Premier League Transfer Speculation: 10 Potential Deals to Get Excited About
We may be in the middle of Euro 2012's festivities, but that doesn't mean that transfer talk will die down—in fact, it will only increase.
As many of the best players in Europe show what they can do for their nations one arguably the biggest stage in football, big clubs will suddenly become interested in players you might not have heard of and a struggling footballer might be able to play himself into a big move.
In the Premier League, the world's richest, every club will look to make that perfect move to take their team to the next level and shock the world like Newcastle almost did last season.
For your speculating pleasure, here are 10 of the biggest potential deals worth getting palpitations over.
Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United
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Fans of rival teams must shudder at the possibility of Wayne Rooney being paired with a striker this good and consistent (via The Daily Mail).
Lewandowski, one of the Bundesliga's top scorers and Player of the Year winner, finished many of the goals that brought Borussia Dortmund its second title in a row and a domestic double last season, always leading the front line with aplomb.
Rooney's tendency to drift into midfield and drop deeper than an out-and-out striker would perfectly suit a goal scorer like Lewandowski, who could fill that space and capitalize on excellent service from his striker partner and United's midfield.
Olivier Giroud to Arsenal
After a season of over-reliance on one very good striker, Arsenal might actually have three fantastic ones to choose from next season.
That is because, in addition to Robin van Persie and the Lukas Podolski, who already completed his move from Cologne, the Gunners are very interested in Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud, according to The Daily Mail.
The massive 6'4" striker would be a wonderful complement to either Van Persie or Podolski, both of whom play a more creative role in addition to their responsibilities as strikers.
Though some may suspect that Giroud is arriving as a replacement for Van Persie, we have to consider the possibility that Arsene Wenger might just be stocking up on talented players.
A Manchester City Trifecta to Liverpool
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Since his arrival at Liverpool from Swansea City, Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has probably seen his transfer budget increase exponentially, and according to CaughtOffside, he already has three targets in his sights.
Incidentally, they are all Manchester City players. Could it be that Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson and James Milner all move to Anfield in one summer?
If Rogers can pull this all off in one transfer window, it would potentially be a very effective trifecta of signings for Liverpool, who are sorely in need of rejiggering this summer.
Hulk to Chelsea
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Despite constant suggestions during the past couple weeks that Brazilian forward Hulk is on his way to Stamford Bridge, there has been no official announcement from either party regarding the state of the deal.
Chelsea fans are understandably eager to see this deal be officially completed, because it is quite rare that you get the chance to have an absolute game-changer like Hulk in your team. He would make Blues fans stop lamenting the loss of Didier Drogba fairly quickly.
Wesley Sneijder to Manchester City
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As if Manchester City don't have enough creativity among their world-class core of midfielders, The Examiner is now telling us that we fans of other Premier League teams have more to fear.
That is because the outstanding footballing brain and world-class passing ability of one Wesley Sneijder might be coming to the Etihad Stadium.
How Roberto Mancini would work Sneijder into a side that already includes David Silva, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, et al. is utterly beyond me, but that has not deterred City from making massive purchases in the past.
Though Sneijder was not in good form last season with Inter Milan, when the shackles were taken off him in Bert van Marwijk's Netherlands side, he excelled again, showing that the classic ability is still there.
Clint Dempsey to Arsenal or Liverpool
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Wherever you play him, the bottom line is that Clint Dempsey will help your team immensely if you sign him.
He has played on either wing, as a striker or even as a creative midfielder for Fulham and the United States, and his trademark tenacity cannot be taught.
Plus, after finishing his best-ever season in with 23 goals, you know he is quality.
Despite the fact that he is 29 years old, Dempsey has plenty of life left in him, and Arsenal or Liverpool would do very well to sign him up.
Nicolas Gaitan to Manchester United
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There have been whispers of young Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan moving to Manchester United since the Portuguese club played the Red Devils in the Champions League, but things seem to be moving a bit faster now, according to The Independent.
Gaitan was one of the best young players in the Champions League, impressing as much if not more than such globally acclaimed talents as Eden Hazard and Mario Gotze, and on numerous occasions shredding the very team that wishes to purchase him.
With a rare mixture of pace and trickery, Gaitan is that sort of signing that develops into a special player when put against top competition, much like Christiano Ronaldo.
Javi Martinez to Manchester City
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For a team like Manchester City that likes to play beautiful, flowing football, Javi Martinez would be the perfect signing at the back of the midfield.
Unlike Nigel de Jong, Martinez is much more than a simple enforcer. Yes, he has the ability to get stuck in and make a tough tackle, but Martinez has passing ability that has allowed him to excel in Spain.
Most valuably, he can act as a deep-lying playmaker like Yaya Toure, who was so crucial to the side's success last season. You might not be able to see the metronomic role he plays in his team's success at first glance, but take him out of the starting lineup and suddenly the pretty play is gone.
Since City certainly has the resources to get a deal done, all they need is the motivation, which they should have if they have ever seen Martinez work as the brains of his swashbuckling Athletic Bilbao team.
Yann M'Vila to Arsenal
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Despite the fact that Arsenal have already made a substantial signing in Lukas Podolski, numerous reports have emerged recently suggesting that the Gunners are on the verge of an even bigger transfer for Yann M'Vila.
The Frenchman plays a similar role to that of Javi Martinez for his club Rennes, but no one in France can do what M'Vila does: He led Ligue 1 in passes completed and did the same for France in Euro 2012 qualifiers, leading Les Bleus in that category plus tackles and interceptions.
It is not easy to find midfielders that are as stunningly well rounded as M'Vila. Arsene Wenger would be wise to pounce now before a club like Barcelona makes a move of their own.
Robin van Persie to Manchester City
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And now, ladies and gentlemen, the piece de resistance, the one that everybody and their mother cannot stop talking about.
No, Robin van Persie has not yet signed a new contract with Arsenal, and no, he will not remain a Gunner if a club like Manchester City offer him huge money. We already know the background riff-raff, so let's get down to brass tacks: How would Van Persie do in a blue shirt?
In a side that boasts a player of at least Arsenal's quality in nearly every position, I have no doubts that the Dutchman would tear up the Premier League once again if played with Sergio Aguero and the rest of City's star-studded front line.
This is a player who's making up for lost time and doing it at a blistering pace, so City would undoubtedly be fearsome if they signed him. The million dollar question is whether he decides to leave London.