Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Luis Suarez, Nolito, Cahill

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2016

Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Luis Suarez, Nolito, Cahill

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    The last rumours roundup during the January transfer window is here, and we've got a whole host of big names who have been suggested to be on the move over the past few days.

    Our rumours are ordered according to the price tag mentioned, the reputation of the player involved and the size of the buying club.

    This week's suggestions are all taken from external sources, not B/R's own, so enjoy the discussions below on which players would suit your team and which should be kept hold of at all costs!

20. Matt Miazga

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    Chelsea have been in talks to sign New York Red Bulls centre-back Matt Miazga, and Sky Sports' Sam Drury reported they are close to a £3.5 million deal.

    A 20-year-old American, Miazga has been a regular in Red Bulls' team over the last year and has impressed enough to win a move out of MLS.

    Stoke City and Leicester City have also been linked with Miazga, but he looks ready to sign for Chelsea over the weekend.

19. Wahbi Khazri

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    Bordeaux midfielder Wahbi Khazri is set for a move to Sunderland, per BBC Sport.

    The Tunisian looks ready to become Sam Allardyce's next addition to the Black Cats squad as he bids to keep them from the drop this season, with two defenders and a striker already having joined this month.

    Everton and Aston Villa have been linked with Khazri this month, but the Bordeaux man looks to be on his way to the Stadium of Light.

18. Gary Cahill

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    Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has become frustrated with a lack of football in recent weeks, seemingly, with the England international falling behind Kurt Zouma and John Terry in the pecking order.

    Despite not featuring as much as usual, the Guardian's Dominic Fifield reported he is unlikely to be allowed to leave in the January window, since Chelsea would have limited time left to secure a replacement for him.

    With UEFA Euro 2016 on the horizon and the likes of Chris Smalling and John Stones fighting hard for a place in the England national team, Cahill will have to hope he can regain his place at club level to press his own claims.

17. Robin van Persie

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    Chelsea's problems in attack have led them to look abroad for reinforcements, and the Daily Express' Tony Banks reported they were considering a move for Robin van Persie.

    The Dutch forward starred for Arsenal and won the title with Manchester United before moving to Fenerbahce, but he has not enjoyed as much success in Turkey.

    Any move for Van Persie was, however, subject to Alexandre Pato not signing for Chelsea—the Brazilian has a work permit hearing on Friday, though, which would scupper the Van Persie move if he passes.

16. Loic Remy

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    Chelsea striker Loic Remy is seemingly not wanted, nor wants to stay at the club, and has several suitors for a potential move this January.

    Daily Mail's Kieran Gill reported Newcastle United are after the French forward for a fee of around £12 million, with the Magpies having been turned away from approaches for Saido Berahino.

    Remy is behind Diego Costa at Chelsea and has had little impact off the bench this term.

15. M'Baye Niang

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    Leicester City's search for a new forward has taken them to AC Milan's M'Baye Niang.

    TalkSPORT cited reports from Italian outlet Corriere della Sera that suggested the Foxes will need to make a £12 million bid for the French attacker, who has five goals in 10 games this season.

    Leicester will meet the valuation, according to the report, to sign him before the deadline on Monday.

14. Mario Suarez

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    Former Atletico Madrid and current Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez is set for a move away from Serie A, with Watford having agreed a £4 million fee according to BBC Three Counties Radio.

    Suarez only joined La Viola in the summer after several years with Atleti—part of which time he spent under Quique Sanchez Flores, who will be his new manager at Watford.

    At Vicarage Road, he will compete with the likes of Valon Behrami and Etienne Capoue for a central spot—both also new signings this season.

13. Piotr Zielinski

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    Liverpool are on the trail of Udinese midfielder Pitor Zielinski, according to the Mirror's Matt Lewis, with the Reds looking to pay around £11 million to bring him in from Serie A in January.

    However, with the Poland international on loan at Empoli and not wishing to potentially jeopardise his place in his national team's squad at Euro 2016, the Reds might have to wait until the summer to capture their target.

    Napoli and Juventus have also been linked with him, as well as Roma earlier in the year.

12. Davide Santon

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    Inter Milan's versatile full-back Davide Santon is set for a move back to the Premier League, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    Comfortable on either side of defence, Santon previously played at Newcastle United; now Norwich City and West Ham United want to bring him back to England to boost their respective squads, with the Hammers recently losing Carl Jenkinson to injury.

    Norwich added right-back Ivan Pinto last week.

11. Ahmed Musa

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    Leicester City have targeted Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow to sustain their unlikely Premier League title challenge, according to the Times' Gary Jacob.

    The Foxes have made an offer of around £14 million for the Nigerian, who can play wide or through the centre up front, but the Russian club want another £5 million on top before they will consider parting with their player.

    Leicester have decided on Musa after seeing an approach for Sampdoria's Eder turned down.

10. Jamie Vardy

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    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy continues to draw attention from some of the biggest clubs around after his standout season for the Foxes in the Premier League, with Chelsea said to be interested in a part-exchange deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis reported the London club want to offer Loic Remy as bait to be able to snare Vardy, who is top scorer in England this term with 16 league goals.

    Separately, Leicester are said to have bid around £7.5 million for Remy already.

9. Juan Cuadrado

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    Juventus want on-loan winger Juan Cuadrado to remain at the club next season—but only on loan again rather than signing him permanently.

    Sky Sports reported Juve chief Giuseppe Marotta said he hopes the Serie A club can keep the Chelsea player beyond the end of this season, due to his tactical flexibility and difference from other players in the squad.

    The Colombian failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and is mostly a sub for Juve this term after they reverted to 3-5-2 on a regular basis.

8. Dani Carvajal

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    Chelsea have asked Real Madrid about the possibility of signing right-back Dani Carvajal.

    The Spanish full-back has returned to being first-choice under Zinedine Zidane, with Rafa Benitez having previously preferred Danilo, but Fichajes (h/t talkSPORT) reported Chelsea want to make the move permanent before the end of this month regardless.

    Carvajal is likely to be Spain's second-choice right-back this summer at the Euros.

7. Nolito

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    Spanish publication Sport have reported (in Spanish) Arsenal will be back in for Celta Vigo forward Nolito before the end of the transfer window.

    That comes on the heels of Barcelona deciding they would not be making any further inroads into signing the Spanish international, unable to secure Nolito on loan and not having the funds for a permanent deal.

    Arsenal have long been linked with the left-sided forward, who has recently been out injured.

6. Andriy Yarmolenko

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    Dynamo Kyiv winger Andriy Yarmolenko has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and Ukrainian outlet Sport (h/t the Star's Alex Wood) is now reporting that the deal has finally been done, with Arsenal his destination.

    Yarmolenko is said to have signed a deal to move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, for a fee of around £23 million.

    The likes of Everton and Barcelona have previously been linked with him.

5. Jose Gimenez

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    Chelsea have decided upon Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez as the centre-back they want to add to their squad for next season, according to the Evening Standard's Simon Johnson.

    The report indicates that John Stones and Marquinhos are also on Chelsea's list as they look to restructure their defence.

    Kurt Zouma is Chelsea's long-term option in the back line, battling with Gary Cahill and John Terry as the more experienced choices.

4. Alex Teixeira

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    Liverpool's public pursuit of Alex Teixeira shows no signs of coming to a positive ending—at least from the point of view of the Premier League club or the player.

    Teixeira has made it known he wants to move to Anfield, but Shakhtar Donetsk are refusing to sell for a lowered fee, and the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reported the chances of a move are "fading fast."

    Shakhtar want almost £40 million for Teixeira, who Liverpool are said to have had more than one bid for turned down.

3. Robert Lewandowski

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    Polish striker Roberto Lewandowski is prepared to turn down approaches from Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, according to the Independent's Mark Ogden, and instead wait out Real Madrid's transfer ban to make a move to the Spanish giants in 2017.

    The report indicates Lewandowski is keen to test himself in another league while still in his prime and is aware of the interest from Real, which, combined with Pep Guardiola's departure this summer, means he will also be inclined to leave the Allianz Arena.

    Real Madrid are facing a two-window ban on registering new players.

2. Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez is flying at Barcelona, scoring at a rate of around a goal a game and becoming central to the team's plans as they challenge on all fronts.

    Even so, speaking on talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers suggested the Uruguayan forward could be tempted by a move back to Anfield in the future, citing his relationship with the fans and his impact on the league as reasons.

    It's not likely to be any time soon—Suarez only left in 2014 for the Camp Nou.

1. Lionel Messi

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    In what may have been the most optimistic "testing of the waters" of all time, Real Madrid have been reported to have tried to sign Lionel Messi from great rivals Barcelona on no less than three occasions.

    Spanish radio station Cadena COPE (h/t the Mirror's Ed Malyon) has suggested Florentino Perez's contacts, or the club directly, have attempted to initiate dialogue with Messi over a move from the Camp Nou to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2011, 2013 and again in 2015.

    In each case, Messi has told Real he didn't wish to move, according to the report.


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