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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485311 Rockin around, the Rumor Redux tree Rockin+around%2C+the+Rumor+Redux+tree World

With Christmas on the horizon, that means two things: more football and an opened transfer window! As a result, this week’s Rumor Redux promises to be as busy as ever as we attempt to answer the pressing questions in the world of transfers. Who’s going where? Whose contract is running out? Which team is after this player? You know the rules.


To help us whittle down the week’s best rumors we’ll need a bit of good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. We know just who to fit the bill as well, as a selection of songs from the Foo Fighters will help us keep the transfer rumors rocking until the festivities.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485309 Marouane Fellaini, M, Everton Marouane+Fellaini%2C+M%2C+Everton World

Rumor: Zenit, PSG, Chelsea. Anyone with plenty of money really
Likelihood: Getting closer and closer


After his triple assault on Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross this weekend, Fellaini has landed himself in hot water with the FA. He might even have played his last game for Everton after being issued a three-game ban and if he moves in January. In fact, we think it’d be a “Miracle” if the midfielder stayed at the club beyond the summer, with PSG, Zenit, Chelsea and a host of other clubs waiting in the wings.


Fellaini has constantly stated his desire to play in the Champions League. "Everybody wants to play Champions League next season," was his latest remark, and so his future could hinge on Everton’s success in the Premier League this season. Champions League and Fellaini stays, no Champions League and watch him leave.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31479963 Theo Walcott, M/F, Arsenal Theo+Walcott%2C+M%2FF%2C+Arsenal World

Rumor: Liverpool, Chelsea, either Manchester club. You pick.
Likelihood: Probably, unless pressured Wenger relents


We’ve all read about it for months now. Theo wants to play down the middle, Wenger can’t guarantee it. Theo wants more money, Wenger has a strict wage budget. It’s a battle of two stubborn people who don’t seem to get along all too well. The problem for Wenger is that Walcott’s contract expires at the end of the season, so unless he accepts his star’s demands, the England international can have the pick of the bunch “Next Year”.

Both the Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool have voiced their interests, and we here at Rumor Redux think that Wenger will be a little too stubborn for his own good, with the cost being his wicked winger.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485306 Stephan El Shaarawy, F, AC Milan Stephan+El+Shaarawy%2C+F%2C+AC+Milan World

Rumor: Milan to Arsenal
Likelihood: Can’t quite see it


Arsene Wenger has built his enormous reputation upon signing young talents and moulding them into superstars. Thierry Henry, Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas come to mind when you think of his protégés. One youngster has burst onto the scene over in Italy though, and has caught the Frenchman’s eye with some impressive performances. Setting the standard in Serie A with 14 goals, Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy is hot property. As El Shaarawy continues to “Breakout” of the mould at the San Siro, Arsene could persuade his board to part with the cash.


The problem is, would El Shaarawy want to leave? The two clubs are at a similar place in world football right now with both trying to rediscover their dominance in their respective leagues. Both are also in the Champions League, so Arsenal have nothing new to offer to the Italian wonderkid. We can’t see it happening.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485304 Raheem Sterling, M, Liverpool Raheem+Sterling%2C+M%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Leaving Liverpool for the enemy
Likelihood: You never know


Such has been Raheem Sterling’s instant impact at Anfield, the Liverpool winger is demanding a new contract with better pay. At only 18, those in charge at the Merseyside club are understandably not too keen on bowing down to the requests of an albeit-supremely talented youngster. Brendan Rodgers may have to find some middle ground during negotiations, but if a deal can't be reached, there’s plenty on the waiting list for the England international.


At the front of the queue is the arch-enemy, Manchester United. While it might seem unlikely stranger things have happened, and in “Times Like These” Liverpool will have to be cautious that they don’t lose their young superstar to the Premier League champions-elect.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485308 Paulinho, M, Corinthians Paulinho%2C+M%2C+Corinthians World

Rumor: Swapping Brazil for England
Likelihood: Not sure


He may have just been one of the stars of Corinthians' rise to becoming world champions, but Paulinho is almost certainly on the road to better things. It’s just “A Matter of Time” until the industrious, box-to-box midfielder graces the European stage with his talents, and the Club World Cup runners-up will be high on his agenda. Chelsea had touted Paulinho as a target before the tournament, as had Manchester City, and so the Premier League could soon be hosting the Brazilian midfielder’s talents.


We’re confused here though. After Corinthians’ success in the CWC, Paulinho sounded pretty certain in dismissing the rumors, stating that "I'm staying at Corinthians”. Was he just trying to appease his adoring fans at the Brazilian club, with one eye on the interest overseas?
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485310 Frank Lampard, M, Chelsea Frank+Lampard%2C+M%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: Joining his family at QPR
Likelihood: A long-shot, but it’s possible


The case of Frank Lampard is a curious one. Despite nearing the end of his playing days at 34 years old, the “Everlong” Lampard still has a lot to give. Chelsea’s third all-time highest scoring midfielder (he’s a striker, for crying out loud!), he’s still a major influence in the Stamford Bridge dressing room. Interim manager Rafael Benitez seemed to have other ideas at first though. When asked upon his appointment whether Lampard’s future lay elsewhere, Benitez insisted “I think so, that is the case at the moment.”


Lampard himself seems dejected to the idea of leaving the club he’s played at since 2001, saying “Although I want it to last forever you have to be big enough to know what it is.” A move abroad could wait on the horizon for Lamps, as Chinese Super League clubs are linked with him each day, including Guizhou Renhe. But could the Chelsea legend commit a cardinal sin and swap Chelsea blue for QPR hoops? Though Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp – QPR boss – refuses to distance himself from the rumors, could his nephew join him in an attempt to save QPR from relegation?
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485303 Joachim Low, manager, Germany Joachim+Low%2C+manager%2C+Germany World

Rumor: Replacing Jose Mourinho at Madrid
Likelihood: Doubtful


Mourinho is undoubtedly under pressure in the Real Madrid hot seat, especially after the dreaded vote of confidence was issued by club president Florentino Perez. The manager himself has even conceded defeat to Barcelona in the La Liga title race. His track record is unrivalled however. Wherever the Special One goes he gets results, and it’s not his fault he’s up against possibly the world’s greatest ever player in Lionel Messi. A run of bad results could see him on the “Long Road to Ruin” however, joining the Real scrapheap.


And this is where Low comes in. Jogi’s record commands respect itself, leading some of Germany’s brightest players on the international stage for nearly seven years now. His club record is indifferent however, and Real would be mad to displace their Portuguese maestro on such a huge risk.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485302 David Beckham, M, unattached David+Beckham%2C+M%2C+unattached World

Rumor: Landing in London
Likelihood: We don’t buy it


The world’s most famous footballer is still without a club after leaving LA Galaxy in a blaze of glory with an MLS Cup win. The rumor mill has been sent into “Overdrive” as a result, with clubs lining up to take Becks in. Australian club Perth Glory were recent favorites but have now pulled out of the race, leaving Paris St. Germain and London clubs West Ham and QPR as the most likely destinations. A return to the Premier League is extremely unlikely though, and Golden Balls himself has said previously that Manchester United are the only English club for him.


Where will his swansong be then? PSG is possible, as is the deluge of cash-rich Middle Eastern clubs available. So while we don’t think Beckham will be house-hunting in England any time soon, we’ll be keeping a close eye on his final destination.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485305 Demba Ba, F, Newcastle United Demba+Ba%2C+F%2C+Newcastle+United World

Rumor: Headed to Arsenal
Likelihood: If he’s to be believed


All footballers should know the danger of speaking to the press on any issue, especially when it comes to their future and transfer rumors. Newcastle goal-getter Demba Ba didn’t seem to receive the memo though. Speaking to French media last week, Ba admitted that: “Arsenal are one of those teams who makes you dream." Not quite satisfied with his “Bridge Burning” with the St James’ Park club there though, Ba openly stated that Arsenal “know about my release clause, and can make their own mind up about it."


If that’s not a “come and get me plea”, we don’t know what is.


The release clause in Ba’s contract is also well-documented at around £7 million, which would fit neatly into Arsene Wenger’s small-spending ethos. We’d be less than surprised if the Senegalese sensation doesn’t end up at the Emirates in the future, with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley keen to cash in on his prize-asset.
 

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World 2018 2160 Soccer transfer rumors: December 17-23 31485307 Didier Drogba, F, Shanghai Shenhua Didier+Drogba%2C+F%2C+Shanghai+Shenhua World

Rumor: Off to Juventus
Likelihood: He’s certainly off somewhere


Along with his former Chelsea pal Nicolas Anelka, Champions League hero Drogba seemingly has itchy feet in China. Despite the millions he’s raking in, the Ivorian international is being constantly linked with moves back to Europe, with Juventus in the driving seat. The Serie A champs will be eager to remind the powerful striker that his talents aren’t fully appreciated in China. Perhaps Juve manager Antonio Conte will also be telling the Drog that they can get the “Best of You” in a more competitive league.


With 8 goals in 11 appearances for Shanghai, Drogba certainly still has a lot to offer. It seems certain that the Premier League legend will be back terrorising defences somewhere, and it could even be his old stomping grounds at Stamford Bridge. An earlier attempt to return was thwarted last month by the powers that be, but the January transfer window will give Drogba the chance to spread his wings and “Learn to Fly” elsewhere.
 

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