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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31976220 Chain reaction Chain+reaction Premier League

Uncertainty is the key word for today’s Rumor Mill edition. A couple of high-profile players in this week’s column have contracts hovering in no-man’s land, although their respective clubs seem to be relaxed about the situation – at least on the outside. Arsenal and Real Madrid feature heavily once more and we’ve also got plenty of players linked with moves to and from MLS. And to help us pick through the bones we have a band celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of their complete back catalog in a box set. Heavily influenced by Velvet Underground and The Shangri-Las, and regarded as the forefathers of shoegaze, we’ve got ten tracks from Scotland’s finest, The Jesus and Mary Chain dotted in the mix.

 

-- Warren Barner

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973207 Edinson Cavani Edinson+Cavani Premier League

RUMOR: PSG TO ARSENAL


LIKELIHOOD: Pay could be a sticking point


Edinson Cavani is thought to be unhappy with playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG and has been sowing seeds for a possible departure by getting his advisors to make discreet enquiries about potential suitors. Arsenal were the first to respond, but there’s the small matter of Real Madrid and Barcelona as rivals for his signature. Throw Chelsea and Manchester City into the mix and we have all the ingredients of a real dog fight. One problem for Arsenal is that Cavani does not want to take a salary cut, which could scupper a potential deal.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973210 Alexandre Pato Alexandre+Pato Premier League

RUMOR: CORINTHIANS TO ARSENAL


LIKELIHOOD: Uncertain


Interesting developments from South America, according to website Lancenet, which claims Corinthians have rejected a bid of 8 million euros ($10.83 million). Eight million euros! These days, that sort of figure for a Brazil international, especially one of Pato’s standing, generally won’t buy you a couple of toes ... but the Gunners have been true to form and offered the lowest possible figure before they become embroiled in a bidding war. We don’t know what the outcome will be, but we do know that the Gunners will need to bring more cash to the table.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973206 Clint Dempsey Clint+Dempsey Premier League

RUMOR: SEATTLE TO PREMIER LEAGUE


LIKELIHOOD: Do they really want him?


Dempsey left the Premier League near the peak of his powers, but the hardest walk has been the return to MLS with Seattle Sounders which has been, for the most part, an epic fail. One goal and one assist in 12 appearances tells its own story, but his struggles have not put off a host of Premier League clubs from demanding his services. Stoke have joined Everton, West Ham and Fulham in wanting the United States international. Maybe Dempsey needs to feature alongside better players (it didn’t stop Thierry Henry) but as things stand we can’t see him returning to the Premier League.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973208 Landon Donovan Landon+Donovan Premier League

RUMOR: GALAXY TO EVERTON


LIKELIHOOD: Arena thinks not


At the weekend, Donovan was talking about a possible third spell at Everton, but those words now appear like a pipe dream. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has played down the chances of Donovan or Robbie Keane returning to the Premier League on a loan basis by saying “our players aren’t going anywhere… Our players have had a really tough run this year…They've had a full 11 months of play and they need some time off.” Looks like Donovan’s hope have been cut dead from the start.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973209 Ashley Cole Ashley+Cole Premier League

RUMOR: CHELSEA TO NEW YORK RED BULLS


LIKELIHOOD: It’s possible


No one disputes the talent of Ashley Cole, but it must be driving him halfway to crazy that his place in the first team has been taken by a specialist right-back. Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta is currently the first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge, while Leighton Baines seems to be in the box seat with the England team. New York have a Designated Player vacancy to fill and are keen to partner Cole with his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry. We can see a move happening in the future but it may come after next summer’s World Cup.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31976217 Giuseppe Rossi Giuseppe+Rossi Premier League

RUMOR: FIORENTINA TO TOTTENHAM


LIKELIHOOD: Can Spurs afford him?


Tottenham are in a hole in front of goal, and their troubles have even grabbed the attention of Apprentice guru and entrepreneur extraordinaire Lord Sugar, who was Spurs chairman for nine years in the 1990s. Roberto Soldado’s early promise has started to fade, while Jermain Defoe seems to be heading for MLS and Emmanuel Adebayor remains out of favor. One paper suggests Spurs are interested in Fiorentina’s United States-born striker Giuseppe Rossi and are preparing to make a £30 million ($49 million) offer. Sure, Rossi is a major talent, but Spurs have spent all of their money from the sale of Gareth Bale – will Daniel Levy open the purse strings again?

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31976219 Sergio Ramos Sergio+Ramos Premier League

RUMOR: LEAVING REAL MADRID


LIKELIHOOD: We think he’ll stay


Two days ago all did not seem well in the world of Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid center-back seemed to be heading for the exit after apparently going head on with the club’s president Florentino Perez and coach Carlo Ancelotti. However, two days is a long time in football, and the Spain international now says that he would like to see out the rest of his career at the Bernabeu. Ramos admits he has not been seeing eye to eye with Perez but insists that has nothing to do with his pay or his contract, which has three years left to run. Chelsea and Manchester City may have to start looking elsewhere.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31973211 Wayne Rooney Wayne+Rooney Premier League

RUMOR: LEAVING MANCHESTER UNITED


LIKELIHOOD: Waiting game


Rooney gets a bit tetchy whenever he is asked about his future at Manchester United, but one thing is for sure: United need to start thinking about tying down their prize asset, who has been a revelation this season. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Rooney at Old Trafford. Three years ago he asked to leave the club, but then performed an astonishing U-turn by signing a new lucrative five-year deal. Last season he was left out of Ferguson’s farewell match because, it is claimed, he asked to be put on the transfer list – a claim Rooney disputes. United boss David Moyes says that talks can wait, but the longer United leave it the greater the chance of another club coming in to sign him.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31976218 Arjen Robben Arjen+Robben Premier League

RUMOR: LEAVING BAYERN MUNICH


LIKELIHOOD: Nope


Robben is in exactly the same situation as Wayne Rooney – meaning he has 18 months left on his contract to run and no talks have been planned. Robben underlined his importance to the European and Bundesliga champions with both goals in Bayern’s 2-0 win against Braunschweig at the weekend. Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness is not concerned about Robben’s contract situation, and neither are we. Bayern will take it easy until the time is right, probably the summer.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 2-9 31976216 Angel di Maria Angel+di+Maria Premier League

RUMOR: LEAVING REAL MADRID FOR PREMIER LEAGUE


LIKELIHOOD: Ancelotti would be mad to let him go


Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti decided di Maria was more important than Mesut Ozil last summer – a decision which was criticized by many. However, it now seems that Di Maria has also had enough of life at the Bernabeu, feeling undervalued by his coach following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale in the summer. Manchester United and Arsenal would jump at the chance to sign the Argentine international, but it seems the winger has set his sights on a move to Monaco. It’s so hard being a major talent and feeling a lack of appreciation, but we don’t buy this one – then again we said the same about Falcao!
 

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