Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMay 29, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours

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

    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. Yannick Bolasie

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    Liverpool will put in a bid for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, per Adrian Kajumba at the Daily Star

    Bolasie tormented Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson and played a pivotal role in Liverpool relinquishing a 3-0 lead against Palace in the teams' 3-3 draw toward the end of the season. 

    Bolasie is muscular, quick and skilful, but he is very inconsistent. 

    His crossing throughout the season was awful: He misplaced 110 of 138 crosses.

19. Ashley Williams

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    Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams is being monitored by Lille and Napoli, per Simon Gaskell at the Wales Online

    Lille's centre-back partnership, Marko Basa and Simon Kjaer, is set and both are top defenders in Ligue 1. 

    Like David Rozehnal, a back-up defender at Lille, Williams would find himself on the periphery of the team. 

    The Napoli link is due to manager Rafa Benitez's familiarity with the Premier League having managed Liverpool and Chelsea.  

18. Nathaniel Clyne

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    Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne is a Liverpool target, per Simon Austin at the Mirror

    Clyne is a proficient ball-winner, as he averaged 2.2 tackles per game and conceded 0.7 free kicks per game. 

    He is a solid right-back, but his teammate Calum Chambers, who is four years younger, is just as good.

    Liverpool should also consider Chambers as a viable right-back target. 

17. Tom Ince

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    Tom Ince will emulate his father, Paul, by signing with Inter Milan. 

    "The lad [Ince] came to Milan because he wanted to have a look at everything for himself," said Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio, per Inter's official website. "We've laid some foundations, now we'll see if we're able to close the deal over the coming days."

    This would be a brave move from Ince, who is showing ambition. 

    The problem he could encounter is being sent out on loan.

    Paul Ince played for Inter between 1995 and 1997. 

16. Michel Vorm

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers plans on reuniting with Michel Vorm by signing him from Swansea City, per Phil Kirkbride at the Liverpool Echo

    How stable are Vorm's knees? 

    He had surgery to fix a "long-standing" knee issue last December, per BBC Sport, which is concerning. 

    If his knees deteriorate further, his lateral speed will decrease, which will, in turn, reduce his ability to make reflex saves.

15. Adam Lallana

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    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Adam Lallana from Southampton, per Dominic Fifield at the Guardian.

    Lallana enjoyed the best season of his career under Pochettino at Southampton last campaign.

    Do Spurs need Lallana? Pochettino should instead build the team around Christian Eriksen.

14. Tiago

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    Tiago will use his Bosman right to a free transfer to move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea, per Simon Jones at the Daily Mail

    In 2004, Chelsea signed Tiago from Benfica for £10 million and then sold him a year later to Lyon for £6.82 million

    He left under peculiar circumstances, but whatever differences he had with Chelsea management were forgotten when he reminisced about his first spell at Stamford Bridge. 

    "It's clear I had a great year here, it was unforgettable," Tiago said, per Chelsea's official website. "The same manager [Jose Mourinho] is still here and some of the same players as well so it's a special game for me."

    Tiago will bolster what is already a formidable Chelsea squad.

13. Juan Mata

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    Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata will be sold to Barcelona for £40 million, per AS (h/t Anthony Chapman at the Daily Express). 

    Mata scored six goals and registered one assist in his last six Premier League games, so he deserves a run under manager Louis van Gaal.

    Barca should think about buying defenders instead of going on a luxury spending spree. 

12. Emre Can

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    Liverpool are set to complete a £12 million deal for Bayer Leverkusen utility player Emre Can, per Chris Bascombe at the Telegraph.

    Can has interchanged from left-back to central midfield. He also slotted in at centre-back against Hamburg and as a left-sided forward against Bayern Munich last season.

    He is tactically versatile, has excellent physical attributes and is technically adept.

11. Mattia Destro

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    Roma centre-forward Mattia Destro will not leave the club, according to his agent Renzo Contratto.

    "When a player is sought after by other teams it is always a pleasure," Contratto said, per ASRadioRoma (h/t Football Italia). "This does not mean though that he will leave. Mattia wants to stay in Rome and be a leader for the Giallorossi."

    Destro is a methodical finisher who scored 13 goals from 39 shots in Serie A last season.

10. Danny Welbeck

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    Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck wants to play as a No. 9. 

    "On the left of a four-man midfield there are a lot more defensive duties so you can't find the time to keep attacking," Welbeck said, per Daniel Taylor at the Guardian. "I've been playing on the left for a while and it's got to the time when I want to stake a place up front."

    Welbeck needs to have a frank discussion with United manager Louis van Gaal, who is not one to mince his words. 

    If opportunities up front at United are limited, Welbeck should submit a transfer request, because he is good enough to be a 15-goals-a-season centre-forward for a mid-tier Premier League team. 

9. Anderson

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    The career of Manchester United central midfielder Anderson is at a crossroads, with manager Louis van Gaal yet to determine the Brazilian's future, per Mark Ogden at the Telegraph.

    What on earth has happened to Anderson? He went from being one of the most explosive prospects in world football to a mediocre and unfit passenger in midfield. 

    If Anderson does not up his game, he risks fading into obscurity like Carlos Alberto Gomes.

    Remember him? 10 years ago, he scored in Porto's 3-0 UEFA Champions League final win over Monaco as a 19-year-old. 

8. Diego Godin

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    Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin is a summer transfer window target for Bayern Munich, per France Football (h/t Clark Whitney at Bleacher Report). 

    Godin took his game to a new level in the past season. The improvement is staggering and makes you wonder whether he can keep it up.

    Prior to this season, Godin always had concentration problems.

    In addition, his passing is still distinctly average. He lacks range and only completed 55 percent of his long passes, so he is not a prototypical Pep Guardiola centre-back.

7. Jan Vertonghen

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    Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has reaffirmed his loyalty to the club. 

    "I've got a couple more years at Tottenham and I'm happy," Vertonghen said, per Sky Sports. " I want to stay there, so it doesn't matter who the manager will be."

    Vertonghen is so averse to being played at left-back—despite playing there in the past at both club and national level—that some of his displays in recent memory have been inconsistent and error-prone. 

6. Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    Chelsea are open to signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, per Simon Jones at the Daily Mail

    The problem with this rumour is that Lavezzi will be competing with Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Lucas Piazon. 

    Lavezzi has shown flashes of brilliance at PSG, but he has not been able to replicate his Napoli displays. 

    During the 2010-11 season, he scored six times and created 12 goals for Napoli in Serie A. This season, for PSG, he scored nine times and did not register a single assist in Ligue 1. 

    At 29 years of age, he lacks upside.

5. Bacary Sagna

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    Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has denied reports of him signing a contract with Manchester City.

    "Have I already signed a contract with Manchester City? No, that is not true," Sagna said, per Telefoot (h/t Patrick Haond at Sky Sports). "We all have our own destiny and I will try to find mine."

    The pertinent question: Will he sign for City? 

    There was closure to Sagna's career at Arsenal, because he finally won a trophy in what could be his last game for the club. 

    City are willing to pay him £120,000 a-week, per Jamie Jackson at the Guardian, to be the back-up to Pablo Zabaleta. 

    Sagna is 31 years old, has suffered two leg breaks in his career and it is time for him to cash in. 

4. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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    Bayern Munich central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is a summer transfer window target for Manchester United, per Charles Perrin at the Daily Express

    If Bayern are willing to let Schweinsteiger go, United better carry out a thorough medical of the Germany international. 

    Fitness issues would be the only reason why Bayern would let a world-class midfielder leave. 

    This could be Owen Hargreaves all over again. 

3. Frank Lampard and 2. Rio Ferdinand

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    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says it is unlikely that he will sign Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

    "I'd be very surprised if Chelsea don't keep [Lampard] anyway," Redknapp said, per Sky Sports. "Again, I love Rio, I signed them both as 15-year-olds but the chances of getting them to QPR are very slim."

    Redknapp played an important role in both player's careers. 

    One of the most endearing moments in Lampard's footballing life was when Redknapp passionately defended him at a fans forum.  

    Lampard was 18 years old, divided opinion and there were insinuations of nepotism (Redknapp is his uncle), which, according to a fan, negatively impacted the chances of other youngsters, such as Scott Canham.

    "I tell you, without any shadow of a doubt, there will be no comparison with what Frank Lampard will achieve in football and what Scott Canham will achieve in football," Redknapp said. "I didn't want to say this in front of him [Lampard], but he will go right to the very top."

1. Yaya Toure

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    Manchester City central midfielder Yaya Toure has once again made it clear he has serious problems with the club's management. 

    Nope, he doesn't want a cake.

    He is speculating about a move to Paris Saint-Germain—not what Sheikh Mansour wants to hear. 

    "Considering the objectives in Paris, how could you not be attracted by such a club?" Toure said, per France Football (h/t Patrick Haond at Sky Sports). " It would be an honour to be part of such a club one day."

    If PSG are willing to spend £40/€49.5 million for Chelsea's David Luiz, would Toure be worth £70 million/€86.4 million? 



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