EPL Transfer Rumors: Sergio Aguero and 5 Guys More Likely on the Move
With the domestic season now over, transfer rumors have begun to swirl around all the English Premier League clubs.
Middle of the table clubs will be looking for great value signings, while the upper echelon have their sights set on world-class talent.
There have been countless names linked to the EPL in recent weeks, but there are certain rumors that have more substance. Although there are plenty of domestic and foreign players being linked with a move away from their current clubs, there are some story lines that will be watched closely as the summer unfolds.
From Sergio Aguero to David De Gea, here are six players likely on the move.
Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero has recently announced his desire to leave the club. Earlier this week, top European clubs were put on high alert at the possibility of acquiring the Argentine international.
According to reports from ESPNsoccernet, Real Madrid are not considering a bid for the highly-rated Aguero. With the player's €45 million buy-out clause, there are only a few clubs that can afford the Atletico striker.
Although the London club recently shelled out £50 million on Fernando Torres in the January transfer window, owner Roman Abramovich is still looking to bolster his current squad.
Aguero and Torres formed a deadly partnership at Atletico before the latter moved to Liverpool in 2007. Their styles of play complement one another and create a lethal balance, with Torres operating as a true front-runner and Aguero playing in the hole. Reuniting the two would give Chelsea much needed stability up front.
City will also be monitoring the Argentine's situation with the current controversy surrounding captain Carlos Tevez's future. Should the talismanic captain leave Eastlands, Aguero would be seen as a good fit to play off the imposing figure of Edin Dzeko.
Now that Aguero has made it clear he wants out of his current club, the English Premier League seems a likely destination for the Atletico striker.
According to reports from the Dailymail, Chelsea are preparing a £20 million bid for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has been dubbed "The New Didier Drogba" and is being suited by the top clubs in European football.
Although Chelsea are currently without a manager, Abramovich looks keen on signing the 18 year-old starlet. The acquisition of Lukaku would force out Drogba or Anelka, with the Ivorian more likely to leave the club.
The Anderlecht striker has emerged as one of the best young talents in Europe and his arrival would be a refreshing addition to the aging Chelsea. Lukaku is still early in his development, but he has the potential to become a dominant force in the EPL.
The striker would be an excellent long-term replacement for Drogba, but it is still unclear how he would figure into the club's plans for the future.
Abramovich bought Torres in January to be Chelsea's No. 1 option in attack. Ancelotti tried to partner the Spaniard with Drogba as a front two, however, they were largely ineffective.
With the Belgian's physique and style of play, Chelsea should anticipate similar problems with Lukaku and Torres as a striking pair.
Chelsea would be paying fair value for a player with tremendous potential. However, it will be up to the club's next manager to figure out how to get the best out of Lukaku and Torres in the next few years.
Amidst the controversy over Kolo Toure's six-month ban, rumors have surfaced that Manchester City are interested in signing Bolton's Gary Cahill during the summer transfer window.
According to reports from the Dailymirror, big-spending City are in talks with Bolton over a player plus cash deal for the English defender. Manager Owen Coyle wants to bring Nedum Onuoha to the London-based club on a permanent basis and is inquiring about a loan deal for youngster Dedryck Boyata.
City will have to shell out roughly £20 million for the highly-touted Bolton defender. Cahill, who has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks, has emerged as one of the top available centerbacks with valuable EPL experience.
With City earning automatic qualification to the Champions League next season, manager Roberto Mancini will be looking to bolster his current defensive unit. Joleon Lescott has played well in recent weeks, forming a solid partnership with the exceptional Vincent Kompany. Although the Englishman has looked good in Toure's absence, Cahill would be better suited alongside Kompany.
The Bolton defender boasts good pace and strength and is a constant aerial threat. Cahill and Kompany would give City one of the most dynamic centerback partnerships in England.
While City has spent huge transfer fees on attacking talent, Cahill would be a smart signing to reinforce the backline. The Bolton defender will relish the opportunity to play Champions League football, and it looks to be only a matter of time until Cahill wears the sky blue shirt of Manchester City.
Blackpool's talismanic midfielder Charlie Adam is arguably the most talented player of teams being relegated to England's second divison. He was heavily linked with a move away from the Seasiders in January, with Liverpool or Tottenham seen as the likely destinations.
According to reports from Skysports, Adam has reiterated his desire to stay in the English Premier League. Blackpool have recently activated a clause in the player's contract that gives him another 12 months at the club. However, the club's recent move will not stop the Scottish midfielder from returning to England's top flight next year.
Blackpool slapped an astounding £16 million price-tag on the player in January, but it is unlikely his suitors will meet the club's asking price. A bid in the £10-14 million range will certainly be enough to acquire the midfielder.
Liverpool and Tottenham are still the most likely destinations for the Scottish midfielder, while Aston Villa has also shown interest in the Blackpool captain.
With Liverpool seeking a top-four next season, manager Kenny Dalglish will be looking to swoop for the midfielder. Adam has world-class talent in his left boot and provides quality delivery from set-pieces.
The Blackpool captain boasts an impressive range of passing, similar to former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. The Reds have failed to establish a true successor and Adam could be seen as the natural replacement for the Spaniard.
Tottenham will also try to sign the Scottish midfielder, however, there is already an abundance of midfield talent at the club. Tom Huddlestone plays a similar role as dictator and facilitator and it will be difficult for manager Harry Redknapp to find the right balance in midfield.
Although under the radar, Aston Villa should be considered serious contenders in the race to sign the Blackpool midfielder. Adam would slot right into the starting 11 and assume the role vacated by former captain Gareth Barry. With Aston Villa looking to bounce back after a poor 2010-11 campaign, the Scottish midfielder could be the man to lead the charge.
Liverpool is the probable destination for the Blackpool captain, although other clubs have shown serious interest. Adam has all the ability to be a key player for the Reds next year as they push for a place in the Champions League.
West Ham's inspirational leader Scott Parker has emerged as one of the players almost certain to be on the move this summer. The Footballer of the Year has been in exceptional form for the relegated Hammers, earning him a call-up to the England national team.
Many of England's top clubs have been monitoring Parker's situation and will be looking to steal him for a bargain price. According to reports from the Daily Star, Arsenal have pulled out of contention to sign the player. Citing injury problems as a main factor, the club is looking to acquire Lille's young winger Eden Hazard instead.
With Arsenal out of the race, Liverpool and Tottenham are the clear front-runners in the race to sign the £10 million-rated West Ham midfielder.
Liverpool would love to add more English talent to their ranks and Parker would be a welcomed addition to the squad. However, his arrival would create confusion regarding the club's crowded midfield.
The England international is a defensive-minded player with the energy to play as a box-to-box midfielder. Liverpool already have a true holding midfielder in Lucas and a box-to-box player in Raul Meireles. Parker will be looking for regular first-team action and it is unclear how Dalglish will balance his midfield.
Tottenham find themselves in the same position as Liverpool. Redknapp has two accomplished defensive midfielders in Sandro and Wilson Palacios, and a deep-lying pass-master in Huddlestone.
While the North London side already have great depth in midfield, Parker would be in line for a starting role. The player's work-rate and determination should make him an immediate impact player and crowd favorite at White Hart Lane.
Although Redknapp has shown interest in signing Parker, the political struggle over the Olympic Stadium could emerge as a serious obstacle. With Tottenham's complications and Liverpool's cluttered midfield, Arsenal should re-consider making a move for the player.
While it is still unclear where the England midfielder will play next season, there is one certainty. West Ham's midfield general will be leaving the club this summer and returning to the EPL.
David De Gea
When Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar announced his plans to retire at the end of this season, manager Sir Alex Ferguson immediately began his search for the Dutchman's successor.
After being linked with the likes of Manuel Neuer and Martin Stekelenburg, Ferguson has settled on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea as the long-term replacement for Van der Sar.
According to reports from ESPNsoccernet, the Spanish keeper is set to join the Red Devils for a fee around £16 million.
Ferguson had confirmed the capture of Atletico's young shot-stopper, but De Gea recently released a statement denying that he has signed with the EPL Champions. Atletico have offered the Spaniard a contract extension and the goalkeeper has opted to wait and decide his future after the European Under-21 Championships.
Although this recent development has created uncertainty and confusion over United's goalkeeping situation, De Gea will be Ferguson's No. 1 at the start of next season.
United have scouted all the young goalkeeping prospects in Europe and the Atletico star has all the qualities they want. In addition to his outstanding natural talent and shot-stopping ability, De Gea has shown maturity beyond his years and excellent command of the box.
According to an article from ESPNsoccernet, Ferguson described the Spanish keeper as "a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence and an outstanding replacement for Van der Sar."
In other words, United have found their keeper and they will be signing him.
From all the transfer rumors around the EPL, David De Gea's move to Manchester United is the most likely to happen. Before or after the Under-21 Championships, Ferguson will get his man.