Top 20 Hottest Premier League Transfer Rumours
The Premier League transfer mill is in overdrive.
With so many rumours, reports and potential deals taking place, it's easy to lose track of the most interesting links. As the summer transfer window gains momentum, which are the hottest rumours to look out for across the next couple of weeks?
In no particular order, Bleacher Report has you covered.
Gareth Bale to Real Madrid
Let's start with a biggie.
Various reports suggest Real Madrid are prepared to shatter the world record transfer fee to land Gareth Bale's signature. Despite Bale suggesting he isn't leaving White Hart Lane (The Daily Express), money could do the talking on this one.
If Florentino Perez offers anything near the reported £80 million sum, Spurs would be foolish to turn it down.
Martin Skrtel to Napoli
Martin Skrtel suffered an indifferent 2012-13 season at Anfield.
Although Jamie Carragher called time on his Liverpool career, Skrtel's future could reside away from Merseyside. The Slovakian international may struggle to compete with Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure for a starting place, as the new centre-back partnership has plenty of potential to be reliable.
Napoli are outlined as potential suitors. Could Rafa Benitez get the best from the 28-year-old?
Isco to Manchester City
With Manuel Pellegrini likely to be installed as new Manchester City boss (Daily Mirror), a move for Isco makes perfect sense.
The pair have just finished working together at Malaga and City recently signed Jesus Navas, indicating a La Liga feel is coming to the Etihad. Could the Spanish starlet make an instant impact in England?
Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be linked with many big clubs this summer.
Juventus and Arsenal appear to be sniffing around the Argentinian who never really got going under Jose Mourinho. With Mourinho moving on, Higuain's potential move away from the Bernabeu could be scuppered if he is given more time to impress.
Luis Suarez to Real Madrid
Luis Suarez may love Liverpool, but he doesn't love them enough to stay (talkSport).
Despite unwavering support during a plethora of tough moments with the Uruguayan forward, Liverpool are likely to lose their key man after he decided the English press were bullies (London Evening Standard). As reported by Goal, Suarez outlines Real Madrid as his preferred destination, and if Higuain leaves, you can bet he'll end up there.
Simon Mignolet to Anywhere but Sunderland
Super Simon! If the photo above sums up Simon Mignolet's season, it's fair to say he can be considered Sunderland's Man of Steel.
The Belgian performed admirably across a difficult season for the Black Cats. He is destined to move on (Sky Sports), although the 24-year-old is happy to honour his contact. Once again, when bids are put on the table, this could change.
Paolo Di Canio will undoubtedly want Mignolet to stay, but that seems rather unlikely.
Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United
Another transfer rumour that fails to die.
We all know Robert Lewandowski wants to sign for Bayern Munich. Although a deal was pretty much done, Borussia Dortmund's recent decision not to sell another player to their German rivals could give Manchester United scouts hope of landing the Polish striker (ESPN).
If they're interested, anyway.
Stephan El Shaarawy to Manchester City
Similar to the potential arrival of Isco, Stephan El Shaarawy's signature would be extremely exciting for everyone at the Etihad.
The Italian international netted 18 goals in 45 appearances last season and continues to rapidly improve. This rumour is bubbling under at the moment, but could really heat up when the Sky Blues finally reveal their new manager.
Hal Robson-Kanu to Aston Villa/West Bromwich Albion
Less exotic than many of the rumours on this list, Hal Robson-Kanu would be a useful signing for West Brom or Aston VIlla (Lee Bryan, Mail Online).
The Welshman had a decent season at Reading and could flourish with a strong team around him. He scored seven goals in 13 starts and 12 substitute appearances last term, as well as putting in some decent performances for the national side.
Robson-Kanu has plenty to offer the Premier League, that's for sure.
Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal/Manchester United
If Marouane Fellaini had a curly hair for every time he is linked with a move away from Everton, he would possess a bulbous afro.
Arsenal and Manchester United are rumoured (Metro) to be wanting the Belgian's services. Fellaini enjoyed his best season with the Toffees during the 2012-13 campaign and may be looking for a change now that David Moyes has moved on.
For now, his ridiculous hair will keep getting bigger.
Wayne Rooney to Chelsea/Arsenal
Despite a recent Sky Sports report suggesting Manchester United are not willing to see Wayne Rooney join an English rival, the former Everton youngster is still looking for a move away.
Realistically, only a handful of clubs will be able to afford the 27-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain (Tribal Football) and Real Madrid (The Daily Mirror) may also be considered, but the former seems far more realistic.
If neither of these moves happen and Rooney still wants to leave Old Trafford, Chelsea may put the pressure on (The Independent). Who knows, maybe Arsenal will shock us with a bid (The Guardian) that tries to make up for the Robin van Persie affair.
Stevan Jovetic to Arsenal
Steven Jovetic's potential transfer to Arsenal is losing momentum.
The Montenegrin would be a smart fit for Arsene Wenger's side, but he appears to be favouring a switch to Juventus (Huffington Post). A proven goalscorer in Serie A, perhaps Jovetic wishes to remain in a league he can definitely dominate for years to come.
Bernard to Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur will need to work hard if they want to land Bernard.
The Brazilian wonderkid is rumoured to have also caught the eye of Borussia Dortmund (Mail Online) and could become the next South American to take Europe by storm. Will Andre Villas-Boas drop £15 million on the attacking midfielder? Does he need to?
So many questions.
Toby Alderweireld to Liverpool
The Belgian invasion of the Premier League continues to strengthen.
Liverpool could be set to galvanise Belgian numbers with the arrival of versatile Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld (Goal). The physical specimen can be deployed anywhere across the back four and could offer Brendan Rodgers an effective utility man in the absence of Jamie Carragher.
Arouna Kone to Everton
Everton boss Roberto Martinez could be tempted to dip into his old club for new signings this summer.
Arouna Kone is top of the list. The 29-year-old scored 11 goals and provided five assists in Wigan's 2012-13 relegation campaign. He is an effective hold-up man and has a knack of scoring important goals. Could he take the pressure of Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe?
Goodison Park certainly needs greater striking options.
Edinson Cavani to Chelsea/Manchester City
Long linked with a move to the Premier League, Edinson Cavani could finally arrive in England this summer.
Whether the Uruguayan will strut his stuff at Chelsea or Manchester City (The Mirror) remains to be seen. Napoli will be waiting on a huge fee for a player who scored 36 goals and contributed four assists in 41 games last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United
Ola Toivonen to Norwich City
Would Ola Toivonen want to exchange the glamour of Champions League football with PSV Eindhoven for a difficult stint with Norwich City?
Recent reports suggest as much (Sky Sports). If the Canaries capture the 26-year-old Swedish international it would certainly be a massive coup for Chris Hughton's side. Perhaps Toivonen's presence could get Grant Holt and Luciano Becchio scoring.
Amido Balde to Crystal Palace
Yes, that is a picture of Amido Balde with a Celtic scarf. Despite productive talks with the Scottish champions (The Daily Mail), it seems as if Crystal Palace could ruin the deal in its final stages (The Daily Mail).
The 6'4" forward had a great season with Vitoria de Guimares. He scored nine goals in 19 starts for the Portuguese side and has grabbed interest from a number of clubs. At 22 years old, he could offer the newly-promoted side a powerful outlet to help overcome Premier League defences.
Marco Van Ginkel to Chelsea
Do Chelsea need any more midfielders?
Recent reports suggest the Blues could be tempted (Goal) to bring another talented prospect to Stamford Bridge. Marco van Ginkel is currently representing the Netherlands at the U21 European Championships after enjoying an excellent season with Vitesse.
Much like his teammate Wilfried Bony, the 20-year-old is expected to move away from Eredivisie in order to prove himself on a more testing stage.
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