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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326310 Silent period Silent+period World

Tumbleweed is drifting through the Rumor Mill ghost town this week, but never fear! The Rumor Redux gang have donned their Stetsons and are shooting from the hip in search of the best pieces of tittle tattle from all corners of the world.


We say all corners but this week’s edition is almost totally dominated by one of the greatest musical cities. Yes folks, Manchester is back on our radars again, but how could it be otherwise when the Champions League, anti-Liverpool chants and diving dominate the headlines?


We have ten songs from one of Manchester’s finest in our gallery. They only did two albums and they recently reformed - even though the lead singer and guitarist loathe each other. We’re mad for it. They are “The Stone Roses.”

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326300 Marouane Fellaini, M, Everton Marouane+Fellaini%2C+M%2C+Everton World

Rumor: Everton to Manchester United.


Likelihood: Don’t rule it out.


Last week we told you that Fellaini claimed this season would be his last at Goodison Park, but he later went on Twitter to say that he is happy at Everton. So, which club has emerged as a potential suitor for the frizzy-haired Belgian? That’s right, United.


Of course, it was Fellaini who rose above the leaden-footed Michael Carrick to head in the Blues’ winner against SAF’s troops last month having scored Everton’s second goal in the remarkable 4-4 draw at the tail-end of last season. Some don’t think Fellaini is a United type player but don’t be so sure. “This is The One” rumor that could run and run until January – a bit like the all-action midfielder.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326305 Fernando Llorente, F, Athletic Bilbao Fernando+Llorente%2C+F%2C+Athletic+Bilbao World

Rumor: Athletic Bilbao to who knows?


Likelihood: He’s going, but who knows where?


Athletic fans have been criticizing their star striker ever since he revealed in the summer that he would not be extending his contract. Llorente seemed to be on the verge of a move to Juventus in August, but the deal never happened. So if the Athletic fans are to say “Bye, Bye Mad Man” where could he be heading?


Manchester City and Chelsea have the financial muscle to buy the Spain striker, who surprisingly did not play a single minute of Spain’s successful Euro 2012 defense. AC Milan, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are also in the mix, but we think Juve is heading the queue even though he would be a dream acquisition for a Premier League club.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326308 Mario Balotelli, F, Manchester City Mario+Balotelli%2C+F%2C+Manchester+City World

Rumor: Manchester City to PSG.


Likelihood: Non-chance.


Firstly, we must apologize for our lack of Balotelli stories recently. We know that “What the World is Waiting For” is a daily dose of this mercurial Italian and we simply haven’t been up to scratch. Well, let’s address that situation now. The French media is talking about a massive double swoop for both Balotelli and Neymar in January should PSG still be in the Champions League by then. We don’t buy it – and City won’t sell.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326309 Andrea Ranocchia, F, Inter Milan +Andrea+Ranocchia%2C+F%2C+Inter+Milan World

Rumor: Inter Milan to Manchester United.


Likelihood: Long way to go


Sir Alex Ferguson is finally coming round to the idea that Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are getting on in years and that the “Good Times,” defensively, are probably over. United managed to keep their first clean sheet in four attempts during Saturday’s 4-0 win against Wigan but the fact remains SAF’s injury-prone lynchpins are not reliable as they once were.


Jonny Evans isn’t the answer, nor are Patrice Evra or Michael Carrick. And with Phil Jones out injured it’s time to start looking around. Ranocchia, linked with Man City in June in a swap deal with Kolarov, was supposedly watched by United scouts during Inter’s 2-0 win in Torino. He’s getting better but is still a work in progress – even at the age of 24.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326307 Joao Moutinho, M, FC Porto Joao+Moutinho%2C+M%2C+FC+Porto World

Rumor: FC Porto to Tottenham.


Likelihood: Only if Scott Parker gets injured again.


Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was walking a “Tightrope” on the final day of the transfer window as he tried to bring in the Porto midfielder but missed out by seconds (or so we’ve been led to believe). So, what are the chances of doing some business in January? Slight, we say.


Firstly, Scott Parker will be back in action fairly soon and there’s no way Daniel Levy would sanction the purchase in those circumstances. Even Villas-Boas admits the deal is dead in the water and that’s good enough for us.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326302 Theo Walcott, F, Arsenal Theo+Walcott%2C+F%2C+Arsenal World

Rumor: Arsenal to Juventus.


Likelihood: Nope.


Theo Walcott has entered the final year of his contract (oh no, how did the Gunners reach this situation again?) which means the England winger is free to discuss his future with other clubs in January. It also means that clubs are thinking about juicy sales in the New Year.


Walcott has already turned down a £75,000-a-week offer, which is incredible for a player that has started just one game this season and failed to see out 90 minutes in those four matches. Walcott thinks he’s better than he is and although we don’t see him "Driving South" for a new life in Italy there could be interest from other clubs unless the contract impasse is sorted out soon.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326306 Alvaro Vadillo, W, Real Betis Alvaro+Vadillo%2C+W%2C+Real+Betis World

Rumor: Real Betis to Manchester United.


Likelihood: Raw potential.


He’s been dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo, but the 18-year-old Real Betis winger isn’t someone the Rumor Redux gang has seen much of - at all. From the clips we’ve seen he looks strong, has good pace and skill, so he certainly fits the bill but maybe Ferguson still wants the real thing and not the imitation? "Don't Stop" dreaming United fans everywhere - while CR7 continues to be sad you never know what might happen

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326301 Nani, W, Manchester United Nani%2C+W%2C+Manchester+United World

Rumor: Manchester United to Juventus.


Likelihood: Lacks substance.


Poor Nani. There was a time when he wanted to prove himself to be the best player in the world. “I Wanna Be Adored”, we heard him say just one year ago as he claimed his aim was to become the best player in the world. How things have changed.


United supposedly tried to flog him to Zenit St Petersburg last month and now the Mirror, prompted by media claims in Portugal, has linked Juventus with both Nani and Walcott. There’s not a lot to back it up and the Italian media have been pretty silent about it which suggests it’s not getting off the ground.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326304 Bacary Sagna, D, Arsenal Bacary+Sagna%2C+D%2C+Arsenal World

Rumor: Arsenal to somewhere.


Likelihood: He’ll stay.


Bacary Sagna broke the rules for criticizing the club for selling their best players. Last year it was Cesc Fabregas, this year it was Robin van Persie. We don’t want to "Shoot You Down" Arsene, but surely this just proves that the right-back actually cares!


The press have been trying to make a storm out of this particular tea cup. The two men have had a chat and Sagna has been told to toe the line. The outcome? Arsene expects the defender to sign a new contract.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 17 - 23 31326303 Angelo Ogbonna, D, Torino Angelo+Ogbonna%2C+D%2C+Torino World

Rumor: Torino to Manchester United.

Likelihood: Not yet, if at all.


It’s incredible to think that Ogbanna was playing in Serie B last season, but the man some have dubbed the future of Italian soccer is now back in the big time after Torino were promoted. Everton is also thought to be interested in the strong centerback although it’s only at the ‘checking out’ stage as things stand.


Ferguson had Ogbanna scouted in Torino’s defeat by Inter at the weekend. Even though his side lost 2-0 we think this one is more of a goer than Inter defender Ranocchia. "Your Star Will Shine" Angelo, just not yet.

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