15 Bold Predictions for the Summer Transfer Window
Here are 15 bold predictions for the summer transfer window.
The idea of the article is to provide an alternative mode of thinking which gives another angle you may not have seen with a certain transfer prospect.
Feel free to comment below with your suggestions where "x" transfer target could be moving to.
Prediction: Arsenal Will Sign Mickael Landreau
Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau, 34, is L'Equipe's top-rated keeper.
He intends to finish the rest of his career on one-year rolling contracts (from RMC via Sportsmole.co.uk): "I'm really in the frame of mind that I want my freedom, to live year-on-year. I've no desire at all to say, 'I'm going to sign for two, three years'."
Landreau is experienced, he's cheap and he'll push Wojciech Szczesny, who has been inconsistent, to play at a higher level.
One of the reasons for that is Szczesny doesn't have a credible backup to threaten his position.
How many times has Łukasz Fabianski performed admirably for an extended period of time only to regress? Way too many.
Landreau would be a safe bet for Arsene Wenger.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund Will Sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Edin Dzeko is the ideal replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who will leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, though Manchester City will set the bar high when it comes to selling Dzeko.
With the Mario Gotze transfer, Dortmund have money, but why spend a chunk of it on Dzeko when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be cheaper?
Aubameyang has the characteristics of a Dortmund forward: He can hold up the ball, has the creativity to play in his teammates and is a game-changer.
Prediction: Manchester United Will Sign Marco Van Ginkel
Kevin Strootman, Kevin Strootman, Kevin Strootman—okay, how about Marco van Ginkel?
He's an intelligent footballer who works diligently without possession and is a threat with it.
There are hints of Steven Gerrard in Van Ginkel's game, and he could become one of the top midfielders in the next few years.
Prediction: Barcelona Will Sign Dani Hernandez
Vicente Guaita is the most logical replacement for Víctor Valdes, who has expressed his desires to leave Barcelona, though Dani Hernandez of Real Valladolid should also be in contention for the No. 1 shirt.
Dani made 10 saves in a 2-1 loss to Valencia in which he also denied Roberto Soldado from the spot.
What made the game more impressive was that Dani performed under duress with Valladolid down to 10 men.
He has consistently kept Valladolid in games with save after save.
Prediction: Manchester City Will Sign Geoffrey Kondogbia
Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho, a world-class midfielder who dominated Chelsea this season, is distraught that his move to Manchester City could collapse due to the hard-nosed approach of Rinat Akhmetov, one of the richest men in the world (by John Cross and David McDonnell at The Mirror): "My dream is being threatened by my valuation."
Take a look at Fernandinho's recent tweets and the large majority of them have been about him moving to Manchester City, including re-tweeted articles by Bleacher Report's Christopher Atkins and Dan Talintyre.
So it's safe to assume that City are negotiating with Shakhtar for Fernandinho, but should the move collapse, Sevilla's Geoffrey Kondogbia is an excellent alternative.
He may be very raw, but he has the ceiling to become a premier defensive midfielder.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid Will Sign Carlos Bacca
Should Falcao leave Atletico Madrid, his compatriot Carlos Bacca, a prolific goalscorer for Club Brugge, is a viable replacement.
The strategy on Atleti's part would be to pair Bacca up with Diego Costa, whose antics often overshadow how complete of a striker he is.
He presses, he's strong as an ox, he can create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates and he chips in with goals.
Prediction: Juventus Will Sign Luis Muriel
Juventus management have constantly given their fans lip-service when it comes to attracting world-class players.
If Beppe Marotta couldn't even seal the deal with Marco Verratti, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, what makes you think that Juve will buy Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic or Gonzalo Higuain?
Luis Muriel, Udinese's dynamic 22-year-old Colombian forward, matches Marotta's transfer tendencies—not a marquee player, so he won't come at a King's ransom, but has the potential to develop into a marquee footballer.
Prediction: Monaco Will Sign Kaka
Financed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and aided with the massive advantage of Monaco's status as a tax haven, the club wants to be recognisable by mainstream football fans—hence why targeting Real Madrid's Kaka is a tangible scenario.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen Will Sign Sebastian Jung
With Real Madrid set to activate Dani Carvajal's buyback clause, Bayer Leverkusen will need a solid right-back, as they are a club that want to perform well in the UEFA Champions League.
Sebastian Jung has six fewer assists than Carvajal, so the German isn't as attacking as the Spaniard, but Jung is one of the most solid right-backs in the Bundesliga this season.
He's the fourth-best right-back playing in Germany, according to Kicker.
Prediction: Valencia Will Sign Esteban Granero
One word sums up Esteban Granero's time with Queens Park Rangers: disappointing.
Under Harry Redknapp, Granero has seen his minutes cut, and his displays are getting worse.
At Valencia, David Albelda is a walking yellow card, with seven cautions in his last nine games, and at 35 years of age, father time is knocking.
Dani Parejo is just a role player and Granero, who completed 92.1 percent of his passes in his last season at Real Madrid, would compete for a starting role in midfield.
Prediction: AC Milan Will Sign Francesco Lodi
With the exception of Riccardo Montolivo, this AC Milan midfield is lacking quality.
In five seasons, Mathieu Flamini has yet to play 30 Serie A games in one season, let alone 38.
Antonio Nocerino drifts around midfield and has only scored twice.
Francesco Lodi is Catania's midfield maestro, scoring and creating a combined 13 league goals, whilst also orchestrating play.
Prediction: Freiburg Will Sign Arouna Kone
Wigan Athletic, the unlikely FA Cup champions, will be playing in the Championship next season.
Freiburg's No. 9 Jan Rosenthal has struggled, with four goals in 19 league games, so Arouna Kone, who has scored 11 goals and provided five assists for a relegated Premier League team, would be an upgrade.
Provided that Freiburg don't collapse towards the end of the season, they are headed for the UEFA Europa League, which would have been the only reason for Kone to stay at Wigan, who qualified due to winning a domestic cup.
Prediction: Real Madrid Will Sign Wayne Rooney
Does Wayne Rooney want to go from hated figure by parts of the Manchester United fanbase to public enemy No. 1 in the red half of Manchester?
If not, then he shouldn't go to Manchester City.
Surely, Chelsea have learned enough from the Andriy Shevchenko, Juan Sebastian Veron and Fernando Torres signings to know that Rooney wouldn't be value-for-money, unless the team was built around him (which it won't be).
Rooney could follow in the steps of David Beckham, Steve McManaman, Laurie Cunningham and Michael Owen at Real Madrid.
Also, he would be another Galacticos signing for Florentino Perez.
Prediction: Liverpool Will Sign Daley Blind
Daley Blind, who has finally put the nepotism jibes to rest, was voted into the Eredivisie Team of the Year.
He has been the most solid left-back in the competition and has played a vital role in Ajax having the best defence in the Netherlands.
Jose Enrique has the potential to be an elite left-back, but he constantly makes wrong decisions.
Prediction: Chelsea Will Sign Valentin Eysseric
In one ill-fated moment, Valentin Eysseric not only ended his season and sullied his own name, but he also broke the leg of Jeremy Clement.
Eysseric was given an 11-game ban, so surely he's open to the option of transferring to another league for a fresh start.
Chelsea will need to fill several squad positions, especially if Marko Marin decides to leave, and Eysseric fills that need.
If he decides to come, he'll know his role, whereas a more talented player like Jeremy Menez would work on FIFA 13, but in reality, he's going to complain the minute he finds himself warming the benches for consecutive matches.