8 Hottest Premier League Summer Transfer Rumours
Here are the eight hottest English Premier League summer transfer window rumours.
Will Manchester City’s Yaya Touré leave? What are the chances of Liverpool MVP Luis Suárez saying adios to Anfield? Have Chelsea finally found an exit route for Fernando Torres?
These are just some of the transfer rumours which will be analysed by this article.
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Yaya Touré, CM, Manchester City
Now we finally know why Yaya Touré hasn't been Yaya Touré—he's unhappy.
Talk about a 180 because three months ago, he wanted to retire at Manchester City (per David Clayton at MCFC.co.uk).
- 174 Premier League players average more tackles per league game (1.2) than Yaya (1.1). How can he be box-to-box when he doesn't even defend at an elite level?
- Some of his positioning throughout the season has been horrible. That is why he averages more fouls (1.5) than tackles made (1.1).
- His 10.2 shots per league goal is wasteful.
- 28 EPL players average more dribbles per league game (1.2) than Touré (1.1).
- The Ivorian picked up more yellow cards (three) than goals scored and created (two) in the UEFA Champions League.
- Does he deserve a new contract? Hell no!
Just like most of the City players, he has rested on his laurels this season.
Could burnout be another factor in Yaya underperforming this season?
Antony Kastrinakis at The Sun published comments from Dimitri Seluk, Yaya's agent, which stated that the Ivorian footballer's relationship with Manchester City is broken.
For those who are questioning Kastrinakis' credibility, this isn't an article based on unsubstantiated speculation, he's reprinting Seluk's belief  that City don't value Yaya.
Regarding the part where Kastrinakis says: "They [Yaya and Seluk] speak in Russian, Seluk’s native tongue which Yaya speaks fluently," as incredulous as that seems, Touré does speak Russian.
Just ask former Barça teammate Dmytro Chygrynskiy (via BFB):
Q. Furthermore, Yaya Toure is able to speak fluent Russian….
A. Yes (laughs), he speaks pretty well, but I just want to learn to speak Castilian as quickly as I can. So I don’t talk to him in Russian. I prefer that all speak in Castilian to learn better.
So, since Touré can communicate in Russian, it makes a rumoured move to Anzhi Makhachkala (from Simon Jones at The Daily Mail) plausible.
 It could all be smoke and mirrors since Seluk loves to run his mouth off, which leads to media exposure therefore increasing his profile.
(Via ESPN FC; May 16, 2012):
Touré could sign for many big clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich. We would like to see Barça join the race. He has done all he can do at City and he needs new motivations.
(Per The Sun; November 1, 2010):
Yaya thinks there are some [City] players, perhaps mostly those who have been there for a long time, who think that fourth place is already a big position that it is good enough to ‘not lose’ rather than to always win
(From RAC-1 via Michael Wade at goal.com; June 8, 2010):
Everything has changed with City, because they talk a lot but then afterwards they don't appear to be a rich club but rather a bankrupt one.
(By RAC-1 from ESPN FC; November 11, 2009):
If Barcelona do not like Yaya there are eight clubs, the most important in the world, who are interested in signing him. If he leaves Barça, he will not go to Manchester City. He would sign for a more important club.
Luis Suárez, DLF, Liverpool
Luis Suárez has kept Liverpool afloat with one stunning individual performance after another.
The Uruguayan international recently said (from The Australian via Tony Barrett at The Times):
I'm in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool. And if another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have [me], they are welcome. We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don't want to go.
Luis extended his contract last year (per Liverpoolfc.com) thus handing the Reds negotiating power.
How much money did they extract from Chelsea for a deteriorating Fernando Torres? £50 million.
This won't bode well for clubs hoping to sign Suárez because they will have to fork out £70 million-plus.
Fernando Torres, CF, Chelsea
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone is open to Chelsea forward Fernando Torres returning home (via Express.co.uk):
We will have to wait for the season to end. But Fernando knows about the club’s history, what it means to play here and I don’t really need to speak about his great ability.
Unless the Blues meet Falcao's buyout clause (£48 million) and throw in Torres as a freebie, there's no reason for Atléti to compromise.
Léo Baptistão or El Niño?
Baptistão, who has higher upside, lesser wages and a resell value.
Hulk, RF, Zenit
According to Jamie Sanderson at The Metro, Hulk may move to the Premier League as he's disillusioned with life at Zenit.
Chelsea have been thrown into the equation simply because they foolishly thought about breaking the bank for a one-dimensional, hit-and-miss, inconsistent and selfish forward in Hulk.
No, Hulk. The Blues aren't going to bail you out.
You can continue earning your inflated salary by playing for those vile, despicable and racist fans (via RT.com).
Not liking those teammates? (from ESPN FC's Michael Cox):
The new arrivals prompted a huge public squabble among the players, predictably led by defensive midfielder Igor Denisov, a Zenit veteran of a decade, scorer in their 2008 UEFA Cup final victory, and never far from trouble.
He'd previously asked the club for a new contrast, a request rejected because of a lack of money, but the arrivals of Hulk and Witsel for such staggering sums highlighted either Zenit's hypocrisy or dishonesty, and the dressing room went into meltdown.
Hulk, this is what happens when you choose money over the progression of your career.
Stevan Jovetić, DLF, Fiorentina
Fiorentina's most valuable asset, Stevan Jovetić, will cost prospective Premier League suitors £25 million, according to Express.co.uk's Paul Joyce.
Jovetić put on a show when he scored a brace and created a goal in a 4-1 win over Inter Milan.
He's a player that can turn it on and go past opposing players whilst having the presence of mind to make the right pass.
Stevan has said in the past (from Harry Pratt at The Daily Star): "I’m very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world—and perhaps the best."
Ezequiel Garay, CB, Benfica
Benfica's outstanding centre-back Ezequiel Garay is a £15 million-rated target for Chelsea and Manchester United, according to John Cross at Mirror Football.
Ezequiel was superb at Racing Santander but had his development stunted at Real Madrid.
Having been afforded a chance by Benfica, he has taken his game to the next level.
Alvaro Negredo, CF, Sevilla
Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo, 27, has stated that he will play in the Premier League (via Greg O'Keeffe at the Liverpool Echo).
The good thing about Alvaro is that he's produced this season—21 La Liga and Copa del Rey goals.
Sevilla will do a fire sale in the summer to alleviate some financial stress and Negredo's form enables them to sell him for a sizable transfer fee (from Dermot Corrigan at ESPN FC).
Tomer Hemed, CF, Mallorca
Charlie Skillen at The Daily Mail believes Everton are scouting Mallorca centre forward Tomer Hemed.
The Israeli international's physical attributes means he's a serviceable forward at Premier League level but he doesn't have the goal poaching instincts of Michu.
The Toffees should aim for more finesse and sign Celta Vigo's lago Aspas, who is three times the player Tomer is.