With less than a month until the market closes, Adam Bate looks at the future of three players linked with summer movesHulk has been on the verge of leaving Porto for so long it’s hard to know what to believe now.
The 26-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a switch to Chelsea all year but with Roman Abramovich appearing to have focused his spending elsewhere that opportunity may have passed.
Porto showed with the sale of Radamel Falcao last summer that they expect teams to pay top money for their talent so a cut-price sale is unlikely.
But don’t rule out one of Europe’s heavyweights pressing the panic button at the end of the month and sending as SOS to the left-footed forward.
Hulk to change clubs:
Yes – evens (2.0)
No – 8/11 (1.73)
The rumours of interest from Manchester United in Everton left-back Leighton Baines just won’t go away – and that’s a testament to the consistently impressive England international.
Baines enjoyed another solid year, following up his Everton player of the year award for 2010-11 by becoming the first Toffees player in over 20 years to be named in the PFA team of the year in 2012.
Sir Alex Ferguson is an expert at ushering players out the door at the right time and there are signs Patrice Evra could be past his best.
And Everton’s finances are such that they are always susceptible to big-money bids so this switch could come down to whether Fergie sees the value in a 27-year-old full-back.
Baines to change clubs:
Yes – 11/10 (2.1)
No – 4/6 (1.67)
Gaston Ramirez caught the eye at the Olympics despite Uruguay’s disappointing group stage elimination as he produced a series of spectacular free kicks.
The 21-year-old Bologna winger is well aware he is in the shop window this summer and will be looking to attract interest from Premier League clubs.
Liverpool have been linked with Ramirez but no bid appears to be forthcoming and with less than a month remaining until the transfer window shuts the feeling is that the youngsters chance of a big move may have faded with his nation’s Olympic hopes.
Ramirez to change clubs:
Yes – 8/11 (1.73)
No – evens (2.0)
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