20 Transfer Window Rumours Fans Want to See Come True
With the domestic football season over, rumours are beginning to circulate regarding various possible moves that may take place at Premier League clubs this summer.
We now delve down into that speculation to bring you the 20 close-season transfer stories fans most want to see come true for their respective clubs.
Javier Mascherano: Barcelona to Liverpool
The all-action Argentina international is expected to leave Camp Nou this summer, with the holding midfielder having recently been linked with a return to Liverpool in the Daily Mirror.
Even though "Monster Masch," as he was affectionately known during his three years on Merseyside, did not leave Anfield on good terms when he joined Barca in 2010, the 29-year-old would still be welcomed back with open arms next season, especially as he would help provide some much-needed protection to Liverpool’s porous back four.
Fernando: Porto to Manchester City
City boss Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Daily Mail, sees highly rated Brazil defensive midfielder Fernando as being key to his side’s chances of being more competitive in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Chilean coach is understood to feel City’s back line were not given enough protection when being eliminated by Barcelona in the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition in the previous campaign, so landing the water carrier for £20m will be a big boost to the north west outfit’s supporters.
Diego Costa: Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
It does not take a rocket scientist to work out why the west London club finished last season without a trophy.
However, with the Blues having agreed a £32 million fee with the Spanish champions for their prolific Brazil-born striker, as reported by the Metro, their problems in front of goal will surely now be a thing of the past, while the club’s fans can also once again look forward to the arrival of yet more silverware at Stamford Bridge.
Karim Benzema: Real Madrid to Arsenal
With the France international rumoured to be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer in order to make way for the possible arrival of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, Gunners coach Arsene Wenger could finally get to team up with his compatriot in north London next season, claims the Daily Telegraph.
Benzema, 26, has netted 17 goals for Los Blancos in 35 La Liga contests this season and would represent a marked improvement on the club’s current Les Bleus marksman, Olivier Giroud.
Bacary Sagna: Arsenal to Manchester United
It seems the new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has taken little time in pinpointing the right-back berth as a problem position that needs addressing at Old Trafford this summer.
The likes of Rafael da Silva, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones didn't convince when handed the role in the previous campaign, which is why the experienced Netherlands coach is absolutely spot on in trying to hijack Manchester City’s free-transfer move for the Gunners’ France international, according to the Daily Mirror.
Andros Townsend: Tottenham Hotspur to Everton
The Daily Mirror says Spurs are willing to let England wide man Andros Townsend leave the capital this summer, and if that is the case the Toffees should move heaven and earth to try to lure the 22-year-old north to Goodison Park for next season.
Given that both width and pace are key elements to how Everton manager Roberto Martinez sets his teams up to play, then the star of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifying wins against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley last autumn would be a great addition to what the Spaniard is currently trying to build on Merseyside.
James Milner: Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur
The ever-reliable England international appears to have already made up his mind to quit the Premier League champions after this summer’s World Cup finals in the search of more regular first-team football elsewhere next season, reports the Metro.
While there are sure to be a plethora of big-name clubs interested in the hard-working midfielder, Tottenham would definitely be able to offer the player what he is looking for going forward.
Similarly, Milner would help give the Tottenham midfield some much-needed balance, discipline, goals and assists.
Dejan Lovren: Southampton to Liverpool
While the Reds’ much-reported interest in the south coast club’s skipper, Adam Lallana, has rightfully left the club’s fans in a state of great excitement, it is the Merseyside giants’ pursuit of the England star’s team-mate, Dejan Lovren, that is the more important acquisition of the two.
Liverpool, as has been widely discussed since the late collapse of their Premier League title challenge, leaked 50 top-flight goals last season, and with Daniel Agger expected to be offloaded this summer supporters will be delighted to see their side linked with the Saint's highly regarded Croatia international in the Daily Mirror.
Fabian Delph: Aston Villa to Newcastle United
Fabian Delph was the standout performer for Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the previous campaign, with the 24-year-old enjoying his best-ever season since moving to Villa Park from Leeds United with a glowing reputation five years ago.
And now, according to reports in the Daily Mirror, Newcastle are planning to raid the west Midlands outfit for the former England under-21 international in a move that would considerably liven up the midfield options at St James’ Park next season and perhaps even bring a smile or two back to the Geordie faithful following the painful exit of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January.
Toni Kroos: Bayern Munich to Manchester United
The fact that the Red Devils are prepared to hand the Toni Kroos a whopping £260,000-per-week deal to quit the Bundesliga champions this summer, per the Guardian, says pretty much all you need to know about just how highly those at Old Trafford rate the German.
With central midfield clearly a problem area for United, their supporters would surely be over the moon were the 24-year-old to move to M16 next season.
Alex McCarthy: Reading to Swansea City
With the Swans preparing for the departure of No.1 Michel Vorm to Liverpool this summer, the south Wales outfit will need to purchase a replacement goalkeeper. The Daily Mirror claims that manager Garry Monk is targeting Reading's one-time England U21 international Alex McCarthy for the role.
While the Oranje shot stopper would be badly missed at the Liberty Stadium, fans in the principality would soon discover that, in my opinion, the 24-year-old McCarthy is a superior keeper.
Aaron Lennon: Tottenham Hotspur to West Ham United
Occasional England international Aaron Lennon may now be available to purchase after falling down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, however, that does not mean the winger cannot still be a force in the Premier League.
If recent reports in the Metro are to be believed, then the Hammers are hoping to be able to lure the experienced campaigner across the capital, in a move that—if successful—would see the east London side line up with two genuine wide man next season to help supply the crosses for Andy Carroll to convert.
John Ruddy: Norwich City to Crystal Palace
With doubts growing about the future of Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni this summer, manager Tony Pulis is already preparing a £5m bid to sign Norwich's England shot stopper John Ruddy, according to the Daily Telegraph.
While the loss of their current No.1 would undoubtedly be a blow to the south east London club’s fans, replacing the Argentinian with a 'keeper boasting both Premier League and international experience would definitely ease their pain.
Fraizer Campbell: Cardiff City to Hull City
While the Tigers do at present have two fine forwards in their ranks in Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, who both arrived at the KC Stadium in January, you can never really have enough out-and-out goalscorers in your squad—especially when trying to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
And that is why supporters of the north east outfit would be delighted if manager Steve Bruce does indeed manage to sign the England attacker this summer, as the Daily Mirror is currently reporting, especially after the 26-year-old proved such a success in front of goal while on loan at the club from Manchester United in the 2007-08 campaign.
Luke Shaw: Southampton to Manchester United
With left-back Patrice Evra seemingly heading for the Old Trafford exit door this summer, a replacement for the experienced France international will be one of the Red Devils’ top priorities this transfer window.
If reports in the Guardian are to be believed, United appear to have already earmarked Southampton's England international Luke Shaw for the role, with an eye-catching bid of £30m set to see the in-demand 18-year-old seal a dream move to the north west.
Alexis Sanchez: Barcelona to Liverpool
The Daily Star are exclusively reporting that Liverpool will launch an £18m bid to sign coveted Chile international Alexis Sanchez after the conclusion to this summer’s World Cup, in preparation for the club's long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
And any Reds fans who witnessed the world-class forward’s finish from an impossible angle in the Catalans’ title decider with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday can only be excited about the prospect of seeing him at Anfield in the upcoming campaign.
Eliaquim Mangala: Porto to Manchester City
The France international is considered by many good judges to be one of the brightest central-defensive prospects currently plying their trade on the continent, which probably explains why the Daily Mail are saying the Premier League champions are lining up a summer bid for player.
And while experienced centre-back Martin Demichelis proved many of critics wrong with a series of commanding displays at the back for City towards the end of the previous campaign, the club’s supporters would surely be more at ease with the young Porto star partnering captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of their defence next season.
Demba Ba: Chelsea to Everton
Much of the Everton’s success in the Premier League last time around was based around powerful lone frontman Romelu Lukaku, who netted 15 top-flight goals for the club.
However, with the giant Belgian having now returned to parent club Chelsea following the end of his season-long loan spell at Goodison Park, the Toffees need to find a suitable replacement.
Who better to fill that void than the Blues’ Senegal international, Demba Ba, who, the Daily Mail say, could now be on his way to Everton this summer in a deal worth £10m.
Saido Berahino: West Bromwich Albion to Newcastle United
With goals desperately hard to come by for the Magpies in the second half of the previous campaign and the man who was capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, Loic Remy, having now returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers, it is safe to say fans at St James’ Park are desperate to see the arrival of a new attacker this summer.
Which is why Geordie supporters will have been heartened to read recent reports in the Daily Mail claiming that manager Alan Pardew wants to land the Baggies’ highly rated young England under-21 international forward.
Arjen Robben: Bayern Munich to Manchester United
Exciting attacking football, which the Red Devils faithful have been brought up on over the years, was most definitely in short supply at the Theatre of Dreams under previous manager David Moyes last season.
That is why they will be so thrilled to see the club linked in the Metro with the brilliant Netherlands wide man, who, the paper claims, Louis van Gaal wants to be his first signing in the north west this summer.