World Football's 10 Hottest Transfer Rumours That Won't Happen Until Summer
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January is typically one of the most hectic times in terms of world football. Not only are many competitions in the heat of the middle of their campaigns, but it is also a 31-day sprint to the finish to see if you can outwit your opposition in the transfer market with the next great midseason move.
However, there are many times when a move just cannot be completed in one month. The rushed, hustle-and-bustle approach sometimes is not the best course of action to take when dealing with a major move that requires a period of reflection and attention to detail to hammer out all the ins and outs.
Typically January is not a transfer window that sees a vast array of blockbuster deals as most clubs are hopeful of holding onto their top prospects until the summer. With that in mind here are 10 transfers that look like great moves but are unlikely to be completed until the summer of 2013.
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However, according to ESPN Star, any and all advances made to Napoli concerning the player have been rejected.
Cavani remains a highly sought after striker across Europe. If Napoli fail to win silverware this season, he could potentially decide he wants to leave and the club may be forced to cash in on the Uruguayan international during the summer.
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It is no secret that Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been interested in signing Atletico Madrid star striker Radamel Falcao for some time.
This morning, on January 14, 2013, the Guardian linked Falcao with a move to Paris Saint Germain, but there is truly nothing likely to happen with the Colombian superstar until the summer. Likewise the Shields Gazette is claiming that Falcao will snub any offer from Chelsea.
With Atletico hoping to repeat their Europa League success and maintain their strong place in La Liga, there is no way they would sell their biggest asset in the middle of the campaign.
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According to the International Business Times, Manchester United are looking at a potential summer move for Real Madrid's Luka Modric.
United were considered an admirer over the summer before his major move to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Tottenham went for the highest bidder.
However, Modric has yet to find his feet in La Liga and has looked out of place in many of his 20 appearances between the skills of Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo. A return to the English Premier League could be the answer to his Spanish frustrations.
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Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has been quoted by The Sun as stating that veteran striker David Villa "is not going to leave. We are very happy with him.”
Despite the rumors that the talented 31-year-old Spanish international is thought to be on the move to one of several English Premier League clubs this January, it looks like he will be remaining at the Nou Camp until at least the summer.
According to Alex Hankin of the Mirror late last week on Jan. 8, 2013, Villa is not going to be moving to Arsenal in January despite any link to the club.
It will most likely be the summer when Villa finds his way to another club as he is still vital to the Barcelona attack until at least the end of the season.
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Chelsea veteran and England international leftback Ashley Cole is still regarded as one of the best fullbacks in the game.
He continues to shine at Stamford Bridge under yet another new manager in Rafael Benitez, but he has been linked with multiple January moves.
However, the Blues truly cannot afford to let him go at the moment. He is likely to see out the remainder of his contract and leave in the summer.
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Celtic star Victor Wanyama has been linked with several clubs in England, primarily Manchester United, according to Guardian. Although the rumor has died down, it is still one that is likely to happen in the summer much more so than in the current transfer market.
In regards to Wanyama and his potential to move from Celtic, former Hibernian boss and current Uganda National Team manager Bobby Williams spoke with Scott McDermott of the Daily Record about the player and the quality he adds to the African Cup of Nations despite not playing in the finals with his native Kenya:
It’s full of top players who are at some of the best clubs in the world.
But even some of the lesser nations have excellent players you might not know too much about.
You only have to look at Wanyama as an example of that.
He’s a good player but not many people in Scotland had heard of him. Now he has played in the Champions League and there’s talk about him moving for £10million.
The summer looks like the most likely time that Wanyama will be out of Celtic as the Hoops must be hoping to keep hold of him throughout their Champions League run.
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According to the Independent, 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is said to have tweeted that he is set to make a transfer to Manchester United.
Palace have not wanted him to leave yet because his departure would not boost their chances of promotion to the English Premier League.
However, they could be forced into a sale of the player over the summer to raise the funds necessary to strengthen their squad for a relegation fight.
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Everton Manager David Moyes has been adamant that star Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini will not be leaving Goodison Park in January as claimed by the Telegraph.
With the Toffees looking at their best start to an English Premier League campaign in years, the club will be looking to keep their most versatile midfielder until the end of the season. They will need him to fight for a potential FA Cup trophy and also to achieve a return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in ages.
Holding onto Fellaini is expected to be a key component of guaranteeing the club's best chances of achieving its goals in the final four months of the EPL campaign.
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The Guardian has claimed that Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has held talks with Italian giants Juventus as well as other clubs in hopes of securing a summer-time move.
Other links to clubs in England have come from Sky Sports, but nothing has been officially decided.
According to Bleacher Report's Aiden Reynolds, Llorente would only truly be able to forward his career in the English Premier League.
There is still much to be decided for the player, but he is going nowhere until the summer transfer window.
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Manchester United outcast Nani is currently injured, but the winger has been on the potential auction block all season long.
Since the arrival of Shinji Kagawa this season and Ashley Young in 2011, United have gradually started to replace the struggling Portuguese international who has never made good on the belief that he could replace Cristiano Ronaldo when he departed for Real Madrid.
Ryan Giggs likewise still looks to be in the pecking order ahead of Nani as a left winger at times, and despite Sir Alex Ferguson rubbishing January exit talks about the player in the Guardian, there is no belief that he will last beyond the summer at Old Trafford.