10 Early Candidates to Be the Biggest Summer Transfer of 2013

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentFebruary 28, 2013

10 Early Candidates to Be the Biggest Summer Transfer of 2013

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    Here are 10 early candidates to be the biggest summer transfer of 2013.

    These signings could define next season, and this article will list the transfers that may occur in the 2013 summer transfer window.

    This list isn’t exhaustive, so feel free to comment below with your own suggestions. 

10. Jackson Martínez, CF, Porto

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    I don’t understand the kerfuffle about Jackson Martinez’s tribute to Maicosuel in the win over Rio Ave.

    It’s only a problem if Porto lose that game due to the Colombian’s Panenka miss.

    Since Jackson scored a brace after his FML moment to win the match, why do people care?

    You do realise that he’s one of the most dangerous forwards in Europe right now—22 goals in 20 league games, eight more than second-place Óscar Cardozo.

    Martinez is 26 years old, and Porto will cash in on him if the right offer comes along.

    Knowing how great their scouting system is, they probably already have a replacement for Jackson lined up should he leave.

9. Angelo Ogbonna, CB, Torino

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    Is Angelo Ogbonna Barcelona’s next centre-back?

    The Italian completes 93.9 percent of his passes, and he is relativity strong in the tackle.

    He’s not like Gerard Pique, who relies on positional awareness, even though the Spaniard’s positioning has been dreadful in recent memory.  

    Carles Puyol has been playing with injury throughout his career and doesn’t use it as an excuse. Well, it’s now a hindrance.

    At 34 years old, his body has deteriorated so badly that he gets turned inside out by any footballer with a bit of pace and trickery.

    Angelo is going to be proactive in winning back the ball.

    Ogbonna has had a good season, but he was embarrassingly bad in the 4-3 loss to Cagliari.

    He displayed impulsivity (not a good trait in CBs) when he body checked diminutive Marco Sau to concede the penalty.

    AO gave away another penalty, and in the process was sent off, when he took down Mauricio Pinilla. 

    The alternative to Ogbonna is Nicolas N'Koulou, though the Cameroonian has had some questionable displays for Marseille this season.

    What about Marquinhos? He's in a league of his own in terms of teenage centre-backs. 

    He’s the most desired young CB in the world, but Roma will hold onto him (and Erik Lamela), unless Manchester City or Chelsea break the bank. How can Barca compete financially?

8. David Villa, LF/CF, Barcelona

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    The once unmarked—yes, the world’s second-best player was unmarked whilst Real Madrid tracked Lionel Messi like hyenas—Cristiano Ronaldo scored Los Blancos' second, and Jordi Roura was left stupefied (as usual).

    *LIGHT BULB FLASHES IN JORDI’S HEAD*

    That David Villa guy…I’ll throw him on with a 2-0 deficit when I should have done so at 1-0 down with the offense plodding about.

    Blaugrana weren’t just comprehensively beaten but tactically outfoxed the entire game. 

    Jordi was the only person in the world who thought subbing on a striker with world-class pedigree at half-time wasn’t a good idea.

    If Barcelona want to treat Villa, who is still one of the premier finishers in the game, with such disdain, then they don't deserve him. 

    He should be a starter from here on out, with Barca desperately needing some firepower to take some stress off Messi.

7. Marouane Fellaini, DLF, Everton

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    Marouane Fellaini went through a stretch where he netted five goals and created three goals in six Premier League games.

    He isn’t a natural attacking player, but if he persists in this deep-lying forward role, he could score 20 goals per season.

    Fellaini has won 107 headers in 22 games, and he has no difficulties when the ball is played to his feet (unlike Andy Carroll).

    These are the attributes of a complete forward, and Marouane should forget about playing as a defensive midfielder, even though he desires to play that role (per Sky Sports). 

6. Gareth Bale, LAM/DLF, Tottenham Hotspur

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    The hype around Gareth Bale is farcical.

    Stefan Kiessling has five more league assists than Bale, and the German is a centre forward.

    Dimitri Payet has a double-double—10 Ligue 1 goals and assists.

    Carlos Vela has scored and created the same amount of league goals as Gareth this season (16).

    What about Marek Hamsik, one of the in-form playmakers in the world right now? You can’t even compare his decision-making to the Welshman, who routinely makes the wrong decision.

    Why aren’t the aforementioned players receiving as much hype as Bale? Oh yeah, they don’t play in the Premier League.

    Bale is a more individualistic player and is thriving in the Cristiano Ronaldo role for Tottenham Hotspur.

    When you shoot 112 times in the EPL, some of them are bound to go in—15 of them, to be exact.

    If Real Madrid or Barcelona (though it's not clear how they would afford him) are foolish enough to submit a £50 million bid for Gareth, Spurs should accept it.

    As I demonstrated with the Fernando Torres example, you can buy an elite squad with a £50 million budget (via B/R):

    1. GK: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen to Hamburg on a free transfer)
    2. RB: Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid to Bayer Leverkusen for £4.3 million)
    3. CB: Dante (Borussia Monchengladbach to Bayern Munich for £4.1 million)
    4. CB: Marquinhos (Corinthians to Roma for £2.6 million [1])
    5. LB: Bastian Oczipka (Bayer Leverkusen to Eintracht Frankfurt for £517,000)
    6. DM: Claudio Yacob (Racing to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer)
    7. DM: Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina to AC Milan on a free transfer)
    8. RAM: Erik Lamela (River Plate to Roma for £12.1 million)
    9. CAM: Hiroshi Kiyotake (Cerezo Osaka to Nuremberg for £1 million)
    10. LAM: Szabolcs Huszti (Zenit St. Petersburg to Hannover for £646,000)
    11. CF: Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg to Bayern Munich for £12.1 million)
    12. SUB 1: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers to West Ham United on a free transfer)
    13. SUB 2: Cicinho (Palmeiras to Sevilla for £1.7 million)
    14. SUB 3: Chico (Genoa to Swansea City for £2 million)
    15. SUB 4: Pape Diop (Racing Santander to Levante for £172,000)
    16. SUB 5: Max Kruse (St. Pauli to Freiburg for £646,000)
    17. SUB 6: Michu (Rayo Vallecano to Swansea City for £2 million)
    18. SUB 7: Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor to Galatasaray for £3.9 million)

    Money Left Over: £2,219,000.

    [1] originally a loan deal, but buyout clause was activated after the Brazilian played eight games (via Football Italia)

5. Edin Dzeko, CF, Manchester City

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    Edin Dzeko will return to the Bundesliga, but he also scoffed at the constant media speculation (from David Anderson at Mirror Football):

    I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don't know is when. ... If you believed every word, I'd be playing at Bayern or AC Milan by now. ... Dortmund are a top club. Everyone in Europe can see that and with Jurgen Klopp, they have a great coach working there.

    With Robert Lewandowski leaving Borussia Dortmund (per Express.co.uk), Dzeko to BVB becomes a realistic possibility.

    Adam Szalai and Mame Biram Diouf are good alternatives if the deal for Edin falls through. 

4. Robert Lewandowski, CF, Borussia Dortmund

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    Robert Lewandowski has refused to sign a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund (from German Sky via Sky Sports):

    "Robert Lewandowski is not going to sign a new contract. We will have to see if he is going to be on the move in the summer," Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc told German Sky.

    "His contract runs until 2014. There are two options. Either he goes in June or he stays for another year."

    Shinji Kagawa’s decision to move to Manchester United was daring, but if Robert is trying to force a transfer to Bayern Munich, then it’s stupid.

    It would only happen if Mario Gomez leaves, therefore giving Lewandowski a safety net as a substitute, and Gomez will only go if Mario Mandzukic continues his strong form.

    Robert wants to challenge Mandzukic but could potentially get himself into a Karim Benzema-Gonzalo Higuain situation, when the safer and more logical option is to stay with Dortmund.

    That being said, it's a 10/10 move from Bayern, who are showing dynastic potential as such a well-run organisation.

3. Mario Gomez, CF, Bayern Munich

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    When Mario Gomez played the entire game against BATE Borisov, Schalke and Werder Bremen, he scored four goals and accumulated two assists.

    Mario Mandzukic has been the more in-form forward this season, which is why he is Bayern Munich’s preferred No. 9.

    Gomez’s agent has insisted that his client will play out his contract, which will expire in 2016 (via Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC).

    That opinion will change should Robert Lewandowski sign with Bayern Munich.

2. Falcao, CF, Atletico Madrid

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    Falcao’s £48 million buyout clause (per The Telegraph) is within the grasps of Chelsea and Manchester City.

    If City loses Edin Dzeko, Sheikh Mansour won’t hesitate to pay £48 million for arguably the best No. 9 in football right now.

    Atletico Madrid have financial problems, and they could replace Falcao with Leo Baptistao, who ideally would partner a strong centre-forward in Diego Costa.

    Chelsea should give Romelu Lukaku a chance next season, so is it a necessity to sign Falcao? No. Centre-back and a defensive midfielder should be high on the agenda.

1. Neymar, LF, Santos

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    Dani Alves claims compatriot Neymar has agreed to join Barcelona after the 2014 FIFA World Cup (from Mundo Deportivo via Christopher Atkins at Sambafoot):

    [Neymar] knows the situation and the agreement he has, which is to come here later on. ...

    It's his decision. If I were him, I would come now to improve his tactical game in order to arrive at the 2014 World Cup in good shape. Apart from this, he would be arriving at a team that's well suited to his abilities. ...

    I have told him everything. He already knows what we have here because he has already got me to pass on all the details. However, I cannot pick him up and bring him here. If not, I would have done.

    There’s no reason to believe Alves is lying, so you can only assume Neymar is Barca-bound.

    The Catalan club has no plan B when it comes to facing tactically and physically resolute teams.

    Neymar could offer another dimension with his trickery, but he’ll be coming to the club as Lionel Messi’s Robin. Does he want to do that? 

     

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