World Football: Transfer Speculation Tracker

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterFebruary 24, 2013

World Football: Transfer Speculation Tracker

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    The transfer window might have closed down for January, but that will not stop speculation linking players with moves when it reopens in the summer.

    High-profile moves are guaranteed across the globe with major names expected to switch clubs when the current seasons come to an end.

    Here we look at the latest speculation and which clubs are jostling for position for moves on players this summer.

Edinson Cavani

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    Napoli are facing a fight to keep hold of striker Edinson Cavani, with several major clubs looking to the Uruguay international to spearhead their hopes next season.

    Manchester City are strongly linked with the 26-year-old, who has scored 18 goals in 22 Serie A appearances this season.

    The Sunday Express claims that City manager Roberto Mancini is prepared to match the Italian club's £54 million valuation to capture Cavani for next season.

Radamel Falcao

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    It comes as no surprise that Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao is on the radar of major clubs looking to boost their attacking options next season.

    The Colombia international was linked with a move away from the Spanish club in January, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last week he has the funds available to bring the striker to the Emirates Stadium, as the Daily Mail reported.

    And Falcao dismissed reports he was being wooed by Real Madrid last month, according to the Daily Express, which also reported Chelsea's interest in the player.

    The Sunday People reports that Manchester City have begun their move to head off other clubs off for the 27-year-old, who has scored 20 times in 21 La Liga appearances for Atletico this season.

    However, the Metro reported last week that Falcao wants to stay with Atletico. Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggested last month that Paris Saint-Germain was a favoured destination for him.

Marouane Fellaini

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    Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini insists "fate will decide" his next career move, with Chelsea a possible destination, according to the Sunday People.

    The Belgium international has been an integral part of the Merseysiders' progress this season, which has seen David Moyes' team remain in the upper echelons of the Premier League.

    Fellaini, 25, insists he is happy at Goodison Park after almost five years at the club, but the time may be coming to further his career elsewhere.

Leighton Baines

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    Everton defender Leighton Baines has emerged as a target for Chelsea this summer, despite Ashley Cole signing a new one-year contract with the club recently, reports the Sunday People.

    Baines, 28, is in competition with Cole for the left-back position with England but could be handed a left-sided midfield role until his England teammate leaves Stamford Bridge, according to the report.

    Baines has been at Goodison Park since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2007 and has formed an attacking partnership with Steven Pienaar at Everton.

Javier Hernandez

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    Real Madrid are monitoring the situation over Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.

    The newspaper claims the Mexico international has become frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities in big matches for the Old Trafford club, despite scoring 15 times in 26 games this season.

    Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are the first-choice forward line for United this season, leaving Hernandez on the bench for high-profile matches.