8 Hottest La Liga Transfer Rumours

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

8 Hottest La Liga Transfer Rumours

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    There are only seven games left to play in La Liga and then thoughts turn permanently to silly season.

    With a little bit of luck Neymar will leave Santos, surely everyone's had enough of that one?

    But what transfers are generating a buzz around La Liga at the moment?

    Sitting 13 points behind Barcelona, Real Madrid will feel they need to strengthen ahead of next season. Barca too, will be looking to add to a squad which has shown more weaknesses recently.

    Below them Atletico Madrid and Valencia will need to act shrewdly if they want to bridge the gap at the top, while sales seem inevitable at Malaga.

    Here are eight transfer rumours circulating around Spain.

Jeremy Toulalon to Atletico Madrid

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    With Malaga's Jeremy Toulalan likely to miss the rest of the season injured, fans of the club may wonder if they will ever see him again.

    They'll be sick of the sight of Arsenal—the Gunners have already nabbed Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal—and The Express have now linked them with a return to Andalusia for the French midfielder.

    But it seems they'll face some competition for his signature. Diego Simeone is known to be a fan, and Atletico Madrid seem to be a realistic destination for the 29-year-old (via The Express).

Geoffrey Kondogbia to Real Madrid

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    "The chosen one" say Madrid-based newspaper MARCA about Real Madrid's chase for a central midfielder.

    They're talking about Sevilla's impressive young Frenchman Geoffrey Kondogbia, 20, who would cost around €20 million.

    The other candidates had been Real Sociedad's Ruben Pardo, Juventus' Paul Pogba and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan.

Iago Aspas to Valencia

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    In January it was misreported that Valencia had clinched the signing of Celta Vigo's star-player Iago Aspas.

    The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals and created a further six this season as the Galicians fight against an immediate return to La Segunda.

    Los Che are expected to go back in for the forward this summer, although if they can't agree a deal there is a queue of Premier League clubs waiting to pounce (via The Mirror).

Vicente Guaita to Barcelona

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    Ever since Victor Valdes decided he was to chuck the gloves on his Barcelona career, rumours have abounded over his replacement.

    Valencia's Vicente Guaita appears to be the front-runner, however, Mundo Deportivo have listed a number of challenges any potential deal will need to overcome.

    The keeper is contracted to Los Che until 2015 and has a buyout clause of €30 million—an amount Barca are highly unlikely to pay.

Julian Draxler to Real Madrid

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    Schalke 04's Julian Draxler has been linked, according to Sport Bild (via MARCA), with a move to the Bernabeu this summer.

    The attacking midfielder doesn't turn 20 until September and has already made more than 100 appearances for his club and been capped four times by Germany.

    But while his potential is obvious, his future remains not so. If Los Blancos want to sign him they'll undoubtedly face competition from some of Europe's finest clubs.

Mats Hummels to Barcelona

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    This rumour has been around for a while now (via The Express), but with some obvious room for improvement in defense, Mats Hummels to Barcelona makes perfect sense.

    This last week, president Sandro Rosell admitted that Barca are interested in signing a German player (via ESPN). He gave no names, but the Borussia Dortmund centre-back seems the logical choice:

    "There is a German player who I like a lot, but I cannot say his name. If, in the end, we go for him, that would drive up the price."

Radamel Falcao to England

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    Chelsea and Manchester City seemed to be the front runners to wrestle Radamel Falcao away from Atletico Madrid this summer, until a recent twist.

    Journalist Guillem Balague has suggested that Manchester United have paid an advance to Atletico for the Colombian forward—as they did with David de Gea.

    It's all up in the air at the moment, but if El Tigre does leave the Vicente Calderon it wouldn't be the end of the world if they could reinvest the money wisely.

Leo Baptistao to Atletico Madrid

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    Rayo Vallecano's young Brazilian forward started the season brilliantly and, by January, had caught the interest of English clubs Liverpool and Manchester United (via Daily Mail).

    Due to a couple of reasons his form has dipped off since Christmas, but still just 20, he'll represent great potential at a great price for whoever lands his signature.

    Unofficial sources have suggested he's already agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid, nothings been confirmed, but a hop across the city does seem likely this summer.