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Top Five Brazilians Who Should Move To The Premier League From Brazil

Chelsea are close to signing Oscar from Internacional, while Spurs are interested in Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and Manchester United are trying to bring Lucas Moura to Old Trafford from Sao Paulo. By the end of the transfer window this summer, all three of them could be playing in England.

Here we look at the top five Brazilian players who should move to the Premier League from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazilian League).

1. NEYMAR – SANTOS (STRIKER)

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or commonly known simply as Neymar is the most sought-after player in world football. The 20-year-old born in Sao Paulo plays for the state club and arch rivals Santos and is undoubtedly their most important player. The talented striker made his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old and since has been the key part of the first team making 186 appearances and scoring 110 goals. The exciting footballer, who has dazzling dribbling skills and clinical finishing, has been capped 18 times by his country and has found back of the net on 9 occasions since making his international debut in 2010. The Brazilian international, who helped Santos in winning the Copa Libertadoers last season, has been linked with many top European clubs over the years, but the forward has stated his intention of staying in his homeland and developing further.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are the Premier League clubs that have confirmed their interested in him in the past. Neymar would be an invaluable addition to any club and would surely excite the fans with his skills and finishing but he won’t come cheap. The Brazilian his highly rated by the Pixies and is valued around £45m by Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side.

2. LUCAS MOURA – SAO PAULO (MIDFIELDER)

Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva known as just Lucas or Lucas Moura is another talented player from Brazil who has attracted interests from many top European clubs over the past year. The 19-year-old plays for his home club Sao Paulo and is their top talent coming through the ranks. Ther versatile midfielder, who can play on the wings or as an attacking playmaker just behind the striker, made his first team debut in 2010 as 17-year-old kid, and since has gone on to make 103 appearances for the Tricolor Paulista scoring 26 goals and assisting in 19. The teenager, who has won the South American Youth Championship in 2011, made his senior team debut in the same year against Scotland. Since his debut he has been a regular part of the national team setup making 15 appearances and scoring the first goal – his only goal for Brazil till date – in the 2-0 win over Argentina.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are interested, but if the reports are to be believed then Manchester United are said to be the favourites in bringing the teenager to the Premier League. Lucas would be a huge addition to the Premier League and Manchester United. The attacking midfielder, who is valued around £25m, is a player who has immense of potential in him and surely one of the stars of the future.

3. OSCAR – INTERNACIONAL (MIDFIELDER)

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, who is commonly known as Oscar is another attacking midfielder who has attracted interested from many European clubs in the past year or so. The 20-year-old started off his career at Sao Paulo before moving to Internacional a couple of years back after a court case. Since his move to the Colorados he has been an integral part of their squad making 70 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and creating 20. The young playmaker, who can play anywhere in the midfield, scored the hat-trick in the 2011 FIFA U-20 Word Cup final win against Portugal and became the first ever player to do so. He made his international debut last year and since then he has earned 6 caps for the senior team. He scored his first ever international goal against Argentina last month.

The versatile midfielder, who is known for his movement and his passing, has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested. According to some reports in England and Brazil, Chelsea have beaten their London rivals for his signature as they have agreed a fee in the region of £20m with his club. Oscar would no doubt be a great addition to the Premier League and Chelsea alike and the fans would surely be expecting to see a lot of him in the Premier League for many years to come.

4. PAULO HENRIQUE GANSO – SANTOS (MIDFIELDER)

Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima commonly known as Paulo Henrique Ganso or just Ganso is another playmaker that has been targeted by many top European club in the past few years. The 22-year-old joined Santos in 2005 as a 15-year-old from Paysandu and ever since has been playing for the Pexies. Ganso made his first team debut way back in 2008 as a substitute and since has been wearing the number10 jersey for the club on the regular basis. He has made a total of 157 appearances for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side and has found the back of the net 35 times. The 6ft tall attacking playmaker, who has been dubbed as the ‘next Kaka’, made his senior team debut in a friendly match against the USA in 2010 and was also an integral part of 2011 Copa America squad. But some serious long term injuries in the past couple of years has restricted him to being capped just 8 times by his national side.

Ganso, who is reported to be owned by Group DIS, is expected to leave Santos this summer but is set to stay in Brazil for atleast another year. Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked with him in the past along with some more European clubs, but Internacional are the favourites to sign the £20m rated midfielder this summer. Keeping in mind his creativity and passing skills, Ganso would be an outstanding addition to any team in the Premier League but it doesn’t look like he would be moving to England atleast in the near future.

5. LEANDRO DAMIAO – INTERNACIONAL (STRIKER)

Leandro Damião da Silva dos Santos or simply known as Leandro Damiao is the second striker and the second Internacional player on this list that has attracted interest from many top clubs across Europe by his performances in Brazil. The 22-year-old played youth football for Atletico Tubarao and Atletico Ibirama before moving to the Colorados in 2009. Damiao made his first team debut in 2010 and since has made 115 appearances in all competitions and has found the back of the net 70 times for the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side. The striker, who guided Internacional to the Copa Libertadores success in 2010, made his international debut last year against Scotland along with Lucas Moura. Since his debut, he has gone on to be capped 9 times by Brazil but has scored just once – in the 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottage.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are reported to be interested in signing the inform Brazilian striker as they look to strengthen their forward line. Leandro Damiao started off his career as a midfielder but he is a true finisher and has proven his abilities by scoring regularly in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, which is said to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world. If the Brazilian does sign for a Premier League club this summer, he would be a great addition and will join the list of star strikers in the league.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Potential Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

Tottenham Hotspur had a very indifferent season last term. They started the season in fine form and around December they looked like serious title contenders but since January their form dipped and they ended the season in 4th place.

This summer, there have been changes at White Hart Lane with Harry Redknapp being sacked for failing to secure a place in the Champions League and replaced by the former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. Spurs have already completed the signings of the impressive midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, the young Zeki Fryers and the strong defender Jan Vertonghen, but the former Porto boss expected to add some more new names to his squad with the goalkeeper, midfield and striker positions needing strengthening. Here are Tottenham’s potential transfer targets for the summer..

HUGO LLORIS – LYON (GOALKEEPER)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that the club are ready to listen to offers for the France skipper Hugo Lloris, who is valued around €20m. With Brad Friedel in his early 40s, Lloris would be a great signing for Spurs and would be a great long-term option. If reports are to be believed, Tottenham have already made a bid for the French stopper but they are expected to face some tough competition from a host of European clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan.

KASPER SCHMEICHEL – LEICESTER CITY (GOALKEEPER)

Spurs have had a close eye on the Denmark international since the end of last season. Peter Schmeichel, the son of the great Manchester United legend Peter, has had good season with Leicester City in the nPower Championship. With Friedel in his 40s, Cudicini not way behind him at 38 years and Gomes expected to leave, Spurs will surely do with a young reserve keeper in their squad. The 26-year-old has attracted interest from many English clubs but a move to White Hart Lane may be too hard to resist.

OSCAR – INTERNACIONAL (MIDFIELDER)

The young Internacional playmaker is said to be high on Tottenham shopping list this summer as they search for a replacement for Luka Modric, who is reportedly on his way to Real Madrid. Oscar has been very impressive for Brazilian giants and is also a regular part of Brazil national team. The 20-year-old, who is rated around £25m, has attracted interest from many top European clubs including Chelsea. According to the reports, Spurs and Chelsea have both launched a bid for the Brazilian and the Blues are said to be favourites to sign him.

JOAO MOUTINHO – FC PORTO (MIDFIELDER)

Moutinho has attracted a lot of interest from the Premier League this summer after some putting in some impressive displays for Portugal at the Euros. The £25m rated midfielder has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane since arrival of Villas-Boas as both of them worked together at Porto. With Modric expected to leave for Real Madrid, Moutinho is a perfect replacement for the Croatian but Spurs will have to battle with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea to bring the Portuguese to White Hart Lane.

ALAN DZAGOEV – CSKA MOSCOW (MIDFIELDER)

The 22-year-old had an outstanding UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine and was the join top goalscorer with three goals. The Russian international, who can play anywhere behind the striker, is valued at £13m by CSKA but with just six-months left on his contract,  the Russians may be forced to accept a lower asking price or lose him for nothing. With Modric destined to leave this summer, Dzagoev could be cheaper option to replace the Croatian.

MILOS KRASIC – JUVENTUS (MIDFIELDER)

The Serbian winger, who caught everyone’s attention with his performances for CSKA Moscow in the Champions League couple of season, is not needed anymore at Juventus. Krasic was subjected to a lot of interest in January but a move away from Turin never materialized. Spurs are reportedly to be still interested in the 28-year-old, who has also interested the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea as they look to solve their wide problems. Rated at around £10m, Krasic would be a real bargain  in comparison to other players of similar ability.

DANIEL STURRIDGE – CHELSEA (STRIKER)

The Chelsea striker is said to be unhappy at the lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas. With Emmanuel Adebayor with his parent club Manchester City and Louis Saha released, Villas-Boas has just one striker in his senior squad in the form of Jermain Defoe. With Defoe out of favour and past his peak, the former Chelsea boss might try to sign the 22-year-old pacey forward – who can also play on the wings – but will face some tough competition for his signature from Arsenal and Liverpool, who have also expressed their interest in him.

LEANDRO DAMIAO – INTERNACIONAL (STRIKER)

Oscar is not the only Internacional player linked with Tottenham this summer, star striker Leandro Damiao is said to be also one of Spurs’ top transfer target. With the arrival of Diego Forlan at the club and Internacional needing to cut down their high wage bill, Damiao is expected to leave Brazil for Europe sooner than later. With Spurs needing to buy some new strikers this summer, the 22-year-old would be a great addition to squad but they will need to act fast and agree a deal before the Olympics, as his price may sour up if he has a good tournament in London.

DEMBA BA – NEWCASTLE UNITED (STRIKER)

With Tottenham in need of some serious striking reinforcements, the Newcastle United forward – Demba Ba is another name linked to Tottenham this summer. The Senegal international had a fantastic start to last season and went on to score 16 goals in 36 matches in total. With the 27-year-old available for just £7m till the end of July, due to a clause in his contract, Spurs are expected to face some stiff competition from a host of Premier League clubs including the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

GIUSEPPE ROSSI – VILLARREAL (STRIKER)

The former Manchester United forward is a player who has been on Tottenham wish-list for many years now. With Adebayor back with Manchester City and too expensive to buy on a permanent deal, Rossi could be a good solution to the problem up front. The Italian has been in good goal scoring form since joining Villarreal in 2008 and could be available for as less as £15m since the Spanish club are relegated and are struggling with debts.

LOIC REMY – MARSEILLE (STRIKER)

Remy was one of the top transfer targets of Tottenham when Harry Redknapp was in charge of the club. The France international has expressed his desire to play for the White Hart Lane club despite the lack of Champions League football. The 26-year-old who is rated around £20m and has scored 14 goals for Marseille this past season, would be a very good addition to squad but it look like the new boss – Andre Villas-Boas doesn’t seem interested in him.

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR – MANCHESTER CITY (STRIKER)

Adebayor spent the last season on loan at White Hart Lane, where he scored 17 goals in 33 Premier League matches. City are looking to reduce their wage bill because of the new Financial Fair Play Rules and the Togo international is most likely to be sold. According to the papers in UK, Spurs are very close to signing the former Arsenal forward on a permanent basis and the fee is reported to be in the region of £6m. If the reports are true then Adebayor will be a great signing for the club, keeping in mind his success last season.

5 Issues AVB Must Solve At White Hart Lane

Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, just seven weeks after Harry Redknapp guided them to fourth place in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old’s appointment will create some concern at White Hart Lane following his disastrous tenure at west London rivals Chelsea last season where he was fired after just 27 league games in charge. The former Porto manager failed to convince the fans, the players or the owner that he was the right man to deliver them success. In order to avoid a repeat of the same fate with Spurs, here are five issues he must deal with at White Hart Lane..

1. Win Over The Dressing Room And The Supporters

At no stage during his spell at Chelsea did Villas-Boas got the full support of the dressing room. The former Porto manager’s age counted against him. He was 33 when he took over at Stamford Bridge, younger than senior players such as Frank Lampard and barely older than the captain John Terry. With no playing career and only a few years’ coaching experience, he lacked the dignity of older managers and when results didn’t go their way, the protesting voices grew. In the end, Abramovich directly blamed these critics within the squad for the premature end to the Villas-Boas’ tenure. But after a number of humiliating defeats, including the 3-1 defeat against Napoli that left them on the brink of exiting the Champions League, the fans had run out of patience as well.

At Spurs, Villas-Boas must create an immediate bond with his squad. This should be easier than at Chelsea with fewer big egos in the dressing room and he has the advantage of a full pre-season to shape his plans. A strong start in the league will banish the disappointment of Spurs missing out on Champions League qualification and help win over the fans, who would probably have wanted a more experienced manager.

2. Sort Out Luka Modric’s Future

An immediate priority will be to sort out the future of Luka Modric, who is reportedly wanted by Real Madrid and also is a long-term target of Manchester United. The Croatia playmaker, who was an integral part of Tottenham’s success under former manager Harry Redknapp, was promised a new deal last summer after rejected Chelsea’s approach, but he has yet to commit his future to the club. He has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football again and even though he was not at his best last season, he is still one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League.

With Modric not inspired by the prospect of playing yet another season in the Europa League, Villas-Boas must waste no time in persuading the most influencial players in his squad to have faith in his plans. If he still wants to leave, then Spurs should let him leave and cash in on him. A fee of £30m-£40m for the former Dinamo Zagreb playmaker who turns 27 soon, would be great business.

3. Strengthen The Defence

To compete for the Premier League or for a place in the Champions League next season, Villas-Boas needs to ensure his team have a very strong defence. That means going to the transfer market. The first priority will be to finalise a deal with Ajax for their skipper Jan Vertonghen. Negotiations for the Belgian international have dragged on all summer and a stage has come that he is already back in pre-season training with the Dutch club. But with most of the hard work completed, Villas-Boas should be able to quickly seal the deal.

Doubts remains over the future of Ledley King. He has become a hero in the eyes of many Tottenham fans after 14 years of loyal service to the club. But the question is how often will he feature in the forthcoming new season. His well-publicised chronic knee problems caught up with him towards the end of last season which may force him into retirement, where he is expected to be offered a coaching role. Such is his influence, if King breaks down again, it will leave a massive hole in the back line – despite the impressive form of Younes Kaboul and the return of Michael Dawson from injury. Vedran Corluka has already departed White Hart Lane this summer, joining Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for £6m, but the need for defensive acquisitions is less urgent than bringing in new faces up front.

4. Bloster The Strikeforce

Following the departure of Louis Saha this summer and Emmanuel Adebayour’s return to his parent club Manchester City, Spurs have only one recognised striker in their squad – Jermain Defoe. The former Portsmouth forward scored 17 club goals last season – despite spending much time on the bench – but didn’t feature in England’s UEFA EURO 2012 campaign beyoung a 15 minute cameo against France.

Therefore, Villas-Boas will have to immediately dip into the transfer market to buy at least two strikers and his cause will be helped by the transfer budget expected to be given to him by Daniel Levy. Adebayor was a hit last season scoring 18 goals in 37 games but his wages, reported to be around £175,000 a week, have been an obvious stumbling block. If Tottenham can reach some sort of agreement with the former Arsenal man then they should. If that is not possible then another hitman must be pursued. Villas-Boas reportedly has his sights on the 22-year-old Chelsea frontman Daniel Sturridge, with a £10m bid being lined up but Roberto Di Matteo is keen to hang on to the player. Hulk would also be a perfect fit but he appears to be on his way to Chelsea. Brazil striker Leandro Damiao and Marseille’s Loic Remy are possible alternatives.

5. Get Rid Of The Deadwood

Although Andre Villas-Boas will want a big squad that will help him challenge for silverwares on all fronts, there are plenty players increasing the wage bill who could leave. Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen have already left, but there are still plenty of others who could be discarded. Giovani Dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and a couple of more reserves players were all out of the first-team picture under Harry Redknapp. Clearing them off the wage bill would free up plenty of money for new signings.