Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Cavani to United?
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. John Stones
Everton centre-back John Stones could be subject to a £20 million bid from Chelsea, per Garry Doolan at the Daily Star.
Chelsea's current centre-back prospects—Kenneth Omeruo, Kurt Zouma and Tomas Kalas—are reasons why the Blues signing Stones would be unlikely.
Stones has big upside for Everton: he is excellent on the ball, rarely makes mistakes and is decisive.
19. Sead Kolasinac
Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac revealed that he is being targeted by Manchester United.
"Yes, I have an offer from Manchester [United]," Kolasinac said, per Dnevni Avaz (h/t Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC). "But I'll take my time and talk to Schalke first."
Kolasinac is a broad-shouldered, hard-tackling and tough defender.
He could make a transition to centre-back.
18. Emre Can
Liverpool are following the progress of Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can, per Paul Hetherington at the Daily Star.
Can has split his time between central midfield and left-back.
He possesses good physical attributes (6'1", 181 lbs) and is showing promise at Leverkusen after being denied a chance to impress at Bayern Munich.
17. Josip Drmic
Former FIFA World Cup winner and World Player of the Year-turned-pundit Lothar Matthaus is insistent that Nurnberg centre-forward/right-winger Josip Drmic has agreed to join Arsenal, per Blick (h/t the Metro).
Hopefully for Matthaus' journalistic reputation, his sources are right.
Drmic has scored 16 Bundesliga goals for a struggling Nurnberg team and would be a good addition to the Gunners.
16. Heung Min Son
Son has scored nine times and created four goals for Leverkusen this season.
He would vying with Philippe Coutinho for a starting role on the left.
15. Tim Krul
If Atletico Madrid cannot re-sign Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois, Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is a candidate to become Atleti's new No. 1, per talkSPORT.
It would be a vote of no confidence in Atleti backup Daniel Aranzubia and reserve Bono.
While Krul is a solid keeper, Cardiff City's David Marshall would have to be considered since he is one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe right now.
14. Joleon Lescott
Besiktas are in the running to sign Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott, per Colin Harvey at the Daily Star.
In the past, Besiktas have permanently signed players from the Premier League such as Kleberson (Manchester United; 2005) and Thomas Myhre (Everton; 2001), so Lescott could be a legitimate transfer option for the Turkish club.
Besiktas would need to offer big money to convince Lescott to move to another country as he has played his entire professional footballing career in England.
13. Aleksandar Kolarov
Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov's agent Dejan Joksimovic has talked up the interest in his client.
"I can tell you that maybe Roma is following him," Joksimovic said, per the Manchester Evening News. "There are other teams that are following him like AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco and also some of the Russian teams that are now willing to pay outrageous sums."
What constitutes "outrageous sums"? £15-20 million? If that is the case, City should sell him because he is not a world-class player.
12. Loic Remy
Bayern Munich are willing to add Queens Park Rangers centre-forward Loic Remy to their squad for £15 million, per Alan Nixon at the Mirror.
In order for this move to happen, Mario Mandzukic needs to be sold, and Remy has to be fine being a role player, rather than the man.
Remy has spent this season on loan at Newcastle United where he has scored 13 times in the Premier League.
After Bayern's 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid, signing a defender would be more important than buying another forward.
Chelsea are prepared to make a bid for Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Paulinho, per Matt Law at The Telegraph.
Paulinho has only been at Spurs for a season.
Sure, it has been a bumpy ride, but he should spend the off-season improving his English and dedicating himself to Spurs.
Joining Chelsea will further diminish Paulinho's playing time because the Blues are packed in midfield.
10. Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea's Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku has placed the onus on Blues management to decide his future.
"I still have a contract until 2016 at Chelsea and I think they're happy about the way I'm developing," Lukaku said, per Het Nieuwsblad (h/t Sky Sports). "They have the last word, so we shall see what's happening next."
Lukaku's statement suggests he will not force a move away from Chelsea.
He has scored 13 goals and registered six assists in 29 Premier League games for Everton this season.
9. Adam Lallana
Liverpool are pushing to sign Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, per Henry Winter at The Telegraph.
Lallana has played on the right, the centre and the left.
He is technically superb, he can score, create and should be able to transition into Brendan Rodgers' system.
Since Lallana is English, he will cost a premium, and it is up to Liverpool to analyse other options and decide which one is more economically efficient.
8. Kevin Strootman
Roma central midfielder Kevin Strootman will be Manchester United's main transfer target if Louis van Gaal is appointed as the club's next permanent manager, per Stuart Mathieson at the Manchester Evening News.
Like Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Strootman's stock has dropped not because of performance, but injury.
Strootman suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, per Sky Sports, so until he returns to the field, it would be a risky decision to buy him blind.
Prior to his injury, Strootman was one of the best midfielders in Europe, scoring (five) and creating (six) a combined 11 league goals while registering 82 tackles in 25 Serie A games.
7. Shinji Kagawa
Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels revealed that he would welcome back Manchester United left attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, a former Dortmund player.
"We would take him with open arms, of course," Hummels said, per Kicker (h/t Sky Sports). "Having an offensive line with [Marco] Reus, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and Kagawa would certainly be stylish."
What Kagawa needs is regular playing time as a No. 10, not on the left wing.
Mkhitaryan, who has tallied up 10 assists in the Bundesliga this season, is Dortmund's primary creative outlet, so Kagawa may struggle to get consistent starts.
Kagawa is a great player, but he arrived at United at the wrong time and under the wrong circumstances.
6. Ashley Cole
Chelsea want to keep Ashley Cole, though he has delayed signing a contract extension, per Matt Law at The Telegraph.
Cole had a strong game on the left as Chelsea pulled off a defensive master class in not only keeping Premier League favourites Liverpool goalless, but the rear-guard effort led to a deserved 2-0 win.
The issue Cole may have is he knows he was given the left-back position by default.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho moved Branislav Ivanovic to centre-back, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta, the No. 1 left-back at the club, shifted over to right-back, thus opening up the left-back slot for Cole.
What Cole wants from Chelsea is not money; it is security of starting games week in and week out.
5. Karim Benzema
Real Madrid "will listen to offers" for centre-forward Karim Benzema during the summer transfer window, per Simon Jones at the Daily Mail.
Real would need to sign a superstar such as Luis Suarez (Liverpool) or Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) in order to offload Benzema, who has had a great season.
Benzema has scored 17 goals and registered eight assists in La Liga.
In the UEFA Champions League, he has scored five goals and created another five goals in 10 games.
4. Edinson Cavani
Paris Saint-Germain right forward Edinson Cavani prefers a move to Manchester United after a dispute with manager Laurent Blanc, per the Metro.
What exactly is Cavani's problem?
When Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing for PSG, Cavani starts on the right on paper.
Key phrase being "on paper" because aside from a few moments out wide, he is playing centrally anyway.
This may be the root of his alleged disagreement with Blanc.
When Ibrahimovic is not playing, Cavani is the No. 9.
It seems incomprehensible that he would throw away the money, quit on PSG and move to United, a team in a rebuilding phase.
3. John Terry
Chelsea centre-back John Terry wants to stay at the club, but he is unsure which path management will take.
"At the minute we're in talks and it's ongoing," Terry said, per Sky Sports. "I'm hoping it gets done. It's down to the club. They know I want to stay."
Terry excels when Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho opts for a deep back four with a counter-punching style.
Terry doesn't commit many fouls (13 free kicks conceded in 33 Premier League games), and he offloads possession accurately (89.9 pass completion percentage in league play).
He is a leader on the field and commands the back line.
2. Luis Suarez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has commended Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year winner Luis Suarez for his loyalty to the Reds.
"His loyalty in staying at Liverpool, to continue to fight for the club to get us there, is remarkable really," Rodgers said, per James Carroll at Liverpool's official website. "Hopefully he gets the rewards for that with those big European nights next season."
Rodgers' statement suggests Liverpool will refuse to sell Suarez in the summer transfer window.
Suarez has scored three more league goals (30) than Lionel Messi (Barcelona; 27) and has four more (12) assists than Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid; eight).
1. Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero's stint with A-League club Sydney FC is over.
"Australia, the moment has arrived to say 'arrivederci'," Del Piero said, per FIFA.com. "My adventure with Sydney FC is about to be concluded, and, even if it makes me rather sad, because I have had a wonderful time here."
Del Piero brought worldwide exposure to the A-League and was class personified during his stay in Australia.
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