Hottest Transfer Rumour for Every Premier League Club with Hummels, Balotelli
We're into August and the 2014-15 Premier League season is just around the corner, meaning clubs all over Europe are stepping up their transfer activity wherever possible.
The Premier League has already seen plenty of big deals, but we're expecting even more to follow, at least if the latest soundings in the rumours sections are anything to go by.
Continuing our countdown to the new campaign, here are the hottest current rumours—ins and outs—surrounding every one of the 20 Premier League teams.
Arsenal: Alvaro Arbeloa
Arsenal have offloaded Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson from the full-back positions this summer, though Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have come in to contest those roles.
Nonetheless, AS are reporting (h/t the Daily Mirror) that the Gunners want another versatile defender to come in to provide competition and cover, and that Real Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa is that man.
Arbeloa, of course, has Premier League experience from his time with Liverpool and is not the regular starting full-back for his club.
Aston Villa: Danny Batth
Aston Villa have been looking at new central defenders and Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that they are considering a £5 million bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers' Danny Batth.
Wolves were promoted from League One to the Championship at the end of last season with Batth as one of their regular starters, though he has yet to play a full season in England's second flight.
Burnley: Craig Dawson
Burnley are looking for Premier League-quality additions to their squad after being promoted last season, but they are being thwarted in their chase of one.
A third bid of around £2 million for West Brom's Craig Dawson has been rejected, according to Chris Flanagan of the Lancashire Telegraph.
Dawson only played 12 times for the Baggies in the league last season.
Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Oscar
Chelsea are ready to sell one further player from their current squad, says manager Jose Mourinho, but it "won't be a senior player" and Harry Pratt of the Daily Star indicates that Paris Saint-Germain will therefore be left disappointed.
David Luiz moved between the two clubs earlier this summer.
Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha struggled and barely featured during his first season at Manchester United, and he has been offered a way out of the club.
Crystal Palace are one of three teams, along with Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United, who have offered a deal to bring Zaha back to London, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.
Zaha is currently with United on their tour of the United States.
Everton: Modou Barrow
Everton are looking at young striker Modou Barrow, who plays in Sweden with Ostersunds, reports Sky Sports.
Willie McKay, the player's agent, told Sky Sports:
I have spoken with several clubs, including Everton, Bolton, Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday about Modou and they are keen on him. He is available for as little as €1.5million and he is also on comparatively low wages so he would be a bargain for someone.
Everton recently signed Romelu Lukaku to be their main striker for a club-record fee, but they clearly feel they need more depth.
Hull City: Geoff Cameron
Geoff Cameron is Hull City's new defensive target, according to Michael Morgan of the Daily Star.
Hull have been looking for defensive additions this summer but missed out on a number of targets. However, Cameron could be ready to make a £4.5 million move to the KC Stadium.
Mainly played at right-back for Stoke, Cameron played in both the centre of defence and midfield for the USA during the 2014 World Cup.
Leicester City: Lewis Holtby
It's all been a little quiet on the Leicester City front, but Lewis Holtby remains one player linked with a move to the newly promoted team.
David Wright of the Express reported the interest from the Foxes in the Spurs midfielder, with a loan deal of interest to Leicester.
The report indicates that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino would be happy to let the German midfielder leave.
Liverpool: Mario Balotelli
Liverpool look like they are in significant need of another striker and Charles Perrin of the Express reports that Mario Balotelli is the man Brendan Rodgers wants.
The AC Milan forward came on as substitute against the Reds in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, but he did not have much of an impact as Milan lost their third straight game.
A £14 million fee is reported to be enough to sign the Italian forward.
Manchester City: Eliaquim Mangala
City are still seemingly looking to confirm the signing of Eliaquim Mangala, and the French defender will be the club's last signing of the summer, according to James Ducker of The Times.
That would bring City's intake of players over the transfer window to a total of four, though none are established attackers or forwards.
Mangala was part of the France squad at the 2014 World Cup.
Manchester United: Mats Hummels
Manchester United's big defensive target appears to be German centre-back Mats Hummels.
Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror reports that United believe him to be available for around £30 million, but that other sides—including Arsenal—are also interested in the World Cup winner.
With Louis van Gaal favouring a 3-5-2 system, United certainly need to add a leader to their back three, having seen Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic depart this summer.
Newcastle United: Connor Wickham
Connor Wickham could be set to cross the Tyne-Wear divide and join Newcastle United from Sunderland.
Craig Hope of the Daily Mail reports that the striker has not been offered a new contract by the Black Cats and, with only one year of his current deal remaining, would be allowed to leave for around £6 million.
Sunderland themselves have been struggling to bring players in but do not want to lose Wickham when his contract expires next summer.
Queens Park Rangers: Mauricio Isla
Queens Park Rangers aren't shopping in the discount section here—the Premier League new boys are said to be close to sealing a deal for Juventus wing-back Mauricio Isla.
Sky Sports reports that the Chilean will join QPR on a season-long loan, with the potential move being made permanent next summer.
Isla can play on either flank or even in midfield, and with QPR looking set to play 3-5-2 next season, he would fit in perfectly with the team's plans.
Southampton: Artur Boruc
And the sales keep on coming.
Southampton have sold half a side already this summer and now last season's first-choice goalkeeper Artur Boruc is being linked with a move away—to Bayern Munich.
Bayern are known to be after a second goalkeeper to cover Manuel Neuer, and The Telegraph's Matt Law reports that Boruc is near the top of their wanted list.
Stoke City: Jack Butland
Stoke City's big rumour at present surrounds young goalkeeper Jack Butland, who has so far been unable to establish himself as the No. 1 ahead of Asmir Begovic.
The England under-21 'keeper has attracted loan interest from Championship clubs and the offer of a permanent move by Southampton, according to The Sentinel.
Butland is rated as one of the best young stoppers in English football but has had very little playing time since moving to Stoke.
Sunderland: Abel Hernandez
Sunderland are looking to recruit Palermo's Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez, reports John Wardle of the Daily Star.
The international striker was in Serie B last season and earned promotion with his team, scoring 14 goals along the way.
Manager Gus Poyet is keen to bring his compatriot to the Black Cats after failing to land a number of recruits this summer, while striker Danny Graham has been told he can leave.
Swansea City: Wilfried Bony
Swansea's biggest current rumour surrounds a potential outgoing player.
Striker Wilfried Bony remains in demand, but manager Garry Monk has stated to talkSPORT that the Ivorian is not close to leaving the club and that the Swans remain "in control" of the situation.
He also said that Bony had shown good commitment in the club's pre-season friendlies and claimed none of his players have received offers from other teams.
Tottenham Hotspur: Mateo Musacchio
Ed Maylon of the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs are targeting Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio as a big summer signing.
Somewhere around a £20 million fee would be needed to sign the Argentine, who impressed last term as his side made a bid for Champions League football for much of the season before ultimately falling short.
The report indicates the defender was also a transfer target for Barcelona before they opted to sign Jeremy Mathieu.
West Bromwich Albion: Jonathan Biabiany
West Bromwich Albion have offered £5 million for the services of Parma's Jonathan Biabiany, report Tutto Mercato (h/t Inside Futbol).
The 26-year-old right-winger scored six times in 36 games in Serie A last season, with five of those coming in the last 13 games of the campaign.
The Baggies had Morgan Amalfitano playing in the same position last season, but he has since returned to Marseille.
West Ham United: Peter Crouch
West Ham have altered their attacking targets, according to a report in the Daily Star, with Stoke City striker Peter Crouch the new subject of their attentions.
It is indicated that Stoke would be willing to sell Crouch for as little as £1 million after bringing in Bojan Krkic and Mame Biram Diouf during the summer, as they look to improve on a fine 2013-14 campaign.
West Ham have signed attackers themselves over the summer, but the injury to Andy Carroll, which could keep him out for four months, means they require another centre-forward.