Cavani Moving On?: Winter 2016 Transfer Roundup

Done Deals

Jordan Morris

Morris for the U23 USMNT

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In what was a strange turn of events, Morris decided to return to the United States and play in the MLS after a trial at Werder Bremen. Both sides seemed at peace with his decision, with Bremen noting that they will continue to track Morris in the MLS. He will sign the largest Homegrown contract in MLS history, with a solid mentor in Clint Dempsey to learn from. With a heavy US National Team schedule this year, the move becomes a little more clear after Bremen claimed to be confident about getting his signature.

Ciro Immobile

The Italian is headed back to Serie A. Dortmund loaned the player back to Torino, where he had his Serie A breakout season. Immobile was one of the last players in the world to be co-owned by two clubs, but is still bouncing around on loan from place to place. Obviously talented, Immobile needs to find a solid club home before he gets a reputation for not getting along with club management.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin is returning to the Premier League. QPR sold the striker to Southampton for a reported 4 million pounds. He is a grizzled veteran, despite only spending one season at the top level. He now has a chance to make an impression on his new squad, who are solidly in the middle of the league table.

Strong Rumors

Victor Valdes

The Manchester United goalkeeper is going on loan to finish out his contract. He has not been happy with his treatment at United, but the Red Devils have finally obliged his request to be transferred. He has already posted his farewell thank you note to the fans on social media, making this move all but official.

Alex Teixeira

The attacker has a lot of interest from Liverpool, and some from Chelsea as well. The price tag has been said to be over 20 million pounds, which is pretty impressive for a player in the Ukraine. Any way you put it, Teixeira is a hot commodity out on the open market.

Intriguing Possibilities

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani

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Rumors almost always seem to follow Cavani around. He never stays in one place more than a few years, and he has been at PSG since 2013. Manchester United are reportedly interested in the striker, but with Wayne Rooney returning to form, that seems a bit far-fetched. He has never played in the Premier League, but does have experience in Ligue 1 and Serie A. We have no clue where the 28-year-old will end up.

Alexandre Pato

There are rumblings swirling that Alexandre Pato wants to return to Europe. The 26-year-old star striker has been playing in Brazil since 2013, but he has a proven track record in Serie A at AC Milan. He will likely come a huge discount since he is back in Brazil, with plenty of suitors taking a flyer on the player and offers coming in.

Longshot Update

Gareth Bale

Recently, a seemingly harmless clause has come to light. As part of his transfer to Real Madrid, Bale’s sale included a clause that Tottenham could trigger should they choose. The clause stipulates that if any Premier League team should bid for Bale, Tottenham must be alerted and allowed to match any offer that might be made. That is quite a clause considering the price tag Real Madrid paid for the player. Either way, it adds a wrinkle to any blockbuster deal that might be happening way behind the scenes.

 

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About the author: Dominic Habjan

 

I am a contributor to SoccerPro’s blogs, and truly enjoy writing about the World’s Game. I support Sporting KC, US National Team, and Slovenian National Team. I follow the Premier League but don’t necessarily have a favorite club. I am an avid sports fan, but prefer college to professional leagues in every sport with exception to soccer. I love the Mizzou Tigers, KC Royals, and KC Chiefs. Outside sports I enjoy movies, music, and musical theatre.

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