkey is out of the question, claiming only a move to a top English, Spanish or German club will suffice. Lazio have emerged as favourites to pick up his cartellino, with a meeting expected between Juve and the Biancocelesti later this week.

GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI | Inter, Forward, 27

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 40
Goals 8
Assists 4
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Transfer value 8m
Interested clubs Juventus, Lazio
Chance of leaving in summer 75%

Pazzini's impact at Inter had initially been a revelation, with his goalscoring form helping the Nerazzurri finish 2010-11 with some aplomb. However, the sale of Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala robbed him of his favoured strike partner, and Pazzini struggled last season as a result.

The striker's dip in form has left him on Andrea Stramaccioni's list of expendables as the young coach looks to build the Inter of the future. "I'll be honest, I believe the club have made their decision and that I'll no longer be a part of this project," the former Sampdoria man admitted recently. And he has since had his agent working on finding him options, with Lazio said to be courting the forward, while Juventus apparently see him as one of the options for their striking quandary heading into the latter part of the transfer window.

WESLEY SNEIJDER | Inter, Midfielder, 28

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 29
Goals 5
Assists 6
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Transfer value 20m
Interested clubs Anzhi
Chance of leaving in summer 50%

One year on from the 'will he, won't he' episode that was Wesley Sneijder's near-move to Manchester United, the Dutchman's market value has dropped dramatically after a hugely disappointing 2011-12 campaign. The trequartista rarely featured in the Nerazzurri's few bright moments of last season, and was also unable to help resurrect Netherlands' hopes of progressing at Euro 2012.

Along with the tightening grip of their economic situation, Sneijder's difficult year has helped scare off United, and a big-money switch to join former team-mate Samuel Eto'o at Anzhi appears to be his most likely option. After having spent one year too long at San Siro already, he will hope to seal a deal one way or another before September 1.

MARCO VERRATTI | Pescara, Midfielder, 19

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2011-12 SEASON STATS
Appearances 31
Goals 0
Assists 3
TRANSFER FILE
Transfer value 12m
Interested clubs PSG, Juventus
Chance of leaving in summer 95%

Many news outlets had Verratti as a stick-on to sign for Paris Saint-Germain throughout June, but there is still no deal done with the French side, and the added interest of Juventus has complicated matters. The Bianconeri's decision to play hardball over a transfer fee seemingly made up Pescara's mind, however, and PSG have re-emerged as favourites once again in recent days.

Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani has insisted that his €12m asking price is met, meaning there remains a small window of opportunity for Juve, but with Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, having said last week that "The guy is willing to say 'yes' to PSG," it is Ligue 1 which seems the more likely destination for the youngster.

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