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Premier League: Bold Predictions for This Summer's Transfer Window

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 22, 2013

Premier League: Bold Predictions for This Summer's Transfer Window

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    Nobody enjoys a good transfer speculation story more than us at Bleacher Report and with the end of the Premier League season fast approaching, the time is right for a few guesses at who is going where.

    Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham will all be involved, and maybe even Arsenal will be waving a few pound notes under the noses of leading players.

    Some major names have been linked with moves to and from the Premier League this summer, so let's make some predictions about the possible outcomes.

    Read on to find out more.

Bon Voyage, Monsieur Rooney?

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    Will he or won't he? Striker Wayne Rooney and Manchester United could be set for a parting of the ways this summer.

    The England international has been usurped as the main striker at Old Trafford by Robin van Persie this season and has found himself away from the thick of the action out wide during some games.

    Selling Rooney, 27, would be a major gamble on the part of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but the potential arrival of Radamel Falcao and/or Robert Lewandowski would place a question mark over the former Everton forward.

    Opinion remains divided on whether Rooney should stay at United, with even Match of the Day analyst Alan Shearer saying he should consider leaving (The Sun) while fellow pundit Alan Hansen believes selling the striker would be Ferguson's greatest gamble (Daily Telegraph).

    Incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola may be ready to make an offer this summer (Daily Mail), but the lure of the French capital with Paris Saint-Germain which will prove strongest for Rooney despite Ferguson's recent protestations to the contrary (The Observer).

Juventus to Bite Liverpool's Hand for Suarez

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    Not so long ago, Luis Suarez appeared to be committed to Liverpool until at least the end of his current contract, which ends in 2016 (Daily Mail).

    But after one moment of madness during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, the Uruguay international's time at Anfield may not reach until then.

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the biting incident will not affect the forward's future at the club (The Guardian), but the latest controversy may lessen the Anfield resolve to hold on to the controversial forward if a major offer comes in this summer.

    Bayern Munich have already been linked with Suarez (Daily Mail), but Juventus may fit the bill if the striker decides to cut his losses after a controversial time in English football (Daily Express).

Song Praises Being Sung in North London

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    Barcelona defender Alex Song may be about to follow the footsteps of other, er, popular figures in North London football such as Sol Campbell, Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas.

    The former Gunners defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham (Sunday People) after failing to make an impact in his first season at Camp Nou since leaving the Emirates Stadium.

    The Cameroon international joined Barca in August in a £15 million deal (BBC Sport) but has made only a handful of appearances for the La Liga giants.

    However, is there more to Arsene Wenger's advice to Song that he should remain at Barcelona for another season than meets the eye?

Falcao Flying to Manchester

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    The joy of being an in-demand striker means you can have your pick of the leading clubs in Europe, but the downside means you are going to be asked about the constant speculation on an hourly basis.

    Radamel Falcao has been linked with the world and his wife in terms of leading European clubs for the past few months.

    The Atletico Madrid striker has been consistent in his refusal to discuss where he will be going this summer if he leaves his current club, but one suspects his decision may already have been made.

    Manchester United currently lead the betting (Sporting Life) but local rivals City may need the Colombia international even more and be prepared to go the extra mile for the forward.

    Chelsea are long-term admirers of Falcao (Daily Express), but there appears to be no solution to the forthcoming managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge, which could delay any move for the forward.

    Expect the Atletico man to swap Spain for the Etihad Stadium this summer.

United in Pole Position

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    It isn't exactly a bold prediction to call Robert Lewandowski a Manchester United player for next season, but the Premier League champions-elect will have to move quickly to offset a possible intervention from Bayern Munich.

    The Daily Telegraph reports that the Poland international is keen to move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund this summer, but wants to wait until the striker situation at United is clarified.

    The futures of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are open to debate at United, and Lewandowski is seeking assurances about his role if he were to join the club.

    But the ominous figure of incoming Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is waiting in the background if United cannot come to agreement with the forward.

    Expect Lewandowski to join United but not without a concerted effort from the Allianz Arena.

Krul to Be Unkind to Magpies

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    Newcastle could soon find their disappointing Premier League campaign costing them more than they bargained for.

    Goalkeeper Tim Krul is being strongly linked with a move from Tyneside to AC Milan this summer, with The Mirror reporting that the Holland international is being lined up as a replacement for veteran Christian Abbiati, who will be 36 in July.

    Krul, 25, has been ruled for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, but that has not stopped the Serie A giants maintaining a keen interest in the player, reports the newspaper.

    Newcastle have failed to maintain the heights of last season when they were challenging for a Champions League spot up until the final day of the campaign.

    Alan Pardew's team are currently involved at the wrong end of the table and are six points above the drop zone.

    Expect Krul to leap at the chance of swapping black and white for red and black next season.

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