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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816750 Rumor Mill Rumor+Mill Premier League

The transfer activity is starting to turn up a notch or two with the announcement of the Premier League fixtures, the start of the 2013 season slowly becomes more real. With preseason just around the corner most of the players are sunning it up on vacation while the squads begin to take shape. And while they’re enjoying some of the world’s most luxurious destinations – footballer’s favorite rapper – Kanye West is making headlines with the release of his sixth solo album, Yeezus. Hip-Hop’s great enigma and Kim Kardashian’s other half has taken a break from collaborating with Jay-Z to work with Daft Punk, creating what is being dubbed his darkest album to date. So this week you’ll be given ten of Mr. West’s hottest tracks, mixed in with the biggest rumors across the footballing world.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816755 Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shakhtar Donetsk Henrikh+Mkhitaryan%2C+Shakhtar+Donetsk Premier League

Rumor: Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool
Likelihood: Almost there

Despite the possibility of fans struggling to create a chant for the 24-year-old Armenian midfielder, Liverpool don’t appear to have been put off as they are the Runaway favorites to sign the player. His mammoth haul of 25 goals last season appears to have swayed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as he looks to strengthen the side for next year, with the Reds willing to meet his £20million release clause. Mkhitaryan has been voted Armenian player of the year three times in his career and enjoyed an excellent run in the Champions League prompting interest from Ligue One outfit Paris Saint-Germain.

Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31812841 Julian Draxler, Schalke Julian+Draxler%2C+Schalke Premier League

Rumor: Schalke to Chelsea
Likelihood: Not for us

The next German wonderkid to burst on to the European stage, Julian Draxler looks to be following his fellow countrymen in a big money move. Jose Mourinho is thought to be a big fan of the youngster who only signed fresh terms with Schalke last month and a fee of around £38million could seal a switch to Chelsea. Draxler’s recent comments have done little to quash rumors that he could be on his way, with the 19-year-old playmaker coveted by a number of the top teams in Europe. If someone is able to stump up the cash for the starlet he could be Gone this summer.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816754 Fernando Torres, Chelsea Fernando+Torres%2C+Chelsea Premier League

Rumor: Chelsea to Napoli/Barcelona
Likelihood: Very possible

With the new manager – Jose Mourinho - coming in at Chelsea a shakeup in personnel can always be expected in some shape or form and All of the Lights appear to be pointing at the Spaniard on his way out. Rumored to be interested in Torres is Italian side Napoli, who now under Rafael Benitez would see the two renew their time together for a third time. Despite going through a difficult time at Chelsea, Torres did begin to show glimpses of his best and he might feel that Benitez is the best person to get his career back on track. However Barcelona appear to be looking for a replacement for David Villa who looks to be on his way out, it would be a sensational move if he were to replace his international teammate at the Nou Camp.

Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816756 Ezequiel Garay, Benfica Ezequiel+Garay%2C+Benfica Premier League

Rumor: Benfica to Manchester United
Likelihood: Pretty certain

A mainstay in Benfica’s starting lineup Garay has impressed a host of clubs with his consistent performances in the Champions League. Manchester United looks to be keen to sign another center-back with Rio Ferdinand coming towards the end of his career and Nemanja Vidic becoming more injury prone in recent years. Boasting a number of attributes needed to be a successful defender at the top level; he has good positional awareness, is technically gifted and is Stronger than most. As well as his defensive qualities he’s also shown his strength in the opponent’s box while playing for Racing Santander the Argentine netted nine times in a season.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31812842 Roberto Soldado, Valencia Roberto+Soldado%2C+Valencia Premier League

Rumor: Valencia to Tottenham
Likelihood: It’s got to happen

Valencia’s goal-scoring machine Roberto Soldado has been linked with a move away from the Spanish club for a number of years with it always ending in the same outcome as it All Falls Down. With Tottenham Hotspur the interested party this time there is a good chance the 28-year-old could find himself at White Hart Lane come the start of the season. Spurs will not want to repeat the same mistakes as last season when they failed to sign a striker who would take some of the workload off Gareth Bale. Soldado is a good fit for the north-Londoners, excellent on the ball with all the technique you expect from a Spanish international. The deciding factor though will be Valencia’s need to sell the player – as the club continues to be in financial difficulty.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31819151 Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham Andre+Villas-Boas%2C+Tottenham Premier League

Rumor: Tottenham to Paris Saint-Germain
Likelihood: Not going to happen

Villas-Boas enjoyed a decent campaign with Spurs last season and has gone someway to restoring the hype that surrounded the bright young manager who guided Porto to European successes. After recovering from a difficult time at Chelsea where he went Through the Wire, another big club looks to be calling his name. This time it’s wealthy French club Paris Saint-Germain. On the back of their title winning season and impressive run in the Champions League, the Qatari owners are looking to replace Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti. Part of the plan to lure in the Portuguese manager is to take Gareth Bale to the French capital so they can renew their work in Paris. Either way it does sound pretty catchy AVB at PSG.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816751 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Cristiano+Ronaldo%2C+Real+Madrid Premier League

Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United/Monaco
Likelihood: Unlikely

After recently strongly denying that he had signed a new Real Madrid contract via Twitter, rumors continue to circle that he wants to make a move back to Manchester United. Few managers would reject the services of Ronaldo, who has remained in the shadow of the world’s best player Lionel Messi during his time in La Liga, but Real would refuse to let the Portugal international go on the cheap. Ronaldo’s tactics around signing a new contract with Madrid has raised questions if he plans to see out the two years that remain of his six-year contract and then demand a £60million signing on fee for his next club. If that were the case there could be cries of Gold Digger, especially when he could name his price to Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816752 Andre Ayew, Marseille Andre+Ayew%2C+Marseille Premier League

Rumor: Marseille to Arsenal/Liverpool
Likelihood: A very good chance

The Ghanaian forward has recently hinted at a move to the Premier League with the long-term rumors suggesting he would make his way to Arsenal, but Liverpool appears to have entered the race for his signature. The 23-year-old has the attributes to be a success in the Premier League with pace, Power and strength in abundance. Chipping in with nine goals last season, he helped Marseille finish second behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but would have to improve on that tally if he hopes to repay the faith a manager willing to take a risk on him.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816753 Marco van Ginkle, Vitesse Arnhem Marco+van+Ginkle%2C+Vitesse+Arnhem Premier League

Rumor: Vitesse Arnhem to Chelsea/Manchester United
Likelihood: Definitely

Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been an integral member of the Under-21 Netherlands team who has impressed at the Under-21s championships in Israel throughout June. Manchester United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor flew to the championships recently and appears to have been impressed with his performances and bidding looks to start around £15million. Chelsea though has a good relationship with Arnhem with the London club loaning a host of players to gain a reputation in the Dutch League. A move for van Ginkel would certainly follow the Blues recent policy of signing impressive young talents at home and abroad, so if this move goes through make sure you tell everyone you Heard Em’ Say it here first.

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Premier League 433 2340 Soccer/football transfer rumors: June 17-23 31816749 Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal Laurent+Koscielny%2C+Arsenal Premier League

Rumor: Arsenal to Bayern/Barcelona
Likelihood: Not much in this

Arsenal certainly has a lot to thank Koscielny for after his impressive displays towards the end of last season were enough to get the Gunners over the line. His goal against Newcastle guaranteed the north-London side a place in next year’s Champions League at the expense of Tottenham and for that alone he’s become a fans favorite. However as well as catching the eye of the fans, he has also been getting the attention of a couple of Europe’s biggest clubs. Being linked with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Koscielny will feel as though he can Touch the Sky. He’s previously stated that if he isn’t winning silverware he will be looking to go elsewhere and if Bayern or Barca come calling there haven’t been many known to turn them down.

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