Premier League: Sunday Newspaper Transfer Speculation Roundup

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 7, 2013

Premier League: Sunday Newspaper Transfer Speculation Roundup

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    The Sunday newspapers in England are again looking at possible summer purchases and departures.

    Andy Carroll, Iker Casillas and Julio Cesar are among those names being linked with moves to and from the Premier League when the transfer window reopens for summer trading.

    Here we round up the latest speculation stories from across the English top flight.

Andy Carroll

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    Newcastle United will have to stump up £17 million in cash if they want to bring Andy Carroll back to the club, reports the Sunday Mirror.

    The report claims Liverpool have decided against a swap deal involving Hatem Ben Arfa due to concerns over the fitness of the Magpies midfielder.

    Newcastle, though, could turn their attention to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead if they cannot agree to terms for Carroll, 24, who is currently on a season-long loan with West Ham United.

    Liverpool bought Carroll from Newcastle for £35 million in January 2011, but Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers allowed him to leave the club for Upton Park last August.

Iker Casillas

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    Arsenal are lining up a major coup for the club with the capture of goalkeeper Iker Casillas from Real Madrid, reports the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Real club captain, 31, has fallen out of favour with Real manager Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu Stadium, and Arsene Wenger could offer him a way out with a move to North London, claims the report.

    Casillas, who lifted the World Cup in 2010 and the 2008 and 2012 European Championship trophy as Spain captain, would represent a stellar signing for the Gunners.

    Wenger dropped regular No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny in favour of Lukasz Fabianski ahead of the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Bayern Munich last month.

Vincent Kompany

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    One story that appears to be building momentum is the link between Vincent Kompany and Barcelona, with the Mail on Sunday reporting Camp Nou interest in the defender.

    The Manchester City captain signed a six-year deal with the club last year, but that will not deter the La Liga giants, according to the report.

    Kompany, 26, was involved in a club vs. country row with City manager Roberto Mancini last month after playing for Belgium in a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia following a lengthy injury absence from the Etihad Stadium first team (The Guardian).

    Barcelona are looking for a long-term replacement for defender Carles Puyol, who is now 34.

Julio Cesar

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    Julio Cesar could soon be making a return to the San Siro Stadium, but this time with AC Milan, reports the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Brazil international goalkeeper is understood to have a release clause in his Queens Park Rangers contract, which will allow him to move on if the Loftus Road club are relegated to the Championship, claims the report.

    The 33-year-old joined QPR last year from Inter Milan, but may soon be returning to the Italian city over fears he will not be selected for his country in the 2014 World Cup on home soil, says the newspaper.

Loic Remy

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    Another QPR man on the move if the club are relegated could be forward Loic Remy, reports the Sunday People.

    The France international joined the West London side in January for £8 million from Marseille, but the newspaper reports that Remy has a release clause in his deal allowing him to leave if Rangers go down.

    The People claims Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was interested in the 26-year-old in January but resisted a move due to concerns over Remy's fitness.

    But the striker has scored four times in seven appearances for QPR since his move from French football.