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Power Ranking the Week's 25 Hottest Transfer Rumours

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 31, 2014

Power Ranking the Week's 25 Hottest Transfer Rumours

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    Instead of scouring the internet for the latest football transfer gossip, Bleacher Report makes your life easier by providing you with a weekly power ranking of the 25 hottest transfer rumours in one slideshow.

    Whether it is the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Serie A, alternative European leagues or non-European leagues, this slideshow will be inclusive.

    These 25 players will be subjectively ranked via name recognition.

25. Zakaria Bakkali

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    PSV Eindhoven right-sided forward Zakaria Bakkali is poised to join Atletico Madrid, per De Telegraaf (h/t EFE).

    Bakkali scored a hat-trick against NEC Nijmegen in the second game of his Eredivisie career. 

    But he failed to score in his next 14 league games, which raised questions about his intangibles.

    While he has elite potential, is he going to fizzle out as Eduardo Salvio and Pizzi did for Atleti?

24. Ryad Boudebouz

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    Elche are targeting Bastia attacking midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, per Diario Franjiverde (h/t Heath Chesters at Inside Spanish Football).

    A highlight-reel player at Sochaux, Boudebouz never took that next step many expected from him given his immense talent. 

    Upon moving to Bastia, he led the club in assists (six) and key passes per game (2.0) last season. 

    Perhaps Elche would play Boudebouz on the wings because the La Liga club have already signed Chelsea prospect Mario Pasalic on loan, presumably to play the Croatian centrally. 

23. Carl Jenkinson

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    Hull City manager Steve Bruce wants to sign Carl Jenkinson, but he claims the Arsenal right-back will be joining West Ham United.

    "[Jenkinson is] a very good player. We did show an interest in him," Bruce said, per talkSPORT. "West Ham manager Sam [Allardyce] is in the box seat though because they are in London. From what I understand Carl wants to stay in London."

    Jenkinson's long-term future at Arsenal is in question after the Gunners signed Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.

22. William Carvalho

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    Sporting Lisbon are looking to cash in on William Carvalho, per Record (h/t Jamie Sanderson at the Metro). 

    Carvalho was forceful when he played in Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana at this summer's FIFA World Cup.

    He completed five tackles, intercepted a pass and made three clearances. 

    Arsenal are one of many teams interested in signing Carvalho, per Ben Jefferson at the Express.

21. Carlos Sanchez

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    Queens Park Rangers are weighing up a £4 million move for Elche defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez, per the Daily Mirror

    Once a rock for Valenciennes, Sanchez is still a disruptive presence for Elche. 

    Sanchez has accumulated 50 tackles or more in his last four seasons of European football. 

    He is an international-calibre midfielder who would bolster QPR's squad.

20. Marcos Rojo

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    Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo is not in a rush to leave, but he will consider offers.

    "I want to stay and honour my contract," Rojo said, per A Bola (h/t Football Italia). "[But] if a good deal arrives, then I'm sure I will sit down with the club and evaluate things."

    Rojo was a threat from left-back for Argentina at the FIFA World Cup, creating nine scoring opportunities for his teammates. 

    At 24 years of age and able to play at centre-back, Rojo's transfer stock will continue to rise.

19. Ki Sung-Yueng

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    Swansea City manager Garry Monk sees a future for Ki Sung-Yueng even though the South Korean international was loaned out to Sunderland last season. 

    "Obviously, [Ki's] time at Swansea since he signed for us has not hit its full heights," Monk said, per Stephen Ware at the South Wales Evening Post. "I've said how important Ki is to us. We'll be trying to make him an offer to keep him."

    Ki is a technician, a clinical passer and orchestrates the tempo of his team's periods of possession. 

    He needs to improve his ball-winning ability if he wants to develop into a more all-round midfielder.

18. Valon Behrami

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    Napoli defensive midfielder Valon Behrami's move to Hamburg is imminent, per Gianluca Di Marzio.

    Behrami is a workhorse in midfield and averaged 4.0 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game last season. 

    When asked if Behrami had fallen out with Napoli management, manager Rafa Benitez denied that was the case. 

    "We had so many midfielders I told him he could stay on the side or he could leave, so he took off his bib," Benitez said, per Football Italia. "Behrami left with my authorisation."

    Translation: "We don't want Behrami."

17. Fabio Borini

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    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still trying to sign Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, but the Italian international's shoulder injury has halted the proposed transfer.

    "[Borini] is being assessed now for his shoulder injury. That's stopped everything," Poyet said, per James Hunter at The Chronicle. "I have not held talks with him, but the club has."

    Borini's statistics may not be impressive (seven goals from 32 Premier League games last season), but he plays with determination, energy and is a great teammate. 

    He scored four goals and created another in his last five league games on loan at Sunderland last season.

16. Ron Vlaar

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    Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar will hold talks with the club over his future. 

    "I still have one year left and I understand Aston Villa absolutely don't want to let me go," Vlaar said, per Helden (h/t Gerrit van Leeuwen at Sky Sports). "Soon I will meet my agent and discuss the various options."

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is interested in signing Vlaar, per Gordon Simpson at the Southern Daily Echo

    Vlaar was exceptional for the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup, so his transfer stock is at an all-time high.

    He played 32 Premier League games last season for Villa and won back the ball 128 times.

15. Morgan Schneiderlin

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    Morgan Schneiderlin's relationship with Southampton could be irreconcilable after the club blocked his move to Tottenham Hotspur.

    The defensive midfielder tweeted how his six-year relationship with Southampton was "destroyed in one hour."

    Having watched Southampton sell Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert, you understand how resentful Schneiderlin may feel. 

    He has handed in a transfer request, per Sky Sports

    Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr's actions could just be her inviting Spurs to bid higher for Schneiderlin.

14. Juan Cuadrado

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    Barcelona are preparing a big bid for Fiorentina utility player Juan Cuadrado, per Sergi Font at Marca.

    Cuadrado has played as a left-sided forward, right wing-back and a deep-lying forward. 

    He gets past players with ease, he can score as well as facilitate and is an accurate passer.

    Logically, he would be an invaluable addition to Barcelona's squad.

13. Keylor Navas

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    Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas is still waiting patiently as his transfer to Real Madrid hangs in the balance, per AS.

    If Navas arrives at Real, then it would mean the departure of either Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas.

    On form, Casillas has to go, but he is Real through and through, so the club should keep him.

    If he remains as backup or third choice, it gives him a small window of opportunity to win back the starting role should Navas and Lopez lose form. 

    As Casillas' career has shown in recent memory, you can be on top of the world one year and have the worst season of your life the next. 

12. Mehdi Benatia

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    Roma president James Pallotta has clarified the transfer status of centre-back Mehdi Benatia.

    "I don't know if there was a communication problem, but I want to make it clear that [Benatia] has never been for sale," Pallotta said, per Nadia Carminati and Simone Bargellini at Sky Sports. "Mehdi is our player and he will be for this season."

    Roma took a calculated gamble on Benatia, who has since transitioned into one of Europe's best centre-backs. 

    He is a complete defender: tackles well, cuts off passes, dominant in the air and is a passing outlet from the back. 

11. Miranda

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    Chelsea are attempting to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda for €25/£19.8 million, per David Medina at Marca.

    Miranda was one of the premier centre-backs in Europe's elite leagues last season. 

    His partnership with Diego Godin was a big reason why Atleti challenged for every trophy.

    If Miranda arrives at Chelsea, then what was the point of them buying Kurt Zouma?

10. Daniel Agger

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    Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is positioning himself for a move away from the club after voicing his discontentment. 

    "It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things," Agger said, per Joe Rimmer at the Liverpool Echo. "How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me."

    Understandably, Agger is frustrated, but he should walk the walk. In recent memory, Agger has lacked match fitness due to his body breaking down. 

    His teammate Dejan Lovren was Lyon's version of David Luiz, but he proved the doubters wrong with a strong season at Southampton, which paved the way for a move to Liverpool.

    Agger has the quality to bounce back and become one of the Premier League's best centre-backs again. 

9. Marouane Fellaini

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    Manchester United central midfielder Marouane Fellaini is being targeted by Napoli, per Ian Ladyman at the Daily Mail

    If United never hired David Moyes, Fellaini's reputation would still be intact.

    Fellaini was a nonentity for United last season as he struggled to justify his £27.5 million transfer fee. 

8. Marquinhos

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    Barcelona are preparing to lodge a €43 million transfer bid for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, per Globo Esporte (h/t Amanda Salles at Marca).

    Marquinhos completed 91 percent of his passes last season, and at just 20 years of age, he could potentially lead Barcelona's defence for the next decade. 

    He was freakishly dominant at Roma but has experienced growing pains at PSG. 

    The projected David Luiz-Thiago Silva partnership diminishes Marquinhos' playing time, thus opening up the possibility of him considering a move away. 

7. Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is a £18 million transfer target for Liverpool, per Jamie Anderson at the Daily Express

    Lavezzi is a threat when he builds up a head of steam, but he has been in decline since moving to PSG.

    During the 2010-11 season, he scored and created a combined 18 goals for Napoli, numbers he has not come close to replicating at PSG.

6. Victor Valdes

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    Bayern Munich are considering Victor Valdes as a backup to Manuel Neuer, per Sport (h/t Football Espana). 

    Should Valdes join Bayern, he would reunite with Pep Guardiola, though there would be no benevolence when it comes to team selection. 

    Neuer's sweeping ability and shot-saving excellence separates him from Valdes.

    Does Valdes really want to warm the bench?

    He should consider signing for a mid-tier club where he will get games week in, week out. 

5. Santi Cazorla

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    Arsenal attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla is being tracked by Atletico Madrid, per AS (h/t The Independent). 

    Cazorla is one of the most creative players Arsenal have ever had. 

    His four assists against Wigan Athletic in the 2012-13 season and registering of assists in four straight Premier League games last season demonstrate his world-class playmaking ability. 

    He can play across midfield and hustles to win back the ball, so he would fit in at Atleti.

4. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez

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    Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is interested in signing Manchester United centre-forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

    "[Chicharito is] great in one-on-one situations," Simeone said, per The Guardian. "With Javier Hernandez and lots of other great players, anything is possible."

    Chicharito played more games as a sub (18) than as a starter (six) in the Premier League last season. 

    A Mario Mandzukic-Chicharito partnership at Atleti would be a great one-two punch. 

3. Robinho

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    AC Milan forward Robinho's proposed move to Orlando City has "hit a wall and appears to be dead," per Paul Tenorio at the Orlando Sentinel.

    Kaka-Robinho partnership at Orlando would have had high chemistry because the two have previously combined for both the Brazilian national team and Milan. 

    While Orlando have time to woo Robinho, he is being targeted by many clubs, according to Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani.

    "There are some offers for Robinho from Olympiakos and several Brazilian clubs," Galliani said, per Sky Sport Italia (h/t Sky Sports). "He is evaluating them."

    Robinho was once projected to be all-time great, instead he flattered to deceive like Denilson.

2. Arturo Vidal

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    Arturo Vidal's agent, Fernando Felicevich, will attempt to strong-arm Juventus into letting his client join Manchester United, per El Mercurio (h/t Vaishali Bhardwaj at the Metro). 

    Signing Vidal, a world-class box-to-box midfielder, would solidify United's status as Premier League contenders.

    Having two complete midfielders in Ander Herrera and Vidal would ensure that Louis van Gaal's midfield would be one of the best in Europe. 

1. Ronaldinho

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    Free agent Ronaldinho will be offered a one-year deal by Napoli, per Il Giornale (h/t Football Italia).

    Ronaldinho's approach to professionalism was the main reason why he opted out of European football. 

    Rather than go back to Europe, Ronaldinho should consider playing in a developing footballing nation. 

    According to Tribal Sports Group managing director Lou Sticca, a prominent mover and shaker in Australian football, A-League clubs should capitalise on the situation. 

    "It's up to A-League clubs to make a play for [Ronaldinho]," Sticca said, per FOX Sports (h/t Aidan Ormond at Football Federation Australia's official website). "It would be a new frontier, he'd love [the Aussie] lifestyle and the way fans would respect him."

     

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