English Premier League: 5 Most Important Transfers of 2012
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The English Premier League has seen dozens of transfers for the 2012-13 year. We will take a look at some of the top transfers and what to expect from them next season.
With the transfer window set to close on August 31, there is still time for more moves to be made.
In the past six days, 15 transfers were made and we're not even halfway through August. There is no telling how many more players will transfer from now until the end of the month.
The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, and the competition is only getting stronger as each year passes.
Here are the five most important transfers so far.
Wallace Oliveira, Full-Back
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Juventus and Napoli are both vying for the 18-year-old Fluminese full-back Wallace Oliveira, according to Yahoo! Eurosport. The source says "Juventus are willing to fork out £3.2 million for Wallace with Napoli only coming up with £1.6m."
Oliveira has one goal while being a part of the under-20 side in Brazil. In his debut in the 2011 season, Wallace ended with three appearances and started off the 2012 season in good shape.
He has yet to decide where he wants to go but until he does both teams will both be on the hunt for him.
Clint Dempsey, Midfielder
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Yahoo.com reported rumors of Clint Dempsey possibly transferring to Liverpool after he did not travel with Fulham to Switzerland for the preseason tour.
Dempsey has rejected a three-year contract with Fulham and is uncertain of what he will do next.
The Reds originally looked to sign Dempsey. However, the fee of €10 million delayed them.
Eden Hazard, Attacker
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Eden Hazard transferred from Lille to Chelsea for a staggering €40 million. This could probably be the biggest transfer move for the 2012-13 season.
Hazard was one of the most sought after players in Europe.
He's been compared to the talents of Lionel Messi with a low center of gravity that allows him to be able to get past opposition players.
Hazard is a very explosive player whose strengths lie in his dribble.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Attacker
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Gylfi Sigurdsson joined the Tottenham Spurs from Hoffenheim. He also had an offer from the Reds.
Sigurdsson was sold for €10 million, and BBC Sport Football reported that the 22-year-old midfielder was rumored to move to Liverpool with former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers.
Iceland's manager Lars Lagerback said that the Spurs were getting a great player who reads the game very well.
Sigurdsson won the Premier League Player of the month back in March, also according to BBC.
Oscar, Chelsea/ 360scouting.blogspot.com
Chelsea agreed to a €25 million contract to sign Oscar from Internacional, according to BBC Sport.
Chelsea has spent a pretty penny this summer with the additions of Oscar and Eden Hazard, however, they hope to produce a powerhouse team.