Hottest Transfer Rumour for Every Premier League Club with Benatia and Cuadrado
The closure of the transfer window is still three weeks away—but the Premier League campaign kicks off in under seven days.
That means top-flight clubs in England will be anxious to tie up deals for potential new signings as quickly as possible, which in some cases will necessitate sales in order to make room—and finances—for the impending arrivals.
Here's a roundup of every Premier League side and the biggest ongoing transfer rumours surrounding them at present.
Arsenal: Mats Hummels
Manchester United have been widely reported to be after Mats Hummels, but Rob Shepherd of the Daily Mail now indicates that it is Arsenal who are ready to bring the World Cup-winning defender to the Premier League.
With the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, the Gunners now have both the cash and the squad space to bring in the Dortmund centre-back.
The asking price for Hummels is thought to be £25 million.
Aston Villa: Scott Sinclair
Aston Villa's moves so far this window have been free transfers or low-cost deals, and that looks set to continue throughout the summer. However, the good news is that there will at least be some money made available for Paul Lambert to spend, with a £10 million kitty reported to be available by Matt Law of the Telegraph.
Part of that will go on Manchester City's winger Scott Sinclair if Lambert gets his way, with Ki Sung-yueng also on his hit list.
Villa signed left-back Aly Cissokho on Friday.
Burnley: Henri Lansbury
The Lancashire Telegraph's Suzanne Geldard reports that Burnley are looking at bringing in Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest.
The former Arsenal midfielder has started this season in the Championship, and his club reportedly say he's not for sale, but the new Premier League side are not to be deterred in their pursuit of him.
Burnley have not been able to add too many new faces to their squad ahead of their opening-day meeting with Chelsea.
Chelsea: Mehdi Benatia
Chelsea have made several big moves in the market already this summer, but they're not done yet, according to the latest rumours.
Anthony Chapman of the Express reports that the Blues want to splash £30 million to sign AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia before Manchester United can complete a deal.
Benatia moved to Roma last summer and was a big success as they finished second in Serie A.
Crystal Palace: Brian Lenihan
Crystal Palace don't have too many column inches devoted to their market activity, but they are said to have seen one bid turned down for Irish defender Brian Lenihan.
The 20-year-old Cork City full-back has had plenty of interest from Premier League sides, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, with Palace and Hull City both having bids rejected so far.
Palace open their season with a visit to Arsenal on Saturday, August 16.
Everton: Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United's attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa seems certain to leave St James' Park this summer and Everton look like being one of the teams interested in snapping him up.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wants a wide player to add to his squad, reports clickLiverpool.com (h/t the Shields Gazette), and Ben Arfa is one of the names at the top of his list.
Christian Atsu remains another wide player who could make the move to Everton.
Hull City: Michael Dawson
Hull City continue to try to add a defender to their ranks with their chase of Tottenham's Michael Dawson.
A move for Geoff Cameron seems to be off, but the Hull Daily Mail (h/t the Express) believes Dawson is the latest target of Steve Bruce's summer chase and that a deal could happen this week in the build-up to the start of the new league campaign.
Hull reached the FA Cup final last season and finished 16th in the league.
Leicester City: Esteban Cambiasso
Yes, you read that correctly.
Newly promoted Leicester City are trying to bring former Inter Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to the Premier League on a free transfer.
Boss Nigel Pearson confirmed his interest in the player, reports the Leicester Mercury, though a deal is some way off completion. Pearson was also quoted as saying that he was unhappy with talk of the proposed move becoming public. Cambiasso is 33 years old.
Liverpool: Lucas Leiva
Liverpool's big deal at the moment is a potential exit for long-serving midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Now a back-up for the first XI, Lucas has been linked with Napoli by Ian Herbert of the Independent.
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is a known admirer of Lucas, having brought him to Liverpool originally and helped his transformation into a first-team player at Anfield.
Manchester City: Javi Garcia
Manchester City's current transfer talk surrounds an outgoing player: Javi Garcia.
Jack Rodwell and Gareth Barry are other central midfielders to have left City this summer, but Frank Lampard and Fernando Reges have come in to replace them. Garcia is wanted by Zenit Saint Petersburg and the Manchester Evening News reports (h/t the Daily Mail) that the Spanish midfielder will depart this summer.
Garcia has been at City for two years.
Manchester United: Juan Cuadrado
Manchester United's big target at present appears to be Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado.
Despite excelling on the flank of the forward line for the Serie A club, Cuadrado could be used as a wing-back in Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 system.
A £36 million move for the Colombian is reported by Metro (h/t Marca).
Newcastle United: Joel Campbell
Newcastle United are still looking for another forward, and Arsenal's Joel Campbell could be that man—at least for this season.
Chronicle Live's Lee Ryder reports that Campbell is available on loan and will be offered to the Magpies to beef up an attack which has already been bolstered by Emmanuel Riviere and Siem de Jong this summer.
Newcastle signed Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest on Saturday, though both will play on loan at their former club this season.
Queens Park Rangers: Jonathan de Guzman
Queens Park Rangers continue to prepare for life back in the Premier League by signing established players from the top flight, with Jonathan de Guzman their next target.
Alex Richards of the Mirror reports that QPR want to sign the Villarreal midfielder for £7 million, after Swansea City failed to make his two-year loan move permanent this summer.
The 26-year-old was in Netherlands' World Cup squad in Brazil.
Southampton: Javier Hernandez
Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph writes that Southampton's next big target is Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
There will be competition for the Mexican's signature if a bid is accepted, including from Atletico Madrid, but Southampton are in severe need of quality additions after selling off much of their first team this summer.
No fee is mentioned for the Hernandez move.
Stoke City: Andriy Yarmolenko
Stoke City continue to look to add a big-name player to the squad this summer and Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko is reported to be an £8 million target for Mark Hughes.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that interest has waned somewhat in Oussama Assaidi and, as such, Yarmolenko is the new name in the frame.
He currently plays with Dynamo Kyiv in his home country.
Sunderland: Nacer Chadli
Sunderland's difficult summer recruitment campaign means they are now looking at Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur as a loan option, according to Steve Bates of the Sunday People (h/t Mirror).
Chadli was said to be used as makeweight in a deal for Spurs to sign Memphis Depay, but the player had no interest in moving to PSV Eindhoven.
Sunderland would offer him a chance to stay in the Premier League, though it is not clear if Spurs would allow a loan move.
Swansea City: Federico Fernandez
Swansea City are trying to sign Argentina's World Cup defender Federico Fernandez, reports WalesOnline.co.uk.
The Welsh outfit have sold Chico Flores and want £7 million Fernandez to be his replacement as they prepare for a tough opening-day clash against Manchester United in the Premier League next week.
However, Garry Monk was also quoted as saying that the Swans were looking at a "number of options," of which Fernandez was only one.
Tottenham Hotspur: DeAndre Yedlin
Spurs look close to sealing a transfer for American full-back DeAndre Yedlin.
Soccerlens reports Seattle's general manager Adrian Hanauer speaking to MLSSoccer.com about Yedlin being overseas to finalise a move.
Spurs are said to be paying between $3 million and $3.5 million for the defender.
West Bromwich Albion: Jon Walters
West Brom continue to reshape their squad under new manager Alan Irvine, with Stoke City's Jon Walters his newest target.
The Stoke Sentinel (h/t the Express and Star) reports that the Irish forward is one of several names who Irvine has looked at and would like to bring in this summer.
The Baggies' attack looks a little light in numbers and quality, one week before the season starts.
West Ham United: Ravel Morrison
He has frequently been touted as one of the most talented young English players around, but Ravel Morrison still hasn't impacted on the Premier League.
If reports from this weekend are to be believed, that will continue this season too, with Samuel Stevens of the Independent reporting that Cardiff City want to sign the West Ham United attacking midfielder for around £3 million.
Cardiff were relegated last season and started in the Championship with a draw against Blackburn on Saturday.
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