Van der Wiel, Eriksen & the Eredivisie stars who could leave their clubs this summer

As the 2012-13 campaign draws ever closer, takes a look at some of the top names in Netherlands who may be changing teams before the transfer window closes
By Stefan Coerts | German Football Editor

The start of the transfer window is traditionally a moment Dutch clubs don't look forward to. Although it offers them the opportunity to bolster their ranks ahead of the new season, it also means there's a good chance they'll lose star players to a bigger league.

The Eredivisie has proven to be a popular destination for teams from England, Germany, Italy and Spain that are looking to strengthen their respective squads, and a number of players who currently ply their trade in Netherlands have been linked with a move abroad.

While stars such as Luuk de Jong, Ola John, Jan Vertonghen, Dusan Tadic and Bas Dost have already completed transfers, there are still plenty of players left who have set their sights on a summer move. And, as usual, will provide all the latest news on potential and finalised deals.

Ahead of all that action, we look at some of the stars from the Eredivisie who could be on the move between now and the end of the summer window.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN | Ajax, Midfielder, 20

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Appearances 44
Goals 8
Assists 22
Transfer value €20m
Interested clubs Manchester United, AC Milan
Chance of leaving this summer 20%

Ever since breaking into the first team at Ajax in January 2010, Eriksen has been tipped to leave the Eredivisie champions for a bigger club at some point. Barcelona, Chelsea, AC Milan and Manchester United have all been linked with the Denmark international over the past two seasons, yet the gifted midfielder still plies his trade in Netherlands' top flight.

Eriksen continues to be associated in the Dutch press with United, but the substance of the reports are lukewarm at best currently. The Premier League giants would face a tough task to lure the midfielder away from Ajax if they indeed attempted to sign him. Eriksen has stressed more than once that he's keen to continue his development at the Godenzonen for at least another season, while the Amsterdam giants have no intention to lose another key player after the previous departure of Jan Vertonghen. An exit seems much more realistic come 2013.

KEVIN STROOTMAN | PSV, Midfielder, 22

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Appearances 46
Goals 6
Assists 17
Transfer value 15m
Interested clubs Manchester United, Inter, Valencia
Chance of leaving this summer 25%

Strootman has developed into one of the best young midfielders in Europe in the past few seasons, and his rise to prominence is all the more remarkable bearing in mind that he was still playing in the Eerstedivisie less than two years ago.

The versatile stalwart has become a key figure at PSV since joining the club from Utrecht, and was even in contention for a starting berth in Oranje ahead of Euro 2012. The 22-year-old eventually didn't feature in Poland and Ukraine, but this hasn't slowed down the interest in him.

Previously linked with Manchester United, Inter and Valencia joined the list of admirers this summer. However, a transfer could come too soon for the left-footed midfielder after just one season at the highest level. Strootman is keen to stay put for now, and the presence of Mark van Bommel at PSV will only further boost his desire to remain in the Eredivisie for at least another season.

OLA TOIVONEN | PSV, Attacking midfielder, 26

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Appearances 49
Goals 26
Assists 4
Transfer value €10m
Interested clubs Rubin Kazan, Borussia Monchengladbach
Chance of leaving this summer 45%

Toivonen joined PSV from Malmo in January 2009, and the attacking midfielder has since developed into a key player at the Eredivisie side. The Sweden international was even handed the captain's armband last term, and he rewarded his coach for his faith with 18 goals in 33 Eredivisie appearances.

Nevertheless, PSV's season ended in disappointment as they once more missed out on Champions League qualification, much to the dismay of Toivonen, who was quick to point out that he had had enough of playing in the Europa League, and added that he's open to a transfer.

The forward has since been linked with clubs such as Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle United and Rubin Kazan, but even though PSV are ready to cash in on Toivonen for the right price, a transfer seems unlikely at this point.

He has ruled out a move to Russia himself, while the other interested teams have so far been hesitant to table an official offer as they seem to prefer other alternatives for now.

RON VLAAR | Feyenoord, Defender, 27

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Appearances 36
Goals 1
Assists 2
Transfer value 6m
Interested clubs Aston Villa
Chance of leaving this summer 90%

Once hailed as the natural successor to Jaap Stam, Vlaar has taken his sweet time to live up to the high expectations. After an impressive start to his career at AZ, the centre-back broke into the national side shortly after and a bright future seemed to await the defender. Nevertheless, a string of injuries then halted his progress, and only in the past few seasons has he got back on track.

Vlaar was an inspirational figure at Feyenoord in the 2011-12 campaign as he guided them to second spot in the table, and he was rewarded for his good form with a call-up for Oranje. Although Euro 2012 was by no means a success for the Dutch, the 27-year-old will have some good memories as he featured in two of their three group games.

The centre-back's return to form has not gone unnoticed elsewhere, and Aston Villa have made Vlaar one of their primary transfer targets. He has already visited the Premier League side's facilities, and is keen to make the move to England. With Villa seemingly willing to match Vlaar's buy-out clause, a transfer appears to be a matter of time.

GREGORY VAN DER WIEL | Ajax, Defender, 24

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Appearances 27
Goals 3
Assists 5
Transfer value 9m
Interested clubs Valencia, Roma, Real Madrid
Chance of leaving this summer 60%

After some fine performances at the 2010 World Cup, Van der Wiel appeared to be on his way out of Ajax as both Bayern Munich and Chelsea showed a concrete interest in signing him. Nevertheless, a move eventually never materialised, and the right-back was condemned to stay at the Amsterdam giants.

Although Van der Wiel has since been unable to replicate the form that led to the interest of some of Europe's finest, he continues to be one of the most sought-after Dutchmen on the transfer market. The defender was seemingly on his way to Valencia earlier this year, but the transfer collapsed following the Liga side's refusal to meet Ajax's asking price, while Van der Wiel rejected Roma himself shortly after as he wants to play Champions League football next term.

His poor performances at Euro 2012 won't have done his ambition to move to a bigger club any good, yet a transfer is still very likely to take place as Ajax are desperate to cash in on Van der Wiel this summer. The defender's contract is due to expire in the summer of 2013, and they already have a capable replacement at right-back in Ricardo van Rhijn.

Were Roma to re-ignite their interest in Van der Wiel, there's a good chance he will take the bait this time around, while Real Madrid are reportedly still keeping tabs on the wing-back, too.
ABEL HERNANDEZ | Palermo, Forward, 21