Summer Transfer Window: 10 Players Who Are Hot, 10 Who Are Not

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2012

Summer Transfer Window: 10 Players Who Are Hot, 10 Who Are Not

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    With the summer transfer window only a few months away, it is time to begin the speculation yet again on what star players will be switching clubs over the summer.

    We all know about the players who are making headlines for the success they are having this season, but there are also players who have not done as well and are rumored to be swapping clubs in the offseason.

    Here are the 10 hottest and coldest players rumored to be transfers in the upcoming window.

Luis Suarez

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    Let's start out with 10 players that are cold at the moment.

    It has not been the best of seasons for Luis Suarez, but the transfer rumors are still linking the Uruguay international with a move out of Anfield.

    The latest club linked with the star forward is Paris St. Germain.

    Not only would Suarez be able to escape all the controversy he has created in the Premier League, but he would also be playing with countryman Diego Lugano at the Parc des Princes.

Carlos Tevez

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    Another transfer window—another Carlos Tevez saga.

    It could happen this summer, with Tevez remaining uneasy about his status with Manchester City.

    While Tevez may be back in the City squad in the coming weeks (according to manager Roberto Mancini), the speculation will continue about the Argentinian who has not played since September.

Nicklas Bendtner

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    Nicklas Bendtner, at Sunderland on loan from Arsenal, has faced his fair share of struggles this season.

    Along with his off-pitch troubles, the Danish forward has not been effective on the pitch either, with only five goals in 20 appearances this season.

    The forward may find an escape route from the Premier League through Russia, as Anzhi Makhachkala, Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan could be after him in the summer.

Michael Ballack

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    Yes, Michael Ballack still plays football, but he has not been able to get much time on the pitch for Bayer Leverkusen, playing in only 10 Bundesliga games this season.

    Ballack is only 35, and is being rumored to make a move to MLS.

    The German midfielder will already be in the United States working for ESPN during their Euro 2012 coverage, so it might make sense for Ballack to stay in America afterward.

Fernando Torres

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    El Niño has struggled mightily at Chelsea, and if he does not succeed under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, he could be shipped out of Stamford Bridge after the season.

    There have been rumors in the past that he would leave Chelsea but that never happened.

    With a new manager coming to Stamford Bridge and with Torres looking to find his way back into the Spain squad, a move somewhere else may be a good call.

Didier Drogba

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    Another forward at Chelsea that is not having the best of seasons is Didier Drogba.

    The Ivorian has only scored five goals in 18 appearances and has been rumored to leave Stamford Bridge for almost the whole season.

    A move to China to join former teammate Nicolas Anelka could be a possibility if the new Chelsea manager decides to continue the youth movement at Stamford Bridge.

Wesley Sneijder

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    Remember when Wesley Sneijder was the hottest name in last summer's transfer window?

    Now, along with Inter's struggles as a club, the Dutchman has had a hard time replicating his past form—but he is still being linked with a move out of the San Siro.

    A recent report claimed that the midfielder wants a move to Manchester United during the summer.

Paul Pogba

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    Who is Paul Pogba?

    Pogba, is an 18-year-old midfielder who plays for Manchester United, or is at least trying to get some playing time at United, as he has only made two Premier League appearances this season.

    The French U-19 international has been in the news for the past month or so and last week a rumor broke that he signed with Juventus, but that is just a rumor at this point.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Clearly, Marouane Chamakh has been a failed signing by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal—and he may be on his way out of the Premier League.

    The Moroccan has been reportedly been contacted by Fiorentina to move to Serie A.

    The forward has only scored eight goals in 37 league appearances for the Gunners since his move from Bordeaux in 2010.

All of Queens Park Rangers' Roster

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    Although no rumors have really come through on this topic, think about the situation at QPR for a second.

    The club is facing relegation and has a good amount of Premier League veterans that surely do not want to play in the Championship next season.

    If relegated, the Hoops could see over half of their roster leave, as veterans like Joey Barton, Djibril Cisse, Bobby Zamora, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Taye Taiwo will surely leave the club and find somewhere else to play.

Matias Suarez

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    Now for the players who are having great seasons in their respective leagues:

    There is another Suarez being mentioned in transfer rumors heading into the summer.

    Matias Suarez plays for Anderlecht in the Belgian League and has been one of the club's top performers domestically and in Europe this season, with 17 goals in 27 appearances.

    The Argentine midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool over the past few months and could be on his way to England in the summer.

Javi Martinez

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    One of the brightest young stars in Spain at the moment, Javi Martinez has heard his name swirling in the transfer rumors as of late.

    The Athletic Bilbao midfielder is enjoying success under manager Marcelo Bielsa in La Liga and the Europa League this season.

    Martinez has done enough to have his name linked with Premier League clubs, with Manchester United and Liverpool perhaps chasing his signature in the summer.

Olivier Giroud

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    The newest sensation in French football is Olivier Giroud.

    Last season, the Frenchman scored 12 goals for Montpellier in Ligue 1, and he has already eclipsed that number by scoring 17 goals this season in helping his club fight for the league title.

    As always, when a new star is making his name in Ligue 1, Arsene Wenger is rumored to be planning an offer for him in the summer.

Eden Hazard

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    Keeping with the Ligue 1 theme, it is time to introduce the most coveted transfer prospect of the summer, Lille's Eden Hazard.

    With each week leading up to the summer window opening, a new rumor will most likely be generated about the 21-year-old Belgian.

    The newest rumor out claims that four English clubs are in the running for Hazard—with a surprise exception being Arsenal, who have a history of bringing in players from Ligue 1.

Jan Vertonghen

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    Jan Vertonghen is yet another young Belgian player who will look to cash in on a big transfer in the summer.

    The 24-year old defender has spent six seasons with Ajax and is now looking to move on to a bigger club—as most players at Ajax do nowadays.

    As for what league he prefers, Vertonghen has made it clear he wants a move to the Premier League, with all of the usual suspects in England chasing after his signature.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Gonzalo Higuain is having one of his best seasons as a professional with Real Madrid.

    The Argentine has scored 20 goals in 38 total appearances, which is not up to Cristiano Ronaldo's standards, but the 24-year-old has a good chance of scoring over 30 goals this season.

    Even with his amazing season at the Bernabeu Stadium, Higuain has been rumored with a move away from Spain—with Juventus being the latest club linked with the forward.

Nicolas Gaitan

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    Nicolas Gaitan is one of the rising South American stars in the game today as he plies his trade at Benfica in Portugal.

    Gaitan has impressed in his second season with his current club after joining from Boca Juniors in the summer of 2010.

    The Argentine has most recently been linked with Arsenal, but both Manchester clubs are in the running for the midfielder as well.

Lukas Podolski

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    The twists and turns of the Lukas Podolski saga have kept Arsenal fans on their feet for weeks now.

    It appears that an agreement is either finished or close to done to have the German join the Gunners from Cologne.

    Podolski is finally finding his goal scoring form again, with 16 goals in 20 Bundesliga games for the club he spent most of his youth career with (after struggling at Bayern Munich for three seasons).

Robin Van Persie

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    The forward in the best form not named Messi or Ronaldo is Arsenal's Robin van Persie—but he may not be playing at the Emirates Stadium next season if his club does not make the Champions League.

    The one and only club targeting the Dutchman is of course, the big spenders of England, Manchester City.

    If the Premier League's top scorer were to leave the Gunners, it would be a shock—but in today's footballing culture, even the most unreal transfers can happen.  

Hulk

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    It would not be a discussion of transfer rumors if Hulk was not involved.

    The Brazilian is not putting up numbers like last season, but Porto is a different team this season without Andre Villas-Boas and Falcao.

    Still, Hulk is being rumored to move to Chelsea, although that move may be slowed now that Villas-Boas was fired as Chelsea manager last week.