Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Ryan Giggs to Retire?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 3, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Ryan Giggs to Retire?

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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. Saido Berahino

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    West Bromwich Albion left attacking midfielder Saido Berahino was assaulted by teammate James Morrison, but will not pursue legal action. 

    "I am not taking legal action against any teammate," Berahino said, per Chris Lepkowski at the Birmingham Mail. "I am only focusing on Saturday’s game at Norwich."

    That said, Berahino is "incensed" by West Brom's "determination to sweep the incident under the carpet," per Luke Edwards at the Telegraph, which suggests Berahino might be open to a summer transfer move away from West Brom.

    Berahino is a good English talent, who can operate centrally, but his alleged attitude issues are a red flag for prospective teams. 

19. Carlos Bacca

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    Everton are planning a £9 million bid for Sevilla centre-forward Carlos Bacca, per John Cross at the Mirror

    Bacca has scored 14 goals and created five goals while leading the line for Sevilla.

    He would be a logical replacement for the outgoing Romelu Lukaku, who will return to Chelsea, with his loan spell finishing at the end of the season. 


18. Josip Drmic

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    Everton and Liverpool are in the running to sign Nurnberg centre-forward/right winger Josip Drmic, per Adrian Kajumba at the Daily Star.

    Drmic has scored five goals in his last five Bundesliga games for Nurnberg.

    He is a wide threat on the wings, but is also transitioning into a dangerous central player in Germany, because he is such an efficient finisher (3.3 shots per goal).

    Drmic would be an impact sub/rotation player at Liverpool, whereas he is more likely to be a weekly starter at Everton. 



17. Alexandre Lacazette

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    In an ideal world, Lyon centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette would join Juventus.

    "Would I like to play for Juventus? I'd be a liar to say no," Lacazette said, per Tuttosport (h/t talkSPORT). "My contract expires in 2016, but we need to understand what the intentions of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas are."

    Lacazette, who can also play as a wide attacking midfielder, has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, which is tied with Paris Saint-Germain's £55 million-valued Edinson Cavani. 


16. Alen Halilovic and 15. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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    Barcelona's 14-month transfer window ban for signing minors, per BBC Sport, means the transfers of Alen Halilovic (from Dinamo Zagreb) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach) are in-limbo, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

    "Barcelona's deals for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic are already done," Balague said, per talkSPORT's Hawksbee and Jacobs. "If they slow things down and appeal they may still be able to do things in the summer."

    Ter Stegen, a world-class 21-year-old goalkeeper, has made it clear that he will not be staying at Gladbach.

    His agent Gerd vom Bruch implied that his client would look elsewhere if Barca cannot get their transfer ban lifted. 

    "I can't imagine he wants to stay longer [at Gladbach]," Vom Bruch said, per Sport-Informations-Dienst (h/t Mark Doyle at Goal.com). "You can be sure Ter Stegen will not be unemployed."

    Halilovic, a technically gifted 17-year-old Croatian international, is one of the hyped prospects in European football. 

    If his move to Barcelona collapses, it could be a blessing in disguise because he should stay at Dinamo, live up to the hype and then seek a move to a bigger club. 

    Remember, he would not have walked into the first team, since he was going to play for Barcelona B in the Segunda Division (Spanish equivalent of the Championship). 



14. Dejan Lovren

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    Liverpool are keen on signing Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, per the Mirror.

    Lovren's first half of the season for Southampton was great and a surprise considering he was a flop at Lyon in his last season, making various mistakes and being red-carded three times.

    That said, he has reverted back to the Lyon-Lovren in recent times.

    Southampton's defence have not been as solid, for example in a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea and a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.



13. Mathieu Debuchy

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    Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy wants to move to Paris Saint-Germain.

    "I am still under contract at Newcastle and I [will] focus on the end of the season and the World Cup," Debuchy said, per Luke Edwards at the Telegraph. "But PSG is a great club, it is a dream, but that is for all players."

    Debuchy is sometimes caught out of position, but he compensates with his ball-winning prowess. 

    He has made 77 tackles and intercepted 62 passes in 25 Premier League games. 


12. Younes Kaboul

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    Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Younes Kaboul has dismissed speculation via a tweet of him moving to Arsenal: "I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true!!! #coys"

    If Kaboul does exercise his Bosman rights and moves to the Gunners on a free transfer, it would be reminiscent of what Sol Campbell did in 2001. 

    Kaboul is a good defender when he is 100 percent healthy. 

    Though, he is exposed when he is playing through injuries because he lacks the match fitness to dominate in the Premier League. 


11. Adnan Januzaj

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    Bayern Munich are interested in signing Manchester United left attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj, per Simon Jones at the Daily Mail.

    The timing of the story is reminiscent of Bayern leaking out the signing of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund before Dortmund's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid last season. 

    Januzaj started and finished on the bench in United's 1-1 Champions League quarter-final draw against Bayern.

    Januzaj is in his debut top-flight season, so he still needs to develop physically and mentally at United. 

    He has contractually committed himself to United until 2018, per United's official website

10. Thibaut Courtois

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    Chelsea's Atletico Madrid loanee Thibaut Courtois will reveal his future plans soon.

    "Next week I will announce my decision," Courtois said, per La Mancha TV (h/t Dermot Corrigan at ESPN FC). "The one thing I have always said is that it's Atletico or Chelsea. I am not going to say if I will stay or not. What I will say is that next week I will announce my decision."

    If Courtois was intent on going back to Chelsea, he would have just answered the question normally, instead of making such a dramatic statement. 

    It comes across as Courtois issuing an ultimatum to Chelsea management, presumably to be more open to the idea of selling him to Atleti, or giving him assurances of winning a starting position at Chelsea. 




9. Hugo Lloris

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    Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all vying for the signature of Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, per John Cross at the Mirror

    Well, Barca are out since they have been slapped with a 14-month transfer window ban, per FIFA.com

    Atleti are still trying to make a play for Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois, who will announce his decision next week, per David Wright at the Express.

    Salvatore Sirigu has done nothing wrong to warrant PSG from replacing with Lloris.

    Lloris, who has shown how great he is in the past, has not been at his best this season making several mistakes.

    In particular, in Spurs' 2-1 win over Sunderland when he gift-wrapped Sunderland right winger Adam Johnson a goal. 



8. Shinji Kagawa

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    Manchester United left attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa may return to former club Borussia Dortmund on loan, per Tony Dawber at the Mirror

    Kagawa is not a week in, week out starter at United. 

    When he does start, he generally plays on the left, as opposed to being a playmaker. 

    If he does go back to Dortmund, he will not beat out central attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has nine assists this season.


7. Toni Kroos

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    Manchester United will offer £40 million to Bayern Munich for central midfielder Toni Kroos, per Alan Nixon at the Mirror

    United would be a downgrade for Kroos, who is holding out for an improved contract from Bayern. 

    Would Kroos want to join United, a team that had 26 percent of possession and misplaced a pass 34 percent of the time in a 1-1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg draw against Bayern?

    Money aside, no.


6. David Luiz and 5. Diego Costa

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to sell centre-back/defensive midfielder David Luiz in order to fund a transfer for Atletico Madrid centre-forward Diego Costa, per Martin Lipton at the Mirror

    Luiz's defending is inconsistent and his displays in midfield have been underwhelming. 

    He has the ability to be Chelsea's version of Arturo Vidal, yet Luiz is making silly mistakes in midfield and scored a daft own goal against Paris Saint-Germain.

    Unless Barcelona overturn their transfer ban, per FIFA.com, the Luiz to Barca rumours will cease for now. 

    Costa is a world-class centre-forward, who has scored 25 goals in La Liga this season, but what about Romelu Lukaku? 

    He will be returning on loan from Everton, so Chelsea should hand the reigns to him because he is the future of the club. 

4. Edin Dzeko

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    Inter Milan's primary summer transfer window target is Manchester City centre-forward Edin Dzeko, per Paul Handler at the Manchester Evening News

    Dzeko is not an undisputed starter at City as 30.4 percent of the Premier League games he has been involved in this season have been off the bench. 

    Despite his sub-affected playing time, Dzeko has scored 10 league goals. 

    If Inter do sign Dzeko, it could force young gun Mauro Icardi to be loaned out. 

3. Edinson Cavani

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    Paris Saint-Germain right forward Edinson Cavani is not content with his current playing situation.

    "For a forward used to scoring and which has to do defensive tasks now, it is not easy," Cavani said, per L'Equipe (h/t Patrick Haond at Sky Sports). "I am fine in Paris, but obviously there are things we have to talk about with the club, things we need to do in a different way."

    Cavani may be slotted on the right flank on paper, but he drifts in centrally and spends the majority of the time in a central area. 

    His problem might be with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, seemingly the club's first, second and third option at times, given how demanding Ibrahimovic is of his teammates to pass him the ball. 

    Cavani being frank about his situation is what Ibrahimovic did at Barcelona—Dare To Zlatan.


2. Fernando Torres

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    Chelsea are thinking about letting Fernando Torres leave on loan next season, per Matt Law at the Telegraph.

    If Chelsea do not bolster their forward ranks and cannot sell Torres, keep him.

    There is no point in paying him to play for another team, when he can be a handy 10-15 minute sub every game. 

    Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has scored more goals (six) than Torres (four) in the Premier League this season. 

1. Ryan Giggs

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes could bring Ryan Giggs' career to an end by refusing to offer the 40-year-old veteran a contract, per Jamie Jackson at the Guardian

    Giggs is essentially semi-retired since he is a player/coach and is not a regular fixture in the United starting XI. 

    If Giggs feels he is not ready for full-time coaching and wants to continue playing, he can always drop down a few levels.

    Not only will he receive more playing time, but he could promote the game in another country, say Major League Soccer in the United States/Canada, or the A-League in Australia. 



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