The 5 Hottest Premier League Transfer Rumours Right Now

Dan Sheridan@@dansheridanContributor IJuly 7, 2013

The 5 Hottest Premier League Transfer Rumours Right Now

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    Professional football’s holiday season is over, and with Premier League teams now in preseason training, all eyes are on the transfer window, which closes in 55 days.

    Fresh speculation is surfacing each day regarding some of the game’s biggest names, as managers look to tweak their squads ahead of the big kickoff.

    Clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea have already spent big over the past few weeks, and this summer’s market promises to be one of the busiest.

    With that in mind, we take a look at five up-to-the-minute rumours that have made the sports pages this weekend. 

Nani to Roma

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    Speculation surrounding Manchester United winger Nani stretches back weeks, with Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express casting doubts about his future a month ago.

    Now it seems Serie A side Roma have shown an interest in signing the Portuguese international, and according to Metro, the Italians are ready to make their move.

    The 26-year-old has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Real Madrid this summer, and fresh reports suggest he has not been guaranteed a regular starting place under new United manager David Moyes.

Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City

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    Not content with spending £45 million on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas so far this summer, Manchester City are seemingly lining up a £20 million deal to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

    According to Joe Bernstein in the Daily Mail, the Spaniard was all set to join Copa del Rey winners Atletico Madrid, but his head has been turned by the prospect of Premier League football.

    Negredo was La Liga’s fourth-best goalscorer last season, netting 25 times.

    And with City on the lookout for fresh attacking talent following the departures of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, the forward could become Manuel Pellegrini’s latest acquisition.  

Christian Benteke to Tottenham Hotspur

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    Christian Benteke turned more than a few heads last season in the claret and blue of Aston Villa, scoring 23 times in his first campaign in the Premier League.

    The former Genk forward’s exploits have attracted the attention of Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and the North Londoners are keen to land the 22-year-old.

    A report from Charlie Wyett in The Sun suggests Villa have placed a £30 million price tag on Benteke in an effort to fend off interest in the striker.

    But with Spurs ready to double his wages, a move to the English capital could well happen before the transfer window closes.

Daniele De Rossi to Chelsea

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    Not for the first time, Jose Mourinho is being linked with a move for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, and the Chelsea manager is hoping it’s a case of third time lucky.

    The 29-year-old was on Mourinho’s radar whilst he was manager of Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but on both occasions the Portuguese boss failed to get his man.

    This time around, according to Matt Law at Mirror Football, an offer of £5.5 million a year after tax could be enough to lure the Italian to Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea have already been active in the transfer market this summer, landing Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen and Marco van Hinkel from Vitesse Arnhem.

Xabi Alonso to Liverpool

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    Having missed out on Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Marcus Christenson in The Guardian, Liverpool are turning their attention to former favourite Xabi Alonso.

    The Real Madrid star spent five years at Anfield between 2004 and 2009 and helped the Reds win the Champions League before heading to the Spanish capital.

    Now, according to a report from Graeme Yorke in the Daily Mail, the Merseysiders could be readying a bid to re-sign the Spanish international.

    And though the 31-year-old’s age is thought to be something of a stumbling block, boss Brenda Rodgers is hoping the club’s owners will sanction the £10 million move.