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Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Nemanja Vidic to Inter?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentFebruary 6, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Nemanja Vidic to Inter?

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    Bleacher Report presents a power ranking of the 20 hottest transfer rumours, news and signings.

    So, how will these 20 transfer window rumours be ranked? The rumours will be ranked according to name recognition.

    The less identifiable the rumoured player is, the lower the rumour will be ranked and vice versa.

20. Javier Manquillo

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    One of Liverpool's transfer deadline day targets was Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo, per talkSPORT.

    Manquillo has been the backup to Juanfran at Atleti this season.

    How good is Manquillo? He made five tackles against Real Valladolid, but he did concede a penalty against Rayo Vallecano.

    It would be a surprise if Atleti relinquished a prospect such as Manquillo.

    What should happen is him being loaned out to a bottom-tier La Liga team next season.

19. Javi Guerra

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    Real Valladolid centre-forward Javi Guerra has signed a pre-contract with Cardiff City, per Terry Phillips at Wales Online.

    At one point in the season, Guerra had scored 10 goals in a 12-game run from September to December.

    Kenwyne Jones scored in his first game at Cardiff, so if he continues scoring, Guerra could find himself in an awkward situation next season just like Andreas Cornelius, who only lasted one season before being sold back to Copenhagen.

18. Patrick Ebert

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    Real Valladolid's Patrick Ebert is on the verge of moving to Spartak Moscow, per AS (h/t Tom Conn at Inside Spanish Club).

    What makes Ebert a distinctive player is his ability to send in incisive crosses.

    He can create goalscoring chances, he has five assists in La Liga this season and his propensity to make plays is why Valladolid No. 9 Javi Guerra has been scoring goals.

17. Niklas Moisander

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    Ajax centre-back Niklas Moisander has denied reports of Everton trying to sign him.

    "I have not heard from Everton," Moisander said, per NUsport (h/t Gerrit van Leeuwen at Sky Sports), "So I think it was just a rumour."

    Moisander has formed a sturdy partnership with Joel Veltman and Ajax currently have the best defensive record in the Eredivisie (18 goals conceded in 21 games).

    Should Moisander leave in the summer transfer window, Ajax could replace him with Stefano Denswil, who has been interchanging from Jong Ajax (the reserve team) to Ajax (he has made 10 league starts this season).

16. Jack Butland

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    Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland was frank about his future at the club.

    "If I'm not playing, there is no way I can be chosen for any squad," Butland said, per Sky Sports. "I'll either see what happens at Stoke or assess my options."

    The start to 2014 has not been pleasant for him.

    • He is the third-choice keeper behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.
    • Butland conceded five goals against Liverpool.
    • His lack of regular playing time means he probably will not make England's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.
    • Oh, and his Audi RS5 was stolen, per Mike Dawes at the Daily Mail

15. Lee Cattermole

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    Napoli will renew their interest in Sunderland centre midfielder Lee Cattermole, per Danny Griffiths at the Metro.

    It is illogical for Napoli to sign Cattermole when Jorginho, a January transfer from Hellas Verona, is earmarked as the future of Napoli's midfield.

    Jorginho averaged 63.3 passes per game at Verona and was a set-piece specialist.

    Essentially Cattermole would uproot his family, force himself to learn a new language, adapt to a new culture for what?

    Sitting on Napoli's bench? That scenario does not seem likely.

14. Fernando Reges

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    Porto defensive midfielder Fernando Reges will move to Manchester City in the summer transfer window, per Kit Sproson at the Metro.

    City's first choice midfield partnership is Fernandinho and Yaya Toure, who have started a combined 43 Premier League games this season.

    So if one of the two is out, Fernando will be the first one up.

    In an ideal situation, he would have started in midfield against Chelsea, rather than centre-back Martin Demichelis moving into midfield to cover Fernandinho's injury.

13. Yevhen Konoplyanka

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    Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk executive director Andriy Rusol revealed Liverpool are likely to bid again for Dnipro left attacking midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka.

    "I am 1,000 percent sure that Liverpool will try again in the summer and then we'll let him [Konoplyanka] go," Rusol said, per Sky Sports. "Money was not the problem, the problem was that Liverpool came too late."

    Konoplyanka would be a luxury signing for Liverpool because Reds manager Brendan Rodgers already has Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling operating on the left wing.

12. Papiss Cisse

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    Newcastle United centre-forward Papiss Cisse is a transfer target for Rubin Kazan, per the Sun (h/t Liam Prenderville at the Mirror).

    After starting his Newcastle career in a purple patch, 13 goals in his first 14 Premier League games, Cisse is playing the worst football of his career, scoring nine goals in his last 51 league games.

    He is no longer the go-to guy at Newcastle as Queens Park Rangers loanee Loic Remy has assumed that role.

    The signing of Luuk de Jong, on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, will further diminish Cisse's playing time and could spell the end of his tenure at Newcastle.

11. Martin Montoya

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    Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya, who is out of contract at the end of the season, prefers to stay at the club, per Zarif Rasul at talkSPORT.

    Montoya, who has played 10 La Liga games this season, is the heir-apparent to Dani Alves, who has played 15 league games.

    It will be exasperating for Barca to not only lose their long-term successor to Alves, but to have Montoya leave on a free transfer.

10. Sebastian Coates

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    Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates could join his former club Nacional on loan, per the Guardian.

    People slate him for his error-prone game against Oldham last year and not being an instant hit, but confidence is key to any footballer and he lacks it.

    Not only has he struggled with form, but an anterior cruciate ligament tear has made him the forgotten man at Anfield.

    He is behind Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.

9. Fabio Quagliarella

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    Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed reports of the club trying to force Fabio Quagliarella to leave the club.

    "Those reports are not true," Marotta said, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the World Game). "Fabio trained in the gym because he has flu and will return to training with the group as soon as possible."

    This is on the heels of Quagliarella being excluded from Juve's UEFA Europa League squad.

    He has only started 21.4 percent of Serie A games when he has been involved with Juve, so he needs to find a club that will value him as a starter.

    Quagliarella is a transfer target for Guangzhou Evergrande, per talkSPORT.

8. Adnan Januzaj

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    Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a £40 million summer transfer window bid for Manchester United attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj, per Jeremy Cross at the Daily Star.

    A front four of Januzaj, Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura—talk about entertainment.

    Mind you, PSG already lead Ligue 1 in total goals (54 in 23 games), so Januzaj is not a necessity.

    From his perspective, staying at United—a club that provided him a platform to become one of Europe's rising stars—would be the sensible career decision.

    He has not even played two seasons of top-flight football, so a transfer to a win-now at all costs club such as PSG is premature.

7. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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    Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen's move to Barcelona is all but a done deal, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana).

    Ter Stegen, a 21-year-old 6'3" German international, is a world-class keeper.

    He was brilliant in a 2-0 win over Hamburg when he made eight saves as he constantly denied Pierre-Michel Lasogga from scoring.

    Ter Stegen's pass completion percentage (76.1) is 16.5 percent higher than Victor Valdes' (59.6), so the German will be comfortable with playing out from the back.

6. Julian Draxler

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    Schalke left attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is hesitant in joining Bayern Munich, according to club chairman Clemens Tonnies.

    "If another club comes in for him, then we cannot block them. That would be unfair," Tonnies said, per Bild (h/t BBC Sport). "I don't think he wants to join Bayern Munich, though."

    Of course Draxler would not want to join Bayern because he would not be guaranteed a starting position week in, week out.

    Look at Xherdan Shaqiri, who has either been subbed in or subbed out in 77.6 percent of his games at Bayern.

5. Nani

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    Juventus will target Manchester United winger Nani in the summer transfer window, per Alex Shaw at talkSPORT.

    Juventus play a 3-5-2, so where will Nani play?

    He is a winger, ideally a wide forward in a 4-3-3, as opposed to being a wing-back, who needs to evenly attack and defend.

    Nani has yet to score or create a goal in the Premier League this season.

4. Alexandre Pato

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    Corinthians will swap Alexandre Pato for Sao Paulo's Jadson, per ESPN FC.

    Pato has only scored nine goals from 62 shots over 30 league games for Corinthians this season.

    The move comes immediately after he was targeted by thug-like Corinthians "supporters" when they invaded the club facilities, per Jonathan Watts at the Guardian.

    There is nothing wrong with fans voicing an opinion verbally or on social media because footballers can either respond or ignore. 

    But to physically assault or threaten to attack a person because he does not play football to the standard you believe he should be playing at is unacceptable. 

    If Brazil underperform at the FIFA World Cup, their players should take the first flight out to Australia or New Zealand to lay low.

     

3. Thomas Vermaelen

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    FC Zenit will launch a substantial transfer bid for Arsenal backup centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, per Alex Richards at the Mirror.

    Vermaelen has only made three starts this Premier League season.

    If he continues to be a peripheral figure at Arsenal, he is risking his FIFA World Cup spot for Belgium.

    The Russian transfer window is open for a few more weeks, so it will be tempting for Vermaelen from a financial and footballing perspective to leave the Gunners.

2. Ashley Cole

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    Arsenal are entertaining the option of signing Ashley Cole from Chelsea should the Blues decide not to offer him a contract extension, per the Metro.

    Wouldn't it be ironic if Cole—derogatively called Cashley or Ca$hley—took a substantial pay-cut to be a squad player at Arsenal for one season?

    He would add depth, but he is not the player he used to be.

    Chelsea have resorted to playing a right-back, Cesar Azpilicueta, at left-back because Cole isn't playing at an acceptable standard.

1. Nemanja Vidic

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    Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic is not in discussions with management to extend his contract yet, so he could move to Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer transfer window, per Mark Ogden at the Telegraph.

    Why Inter?

    They're sixth in Serie A while United are seventh in the Premier League, so it would be a sideways career move.

    Here is a suggestion: Sign with Borussia Dortmund, a club that has two Serbians in Neven Subotic and Milos Jojic.

    Vidic will either be a first-rate backup or a potential starting centre-back depending on the availability of Mats Hummels and Subotic, both of whom have suffered injuries this season.

     

    Statistics via WhoScoredFFT Stats ZoneSquawka and Transfermarkt.

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