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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30159542 New Anzhi targets New+Anzhi+targets Premier League

Over the weekend, frequent Rumor Redux protagonist Jose Mourinho was brought back into the gossip world by reports he turned down a huge offer from Anzhi Makhachkala.


The news and decision shouldn't surprise anybody. Anzhi's not short of hopes, but Jose is still short of glory, believe it or not. The Special One has world to do at the Bernabeu, and while he has held more than his fair share of jobs in the last decades, his moves have been more career-driven than money-motivated.


Anzhi of course knew this before they offered, which is why a second prominent manager is a rumored target. And that's where we start today's top five rumors, a list distilled from this morning's Paper Chase.


Who is Anzhi targeting now?

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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30163661 David Beckham, M, LA Galaxy David+Beckham%2C+M%2C+LA+Galaxy Premier League

Rumor: will resign with LA


Likelihood: Very good


David Beckham returning to London only makes sense if he isn't offered a contract to play in LA, where he's settled, happy, and still performing well. Low and behold, contract offer, and offer which always seemed to be coming. While a vocal minority of MLS fans have continued to deride Beckham's contributions, Galaxy still see the global icon as important to their brand. And he ain't playin' too bad, either.


If there's a grain of truth to the report of LA's contract offer, something would have to go awry for Beckham to leave Los Angeles.

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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30159544 Luis Suarez, F, Liverpool Luis+Suarez%2C+F%2C+Liverpool Premier League

Rumor: to Real Madrid for €35 million


Likelihood: Very low


Luis Suarez wouldn't be the first South American star for whom Real Madrid is the ultimate destination, so although he may love Anfield and LFC may love to keep him, this is a player who can have his head turned south. The Reds, however, paid €26.5 million for Suarez and are likely to want more than a €9.5 million return on their investment, one with wages paid that are likely to negate much of that profit.


Suarez and Real Madrid makes a lot of sense, but given the Uruguayan is only 24-years-old and seems to still be improving, the Merenques may need to toss in €10 million mor.

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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30159543 Sergio Busquets, M, Barcelona Sergio+Busquets%2C+M%2C+Barcelona Premier League

Rumor: to Manchester City for €35 million

Likelihood: Incredibly low

This rumor's been around all summer, has never been taken seriously, and how that it has resurfaced, the rumor's still not worth taking seriously. There are very few situations where you see a player that wants to stay with a club that likes him lead to a player being sold. While settled players can have their heads turned, good luck turning the head of a Catalan playing for Barcelona.

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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30163662 Emmanuel Adebayor, F, Tottenham (via Manchester City) Emmanuel+Adebayor%2C+F%2C+Tottenham+%28via+Manchester+City%29 Premier League

Rumor: seeking a permanent move to Spurs


Likelihood: That he's seeking the move? Incredibly good. That it will happen? Good.


Amid all the turmoil that's surrounded Adebayor since Mark Hughes poached him from Arsenal, people have overlooked that he's been very productive. Productive for his price? Perhaps not. City's made him a very well paid man, one that has 21 goals since leaving the Emirates, a perfectly good total when you consider he's only made 34 starts between his stops in Manchester, Madrid, and London.


Perhaps that lack of playing time has Adebayor rethinking his priorities. In his third year of collecting on City's misjudgement, Ade may be willing to give back some wages to move back to North London. At least, if his intimations at to be believed, the 27-year-old is willing to consider it.

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Premier League 433 43 Top five soccer/football transfer rumors - September 12, 2011 30163663 Fabio Capello, manager, England Fabio+Capello%2C+manager%2C+England Premier League

Rumor: to Anzhi Makhachkala

Likelihood: Very low

Fabio Capello's coaching CV doesn't feature stops in Saudi Arabia or Qatar - the kind of sojourns managers often take to collect lucrative wages while biding their time between jobs. Instead, Capello has gone from one big job to another. Now with England, Capello seems unlikely to make a mere for-the-money move (something which would be quite sad, for a man of his age).

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