EPL Transfer News: Latest English Premier League News, Rumours & Chatter

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMay 20, 2013

EPL Transfer News: Latest English Premier League News, Rumours & Chatter

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    Bleacher Report brings you the latest English Premier League summer transfer news. 

    Gareth Bale, Luis Suárez, Gonzalo Higuaín, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ever Banega are just some of the names included in this article. 

    Make sure to visit this article throughout the week as it will be updated.

Thiago, CM, Barcelona

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    Ross Gregory at The Sun is reporting that Manchester United are trying to sign Barcelona's Thiago. 

    Talk about a world-class showing at the Euro U-21s and coming up big in the final against Italy with a hat trick. 

    The reason why Thiago's €90 million buyout clause is irrelevant is because he didn't play "x" amount of minutes which activated a secondary €18 million buyout fee. 

    Oh my, talk about a massive blunder from Barça management. 

    Roura: "Thiago lower buyout fee because of lack of playing time? We decide lineups based on football criteria, we're not aware of contracts"

    — barcastuff (@barcastuff) May 25, 2013

    Thiago clause clarified: He played 36 of 60 games last season (exactly 60%) but needed to play over 30 minutes in 60% of games. He didn't.

    — Ben Hayward (@bghayward) June 19, 2013

Christian Atsu, WF, Porto

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    Daniel Taylor at The Guardian is reporting that Liverpool are in advanced negotiations in terms of bringing Porto wide forward Christian Atsu to Anfield. 

    He had several notable displays for Rio Ave but he's failed to re-produce those performances for Porto. 

    His eight UEFA Champions League games all came off the bench, so it would seem the Reds are looking at him as an impact sub. 

    #LFC also looking at FC Porto's Christian Atsu, Ghanaian winger (21) who they think could be available for as little as £3m.

    — Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) June 19, 2013

Gareth Bale, DLF, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Zinedine Zidane has implored Gareth Bale to quit Tottenham Hotspur.

    "I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear," Zidane stated to the Sunday People via Sky Sports. "It has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player."

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane, Kaká, Luís Figo and now perhaps Bale will be another Galáctico signing in excess of €60 million. 

    To think this is the same club that by 1998 had yet to achieve what Barcelona and Real Betis had accomplished—break the world transfer fee record. 

    Oh Jesus, we are going to end up so sick of the sight of Gareth Bale....

    — Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) June 3, 2013

Luis Suárez, DLF, Liverpool

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    With each quote Luis Suárez gives to the media, he is making it clear that he wants no part of Liverpool, despite claiming the club means so much to him. 

    "If you need a change, you should listen to the player," Suárez told Marca. "The love I have for Liverpool, I will never forget."

    His contract at Anfield expires in 2017 therefore he has minimal leverage. 

    Surely, he's not going to go on strike to force a move away from the Reds. 

    Liverpool cannot afford to let someone of his quality leave as they attempt to recapture the glory days.

    Luis Suarez has now scored 15 goals in his last 19 games for Uruguay.What a striker he is!

    — Luis Suarez Stats (@SuarezStat) June 16, 2013

Gonzalo Higuaín, CF, Real Madrid

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    Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is ready to spend £25.5 million on Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín, according to Massimo Marioni at The Metro.  

    Real general manager Jose Angel Sanchez announced in May that the 25-year-old Argentine forward had no future at the club. 

    "Higuaín will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come," Sanchez said to L'Equipe via Sky Sports

    Higuaín is a world-class finisher but what about Olivier Giroud's development?

    Didier Drogba endured similar ups and downs during his first season with Chelsea before becoming one of the best players in Europe. 

    Giroud aside, will Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott be fine out wide despite preferring to be the Gunners' No. 9? 

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored and created a combined 28 league goals for Saint-Étienne this season, is a cheaper alternative should the move for Higuaín collapse. 

    Wenger is also competing with Juventus for Higuaín's signature.

    Higuain - "Juventus? It is one of the possible destinations"

    — Get Football News (@GetFootballNews) June 1, 2013

Fernando Torres, CF, Chelsea

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    Chelsea forward Fernando Torres wants to stay at the club rather than move to Barcelona.

    "It's always nice a club like Barcelona is interested," said Torres via ESPN.co.uk. "I have contract with Chelsea, I want to be the best at my position and I don't think there is a better place to be."

    Why on earth would Barça want Torres anyways?

    David Villa played 1,161 less minutes in league-play but scored and created a combined 15 goals compared to Torres' 14. 

     

John Obi Mikel, DM, Chelsea

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    John Obi Mikel could be sold to Galatasaray for £12 million+, as reported by Dominic Fifield at The Guardian

    Mikel came to Chelsea as an elegant and creative No. 10 but was never given a chance in his preferred position. 

    As a holding midfielder, he's had glimpses of superb play but has never made the transition into a world-class defensive midfielder. 

    Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is set for talks with Turkish club Galatasaray after the FIFA Confederations Cup.

    — Nigeria Newsdesk (@NigeriaNewsdesk) June 15, 2013

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, CAM, Shakhtar Donetsk

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    Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a prime transfer target for Liverpool, according to John Percy at The Telegraph.  

    He scored 25 goals in 28 league games this season.

    However, he struggled with his shooting in the UEFA Champions League, only netting twice from 26 shots. 

    Even though he didn't convert his chances, he opened up space for his teammates with his dribbling prowess and was economical in possession as he completed 86 percent of his passes.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he'll leave Shakhtar Donetsk this summer(via @sereda_alex) He speaks 5 or 6 languages so will fit in anywhere

    — John Bradley (@JBcommentator) March 20, 2013

Ever Banega, CAM, Valencia

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    Southampton will bid £7.6 million for Valencia's troubled genius Ever Banega, according to The Sun

    Banega has been primarily a No. 10 for Los Che this season which is Gastón Ramírez's best position. 

    In the past, Valencia have used Banega as a deep-lying playmaker in an attempt to maximise his passing range, but he didn't turn into the club's answer to Andrea Pirlo. 

    When Banega is focused, he can waltz his way past opposing defenders, make defence-splitting passes and boss midfield proceedings. 

    Banega's blasé approach to football has stopped him from becoming a world-class player.

    Reports out of Valencia today that Éver Banega arrived for training on Friday not only late, but also drunk.

    — David (@davidjaca) February 2, 2013

    Video of hellacious fire consuming Ever Banega's Ferrari: http://t.co/eFPqT6ry (via @andyarg). Apparently it wasn't his fault this time.

    — Daniel Colasimone (@ArgentinaFW) July 30, 2012

    Oh boy, Ever Banega ... left the handbrake off his car and got run over by it ... Broken ankle.

    — Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) February 19, 2012