Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Cesc, Gotze and Musacchio

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

Ranking the Week's 20 Hottest Transfer Rumours with Cesc, Gotze and Musacchio

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    The final week before the closure of some of Europe's big leagues has been a hectic one, with games in hand being played, managers' futures being sorted out and plenty of transfer talk already under way.

    This week's roundup of the biggest rumours around sees potential ins and outs at Barcelona, a two-way London battle for a Belgian striker and a self-proclaimed legend ready to move on.

    Our transfer rumours are ordered according to player reputation, fee involved in any deal and the size of the reported buying club.

20. Troy Deeney

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    Watford forward Troy Deeney has been linked with various high-flying Premier League clubs for more than a year, but now he is linked with the top club.

    Leicester City want to sign the Hornets' captain, as reported by David Kent for MailOnline, with the Mail on Sunday's Oliver Holt claiming another Premier League club "that hasn't had such a great season" is also in the running.

    Deeney has scored 12 times in the league this term.

19. Jordan Amavi

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    The Aston Villa exodus could begin with Jordan Amavi, and the injured left-back has been linked with AC Milan.

    CalcioNews24.com (h/t Express) report that Milan will pay less than the €11 million Villa paid for Amavi last summer, as he suffered an ACL injury early on this year that prohibited him building on a good start.

    Jores Okore, Gabby Agbonlahor and others are expected to leave over the summer, following Aston Villa's relegation.

18. Victor Valdes

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    Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is in talks with Espanyol, according to Goal (h/t Marca).

    The Spanish stopper has been out on loan at Standard Liege in Belgium, until an injury meant they sent him back to parent club Manchester United.

    Out of contract in summer and out of favour with the manager, Valdes is expected to move on to a new club soon.

17. Leroy Fer

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    The South Wales Evening Post report that Swansea City want to keep Leroy Fer on a permanent deal.

    Francesco Guidolin signed a new deal as manager last week and now wants to begin early plans for summer recruitment, and keeping hold of the QPR loanee is a priority.

    The manager said: "He is an option. I don't know if he wants to stay, I think so, but he could be a good option to stay. I didn't know him before but he has helped the team in the last part of the season, he is a good player and it is possible he stays here."

16. Adriano

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    Reports in Italy suggest Lazio are ready to make a move for Barcelona's versatile full-back Adriano.

    Corriere dello Sport (h/t Marca) suggest injuries are behind Lazio's motivation to find a new left-back but that Adriano's comfort on the opposite side of defence is also an appealing characteristic.

    Adriano has had his deal at Barcelona extended by a year, but he could depart regardless.

15. Yunus Malli

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    Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is to be handed a transfer kitty of £60 million to strengthen the team over the summer, according to Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail.

    While a striker is regarded as a priority, potential midfield departures means Spurs will be looking for a winger too, with Yunus Malli "on the manger's list," according to the report.

    The attacking midfielder is with Mainz, where he has scored 11 in 33 Bundesliga games this season.

14. Juan Iturbe

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    A bizarre transfer in January saw Juan Iturbe, one of the most heralded young players in world football at one point, move on loan from AS Roma to Bournemouth.

    It hasn't worked out, and Marca report that Malaga are ready to make a move for the forward in the summer, again as a loan with a view to buy if he impresses.

    Iturbe will represent Paraguay at the Copa America over summer.

13. Lucas Perez

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    New Premier League champions Leicester City want to sign Deportivo La Coruna's striker Lucas Perez, according to the Guardian (h/t Marca).

    Lucas was a driving force behind Depor's fantastic first half of the season, but both he and the team fell off the rails after the new year, winning just twice since December and Lucas himself scoring only three in the last 13 Liga matches.

    The striker would cost more than €11 million.

12. Denis Suarez

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    Barcelona are set to exercise a buy-back clause on Denis Suarez, according to Sport's Lluis Miguelsanz.

    The reigning La Liga champions will make the Villarreal attacking midfielder their first signing of the summer, and they will pay just over €3 million, according to an agreement between the clubs from last summer.

    The report indicates that Villarreal will receive 50 per cent of the profits if Denis is sold on this summer, and 25 per cent of the profits if he departs the Camp Nou in 2017.

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is off in the summer, confirming via social media that he's "leaving a legend" from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Mirror's Hamish Mackay reports a number of most likely landing destinations for the enigmatic Swede, with AC Milan, Manchester United and LA Galaxy making up an eclectic mix of favourites.

    That report also cites Italian journalist Alessandro Alciato suggesting a move to Galaxy in MLS is 90 per cent completed.

10. Andriy Yarmolenko

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    Everton have once again been linked with Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko, ESPN report.

    The suggestion is that new investor Farhad Moshiri is keen to make a statement signing, with Yarmolenko having been a top target for Roberto Martinez in previous transfer windows.

    However, with Martinez being sacked on Thursday, it remains to be seen whether the interest holds.

9. Mario Gotze

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    German forward Mario Gotze is likely to be a man in demand this summer, with only one year left on his contract and not having been a regular for Bayern Munich.

    Liverpool have long been linked with a move for him, but now German outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung (h/t Star) suggest that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are ready to make a move ahead of their Premier League rivals.

    A £16 million fee would be seen as something of a bargain for the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner.

8. Antonio Rudiger

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    Reports in Italy suggest Liverpool are targeting AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.

    Calciomercato.com report (h/t Mirror) the Reds will offer Roma more than double the €7 million that the Serie A side must pay Stuttgart to make Rudiger's loan permanent this summer, in an effort to bring around a quick turnaround on the German's future.

    The centre-back has played 29 times in Serie A this season.

7. Mateo Musacchio

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    Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio is one of the key candidates for Barcelona to target this summer, according to Sport's Veronica Brunati.

    The Catalan outfit are identifying multiple targets, and the Argentinian fits the bill, though Spurs, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are all also looking at Musacchio.

    He will represent Argentina at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games later this summer.

6. Alvaro Morata

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    The Evening Standard's James Benge suggests a list of striker candidates for Arsenal to sign in the summer, following news that Danny Welbeck will be out for nine months.

    Heading the group of attackers is Juventus' Alvaro Morata, with the Spaniard third-choice behind Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic at the Serie A champions.

    Real Madrid, however, could exercise a buy-back clause of just over £23 million to sell Morata on again immediately for a profit.

5. Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas has told Marca (via Express) that he is considering a return to Spain, but it won't be with former club Barcelona.

    The midfielder was a Barca academy player and later joined them from Arsenal, before moving to current club Chelsea.

    Cesc says, however, it is unlikely to be this summer, as he has "outstanding bills" at Chelsea following a poor campaign this year.

4. Michy Batshuayi

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    Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi is expected to leave the Ligue 1 side in summer, after the club confirmed he was unlikely to remain in place past the end of the season.

    Darren Lewis and James Whaling of the Mirror report that West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are the front-runners for his signature, with Arsenal and Liverpool also in the hunt.

    A £31 million fee is likely to be required to snare the Belgian striker.

3. Mesut Ozil

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    Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is wanted by Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

    Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Express) claim the German is the top priority for the Serie A champions, who have asked fellow German Sami Khedira to help persuade Ozil to make the move.

    The Gunners are trying to renegotiate Ozil's contract, however, with reports of up to £200,000 per week in wages being offered.

2. Joao Mario

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    Marca report that Manchester United are in advanced discussions with Sporting CP's Joao Mario, with "British and Portuguese media" claiming the deal is close and that United will pay around €57 million.

    Should the deal not be concluded, however, Atletico Madrid are keen admirers of the player and are ready to make a move themselves.

    The winger has netted six in 32 games in the Primeira Liga this season.

1. Robert Lewandowski

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    Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is the big target for Real Madrid, reports Richard Tanner in the Express.

    Manchester United have tracked the Bayern Munich striker, but the English club are set to miss out on a third big target, according to the report, having already seen Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches join Bayern rather than the Red Devils themselves.

    Romelu Lukaku is an alternative for United.