The Premier League nearing its close means it’s almost time for the second-most anticipated season of the year to come into play—the summer transfer window.
With three managerial switches at the head of the English top flight, it’s not just among the playing staff that the changes are being rung this term, with a select few choosing to conduct some business early on.
That being said, the following 10 rumours have all sprung up or advanced further over the last few days and promise to reach boiling point in the coming weeks/months.
Having played just 11 minutes of La Liga football this season, Sergi Roberto is far from being considered a Barcelona regular in his current state, but that doesn’t mean the Catalan youngster is to be considered anything other than a valuable commodity.
According to Marca (via Metro), Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham have already opened talks with Barca regarding the transfer of the 21-year-old, who has supposedly “grown frustrated” with the lack of first-team options at the Camp Nou.
@tomsunderland_ I've heard he's pushing for it, hasn't been happy this season. Either him or Song will go this summer I'd have thought.— Samuel Jack Marsden (@samuelmarsden) May 11, 2013
B/R’s own Barcelona-based Samuel Marsden believes the youngster is fed up with biding his time on the sidelines and is encouraged by the talks.
Despite such a lack of experience, the same report details that Roberto could boast a price tag of up to £7 million, surprising for one still so fresh-faced at the elite level.
However, AVB appears to be keen on the attacking midfielder and could be closing in on his first summer signature already.
For years now, it’s been supposed that Jesus Navas could make a move to plains other than those in Spain, only to be crippled by an apparently extreme case of homesickness.
That being said, the 27-year-old remains closely linked with a transfer to the English top flight. Marca recently reported that Manchester City is one of his most likely destinations (h/t talkSPORT).
Based on his incredibly small amount of involvement at the Etihad Stadium this season, Scott Sinclair currently looks a shoo-in for the Citizens’ exit, meaning space would be freed up out wide for Navas’ arrival.
What’s more, the Sevilla star would have the likes of international compatriots David Silva and Javi Garcia to help him in the move and in accommodating to life in the Premier League.
Having once needed to be picked up by his father and brother from a Spain training camp just a few hours from his home in Sevilla, Navas’ homesickness has certainly reached extreme levels in the past. Just whether or not the winger has overcome these burdens could yet play its part in any move.
In a transfer saga that started as far back as last summer, Bayer Leverkusen look to have finally loosened their grip on Andre Schurrle and are seemingly close to letting their star attacker leave for Stamford Bridge.
Kicker (h/t BBC Sport) published a story earlier in the week claiming that Schurrle’s own club believed the player had agreed to a deal with Chelsea in anticipation of a summer transfer.
In the piece, Bayer’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser is quoted as saying, "Andre Schurrle has probably signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea. We have received a concrete offer for a fee, which we are considering."
Holzhauser goes on to say, "The price alone is not decisive. We must also have alternatives, which we don't have yet."
A big factor in Schurrle’s departure and the perceived reason as to why he didn’t leave in January is due to his current side not being able to find a replacement in time.
Although Holzhauser’s words give substance to the story, Kevin De Bruyne, who spent a successful season on loan with Werder Bremen, could yet come in to play some part in this switch.
Having made his first-ever senior appearance for the Catalan club, there’s a certain sense of fate around the whole idea of Pepe Reina moving back to Barcelona this summer. It’s just a pity that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t seem taken in by the soppiness of all that.
The Telegraph recently reported of Barca’s rising interest in their former charge, with rumours constantly pointing to the idea that Victor Valdes could leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Should a concrete offer come in for his signature, Reina, a Spanish No. 2 choice behind Iker Casillas and possibly now Diego Lopez, would undoubtedly find it difficult to turn down such a move.
Whereas Liverpool have struggled to qualify for Europe in recent seasons, Barcelona can frequently be found among the continent’s elite and were shown the door in this season’s Champions League by German giants and favourites to win the tournament, Bayern Munich.
A product of the La Masia academy, Reina’s homecoming would be good for both him and Tito Vilanova’s side. It’s simply a matter of how eager the Reds are to hang on to a goalkeeper with his attention possibly focused elsewhere.
Every season for the last few seasons, a striker seems to be the thing that Tottenham lack most in their arsenal (no pun intended) and are most often linked with at this time of the year.
Let 2013 be no different, in that case, as David Villa arises as a forward linked most strongly with a move to White Hart Lane, having fallen slightly out of favour at the Camp Nou (via Daily Mail).
Spurs are said to be offering £7 million for the former Valencia star, but Barca are holding out for a fee closer to £12 million.
One party that Andre Villas-Boas could face competition from is none other than Spurs’ local enemies Arsenal, also thought to be in search of a new attacking threat.
Speaking of Arsenal, one player alleged to be closing in on a move to the Emirates Stadium is Fiorentina’s attacking ace, Stevan Jovetic, whom the Daily Mail suppose has already been the subject of the Gunners' interest.
Although Olivier Giroud managed to hit 17 goals in his debut campaign under Arsene Wenger, some doubts still remain around the Arsenal striking positions without Robin van Persie at the club.
Having hit just 12 Serie A goals, the 2012-13 season has by no means been Jovetic’s most prolific, but the youngster has done a heap of good in helping La Viola on their journey for Champions League football.
Jovetic is just 23 years old, and his signature is supposed to cost the Gunners somewhere in the region of £25 million and would break the existing club transfer record by almost £10 million.
As if battling for the same top-four finish wasn’t close enough for the capital rivals, this summer could see Tottenham and Arsenal share a number of transfer targets, one of whom is Abdelaziz Barrada.
The past few seasons have seen the Moroccan international linked with a move away from Getafe on a number of occasions, but Barrada has so far stuck around at the Madrid club.
With four goals and six assists this season, the 23-year-old is far from the most fearsome midfielder in La Liga this campaign, but talkSPORT recently reported that Lokomotiv Moscow will also race against the Premier League pair for his signature.
Barrada has been a main driving force in Getafe’s bid for a top-six finish this term, and while it may not come to fruition, it certainly doesn’t reduce the impact that the playmaker has had on his side.
As things stand, Barrada’s buyout clause is reportedly set at £17 million, but it’s unknown as to whether any side will be willing to fork that fee out for his services.
Six months after taking Didier Drogba to Istanbul, Galatasaray are said to be lining up a move for another Chelsea star after it emerged that John Terry had become a priority for the Super Lig champions.
The Daily Mail have said that Gala will offer the Chelsea captain a three-year deal worth a reported £200,000 a week, not far off the wages that currently make him one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.
Terry is 32 years of age and has just a year remaining on his contract with the Blues. It’s uncertain as to whether he will get such a lucrative offer again, and a move to Turkey may prove tempting for the West London stalwart.
The number being associated with Terry’s supposed sale is around £8 million, an amount which could stand to fluctuate in the coming months.
As an inevitable by-product of his managerial move to Manchester United, David Moyes isn’t the only Everton name supposedly on his way to Old Trafford come season’s end.
Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, both of whom had been linked with the Red Devils prior to any mention of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, have been reported by the Daily Mail as a double target for United, at a cost of around £40 million.
Baines would be brought in as a supposed successor to the aging Patrice Evra, whereas Fellaini’s presence may mean the exit of Anderson comes slightly sooner, following on from the second retirement of Paul Scholes.
Having established a great bond with the pair in his years at Goodison Park, Moyes would obviously boast an edge when it comes to luring the Toffees away from their current surroundings.
That being said, the fee being mentioned with their transfers is still an extraordinary one, meaning that this may only be the start of what is a long and drawn-out transfer story.
Good-looking set of teammates?
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea find themselves in the driving seat for Wayne Rooney’s signature this summer, after it came out that any Bayern Munich interest that was supposed to have existed was indeed “myth.”
The Manchester United forward’s future is in major doubt following rumours of a transfer request not three weeks ago, to which the reply was that Rooney was not for sale.
Since then, a controversy has emerged around the apparent removal of “Manchester United player” from Rooney’s Twitter bio, only for the player to come out himself and state that the information isn’t on his social media profile because it was never there.
This season has seen “Wazza” pushed into a role closer to that of a midfielder in order to accommodate the arrival of Robin van Persie, something which would seem to have worked effectively as far as the Premier League is concerned.
However, existing demons between Rooney and newly announced Red Devils boss David Moyes might threaten the future of the player, with Chelsea supposedly at the front of the queue for his £25 million signature.
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