Transfer Rumours: 10 Huge Deals That Might Just Happen This Summer
For clubs and managers, it’s time to take a close look at possible candidates for next season.
This puts high-profile players under the radar.
Footballers like Robin van Persie, Luka Modric, Givanildo Vieira de Souza—Hulk—are some who might change clubs this summer. If Manchester United confirmed Shinji Kagawa as its newest addition, and Chelsea brought in Eden Hazard, any deal can happen.
Let’s take a look at 10 huge deals that might happen before August.
Edin Dzeko to Bayern Munich
Edin Dzeko is close to leaving Manchester City, as his agent Irfan Redzepagic has literally offered the Bosnian striker to Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The 26-year-old is ready to become a star in the Allianz Arena and to partner with Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribéry and Toni Kroos.
If he leaves, the Bavarians must pay £32 million, which is his market value, according to Transfermarkt.
Gareth Bale to Barcelona or Manchester City
His performance with Tottenham has established Gareth Bale as one of the best left-wingers. Bale has been linked with several clubs, like Manchester City and Barcelona.
The move didn't make much sense a couple of months ago, but it’s now more reasonable, since the Spurs couldn't qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League—something that Bale feels is necessary for his career.
No matter who seals the deal, the Citizens and Barça need a midfielder that knows how to make a move forward when the team needs to push from behind.
Hulk to Chelsea
The Porto forward has been linked to Chelsea for £38 million.
The 25-year-old Brazilian has been playing with the Portistas since 2008, a period in which he has scored 76 goals and recorded 55 assists.
Hulk, who’s also the club’s captain, helped the team clinch the local championship after producing 21 goals.
Chelsea is seeking to rejuvenate its attacking line, and the Brazilian can form a great partnership with Eden Hazard.
Jordi Alba to Manchester United
Jordi Alba may leave Spanish club Valencia, as reported by Caught Offside.
The 23-year-old has been on Los Che for three seasons, during which he played in two UEFA Champions Leagues.
Alba is one of La Liga's toughest left-backs, a position that Manchester United needs to strengthen as Patrice Evra and Fabio didn't play up to expectations this past season.
The deal includes giving up Anderson, a midfielder who has been sidelined by several injuries and who hasn't made a great impact in the Red Devils lineup.
Kaká to Paris Saint Germain
Kaká is closer than ever to Paris Saint Germain, according to the Spanish website Sport.
It seems like the Brazilian attacking midfielder is no longer welcome in Real Madrid.
Injuries have been his worst enemy, thus he hasn't played at the level that he while playing for Milan. The French newspaper L'Équipe also reported that the 30-year-old footballer had a meeting with the PSG president, Nasser al-Khelaifi.
This could be Kaká’s best chance to actually play and make up for the time he stayed on Real Madrid’s bench.
Lucas Moura to Real Madrid
He’s 19 years old and has become one of the most successful youngsters in South America.
Lucas Moura says he has had talks with Real Madrid, indicating that he may leave his current club, Sao Paulo, for which he has played three seasons and scored 24 times.
He’s fast, has excellent ball control and creates plays like few others.
The teen phenomenon comes from one of the most successful clubs in South America—one that has producers players football superstars such as Zizinho, Leonidas da Silva and Kaká.
Moura made his international debut with the national team in 2011. Prior to that he played with the under-20 squad.
Luka Modric to Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson wants Luka Modric on his team, and the manager's wish couldn't come at a better time.
The Red Devils have been relying on 37-year-old Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, 38, to organize the midfield.
It’s time to bring a new pace.
Modric can do so by creating plays, which he has done with Tottenham for the past four seasons.
The only thing that stands between the club and the Croatian international star is the steep price that Modric and other prospects will command.
Rafael Van Der Vaart to Schalke
Leaving Tottenham is not out of the question for Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
Schalke 04 has him on its radar, according to the club’s chairman, Clemens Tonnies.
The footballer’s wife may be the key factor in the deal as she works for a German TV station; the £10-million offer could be the right choice for Rafael, in that it will allow him to spend more time with his sweetheart.
Van der Vaart can be a great addition since the team needs a strong attacking midfielder, and the current midfield personnel—players like Julian Draxler and Lewis Holtby—lack experience.
Robin Van Persie to Juventus
The 2011-2012 PFA Player of the Year is close to leaving Arsenal.
Though Manchester City once seemed like his first choice, Juventus now seems closer to landing the Dutch striker.
Yesterday, van Persie praised the Bianconeri, acknowledging that it’s a great team, which generated doubts regarding his transfer to the Citizens.
The 28-year-old would be a fantastic acquisition for the Serie A champions. Alessandro Del Piero, 37, is not getting any younger, and Marco Borriello—on loan from Roma—played poorly in nine starts.
Thiago Silva to Barcelona
Thiago Silva is still a probable transfer to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Brazilian defender can be the perfect substitute for Carles Puyol or Eric Abidal, but Milan has already rejected a 40-million-euro offer from Barça.
Pep Guardiola’s successor, Tito Vilanova, has stated that Silva is his top choice for the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, Andoni Zubizarreta, the club’s director of football, said they wouldn't pay more for him.
The negotiations continue.