20 Hottest Transfer Rumors Right Now and How Likely They Are to Come off

Max TowleAnalyst IMay 30, 2013

20 Hottest Transfer Rumors Right Now and How Likely They Are to Come off

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    The transfer window may not be open yet for most European countries in world football, but that doesn't stop an endless stream of gossip and speculation.

    The biggest clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 are linked with the best footballers on the planet—this is "silly season."

    This article will pull together the 20 hottest transfer rumours in the game and provide a percentage rating for the likelihood of a deal being made.

    After all, they can't all be true.

Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United

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    Manchester United's apparent interest in a former Arsenal star is one of the most intriguing storylines of the summer.

    The Red Devils are in need of a roaming creative midfielder, and if this ESPN report is to be believed, Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas could be the man.

    "United have made initial contact with Barcelona over a potential purchase of Cesc Fabregas," it claims.

    This may be true, but it is yet unknown whether or not the Spaniard would be willing to move to Old Trafford, or if Barcelona would be willing to sell.

    Likelihood: 30 percent

Clement Grenier to Arsenal

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    Arsenal finished the Premier League season strongly, claiming the all-important fourth Champions League place on the table.

    But the Gunners are still a mile off competing for domestic glory—manager Arsene Wenger will have to bring in several top-quality signings to make them genuine contenders.

    One name linked with a move to the Emirates is French side Lyon's Clement Grenier, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder.

    Wenger says of the player: "We are following Grenier. His intelligent play pleases me. He has interesting qualities and reminds me of Samir Nasri," as reported by The Sun.

    Likelihood: 50 percent

Angel Di Maria to Monaco

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    Free-spending Monaco have put everyone in Europe on edge with their ability to lure some top names to the principality.

    The Ligue 1 side has already signed Porto's James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho and could shortly add Radamel Falcao.

    Another name linked heavily with Monaco is Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, who has had a mixed campaign at the Bernabeu.

    RMCSport claims that he is near the top of the list of potential targets (h/t Daily Star).

    Likelihood: 40 percent

Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United

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    David Moyes' appointment at Manchester United has sparked speculation that he will bring a number of his former stars at Everton with him to Old Trafford.

    Marouane Fellaini seems the most likely potential signing for the Red Devils—the physical marauding midfielder fits the bill in terms of the club's needs.

    According to The Guardian, "the Everton midfielder's £24 million release clause is no barrier to any prospective deal."

    He would potentially sit alongside Michael Carrick in the box-to-box role at United.

    Likelihood: 75 percent

Christian Eriksen to Borussia Dortmund

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    Several of Borussia Dortmund's stars seem to be deserting the club this summer.

    No matter, though, the Champions League finalists will try to replace the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski with players as close as possible in ability.

    One potential signing is Ajax's Christian Eriksen, an imaginative playmaker who would play the Gotze position at Dortmund.

    A recent report in The Guardian states that "Ajax are set to cash in on Eriksen this summer and he admits he is tempted by a move to Germany."

    Likelihood: 65 percent

Wayne Rooney to Chelsea

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    Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Manchester United has left the Red Devils scrambling.

    David Moyes would not want his first act of any note at Old Trafford to be to sell a world-class player, potentially to a rival Premier League club.

    Chelsea are the most likely suitors within Britain considering Rooney's massive wage demands.

    The Mirror believes that Blues owner "Roman Abramovich would be prepared to splash out over £30 million for Rooney and match his £250,000-a-week United salary."

    Likelihood: 35 percent

David Villa to Tottenham Hotspur

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    David Villa's time at the Camp Nou seems to be coming to an end. Fast.

    The Spanish forward has been linked with a number of clubs in the last few weeks, most recently Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

    The Daily Mail claim that "Barcelona are willing to sell the Spain star this summer, who has found first-team football difficult to come by this season, but want a fee of around £12 million."

    At 31 years of age, the London club will have to decide whether Villa is worth the price.

    Likelihood: 40 percent

Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich

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    Robert Lewandowski seems set to join the club that broke his heart in the Champions League final earlier this month.

    The Polish striker has had a terrific season at Borussia Dortmund, scoring 36 goals in all competitions.

    Bayern Munich are ready to pounce, with Lewandowski's agent, Cezary Kucharski, all but confirming the transfer on Monday:

    "For us it is clear, but we have not signed anything," Kucharski told Polish news channel TVN24 (h/t The Guardian). "The clubs need to reach an agreement."

    Likelihood: 90 percent

Pepe Reina to Barcelona

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    Victor Valdes' spell as Barcelona's number 1 between the sticks seems to be coming to an end.

    According to the Daily Mail, "Barcelona are in the market for a keeper with Victor Valdes set to join the Russian revolution at free-spending Monaco."

    The same report claims that Liverpool's Pepe Reina is a leading candidate to replace Valdes.

    The Spaniard currently has several years left on his contract at Anfield, but may not be able to resist the allurement of his boyhood club.

    Likelihood: 50 percent

Franck Ribery to Real Madrid

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    Franck Ribery has been one the best players in world football over the past 12 months.

    The French attacking midfielder has been key to Bayern Munich's dominance, both domestically and on the continent.

    With Real Madrid seemingly desperate to bring in a big-name player this summer, Ribery's name was unsurprisingly mentioned.

    But he recently told RMCSport (h/t Goal.com): 

    "If Zidane were to contact me, I would tell him that I'm feeling very good at Bayern and I think that he'd understand me."

    Likelihood: 10 percent

Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

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    Gareth Bale is coming off the back of an unbelievable season at Tottenham, coached by the revelatory Andre Villas-Boas.

    The Welshman scored 21 Premier League goals and won the Player of the Season award for his efforts.

    A host of Europe's top clubs are rumoured to be after his services, but Real Madrid lead the pack according to the player's agent.

    Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, said in an interview with Marca TV:

    "If Florentino [Pérez, the Real president] is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honour and we'd listen" (h/t The Guardian).

    Likelihood: 60 percent

Luis Suarez to Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid can't sign everyone, despite what media speculation would have you believe.

    Another top player on the list of potential signings is Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who may leave Anfield in a bid for Champions League football.

    ESPN is reporting, via an interview Suarez did with Sport 860, that "he would be willing to sign for Real Madrid."

    "I have a contract with Liverpool, but it would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid. There are a lot of rumours in the transfer window, but you never know until firm offers are made," Suarez said.

    Likelihood: 40 percent

Marquinhos to Barcelona

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    Roma defender Marquinhos has been one of the hot names in European football this past season for his performances at the Serie A club.

    The 19-year-old has given consistent, mature performances and has received high praise as a result.

    Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in making a bid for the centre-back as they seek to fill a problem position.

    But the Brazilian has already taken to Twitter to declare his future to be at Roma, saying (via Sambafoot.com):

    "I am honoured to wear the jersey of Roma, the best is yet to come."

    Likelihood: 15 percent

Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus

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    Gonzalo Higuain hasn't always been a regular starter for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho.

    The Argentine striker still struck 15 goals in La Liga last season and is now a reported target for Serie A champions Juventus.

    In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, Higuain's agent Ernesto Bronzetti said (h/t Goal.com):

    "Percentages for Higuain to Juventus? Let's say 50-60, maybe even 70%."

    Well that makes my job a lot easier.

    Likelihood: 60 percent

Leandro Damiao to Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenham's bid to improve on last season's fifth-place finish will see them play an active role in this summer's transfer window.

    Along with David Villa, Leandro Damiao is reported to be a prime target for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

    The Sun reports that Spurs hope to sign the Brazilian forward for £20 million as "the failure to bring in a new striker in January was cited as one of the main reasons why they failed to make a Champions League spot."

    It is clear that Tottenham's ambition is to sign attacking players in the coming months.

    Likelihood: 50 percent

Stevan Jovetic to Arsenal

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    Arsenal have been linked with Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic for some time. It is a rumour that won't seem to die.

    The Montenegro international was a key member of an impressive Viola side last season, scoring 12 Serie A goals.

    ESPN is reporting that "Fiorentina have confirmed that in-demand forward Stevan Jovetic 'wants a new experience', and that the club are prepared to sell the player if they receive the right offer."

    The price quoted is in the region of £25 million.

    Likelihood: 70 percent

Edinson Cavani to Manchester City

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    Edinson Cavani has been one of the elite finishers in world football for three years now.

    Since moving from Palermo to Napoli in 2010, he has scored goals for fun, most recently bagging 38 in all competitions for the Serie A side.

    Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was a huge admirer, but it is yet unknown whether new manager Manuel Pellegrini will want to push for a transfer.

    According to The Mirror, Edinson Cavani has dented Manchester City and Chelsea’s hopes of signing him by claiming he dreams of playing in La Liga."

    Likelihood: 25 percent

Ganso to Paris Saint-Germain

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    Monaco's freewheeling spending may have put fellow nouveau riche club Paris Saint-Germain a little on edge.

    The latter will be looking to make more big splashes this summer to consolidate their position at the summit of the Ligue 1 table.

    Brazilian playmaker Ganso is one name linked with a move.

    But Sao Paulo’s director of football Adalberto Batista recently told ESPN:

    "We have very good relations with Paris Saint-Germain, a good relationship with Leonardo but Sao Paulo are not interested in letting Ganso go."

    Likelihood: 25 percent

Christian Benteke to Atletico Madrid

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    Christian Benteke emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the Premier League's most effective players last season.

    The Belgian hit man scored 19 Premier League goals for Aston Villa in his debut campaign in Britain.

    This has alerted several of Europe's biggest clubs, most notably Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

    The Mirror claims that "Atletico Madrid are ready to test Aston Villa's resolve to keep Christian Benteke with a stunning £20 million bid."

    Likelihood: 40 percent

Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United

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    Finally we come to Cristiano Ronaldo—the man whose potential transfer would be the biggest story of the summer.

    The Real Madrid superstar has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu for most of the season due to apparent contract disputes.

    His former club Manchester United have been hyped as a leading contender for what would be a bank-breaking signature.

    But in an interview with radio show El Larguero, Real president Florentino Perez said (h/t ESPN):

    "He told me last summer that he was sad and I told him that we would do everything possible for him to be happy. He had a bad moment but it is over now."

    Likelihood: 20 percent


    Which of these rumoured transfer deals would you like to see go through?