10 Biggest EPL Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports

10 Biggest EPL Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports.

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The Premier League is where the money is in football, so there’s no surprise that some of the biggest transfer rumors involve these clubs. The league with the largest amount of stars in the game could grow that much bigger should all these moves transpire. Some are shock moves involving smaller teams with money to burn and in others it’s business as usual with the big-name teams. Here are the 10 biggest EPL rumors heading into August.

10. West Brom Interested in Dennis Praet

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Let’s start things off with the most shocking move of them all. Anderlecht’s Belgian starlet, Dennis Praet, is in talks with West Bromwich Albion according to the Metro. The young attacking midfielder would represent quite a coup for the mid-table side and would present further evidence that the Premier League is where the money is.

9. West Ham up Bid for Javier Hernandez

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West Ham could also pull off one of the moves of the summer if the rumors are true. The Daily Express reports that the Hammers have upped their bid for unwanted Manchester United star Javier Hernandez. The Mexican forward’s future has been unclear since Louis van Gaal’s arrival, but he has more than enough quality to be a major signing for West Ham.

8. Manchester United Set Sights on Pepe

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Manchester United’s failure to land Sergio Ramos has seen them target a teammate to shore up central defense. Pepe has been linked, via the Daily Star, with a move to the Red Devils. The Portuguese defender would add grit and experience to United’s defense, but he may not be the type of player Louis van Gaal works well with.

7. Manchester City Look to Boost attack with Berahino

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Manchester City have already brought in two English stars to boost the side this summer and could be looking at a third. West Bromwich’s Saido Berahino is the player in question, with the Daily Mirror reporting that City will look to add him to boost the attack. City paid a premium for another young English, attacking talent in Raheem Sterling and could do the same with Berahino.

6. Chelsea Look to Steal Tottenham’s Danny Rose

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Chelsea have gone about the summer by replacing what they’ve lost. Filipe Luis’ departure leaves a gap at full-back and, according to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham’s Danny Rose is a target. Chelsea have also been linked with Baba Rahman of Augsburg but may prefer Rose’s Premier League experience.

5. Liverpool Look to Denis Cheryshev

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Liverpool could continue their attacking overhaul with the arrival of Real Madrid youngster Denis Cheryshev. The Russian attacking midfielder had a solid season on loan with Villarreal in 2014-15 and may be set to play a part in Rafa Benitez’s plans this season. The Telegraph reports that the Reds could make a move for a player they hope will help replace Raheem Sterling.

4. Everton Fear They Will Lose John Stones

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Everton have held firm against Chelsea’s interest in their young star central defender, John Stones. According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to up their offer for the young defender to £30 million to seal the deal. That kind of deal would be hard for the Toffees to turn down even if it means giving up one of their brightest talents.

3. Pedro Closing in on Manchester United Move

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The Daily Mirror has reported that Manchester United’s move for Barcelona star, Pedro, could be completed in 48 hours. The Barcelona winger has been unhappy with his lack of playing time and would be a integral part of Louis van Gaal’s setup at United.

2. Kevin De Bruyne Still a Manchester City Target

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Manchester City may be making some headway in one of the biggest moves of the season. Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne may not be unsellable after all, as the Mirror reports Wolfsburg may let him leave if City meet their £50 million valuation. De Bruyne has been one of German club’s best performers in recent seasons and would improve City’s stagnant attack.

1. Liverpool Lead Race to Sign Alexandre Lacazette

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Liverpool may be ahead of the rest of Europe in the bid to sign French star Alexandre Lacazette. The mobile forward had a breakout season while leading Lyon to second place and a spot in the Champions League. The Metro reports that the Reds may be his destination as he looks for new challenges. That move would be a big surprise given Liverpool’s lack of participation in the Champions League this season.

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