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David Ospina    G    Nice
Ospina is nearing completion on a 3 million transfer from Ligue 1 side Nice to Arsenal FC, Sky Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ospina's current contract is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, so Nice is keen to cash in on the Colombian shot-stopper this summer, as he's previously indicated he wouldn't renew his stay at the French club. At 25 years old, Ospina is coming off an impressive showing at the World Cup and would immediately provide competition to incumbent Wojciech Szczesny for Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeping position. In 29 games for Nice last season, Ospina tallied 101 saves and 13 clean sheets.
James Rodriguez    M    Monaco
AS Monaco have agreed to a 70 million transfer fee to send Rodriguez to Real Madrid, Goal.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Fresh off a Golden Boot at the World Cup, Rodriguez will make his dream move to Real Madrid just one year after making a 60 million euro move to Monaco. Rodriguez has shown that he can be one of the best in the world, and he'll get a chance as a new Galactico to be a major fantasy contributor this season.
James Rodriguez    M    Monaco
Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Brazil, netting six times in the tournament, finishing one ahead of German star Thomas Muller.

Fantasy Analysis

Rodriguez had an excellent tournament and was very much in the discussion for the Golden Ball Award, which eventually went to Argentina's Lionel Messi. Rodriguez was purchased by AS Monaco last summer for the hefty sum of 60 million, although he has been linked with Real Madrid this summer, one of only a few clubs that could afford that kind of price tag.
Marcos Lopes    M    Lille
Lopes will join Ligue 1 side Lille on loan for the 2014-15 season, Manchester City's official web site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lopes, 18, made just four appearances for City last season and will head to France where he'll get a more realistic shot at first-team football.
Divock Origi    F    Lille
Origi is believed to be close to a transfer to English Premier League side Liverpool in a 9.8 million move from Lille, the Independent reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lille were apparently hesitant to part with their 19 year old striker, but Liverpool have indicated they are willing to loan him back to the French side for the upcoming season. Origi was impressive for Belgium during the World Cup, even displacing Romelu Lukaku in the starting XI. While he could be a contributor for the Reds down the line, his short-term EPL fantasy value is very limited.
James Rodriguez    M    Monaco
Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute of Colombia's 2-1 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rodriguez's goal was his World Cup-leading sixth score, and he became the second-youngest player to ever reach that mark after Pele accomplished the feat at 17 years old. Colombia's run came to an end Friday, but Rodriguez will be a popular choice for the Golden Ball Award.
David Luiz    M/D    Paris Saint-Germain
Luiz scored off a free kick in the 69th minute of Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Luiz has now scored in back-to-back matches for Brazil, after he netted against Mexico in the quarterfinals. Despite the goal, his defensive abilities will be heavily tested against Germany in the semifinals, as Brazil will be without Thiago Silva, who picked up his second yellow card of the tournament Friday.
Thiago Silva    D    Paris Saint-Germain
Silva, who scored in the seventh minute of Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, picked up a yellow card in the 64th minute and he will be ineligible to face Germany in the semifinals.

Fantasy Analysis

Silva got the card for running into Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina as he was trying to punt the ball out, a remarkably dumb foul for a player already on one yellow card. Brazil advanced to the semis, but it will have to try to reach the final without one of their starting centerbacks.
James Rodriguez    M    Monaco
Rodriguez scored a brace in Colombia's 2-0 win over Uruguay in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rodriguez's first goal was a brilliant strike after he took a headed pass off his chest and then volleyed a rocket into the woodwork and down into the back of the net. He now has five goals in this World Cup, more than any other player in Brazil.
Bafetimbi Gomis    F    Lyon
Gomis is scheduled for a medical exam ahead of a move to Swansea City, The Guardian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gomis, who is out of contract with Lyon, was linked to the Premier League club last season, but the two sides could not come to an agreement and Swansea signed Wilfried Bony instead. Bony had an excellent season in Wales, plus a decent World Cup, and many believe he'll find a new home this summer, which would give Gomis plenty of playing time opportunity next season.