EPL Transfers: Updating the Hottest Rumors Swirling Around the Top Teams

John RichardsonCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2012

EPL Transfers: Updating the Hottest Rumors Swirling Around the Top Teams

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    The summer transfer window—one of the most exciting, yet unfulfilling times of the year.

    With so much speculation on who's unhappy and which players will move where, it is often difficult for fans to sift through what is fact and what is fantasy.

    In previous years, Wayne Rooney declared his intentions to walk out on Manchester United, Steven Gerrard looked set to link up with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, and Kaka was the subject of a supposed £100 million bid from mighty spenders Manchester City.

    Each of these sagas undoubtedly generated a lot of headlines and a lot of tension, but with so little substance behind them, they never came to full fruition.

    With the 2012-2013 Barclays Premier League season fast approaching, it's time to take a peek at the next generation of mindless transfer rumors set to torture and enthrall football fans for the next two months.

Luka Modric to Manchester United

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    The Sun claims that Luka Modric is on his way to Old Trafford in a move that will see him link up with the recently signed Shinji Kagawa.

    In years prior, the creative midfield man was heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea, but it seems rivals United have finally beaten them to the punch.

    The fee is reportedly in the range of £25 million (with add-ons, dependent on appearances and success).

    Modric will likely become one of United's highest earners in a four-year deal that will see him earn a plush £125,000 a week.

    Sir Alex Ferguson will be licking his chops, as finding suitable replacements for Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs is priority No. 1 if United are to challenge for the title this year. 

Hulk to Chelsea

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    A rumor that has been turning heads for some time now is Hulk's projected move from Porto to Chelsea.

    The Daily Mail says that Chelsea is the Brazilian's preferred destination, and with the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already making the move to West London, it's easy to see why.

    Transfer talks have reportedly hit a stumbling block, however, with Paris Saint-Germain ready to heat things up with a £43 million bid.

    Only time will tell whether Roman Abramovich will once again open up his fat checkbook, or if he'll make do with Euro 2012 Golden Boot winner Fernando Torres (what a dilemma).

Yann M’Vila to Arsenal

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    Rennes' up-and-coming defensive midfielder, Yann M'Vila, has reportedly claimed that he is open to a Premier League switch.

    The 22-year-old suffered an ankle sprain in the lead up to Euro 2012 and was forced to miss France's opener against England.

    He went on to appear in the remaining three matches and showed good composure on the ball as well as willingness to go into tackles.

    Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has expressed his interest in the Frenchman, but a lack of discipline in the quarterfinal tie with Spain has cast doubt over the move.

    Rennes are demanding at least £17 million for their starlet, a price almost too good to pass up in modern football terms.

Clint Dempsey to Liverpool

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    Clint Dempsey has done a lot to bolster his stock in recent years, and a move to one of the Premier League's top clubs could be on the cards.

    The American is out of contract at Craven Cottage and could be available for as little as £4 million.

    Liverpool looks like a likely destination, as the Daily Mail claims that new manager Brendan Rodgers has put Dempsey at the top of his wish list.

    Anfield is in desperate need of goals, something Dempsey has proven he is more than capable of getting.

    He scored 21 times for Fulham last year and, at the age of 29, surely still has a few good years ahead of him.

Alan Dzagoev to Tottenham

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    One of European football's hottest commodities at the moment is Russian youngster Alan Dzagoev.

    Despite Russia's early exit at Euro 2012, Dzagoev made a name for himself with some memorable performances.

    His three goals at the tournament were enough to tie for the Golden Boot (with five other players), and his constant energy in the midfield gave the Russians a spark that they sometimes lacked.

    According to the Independent, Dzagoev's agent claims that Tottenham are in poll position to sign the 22-year-old.

    A fee has yet to be agreed, but £15 million is thought to be a reasonable price tag.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Anyone Really

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    Huntelaar's 29 Bundesliga goals for Schalke this past season has alerted a score of premier league clubs to his talent.

    According to the Independent, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with a possible move for the 28-year-old, but a €20 million buyout clause in his contract could serve as a deterrent.

    The "Hunter" (and the Dutch, for that matter) didn't have an overly successful Euro 2012 campaign, but his work ethic and poaching style of play would make him an asset to any team.

    With Liverpool prepared to cash in on Luis Suarez, and Huntelaar only having one year left on his Schalke contract, Anfield looks like a good bet for the Dutchman.