Premier League: Transfer Speculation Roundup

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 17, 2013

Premier League: Transfer Speculation Roundup

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    Nothing feeds the Sunday newspaper sports pages like a transfer speculation story, particularly when the UEFA window is shut.

    This weekend has been no exception, with Samir Nasri and John Terry among the big names being linked with moves.

    Here we round up the biggest speculation stories from the national newspapers in England today.

John Terry

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    Chelsea captain John Terry will be offered the chance of a lucrative move to the United Arab Emirates, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.

    The former England international, 32, will see his contract at Stamford Bridge end next year and the defender has not played regularly under interim manager Rafael Benitez since returning from injury.

    Terry, whose long-term future at Chelsea remains uncertain (Daily Telegraph), is seen as a major coup for the leading clubs in Dubai, such as Al-Ain and Al Jazira, according to the report.

    The defender, though, is likely to be offered opportunities to further his career with bigger clubs elsewhere if he is to leave the west London club, with his eye on a managerial role in the future (ESPN).

Samir Nasri

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    Paris Saint-Germain have stepped up their attempts to bring Samir Nasri to the club from Manchester City, according to The Sun.

    The France international, 25, was singled out for criticism from City manager Roberto Mancini earlier this month (Daily Star) and the midfielder has not been a regular starter this season.

    Nasri, though, could now be offered a way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer, with PSG continuing to build with the help of the finances provided by club owners, the Qatari Investment Authority.

Per Mertesacker

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    Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been linked with a return to Germany with Wolfsburg, according to a report in the Sunday Express.

    The Germany international has endured an inconsistent period since joining the Gunners from Werder Bremen in 2011, but his reputation is still strong in his native country.

    The 28-year-old leaving the Emirates Stadium could pave the way for an Arsenal bid to land Ashley Williams from Swansea City, according to the report.

Neymar

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    It wouldn't be the weekend without a Neymar transfer speculation story, would it? And this week is no exception.

    Barcelona have been considered the long-term favourites to sign the Brazil international this summer, but Manchester City and Real Madrid will not let the 21-year-old leave Santos for the Camp Nou without a fight, according to Mail on Sunday.

    Neymar is viewed as an ideal replacement for Carlos Tevez, according to the report, but speculation over the player will continue until he actually signs with his next club.

Kolo Toure

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    Manchester City defender Kolo Toure could be set to link up with international teammate Didier Drogba at Galatasaray, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.

    The Ivory Coast international, who is 32 on Tuesday, will see his contract at the Etihad Stadium end this summer, and the Turkish club are looking to continue building on the success of this season following the arrivals of Drogba and Wesley Sneijder.

    Galatasaray have reached the Champions League quarterfinals, where they will face Real Madrid, and currently hold a four-point lead over second-placed Fenerbahce in the Super Lig table.