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Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Luis Suarez to Barcelona

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 3, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Luis Suarez to Barcelona

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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? They 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. Ben Davies

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    Tottenham Hotspur are striving to sign Swansea City left-back Ben Davies for £10 million, per John Percy of The Telegraph.

    Davies' stellar form kept a dependable Neil Taylor out of the Swansea starting XI for large portions of last season. 

    Left-back is a premium position to cover, and the 21-year-old Davies is headed for a career payday.

19. William Carvalho

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    Sporting Lisbon will only let defensive midfielder William Carvalho go to Manchester United for £37 million.

    "It's not like the old days when players left Sporting at any price," Sporting director Augusto Ignacio said, per Sporting TV (h/t Sky Sports). "The termination clause ensures a great deal for Sporting."

    A suggested transfer alternative for United is Udinese box-to-box midfielder Allan Marques Loureiro. 

18. Jackson Martinez

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    Porto centre-forward Jackson Martinez would love to sign for Arsenal.

    "As a child I cheered for Arsenal, they play a game that suits me," Martinez said, per Jack de Menezes of The Independent. "If I had the occasion to play there, I would say yes."

    Martinez has been one of the most prolific scorers in Portugal, registering 46 league goals in his last two seasons. 

17. Dusan Tadic

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    Southampton are poised to sign Dusan Tadic from Twente, per Sky Sports

    Forming a productive triumvirate with Quincy Promes and Luc Castaignos, Tadic was one of the best Eredivisie players last season.

    He scored 16 goals and registered 14 assists. 

    Able to play on the left, centrally and on the right, Tadic is an excellent signing for Southampton.

16. Lorenzo Insigne

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    Napoli left attacking midfielder Lorenzo Insigne is not an Arsenal summer transfer window target, according to his agent, Fabio Andreotti.

    "Napoli are not putting him on the market," Andreotti said, per Radio CRC  (h/t Football Italia). "We are not in contact with Arsenal or any other club for that matter."

    Insigne scored three goals and registered six assists in a sub-affected season—he only started 69.4 percent of games.

15. Keylor Navas

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    Levante president Quico Catalan is frustrated with Atletico Madrid's low-balling during negotiations to sign goalkeeper Keylor Navas. 

    "Keylor has a €10/£8 million release clause and we know that Keylor is worth more than that," Catalan said, per Cadena SER (h/t The Guardian). "€6/£4.8 million plus Leo Baptistao is not €10/£8 million."

    Leo, a deep-lying forward, is on the books of Atleti and had a disappointing season. Despite being an elite prospect, Leo scored one goal in 17 La Liga games on loan at Real Betis. 

    That is why Catalan is not interested in taking on Leo. 

     

14. Mathieu Debuchy

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    Arsenal have been in contact with Newcastle over signing right-back Mathieu Debuchy, per Sky Sports.

    Debuchy made 95 tackles, intercepted 69 passes and registered three assists. 

    He is a viable option to replace Bacary Sagna, who left for Manchester City. 

     

13. Massimo Ambrosini

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    Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino is targeting veteran Italian midfielder Massimo Ambrosini.

    "Who wouldn't like to train him?Sannino said, per TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports). "[Ambrosini is] a really good professional."

    In 21 Serie A games last season, Ambrosini completed 87.9 percent of his passes for Fiorentina.

12. Fabio Borini

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    Fabio Borini has no plans to leave Liverpool, according to his agent, Marco De Marchi. 

    "Fabio goes back to Liverpool to stay there, as stated by the manager Rodgers a few weeks ago," De Marchi said, per CalcioNews24 (h/t Simone Bargellini of Sky Sports). "So far, Liverpool have not received any communication regarding his transfer."

    Borini is recently engaged, so he will be inclined to settle down. 

    He would be a luxury impact substitute for Liverpool. He is a poacher, has excellent work ethic and can be used as a rotation player. 

     

11. Juan Cuadrado

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    Manchester United are serious about getting back to the top of the Premier League by preparing a £32 million bid for Fiorentina utility player Juan Cuadrado, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Metro).

    Cuadrado can play as a full-back in a flat back four, a wing-back in a three-man defence or a wide forward in a front three. 

    Taking on opposing players at will and being able to pick out a pass, Cuadrado is a dynamic attacking player. 

10. Michu

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    Swansea City deep-lying forward Michu is pursuing a move to Atletico Madrid, per James Nursey at the Mirror

    Michu only scored two goals from 42 shots last season. 

    He tanked after netting 18 goals in his debut Premier League season, and it seems opposing teams have figured him out. Track his runs, and he will be impotent. 

    Injuries also derailed his past campaign. 

9. Alvaro Negredo

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    Manchester City centre-forward Alvaro Negredo is pushing for a move to Atletico Madrid, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail

    After setting the first half of the season alight, Negredo is on a 12-game run without a goal in the Premier League. 

    Atleti's No. 9 position is unchallenged after Diego Costa's move to Chelsea and David Villa's move to New York City FC.

     

8. Guillermo Ochoa

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    Free agent Guillermo Ochoa is subject to several offers, according to his agent, Jorge Berlanga.

    "Now it is normal that many clubs will be interested in him after he played so well at the World Cup," Berlanga said, per TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Myfanwy Garman of Goal.com). "Many clubs are interested in my client, but we still have not received any concrete offers."

    Ochoa can make every save in the book, and he possesses amazing reflexes. 

7. Salomon Kalou

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    Lille deep-lying forward Salomon Kalou is being targeted by Schalke, per RMC (h/t talkSPORT). 

    Kalou would be competing with Max Meyer and Kevin-Prince Boateng for a central attacking midfield role, so it is not easy competition. 

    With Kalou's ability to play out wide, perhaps Schalke want to bolster their squad depth. 

6. Marouane Fellaini

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    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal does not want Marouane Fellaini at the club, per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail.

    The rumour is surprising, as Fellaini is physical, tough and a team-first player.

    You presume he has the traits that would at least keep him on the squad. 

    Then again, Van Gaal said the same thing about Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, who lasted past his expiry date at Bayern Munich.

     

     

5. Sami Khedira

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    Arsenal are set to lodge a £24 million bid to sign Real Madrid central midfielder Sami Khedira, per Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express

    Last season, Khedira only played 13 La Liga games, as he spent portions of the season in rehabilitation.

    He has rebounded from an anterior cruciate ligament injury


     

     

4. Petr Cech

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    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech's agent, Viktor Kolar, says various European clubs are monitoring his client's situation. 

    "Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco," Kolar said, per Vasek Kadlec of Sky Sports. "Petr is satisfied at Chelsea and there is interest in his services even after his active football career, so that they would want him to continue in some position at the club."

    Uprooting his family after being at Chelsea since 2004 seems unlikely. 

    The only reason Cech will leave is if Thibaut Courtois demands so. 

    Despite being a world-class goalkeeper, Courtois is insecure and wants assurances about his future, per John Payne of Metro

     

3. James Rodriguez

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    Monaco central attacking midfielder James Rodriguez has revealed he wants out of his current contract.

    "It would be a dream to play in Spain, one of the best leagues in the world," James said, per Cadena Cope (h/t Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph). "I prefer Real Madrid."

    It is a come-and-get-me call from James. 

    Despite living in Monaco, a tax haven and a beautiful city, James is not content. He wants to play for Real, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and succeed. 

    He has been arguably the best player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup thus far. 

2. Alexis Sanchez

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    Barcelona right-forward Alexis Sanchez is a summer transfer window target for Arsenal and Liverpool, per Chris Bascombe and Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph.

    Alexis scored 19 goals and accumulated 10 assists in 34 La Liga games last season. 

    The only plausible reason Barcelona want to sell him is to use his transfer fee to partly fund a monumental transfer of Liverpool deep-lying forward Luis Suarez.

1. Luis Suarez

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    Barcelona are willing to offer £70 million for Liverpool deep-lying forward Luis Suarez, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian

    How about aiming for £70 million plus Alexis Sanchez and Munir El Haddadi? 

    Liverpool will get money in the bank, an elite footballer in Alexis and an asset in El Haddadi, who could garner a significant transfer fee down the track. 

     

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