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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31498342 Holiday special Holiday+special+ World

The New Year is fast approaching for everyone in the soccer world, targets will have been identified and money set aside for a busy transfer window. Hopefully you are all suitably full to the brim with mince pies and festive cheer! Now it’s down to business. Seen as this will be the last Rumor Redux of the year, we thought we would treat you to the moves that should rock your Christmas stockings for 2013.

 

Who will make their fans the happiest in the New Year with a big-name signing? Find out and get your warm drink and holiday snacks ready for an interesting read:

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31498343 Cristiano Ronaldo, F, Real Madrid Cristiano+Ronaldo%2C+F%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: Not at the moment.

 

Ronaldo built an amazing relationship with both the fans and Sir Alex Ferguson in his time at Manchester United. There is no question they would take him back.

 

There are a couple of questions to consider when assessing this rumor. Would Manchester United really be able to afford him? Does Ronaldo want to leave Real Madrid anyway? It would be a case of switching from the greatest club in world football to another. He still has a lot to prove at Real Madrid and there is nothing left for Ronaldo to achieve at Manchester United, where he won everything imaginable.

 

He recently admitted to missing Ferguson and insisted he won’t be celebrating should he score against Manchester United in the Champions League. We think there is truth in the rumor, but it is unlikely to happen for another few years, let alone this winter.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31498344 David Villa, F, Barcelona David+Villa%2C+F%2C+Barcelona World

Rumor: Barcelona to the Premier League.

 

Likelihood: Not playing at Barca? Of course.

 

Not too long ago Villa was renowned as the most deadliest striker in world soccer. Now, he doesn’t seem to fit into the plans of new Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova. It hasn’t helped his cause that he spent over eight months on the sidelines with a nasty leg injury. It seemed to give other players a chance to cement their position in the side – a chance that they took. So, what is the future for ex-Valencia star Villa? Arsenal badly needs a permanent replacement for Robin van Persie, so this would seem the most logical destination.

 

Arsenal fans are desperate for a true forward in 2013. They have missed the Dutchman’s goals massively early this season and some fans are starting to call for Arsene Wenger’s head. Villa would certainly fit the criteria needed, but this seems more like summer business agenda.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31497659 Mario Balotelli, F, Manchester City Mario+Balotelli%2C+F%2C+Manchester+City World

Rumor: Manchester City to AC Milan.

 

Likelihood: Stop flirting and get on with it.

 

A return to Milan has been discussed ever since Balotelli's first season in the Premier League. Despite being a one-man circus off the pitch, the Italian is yet to prove he can be trusted on it. Understandably, Mancini appears to have run out of patience.

 

Balotelli has been left out ever since a woeful display in the derby a fortnight ago, and a parting of the ways appears inevitable. Milan look favorite to perform an emotional rescue, though they will want to do it on their terms, not City's.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31498340 Andy Carroll, F, West Ham Andy+Carroll%2C+F%2C+West+Ham World

Rumor: From West Ham (via Liverpool) back to Newcastle.

 

Likelihood: Too early to tell.

 

Carroll is yet to find a club that he can call home. A flop at Liverpool in his first season after the much publicized £35 million move from St. James’ Park, he was then loaned out to newly-promoted West Ham United. He has yet to set the league alight with his performances this season. The same Newcastle fans that worshipped him will not have been impressed by the manner in which he left, and his goalscoring record since.

 

Newcastle has a richness of quality strikers at the moment, with both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse having the quality to destroy defenses with a single touch. It is not known whether they will both stay throughout the transfer window. If they do remain, it seems hard to contemplate Carroll’s arrival.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31498341 Benoit Assou-Ekotto, LB, Tottenham Benoit+Assou-Ekotto%2C+LB%2C+Tottenham World

Rumor: Tottenham to Chelsea.

 

Likelihood: It makes sense, but not right now.

 

This move wouldn’t be a problem for Assou-Ekotto’s personal life. However, the exact close vicinity of the move could prove the stumbling block. Tottenham are London rivals with Chelsea and compete for the Champions League places on a yearly basis. If Tottenham were to sell one of their best players to Chelsea, it would be a big backward step.

 

Assou-Ekotto got the season off to a great start with a 25 yard screamer against West Brom, before missing some game time through a knee injury. Tottenham badly missed their star left back through that period and will be desperate to hold on to him. They have very little in the way of back-up for Assou-Ekotto, so it may be a case of one in before they let him go.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31495721 Demba Ba, F, Newcastle United Demba+Ba%2C+F%2C+Newcastle+United World

Rumor: Newcastle to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Where there's a will, there's a way.

 

Christmas brings with it plenty of talk of both Santa Claus and Ba's clause, which allows the striker to leave Newcastle on the cheap - £7.5million to be exact.

 

It may seem strange that Newcastle haven't moved heaven and earth to give their 11-goal striker whatever he wants to end talk of leaving St James' Park, but concern over a knee problem means the Toon are unwilling to leave themselves exposed. Having signed Ba on a free 18 months ago, perhaps Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley are willing to let someone else worry about the Senegal striker's health.

 

Ba has openly flirted with Arsenal, who certainly appear short up front. It may be risky business, but we all know Arsene Wenger's desire for a deal.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31497658 Scott Sinclair, W/F, Manchester City Scott+Sinclair%2C+W%2FF%2C+Manchester+City World

Rumor: Manchester City to Everton loan.

 

Likelihood: He's gotta go somewhere.

 

Sinclair accepted that he was not going to play every game after joining the champions from Swansea, but he surely never foresaw the inactivity he has had to endure under Roberto Mancini.

 

The former England Under-21 forward can't get no satisfaction this season, having played only seven times without scoring a goal in blue. The chances of him seeing increased game time appear limited, at City at least. A train ticket to Everton certainly looks likely as time passes by at Etihad Stadium.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31497660 Ezequiel Garay, D, Benfica Ezequiel+Garay%2C+D%2C+Benfica World

Rumor: Benfica to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: Seems unlikely for now.

 

Having played for Real Madrid after moving from his home country of Argentina, Garay definitely has the quality in top-flight football. Although he never made the grade at Real, he has caps for Argentina and still plays regularly in top European competitions. Real inserted a 50 percent sell on clause when they sold him to Benfica, which shows how highly they rated him as a prospect. Maybe a club like Benfica suits Garay, where there are little to no expectations of world domination.

 

All of Garay’s qualities would make him a decent signing for most teams. This rumor falls down when you look at the Manchester United squad. They have Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic (now fully fit), Johnny Evans and Chris Smalling that can cover that position, so there really is no room for another center back. It seems another that would be more suited for the pre-season window, if Manchester United were interested.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31497661 Asmir Begovic, GK, Stoke City Asmir+Begovic%2C+GK%2C+Stoke+City World

Rumor: Stoke to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: Has the safe hands United have been missing.

 

As much fun as Sir Alex Ferguson has had with his weekly goalkeeping musical chairs routine, it appears likely neither David de Gea nor Anders Lindegaard retain the manager's full trust. You can't always get what you want for £18.3million these days, and de Gea's growing pains have given Ferguson a real problem.

 

Given how small the margins are in the Premier League, can he afford to wait for the young Spanish keeper to develop, or must he go into the transfer market immediately to shore up his last line of defense?

 

Simon Mignolet of Sunderland has also been watched, but Begovic is the most-commonly linked name with the Red Devils. Already a very accomplished stopper, the 25-year-old Bosnian has another decade ahead of him at the top level. He won't come cheap, but Ferguson surely knows that his goalie games cannot continue.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: December 24 - 31 31497657 Thomas Ince, W, Blackpool Thomas+Ince%2C+W%2C+Blackpool World

Rumor: From Blackpool back to Liverpool.

 

Likelihood: Liverpool will cough up.

 

Only 18 months after allowing the England Under-21 winger to leave without an Anfield appearance, Liverpool appear keen to give Blackpool back their £250,000 and a truck load more if they would be kind enough to allow Ince one more shot at making it on Merseyside.

 

This is hardly Moneyball, but the embarrassment is apparently no deterrent to Liverpool. A multi-million pound fee has yet to be agreed, but it seems only a matter of time.

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