Ranking the Week's 25 Hottest Transfer Rumours

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentSeptember 18, 2014

Ranking the Week's 25 Hottest Transfer Rumours

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    Instead of scouring the internet for the latest football transfer gossip, Bleacher Report makes your life easier by providing you a weekly power ranking of the 25 hottest transfer rumours in one slideshow.

    Whether it is the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Serie A, alternative European leagues, or non-European leagues, this slideshow will be inclusive.

    These 25 players will be subjectively ranked via name recognition.

25. Joel Chianese

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    Footballing Career In Limbo, per John Davidson at FourFourTwo.

    After being released by Sydney FC, Australian centre-forward Joel Chianese, 24, failed in his bid to land a contract with League One club Swindon Town.

    "I think when you look at triallists, they have to be better than what we've got," Swindon manager Mark Cooper said, per BBC Wiltshire (h/t John Greco at A-League's official website). "I just didn't quite feel he [Chianese] was at that level."

    Chianese was once a bright prospect, having started his A-League career with six goals in nine games.

    It would be tragic if he was relegated to playing semi-professional football for the next few years, because he has the quality to continue playing professional football. 

24. Dele Alli

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    Rising Transfer Stock, per Rajvir Rai at the Daily Mail.

    English central midfielder Dele Alli, 18, has signed a new contract keeping him at MK Dons until 2017.

    But as revealed by MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, the extension is not designed to keep Alli at the club long-term, rather to increase his transfer stock. 

    "It's inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him [Alli] go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever," Robinson said, per Rajvir Rai at the Daily Mail. "However, for the time being, he remains an MK Dons player."

23. Innocent Emeghara

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    Free Agent → English Clubs, per Sky Sports

    Swiss centre-forward Innocent Emeghara, 25, is looking for a new club.

    "I am a free agent and I am currently in England to talk to several interested parties," Emeghara said, per Sky Sports. "I believe English football is the best in the world and I feel my game suits playing in England."

    Emeghara has played for Livorno, Siena and Lorient in recent seasons. 

22. Jack Collison

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    Free Agent → Ipswich Town, per Chris Brammer at the Ipswich Star.

    Jack Collison, 25, once projected to be the future of Wales' midfield is expected to sign a contract with Championship club Ipswich Town.  

    Despite being at West Ham United for nine years, injuries curtailed his ability to develop into a top-flight footballer.

    He wrote about his struggles coping with injuries, per West Ham's official website:

    I must thank the medical staff at West Ham. They have stuck with me through everything and have been fantastic throughout. The moody days, the down days, the rainy days, I have experienced every moment alongside some of the best medical guys I have ever had the privilege of working with. 

    Collison can still be a contributor to a tier I or tier II team, as Premier League team Queens Park Rangers gave him a look in pre-season

21. Zat Knight

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    Bolton Wanderers → Colorado Rapids, per Colorado Rapids' official website.

    English centre-back Zat Knight, 34, is currently training with the Colorado Rapids, but his "paperwork needs to be processed, before the club is in a position to sign the player."

    Knight was a Premier League stalwart at Fulham, played two seasons at Aston Villa, moved to Bolton Wanderers and has spent the last two campaigns in the Championship. 

    At 6'6", Knight will provide a big aerial presence. 

20. Emmanuel Mayuka

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    Southampton → Wolverhampton Wanderers, per the Express & Star.

    Emmanuel Mayuka, 23, was a star at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for Zambia.

    Though, he has found it tough to make a name for himself at Southampton.

    Sent on loan to Sochaux last season, he had flashes of brilliance, like scoring a cannon-like left-footed shot against Marseille.

    Dropping down a level to Championship club Wolves may help Mayuka re-discover his confidence.

19. Jack Cork

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    New contract, per Sky Sports

    English central midfielder Jack Cork is hoping Southampton will extend his contract.

    "Obviously [leaving at the end of your deal] does cross people's minds, but this is a club I have been at for four years," Cork said, per Sky Sports. "Everyone is settled here and obviously it is nice to feel like you are wanted somewhere, so it would be nice [to talk about a new deal] but we'll see what happens."

    While not on the level of Southampton central midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama, Cork is a conscientious, dedicated and hard-working footballer. 

18. Gianluca Gaudino

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    Bayern Munich → Juventus and Inter Milan, per Gianluca Di Marzio at Calcio Mercato (h/t Enrico Passarella at GianlucaDiMarzio.com)

    German central midfielder Gianluca Gaudino, 17, is being targeted by Juventus and Inter Milan.

    His agent is his father, Maurizio, who played 294 Bundesliga games, so he is not going to throw his son into the deep-end in a foreign nation. 

    Gaudino played like a seasoned professional in Bayern's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg, so he has a bright future. 

17. Julian Brandt

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    Bayer Leverkusen → Chelsea and Liverpool, per Darren Witcoop at the Daily Mirror.

    Julian Brandt, 18, is a German right attacking midfielder capable of turning into a regular German international-calibre footballer. 

    He is currently a Bayer Leverkusen substitute as Karim Bellarabi is playing the best football of his career.

    Brandt should stay at Leverkusen, a club with massive potential, as opposed to chasing the stars too early.

16. Lucas Piazon

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    Chelsea → Eintracht Frankfurt, per Bild (h/t Sky Sports). 

    On loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, Lucas Piazon, 20, is open to extending the deal into a permanent transfer.

    "If everything fits, I could stay in Frankfurt," Piazon said, per Bild (h/t Sky Sports). "Chelsea has so many very good players and it would currently be difficult for me to find a place. Here I can play and gain experience."

    Piazon, a Brazilian, has started Frankfurt's first three Bundesliga games on the left-wing.

    He has been lively, but he has yet to score or assist in league play. 

15. Suso

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    Liverpool → AC Milan, per David Amoyal at GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

    Suso, 20, is open to signing a four year contract worth €1.5/£1.2 million per year net at Milan. 

    The Spaniard was mercurial on loan at Almeria last season. By February, he had scored three times and registered seven assists. 

    Three months later, he only scored once. 

    Theoretically speaking, he would be a viable alternative to Milan right-forward Keisuke Honda.

14. Adrien Rabiot

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    Paris Saint-Germain → Roma, per Goal

    French central midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, is insistent on playing out his contract.

    Rather than face another Kingsley Coman situation, PSG are open to selling Rabiot in the Janaury transfer window with Roma being a potential destination. 

    "We have the privilege and the desire to negotiate for Rabiot, we will do so in agreement with Paris Saint-Germain," Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini said, per Goal. "We will not wait for a solution to acquire him on a free transfer."

    Rabiot showed box-to-box potential on loan at Toulouse and is an accurate passer having completed 90.3 percent of his passes for PSG last season. 

13. Gerard Deulofeu

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    Barcelona → Everton, per talkSPORT.

    Gerard Deulofeu, 20, has yet to start in La Liga on loan at Sevilla.

    The Spaniard has failed to beat out Aleix Vidal, a €3/£2.4 million signing from Almeria, which will leave Barca management agitated.

    He needs "to play as many games as possible," per Barca's official website, so it is likely he could be re-called in the January transfer window and then loaned out again.

    Instead of loaning him to Everton, Barca should loan him to a relegation-threatened La Liga club.

12. Paco Alcacer

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    Contract extension, per AS (h/t Jamie Kemp at Inside Spanish Football).

    Paco Alcacer, 21, is Valencia's rising Spanish centre-forward and is in-line for a pay-rise. 

    He scored six goals in 23 La Liga games last season and has started this season with aplomb, bagging two goals in his first three league games.

    Should Paco extend his contract, it gives Valencia added leverage to negotiate a big transfer fee if one of Europe's wealthiest clubs are interested in signing the No. 9. 

11. Joseph Yobo and 10. Diego Lugano

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    Free Agents → Arsenal, per Sami Mokbel at the Daily Mail.

    Arsenal are considering signing free agents Joseph Yobo, 34, and Diego Lugano, 33, as defensive cover. 

    Both have played in the Premier League and have a wealth of experience. 

    Yobo playing 101 times for Nigeria and Lugano playing in two FIFA World Cups (2010, 2014) for Uruguay.

    Though, both are short-term fixes.

    How about giving Isaac Hayden a chance?

9. Luiz Gustavo

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    Wolfsburg → Arsenal, per Bild (h/t talkSPORT).

    Luiz Gustavo, 27, has no intentions of forcing a transfer to Arsenal.

    "Wolfsburg is a great club to play for and I like living in Germany and the German mentality," Gustavo said, per Bild (h/t talkSPORT). "I feel my future is here and I am able to imagine playing on for many years."

    The Brazilian defensive midfielder has made seven tackles and cut off six passes in his first three Bundesliga games.  

    One hypothetical transfer alternative is Montpellier central midfielder Morgan Sanson who has a higher upside than Gustavo. 

8. Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    Paris Saint-Germain → Liverpool, per Jamie Anderson at the Daily Express.

    Argentine left-forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29, is not valued at PSG.

    He is being utilised in a substitute role. This could open the door to a transfer to Liverpool. The main issue with Lavezzi going to Liverpool is he will face the same issue of sitting on the bench.

    If Lavezzi wants regular playing time, he needs to lower his standards and play for a smaller club. 

7. Lassana Diarra

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    Free Agent → Arsenal, per Anthony Chapman at the Daily Express.

    Lassana Diarra, 29, is once again looking for a new club after the French defensive midfielder confronted then-Lokomotiv Moscow manager Leonid Kuchuk.

    Diarra was poised to sign with Queens Park Rangers in the past summer transfer window "after rows with" Kuchuk, per the Press Association (h/t The National).

    When doesn't Diarra fall out with management?

    He could have been one of the best defensive midfielders of his generation, but his argumentative attitude means he often burns bridges. 

6. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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    Schalke → Premier League, per talkSPORT.

    Dutch centre-forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31, is committed to Schalke, though is open to playing in the Premier League.

    "[The Premier League is] a nice league and you never know what's happening," Huntelaar said, per talkSPORT."[But] my mind is now on Schalke. I have a contract until the end of the season, maybe we're going to talk someday."

    While Huntelaar is an expert poacher, he has experienced injury issues in the last two seasons.

    He has been steadily declining after scoring 29 goals and creating another seven in 31 Bundesliga games for Schalke during the 2011-12 season.  

     

5. Pedro

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    Barcelona → Arsenal, Juventus and Liverpool, per the Express, (h/t Daily Mirror)

    Spanish right/left-forward Pedro, 27, is still the same player he was five years ago. 

    Now you can spin that as a positive given his consistency. Though, it can also be a negative because he has not transitioned into a bona fide world-class star. 

    With Munir El Haddadi rising through the ranks and Luis Suarez's suspension expiring in a month's time, Pedro is projected to be a bit-part player. 

    Barca could also give Sandro Ramirez a super-sub role, which may further diminish Pedro's minutes. 

4. Kevin Strootman

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    Roma → Manchester United, per The Telegraph.

    Kevin Strootman, 24, will continue to be a transfer target for United manager Louis van Gaal, despite the Dutch midfielder's potentially career-debilitating cruciate ligament tear. 

    Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini claims Strootman is "unsellable". 

    Was the same said about Alberto Aquilani, Emerson, Erik Lamela, Marquinhos, Mehdi Benatia, Walter Samuel, et al.?

    Roma are a selling club, so if United meet the Serie A club's valuation of Strootman, he will be playing at Old Trafford. 

3. Eden Hazard

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    Contract extension, per Sky Sports

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eden Hazard, 23, will extend his contract.

    "It's true Chelsea is trying to have an agreement for a new contract," Mourinho said, per Sky Sports. "He wants to commit to us and we want to commit to him for the future."

    From a skill perspective, Hazard, a Belgian international, is on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    But Hazard's productivity is nowhere near the level of the aforementioned two historic footballers. 

    Hazard can take the ball past several defenders, burst into the box, only to give away possession.

    He needs to be more efficient.

2. Iker Casillas

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    Real Madrid → Arsenal, per Le10sport (h/t Charlie Skillen at the Daily Mail).

    Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 33, is clinging on to his starting spot at Real for dear life. 

    Why would Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger target Casillas who is experiencing a career downturn?

    If Arsenal No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny needs to be replaced, Wenger doesn't need Casillas, just give David Ospina an extended run.

    At the rate Casillas is playing at, he is going to be warming the Real bench and watching Keylor Navas keep.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Real Madrid → Manchester United, per Guillem Balague at Bleacher Report.

    Taking away two world-class pass-first creative midfielders in Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil in the past year proves that Real president Florentino Perez is taking Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, for granted.

    Even if the Portuguese international dips below 50 goals this season, why sell him?

    He is still the best or second-best footballer in the world.

    If Ronaldo leaves, Gareth Bale being four years younger will be expected to up his game to a FIFA Ballon d'Or level. 

    United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has proven the club are willing to overspend, so the Premier League giants will exhaust their resources in an attempt to bring back Ronaldo.

    Could this be another "sad" phase for Ronaldo where he exercises his leverage again?

    Instead of money this time, perhaps now he wants to have a big say in transfers.

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