Maicon, Pastore, Sanchez & more - Part II of the Serie A stars who could be leaving their clubs this summer

The European transfer season is in full swing, and works its way through the main Serie A stars who could be on the move between now and the end of August

With the European season for 2010-11 now over, the attention has inevitably shifted to the summer transfer market. From now until the window closes on August 31, every club on the continent will be working around the clock in an attempt to strengthen their squads for 2011-12.

As always, will provide the very best transfer news, exclusives and analysis that you can find on the web. In order to prepare you for the weeks ahead, we will be working our way through every major European league and presenting a list of the big-name players who could leave, with their respective probabilities of departing.

Our series will cover the Dutch Eredivisie, English Premier League, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga.

This particular feature focuses on Serie A. Champions Milan have already acquired Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo on free transfers, but are likely to make at least one big-money signing having released Andrea Pirlo to Juventus - the rebuilding Bianconeri have also snapped up Reto Ziegler while preparing to splash the cash elsewhere.

Inter will be looking to gain the initiative again after losing their Serie A crown, and one of their main targets has been Alexis Sanchez from Udinese. The Zebrette face a tricky task trying to keep hold of their star players. Elsewhere, the new American ownership at Roma ensures some heavy investment, while Napoli need to bring in some quality if they are to impress in the Champions League.

Below we look at some of Serie A's biggest names who could join the likes of Pirlo and Mexes through the exit door, adding the remaining big names to our candidates from Part I.


Read more on Lichtsteiner
Age: 27

Club: Lazio

Intl caps: 39 (0 goals) for Switzerland

Position: Full-back

Value: €10m

10-11 apps: 35 (0 goals)

Interested clubs: Juventus
Per cent chance of leaving: 55%

Two very impressive seasons for the Biancocelesti have resulted in Lichtsteiner becoming one of the most talked-about full-backs on the peninsula after he helped Lazio to within a whisker of the Champions League last term.

After being chased by Inter in 2010 when it appeared that Maicon was set for an exit, the Swiss has this year come into Juventus' view, and they now face a decision over whether to sign the Lazio star or Andreas Beck from Hoffenheim. There is also a chance they could purchase both, meaning he's more likely to be in Turin than Rome come September.


Read more on Maicon
Age: 29

Club: Inter

Intl caps: 63 (6 goals) for Brazil

Position: Full-back

Value: €15m

10-11 apps: 41 (1 goals)

Interested clubs: Real Madrid
Per cent chance of leaving: 50%

As exclusively revealed by yesterday, both club and player are ready for a parting of the ways after the Brazilian's star fell right out of the sky in 2010-11. Gone are the days of the Nerazzurri demanding €30 million for the right-back, as they look set to cut their losses.

They are still banking on Jose Mourinho wanting to work with Maicon again, but much may depend on decisions made in Madrid regarding the future of Kaka. As a result, there's a fair chance they may be stuck with the fading attacking full-back for another year at least.


Read more on Menez
Age: 24

Club: Roma

Intl caps:
4 (0 goals) for France

Position: Forward

Value: €12m

10-11 apps: 42 (4 goals)

Interested clubs: Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester Utd
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%
Magnificent on his day, Menez's only real sticking point in his three years in the capital has been his inconsistency, and interim coach Vincenzo Montella's decision not to rely on his occasional brilliance has meant that both parties are primed for a transfer.

Liverpool and Arsenal are the front runners for his signature, but Manchester United have also been credited with an interest as a spell in the Premier League appears to be an overwhelming probability for the former Monaco man. What does appear certain is that he won't be a Roma player when the 2011-12 season starts.


Read more on Miccoli
Age: 31

Club: Palermo

Intl caps: 10 (2 goals) for Italy

Position: Striker

Value: €8m

10-11 apps: 28 (10 goals)

Interested clubs: Lecce, Dubai
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%

One year on from his knee ligament injury against Sampdoria in May 2010, Fabrizio Miccoli's season again ended in tears last month, but this time it was at the realisation that his four-year love affair with Palermo has reached its natural conclusion.

Having also cried when scoring a goal against boyhood heroes Lecce which put the Salentini in danger of relegation, there is a fair chance they'll pounce on his availability. However, Rosanero president Maurizio Zamparini's assertion that “maybe he’s looking for a club that can guarantee a juicy pay-packet" suggests a rumoured move to Dubai could well be on the cards.


Read more on Milito
Age: 31

Club: Inter

Intl caps: 24 (4 goals) for Argentina

Position: Striker


10-11 apps: 32 (8 goals)

Interested clubs: Genoa, Tottenham, Real Madrid
Per cent chance of leaving: 40%

After the heaven of 2009-10 came the personal hell of 2010-11 for Diego Milito as fitness and form deserted him in equal measure to leave him playing second fiddle to Giampaolo Pazzini by the end of the season.

With his natural place at Inter now seemingly being closer to the bench than to the key centre-forward role, there have been many clubs credited with an interest in the Argentine. Former side Genoa appear to be the favourites right now, but there's still a good chance that Milito will look for one last crack at San Siro in order to leave the Nerazzurri on better terms next summer.


Read more on Montolivo
Age: 26

Club: Fiorentina

Intl caps: 23 (0 goals) for Italy

Position: Midfielder

Value: €13m

10-11 apps: 29 (2 goals)

Interested clubs: Inter, Milan, Juventus
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%

Fiorentina's slow start to 2010-11 rendered the campaign something of a blow-out and has proved the straw that broke the camel's back for club skipper Montolivo, who has announced that he is now looking to leave Tuscany in a bid to make the next step up in his career.

His next move appears likely to be in the direction of Milan, though it is unclear which of the two San Siro giants is in the driving seat. Inter may well see him as a perfect set-up man for Giampaolo Pazzini, who has formerly been a team-mate at both Atalanta and the Viola. Meanwhile, the Rossoneri have made no secret of their intention to bring in another high profile midfielder. Juventus have shown some interest, but their overloaded squad would need to be shorn before they could find space for the Italy international.


Read more on Thiago Motta
Age: 28

Club: Inter

Intl caps: 2 (1 goal) for Italy

Position: Midfielder

Value: €9m

10-11 apps: 29 (5 goals)

Interested clubs: Roma, Zenit, Milan
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%

Though he was a valuable addition to the Nerazzurri midfield under Jose Mourinho, successors Rafael Benitez and Leonardo have found the Italo-Brazilian much less easy to accommodate in the centre. His similarity to Esteban Cambiasso in both starting position and passing tendencies have meant that it was always going to lead to one or the other leaving.

After links with neighbours Milan earlier in the summer there remains a slight chance that he'll swap blue stripes for red ones. However, Roma have recently entered the fray and currently appear to be joint-favourites for his signature with Zenit St. Petersburg, coached by former Giallorossi tactician Luciano Spalletti.


Read more on Palombo
Age: 29

Club: Sampdoria

Intl caps:
21 (0 goals) for Italy

Position: Midfielder

Value: €7m

10-11 apps: 42 (1 goal)

Interested clubs: Fiorentina, Napoli
Per cent chance of leaving: 60%

The midfielder's agony at Sampdoria's stunning drop into Serie B was plain to see at the end of the season but, while his initial reaction has been to pledge his future to the club in their bid for a quick return, don't be surprised to see him snapped up by a top flight outfit before August 31.

Former club Fiorentina attracted the strongest links to Palombo during the run-in and now with Montolivo on the verge of an exit there is a fresh need to add midfield resources. Napoli are also thought to be fans of the Blucerchiati skipper, but neither club have made their interest official.


Read more on Pastore
Age: 21

Club: Palermo

Intl caps:
8 (0 goals) for Argentina

Position: Forward

Value: €35m

10-11 apps: 45 (13 goals)

Interested clubs: Roma, Milan, Inter, Juventus
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%

Fantastic in the opening few months of the season but more subdued thereafter, it appears that Pastore's growth at Palermo has reached a ceiling and he looks certain to leave this summer.

With interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona having faded, it seems likely that he'll stay in the peninsula. However, there was recent talk of potential interest from Chelsea, though president Maurizio Zamparini contradicted his previous claims that he'd rejected a €50m offer by saying: "How could anyone turn down €50m cash for Pastore? I never saw such an offer." Roma are set to make a move once the club's new structure is finalised, with Milan and Inter watching developments closely.


Read more on Poli
Age: 21

Club: Sampdoria

Intl caps: 13 (1 goal) for Italy U-21

Position: Midfielder

Value: €7m

10-11 apps: 28 (0 goals)

Interested clubs: Inter, Milan, Juventus
Per cent chance of leaving: 75%

One of the biggest casualties of Sampdoria's slump was the Italy under-21 international. Amid a group of experienced players failing to pull the club out of a stupor, the energetic midfielder saw his form suffer badly, particularly as both Domenico Di Carlo and Alberto Cavasin decided to select Fernando Tissone ahead of him on occasion.

Inter seem set to make a move this summer, although interest from Milan and Juventus also needs to be taken seriously. The Nerazzurri were reported as early as February as being set to offer €10m for the former Sassuolo man, but with Samp's subsequent relegation there may be the opportunity to get him on the cheap, and Poli's agent Carlo Pallavicino encouraged a bid in March when he said his client "dreams of playing for a big club".


Read more on Ramirez
Age: 20

Club: Bologna

Intl caps: 4 (0 goals) for Uruguay

Position: Forward

Value: €18m

10-11 apps: 25 (7 goals)

Interested clubs: Inter, Manchester City
Per cent chance of leaving:

A superb opening term in Emilia-Romagna has led to much interest in the Uruguayan all across Europe and in April he was allegedly the subject of a €17.5m bid from Manchester City, though this was denied by his club.

His form tailed off along with that of his club over the final two months of the season, and with Bologna's precarious financial accounts there could still be interest in any bid around €10m, and Inter are thought to consider him as a cheap alternative to Alexis Sanchez, who now appears to be slipping from view.


Read more on Sanchez
Age: 22

Club: Udinese

Intl caps: 32 (11 goals) for Chile

Position: Forward

Value: €35m

10-11 apps: 34 (12 goals)

Interested clubs: Barca, Inter, Juventus, Man City
Per cent chance of leaving: 100%

The star of the Serie A season and the hottest property in Europe, Sanchez was the catalyst behind an explosive Udinese side reaching the Champions League. Almost inevitably, though, he will not represent the club on the continent as a summer move is a certainty.

He appears forever closer to making the move to Barcelona, who have shaken off the pursuit of Inter and latterly Juventus. The Blaugrana first stepped into the chase for the Chilean in January, as revealed by, and are now on the verge of completing a deal. Manchester City had been tracking the winger as well, but coach Attilio Lombardo recently claimed he would not suit the Premier League. That would leave the two Italian giants in a head-to-head were negotiations in Catalunya to fall through.


Read more on Sneijder
Age: 26

Club: Inter

Intl caps: 76 (21 goals) for Netherlands

Position: Forward

Value: €25m

10-11 apps: 37 (7 goals)

Interested clubs: Manchester Utd, Manchester City
Per cent chance of leaving: 20%

After catapulting the Nerazzurri to an unprecedented treble in 2010, last season he was blighted by injury, illness and lethargy as his ability to dictate a result was evidenced less often than in his first term in Lombardy. He still contributed regularly to Inter victories, but there was a greater sense of frustration about some of his displays second time around, leading to speculation he could be on the move again.

Much has been made of his apparent suitability to the style of play employed by Manchester United but as yet there has been no concrete interest from the Premier League champions, despite reports he will ponder a switch to the Red Devils while holidaying in California. Meanwhile, neighbours City also have a liking for the Dutchman but their interest is comparatively minor at this point.


Read more on Vargas
Age: 27

Club: Fiorentina

Intl caps: 31 (3 goals) for Peru

Position: Winger

Value: €12m

10-11 apps: 24 (4 goals)

Interested clubs: Inter, Juventus
Per cent chance of leaving: 67%

In his fifth season in the peninsula Vargas suffered from niggling injuries more than at any other time with either Catania or Fiorentina, and with the Viola struggling in his absence - and that of Stevan Jovetic - he could well seek a fresh start.

While Inter have long been linked with a move for the Peruvian, Juventus could well make an approach if their planned move for Lyon's Michel Bastos doesn't come to fruition. There's still a good chance he could be persuaded to stay on though, but that could well depend on assurances over the club's summer moves in their quest to bring Champions League football back to Florence.


Read more on Viviano
Age: 25

Club: Bologna

Intl caps: 5 (0 goals) for Italy

Position: Goalkeeper

Value: €12m

10-11 apps: 38 (0 goals)

Interested clubs: Inter, Roma, Lazio
Per cent chance of leaving: 50%

The 2010-11 season saw Viviano enjoy another successful loan stint with Bologna, while he also established himself as Italy's second-choice goalkeeper behind Gianluigi Buffon. The Emiliani's slump upon reaching the 40-point mark affected his form, but he remains one of the country's leading No.1s.

Inter are reportedly happy to allow the keeper to extend his stay with the Rossoblu for two more years before using him as a natural successor to Julio Cesar, but the interest of Lazio and particularly Roma could result in them calling him back early from his co-owners and allowing him to fight it out with the Brazilian. However, Viviano has made it clear he has no interest in second fiddle and wants a fair crack of the whip wherever he ends up playing next season.


Read more on Vucinic
Age: 27

Club: Roma

Intl caps:
24 (11 goals) for Montenegro (+3 caps for Serbia & Montenegro)
Position: Striker

Value: €14m

10-11 apps: 37 (11 goals)

Interested clubs:
Inter, Juventus, Fiorentina
Per cent chance of leaving: 75%

Though 2010-11 did not see the Montenegrin scale the heights of the previous 12 months, his stock has remained high despite Roma's drop in form and he may well see this summer as his final chance to spend his peak years challenging for honours.

That opinion is likely to see him take the interest of Inter and Juventus in particular seriously, while Fiorentina are also showing their hand. While the player's agent Alessandro Lucci has denied any talks with the Viola having taken place, the latest reports from the peninsula suggest that the Old Lady have met with Lucci in a bid to secure him a move to Turin.

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Fiorentina (Inter 33%/Juventus 33)