Picking Hottest Summer Transfer Rumors XI

Jonathan JohnsonFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2013

Picking Hottest Summer Transfer Rumors XI

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    With the end of the season fast approaching, there are plenty of transfer rumours swirling across Europe.

    With so many players to choose from, the range of targets makes a nice XI (albeit one that favours attack).

    Here are this summer’s rumoured transfer targets who would form a team capable of being Europe’s best.

Iker Casillas

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    A few years ago, it appeared unthinkable that Iker Casillas would ever leave Real Madrid. Now, according to sources, Jose Mourinho doesn’t intend on giving the Spanish international his place in the side back easily if he decides to stay as coach.

    Casillas recently returned from injury, but he has found his path back to the first team blocked by January arrival Diego Lopez.

    Among the clubs chasing him are said to be Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool, although those moves have been cast into doubt recently.

    A lot hinges on Mourinho’s future that apparently will be resolved in the summer.

    There is no doubt that Casillas will be the hottest goalkeeping property on the market.

Sergio Ramos

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    Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos is another who has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The Spanish international has been touted as a possible first signing for Mourinho should the Portuguese make a return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea coach.

    However, of greater concern for Real fans are the rumours linking Ramos with bitter rival Barcelona.

    That move might sound unlikely for now, but will be one to watch this summer.  

Vincent Kompany

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    The Manchester City captain is another target for the Catalan side, according to reports in England.

    However, the Belgian international has moved to play down speculation linking him with a move to Spain.

    He is believed to be happy with the club and planning to stay there for at least five years, according to the report.

Ezequiel Garay

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    Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay is another defender attracting plenty of attention from across Europe.

    The former Real Madrid player is thought to be part of a bid from his former club as it seeks to offload Ricardo Carvalho.

    Other suitors are reported to include Manchester United, which has apparently been in talks to sign the player ahead of the summer.

    Barcelona also has been linked with an interest.

Mats Hummels

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    A move for Garay would likely depend on the success or failure of a move by the Catalans to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.

    Tito Vilanova’s side is reported to be keen on signing the German international who has talked up a move to the Camp Nou.

    Hummels also has been attracting interest from Manchester United.

Gareth Bale

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    Perhaps the hottest property in the Premier League heading into the transfer window, Gareth Bale has been linked with several of Europe’s top teams.

    Real Madrid appears to lead the chase though, and is reported to be plotting a swoop for the Welshman that includes Jose Callejon moving the other way as part of the deal.

    It is by no means certain, though, that Spurs will sanction the sale.

Samir Nasri

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    Following Leonardo’s comments that Paris Saint-Germain hopes to boost domestic representation within its squad, Manchester City’s Samir Nasri has been linked to the capital club by PSG’s sporting director Leonardo.

    This season has been disappointing for Nasri in that he has not played as much first-team football as he’d have liked, and the Brazilian’s comments have heightened speculation regarding his future.

    A deal would seem unlikely given the player’s past as a player for bitter rival Marseille.

Wayne Rooney

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    A more feasible transfer would appear to be that of Wayne Rooney to the French capital.

    Following reports in France last week claiming that it is a “done deal,” Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has since denied the possibility of the Englishman leaving the club.

    Leonardo, too, has distanced PSG from the story, but speculation persists regarding Rooney’s future after a disappointing season in Manchester.

Luis Suarez

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    After Sunday’s bite on Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool and Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Anfield, it would not be a surprise if we have seen the last of Luis Suarez in a Liverpool shirt.

    The controversial Uruguayan appears to have bitten off more than he can chew this time and although many suitors will be perturbed by his behaviour, a few clubs will see this as a good opportunity to snare a talented but troublesome player.

    Liverpool has insisted that the player does have a future at Anfield, but Suarez has at times proved more trouble than he is worth. 

Falcao

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    Atletico Madrid’s prolific Colombian striker Falcao is reportedly on the move, too.

    Manchester United is the club that appears to be heading the queue for his signature, having already paid the Madrid-based club a retainer for his services and scouted the player on numerous occasions.

    Few clubs are able to meet the Colombian’s minimum fee release clause and in Javier Hernandez, it appears United has the perfect bargaining chip.

    Although if you believe other reports, Chelsea also does in on-loan goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, who it is apparently ready to use as bait.

Edinson Cavani

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    Napoli’s clinical Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani also has been the subject of intense transfer speculation.

    Following the in-demand striker’s admission that he might be tempted to leave in the summer, several sides are chasing his signature.

    Some of those include Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG.

Honourable Mentions

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    Other players who have been linked with moves this summer include Arturo Vidal, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Julian Draxler and Christian Eriksen.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini also are possible targets for many European sides.

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