Premier League Transfer Rumors: 18 Players Who Could Be on the Move This Summer
It pretty much goes without saying that a team is only as good as the players that make it, and with the English Premier League now in its summer transfer window, you can bet that every team will only be wanting to get the players that can make them even better.
There's an abundance of talent available for transfer, and as it's been shown, every player has his price, so this summer could be just as wild and filled with blockbuster deals as any year before.
So to whet your appetites for this summer, I present to you 18 players potentially moving to, within, or out of the English Premier League.
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It's hard to say the Bulgarian striker had a poor year for Sir Alex and the Red Devils, scoring 20 goals and sharing the Golden Boot with Carlos Tevez from Man City.
However, with the Reds' signing Michael Owen to a new contract, CaughtOffside.com reports it seems distinctly obvious that his days at Old Trafford are coming to a close.
With the striking tandem of Hernandez and Rooney likely seeing most of the playing time next term, and Michael Owen likely being the favored substitute, Berbatov's role in the club is essentially all but evaporated, making him a prime target to leave.
Destinations: Anyone needing a solid, talented striker.
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EPLTransferRumors.com reports that Everton are attempting to raise the funds needed to persuade Wigan Athletic to let go of their talented veteran midfielder.
Wigan is reportedly asking for approximately 11 million pounds for the transfer, and EPLTransferRumors believes this will be done by selling either Joseph Yobo or Ayegbeni Yakubu.
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This one is progressively moving further and further away from rumor and closer to reality, as Sky Sports News reports that Manchester United have agreed to a deal with Aston Villa for the young midfielder.
While the deal reportedly will not be completed until Young returns from holiday, he'll definitely provide some depth to a United midfield that has recently seen the retirement of Paul Scholes and the departure of Owen Hargreaves.
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The Telegraph reports that Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid for the Palermo striker of around 8.9 million pounds, which was rejected by the Italian club.
Hernandez's agent was quoted saying "If indeed it was €10 million then it would be considered too low as the value of the player in the market is €20 million … The transfer market has just started so we will see what happens."
While I'm sure Tottenham may up their bid if they're intent on going after their man, I'm not sure if they're going to be willing to pay that much. However, the link still remains.
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Manchester City are reportedly leading the race to sign Udinese midfielder Alexis Sanchez according to ESPN SoccerNet.
While it's believed City put in a bid of around 27 million pounds for the Chilean International, Udinese are reportedly hoping for a bid of somewhere in the range of 35 million.
This comes on the heels of a deal offer from Barcelona being turned down by the Italian club.
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ESPN SoccerNet reports that the Senegalese striker wants to remain in the Premiere League, making him a prime target to depart the recently-demoted West Ham United.
Reportedly, he has been linked with Newcastle, Sunderland, and Everton, however he has also been greedy in contract negotiations, with none of the three clubs seeming all that keen to meet his salary demands.
And to further hurt his case, this comes after he failed a medical test at both Stoke City and West Ham last term.
However, his seven goals last season give him a little more leverage.
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While ESPN SoccerNet reports that Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger insists that the 24-year-old Arsenal captain is going nowhere, The Times reports that he will supposedly be meeting with representatives from FC Barcelona this week.
Fabregas has already expressed his desire to leave the Emirates, and likewise his desire to join Barcelona at the Camp Nou, where he grew up.
Arsenal are reportedly demanding a transfer fee of around 50 million pounds for their prized striker, however, and given Wenger's history of getting his price or no sale, it remains to be seen if he will be in Spain next season.
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After Sir Alex Ferguson signed former Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones, CaughtOffside.com is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is planning a surprise move to try to draw the long-time Red Devil away from Old Trafford.
After struggling with injuries for much of last season, the center-back duties often fell to the combination of Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic. Smalling may find himself regularly in the first team next year, which might be good reason for Redknapp to make a swoop at his former player from West Ham.
And with Tottenham's current group of center-backs struggling to stay healthy, Ferdinand could be a welcome sight to add stability and talent.
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CaughtOffside.com reports that Liverpool have nearly agreed to a deal with the Newcastle United star, with transfer fees of around 8.5 million pounds.
Enrique reportedly wanted nothing to do with a new deal with his current club, and seemed intent on leaving from the opening of the transfer window.
So even if this deal with Liverpool falls through, odds are this Newcastle defender is on his way out.
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It should come as no surprise after scoring a record-setting 17 goals to help Porto win the Europa League, as well as 16 to win the Portuguese domestic title this past term, would spark some interest in the Colombian forward.
So when ESPN SoccerNet reports that the 23-year-old Colombian is being linked with a host of clubs, most prominently Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, really it shouldn't shock anyone.
However, what shocks Porto is the fact that both teams are willing and eager to match the 27 million pound buyout clause in his contract.
The only thing now keeping Falcao in Porto is his expressed desire to play Champions League football, which he will have the opportunity to do next term if he stays where he is.
The Telegraph has reported that Arsenal have made contact with the 23-year-old midfielder whose contract expires at the end of this season, making him an extremely talented player who could be picked up for free.
The Velez Sarsfield star has reportedly been interested in making the jump to the EPL and could very easily be playing at Anfield next season. This would be a brilliant relief for Arsenal fans who are being forced to face the reality that Cesc Fabregas could very likely be departing this summer.
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Agents can be full of a lot of empty talk to try to boost a player's value, but ESPN SoccerNet reports that Carvalho Amauri's agent has told media that he's being pursued by two different EPL clubs.
While SoccerNet didn't specifically say who he was linked to, they did also say he is being pursued by both Lazio and Napoli as well, making his services next season a high-value target.
Amauri played a big role in keeping Parma afloat in Serie A, and could be a brilliant addition to really any EPL squad looking for some firepower at the striker position.
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After helping his Ligue 1 side Lille to an impressive double, the Ivory Coast international is being linked heavily with Aresnal according to ESPN SoccerNet.
Reportedly, Lille and Arsenal are set to open up the deal discussions this week, and Gervinho could very likely be at Anfield within the month.
This once again could be the key piece to boost the London club's forwards, which appears as though it will be very shaken up this summer.
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With the recent retirement of Edwin Van Der Sar, Sir Alex Ferguson is no doubt looking for who will be his next go-to guy between the sticks.
CaughtOffside.com is reporting that David de Gea, the 20-year-old Athletico Madrid goalkeeper, could be the next long-term guy for Manchester United... for a price of around 18 million pounds.
However, ESPN SoccerNet reports that he's unsure of a move to United, but will figure out where he intends to play after he returns from the Under-21 European Championship.
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He's Brazillian, he's 19 years old, he's got bucketloads of potential, and he's very likely coming soon to the Premiere League.
Sccording to the Metro, Neymar being linked with a record-breaking move to Chelsea for anywhere from 30-41 million pounds.
This would give the Blues a lethal striking duo, playing him alongside veteran Didier Drogba, however the London club will have to beat out Real Madrid, who are also reportedly interested.
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No matter how much Arsene Wenger insists the French midfielder will be at the Emirates at the start of next season, there's not much actual damage control that can be done when Nasri himself has publicly stated his desire to leave the club in favor of playing first-team football.
Cue the avalanche of transfer rumors and links.
While most of the links have been out of England, ESPN SoccerNet reports that Manchester United have expressed interest in bringing in the French 23-year-old.
With Nasri's contract expiring next summer, it would likely be better for Wenger to sell him away now while he still can rather than wait and lose him in a year with no return on the deal.
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It's one of the biggest honors in all of sports when you're given the number-10 shirt to wear for Brazil on any level.
Leandro Damiao is one of the few upon whom that honor has been bestowed.
And perhaps the best thing about it for Tottenham Hotspur fans is that he's reportedly begun transfer talks with the London club.
TalkSPORT confirms that they are "locked in talks" at the moment with Internacional, but we could very likely be seeing the Brazillian forward at White Hart Lane next season.
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The Blackpool Gazette is reporting that Liverpool are keenly interested on acquiring Blackpool captain Charlie Adam for next season.
The Tangerines reportedly turned down a 6.8 million pound offer for their captain in January, however the Merseysiders have again renewed their interest.
With Blackpool being relegated after just one season in the EPL, it's come to nobody's surprise that the midfielder who scored 12 goals last term is being linked with multiple other Premier league clubs, however, Liverpool seem to be leading that race for now.