It's one of the biggest days in club soccer and FOX Soccer has you covered. As the transfer window slams shut across Europe, which stars might be headed to a new home for the upcoming season? There's only one way to find out and it's here. Click through this special summer transfer deadline Rumor Mill edition to see the players that will steal Monday's headlines:
As the signing of Nuri Sahin after his disappointing spells at Real Madrid and Liverpool showed, Dortmund have no problems welcoming back players who have been successful with them. Shinji Kagawa has struggled for pitch time at United, a situation that will only worsen if Moyes signs Fellaini. Dortmund fans have launched a #FreeShinji campaign and, although the club has signed well to replace Mario Gotze, the Japan international would significantly strengthen its midfield.
Hulk is a regular in the Brazil national side, but he has had a miserable time since moving to Zenit last summer. The club insists his absence from Zenit’s last two league games has been the result of a thigh injury, but there has been speculation linking him with moves to a number of clubs, including Tottenham, where he would link up again with his coach at Porto, Andre Villas-Boas, and Monaco.
Angel di Maria
With Gareth Bale on his way and Isco and Asier Illaramendi already joined, the competition for places at the Bernabeu is even stronger than usual. Mesut Ozil looks as though he will stay and fight for his place, but di Maria could move to try to find the first-team football he needs to keep his place in the Argentina side in a World Cup year.
With Carles Puyol’s aging body beginning to break down on him, the need to shore up a defense that was badly exposed in last season’s Champions League semifinals seems more pressing that ever. Gerard Martino, the Barcelona manager, claimed last week that the club had given up their pursuit of a defender, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if a move for either Liverpool’s Daniel Agger or, more likely, David Luiz of Chelsea, were resurrected.
The 1980s sitcom “Yes, Prime Minister” introduced viewers to the notion of “politicians logic” which, adapted from the present situation, may run something like this: Arsenal need to sign somebody, Cabaye is somebody, therefore Arsenal need to sign him. That’s not entirely fair, but it’s hard to see Cabaye as being much better than the players Arsenal already have, and central midfield is just about the one area in which Arsenal are not short of players.
Liverpool reportedly made a £19.7million bid for Yarmolenko on Thursday, and face a battle with AC Milan for the Ukrainian winger. Yamolenko is a quick and technically gifted player who scores goals from wide, although it could be argued that Liverpool have a number of similar players. Andriy Shevchenko has described Yarmolenko as “unstoppable” and even if he isn’t answering a pressing need, he would make the squad stronger. The question then is whether Liverpool’s interest signals that Suarez is on his way.
Hernandez has scored at least 10 Premier League goals in each of the last three seasons, yet, after the signing of Robin van Persie, he found himself restricted to just nine starts last season. Although he has remained silent, it would not be a surprise if he wanted more regular first-team football. Tottenham, likely with the Bale money to spend, see a match-turning forward who could offer pace to complement Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe.
Fellaini isn’t the only Everton player Moyes has sought to take with him to Old Trafford. Given the recent form of Patrice Evra, it’s not clear why he is so keen to land Leighton Baines, although there’s no doubting the England fullback’s quality. Last season, he put in 2.8 accurate crosses per game; 0.6 more than anybody else. A joint bid of £38million for Baines and Fellaini was rejected last Thursday.
Manchester United have lacked a dynamic midfielder for at least three seasons, Wayne Rooney helping to bridge the gap with his ball-winning from the front of midfield. With Anderson not quite living up to expectations, that has placed a great burden on Michael Carrick and either Ryan Giggs or Tom Cleverley at the back of midfield. David Moyes has at last moved to rectify the issue by bidding for Felllaini from his old club, Everton.
Nobody’s quite sure whether Juan Mata really is available or not, but Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two seasons has started only one of his club’s three Premier League games so far, and managed just 65 minutes in the one. Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, insists the player is still feeling the effects of an injury suffered in pre-season, but there remains a belief that the diminutive Mata is not his type of player. There may be some truth to that, although the theory that Mourinho, bitter about the end to his time at Real Madrid, is deliberately ostracizing Spanish players – neither Cesar Azpilicueta nor Fernando Torres have played much so far – is surely nonsense. Arsenal and Tottenham head the list if interested clubs.