Premier League Transfer Rumours: Top 10 Gossip Stories of the Day
Once again we take stock of the transfer rumors that continue to pile up surrounding the English Premier League. Everyday new gossip is spreading to include bigger and bigger names, and possibly larger fees than before, and it is all leading up to the opening weeks of the season.
As teams have all started their preseason tours, they continue to look at their squad with even more scrutiny as they prepare their last ditch efforts to put a little more punch into their line-ups.
Liverpool continue to be the busiest English club in the market, as their rumors swell once more.
Another team from the city is once again protecting against the loss of a key defender after they already fought off the speculation of Leighton Baines leaving.
London's three biggest clubs all have their hands in the pot once more, and finally two minnows looks to make sure they avoid the drop by looking to secure some late loan moves to add additional reinforcements on the cheap.
Without further delay, here are the top 10 rumors of the day in no particular order.
David Moyes has had to come to the defense of his star center back Phil Jagielka, as the English national has become the primary target for Arsene Wenger as he attempts to address perhaps his weakest point.
The last few seasons have seen the Gunners struggle, as their defense has been less than required in order to truly challenge for trophies. Wenger sees the Toffee star as the ideal partner to his 25-year-old Belgian center half Thomas Vermaelen.
Jagielka made his name playing eight seasons with Sheffield United, during which time they rose from League 1 all the way to the Premier League in 2006-07. During his time he made 287 appearances and scored 22 goals for the Blades.
He moved to Everton during the close season and has been solid at the back for David Moyes making 141 showings while notching four goals.
Arsenal's Vermaelen only made five appearances for the Gunners last season, but his health has returned, and Wenger looks to ready to bring in a long term partner for him in the middle. However, the first bid of £10 million has been rejected outright.
Speculation all summer long has had Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani being loaned out or bought by several different clubs. However, despite the rumors of an impending departure, it seems that the issue was settled today.
The players agent today addressed the press with these following statements reported by Radio Mana Mana via ESPNsoccernet.com:
"Alberto has got over his ankle problem, he's back in the international set-up and has the characteristics needed to do well in the Premier League.
"He's in pre-season training with Liverpool and has played in all of the team's summer tour games so far."
His performances in preseason have impressed, and the most recent deal linking him back to Italy with Florence club Fiorentina has appeared to have been rubbished.
With his injuries apparently behind him after he made 34 appearances for Juventus last season, the Roman looks set to make another run at the EPL, this time healthy and ready to fight for his place.
Early in July, Romelu Lukaku had been continually linked with a move to Chelsea. However, his current club, Belgian side Anderlecht, called for the Blues to actually make a serious offer for the player.
Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to make a switch to England but has been making sure to keep busy as he awaits the details of his future to be decided between the managers and chairmen of his current and possible future club.
The possible transfer of Liverpool's outcast Milan Jovanovic to Anderlecht could signal a sign that the young striker is seriously considered to be making his exit.
Reports indicate that it could take upwards of £18 million to secure the young talent, and he is considering all options even though he previously appeared to have his heart set on Chelsea and a move to London.
Manchester City's fringe striker Emmanuel Adebayor was once one of the most feared front men in the EPL when at Arsenal. His big money move to Eastlands only paid dividends for part of a season, as constant disagreements with teammates and management caused his career much trouble.
Last year he spent the second half of the season on loan to Real Madrid and looks to have rekindled interest from clubs for his services.
Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur are the most recent club to possibly be looking at a serious offer for the player to come on loan to White Hart Lane. The Lillywhites strikers struggled to find the back of the net last season, and Redknapp is keen to bring in a player that has the desire to play and score.
If the move were to happen the Togo striker would join the list of players that have switched sides in the North London Derby.
Marco Bueno, the New Chicharito
Liverpool look to be adding yet another young talented striker to their club, as they have been heavily linked with a move for 17-year-old Mexican international Marco Bueno.
The youngster has been quoted as the new, "Chicharito" in homage to his fellow countryman Javier Hernandez that joined Manchester United last summer and has been an instant success for the Red Devils.
Reds management are reported to be offering the player a possible five-year contract if he makes the move from Mexican club Pachuca. His current club's vice-president, Andres Fassi, has stated that the deal appears to be nearly completed:
"We are conducting negotiations with Liverpool and possibly, on August 1, Marco Bueno will pay a visit to Liverpool.
"We have already practically closed negotiations with them. They want to buy 100 percent of the rights.''
It appears that the U-17 World Cup Champion will continue his rise through the ranks of football's elites, as he will begin life in the EPL this fall.
The Reds continue to be in the news, as they are now reportedly in the hunt to sign German defender Marcell Jansen from Hamburg HSV.
The 25-year-old left back started his career and Borussia Mönchengladbach, which is a club with a great relationship to Liverpool thanks to their mutual respect for one another. The German club's fans are continuous contributors to the families and memorial of the 96 fans that lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster.
Given that history the attacking-minded wing back certainly understands the history of the Liverpool football club. Hamburg's poor domestic finish, their worst in years, and the proven ambitions of the Reds new owners could be more than enough to tempt the German International to England.
His abilities and strength would help solidify the back line, allowing Glen Johnson to return to the right side, and it would place Martin Kelly back in the center back fold as it is his more natural position.
Jansen is expected to demand a sum of around £10 million for Hamburg, and he very well could be on his way to Anfield with the negotiations with Newcastle over Jose Enrique appear to have stalled over their asking of an audacious fee.
Aston Villa are continuing their pursuit of Wigan want away winger Charles N'Zogbia. With shades of his old attitude at Newcastle United surfacing as he threatened to go on strike until allowed to leave for the Birmingham club, it continues to show that his immaturity is his own enemy.
Before this he was also being linked with a move to Sunderland with former teammate Titus Bramble his primary support for the move, but Steve Bruce would never put up with the mindset of N'Zogbia.
Villa have reportedly made a £10 million bid for the French international, but so far there has been no decision on his future, and it could be a sign that he may not be allowed to leave DW Stadium.
It is no doubt that he has skill and talent, but his mindset could prevent many suitors from ever bidding on him as managers do not want to deal with him it seems.
Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton has become the latest member of the Spurs youth contingent to be sent on loan. Last season was spent at Leicester City, where he made 34 league appearances, scoring five goals for the Foxes.
His season saw him honored with two awards, being voted to the PFA Championship Team of the Year for the second time since he also won it for Sheffield United in 2008-09 and also being named the Leicester City Club Young Player of the Year.
This term he will spend his loan in the English Premier League with new boys Norwich City, whom I predict to stay up due to their tremendous efforts to make smart buys to strengthen for what is sure to be a tough but successful first season back in the top flight.
I promise this is the last of the Liverpool ramblings for this post, but the Reds are truly one of the busiest clubs this season, which is a welcomed surprise, even if you do not agree with all the new signings.
The recent return of Alberto Aquilani, plus the arrivals of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam have up and coming Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing being left wanting at any chance of primary playing time. With that dilemma, he now appears to be linked with a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He made 20 appearances for the Reds senior squad last season, mostly thanks to overwhelming amounts of injuries, but nonetheless, he was rewarded with a contract extension by new manager Kenny Dalglish just before the seasons end. This gesture has proven that the Reds see him as a long- term player, but he still needs valuable experience first.
A move to Wolves would truly be very beneficial to him, and would allow him to learn from Wolves new boy Jaime O'Hara, Matt Jarvis, and other seasoned professionals. He also would slot into the starting eleven almost right away, getting the taste of the league in the most real way possible.
His possible loan could also see fellow youngster Daniel Ayala join him at Molineux. The Spaniard has already had two successful short-term loans of 12 games at Hull City in 2009-10, where he scored a goal for the Tigers and had a 17-game stint at Derby County last season.
Ayala is also seen as a future star at Liverpool once he has the chance to make a case in the pecking order in Liverpool's central defense.
Blackburn Rovers could be on the verge of making a bid to bring Spanish Legend Raul Gonzalez to England. Raul is perhaps one of, if not the greatest striker in Spanish history, and is also possibly the greatest player Real Madrid have ever had on their squad in the last 50 years.
Not only does he hold the record for goals scored at Real with 323, he holds the goal record for the UEFA Champions League at 71, and in total UEFA competitions at 73. We could go on with his accolades, but it is unnecessary as his reputation speaks for itself.
Last season he proved to everyone that he still had what it takes to compete at the highest level, as he helped to lead German club Shalke 04 into the final four of the Champions League before being knocked out by Manchester Untied.
Rovers are in need of a marquis signing, and even at 34, Raul could provide some much needed attention to the club in transition. It is uncertain what the transfer fee would have to be, but if the English club pull it off, it would be great to see the Legend play in the EPL.