9) Mario Balotelli
One of the most troublesome figures to ever set foot in the Premier League, Mario Balotelli had quite a stay during his time at Manchester City. The Italian striker was at the heart of the controversy. Balotelli’s attitude became a huge problem as it began to hinder his career growth. Failed spells at Milan and Liverpool had followed before Balotelli found his feet at Nice last season. His revival saw him linked with a possible move to Borussia Dortmund or the Premier League as well. If the forward does indeed decide to return to England, the Premier League defenders would be wary of facing a more matured yet aggressive Balotelli.
8) Jerome Boateng
Boateng was brought to England by Manchester City, who signed the defender from Hamburg. However, an early injury meant Boateng had to wait until September to make his City debut. The move never worked out as Boateng soon requested a transfer to Bayern. The decision paid dividends as the German defender has since won all possible titles including the World Cup. He is easily one of the best defenders in the world. His ability on the ball sets him apart from other defenders. Mats Hummels’ signing was supposed to complete the ideal center back pairing for Bayern; however, Boateng struggled with injuries throughout the last season. Still 28, Boateng could be tempted into returning to England.
7) Javier Hernandez
The Mexican forward is best known for his time at Manchester United. The ‘Super Sub’ was prolific whenever he got the chance. 50 goals in three seasons followed when he was never really a first choice striker. Hernandez’s fox in the box style has seen him attract many suitors including Chelsea, who are reportedly interested in bringing the striker back to England. Inconsistency has been a major flaw in Hernandez’s game, as there are still doubts about his ability to become the main man.
6) Luka Modric
Modric was named as the worst signing of the summer when Real Madrid paid 30 million Euros to Tottenham for his services. Some players would never be able to come back from such ignominy; however, Luka Modric was no such player. Instead, the Croatian has since become the backbone of the Real Madrid midfield. It is Modric, who makes the team tick and is the brains behind everything Real do on the pitch. His importance is felt when the magician misses the games through injury as Real are forced to change the system without their mastermind. His playmaking abilities are second to none. Having won everything there is to win at Madrid, Modric might be convinced by the idea of returning to the Premier League.
5) Robin Van Persie
The Dutchman was the primary reason behind Manchester United’s last premier league title in 2012-13, scoring goals regularly. Mancini, the then- Manchester City boss, himself claimed that Van Persie was the difference in the title race. However, like with any player, time caught up with Van Persie as he drastically declined under Louis Van Gaal. Nevertheless, the striker has not lost his clinical instincts. He could be an ideal squad member at the age of 34. Crystal Palace have been reportedly interested in Van Persie, who could be tempted especially since this is the World Cup year.
4) Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben played in the Premier league for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. The Dutchman won two league titles before joining Real Madrid. In Madrid, despite his blazing performances, he was let go to make space for Cristiano Ronaldo, who had actually joined Real to play with Robben. Nevertheless, Robben joined Bayern in 2010 and has since won 16 trophies. Despite his age, Robben remains an indispensable part of Bayern setup, averaging 15 goals a season. His determination to keep going is what keeps him young and fit. He still possesses the ability to destroy any defence in the world and could still prove worthy in the Premier league.
3) Gareth Bale
Rumours have never left Bale since he joined Real Madrid from Spurs. Despite the huge success Bale has enjoyed being at Real Madrid, he continues to be linked with a return to the Premier league. The rumours got stronger last season after Isco started ahead of him in the Champions League final. Zinedine Zidane unarguably trusts Bale to be the star man at Madrid; however, the same cannot be said of the Madrid hierarchy, who are keen to bring Mbappe. Any transfer would only be possible if Gareth Bale were to leave Madrid. While Bale may have struggled with injuries in recent seasons, he is still capable of leading the team on his own. Manchester United are a possible destination for the Welshman, and he could be tempted by the idea of teaming up with Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Lukaku.
2) Luis Suarez
The after-effects of Suarez’s departure from Liverpool are still felt as the club have truly failed to replace their talisman. Despite his controversies, Suarez proved a menace in the Premier league and nearly won the title for the Reds on his own. A move to the La Liga followed and Suarez immediately won the Champions league with the Catalans. He has still been consistent in his finishing and has grown into a leader. Suarez would not necessarily fancy a move to the Premier league, partly because of the media, who always look at him with a cynical eye.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese star had the time of his life during his stay at Manchester United. Revered by the fans, Ronaldo was scoring all kinds of goals for the Reds. A 94 million Euros move followed to Real Madrid. Ronaldo has since won 3 Champions League titles with Los Blancos. He has become even more potent and has a strong case for the Ballon d’Or this year as well. Easily one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo created waves with rumours suggesting that he was ready to leave Real Madrid. Manchester United would surely be his first preference; however, the fees could prove a major block.