World Football Transfer Tracker: 10 Hottest Rumours to Watch
With most of Europe's major seasons now over, there will be no shortage of transfer rumours.
Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG are just a few clubs who will be looking to improve their squad, and they certainly have the money to do so.
With these clubs involved, a number of quality players will be on the move. There is likely to be a lot of action after Euro 2012 is over, with some of the players involved in the tournament being linked to moves of their own.
Here are some of the hottest transfers to watch this summer.
Leighton Baines to Manchester United
Goal.com reports that Manchester United is interested in Everton left-back Leighton Baines.
With Patrice Evra getting up there in age, Sir Alex Ferguson may be on the lookout for a long-term replacement at left-back, and Baines would fit that bill.
With the Toffees looking to get into a European spot next season, they will do their hardest to hold on to one of their key players. If that doesn't work, United may have to spend a pretty solid fee to get their man.
Thiago Silva to PSG
Thiago Silva has been linked to some Europe's top clubs throughout the season and according to SkySports.com, PSG has recently joined the list of suitors.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has been told that the player, along with the club's other star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will not be sold.
That will not stop the French side, who spent around €42 million on Javier Pastore last season, while also bringing in some other players.
Rafael van der Vaart to Schalke
Rafael van der Vaart has been linked to a return to Germany as the Daily Mail reported on a recent offer for the player from Schalke:
Sportsmail understands there has already been contact between Schalke and Van der Vaart’s representatives and that the 29-year old would welcome the prospect of a fresh start in the Bundesliga, for personal as well as professional reasons.
Unlike Tottenham, Schalke will be playing the Champions League next season, and that could also have an impact on the Dutch midfielders decision.
Van der Vaart has been a productive player for the North London club since joining in 2010 and Spurs will try to hold unto the player as they look to mount another challenge for the title next season.
Wesley Sneijder to Manchester City
After missing out on Eden Hazard, Manchester City may look to sign Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, at least, according to Talksport.com.
With United having already signed a playmaker in Shinji Kagawa, that could open the door even more for their city rivals.
City certainly has the money to sign the Dutch playmaker, and after his—and Inter's—disappointing season, he could be willing to find a new challenge.
On the flip side, if he performs well during the Euro 2012 tournament that could convince Inter to do their best to hold on to him.
Luka Modric to Manchester United
Manchester United could be looking to add another talented player to its midfield after the capture of Shinji Kagawa.
The Daily Star reports that United may turn their interest to Croatian star Luka Modric. With Tottenham having to play in the Europa League again and faltering in their title bid last year, Modric could see United as the team to provide him with the challenges he wants.
The Croatian midfielder will put talks about his future on hold until after Euro 2012 has ended.
Barcelona and Manchester United After Jordi Alba
According to Talksport.com, Barcelona and Manchester United may be set to battle it out for the signature of Jordi Alba.
The left-sided player for Valencia, who can play both left-back and on the left side of midfield, is currently on international duty with Spain.
Manchester United has another target for the left-back spot in the previously mentioned Leighton Baines, and if a transfer battle raises the price on the Spanish player, they may take themselves out of the running.
Clint Dempsey to Liverpool
After an impressive season with Fulham, Clint Dempsey has attracted interest from some top clubs.
The Reds are certainly in need of help up top, and Clint Dempsey has shown he can provide goals. With better players surrounding him, he could prove to be an even more valuable player for the team that chooses to sign him.
Javi Martinez to Manchester City
Javi Martinez has been another name in the rumour mill quite a lot recently and, according to Mirror Football, Manchester City is looking to sign the versatile Spanish player.
Martinez is one of many players on this list who is set to perform for his team at the Euro 2012 tournament and any transfer may have to wait.
He can play as a midfielder as well as at center back and the Daily Mail reported that City are looking to sign the player with a view to playing him in defense.
Inter to Try to Sign Lucas Moura
Goal.com reports that Inter will be looking to sign Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura this summer.
With Real Madrid also showing interest, the Italians could find themselves locked in a battle for the youngster.
The Nerazzurri will be trying to revamp after a disappointing season both domestically and in Europe. Signing a player like Lucas would certainly create a buzz and may signal better things for the club.
Demba Ba's Special Clause to Attract Suitors
According to the Mirror, a clause in Demba Ba's contract will make the player available for lower than his market price.
Ba had a great first half to the 2011-12 season, and his exploits attracted the interest of some of the top clubs in the Premier League.
While no club is yet to make a move, it may only be a matter of time considering the clause ends in July (via the Mirror):
Demba Ba's £7million release clause can be activated from Thursday—for just two months.
Chelsea and Spurs are both keen, as Newcastle brace themselves for a stampede over the 27-year-old striker.
The release clause for Ba—who hit 16 goals for the Magpies last season—is well documented.
What has been less well known is that the clause kicks in on May 31—and expires on July 31.
After then, rival clubs will have to pay Ba’s full market value.
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