Premier League Transfer News: 50 Biggest Rumours of the Week
The 2010-11 season was a stunning, thrilling season, but despite concluding little under a month ago, all the excitement and disappointments have been forgotten as the Summer Transfer Window is in full flight and almost the entire attention of world football has been diverted to rumours and speculation.
One of the most hectic periods in world football, already there is a calamitous amount of rumours spiraling linking the biggest names all around Europe. But just how real and authentic is all of this speculation?
Who is willing to spend? Who's set to lose their stars? Will Cesc Fabregas finally join Barcelona?
Many questions are awaiting answers and Bleacher Report is helping football fans enjoy the hectic summer window with the 50 biggest English Premier League rumours of the week. Some may excite you while others appear just plain ridiculous—nonetheless, here are some of the biggest rumours of the week.
Disgruntled striker Nicklas Bendtner is still yet unable to acquire sufficient offers to finally awake him from his Arsenal nightmare. The Danish sharp shooter announced his desire to depart the Emirates after a highly disappointing season that despite boasting 10 goals, possessed a mere three EPL starts.
However the 22 year old has stated it is 100% certain he will part ways with Arsene Wenger and search for a new club. There has been a handful of lacklustre rumours linking the Denmark international with moves to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Besiktas but none appear authentic enough at this point in time.
Wenger is currently viewing options to replace the talented striker with a number of promising options. Thanks to an increased transfer budget, the Frenchman has the luxury to target some high calibre players, whether they'll sign is another story.
None the less Bleacherreport has established the 8 best replacements for the Danish striker with a number of strong candidates. Arsenal are in great need of a consistent, efficient, clinical striker or winger and Bendtner's eventual departure opens the door for opportunities.
Sky Sports has reported that Arsene Wenger is highly interested in signing Birmingham City giant Scott Dann. The Blues were notoriously relegated on the final day of the 2010/2011 season which has ensured a number of quality players arriving on the market.
Scott Dann is arguably one of the most wanted Birmingham players having established himself over the last two seasons as a strong, reliable centre half. A hugely imposing figure, the 24 year old is consistently dominant in the air and boasts a tenacious, no nonsense style that is more than occasionally lacking at the Emirates.
Wenger is in high demand for a quality centre half, particularly one with EPL experience, and Dann is a prime option who is destined to come at a cheap, effective price due to Alex McLiesh's sides situation. However Liverpool are also producing a strong demand for Dann but Wenger has the ability to offer UEFA Champions League football which could be the incentive for the former Walsall defender.
Arsene Wenger's search for a long awaited quality centre back this Summer could finally conclude with the Frenchman to intesify his approach for Bolton's Gary Cahill. The English international has long been a target for the Arsenal manager who is in desperate need of centre half reinforcements.
The 25 year old has been an outstanding presence in the Bolton's line up amassing over 130 appearances and becoming one of the Premier League's most consistent and strongest defenders. Cahill is a keen admirer of the Gunners and possesses aspirations to grace UEFA Champions League football.
Bolton manager Owen Colye has accepted the departure of his English centre half could be inevitable and due to a strong relationship established between Wenger and Colye, the Gunners are in a strong position to pounce. Coyle notoriously took teenage sensation and Arsenal Player of the Season Jack Wilshere on loan in 2009/2010, an experience that was immense for the English international.
Wenger is now prepared to offer Coyle young defender Ignasi Miguel according to the Daily Mail and potentially Kyle Bartley alongside a fee for the services of Cahill.
Miguel emerged onto the Arsenal scene this season after several strong displays in the Arsenal reserve, in which the Spaniard captained. The 18 year old appeared twice in the FA Cup for the Gunners and is considered a star of the future. Bartley on the other hand has spent the last 18 months on loan with Sheffield United and Rangers respectively. The Englishman has become a promising, powerful centre half who is expected to challenge for first team honours in 2010/2011.
However it is unclear if Coyle will accept the deal due to the inexperience of the duo and may demand a straight fee.
Aston Villa dynamo Ashley Young appears to finally decided on a destinaiton after weeks of speculation. The winger announced his desire to join a bigger club that can unveil greater opportunities like UEFA Champions League football and an EPL title. Arsenal and Liverpool were both notable candidates but it appears Manchester United have won the race for the English international.
Guaridan reports that the 25 year old will sign for Sir Alex Ferguson at an estimated £20 million fee commanding £130,000 a week wage. Young is touted as the most damaging wingers in World Football and has ammassed over 180 appearances for Aston Villa.
Damaging from set pieces and possessing huge speed, the Englishman will only strengthen United's title bid for next season whilst Aston Villa will be left with a gaping hole to fill which may be mitigated by the potential arrival of Wigan star Charles N'Zogbia, who could potentially follow the Latics manager Roberto Martinez, who could join Villa Park in the coming days.
Martin Jol is set to continue his redevelopment of Fulham by offering for Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan. The 28 year old rejected a contract extension at St James's Park and is now on high demand for a number of the Premier League's lower clubs.
Nolan enjoyed a strong season with Newcastle, achieving 32 appearances for 12 goals as the Magpies maintained their presence in the EPL. According to Teamtalk, Jol is eager to acquire the Englishman but faces competition from recently relegated West Ham, which could prove enticing for the former Bolton midfielder who enjoyed coaching time under newly appointed Hammer's manager Sam Allardyce.
Nolan is reportedly unhappy with the contract Newcastle offered him ensuring Alan Pardew may be forced to sell the midfielder during the Summer to maximise transfer value. Newcastle United have already announced the signing of highly regarded Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye which does mitigated the potential departure of the Magpies captain.
Newly appointed manager of Fulham Martin Jol desires to be reunited with former player Robbie Keane for £4 million. The Tottenham striker has fallend down the pecking order at White Hart Lane with Harry Redknapp willing to sell the Irishman.
2010/2011 was a dismal campaign for the 27 year old who managed just 3 goals from 20 appearanes. For the second half of the season, his inability to fire and accumulated playing time resulted in a loan spell with West Ham United but Keane was unable to ressurect their struggling campaign and the Hammers were relegated.
However Jol, who formely coached the former Liverpool star at Tottenham, is a keen admirer of the Irish international and is prepared to offer the £4 million price tag Harry Redknapp desires. Fulham are in need of a striker to partner Bobby Zamora and it is believed Jol only wants Robbie Keane.
Liverpool are attempted to add to the signing of Sunderland star Jordan Henderson, by securing the services of Arsenal left back Gael Clichy, who is currently enduring contract disputes with Arsene Wenger. The veteran full back is entering his final year of his contract at the Emirates and if discussions are unable to be resolved over an extension, Wenger will be forced to sell the 25 year old.
Regarded as one of the best left backs in World Football, the former Cannes defender has endured a lapse in form in recent years but is still held in high esteem. Liverpool are currently searching for a reliable left back and view the French international as an ideal solution.
Daily Mail reports Reds manager Kenny Daglish is preparing a £5 million bid for Clichy which is likely to be declined by Wenger. Clichy has evoked interest from the likes of Real Madrid, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus, all who are allegedly prepared to offer more.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Tottenham have failed in a £9 million bid for highly rated Palmero forward Abel Hernandez. The 20 year old has emerged as one of the star performers in the Serie A with some exciting displays since bursting onto to scene last season.
A tall, powerful striker who possess great speed and balance, the Uruguayan is being chased by a number of sides with Harry Redknapp eager to secure Hernandez's future. However Palmero considered the bid to low for a player of Hernandez's calibre and promise subsequently rejecting the deal.
However Redknapp is expected to lodge a higher bid for the striker as he aims to imrpove his strike force which was tainted by inconsistency last season. Already Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane have been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane.
Tottenham were unable to maintain their presence in the UEFA Champions League after the London giants finished in fifth position.
According to Arsenal Young Guns, the best site for information on Arsenal's youth, Blackburn agreed to a fee offered by Arsene Wenger for highly rated 20 year old Phil Jones, who has become one of the most sought after talents in the Premier League.
The midfielder was subject to interest from Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, however Arsenal were rumoured to be the favoured destination for Jones. Wenger apparently did all he could to tempt the England U-21 star but the youngster opted for the might of Sir Alex Ferguson in a fee worth around £16 million.
Arsenal viewed Jones as an ideal central defensive signature after the Arsenal back line exposed a factor in the lack of success at the Emirates. However Wenger will be forced to look elsewhere for a defensive signing.
Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba and Jack Rodwell are all rumoured EPL targets the Frenchman is chasing to strengthen his trophy challenge for next season.
Renowned for their exciting array of young talent that floods through their academy and reserves, Arsenal have announced that highly touted trio Chuks Aneke, Benik Afobe and Oguzhan Ozyakup pledged their future to the Gunner's.
Chukas Aneke has long been regarded as one of the best teenager talents in England and has been tipped to become an Arsenal regular in recent years but is expected to experience his first professional loan spell in 2011/2012, rather than challenge for first team honours. The 17 year old has been outstanding in the reserves for some time now boasting a physical, imposing midfield presence that evokes Cesc Fabregas's like creativity.
Benik Afobe is another highly regarded talent. The 18 year old striker who has been consistently prolific in the Arsenal reserves and youth, spent November onwards on loan in League One with Huddersfield, impressing superbly with 32 appearances, eight goals and a stunning 10 assists.
Finally Oguzhan Ozyakup was linked with a range of big name clubs highlighting the 18 year olds ability. A prominent figure in reserves, the Dutchman is expected to become part of the Arsenal first team in the early part of the up coming campaign before enjoying a loan spell.
After selling star midfielder Jordan Henderson to Liverpool for £13 million and the services of David N'Gog, Sunderland are mitigating the young guns departure by securing the services of Manchester United trio Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Wes Brown for £12 million.
Sunderland Echo and the Guardian have both announced the signatures which are set to commence in the coming days. The trio had all become out of favour at Old Trafford but look destined to provide the Black Cats with much needed depth and quality.
Wes Brown is a renowned, accomplished defender who has been at United since 1992 before making his debut in 1996. The 31 year old has over 360 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson alongside 23 England National caps and has achieved the English Premier League five times and the UEFA Champions League twice.
O'Shea is another seasoned veteran who has become renowned for his versatility and consistency. The 31 year old has an outstanding 71 appearances for the Republic of Ireland and can cover almost every position at a high octane rate.
Darron Gibson has emerged as a promising talent for United, the 23 year old midfield produced sterling performances when called upon and is certain to become an integral part of Steve Bruce's midfield. A tough, composed figure, many are expecting the Irishman to thrive at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool are continuning their spending spree to improve their squad with another quality signing expected to be announced shortly.
Goal.com have announced AS Romas keeper Doni is close to joining Liverpool for £1 million. The 31 year old has long been a consistent presence in Roma's goal but has recently endured lapses in playing time. A safe and imposing presence the Brazilian is viewed as the ideal deputy to the renown Pepe Reina and for £1 million the signature is more than effective.
With over 180 appearances for Romam which includes UEFA Champions League experience, and boasting 10 national appearances for Brazil the former Santos shot stopper will emerge as one of the highest calibre deputies in the English Premier League.
Doni's agent admitted "Doni would be very happy to join Liverpool and play in the Premier League."
Despite making only 16 Serie A appearances this campaign, the Brazil international is still held in the highest regard by the Italian giants.
Wales Online have reported Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is eager to secure the services of 22 year old Swansea City left back Neil Taylor. The Welshman was integral for Swansea as they became the first Wales side in the English Premier Legaue, amassing 32 appearances throughout the season.
A quick, consistent full back, Swansea City are keen to maintain their Wales international but Taylor may be enticed by a significant wage rise offered by the Magpies. Pardew is set to offer £1 million for the youngster but it is unlikely Swansea City will be willing to accept such a low offer at this point in time.
However Taylor has often stated his adoration for Swansea City and boasts a sterling relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers.
" I had a feeling things would go well here, it’s a credit to the manager, he’s fast-tracked my progression, helped and worked with me and recognised perhaps I had something he could work on"
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The Daily Telegraph states that terms have finally been agreed by Liverpool and Sunderland with the Reds securing the services of highly rated midfielder Jordan Henderson for £13 million alongside offloading striker David N'Gog to the Black Cats.
20 year old Henderson, who is touted as the best young midfielder in England and was rewarded with a call up to the England National Team last year, was a heavily chased by Kenny Daglish. Sunderland were never expected to maintain their young play makers presence for long with Steve Bruce instilling a £18 million price tag on Henderson's head.
Sunderland will be bolstered by the arrival of David N'Gog who has shown great promise at Liverpool, particularly with lack of opportunities. The 22 year old is strong and quick talent who managed eight goals during 2010/2011 before the presence of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez restricted opportunities at Anfield.
Newly promoted Norwich City are set to improve their roster even further with a second signing in Brighton and Hove Albion winger Elliot Bennett. Norwich Evening News confirms that the 22 year old will sign in the coming days for £1.5 million. The English winger was superb for Albion as they defied the odds and achieved the League One trophy.
Bennett was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year and is largely touted as a future England international due to impressive pace and skill. The Canaries recently acquired James Morrison from Milwall and Bennet is expected to strengthen their attack further.
Norwich City are returning to the English Premier League for the first time in eight years.