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Transfer Updates: Who May Be Coming To Or Leaving The EPL Next Season

 Transfer Updates: Who May Be Coming To Or Leaving The EPL Next Season

Sergio Aguero is one of the many high-profile transfer prospects on the market this summer

The World Cup will dominate the world’s football focus this summer but that doesn’t mean the usual wheeling and dealing of the transfer market won’t be in full force. Last summer saw the high profile departure of Christiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Emmanuel Adebayor trading in the red of Arsenal for the blue of Manchester City. At this point in the season transfer rumors come thick and fast with many “stories” turning out to be little more than speculation. Here’s a roundup of some of the rumors for some of the biggest stars in the world and where they may end up within the Premier League.

A quick disclaimer, some of these rumors are a little old or slightly ludicrous but the main point of this post is to generate discussion.

Franck Ribéry: The Bayern Munich midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga for years now so these rumors are nothing new. This time Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in the Frenchman. Ribéry, who is currently dealing with a public relations crisis due to being asked to testify in relation to a Paris prostitution ring, has promised to make a decision on his future by April 24. Chelsea seems to be the least likely of the three clubs for Ribéry to end up in and can the Blues really handle another player enveloped in a sex scandal?

Gianluigi Buffon: The Juventus keeper’s possible departure has been in the news for a few weeks now but his likely destination appears to be Manchester. There was a post yesterday discussing where the best fit for Buffon would be so I won’t rehash old material but Buffon in the EPL is an interesting proposition indeed.

Cesc Fabregas: The Arsenal captain is sidelined for the rest of the season following his Champion’s League clash with Barcelona at the Emirates back in March. Rumors have been swirling ever since that game about Fabregas’ possible return to Barcelona, his boyhood club. Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood told ESPN Soccernet last week that Barcelona made assurances they would not try to sign the Spanish striker during the summer but Barcelona claims they made no such assurances. Over the past few days Real Madrid, who are always looking to compete with Barcelona over big-name talent, have rumored to be interested in Fabregas as well.

Sergio Aguero: The Athletico Madrid striker has expressed interest in a move to Chelsea during the off-season. No reports have confirmed that Chelsea has recipricated interest in Aguero but the Argentine has been a hotly sought after commodity for the past few seasons so one must think there is some interest at Stamford Bridge.

Joe Cole: The Chelsea/England midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester City for  a four-year, £40 million contract, making him the highest payed player in the Premiership.  Manchester United has also shown interest but if City’s offer is as high as reported United will stand no shot in a bidding war.

Landon Donovan: The American forward has impressed the English public with an impressive loan stint at Everton over the winter. The Toffees attempted to extend his loan deal to the end of the season by Donovan was recalled by the L.A. Galaxy. Rumors swirled back in March about the possibility of Chelsea making a £10 million offer but that relies heavily on the future of Joe Cole.

Craig Bellamy: Never one to mince words, whether it be about John Terry or his views on his colleagues, the Manchester City forward may not be with the club next season due to reported clashes with Roberto Mancini. No word yet on his possible destination but The Independent is reporting City is having difficulty convincing Bellamy to stay.

Kevin Doyle: This is slightly less glamorous than some of the other rumors but Everton is reportedly interested in the young striker from Wolves. It will probably take a bid of £10 million or more by the Toffees to lure to Irish International.

There will always be the rush for some the higher-payed players for the relegated sides. Players such as Jimmy Bullard, Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher and David James may become available during the off-season. There are also clubs in desperate need of improvement, like a goalkeeper for Arsenal, a second striker for Manchester United and every position for Liverpool. There will be plenty of twists and turns once the EPL season wraps up next month. So have fun in the comments section discussing where you think these players should go, rumors I have may have missed or who your favorite club should be pursuing.

14 Responses to Transfer Updates: Who May Be Coming To Or Leaving The EPL Next Season

  1. ovalball says:

    Someone explain to me how Joe Cole, with 2 goals and 3 assists in 1232 minutes could wind up the highest paid player in the EPL.

    • Patrick says:

      I dont understand either but you can’t look at his numbers too hard this season. Cruciate ligament tears often take a good 12-18months to fully recover from so im sure he’ll be back to his old self next season.

      • goke313 says:

        your sure???

        well let him prove it on the field before he’s offered that amount
        Joe Cole has to be the most overrated PL player

        • Patrick says:

          Sorry if it seems like im “that guy” commenting way too much today, haha.
          Am I sure what? That it takes 12-18months to fully recover from cruciate ligament surgery? If so than yes, im 100% sure. You can normally be cleared for “sports activities” after about 6-8months but even after that period you are still actively recovering. The surgery requires the surgeon to basically take a tendon from your calf or somewhere else on your leg and replace the torn ligament. Than it takes time for your body to turn the tendon into a ligament. Cole is about at the 12-13 month mark now. He should be close to full strength again which has become more apparent to me. If you look at his limated body of work this season he seems to have progressed as the year has gone on. He’s still somewhat inconsistant but what do you expect for a guy coming back from surgery with limated playing time? Its hard to find him playing time in a roster as talented as Chelseas especially when they can’t afford to gamble playing a guy just to try to get him to come back to form and get him back in shape.

          I agree he should prove it on the field and don’t think he should be the highest paid premiership player by any means. He’s cought in a paradox many NFL players run into. He deserves to get paid based on past work yet he needs to show he’s come back from injury and able to perform at a top level.
          He’s still relatively young, he’s versatile, he’s showed the knee injury didn’t hurt his pace of change of direction too much(major concern with that particular injury).

  2. Patrick says:

    Unfortunately for Donovan his future is going to be dictated by the MLS. I’m sure he’d love to go back to Everton and rejoin his fellow USMNT keeper:Tim Howard. I’ve always been skeptical of Donovan but I really feel he played better in the EPL than he did in the MLS.

    As far as Jozy Altidore goes, you guys do realize he will return back to Spain after his stint with Hull?

  3. CTBlues says:

    I would like to see Aguero up front at the Bridge with Drogba.

  4. Jake says:

    I would love to see Aquero up front with Drog as well. However I want to know why more of the kids are not getting playing time. Where is Gael? If Joe is going to keep getting hurt why not give him more time playing. At least in the Carling Cup. Mancienne is doing really well at Wolves.

    • CTBlues says:

      Gael is still really young. I say we let him play some more Carling Cup and early FA Cup matches and let him take over for Drogba when he is done if he is good enough.

      Mancienne is a defender and I wish he wasn’t on loan right now because we could really use him right now.

      As for Joe Cole I hope we resign him, but he doesn’t deserve what he is asking. I think he could sign an incentive laden contract to prove himself then restructure his contract if he does prove himself.

  5. Raatzie says:

    Transfer ban the entire Prem!

    /only way to put ‘Pool on a level playing field.

  6. ilBloggo says:

    Aguero won’t last a week in the EPL without getting injured and Joe Cole should sign with City, United have enough good players, we don’t need a 10 million per year player

  7. You should have mentioned the reported 96 million euro move from madrid to take Wayne Rooney to Real.
    Fergie is not a happy man but no doubt the Glazers will be smiling

    • John Boschini says:

      I considered it but that rumor was recently debunked by both Real Madrid, Manchester United and Rooney himself. Anyways, did anyone seriously think Rooney would leave Manchester United?

      Real would have to make an offer well above what they payed for Ronaldo to even get Man. U’s attention and I just don’t see that happening.

  8. Ibnu'As says:

    it’s fine if rooney goes cos united is not about one man show. They are UNITED so strong as they still United!

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