Picking a Hottest Transfer Rumours Best XI
With the offseason and the opening of the summer transfer window fast approaching, the rumour mill is heating up fast.
All across Europe, sides are in the process of looking at who is needed and what is required this summer to help them improve. Players come and players go. It's as obvious as night following day.
With that being said, here's an attempt to build a team out of some of the hottest transfer rumours currently doing the rounds.
An attacking 3-4-3 formation features the following:
GK: Julio Cesar
The Brazilian international goalkeeper is expected to leave relegated QPR, having only made the move to Loftus Road during last summer's transfer window.
The former Inter Milan stopper will depart with Harry Redknapp's blessing, his current manager believing he is a player for a top club anywhere in Europe.
"I think Julio is a player for a top club, a top Italian team, a top Spanish team or a top Premier League team.
"He is good enough to play anywhere" (Sky Sports).
For a player of his pedigree—a multiple-time Serie A winner and a Champions League winner with 67 international caps—he's likely to be available at a greatly reduced price, given that the Hoops want to get him off the wage bill (Daily Star).
DEF: Toby Alderweireld
The 24-year-old Ajax defender has been linked with a move away from the Amsterdam Arena, and International Business Times are reporting that he will turn down a move to both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool this summer to sign for Italian club AS Roma.
The Belgian international had previously suggested a move to England would be preferable (Metro), but he appears to have had a change of heart.
Seemingly, Brendan Rodgers was interested in him as a replacement for Jamie Carragher, whilst Andre Villas-Boas wanted to pair him with his Belgian colleague and former Ajax defensive partner Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane.
However, the Italian capital would seem to be the player's next destination.
DEF: John Terry
With that being said, the Chelsea club captain has been linked with a move to Istanbul to join Turkish giants Galatasaray, who, in the same report, are said to be preparing a three-year deal for the 32-year-old at £160,000 per week (Guardian).
It would be a major surprise if Terry were to leave the Blues this summer. However, with the club well stocked in the central defensive area, a new manager may see the ageing presence of Terry as something he can do without.
DEF: Micah Richards
The Manchester City defender has seen injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta turn him into something of the forgotten man of Eastlands this season.
According to The Mirror, Liverpool have made an enquiry about the sometime-England international, whilst the likes of Arsenal, PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid have all checked on his availability.
The 24-year-old remains a player of great potential despite his injury problems, but would likely cost in the region of £15 million, which could prove prohibitive.
MF: Alejandro Gomez
The diminutive Catania midfielder could be set for a move to Atletico Madrid after a standout season with the Sicilian club, according to president Antonino Pulvirenti.
The 25-year-old scored eight goals in 35 games and has been consistently excellent throughout the campaign, helping them to eighth place in Serie A.
And according to Pulvirenti, Atletico Madrid are close to securing a deal which will take the fleet-footed Argentine to the Spanish capital.
"The negotiations with Atletico Madrid are very advanced, we have some serious bids.
"I think Gomez will go there." (Sky Sports)
MF: Christian Eriksen
After another winning season in Amsterdam, the Danish playmaker looks set to move to new pastures this summer.
And the Denmark international has spoken glowingly of the Champions League finalists:
"Dortmund are a club where I would like to play.
"I think I would be a good fit there with the football there. Dortmund play nice, attacking football."
Meanwhile, The Express believe that both Liverpool and Spurs are also keeping tabs on Eriksen.
MF: Cesc Fabregas
The Spanish international has struggled to make the sort of impact he'd have wanted during his two years at Barcelona.
And having been found himself left out of key matches by Tito Vilanova this season, his career has reached something of an impasse.
Simon Johnson in the Evening Standard has suggested that Manchester United have made contact with Los Cules over a move for the 26-year-old, as they look to strengthen their midfield. With Paul Scholes having retired, the ex-Arsenal skipper would be seen as a tremendous replacement.
Whether he could become David Moyes' first signing at Old Trafford could depend on his former club, with the Gunners reportedly having first option on the World Cup winner.
The young Spaniard has enjoyed a wonderful season, playing a key role in Malaga's run to the Champions League quarterfinals.
However, with manager Manuel Pellegrini rumoured to be leaving La Rosaleda this summer to fill the seat vacated by Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, the Spanish international is being tipped to follow him in a £27 million deal (The Mirror).
The 2012 Tuttosport Golden Boy has been compared to Lionel Messi by Malaga teammate Jeremy Toulalan:
"Barcelona have Messi. We have Isco" (Goal.com)
Given the club's financial instability however, it may not be for much longer.
CF: Radamel Falcao
Worries about Ligue 1 becoming nothing more than Paris Saint-Germain's playground could soon be scolded, with newly-promoted Monaco set to make a major statement of intent by securing the £50.7 million transfer of Colombian international Radamel Falcao (Metro).
After two seasons of goals galore with Atletico Madrid in La Liga, including 34 in all competitions this season, the principality club's Russian owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, is reportedly prepared to sanction a mega-money deal.
According to the Daily Mail, the deal will be used by Falcao as a stepping stone to enable him to join Real Madrid in a year's time.
Regardless of the reasons behind any move to Monaco, it's likely there will be a number of Europe's biggest clubs left disappointed by Falcao's intentions.
CF: Wilfried Bony
The Vitesse Arnhem striker has enjoyed a miraculous season in the Eredivisie, finishing the campaign with a stunning 31 goals in 30 games.
Now the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has seemingly set his sights on a move to "perfect" England:
"I’m very interested in the Premier League and the atmosphere in England, it’s a wonderful league and we will see what happens.
"The Premier League is the top league in Europe, but the Bundesliga is also good. France, Italy and Spain, they’re good too but England would be perfect." (Express & Star)
Now, with the likes of West Ham United, Chelsea and others interested in the Ivorian according to BBC Sport, Vitesse are likely to cash in and receive far more than double their £4 million outlay.
CF: Edinson Cavani
Cavani has netted 103 goals in 137 games for the Neopolitans since joining from Palermo in 2010.
City are so keen on Cavani, they're reportedly ready to make him the best-paid player in England, with a staggering £13.3 million-per-year deal (Daily Mail).
Wherever Cavani ends up, supporters are likely to be excited by the prospect of having the striker as one of their own.