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World Football's 20 Hottest Summer Transfer Rumours

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2012

World Football's 20 Hottest Summer Transfer Rumours

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    Although we are only about four weeks removed from the 2012 January transfer window, the summer window beckons in another three months.

    While moves that change championship races rarely happen in the winter window, it is a horse of another color when it comes to the major effect changes can have on a club over the summer.

    As we march towards the next opportunity for clubs to strengthen themselves, we take a look at the biggest rumors that are coming out of the mill at the moment.

Luka Modric to Manchester United

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    The Daily Mirror has linked Manchester United with a major bid for former Chelsea target Luka Modric.

    Tottenham's midfield mastermind is rumored to be in support of the switch, but at the rate the London club are pushing to contend for the title, he may remain with Harry Redknapp and Spurs.

Leandro Damiao to Tottenham

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    Brazilian club SC Internacional striker Leandro Damiao is one of several major targets for Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur in the coming summer transfer window.

    ESPN confirms that the London club already have made a bid for the 22-year-old, who is tipped to be one of his generation's brightest stars.

    However, Paris Saint Germain are believed to be making an effort to hijack the deal.

Javi Garcia to AC Milan or Manchester United

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    Talksport has linked Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia with moves to both Manchester United and AC Milan this summer.

    Garcia will more than likely pick which side offers the best likelihood of silverware plus playing time. Milan has an aging midfield that will be in need of players to immediately step in.

    The 25-year-old could also find time at United, but in a more limited amount, as the Red Devils have as many veterans as they do promising youngsters that they are trying to work through the squad.

Gonzalo Higuain to Manchester City

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    The Guardian is claiming that Manchester City are looking to make a deal with Real Madrid for the purchase of striker Gonzalo Higuain.

    A move for Higuain would bring yet another world-class talent to the English game. However, Madrid are countering with a request of their own.

Sergio Aguero to Real Madrid

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    The counter offer mentioned before by the Guardian is the swap of Sergio Aguero for Gonzalo Higuain.

    However, Aguero joining Real Madrid would almost be as bad as if Fernando Torres joined the Bloncos as both Aguero and Torres have history as great strikers for Real's biggest local rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Christian Eriksen to Manchetser United

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    The Guardian has linked Ajax and Denmark star Christian Eriksen with a move to Manchester United.

    However, it's more likely that this will happen in a few seasons rather than this summer, unless a major deal is agreed and Eriksen signs on.

    He has seemed more interested in remaining at Ajax for the time being to keep developing his skills and career with regular first team action.

Kaka to Chelsea

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    The Week is one of several sources that have linked Kaka with a move to Chelsea this coming summer.

    Once the darling of AC, Milan Kaka took quite some time to even hint at making a major chapter in his career at Real Madrid, and really still is yet to make his mark.

    A move to another club in the summer could do both Kaka and Madrid a host of good, and if Frank Lampard is forced out of Chelsea then a veteran like Kaka would be a good start to rebuild their midfield.

Alexandre Pato to Paris Saint Germain

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    Alexandre Pato looks to be on the outs at AC Milan and is believed to be a primary target for former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain.

    The talented young Brazilian has not gotten much time on the pitch at San Siro since Ancelotti and Leonardo have both vacated the hot seat.

Nicolas Gaitan to Manchester, England

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    Reports from multiple sources, including the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, state that both Manchester United and Manchester City are chasing Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.

    The player has been sensational all season and is in line for a major money move to a more prominent league than the Portuguese Liga.

Chris Samba out of Blackburn

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    Blackburn Rovers' Congolese defender Chris Samba has been at the end of manager Steve Kean's every last nerve since he was not allowed to leave the club in January.

    Goal.com reports that the player is even refusing to train and will most likely force his way out of the club.

    His current situation almost seems like a mini version of Carlos Tevez and Manchester City going at one another, except that it is Blackburn and fewer people care.

Olivier Giroud to Arsenal

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    Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud is being strongly linked to Arsenal for a summer move according to Metro.

    Arsene Wenger is in desperate need of bringing in a strike partner for Robin Van Persie, and Giroud looks to be his primary target at the moment.

Jan Vertonghen to North London Rival

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    Belgian International and Ajax Amsterdam captain Jan Vertonghen has been listed on the Arsenal radar for some time.

    However, it now looks like he is set to be put in the middle of the Gunners and their North London rivals, Tottenham.

    Metro rumors that both clubs are chasing him while the Daily Mirror claim Spurs want the big central defender as the long term replacement for injury prone Ledley King.

Carlos Tevez Stays at Manchester City

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    Stranger things have happened with players falling in and out of favor with managers and clubs.

    While Carlos Tevez spent the majority of this campaign on the outskirts of City's line-up, his apology could somehow magically bring him back into the fold.

    A few good performances combined with the Citizens possibly pulling off a Premier League title-winning campaign could see the Argentine being just fine staying in Manchester.

    Teammate Samir Nasri has even come out claiming that the club need him, which could convince Tevez to make one more run of it at the Etihad Stadium.

Lukas Podolski to Arsenal

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    It is still in the rumor mill that Arsenal are looking to make a summer move for German international Lukas Podolski.

    The FC Cologne striker has even caused a row with his current club over a possible move away during the next transfer window.

    Metro claims that Gunners' owner Stan Kroenke is to hand Arsene Wenger a war chest of 55 million to rebuild the squad over the summer.

Fernando Torres out of Chelsea

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    The Guardian correctly predicted that Fernando Torres would be left wanting when it came to a Champions League spot for Chelsea against Napoli on Monday.

    However, the Blues sorely missed their UCL assists leader in their 3-1 debacle against another strong Italian side, making English opposition look bad.

    Torres has failed to produce at Stamford Bridge but you cannot lay all the fault on him, as he was bought by the owner who has now forced him on two managers, both of whom honestly do not know how to get the best out of him, nor ever gave the player a reason to feel like he was believed in.

    Honestly, I would be looking for a way out as well.

Theo Walcott to Chelsea or Liverpool

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    Talksport has linked the young Gunner to leave Arsenal this coming summer and look for greener pastures.

    A move to Chelsea or Liverpool looks the most likely at the moment, but that may change several times between now and June.

    The Sun reports that Chelsea could offer Daniel Sturridge as an incentive in a deal for Walcott.

Rafael Benitez to Chelsea

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    Chelsea are headed towards a new manager more every day as the merry go round of Stamford Bridge's hot seat is almost certain to continue with Andre Villas-Boas' latest faltering in the UEFA Champions League.

    Clear problems from the manager to the players are causing the London-based club to spiral out of control.

    However, the latest rumors are claiming that former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez is being lined up as a potential replacement, according to the Telegraph.

    The former La Liga and Champions League winning manager could perhaps bring the Blues' biggest weapon, Fernando Torres, back to form and get the club firing before he makes for a massive retooling in the summer.

Edinson Cavani to England

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    Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all had at least one link to the Napoli front man over the past months.

    After what his side did to Chelsea on Tuesday night in the Champions League, I cannot see him making a move to Stamford Bridge unless there is a major change in leadership.

    Playing time at both Manchester clubs would be more of a pain, while a Uruguayan partnership with Luis Suarez at Liverpool looks enticing.

Wesley Sneijder to Anzhi, Chelsea or Manchester United

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    Welsey Sneijder has been in better form as of late with Inter Milan, but he looks ready to make a move after this season.

    The International Business Times claim that he is being linked with a shock move to Chelsea if Jose Mourinho is convinced to possibly return to the helm.

    Sneijder has also been linked with an additional chance of reigniting a move to Manchester United by the Daily Mail, or to Anzhi Makhachkala according to Talksport.

Eden Hazard to Tottenham

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    The belief that perhaps Europe's top young talent is headed to North London has been a major story this month.

    Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy could make a move for the ages at Spurs if they land Eden Hazard from Lille OSC.

    If Tottenham were to pull off this move, it would be one of their best deals in history from not only a player standpoint, but it would stand to put a major injection into the club's brand image world wide.

Conclusion

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    There are still just over three months before the transfer window hits in June.

    With so much time remaining there is plenty more opportunity for situations and fortunes to change.

    What are your top possible deals to happen this summer?

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more on Bleacher Report and at the links below. You can follow me on Twitter @thedailyatz and Facebook, or visit my website.

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