The summer transfer window is always likely to bring in a lot of excitement among football fans, who will be eager to learn on which players the clubs are reported to be interested in. Also, there will be players who are bound to move in this period with the club looking for potential replacement, and it involves a lot of strategy from the manager and the board with respect to sealing new signings.
It is hard not to get about a new signing for the club which one supports and fans use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to vent their views on any potential deals and their feelings on particular dealings done by their club in the window. Though signing a player involves a great deal of steps, managers and other staff will strive hard to bring in players who can improve the quality of their team.
The newspapers and other websites have journalists and other sources who write on various information regarding transfer deals of the club, and rumors and gossip stories are popular at this time of the year. This article is on the top 50 rumors in the world of football and does not include players who have already completed their move to another club.
According to the Mirror, Carlos Tevez has requested Manchester City to grant him a transfer from the club, citing that he wants to be closer to his family, which is not possible at Manchester City. However, the club is not ready to allow their talismanic striker to depart the club unless another club meets their valuation of the prolific striker, expected to be around £50 million.
Real Madrid are apparently interested in the former Manchester United striker and could possibly make a bid to take the striker to Madrid. Jose Mourinho is keen to build a team, which can end Barcelona’s dominance in the La Liga and also win the Champions League in the next season.
Tevez is a striker who will fit Mourinho’s style of play, as he is excellent technically and has the determination to succeed. Also, his work rate is excellent, which is important while playing teams of the quality of Barcelona, who dominate the midfield battle. Both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain have been tried against Barcelona, and both of them failed to make a notable impression on the game.
Mourinho could be preparing an audacious swoop for the Argentina International, who is valued at around £50 million, with either Higuain or Benzema going the other way to join Manchester City.
It is no secret that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking at prospective central midfielders, who could give the team the creativity which could improve them further. According to the Sun, Manchester United have opened talks with Inter Milan regarding the potential transfer of their midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was one of the most dangerous players for Inter Milan in their historic treble winning season under Jose Mourinho. Inter Milan are reportedly considering the Red Devils’ proposal, and there is a possibility that they will negotiate further regarding Sneijder.
The former Ajax and Real Madrid midfielder is a player who has the vision and creativity to improve the quality of this current Manchester United team, which looks even stronger with the additions of Phil Jones and Ashley Young, and also, though it is difficult to replace Edwin Van Der Sar, United have signed a quality young keeper in David De Gea.
It will take big money to convince Inter Milan to sell their star midfielder, but if United are certain that he is the man to replace the recently retired Paul Scholes, then they might have to spend the money on Sneijder.
According to the Telegraph, Manchester City are interested in signing Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who had an impressive season last year, forming an excellent partnership with striker Edinson Cavani and helping them qualify for the Champions League in the 2011-12 season. Roberto Mancini's agent Giorgio De Giorgis spoke about City's pursuit of Lavezzi and even claimed England midfielder Gareth Barry could be a makeweight in the transfer.
He told Radio CRC: "Manchester City's interest in Lavezzi could be a reality. (City) has been negotiating for the past few months with Napoli, regardless of Tevez's situation. City has spoken to Napoli about Pocho (Lavezzi). But €31million for Lavezzi, I think it's excessive. However, to find a player who is ready like Pocho is, it's not easy. Manchester City could include a player in the deal, but I don't know what player could interest Napoli. The only one could be (Gareth) Barry, who is an England international and does not have a high salary."
Lavezzi is under contract with Napoli until June 2015 and has a release clause of €30million (£26.8million). However, Manchester City have issued an official statement saying that they have no intention of selling Gareth Barry, and he remains a valued member of Manchester City FC.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are planning an audacious move for prolific Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o. It had been earlier speculated that City had tried for a deal to swap Carlos Tevez for Samuel Eto'o, but now, City are preparing an £18 million bid to lure the former Barcelona striker to the newly christened Etihad stadium.
With City embarking on a project which demands the club to win trophies in the near future, they have shown the ambition and are trying to sign some big players. With the prospect of Champions League football with Manchester City, it is likely to draw more players to consider City as a viable option if the club shows an interest in the player.
Since the departure of Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan have struggled last season, and with Wesley Sneijder also uncertain of his future, there is a good chance Eto'o might consider an offer from City because he will earn massive wages and can play in the Champions League.
However, according to Europort, Eto'o is set to stay with Inter Milan having held talks with president Massimo Moratti, who has apparently asked the striker to stay at the club. The African told Inter Channel: "The newspapers say I'm leaving Inter? I spoke with president Massimo Moratti after the Coppa Italia final victory against Palermo and when the president speaks, I can only say yes."
According to the Mirror, Tottenham have rejected Chelsea's latest bid of around £27 million for the Croatian playmaker and have insisted that he is not for sale. The Spurs need to hold on to their best players in order to get to the Champions League places in this season, but it seems like Luka Modric is very interested in joining Chelsea, which he has repeatedly stated would be a "dream move" for him because Chelsea is a club which can compete for the Premiership title, and also, the club is based in London as well.
Modric is one of the best midfielders in the Premiership and wants to play in a team where he can regularly play in the Champions League and also compete for the Premiership title. However, Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is not willing to sanction the move, while manager Harry Redknapp has said that Modric is one of their most important player and branded the latest offer of £27 million as poor for a player of Modric's quality.
However, Modric is claiming that he had a verbal agreement with Levy that they would consider any big offer for him before he signed the new contract at Tottenham. He is unhappy with the Levy's comments and accused him of "twisting the facts". It looks like this saga could drag on till the end of the transfer window, and according to the Chelsea manager, Modric will take part in their preseason tour to South Africa.
Chelsea have taken a bold step in appointing the young Andre Villas-Boas as the new manager of Chelsea FC, and he could be active in the next few weeks to bring in few recruits of his own. The former FC Porto manager could be interested in bringing Colombian striker Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge after being prolific for Porto in the last two seasons.
It is clear that Didier Drogba is past his best, and though he remains a dangerous player, Villas-Boas could bring in a striker who could also get the best out of striker Fernando Torres, who has not found form following his record-breaking move from Liverpool to Chelsea in the January transfer window.
According to the Mirror, the striker has expressed a willingness to play in the Premier League, and Chelsea is his likely destination if he were to play in the EPL next season. However, according to Skysports News, Falcao has agreed to extend his current Porto deal, which means that if Chelsea do still want the striker, they would have to pay a much higher fee than the release clause in the previous contract.
According to ESPNSoccernet, there are reports in France that Lille winger Eden Hazard would be interested in a move to another French club PSG, which have rich owners and have shown ambition in the transfer market. However, Lille manager Rudi Garcia said that he cannot understand why the tricky Belgian International would be interested in a move to PSG when he can play Champions League football with the French Champions.
Garcia told L'Equipe: "We had a chat before his holiday and we will have another one on Sunday. Hazard has acquired a certain status in Lille. We are in the Champions League as well. He will be even more influential. I wouldn't understand a transfer to PSG. Certainly next season it would be step backwards. It seems a lot more interesting playing Champions League football with the French champions."
The winger has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Lille have insisted that he is not for sale after losing one of their key members Gervinho, who has signed for Arsenal in the summer after the clubs agreed on a transfer fee.
It was announced on Liverpool's official website that the Reds have agreed on a transfer fee with Aston Villa to sign their predominantly left-footed winger Stewart Downing, who is a long term target for the club. It is believed that Kenny Dalglish has admired the winger and will look to the player to provide pin-point crosses for Andy Carroll and others.
Also, Downing is versatile and has good vision as well, which will help the Reds, who are active in this transfer window having also signed Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson. They are determined to get back in the Champions League, and the new owners have helped the cause by spending the money needed to bring in quality young players.
According to ESPN, Samir Nasri is close to sign for Manchester City in a deal which is worth around £23 million with wages, which cannot be offered by Arsenal, and it is reported that they are set to seal the deal in the near future. Arsene Wenger will know that he is an important player for the Gunners, and it will be a huge blow if they do lose the versatile midfielder.
The situation with Fabregas only makes it worse considering that the Gunners could lose two of the best players in the team in the same summer, and it is bound to disillusion other important players in the team like Jack Wilshere and Robin van Persie, who has only two years on his contract and is in negotiations with Arsenal.
With only one year left on his contract, Nasri has the upper hand in contract negotiations, and if Arsenal do not sell the player and Nasri is not interested in a new deal, then they could lose the midfielder on a free transfer instead of the purported transfer fee of over £20 million. However, Wenger was defiant when he was questioned regarding the future of Nasri in his press conference on the club’s Asian tour.
The Arsenal manager insisted that the midfielder will stay at the club in the summer while also adding that the contract negotiations were a different issue and they would carry on with their talks. However, in the past, Wenger has insisted that they would not let the players run down their contracts like Mathieu Flamini, who left the club on a free transfer to AC Milan.
According to Sun, Arsenal are interested in signing Valencia winger Juan Mata, who also had an important role in the recent Spain U-21 team winning the Euro Championships. The Spain International is one of the most highly rated youngsters in the world, and signing him would certainly show intent from the Gunners, who won the first game of their preseason tour to Asia.
Signing a player of the quality of Mata would undoubtedly give the team and their fans a huge boost, considering that he is a very talented player who could improve the belief in the team. However, Valencia do not want to lose him and will hold out for a minimum of £23 million for the versatile midfielder.
Though many have suggested that Mata could be targeted as a replacement for Samir Nasri, Arsenal are targeting the talented Spaniard to play alongside the Frenchman according to the Mirror. With the Gunners having signed Gervinho, signing Mata and keeping Nasri at the club would be a huge boost to the club's hopes of ending their long trophy drought.
According to the Mirror, Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has been left out of the club's preseason tour to America and could be on the move in the summer. However, Real Madrid are holding out for a fee of around £20 million, which could help them recoup some of the £27 million they paid to acquire the services of Fabio Coentrao from Benefica.
Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with the midfielder, but Madrid are yet to receive an offer close to that figure. However, with Real Madrid signing Hamit Altintop and Nuri Sahin, it looks like Diarra is likely to move on after being a peripheral figure for most of the last season. With United signing Phil Jones, who can play as a defensive midfielder as well, and having an attacking midfielder as their priority in the transfer window, it is unlikely that they will go for Diarra.
However, Tottenham might be interested in the midfielder if they can offload Wilson Palacios in the summer, and Diarra could provide more bite and experience to the team. The midfielder has previously worked with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and could be interested in a move to Tottenham.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are in talks with Bolton Wanderers regarding a potential move for their defender Gary Cahill, who is also a England International. The defender has only one more year on his contract, and it is likely that the club will cash in on the centre back, especially as they are in lot of financial debt.
Arsenal are in the market for a Premiership experienced defender because they have not been solid in defence, and Wenger is likely to address the issue in the summer. Though Laurent Koscielny seems to be a quality player, though he lacks the experience, Sebastien Squillaci has failed to adjust to the Premiership and could be on his way out of the club.
Arsenal are discussing any potential loan deals which could help the move go through, and youngster Ignasi Miquel could go the other way to help the Gunners seal the signing of Cahill. Miquel has shown that he is a very composed defender and needs experience at the highest level. Bolton will not have depth in defence if Cahill does leave and could be interested in a loan deal for the Spaniard.
However, they could face competition from Chelsea, who have also shown an interest in the England International, according to the Mirror. Chelsea defender Alex is set to depart Chelsea to either Bayern Munich but it is yet to be seen if Chelsea will meet the release clause of around £18 million to sign Gary Cahill, but it will be a big blow for Arsenal if Chelsea sign Cahill ahead of Gunners.
According to Metro, Liverpool are interested in bringing Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho to Anfield to solve one of their more problematic positions. Lyon are apparently willing to listen to offers for the defender, who was signed from Porto for £13 million, though they could let the defender leave for a lesser price of around £8 million.
Liverpool were interested in former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy, who recently signed for Manchester City when they offered him the prospect of Champions League football at the newly rechristened Etihad stadium. So, they have instead turned their attention to the Lyon defender, though they are also apparently interested in signing Newcastle's Jose Enrique.
Lyon coach Remi Garde told L'Equipe that Liverpool have not yet made an offer for the 23-year-old, but he was prepared to consider any approaches. "Aly is an important player for us, but if an offer matches our expectation, he is likely to go," said Garde.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are ready to launch a £27million bid to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who was in and out of the side in the last season. Though Benzema was prolific in his second season at the club, manager Jose Mourinho is apparently interested in another striker with Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero as one of his options, but for the move to happen, he would have to offload a striker and Benzema could move in the summer.
With Cesc Fabregas constantly linked with a move to Barcelona, he could finally move to the Nou Camp for a fee close to £34 million, and Wenger is ready to splash the cash on the striker who will promise more threat in attack for the Gunners. Signing a player of the caliber of Benzema could even influence Samir Nasri in his protracted contract negotiations with the Gunners, and though he is yet to sign a new contract, the Gunners would be reluctant to lose both Nasri and Fabregas in the same window.
According to Goal.com, Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, and the deal could see Gonzalo Higuain go the other way to join City, though it is yet to be seen whether he will be interested in a move to City. Higuain missed a large chunk of the last season due to injury and was not a regular in the second half of the season, as he shared playing time with Karim Benzema.
Also according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City are interested in the striker, though Real Madrid will hold out for a high fee for the Argentina International. It is unlikely though that Higuain will join Spurs because of their lack of Champions League football, while Arsenal and City could be interested in the Real Madrid striker.
Whether or not Higuain does leave Madrid depends on Madrid's transfer activity regarding a striker, and should they bring in a quality striker like Sergio Aguero, then one of Benzema and Higuain could be sold in the summer because they will not get enough playing time.
According to Goal.com, Inter Milan are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Ricardo Kaka after the Brazilian had missed several games in the last two seasons due to injuries. There is no doubt about the quality of the playmaker, but with his recent injury problems, Madrid could sell the midfielder in the summer, especially after the superb performances of Germany International Mesut Ozil in his debut season with the club.
The club have also signed midfielders Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop, but Jose Mourinho knows that Kaka is the sort of player who can help them beat quality teams like Barcelona, which is why the Brazilian started in the second leg against Barcelona, but was ineffective in the game. Ozil still has some way to go before he can achieve what Kaka has done in his career, but he is one of the most promising midfielders in the world and has adjusted to Real Madrid's style of play.
Inter Milan have already completed the signing of Ricky Alvarez, but if they do lose Wesley Sneijder in the summer, they could attempt to sign Kaka, but it is yet to be seen whether the former AC Milan star will be interested in a move to their rivals.
According to Caughtoffside.com, Inter Milan are interested in signing Manchester United winger Nani, who could have lesser playing time following the signing of Ashley Young from Aston Villa. United are interested in signing a creative attacking midfielder, and Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder is one of their targets in the summer transfer window.
However, Inter are interested in signing Nani as a part of the deal, and while United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has faith in the ability of Nani, the Portuguese winger may not receive much playing time with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, the preferred starters in the team while even Wayne Rooney can play on the wings.
Inter Milan lost the domestic league title this time, but will be keen to win it next season, and signing a talented natural winger would add a lot of quality to the squad. Nani was amongst Manchester United's best players in the last season and could be an attractive prospect for Inter Milan.
According to the Mirror, Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid's versatile winger Angel Di Maria, who had a good debut season with the club. It is reported that Angel Di Maria has fallen out with Real Madrid representatives regarding a new improved contract following his good performances for Madrid. He was signed last year from Benefica and has impressed for Madrid showing his pace, trickery and shooting ability.
It would be a great deal for Chelsea, who could be interested in signing a young winger like Di Maria, considering that Florent Malouda is nearing the twilight of his career, and having a tricky winger could help get the best out of Fernando Torres. However, Jose Mourinho has used Di Maria in many important games for Madrid last season, and it is likely that he will be reluctant to let go of the winger.
According to Skysports News, Palermo have not received any official bids for their talented midfielder Javier Pastore, according to the midfielder's agent. Pastore is one of the most talented youngsters in the world, and Palermo will not let him leave the club on a bargain. Though they would prefer to sell him to a club outside Italy, if the midfielder wants to stay in Italy, they could sell him to a rival club.
Inter Milan, AC Milan and Chelsea are all thought to be interested in the midfielder but are yet to lodge a bid according to Pastore's agent. His agent Marcelo Simonian said: "President Zamparini has set his price at €50m (£44m), a valuation with which I totally agree. We both know Pastore's potential, so we are not in a hurry. And Javier is not anxious to leave either. He could remain for another season in Palermo and be happy. In any case, I can say that there has been no contact with Inter, AC Milan and Chelsea."
According to Skysports News, Barcelona are poised to complete the signing of Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez after beating competition from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, who have all been linked with a move for the winger. However, Barcelona was the player's favored destination, and he looks set to move to the Nou Camp in a deal which involves only cash.
Quique Pina, Udinese's Spanish representative, has confirmed that the Catalan giants are on the verge of completing the transfer for the sought-after 22-year-old. Pina, who is also president of Granada, said: "Alexis has decided to play in Spain and now the matter is practically closed." With the arrival of the highly rated Sanchez, Barcelona will further add depth to the team which won the La Liga and the Champions League and are considered by many as a team which will rank alongside the best ever teams in the history of football.
According to Goal.com, according to Neymar's agent, the Brazilian striker prefers a move to Real Madrid to link up with manager Jose Mourinho, but he also wants to play for Santos in the Club World Cup. The only possible way that it can happen this season is that Neymar takes part in the competition with Santos and joins the Los Blancos in January.
"The boy's preference right now is Real Madrid," Wagner Ribeiro told EFE. The agent reiterated that Neymar does not want to move away from Santos before the Club World Cup in December, and if Real Madrid agrees to it, then the player will join the Copa Del Rey winners.
"We are not talking about economical matters; there is no problem with that. We have to see what is best for the boy, who wants to fulfill two dreams: the first one is to be a world champion with Santos and make history and the second one is to play for Real Madrid," Ribeiro added. "The ideal situation is that Neymar stays until January at Santos and, if Real Madrid accepts it, we are willing to sign a contract. And in January, he will move to Madrid."
According to ESPNSoccernet, the player's agent has revealed that Arsenal have failed with a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa, who has been attracting the interest of many top clubs since his move to Shakhtar from Gremio in 2010. The uncertain futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who played in the game against Malaysia in their first preseason game in Asia, could mean that Arsenal will target attacking players in the summers if the players do leave the club.
Arsenal have already reached an agreement regarding the signing of Lille's Gervinho but could be interested in bringing another attacking player to the Emirates. Costa's agent, Cesar Bottega, has claimed that Arsenal offered Denilson in a part-exchange deal, but Shakhtar were not interested in the midfielder and the bid was rejected.
"The Gunners have offered the club Denilson in exchange for Douglas but Shakhtar said no," he told Calciomercato.com. "They are not interested in Denilson and would want only money."
Denilson has not had a good season with the Gunners, and though he has travelled with the team in their tour to Asia, it is still doubtful whether he will be part of the team next summer.
According to Skysports News, Juventus are apparently interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, and Liverpool could sell the Portugal International following the signings of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam in central midfield. The Reds apparently value the midfielder at £13 million, and the Italian club are understood to be prepared to offer midfielder Felipe Melo plus cash.
However, these reports have not gone down well with the Brazilian, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past. "Let us say that Juve are not respecting me, or at least that's the impression I get," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. "I am not just anyone. I'm not a bargaining chip to be used."
The defensive midfielder has not had a great time at Juventus following his big money move to Turin and could be on the move in the summer. He was a part of the Dunga's World Cup team but was blamed by many as one of the main reasons for their loss against Netherlands.
According to the Sun, Liverpool have a chance of offloading Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani in the summer to Fiorentina, who are interested in a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer in the future. Aquilani failed to make a good impression after he was signed by Rafael Benitez from Roma two years ago. He was loaned to Juventus in the 2011-12 season, but the Turin club could not reach an agreement with Liverpool for a permanent transfer.
With the signings of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam in the summer, it is increasing looking likely that Aquilani has no long term future at Liverpool FC and could consider a move to Italy. Though his wages could be a sticking point, Aquilani could move there to get regular playing time, and also, sources close to the midfielder say he is keen to return to Italy to be with his girlfriend actress Michela Quattrociocche.
According to the People, Liverpool are ready to allow midfielder Raul Meireles to leave the club following the signings of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, which means that they have too many central midfielders. Meireles was signed by Liverpool when Roy Hodgson was the manager of the club, and after a slow start to his Reds career, he was one of the best performers during the second half of the season when Liverpool found their form under new manager Kenny Dalglish.
Raul Meireles is valued at around £12 million, and Liverpool are set to allow the midfielder to talk to Juventus and Inter Milan. Though Juventus are currently the favorites to sign the Portuguese midfielder, Inter Milan could be very interested in him if their midfielder Wesley Sneijder does leave the club to join Manchester United.
Liverpool currently have Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Jordan Henderson and Jay Spearing as their central midfielders to play alongside the defensive midfielder, and it is expected that some will be on their way out of Anfield.
According to the People, Liverpool's Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Anfield by Bundesliga club Hamburg, who are keen to add some experience to the team. Though he was once considered as one of England's most talented midfielder, he has struggled in the last few seasons following long term injuries and has not been a regular for the Reds.
QPR, West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham have all enquired about bringing Cole back to London but cannot get close to his £90,000-a-week Liverpool wages. A loan deal to Cole’s first club West Ham was looking the most likely, until Hamburg’s interest emerged. But the Germans are willing to stump up a transfer fee or pay the vast majority of his wages in a loan deal.
Cole was a free agent in 2010, and though he attracted the interest of a number of clubs, he eventually chose to move to Liverpool, but he has struggled to make an impact for the Reds. With the additions of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, it is increasingly likely that Cole might depart Liverpool after only one season at the club.
According to Goal.com, Mirko Vucinic has made it clear that he wants to leave Roma and has handed in a transfer request to force the move. Roma director Walter Sabatini told the press: "Vucinic requested a transfer, but the club’s intentions were to keep hold of him." It has been reported that Tottenham and Juventus are both interested in the talented forward, with La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming the Premier League side were readying a €15 million bid, but the striker is said to want to stay in Serie A.
Juventus are apparently more interested in signing Sergio Aguero, or if the Atletico forward does not sign, Giuseppe Rossi could be targeted. However, there is still interest from the Turin club, with reports in Italy stating that they might offer a player in a swap deal which could help the deal go through.
The Roma striker's representative has admitted that the Juventus link is yet to reach a formal stage. The striker's agent Alessandro Lucci told TuttoJuve.com: "Juventus? For now, it's more rumours, but I cannot exclude anything for my client."
The Villareal striker has been one of the most prolific strikers in the La Liga, and it seems like he has attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer. Juventus are on the market for a striker who can take them back to the Champions League in the near future, having missed out on qualifying for the competition in the 2010-11 season and have been linked with number of strikers in the summer.
According to Goal.com, they have been interested in Atletico’s Sergio Aguero, but with the Argentine striker also a target for other clubs like Manchester City, they might turn their attention to Villareal striker Rossi, for whom they could bid around €30 million. The Italian International could be interested in a move to Turin considering the history of the club, and the club is desperate to get back amongst the best clubs in Europe and could splash the cash in the summer.
There is a good possibility that Juventus could make a formal approach to sign Rossi considering that their legendary striker Alessandro del Piero is nearing towards the end of his illustrious career, while some other strikers like Amauri have failed to impress at Juventus.
According to ESPNSTAR, Barcelona's Bojan Krkic is very close to a move to Roma, who have appointed former Barcelona player and coach Luis Enrique as their manager. The Barcelona striker is considered to be one of the most talented players to emerge from the La Masia academy, but has not had many opportunities this season mainly due to the impressive partnership of David Villa, Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez.
Bojan has made over 100 league appearances for the Blaugrana, but he wants to play regularly to establish himself as a top class striker in the future. Roma under Enrique might adopt a different style of play to their previous style under other managers, and it is likely that it might suit Bojan, who has worked with the manager previously.
Bojan's father Krkic senior told Radio Radio: "He will come next week and he may be presented with [club owner] Thomas DiBenedetto. Krkic has already put a picture of the Curva Sud [Roma fans' turnstile at the Olympic stadium] on his mobile phone."
According to the Telegraph, Manchester City are interested in a move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero, who is currently playing in the Copa America for Argentina alongside Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez. The City striker had issued a statement that he wants to leave the club, but the club have made it clear that they would not let him leave at a bargain price.
However, whatever happens with Tevez, City are interested in signing Argentina International Aguero, who is rated as one of the best strikers in the world. The tricky striker is also chased by a number of clubs including Juventus, who have bid around £32million for him. City could go higher than that, and in Italy, it is being reported that the Turin club will now try to sign Guiseppe Rossi from Villarreal instead.
Manchester City currently have Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Jo, Santa Cruz and Mario Balotelli as their strikers, and there has to be some departures to accommodate new strikers. However, Aguero is a player of immense quality, and if he is interested in a move to City, Mancini will find a place for him in the squad.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are apparently interested in versatile Everton defender Phil Jagielka, and though the defender will be happy to stay at the club as well, Everton could reluctantly sell the defender due to their financial troubles. The Gunners have been linked with a number of defenders, and Jagielka's experience in the Premiership would be helpful for the team and could be a good partner for Thomas Vermaelen, if signed by Arsenal.
Everton have shown in the past that they are tough negotiators and will not let go of the defender on a bargain price, but in the case that Jagielka could depart, they are interested in signing Birmingham's Scott Dann as the replacement for the England International. Following Birmingham's relegation, it is expected that there will be many players who could leave the club in the summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have made a £12.3million offer for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero to strengthen the team to help them reach the Champions League places in the next season, which could be competitive with Liverpool also strengthening heavily with the signings of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson while they are interested in many other players as well.
Granero could be targeted as a replacement for Luka Modric, who wants to move to Chelsea, though he has only recently signed a long term contract. However, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has remained firm in his stance regarding Modric, making it clear that he does not intend to sell the Croatian playmaker.
Real Madrid have already signed Hamit Altintop and Nuri Sahin in the summer to their already strong midfield, and Granero might be one of the departures in the summer after not playing enough games for Madrid under Jose Mourinho last season.
According to Goal.com, Inter Milan are interested in Valencia's midfielder Ever Banega, who is currently playing in the Copa America with Argentina. The tenacious midfielder is highly rated and could be targeted by many clubs in this transfer window. The Argentine midfielder has been in Spain for three years now and is now waiting for his EU passport, which would help him consider moves to other clubs in Europe.
La Gazzetta Sportiva claims that Inter have been told by Valencia that Ever Banega will cost them £8.1 million, as the Italian club is looking to strengthen the team after their tumultuous last season, which has led to the sacking of two managers from the club, Rafael Benitez and Leonardo. Inter Milan have already signed attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez and could be interested in signing Banega, who could bring in a lot of quality to the team.
According to the People, French club PSG have reportedly made Nicolas Anelka their prime target in the remainder of the transfer window, having already signed Kevin Gameiro from Lorient FC. Anelka has moved to the top of Paris Saint-Germain’s wanted list after Samuel Eto’o and Dimitar Berbatov rejected offers from the French club.
PSG, who have been taken over by a wealthy investment group from Qatar, are poised to make an £8.5million bid, and Anelka is understood to be willing to consider a return to his first club. Anelka's move away from Stamford Bridge depends on whether or not he is a part of Andre Villas-Boas' plans for the next season. The new manager might bring in a few players as well in the transfer window in order to win the Premiership next season.
Though Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres are the two best strikers at Chelsea at present, they did not work well as a pair last season, which meant Anelka did get chances to play alongside the former Liverpool striker. However, if Villas-Boas does bring in another striker, then there is a good possibility that Anelka could be on his way out from Chelsea.
According to the Telegraph, there still exists a good chance that Chelsea's prolific striker Didier Drogba could stay at the club even if the new manager Andre Villas-Boas signs a new striker. Chelsea have been linked with Radamel Falcao, whom the Portuguese tactician managed at FC Porto, but the Blues could be keen to hold on to the Ivory Coast International, who has made an immense contribution to the club in the past decade.
It had been widely assumed that Drogba could leave following the signing of former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for an alleged fee of £50 million, but apparently, Chelsea have been impressed by his performances and attitude following the Spaniard's arrival. He could be used in a rotation policy which could help him extend his career, and also, there is still a good possibility that he could yet end his career at Chelsea.
Tottenham are one of the rival clubs interested in signing Drogba as they try to make their way back to the Champions League, but Chelsea could persuade their star striker to stay at the club and also sign a new contract.
According to ESPNSoccernet, Emmanuel Adebayor is keen to move to Real Madrid and welcomed recent comments from Jose Mourinho that the Togolese forward is more likely to move for Madrid than other strikers. Adebayor is desperate to end his stay with Manchester City, for whom he signed after a successful time with Arsenal FC, and though he was a regular for the club under Mark Hughes, he has been a peripheral player under Roberto Mancini.
Adebayor moved to Madrid on loan for the second half of the season, and though he had to compete with Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain for playing time, he enjoyed the spell and said that he would be prepared to join Madrid if Mourinho wanted him to.
The 27-year-old striker said "If he[Mourinho] called me right now, I would catch the first plane out to Los Angeles [where Real are currently on their preseason tour]. And if I could play three or four years in Madrid, I would retire at the club. I am hoping and working towards my dream. I only want to return to Real Madrid. I will wait for his call. [Mourinho] gave me the confidence I needed, made me believe in myself, enjoy football again. We were convinced we could win titles, which was important. He created a great environment."
According to the Mirror, West Ham United are open to the idea of a season long loan spell for their midfielder Scott Parker, as it will be an attractive option where they can have their player back if they are promoted to the Premiership in the next season. With Michael Essien sustaining a long term knee injury in training, Chelsea might have to look for replacements in central midfield.
The idea of a loan spell could prove to be interesting for Chelsea, considering that Essien is an excellent player when he is fully fit. Parker has previously worked with Andre Villas-Boas when the latter was the assistant to Jose Mourinho during his tenure as manager of Chelsea. Though Parker is also attracting interest from Tottenham, Arsenal and Aston Villa, Chelsea are set to make a move quickly in order to seal the loan deal for Parker before they leave for their preseason tour to the far east.
West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has admitted a loan would suit the club following their relegation to the Championship. Sullivan said: "We would love a deal—and this has been mooted—that maybe we loan him out for the season for a substantial fee and then when we get promotion he comes back to us. That sort of deal would appeal to us, because we love Scott. We would obviously want a loan fee because he has substantial value and has three or four years left of his career. They would probably be getting the best of those three of four years—he is at the absolute peak of his game at the moment and is playing out of his skin. He would be a superstar wherever he goes; in the Championship, he would be the best player."
According to the Mirror, Tottenham are set to revive their interest in Spain and Athletic Bilbao centre forward Fernando Llorente after they failed in a bid to land the striker in January. Llorente is a highly rated striker who has scored seven goals in 13 games for the Spain national team and has been identified as a prime target for Harry Redknapp's team.
However, Tottenham will have to first offload some players to sign new players in the summer, and they are interested in listening to offers for a number of players in the summer. They are apparently ready to offload Robbie Keane for around £6 million and are open to offers for strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch as well.
Spurs want around £14 million for Russia international Pavlyuchenko, while they would listen to offers of £12 million plus for either of England strikers Defoe and Crouch. They are set to bid £20 million for the Spaniard, who has been prolific in the La Liga.
According to the People, Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Germany and Werder Bremen's experienced centre back Per Mertesacker, who has only one year remaining on his current deal. The Gunners have been linked with a number of defenders in the summer considering that they were not solid in defence and let in a number of goals from set-piece situations.
Mertesacker has huge experience, having been capped 75 times by Germany, and will cost £7 million, though Blackburn defender Chris Samba and Bolton’s Gary Cahill are also targets for the Gunners. Wenger is said to be a long term admirer of the defender, and he could be available at a bargain because of his contract situation.
Standing at 6' 6", the 26-year-old could be the imposing defender that Arsenal need at the heart of the defence. However, the only drawback is that he could struggle with the pace and physicality of the Premiership, but he has the experience to be a success in EPL as well.
According to the Daily Mail, FC Porto defender Rolando has opened the doors for a move to Chelsea and that he is ready for a new challenge if the opportunity arises. The new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is on the look-out for a new defender, with defender Alex set to move from the club, and Rolando has welcomed reports that the Porto defender could be targeted by his former manager.
"Andre Villas-Boas has my number. If he is interested, he knows that I loved working with him," Rolando said from Porto’s pre-season training camp in Germany. "I have been in Porto for three years now, and now could be a good time to leave, I just want to continue to win, whether here or somewhere else. There are clubs in Europe who Porto cannot compete with financially, and if an offer comes in, we will see."
Porto president Pinto da Silva has insisted that none of his players will be leaving on the cheap. We do not reduce by one euro the price of our stars for the big foreign clubs." he said.
Chelsea have also been linked with Porto trio Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and Hulk.
According to talkSPORT, Premier League richest clubs Chelsea and Manchester City are set to battle against each other for the signing of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who might consider a move away from the club. De Rossi, 27, is set to leave the Italian club during the summer, as he has just one year left on his current deal and has become unsettled at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Italian international is still regarded one of the best midfielders in Europe and would relish the chance to play in the Premier League. Chelsea are interested in the midfielder following the long term injury to Michael Essien, and since the versatile midfielder has sustained a number of serious injuries on his knees, it is still doubtful whether it will have any impact on his future.
However, Manchester City are also interested in signing De Rossi, who is immensely experienced and can provide immense quality to the team, which has qualified for the Champions League next season. Reports in Italy state that City will blow Chelsea out of the waters with a bid of around £25 million. City are hoping that a deal can be finalised in the next few days and De Rossi can become their third major signing of the summer after the signings of Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic.
According to ESPNSoccernet, Santos' Ganso is keen on a January switch to AC Milan, who were the Serie A winners in the 2010-11 season, because he is interested in representing Santos in the Club World Cup, which features FC Barcelona as well. The midfielder is one of the most highly rated footballers in Brazil, and at the age of 21, he is already a full International and has played an active role for Brazil's Copa America campaign so far.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "My dream is to beat Messi's Barcelona in the FIFA Club World Cup and then join AC Milan in January." Santos are asking around €50 million for Ganso, and there have been indications that Milan's interest has cooled as a result of his price tag and injury record.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has now said that, as Italian clubs are currently only allowed to sign one non-EU player per season, a move is not practical at present. Galliani told Sky Sport Italia: "He'd like to join us in January and we would like that too, but he's a non-EU player, so the rules have to be changed first. We hope that the non-EU restrictions are altered."
According to Goal.com, AC Milan and AS Roma are interested in a move for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who is considered to be a valuable player in midfield by both the clubs. Following the transfer of midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Milan are interested in the Juventus midfielder to strengthen their midfield in the next season in order to retain their domestic title and also achieve glory in Europe.
Roma are interested as well in the midfielder and could be interested in a swap deal involving Marchisio, with talented striker Mirko Vucinic going the other way to join the Old Lady. Under new manager Luis Enrique, the Italian club will hope that they have a good season in 2011-12 and can build a team capable of competing for trophies.
Though Marchisio recently signed a new contract with Juventus, the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte puts his future in doubt as he prefers to have Pirlo and Felipe Melo in midfield and has also asked the director to make a move for Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, which will further reduce Marchisio's playing time.
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are interested in signing Blackburn's dominating centre back Christopher Samba, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal. Rovers do not want to sell the Congo defender but Samba, 27, wants to go and is concerned Arsenal were priced out of a bid by his £12 million valuation.
Tottenham are interested in a swap deal and could offer Robbie Keane and Sebastien Bassong as part of the bid to sign Samba. The Spurs have been hit by injuries to their defenders, and with Ledley King's injury problems still not sorted, Harry Redknapp might be interested in a move for a imposing defender.
Blackburn may consider a part-exchange deal but would rather not take older players with low sell-on value and could not accept Keane as part of the deal because he might be overpriced. Keane, who was at West Ham on a loan deal in the second half of the season, is most likely to quit the club and Spurs might consider offers for the striker.
According to the Mirror, Barcelona are finally trying to end the long-running Cesc Fabregas saga by making an offer, which is acceptable to Arsenal, who will be reluctant to lose their best player in the team. The Gunners have not won a trophy in the last six years, and it is understandable that Fabregas is frustrated by the lack of success.
The Arsenal captain missed a number of games last season sue to recurring hamstring injuries and has been left out of the commercial tour to Asia due to the same problem. Though it has fuelled speculation that he could be set to leave the club in the summer, the manager expressed his confidence that the Spanish midfielder will stay at the club.
Barcelona have been interested in taking back their former youth player, but despite making formal approaches for securing the services of Fabregas, they have been rebuffed in the past. However, only time will tell whether Fabregas will finally move to Barcelona in this summer or not, and at this point, there will be continued speculation in the British and Spanish press regarding the future of Fabregas.
According to BBC Sport, Hamburg have confirmed that they are interested in signing Arsenal's out-of-favor forward Nicklas Bendtner, who has attracted interest from other clubs as well. Hamburg director Frank Arnesen said " Bendtner would be a real dream. There are two other clubs who have made Nicklas an offer, and we are unfortunately not in that position."
The 23-year-old Denmark International has been left out of Arsenal's preseason tour to Asia and could be on the move in the summer after he did not play regularly last season, with both Marouane Chamakh and Robin Van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order.
The Arsenal striker has also been strongly linked with a move to Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund, but the German club have distanced themselves from the speculation. Their chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said "There has never been an offer from Borussia Dortmund for Nicklas Bendtner."
According to the Mirror, Blackburn are planning to sign Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, who has struggled for playing time this season following his injury at the start of the last season. Defoe has admitted he is unhappy with being a bit-part player in his second spell at the Lane, but he does not want to push to leave. The England International wants to play regularly to maintain his place in the England squad considering that there are many competitors for his position.
Though Blackburn want to sign the striker outright with cash, they could also be interested in a swap deal, with Christopher Samba going the other way to bring defensive stability to Spurs. The Venkys group want to land a "name" player who would pay off both as a player and an advert for them, and a current England international fits the bill perfectly. Rovers insider say the move is "possible," but the biggest stumbling block will be persuading London boy Defoe to go to Lancashire.
If Blackburn do sign Defoe, it will be a statement of intent from the club and will give the club a huge boost ahead of the new season. Steve Kean could have a decent transfer budget following the sale of Phil Jones and could spend it in the summer to bring in quality players.
According to Skysports News, Roma are close to a deal for Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni, which could indicate that they might not move for highly rated Ajax and Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Roma have been strongly linked with the Dutch goalkeeper but have probably opted for Kameni.
"His [Kameni] arrival is probable," sporting director Walter Sabatini said. "That means it is something a bit more than just a possibility, even if anything can happen in the market. Stekelenburg? He is a great goalkeeper, but the decision was a technical one."
According to talkSPORT on July 5, Arsenal failed in a last ditch bid to sign the Ajax goalkeeper, but the keeper looked set to join AS Roma after reaching a verbal agreement with the club. However, with recent reports that they could prefer Kameni ahead of the Dutchman, it is uncertain whether Arsenal will renew their interest regarding Stekelenburg.
According to the Daily Mail, Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are interested in signing Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has been inconsistent following his move to Spurs, but has shown that he is a quality player time and again with some excellent goals. However, with Tottenham looking to push for a Champions League place next season, Pavlyuchenko may be sold in order to generate the funds to sign a top player in the summer.
The Russian club are hopeful on a deal for Tottenham striker Pavlyuchenko, despite the Russia striker’s desire to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane. Anzhi boss Gadzhi Gadzhiev said "We would be interested in Pavlyuchenko, especially as he has a Russian passport. If it happens he would strengthen our team."
Anzhi are ready to offer about £10 million for the striker, but Spurs are believe to want closer to £15 million for the Russia International.
According to the Daily Star, Juventus have emerged as the favorites to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal for an alleged fee of around £19 million, which means that the Italian club could offload some of their central midfielders in the summer transfer window. However, this could come as a blow for Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger was interested in the midfielder and could have made a move for him if Cesc Fabregas leaves the club.
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller said: “Arturo is a highly-coveted player. We will only sell him for an offer we deem appropriate."
According to Skysports News, Vidal commented from Chile's training ground: "Juventus? Yes, there is a possibility, but I will decide my future after the Copa America. I must think about my future and Juventus would be a good opportunity for me."