Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Digne, Guillermo Varela

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJuly 18, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Digne, Guillermo Varela

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    Today's edition of the Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup features the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

    What price tag have Los Blancos placed on Gonzalo Higuain's head in the latest turn in this transfer saga?

    Which club not named Manchester United "dreams" of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid?

    Who are Everton lining up as a direct replacement for Leighton Baines?

    Read on for these answers and more! 

Guillermo Varela

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    According to Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail, Manchester United's new right-back, Guillermo Varela, could be set for a short-term loan move to Boca Juniors.

    The Uruguayan, who recently shone at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and helped his side to a second-placed finish, may have a better chance at receiving game time back in South America.

    He's a wonderful prospect but a little rough around the edges. Consistent playing time on a short-term loan deal could tick all the boxes for both parties involved. 

Lucas Digne

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    The race to sign Lucas Digne is over, and Paris Saint-Germain are the winners.

    Having recently shone at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and having picked up a winners' medal in the process, many teams were keen to sign Digne. The 19-year-old projects as a lockdown left-back for the next decade or more.

    Sky Sports have confirmed Les Parisiens beat several suitors to land his signature, and the capital club are starting to look a truly ferocious outfit.

    "To play for Paris Saint-Germain, with these exceptional players, is a dream come true," said Digne, according to Sky Sports. "I'm very happy."

    Not familiar with Digne? He plays a bit like Dani Alves. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Many fans believe that should Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid, there's only one place he'll go: Old Trafford.

    But Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has suggested to Marca, via, that he sees the Portuguese forward as his ultimate dream signing.

    "I have a very good relationship with Florentino [Perez, Real Madrid president]," Al-Khelaifi has stated. "If I want my dream of signing Cristiano to be met, I'll call [Perez]."

    The thought of Ronaldo teaming up with Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Scary. 

Guilherme Siqueira

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    Everton are closing in on Granada left-sider Guilherme Siqueira, according to Ed Malyon of Mirror Football.

    Reports in Spain have suggested the talks are at an advanced stage, and given Siqueira's immense similarities to Leighton Baines, fears abound that the current incumbent at left-back is on his way out of Goodison Park.

    Siqueira is a wonderful pickup and would work wonders in a Roberto Martinez system, combining pace, power and dribbling ability with genuine stamina and work rate. 

Florent Malouda

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    BBC Sport have confirmed Florent Malouda has signed a two-year deal with Trabzonspor.

    He becomes the latest in a recent string of English Premier League stars to make the move to Turkey, putting behind him one miserable year at Chelsea football club.

    He was forced to train with the youth team for the entire 2012-13 season as an unwanted member of the Blues' squad, and with his contract finally coming to an end, he has moved abroad for one last experience. 

Quick Kicks

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    Joel Campbell has received a work permit to play in England, but his agent is still thrashing out where he will play next season, according to ESPN.

    According to Ghana Soccer Net, U-20 star Michael Anaba is a target for Belgian side Anderlecht.

    Gonzalo Higuain's price is now an astonishing £37 million, report the Daily Mail.

    The BBC have confirmed Maicon, a former Internazionale stalwart, has joined Roma from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

    Mirror Football suggest Papiss Cisse will be sold from Newcastle after refusing to wear the Wonga-branded strip in preseason for religious reasons.