7 Summer Transfers That Would Rock the Football World
Here are the seven rumoured summer transfers that would rock the footballing world.
This article will access the rumour, see what the transfer target could add to his prospective employer and come to a conclusion on whether or not the transfer could happen.
It would be unforgettable if we witnessed another Allan Simonsen to Charlton Athletic-type of deal.
Roma Selling Marquinhos and Erik Lamela to Manchester City
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According to Paul Doyle at The Guardian, Manchester City may tempt Roma in to selling their two most valuable young footballers in Marquinhos and Erik Lamela.
This is the problem City face when they signed a relatively unproven Matija Nastasić  for £12 million (plus Stefan Savić—not that he was worth much) from Fiorentina.
Roma's mindset will be: "If you signed Matija when he was just an up-and-coming defender, how much are you willing to pay for one of Serie A's best centre-backs?"
James Pallotta, Franco Baldini and the Roma brains trust will flick through the transfer archives and find how massive the fees were when Premier League clubs wanted a particular CB.
Rio Ferdinand (from Leeds United to Manchester United for £30 million)
Joleon Lescott (from Everton to Manchester City for £24 million)
David Luiz (from Benfica to Chelsea for £21.3 million)
Ricardo Carvalho (from Porto to Chelsea for £20 million)
Phil Jones (from Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United £16.5 million)
Lamela fights for possession, making 2.1 tackles per game—which is higher than Javi García's 1.3—but the Argentine is also one of the most exhilarating forwards in the game.
He generally starts wide right, much to the chagrin of AC Milan's Kevin Constant , who had no answers to Erik during Roma's 4-2 win.
In the 1-0 win over Juventus, Lamela's positioning indicated that he played like a deep-lying forward just behind Pablo Osvaldo.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were restricted to the flanks early in their careers, but as they became great, they were allowed more freedom to roam.
That will be the same for Erik, who has scored 11 Serie A goals this season.
The multi-million pound question is: Will Roma sell? No.
Roma supporters will be getting their torches and pitchforks out if that happens, so why would upper management want to abandon their posh lifestyles to go incognito?
Perth, Australia would be a nice place to stay low.
It would be a PR meltdown of epic proportions.
There's only one scenario where Roma would relinquish Marquinhos and Erik Lamela to City.
To borrow a quote from Dr. King Schultz: "But if I made you an offer so ridiculous you'd be forced to consider it...who knows what could happen."
Pallotta should say to Sheikh Mansour: "£75 million plus John Guidetti, Denis Suárez and Karim Rekik."
 Nastasić has since become the only bright spot in Roberto Mancini's pathetic season. Is he better than Marquinhos? No way, José—and Mourinho would agree with that. Right now, there's a substantial gap in quality between Matija and Marquinhos.
 Kevin made the bizarre transition from okay water carrier to a good left-back—win-win for Milan, who can now start Mattia De Sciglio at right-back.
Gareth Bale to Be a Galáctico?
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The mercurial Welshman has been continually courted by Real, who want to land him in the summer. Andre Villas-Boas is worried Bale could leave Spurs if they don't finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.
Bale averages 1.0 tackles and 1.5 interceptions in the Premier League (to think this guy used to be a left-back) because he doesn't need to defend, track back or retain positional discipline as he is Spur's answer to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Do you really think Real Madrid are going to have two players in their starting XI that they don't need to defend?
Gareth has 13 goals and one assist in the Premier League. Cristiano netted 24 times and registered four assists in La Liga.
Both have taken over 100 shots in league-play, so they're both volume shooters, who see themselves as "the man."
CR7 needs to be surrounded by facilitators, not poorer versions of himself.
The only people who want this deal to happen are Los Blancos FIFA fanatics, who'll gleefully use an overpowered Real Madrid team to reenact 5-0 wins over Barcelona in the virtual world.
Robert Lewandowski to Turn His Back on Borussia Dortmund Like Shinji Kagawa
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One of the side stories of watching a then-Borussia Dortmund player Shinji Kagawa was to see his body language towards Robert Lewandowski.
It was a complex relationship, à la Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham.
You don't like the other guy, but you need him to succeed.
It's not uncommon for teammates to loathe each other, yet still combined well for the benefit of the team, as The Secret Footballer explained in an article for The Guardian.
Kagawa turned his back on BVB for Manchester United and is in a situation where he'll only succeed if Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney suffer a long-term injury.
Instead of learning from Shinji's ill-fated decision (or Nuri Şahin), Robert is now going to jeopardise his career should he moved to Bayern Munich.
Mario Mandžukić, Mario Gómez, Claudio Pizarro (probably will be gone if the BVB forward arrives)...what are you doing Lewandowski?
Surely, he's smarter than that. Or maybe he knows something that we don't know.
Caught Offside have cited various German sources that have reported Robert leaning towards joining Die Bayern.
German football writer Raphael Honigstein jotted down Bayern's unforgiving approach as they look to conquer Europe again  (via The Guardian):
So you're 15 points clear in the table, your centre-forward is banging them in for fun and you're off to play to Arsène "Taxi Driver" Wenger's Arsenal on Tuesday night.
One option would be to simply count your good blessings.
But no—as Rex Kramer would put it, that's just what they'd be expecting you to do.
So why not cook up a transfer saga that will wreck relations with your closest league rivals and unsettle one, if not two, of your existing strikers—possibly for the next 16 months—in the process?
Bleacher Report commenter Peter Parker, a Bundesliga aficionado, provided this hilarious comment (via B/R):
(From Bild via Goal.com): "Bayern are not planning to hold negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Lewandowski."
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"Look, Dortmund! We want Lewandowski and he wants to join us. Either you lower your price, or he joins us for free next year!"
 Bayern are the most complete team in Europe right now.
In Europe's elite leagues, Bayern have conceded seven goals. The next best is Paris Saint-Germain with 16, followed by Juventus (17).
The Blues have scored 55 goals in the Premier League, whilst Bayern have accumulated 57 goals.
This is without spending £50 million on a centre forward and minus a triumvirate that cost about £75 million.
Bayern don't just beat you down, they won't even let you score.
Financially Stricken Atlético to Break the Bank for Mario Gómez... Really?
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Atlético Madrid could make a move for Mario Gómez if he wants out from Bayern Munich, having lost his starting position to Mario Mandzukić (from AS via Inside Futbol).
If this move eventuates, then Atlético deserves what's coming to them—and they ain't getting bailed out like Real Oviedo.
AS: Atletico want Mario Gomez to replace Falcao... If a team that owes €155m in unpaid taxes can pay MG's wages & xfer fee, football is dead— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) February 18, 2013
The logical option for Atléti management is selling Falcao to Chelsea for a ginormous transfer fee and then triggering Léo Baptistão's buyout clause of €8 million.
Rayo Vallecano's Léo is an emerging forward and has the potential to be an elite footballer.
He's going to score goals if he consistently receives incisive passes from the likes of Pizzi (assuming he returns), Koke or even from Diego Costa (if Atlético decide to play with two strikers).
Chelsea to Pay a King's Ransom for Falcao
Chelsea will attempt to bring Falcao to Stamford Bridge, according to Charles Perrin at Express.co.uk.
If there is a moral victory for Blues management should they sign El Tigre, it's that he'll cost less than Fernando Torres.
The Colombian's reported buyout clause is £48 million—£2 million short of El Niño's transfer fee—but the 27-year-old said it was in his best interest to stay with Atlético Madrid (from Mundo Deportivo via Goal.com):
I have come to one of the biggest clubs in Spain, in a very important league that is more well-known on the world stage than any of my previous clubs.
It has allowed me to grow as a footballer, to become known in other parts of the world. It has been a very positive step.
I have a contract with Atlético for three more years, therefore, that's the best option.
With every goal Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku scores at West Bromwich Albion, not only does it make Torres' sympathisers squirm, but it should give Blues management some pause for thought.
Why spend £48 million on a 27-year-old, when the club has a 19-year-old phenom in Lukaku?
Take a chance on Romelu.
Also, what's going to happen with Islam Feruz's development if Falcao is signed?
Neymar to Manchester City? Nah, It's Still Barcelona
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It just wouldn't be a transfer article without Neymar.
The Brazilian could be headed to Manchester City, according to Charles Sale at the Daily Mail.
To City? What happened to Barcelona? Oh, that's right, they're still in pole position to sign him: (from Sport via Josh Pedley at Sambafoot):
However, Sport are reporting that a senior director at Camp Nou has confirmed to them that the transfer, which is "a complex operation, profiled for months and is slowly taking shape", will be completed in June after the Confederations Cup finishes in Brazil.
The Catalan daily, who also revealed that a corporate sponsor have confirmed the move but did not disclose their sources, say that Barcelona are currently planning their squad for next season and see Neymar as a key addition.
Neymar has a contract with Santos until 2014 and it had recently been suggested that he was in talks with the club to extend his time in Brazil past next year’s World Cup.
Come to Europe, already.
Joining Barça to be Lionel Messi's Scottie Pippen—wonder how Neymar truly feels about that.
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