English Premier League Transfer Rumours: 10 Young Players on the Move
Behind the already-proven superstar, young talent is the most coveted commodity in football.
Speculation always arises regarding any player's potential, and with a long history of youth-development in England, there's never any shortage of coaches to help these players rise to stardom.
There are many talented, young players on the move this season in the English Premier League. There will be loan moves and permanent moves for the players to gain experience and receive first team action.
Here is a list of 10 players who are the most likely to switch teams in the summer months.
Current Club: Blackburn Rovers
Phil Jones is a young, highly-regarded defender who can help from the back to get his team's offense started. He made his debut for Blackburn against Chelsea and went on to make 28 appearances for the club after that match.
He is attracting attention from many Champions League qualifying clubs. Jones has received the most attention from Arsenal but has also been followed by Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
Phil Jones may be coveted, but Blackburn manager Steve Kean seems confident that he will move, even if not in the immediate future. Specifically, Jackson said that "He will move on some time but I can see him being captain here first."
Although he has potential, should he move to a big club in England he would likely be on the bench or be moved into the reserves.
Jones should probably stay with Blackburn to continue developing. He is a starter with the club and he will continue to receive playing time.
Current Club: Everton
Jack Rodwell is a promising talent. He is a central defensive midfielder who can hold the ball up and find his teammates in the passing lanes.
One of Rodwell's best attributes is his ability to score. He scored some timely goals for Everton and will continue to do so whether at Everton or another club.
He has had some minor injuries the last two seasons, but nothing substantial enough to scare off prospective suitors.
The main club looking at Rodwell’s services is Manchester United. Everton maybe forced to sell Rodwell due to its financial situation. It is in need of funds in order to obtain other players, and thus may need Rodwell's transfer fee.
Current Club: Tottenham Hotspurs
Kyle Walker showed his talent during a successful loan spell with Aston Villa last season. As a right back, he can shut down the other team on the attack. Furthermore, Walker has the strength to force strikers and midfielders off so that they can link up with their teammates.
Perhaps Walker’s most coveted attribute is his ability to get into the attack. He gets up the field and can send in crosses from the right side to help give his team a chance to score.
Premier League newcomers Queens Park Rangers are after Walker’s services.
Current Club: Manchester United
Federico Macheda is a tall, young striker known for his timely goals and high work ethic. He is sure-footed and great in the air.
Two seasons ago, Macheda entered the Premier League with a bang in his debut season with Macheda, striking a few timely game-winners for the Red Devils.
After his loan spell with Sampdoria in the Serie A ended with their relegation, he returned to the Premier League and will most likely be sent out once again on loan.
With Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, and Michael Owen, it will be tough for Macheda to see minutes.
It is likely that he will go out again on a season-long loan. Everton seems like a probable suitor.
Current Club: Tottenham
Sandro had a break-out year for the Tottenham Hotspurs last season after transferring from the Brazilian club Internacional. He played many good games, especially against AC Milan in the Champions League.
As Tottenham failed to qualify this season for the Champions League, several big clubs from the Europa League may instead offer Sandro another season of Champions League football.
Likely suitors are AC Milan’s bitter rivals Inter Milan. After seeing Sandro’s skills, they reportedly began tracking the defensive midfielder.
Current Club: Manchester United
Danny Welbeck had a very successful loan spell with Sunderland. He and striking partner Asamoah Gyan formed a lethal combination up-front.
Welbeck will have a hard time forcing his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. This means that United will most likely send the young striker out on loan once again.
Sunderland is on alert and waiting for a chance to bring Welbeck back to the Stadium of Light.
Everton is also on alert. They are looking to solidify their attack but cannot make many moves due to financial constraints.
Welbeck could be a very viable option for David Moyes in the summer transfer window.
Current Club: Sunderland
Jordan Henderson played well last season and was even rewarded with his first international cap for England.
Although Steve Bruce knows that it will be tough to hold onto Jordan Henderson, he has tried to deter the bigger clubs by giving him a 20 million pound price tag.
Nonetheless, this steep price tag has not stopped Liverpool and Manchester United from looking into acquiring his services.
The clubs will likely offer deals 5 million pounds less then the 20 million price tag, but their names and appeal could lead Henderson to try to force a move.
Current Club: Manchester City
Although Nedum Onuoha is a very strong and talented center back, his talent alone has not been sufficient to get him in the Manchester City backline mix.
Onuoha had a great loan spell with Sunderland last season. As of January, Steve Bruce was looking for a way to get Onuoha playing at the Stadium of Light permanently.
Most clubs around the league knew how talented Onuoha was but were not able to take him onto their club.
This summer may be different. With reports that Gary Cahill is leaving Bolton, Owen Coyle has Onuoha on the top of his transfer list for a replacement at center back.
Sunderland and Steve Bruce are also keen to get Onuoha back.
Current Club: Chelsea
Daniel Sturridge is a striker who can use his speed and athletic ability to make runs behind the back four. He also can score at the Premier League level and has proven so on last year's loan with Bolton. This makes him a promising and coveted player.
Daniel Sturridge wants first team football, and he most likely will not be able to obtain that at Chelsea.
Nonetheless, Sturridge was a good fit, and Owen Coyle was reportedly very interested in converting the loan into a permanent switch. It will be interesting to see where Sturridge ends up this summer.
Current Club: Arsenal
Samir Nasri is reportedly out of Arsenal and this has put many of the big clubs in the world on red alert.
Everyone is trying to get the talented young Frenchman’s services. He had a break out season last season and is looking for a team that can earn him silverware.
There has been a large list of top clubs in Europe linked to Nasri. Manchester United, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Manchester City have all been linked to him in the past 2 months.
The rebel Gunner's transfer saga is one of the most interesting stories that is developing this summer.