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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31979213 Top of the charts Top+of+the+charts Premier League

Only three weeks to go before the January transfer window opens and things are starting to get a bit twitchy. Man United’s anxiety is understandable after another defeat at the Theatre of Tears…sorry Dreams…and if they don’t make some shrewd signings in January the chances are they won’t be playing in next season’s Champiosn League -- unless they win it of course!

 

The problem is that on one of this week’s Rumor Mill stories centers on one of their star players leaving Old Trafford. Which artist do we have to help bring a bit of glamor to all the speculation? This Londoner retired from music in 2010 but is back with a bang with her cover version of Keane’s "Somewhere Only We Know" hitting number one in the UK singles charts. Ten tracks by Lily Allen in this week’s mix:

 

--Warren Barner

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980931 Robin van Persie, F, Manchester United Robin+van+Persie%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United Premier League

Rumor: Wants to leave Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: We don't buy it.

 

What a season this is turning out for Manchester United. Languishing in ninth place after successive home defeats and manager David Moyes looking more and more beleaguered by the day, United have now been gripped by the fear that one of their star men could leave.

 

Former Liverpool defender and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson thinks van Persie may have handed in a transfer request. We don’t doubt that RvP is unhappy at the moment. On Saturday he was clearly unfit but played behind the two strikers against Newcastle and barely touched the ball.

 

There is also talk that the Dutchman does not like Moyes’ training methods. We don’t know whether or not this is true but we’re sure things will settle down at Old Trafford eventually -- as long as United strengthen in January.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980932 Radamel Falcao, F, Monaco Radamel+Falcao%2C+F%2C+Monaco Premier League

Rumor: Monaco to Chelsea. 

 

Likelihood: Come on!

 

Fail, fail fail. Three little words that could describe the impact made by Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba at Chelsea. So, is Jose Mourinho doing anything about it? By all accounts the Portuguese is looking to bring Falcao to the Bridge on a loan deal. Falcao is thought to be unhappy at Monaco because he is reportedly being paid half the salary agreed when he joined the club from Atletico Madrid.

 

Who knows whether this is fact or fiction, but Monaco’s vice-president is adamant that the Colombian is staying. He said: “He is very happy here. He feels very good in Monaco; he loves this club.” This one’s never gonna happen.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980933 Andre Villas-Boas, manager, Totteham Andre+Villas-Boas%2C+manager%2C+Totteham Premier League

Rumor: Leaving Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: There's something to it.

 

Tottenham are just three points off second place but the Sunday Times reported that Andre Villas-Boas will be sacked in the summer because his relationship with chairman Daniel Levy has already reached breaking point. In fact journalist Duncan Castles believes Villas-Boas would already have gone if he wasn’t entitled to a £2.5 million ($4.1m) per year salary until 2014, a figure which will have reduced considerably by the summer. So what’s the problem?

 

Some of the seven players brought in from the sale of Gareth Bale were apparently not wanted by Villas-Boas and there has been tension over a lack of support regarding Emmanuel Adebayor, who has reportedly clashed with the Portuguese on several occasions. Back to the start for Spurs is seems -- and the man being lined up as his replacement? Glenn Hoddle.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980936 Manuel Neuer, GK, Bayern Munich Manuel+Neuer%2C+GK%2C+Bayern+Munich Premier League

Rumor: Bayern Munich to Manchester City.

 

Likelihood: Just talk.

 

Joe Hart’s days as Manchester City’s number one are numbered, according to the Daily Express. Manuel Pellegrini is looking for someone more assured between the posts and believes Bayern Munich's goalkeeper is the man for the job.

 

According to reports, City will make a £40 million bid ($65.5M) plus an improved salary in a bid to strengthen his backline. However, everything’s just wonderful at the Bundesliga champions, who are unbeaten in 40 league games. There’s no harm in asking but we expect Neuer to say “nein."

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980937 Alvaro Morata, F, Real Madrid Alvaro+Morata%2C+F%2C+Real+Madrid Premier League

Rumor: Real Madrid to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: He's staying at the Bernabeu.

 

Morata is one of the most exciting talents on the planet but last week speculation emerged linking him with a six-month loan deal to Arsenal in January. It was a reasonable bit of gossip. Morata deserves first-team football and is struggling to break into this band of galacticos. Arsenal are looking for a striker to help out Olivier Giroud and Morata certainly fits the bill.

 

The problem is that neither Morata nor Ancelotti are willing to make the move. Ancelotti said : “Morata stays. He is happy. If he doesn't feel comfortable at the end of the season we will think about loaning him.” Morata added: “I feel the boss trusts me…I want to be here a long time.”

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31979211 Pedro, F, Barcelona Pedro%2C+F%2C+Barcelona Premier League

Rumor: Barcelona to Liverpool.

 

Likelihood: Hmm...

 

There’s no doubting the talent of Pedro, but the world would like to see a bit more of him. The 26-year-old winger played the whole game against Granada in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi but was back on the bench for the defeat at Athletic Bilbao, although he scored twice against Cartagena in the Copa del Rey clash on Friday night.

 

Last week Deportivo Mundo ran some quotes from Pedro which suggested he had some “little things” (cosillas) going on in England. Those little things are thought to be Liverpool and Manchester United, who would walk across coals to get someone of Pedro’s class. Barca are reluctant to sell but we’ll see.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980938 Luis Suarez, F, Liverpool Luis+Suarez%2C+F%2C+Liverpool Premier League

Rumor: Staying at Liverpool.

 

Likelihood: Good time to talk.

 

If ever there was a time to start contract negotiations with one of your prized assets it’s when that player is in the form of his life. In the summer Suarez admitted he wanted to play Champions League football and then we had the saga of Arsenal’s interest in the Uruguayan.

 

Eventually everything settled down and now it appears Suarez is happy at Anfield. You’ve got to take what you take in this world and the Reds would take a great deal of pleasure from tying down one of the best players on the planet on a long-term deal.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980939 Wesley Sneijder, M, Galatasaray Wesley+Sneijder%2C+M%2C+Galatasaray Premier League

Rumor: Galatasaray to Manchester United.


Likelihood: Sounds like a good deal for Gala.

 

This one makes little sense to us. Sure, Sneijder is a good player but is he the answer to Manchester United’s midfield problems? Possibly. But the story in the Express says that United would be prepared to swap both Nani and Antonio Valencia for the Dutch playmaker. That one certainly made us smile at the Rumor Mill Towers. Only a desperate man would consider such a deal. Is Moyes that desperate?

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980940 Everton Ribeiro, M, Cruzeiro Everton+Ribeiro%2C+M%2C+Cruzeiro Premier League

Rumor: Cruzeiro to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: A possibility.

 

We’re not going to pretend we know a great deal about Everton Ribeiro but what we do know is that Manchester United have already made the first moves in signing the Cruzeiro midfielder. The Brazilian club may well be saying their man is not for sale but the player’s agent has revealed he has already held talks with United in England about a potential move.

 

The talk is that £15 million ($24.5 million) should do the trick. Not big at today’s prices but he could prove a steal if he can rescue United’s dreaful Premier League season.

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Premier League 433 2740 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 9-15 31980941 Diego Milito, F, Inter Milan Diego+Milito%2C+F%2C+Inter+Milan Premier League

Rumor: Inter Milan to West Ham.

 

Likelihood: Don't think so.

 

Diego Milito’s contract runs out at the end of the season and by some accounts West Ham are interested in signing the 34-year-old striker to resolve their problems up front.

 

Three points. Firstly, we’re not sure that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will be around to oversee such a move in the summer. Secondly, would Milito be interested in starting a new career in the Premier League at his age? Thirdly, would the Argentine have the muscle to knock ‘em out? There are too many if's and but's for this rumor to have any credence.

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