Ranking the Week's 25 Hottest Transfer Rumours

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 24, 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 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.

    The slides are ordered based on the subjective perception of football players' name recognition.

25. Ivan Franjic

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    Brisbane Roar right-back/right-winger Ivan Franjic will be moving to a Moscow-based Russian Premier League club, per Andrew Cussen of Football Central.

    So it is either CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Spartak Moscow or Torpedo Moscow.

    According to the Talking Brisbane Roar Twitter account, Franjic will join Torpedo. 

    If Franjic does move to Russia, it would be a rags-to-riches story. 

    He was a carpenter apprentice who played football as a part-time gig five years ago.

    It was an injury-replacement contract that opened the door into professional football for Franjic, per David Davutovic at the Herald Sun (h/t The Advertiser). 

    An industrious and selfless footballer, Franjic has the ability to carve out a successful career in Europe. 

24. Panagiotis Kone

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    FC Zenit are keen to sign Bologna attacking midfielder Panagiotis Kone, per Enrico Passarella of GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

    Bologna are willing to sell Kone for around €6/£4.7 million. 

    Kone can take the ball past defenders and hounds opposing players to win back the ball. 

23. Eder Balanta

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    River Plate have turned down two bids for Colombian centre-back Eder Balanta, per Enrico Passarella of GianlucaDiMarzio.com:

    • PSV Eindhoven: €6.5/£5.1 million. 
    • Inter Milan: €3.5/£2.8 million.  

    River have invested in Colombian prospects in the past such as Juan Pablo Angel and Radamel Falcao.

    Balanta "is one of the hottest names coming out of South American football," per Juan Arango of The Telegraph.

22. Javier Manquillo

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    Liverpool are close to signing Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian

    Manquillo, 20, is a highly touted prospect who was the back-up to Atleti right-back Juanfran last season. 

    When Manquillo did play, he was a strong tackler who threw himself into aerial duels. 

21. Douglas Costa

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    Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa could be loaned out amid the sociopolitical instability in Donetsk, per Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail

    "I like the club, the people, the city, but I'm afraid," Costa wrote on his Instagram, per The Associated Press (via The Guardian). "We want to stay at the club, but we must have risk-free working conditions."

    To alleviate safety concerns, Shakhtar will temporarily relocate.

    "We will train and reside in Kiev and Arena Lviv will be our home arena," Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu said, per Sky Sports. "We got the okay to play in this city."

20. Fraser Forster

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    After being rebuffed, Southampton will lodge an improved bid for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, per Gordon Simpson of the Southern Daily Echo

    Forster's physical tangibles are incredible at 6'7", while he is also agile laterally. 

    He is capable of making outstanding saves and has the potential to be England's future No. 1. 

19. Romulo Souza

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    Hellas Verona central midfielder/right-back Romulo Souza is being targeted by Juventus, per Enrico Passarella of GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

    Able to play at right-back, Romulo would be a handy squad player for Juventus, having scored six times and assisted on eight goals last season. 

    With Juan Iturbe's high profile, the spotlight was shone on Hellas Verona.

    Iturbe moved to Roma and Jorginho earned a transfer to Napoli, so Romulo could be next in line for a big move. 

18. Dani Osvaldo

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    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed troubled centre-forward Dani Osvaldo will be offloaded in this summer transfer window. 

    "The decision of the board was to allow him [Osvaldo] not to come back," Koeman said, per BBC Radio Solent. "We have to look for opportunities for him to play in a different team."

    Osvaldo scoring three goals in the Premier League was not the issue; it was assaulting teammate Jose Fonte.

17. Ki Sung-Yueng

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    Swansea City central midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng's "future remains unclear" amid speculation of a planned move to Aston Villa, per the South Wales Evening Post.

    Ki is a pin-point passer, having completed 90.7 percent of his passes in the Premier League last season and 93.5 percent of his passes in the FIFA World Cup for South Korea. 

    He is a good player in the Premier League, but his playing style is more suited to Serie A, where he would have more time to pick out a pass.

16. David Ospina

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    David Ospina will sign a four-year contract with Arsenal after the Gunners agreed to pay Nice €4/£3.2 million, per Marca.  

    Ospina is a brilliant goalkeeper who can pull off outstanding saves, as demonstrated at the FIFA World Cup for Colombia.

    He will fill the back-up vacancy left by Lukasz Fabianski and be on deck to deputise for No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny.

15. Javi Garcia

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    Napoli have offered Manchester City central midfielder Javi Garcia an exit route, per Football Italia.

    Garcia is a safe passing outlet, completing 90.1 percent of his passes last season, but he has not been a dominant presence in midfield for City.

    His transfer away from Benfica enabled Nemanja Matic to flourish, who has since become one of the most complete midfielders in Europe and earned a move back to Chelsea.

14. Ron Vlaar

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    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is willing to spend €5/£4 million on Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar, per Chris Lepkowski of the Birmingham Mail.

    Vlaar is a burly, brave and broad-shouldered defender who was impressive for the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup. 

    QPR already have Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, meaning Vlaar would be a luxury signing.

13. Divock Origi and 12. Loic Remy

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    Liverpool are close to signing both Divock Origi and Loic Remy, according to Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce.

    "Brendan Rodgers batted away transfer questions but we know Remy is here in Boston [1]," Pearce said, per Kristian Walsh of the Liverpool Echo. "We're expecting Divock Origi to also fly out to Boston to have his medical."

    Origi is a centre-forward with world-class upside, and Remy bolsters Liverpool's attacking options. 


    [1] Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Roma in a pre-season game at Fenway Park, Boston.

11. Micah Richards

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    Money is the sticking point in Micah Richards being granted an exit from Manchester City, per Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror.

    Back in 2006, most football experts would have projected Richards accumulating at least 50 caps for the England national team by 2014. 

    Instead, he has 13 appearances for England.

    Injuries and being a squad player are ruining Richards' career. 

10. Arda Turan

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    Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed rumours of winger Arda Turan leaving for the Premier League. 

    Turan has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool, per Jamie McLaughlin at the Metro

    "Arda is not going to go," Cerezo said, per AS (h/t Football Espana). "He only speaks Spanish and Turkish and therefore he is going to stay here."

    Turan is an active presence in attack and defence. Able to play on either flank, he creates goals out wide and tracks the runs of opposing players. 

    His warrior-type playing style is suited to the Premier League.

9. Nacho Monreal and 8. Santi Cazorla

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    Atletico Madrid are targeting Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal and attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla, per Matt Law of The Telegraph.

    Monreal would be an upgrade over Emiliano Insua and would compete with Guilherme Siqueira for Atleti's starting left-back spot. 

    Going by the standard Monreal set in La Liga, he has been underwhelming in the Premier League.

    Cazorla is a creative, nifty and brilliant midfielder, but if he wants to leave, then Arsenal should hold out for €25.3/£20 million. 

7. Isco

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    Manchester City are looking at signing Real Madrid attacking midfielder/central midfielder Isco, per Marc Williams at The Independent

    Real signing James Rodriguez from Monaco will limit Isco's chances to impress.

    Real president Florentino Perez spent about €80/£63.2 million on James Rodriguez, so the newest Galactico will be afforded leeway. 

    Isco going to City, where he would link up with former manager Manuel Pellegrini, may work out better than staying at Real. 

6. Javier Pastore

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    Atletico Madrid are open to signing Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore, per Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football

    Once a phenomenal prospect at Palermo, Pastore never progressed into a superstar like James Rodriguez.

    Pastore's agent Marcelo Simonian dismissed speculation of his client leaving, per Get French Football News.

5. Fernando Torres

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    Chelsea centre-forward Fernando Torres is already thinking about life back at Atletico Madrid, according to Raul Garcia.

    "I speak to [Torres] a lot and he still feels very strongly about [Atleti]," Garcia said, per the Press Association (via The Guardian). "His life has been defined by what he experienced here and he is another option."

    What Torres will do is run down his Chelsea contract because this will be his last big payday. 

    His transfer stock has crashed since joining Chelsea, so if Atleti were to sign him, it would be a symbolic move. 

4. Arturo Vidal

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    Manchester United are poised to make a €53.9/£42.5 million bid for Juventus central midfielder Arturo Vidal, per Paul Clennam at Goal.com

    Vidal is 27 years old, runs himself into the ground every game and plays in an energy-sapping style.

    It is logical for Juventus from a business perspective to cash in and reinvest in a box-to-box midfielder with world-class potential. 

    Antonio Conte walking out of Juventus (he has since been replaced by Massimiliano Allegri) suggests Juve's management team are considering selling their most valuable assets. 

3. Angel Di Maria

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    Real Madrid central midfielder/attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria wants to sign a loan deal with Paris Saint-Germain rather than join Manchester United, per Ben Jefferson at the Daily Express

    To circumvent potential UEFA Financial Fair Play infractions, PSG will start signing players on loan. 

    This was already evident with the addition of Serge Aurier, a 21-year-old Ivorian international with world-class potential.

    Di Maria is versatile enough to play in a variety of positions. 

    He is an extraordinary creator—he registered 17 assists in La Liga last season—works hard off the ball and will create a significant void to fill should Real offload him. 

2. Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba is set to complete a fairy tale return to Chelsea, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail

    Drogba, who won a UEFA Champions League title, three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with The Blues, is one of Chelsea's greatest-ever centre-forwards. 

    He left for a short-lived spell at Shanghai Shenhua before spending last season at Galatasaray.

    He loves Chelsea, so he should accept a back-up role to Diego Costa.

1. Samuel Eto'o

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    Queens Park Rangers are working out an agreement with Samuel Eto'o's agent to bring the veteran Cameroonian international to Loftus Road, per John Cross at The Mirror

    Eto'o has renewed vigour after being accused of lying about his age by Jose Mourinho, per African Football (h/t The Guardian). 

    Charlie Austin, who scored 19 goals in the Championship last season, will lose his status of being QPR's go-to guy if Eto'o is signed. 



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