Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Micah Richards Quits City

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 10, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Micah Richards Quits City

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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. Daniel De Silva

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    Roma have almost completed the signing of Perth Glory central attacking midfielder Daniel De Silva for an A-League record of $2.5 million [1], per Dominic Bossi at the Sydney Morning Herald.

    De Silva will be loaned back to Glory for next season, per Shayne Hope at the West Australian

    Glory management have misused De Silva this season.

    Not only has he not started regularly, when he has played, he has been thrown out wide, despite him being the most creative and technically gifted player in the squad. 

    Roma are buying De Silva based on his performances for Australia at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as opposed to what he has done at Glory.



    [1] converts to €1.7/£1.4 million

19. Sardar Azmoun

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    Rubin Kazan centre-forward Sardar Azmoun is a summer transfer window target for AC Milan and Arsenal, per Gary Jones at the Daily Star

    Azmoun, a 19-year-old Iranian, has confirmed talks with the Gunners and Milan. 

    "The Arsenal representative talked to me in Marbella Cup through my translator," Azmoun said, per the Tehran Times. "Milan will start the negotiations within the next few days."

    Azmoun has scored three goals in 10 Russian Premier League games for Rubin this season. 




18. Alfred N'Diaye

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    Sunderland could recoup the £3.8 million spent on Alfred N'Diaye as Real Betis want to extend his loan into a permanent transfer for around £3.8 million, per Graeme Anderson at the Sunderland Echo.

    Would Betis still splash out that money if they get relegated?

    Right now, Betis are rock-bottom in La Liga and have tallied up 22 points in 32 league games. 


17. Keylor Navas

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    Barcelona want to release backup goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the summer transfer window with the aim of signing Keylor Navas from Levante, per Andres Garavaglia and Lucas Brown at Sky Sports

    Barca are aiming to temporarily lift their two-window transfer ban via an appeal, per Barca's official website, so you presume if they are successful, they will go all out and reinforce in every area. 

    Signing Navas, one of La Liga's best keepers this season, as a backup or even a No. 1 would be a smart choice. 



16. Serge Aurier

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    Toulouse centre-back/right wing-back Serge Aurier has once again linked himself to a summer transfer window move to Arsenal.

    "You cannot refuse Arsenal," Aurier said, per Foot Mercato (h/t Sky Sports). "You can ask any player if he would play for Arsenal and I think he would respond positively without hesitation."

    Aurier, who has been pictured wearing an Arsenal shirt in the past, is a decent centre-back, but he is a special player on the wings and should be move further forward. 


15. Ashley Williams

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    Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams is open to a move to Napoli, per the South Wales Evening Post.

    At first glance, it is a left-field move, but Napoli's manager is Rafa Benitez, who coached Liverpool (2004-10) and Chelsea (2012-13). 

    So you presume Benitez still keeps track of Premier League players. 

    Williams is a ball-playing centre-back and a low-risk tackler (0.9 fouls per game) who can play in a more tactically advanced system. 


14. Bryan Ruiz

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    Fulham's PSV Eindhoven loanee Bryan Ruiz wants to stay at the Eredivisie club. 

    His decision will be reinforced if Fulham are relegated to the Championship.

    "I am really happy here at PSV," Ruiz said, per Fox Sports (h/t talkSPORT). "They have a new project for next season to become champions with a strong squad. I would like to be part of that.

    Ruiz has started as a right forward for PSV and has scored four goals in 11 league games. 

    His form at PSV is not the talking point, instead it is him keeping wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali out of the starting XI. 



13. Gaston Ramirez

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    Southampton's Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez is pushing for a move back to Serie A, according to his agent Pablo Betancourt.

    "Today you cannot say he's important for Southampton, seeing as he always starts from the bench," Betancourt said, per IlSussidiario.net (h/t Football Italia). "Ramirez played very well in Italy and many Serie A clubs remember him positively."

    In Ramirez's last season at Bologna, he was the youngest of a triumvirate comprising of Alessandro Diamanti and Marco Di Vaio. 

    Ramirez scored and created a combined 12 goals and showed elite upside, so it is disappointing that he has struggled at Southampton. 

12. Iago Aspas

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    Liverpool deep-lying forward Iago Aspas is ready to pack it in, per Alex Richards at the Mirror

    Aspas has gone from being the Luis Suarez of Celta Vigo to a squad-filler at Liverpool.

    Aspas has yet to score in the Premier League.

    He is used to being a starter week in, week out, as opposed to being an impact sub, or a bit-part player, so a move away from Liverpool would be a logical move for him. 




11. Ki Sung-Yueng

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    Swansea City manager Garry Monk revealed that Sunderland loanee Ki Sung-Yueng has a place at the Swans next season. 

    "I think Ki could potentially be a great player for Swansea, but of course we will have to see how he feels at the end of the season," Monk said, per the South Wales Evening Post. "You can see the potential he has with what he has delivered for Sunderland this season."

    Ki is one of the most accurate passers in the Premier League, completing 91.1 percent of his passes.

    He is so composed on the ball, he is an elegant player and when the team is built around him, he can be a class player. 



10. Maxime Gonalons

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    Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli are targeting Lyon defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons, per talkSPORT.  

    Gonalons has won back possession 170 times in 30 Ligue 1 games for Lyon this season.

    Yes, Gonalons is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, but negotiating with Lyon is a long-winded process, which can also be an expensive transaction. 



9. Yann M'Vila

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    Rubin Kazan manager Rinat Bilyaletdinov's latest revelations about Yann M'Vila's attitude problems raises another red flag in the talented but wayward defensive midfielder. 

    "In January M'Vila behaved badly, one day he trained, one day he didn't," Bilyaletdinov said, per France Football (h/t ESPN). "He thought he was already in Liverpool. I told him: 'It is not your level. If you go, you will be on the bench'. He was very disappointed."

    M'Vila's seemingly irreconcilable relationship with Bilyaletdinov could lead to a move away in the summer transfer window. 

    In 2012, M'Vila was given a lengthy suspension from the French national team after a series of indiscretions, per Sky Sports.  




8. Sulley Muntari

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    Hull City and West Ham United are interested in signing AC Milan central midfielder Sulley Muntari, per Darren Witcoop at the Mirror.

    Milan are 11th in Serie A, so if the Italian club do a clean-out in the summer, therefore making Muntari expendable, that is when you could see him playing for Hull or West Ham. 

    Muntari is a serviceable midfielder who has Premier League experience with Portsmouth and Sunderland.

7. Hatem Ben Arfa

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    Newcastle United right attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will be shown the door in the summer transfer window, per Sam Adams at the Mirror

    Ben Arfa has only started 50 percent of Premier League games he has been involved in. 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been frustrated by Ben Arfa's mercurial nature and inability to convert scoring chances. 

    He has scored three times from 46 shots in league play. 

6. Marco Verratti

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    Paris Saint-Germain central midfielder Marco Verratti is a £17 million summer transfer target for Arsenal, per the Metro

    Verratti averages 81.3 passes per game and completes 91.6 percent of his passes for PSG in league play.

    He extended his contract last year, so it would be odd that PSG sold him this summer.

    But if he did leave, it would allow Adrien Rabiot to flourish. 


5. Nani

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    Manchester United right attacking midfielder Nani wants out, according to his advisor Andrea Pastorello. 

    "Nani is a very important player and at this time the only thing I can say is that he is likely to leave Manchester," Pastorello said, per David Maddock at the Mirror. "Fiorentina have to speak with Manchester United about Anderson [who is on loan from the Reds to the Florence club] and maybe there will be an opportunity to talk about Nani, too."

    Why did Nani sign a five-year contract last year if he did not want to commit?

    Mind you, United probably want to offload Nani since he is goalless in nine Premier League games this season. 




4. Luiz Gustavo

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    If Luiz Gustavo is a star for Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs admits the club could sell Gustavo. 

    "We are very happy to have Luiz Gustavo. He has a long-term deal at our club," Allofs said, per Kicker (h/t Thomas Zocher at Sky Sports). "We know there could be a lot of changes to this if he is going to play a pivotal role at the World Cup."

    Gustavo has accumulated 93 tackles in 25 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg. 

3. Micah Richards

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    Despite being offered a new contract and a pay rise, long-serving Manchester City right-back/centre-back Micah Richards wants to leave City, per Daniel Taylor at the Guardian.

    Richards has been limited by injuries in recent memory. 

    This season, he has only started two Premier League games. 

    The rise of Pablo Zabaleta, who is now one of the best right-backs in the world, is why Richards wants a new club where he can walk into the starting XI. 


2. Toni Kroos

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    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is trying to convince Bayern Munich central midfielder Toni Kroos to sign with United, per Alan Nixon at the Mirror

    Kroos and his representatives are trying to significantly increase his salary, but have hit a brick wall in negotiations with Bayern, per Kicker (h/t Sky Sports).  

    The Kroos-to-United rumours have been aired out to pressure Bayern to fold.

    If Bayern refuse to grant Kroos "x" amount of money, Kroos will be one of the most coveted summer transfer window targets. 


1. Alessandro Del Piero

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    Alessandro Del Piero is willing to extend his contract at Sydney FC, but also hinted it could be his last game. 

    "It could be honestly at the moment," Del Piero said, per the Australian. "We have already had a chat with the owners and with [chairman] Scott [Barlow] and we are ready to talk at the end of the season."

    Del Piero has been an ambassador for the A-League and his decision to sign with Sydney has given a developing league worldwide exposure. 





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