Ranking the 10 Hottest Transfer Rumours on the Planet Right Now

Joe Krishnan@joekrishnanContributor IJuly 24, 2013

Ranking the 10 Hottest Transfer Rumours on the Planet Right Now

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    As the summer transfer window moves into full swing, the rumour mill continues to manoeuvre at a fast pace also.

    Many clubs have already concluded their transfer business for the summer and are solely concentrating on their preseason tour, but there are a select few looking to secure the last piece of the jigsaw.

    We've seen countless number of occasions whereby a club has acted purely based on a rumour. All it takes is a call to an agent, a bid to be lodged and suddenly a deal is on the table.

    And judging by the importance of some rumours this summer, we have gone about ranking the hottest ones in World Football

    Let us know if you've heard any more whispers by commenting at the foot of the page.


10. Ibrahimovic Seeks Talks with PSG Amid Talk of Exit

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    After his 30 goals in Ligue 1 last season helped Paris Saint-Germain claim their first league title since 1994, it appeared that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally found a club he can settle down at.

    But with the arrival of £55 million striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli this month and the departure of popular coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, the 30-year-old is said to be considering his options at Parc des Princes, according to ESPN.

    The article reveals that the Swede is unlikely to join his former coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, but added an interesting alternative as his potential destination should he want to leave PSG:

    Manchester City are reportedly thinking about offering the former Barcelona striker a move to the Premier League. 

    Along with defender Thiago Silva, PSG's Qatari owners see Ibrahimovic as a key part of their project and L'Equipe suggests that the "details" Ibrahimovic wants to talk about could be his wages.

    The paper believes that the player could use reported interest from Manchester City as leverage to help bump his salary at PSG to more than €15 million per year.

    With Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic joining the club recently, it would be a shock to see Manuel Pellegrini make a third move for a striker and especially for a player of Ibrahimovic's importance. 

9. Kevin Gameiro Set to Replace Alvaro Negredo at Sevilla

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be staying at PSG, but unfortunately that spells bad news for another striker at the French champions.

    Their capture from Lorient two years ago, Kevin Gameiro, is reportedly fed up with sitting on the bench and is set to make a move to Spanish club Sevilla, according to Marca.

    Gameiro had previously been linked with a switch to Valencia, per Goal.com, but now has opted to link up with the Europa League hopefuls.

    The Andalusian outfit will be hoping the French star, along with other new arrival Carlos Bacca, can fill the void left by Alvaro Negredo, who has joined Manchester City.


8. Roma Set to Swoop for Arsenal's Want-Away Winger Gervinho

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    Among Arsenal's transfer targets, Arsene Wenger has also been busy with the removal of the so-called 'dead wood' in his side.

    The likes of Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos and Denilson have all left the club this summer, and it appears that the Ivory Coast winger has become surplus to requirements, if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed.

    Simon Jones claims that Roma are hoping to seal a £7 million deal before the close of the weekend, while Lyon are also interested in taking the 26-year-old back to France.

    But after sanctioning the sale of Marquinhos to PSG, the Roman club have money to spend and it seems a deal is likely to be concluded as Gervinho is not on the club's tour in Asia at present.


7. Pepe Reina Set to Complete Napoli Loan Move

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    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers clearly has a vision for his side, and after bringing in Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, it appears Pepe Reina does not fit the profile any longer.

    According to Goal.com and many other sources, Reina is set to end, albeit temporarily, his eight-year association with Liverpool and seal a reunion with former coach Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

    Rodgers confirmed that the Spain international is leaving due to his wages, and that he couldn't justify having a goalkeeper on the bench with reported £110,000-a-week earnings, per ESPN.

    Now the 31-year-old is set for a medical before signing on a season-long loan deal with the Partenopei, and with Reina leaving, it will be up to Mignolet to perform in between the sticks.


6. Arsenal Line Up Deal for Brazil Starlet Bernard

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    As mentioned earlier, Gervinho could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, and the former Lille man could be replaced by Brazil's next star.

    A teammate of Ronaldinho's at Atletico Mineiro, 20-year-old Bernard has been hailed as part of the golden generation that can lead Brazil to World Cup glory next year.

    His performances in the Confederations Cup have drawn attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, most notably Arsenal, Tottenham and Porto, and he has excelled in the limelight.

    Arsene Wenger stopped short of confirming a deal is done for the talented midfielder, but refused to deny his interest in bringing the playmaker to North London, per the Daily Mailalthough they claim a deal may cost in the region of £21 million.

    He is currently preparing for the Copa Libertadores final, but with Arsenal sending a scout to watch him, per the Metro, it could be a career-defining match for the youngster.

5. Gonzalo Higuain Poised to Complete £31m Napoli Switch

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    After Arsenal were strongly linked to signing Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain, it finally appeared that the club were willing to spend money to attract the biggest stars to North London.

    However, after an initial bid of €25 million looked enough to prize the Argentine star from the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid raised their asking price to a point where the Gunners refused to budge according to ESPN.

    This has allowed new Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, who has already signed Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol from the Spanish giants, to swoop in for a third signing by making Higuain a direct replacement for Edinson Cavani.

    Higuain was pictured arriving in Rome for his medical and is set to sign for the Italian side in a reported €35 million deal, per Sky Sports, dealing a big blow to Arsenal who are set to miss out on the 25-year-old.

4. Fabregas Considering Future at Barcelona After Manchester United Interest

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    Manchester United are looking for to bring in a marquee signing as their new manager David Moyes looks to make his mark at Old Trafford.

    Thiago Alcantara would have fit the bill but chose to join former coach Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, and so now the Red Devils have switched their attention to bringing Spain international Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League, per Sky Sports

    The article reports that the 26-year-old is unhappy with the lack of assurances over his role at the club and while Barcelona do not want to sell, they would consider an offer of £35 million for the ex-Arsenal captain.

    It could just be speculation, but with Manchester United relentless in their pursuit, it could be a saga that runs right to the end of the window.

3. Real Madrid 'Agree Terms' with Tottenham Star Gareth Bale

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    It's hard to believe that four years ago, Gareth Bale was more of an unlucky charm rather than upcoming star.

    But the rise of the Welsh wing wizard has been phenomenal and has alerted Real Madrid to his possible availability, with Carlo Ancelotti looking to make his first signing as manager of Los Merengues.

    However, despite preparing a bid worth a rumoured £85 million and a six-year contract, per The Mirror, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has warned the Spanish giants that Bale is not for sale.

    The article claims Real president Florentino Perez said that the 24-year-old had "always wanted to play for Real Madrid", and while there seems to be no real substance to this speculation, the links continue to unsettle the club.


2. Chelsea Step Up Rooney Bid; Manchester United Say He Is Not for Sale

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    It's not been a smooth process, but it seems as Chelsea step up their pursuit for Wayne Rooney, Manchester United seem more keen to keep him.

    The 27-year-old has previously handed in a transfer request back in 2010 but performed a U-turn and signed a new contract.

    However, nine years after his £27 million move from Everton, the England international is said to want to leave the club, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho interested in taking him to Stamford Bridge, per ESPN

    The Lancashire club initially claimed their title rivals offered them £10 million plus either of Juan Mata or David Luiz, which the Blues furiously denied. Instead, the article claims Chelsea offered £23 million plus add-ons, which was rejected.

    With a second bid being mooted, it's up to the Premier League champions to decide whether or not to sell Rooney.

    Whatever the decision, the world will be on the edge of their seats.

1. Arsenal Launch £40,000,001 Offer for Luis Suarez

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    Arsenal have switched their attention to Liverpool star Luis Suarez after losing out on Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, and have made a significant advance in their attempt to sign the Uruguayan.

    According to Andy Hunter of the Guardian, the Gunners made an offer of £40,000,001 which triggered a clause in the 26-year-old's contract. This means Liverpool must inform the striker of the offer but are not obliged to accept it.

    Suarez has reaffirmed his desire to leave Liverpool after several controversial incidents in the past, and while his intention to leave is clear, the club are adamant he will not leave on the cheap.

    With Arsenal not known for spending such a large sum of money without hesitation, it has been reported by Eurosport-Yahoo that Spanish giants Real Madrid could meet the £50 million valuation after selling Higuain for around €35 million.

    This promises to be the longest saga of the summer, but nonetheless, there are some twists and turns up ahead which make it all the more exciting.