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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001767 Different tune Different+tune Champions League

After Papa Roach brought in the New Year, we thought we’d treat you with better offerings from top band The Killers. The US rock band formed in Las Vegas is here to entertain you while we ramp up the transfer window momentum. In this edition of FOXSoccer.com's Rumor Mill, Manchester United and Chelsea feature heavily as the newspapers ponder soccer’s latest movements. We bring you the top rumors of the week and hope to hear what you think:

 

--Joe Williams

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32002845 Ilkay Gundogan, M, Borussia Dortmund Ilkay+Gundogan%2C+M%2C+Borussia+Dortmund Champions League

Rumor: Dortmund to Manchester United.

 

 

Likelihood: Keep an eye on this one.

 

 

Borussia Dortmund has suffered an indifferent start to the 2013-14 season and will look to rebuild their squad in the summer. Robert Lewandowski will depart at the end of the campaign to rivals Bayern Munich and the club have pledged significant funds for a touch up job. A crossroads has been reached with Gundogan, also. The midfield star has been quiet on renewing his contract and Dortmund may have to offer him an ultimatum. "Why do I keep counting?" -- if you believe the newspapers, Gundogan is one of many midfielders Manchester United are after, but this one does add up.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001754 Davide Astori, D, Cagliari Davide+Astori%2C+D%2C+Cagliari Champions League

Rumor: Cagliari to Manchester United

 

 

Likelihood: Too soon to tell.

 

Astori started off in Milan’s youth team before moving to Cagliari in 2008 and establishing himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A. Astori has 7 caps for Italy, and a move away to a bigger club would surely secure him more caps. According to one newspaper a picture has come out of David Moyes watching the 27-year-old in action over the last week. The Red Devils are desperate to improve their floundering squad; however defensive improvements are not urgent. It’s only "A Matter Of Time" before Astori leaves to another club, but will it be to United?

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001757 Julian Draxler, M, Schalke Julian+Draxler%2C+M%2C+Schalke Champions League

Rumor: Schalke to Arsenal.

 

 

Likelihood: Rumor is heating up by the minute.

 

 

 

Schalke midfielder Draxler has emerged as one of the hottest talents in German and world soccer. At the tender age of 20, he already possesses 10 caps for a Germany side that contains some of the earth’s best. He was part of the squad that beat England and should have no trouble adjusting to the style of play. Arsenal spent big in the summer on Draxler’s compatriot Mesut Ozil and the Gunners may have to wait until the summer for another major outlay. The Schalke star reportedly has a £40m buy-out clause. If his club can’t deliver Champions League soccer next season, he might have to say "I Can’t Stay."

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001765 Michael Essien, M, Chelsea Michael+Essien%2C+M%2C+Chelsea Champions League

Rumor: Chelsea to AC Milan

 

 

Likelihood: Makes perfect sense.

 

 

 

Jose Mourinho has said the likes of Essien and Juan Mata are welcome to leave if they want to. However, there is no clear indication that either player actually wants to leave Chelsea. Essien has been part-time player this season and, with his ability, you would expect he would look for game time. AC Milan has been heavily linked with the midfielder, but the recent sacking of boss Massimiliano Allegri could mean a change of target. Milan is struggling in Serie A after a recent defeat to lowly Sassuolo and they are in need of urgent recruits. "Goodnight, Travel well," Mr Essien.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001755 Nemanja Matic, M, Benfica Nemanja+Matic%2C+M%2C+Benfica Champions League

Rumor: Benfica to Chelsea.

 

 

Likelihood: Almost done but...

 

 

 

Matic first joined Chelsea in 2009 for a fee of around £1.5 million from Kosice. After only two appearances for the Blues, Matic was shipped off to Benfica in a swap deal for David Luiz. Now Chelsea is set to re-sign the player from the Portuguese giants for a £20 million fee, representing a "Crippling Blow" for the Blues. Reports suggest the Londoners are waiting to have a bid accepted before discussing financial terms with the player.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001756 Nemanja Vidic, D, Manchester United Nemanja+Vidic%2C+D%2C+Manchester+United Champions League

Rumor: Manchester United to Galatasaray.

 

 

Likelihood: Heading out of Old Trafford.

 

 

 

Manchester United has been dismal this season and there are rumors rife of a mass summer clear-out at Old Trafford. Nemanja Vidic is 32-years-old and has been on a "Joy Ride" of a career so far, winning multiple titles with the Red Devils. Is his time up at Old Trafford? Well, with his contract out at the end of the season it’s likely that the big Serbian will be heading to new pastures. The latest link is to Galatasaray on a free or at a cut-price rate in the current window -- with £4 million the rumored price.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001763 Luke Shaw, LB, Southampton Luke+Shaw%2C+LB%2C+Southampton Champions League

Rumor: Southampton to Manchester City.

 

 

Likelihood: It all depends.

 

 

 

At 18, Southampton left back Shaw isn’t in a rush to get "On Top." The Saints defender has acquired admiring glances from other Premier League clubs, as they look to fill their quota of home-grown players. With part of Premier League squads of 25 having to be trained in the country, English players are expensive and increasingly hard to come by. Shaw is fighting a losing battle to get into an England squad with Gibbs, Baines and Cole all in front of him in the pecking order. To enhance his reputation, a big move will be necessary at some point. Manchester City is reportedly interested for £30 million -- with an end of the season move more likely.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001766 Andriy Yarmolenko, M/W, Dynamo Kyiv Andriy+Yarmolenko%2C+M%2FW%2C+Dynamo+Kyiv Champions League

Rumor: Dinamo Kyiv to Liverpool.

 

 

Likelihood: Why not?

 

 

 

Liverpool is set to rekindle their interest in summer transfer target Yarmolenko if they miss out on Basel winger Mohamed Salah, according to The Independent newspaper. The Reds want to add to their squad if they can get the right players and a winger seems to once again be a priority. If Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge become injured, Liverpool are a bit weak in that area and only the "Rising Tide" of the transfer window will tell on this one.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001762 Anderson, M, Manchester United Anderson%2C+M%2C+Manchester+United Champions League

Rumor: Manchester United to Fiorentina.

 

 

Likelihood: Sure bet.

 

 

 

Anderson seems to have been around at Manchester United for decades without much impact. It is probably better to make your mistakes "When You Were Young" than in your prime. Amazingly, the Brazilian midfielder is still only 25 and has his best years ahead of him. It is finally the time to say good bye to a player that has won so many honors with United but rarely been a star performer. Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Pra confirmed this week that the club were interested in the Red Devils misfit, mostly likely on-loan with a view to a permanent transfer. I don’t think you’ll hear many United fans moaning about this outgoing.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Jan. 13 - 19 32001764 Saul Niguez, D/M, Atletico Madrid Saul+Niguez%2C+D%2FM%2C+Atletico+Madrid Champions League

 

Rumor: Atletico Madrid to Arsenal or Chelsea.

 

 

Likelihood: Fat chance.

 

 

 

Niguez is currently on-loan at La Liga side Rayo Vallecano and will return to his parent club Atletico Madrid at the end of the current campaign. Having played at every youth level for Spain, the 19-year-old is tipped as one of the emerging wonderkids in Spanish soccer. Niguez can operate as a central midfielder or in a deep-lying role as protection for the defense. Chelsea and Arsenal are known to be monitoring the young player and newspapers have reported that Manchester United’s Phil Neville flew out to watch the youngster recently. "Deadlines And Commitments" means time will tell on this one.

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