Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Eden Hazard, Ruben Neves, Falcao

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2015

Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours: Eden Hazard, Ruben Neves, Falcao

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    The end of the working week brings with it, as always, our roundup of the biggest transfer rumours circulating around the global media.

    We scour all the major players and leagues to find which names are being linked with potential moves, in January and beyond, and rank the rumours according to price tag, reputation of the buying club and quality of the player in question.

    It's subjective, it's fun to keep track of who your club might be buying or selling...and, most importantly of all, it's not a collection of B/R's rumours, just everybody else's!

20. Victor Moura

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    Manchester City kick us off with a potential deal...for several years in the future.

    The Premier League club have taken 15-year-old Brazilian attacker Victor Moura on trial over the past few days, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, and now want to tie up a deal with his current club Corinthians, which would allow City to sign the teenager once he is old enough to move—typically 18, from the Brazilian league.

    Moura impressed in the trial and scored in a friendly against Newcastle United, and the two teams have discussed further trial possibilities and their intentions to swap ideas between coaches, according to the report.

19. Marko Grujic

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    Manchester United are looking to the future for their next recruits, and Marko Grujic is one who has caught their eye, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Liam Corless of the Mirror).

    The Red Star Belgrade teenager has played a big part this season from a holding-midfield role, and the report indicates he has been "likened to Chelsea's Nemanja Matic."

    Grujic has three goals in 12 games this term.

18. Jermain Defoe

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    Bournemouth need to make additions to their attack in January after a number of first-team players were ruled out with long-term injuries, and it seems Jermain Defoe is one of their top candidates to come in.

    The Mirror's John Cross reports him being a potential loan target in winter after they failed to sign him during the summer, with Sunderland having since switched management.

    Defoe has scored twice in seven Premier League games this term, plus a hat-trick in the League Cup.

17. Thorgan Hazard

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    Thorgan Hazard failed to make the grade at Chelsea but has impressed in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach this season, leading Tottenham Hotspur to take an increasing interest in him, according to Daily Mail's Simon Jones.

    Spurs sent scouts to watch Hazard against Juventus this week and have previously tracked him in another game for his current club, though the report notes Chelsea have a buy-back option.

    He has scored once in 10 so far this season, often featuring as a substitute in the Bundesliga.

16. David Ospina

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    Arsenal signed Petr Cech over the summer—their only addition to the first-team squad—and the man who he replaced in goal, David Ospina, is now a target for Marseille in Ligue 1.

    That's according to Le 10 Sport(h/t Metro's Mark Brus), who says the French club are aware of Ospina's unhappiness and would be prepared to make him Steve Mandanda's successor.

    Colombian goalkeeper Ospina has only featured three times for the Gunners this term, twice in Europe and once in a Capital One Cup fixture.

15. Nuri Sahin

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    Another Liverpool rumour now and one that is linking the past with the present in a number of ways, with Calciomercato (h/t Metro) suggesting the Reds are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin.

    The Turkish playmaker was at Anfield in 2012-13, on loan from Real Madrid, but he played out only half the season under Brendan Rodgers before returning to BVB, where he had previously been under Klopp and won the Bundesliga title in 2011.

    Injuries meant his play was restricted to nine games last term, and Sahin has yet to feature under Thomas Tuchel during the current campaign.

14. Most of Ajax

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    Barcelona sent scouts to watch Fenerbahce vs. Ajax in the UEFA Europa League this week, with a whole host of targets under consideration according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t the Star's James Phillips).

    Robert Fernandez, the club's technical secretary, was potentially in attendance, primarily to assess Robin van Persie of the Turkish side but also looking at five Ajax players who are potential future acquisitions for the Liga club.

    Riechedly Bazoer, Davy Klaassen (both central midfield), Jairo Riedewald (centre-back), Anwar El Ghazi (winger) and Arkadiusz Milik (striker) are the names touted.

13. Jesus Navas

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    Manchester City winger Jesus Navas continues to divide opinion on whether he is a decent alternative to the team's attacking style, or a frustrating, unreliable winger who is all pace and no product.

    Either way, Manuel Pellegrini still plays him plenty—but the recent Champions League match against Sevilla gave journalists the chance to push Navas on a potential return to his former club.

    TalkSPORT reports Navas playing down the links, despite retaining an affection for the Andalucian side.

12. Radamel Falcao

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    Chelsea have AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, but with this campaign not going any better than last year when he was on loan at Manchester United, it appears the blues are ready to cut short the temporary stay.

    The Mirror's John Cross reports Fiorentina are among the clubs interested in taking the Colombian forward in January, and Chelsea will be willing to let the deal happen if they can find a replacement themselves.

    Falcao has so far scored just once in nine appearances in all competitions.

11. Saido Berahino

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    Saido Berahino has worked his way back into the West Bromwich Albion squad after transfer rumours and social media problems over summer, and his goals have once more attracted the attentions of bigger clubs.

    Spurs maintain their interest and Manchester United are also in the hunt for the striker, with Tuttomercatoweb (h/t James Cambridge of the Express) reporting both teams ready to move swiftly in January to inch ahead of the other in the race for Berahino's signature.

    Berahino, 22, has three goals in seven games this season.

10. Lazar Markovic

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    Liverpool signed Lazar Markovic for £20 million from Benfica just over a year ago, but the Serbia international hasn't yet managed to make an impact at Anfield and was sent out on loan to Fenerbahce this term.

    The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reports that new manager Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the player and is considering recalling him in January, with Markovic's parent club retaining that right and no option-to-buy clause in place for the Turkish SuperLig side.

    Markovic has played five times so far in his loan spell.

9. Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    The Mirror's Ed Malyon reports that there are strong indications Barcelona have agreed to bring in Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain on a Bosman deal in the new year.

    An Argentina international who has played back-up to the likes of Edinson Cavani in his time in Paris, Lavezzi was reportedly a target for Barca when he left Napoli, but now they can finally bring him in as his contract will expire next summer.

    The report also indicates the signing will not mean Barcelona have to sell Neymar.

8. John Stones

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    Back to John Stones again! The never-ending saga has taken a few twists already, with the Mirror's David Maddock now reporting that Chelsea are likely to come back in with a fresh bid in January—and so Everton want to wrap up a new contract for the defender instead.

    A release clause is likely to be included in any deal that Stones agrees to, while he already has more than three years to run on his current contract.

    Stones has played nine times for Everton this season.

7. Ruben Neves

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    Liverpool are preparing to make Porto midfielder Ruben Neves one of the first new additions of the Jurgen Klopp era, according to the Mirror's Ed Malyon.

    The Reds have stepped up their scouting of the 18-year-old in recent weeks, who captained the side to victory in the Champions League this week.

    Neves, a deep-lying midfielder, would be in competition with the likes of Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva were he to join the Anfield club—but Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports Porto president Pinto da Costa saying he is not for sale and is contracted until 2019.

6. Juan Cuadrado

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    Juventus want to make permanent the loan signing of Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado, who they have this season on a year-long deal from Chelsea.

    That's the word from the Telegraph's Matt Law, who indicates Juve want to complete the deal for around £16 million in January, compared to a slightly higher price if they wait until next summer.

    Selling Cuadrado in January could mean Chelsea can add a new face to their own squad, the report suggests.

5. Yevhen Konoplyanka

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    Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu believes Jose Mourinho is looking at one of three targets to strengthen the final third of Chelsea's squad, after the two bosses spoke at a recent international match.

    Sky Sports reports Lucescu saying: "Mourinho is interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka. I was at Ukraine versus Spain with Mourinho and he is interested in some players. Perhaps it is [Andriy] Yarmolenko or [Alex] Teixeira, if not, then it is Konoplyanka."

    Konoplyanka left Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the summer to move to Sevilla, where he has had to bide his time to break into the team—but he has still had an impact off the bench at times, scoring four goals so far in 10 appearances.

4. Claudio Marchisio

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    Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta claimed on Premium Sport (h/t the Press Association and via the Guardian) that the Italian Serie A champions turned down a summer bid from Liverpool for Claudio Marchisio.

    Marchisio was one of the key midfielders for Juve last season as they won the domestic double and reached the Champions League final, but Marotta said the 29-year-old is "going nowhere."

    He has played just four times this season so far.

3. Aymeric Laporte

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    Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte continues to be chased by most of Europe's top teams, with Chelsea and Manchester United joining Barcelona in being given a £35 million price tag for him.

    Laporte, a left-sided centre-back, has been a French youth international for some time but has yet to make the breakthrough at senior international level.

    Spanish outlet El Correo (h/t Bruce Archer of the Express) indicates Athletic will not sell for lower than his release clause at the end of the season, but he is near the top of both Chelsea's and Barca's wishlists in particular.

2. Thomas Muller

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    Manchester United and Arsenal have made repeated attempts to sign Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Thomas Muller during 2015, but the player himself has said a move is "not up for discussion."

    The Daily Mail's Rob Draper reported Muller appreciated the words that recently emanated from his current club that he could remain at Bayern throughout his career, and United have been encouraged to end their email requests regarding Muller's availability.

    He has netted 11 goals in 13 games in all competitions this season.

1. Eden Hazard

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    Eden Hazard came under fire from manager Jose Mourinho recently and was dropped from the Chelsea team, leading naturally enough to immediate speculation that he could leave the club.

    L'Equipe (h/t James Orr of the Independent) reports Hazard is unhappy with life at his current club and will seek a move to Real Madrid in summer, after the Belgian liked an Instagram post that linked him with the Spanish club.

    Hazard has yet to score in 13 matches this season.


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