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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31542797 We got 'The Jam' We+got+%27The+Jam%27 World

Not long to go before the transfer window comes to an end and we think there are a few managers waiting nervously for news on their targets. In the penultimate column before the end of January, the Rumor Redux elders have been racking their brains trying to think of a band that can help us sort out the movers and shakers during this crucial time – and we think we have nailed it.

When managers like Harry Redknapp take on a near impossible job and need new recruits to get themselves out of a sticky situation which word springs to mind? You’ve got it, we have ten songs from mod/punk band The Jam to sweeten the gossip.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548212 Kaka, M, Real Madrid Kaka%2C+M%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Return to AC Milan
Likelihood: It’s a definite.

 


Champions League hopeful AC Milan is desperate to find a replacement for Alexandre Pato following his move to Corinthians in his native Brazil and all the signs are that they have done it with aplomb. Over the weekend vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed he is in talks to bring Kaka back to the San Siro. Talks have gone smoothly and from what we hear a fee has been agreed with Real Madrid, although the Brazilian playmaker has taken a pay cut. We expect him to be in the city of Milan by the end of the week.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548209 Mario Balotelli, F, Manchester City Mario+Balotelli%2C+F%2C+Manchester+City World

Rumor: AC Milan...still
Likelihood: Unless his price drops, it won't happen this term
 

This particular rumor just will not go away and the gossip continued unabated over the weekend with talk that Balotelli and Milan will hold talks this week. Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani has urged City to slash the asking price for the controversial Italian but the Premier League champions are refusing to budge. Balotelli is far too precious to be sold for a figure less than £31million so it looks like he will be staying at the Etihad at least until the end of the season, just as Roberto Mancini has stated time after time.

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548211 Philippe Coutinho, M, Internazionale Philippe+Coutinho%2C+M%2C+Internazionale World

Rumor: Liverpool
Likelihood: Good chance

 


Brendan Rodgers has not been put off by Inter Milan’s initial refusal of a £5million bid for midfielder Coutinho, who is apparently keen on a move to Anfield. The 20-year-old Brazil international would become the Reds’ second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Daniel Sturridge. Coutinho has pace and is versatile in a forward role – essential qualities in the modern world. We think this one will be wrapped up before the deadline.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548208 Brek Shea, M, FC Dallas Brek+Shea%2C+M%2C+FC+Dallas World

Rumor: Stoke City
Likelihood: Needs to impress Pulis

 


Everyone has been falling over themselves to announce Shea’s move to the Premier League but not so fast, let’s slow down for a minute. The United States winger and art school painter is reportedly on the brink of a £2-3 million move to Stoke, but Potters manager Tony Pulis wants to see what he’s getting for his money before he buys. With that in mind Shea is effectively on a week’s trial to secure a possible trans-Atlantic crossing. Will he make it? We’re not sure, but Geoff Cameron’s successful transition to the Premier League may help his cause.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548218 Pepe Reina, G, Liverpool Pepe+Reina%2C+G%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Barcelona
Likelihood: Possibly, but not until summer

 


This one has been doing the rounds for a month or so and has been given credence by the fact that Victor Valdes has said he will not extend his contract at Barcelona. That news has heightened speculation the goalkeeper could be heading for Anfield, with Reina heading in the other direction. We don’t see why the Reds would swap a 30-year-old goalkeeper for one a year older, but that’s entertainment folks!
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548217 Ashley Cole, D, Chelsea Ashley+Cole%2C+D%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: PSG
Likelihood: Home is where the heart is.

 


It wasn’t long ago that the mom of her beloved Ashley was tweeting about how he would be playing for a club not too far on the Eurostar train. Everyone (including us) took this to mean that AC would be heading to Paris Saint-Germain. But the sound from the street is that Chelsea has had a change of heart and wants to keep Cole at Stamford Bridge after all. Not only that, the England defender is supposedly earning nearly £200,000 a week too! What a turnaround. They’ll be telling us next he’s back with Cheryl….
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548214 Lewis Holtby, M, Schalke 04 Lewis+Holtby%2C+M%2C+Schalke+04 World

Rumor: Spurs switch this winter

Likelihood: Unlikely to happen before summer


We thought this one had already been arranged but there has been a twist in the tail. Andre Villas-Boas had already agreed to sign Holtby in summer when his contract expires in summer. But what happens when the planner’s dream goes wrong? AVB is now without Sandro for the rest of the season and the brilliant performance of Holtby in Schalke’s thrilling 5-4 win over Hannover on Friday has convinced the Spurs boss to try to get him to White Hart Lane pronto. However, his bid has been rejected by Schalke so unless Tottenham make an offer that cannot be refused we expect him to see out the season in Germany.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548215 Yann M'vila, M, Rennes Yann+M%27vila%2C+M%2C+Rennes World

Rumor: QPR
Likelihood: It’s off

 


A couple of days is a long time in the January transfer window and so it has proved with the news M’Vila will not be joining his French colleague Loic Remy at Loftus Road. Remy made an instant impact at the weekend when he put the Rs in front at West Ham, although he was dropped into a deeper role later in the game. Instead M’Vila has opted to reject Harry Redknapp’s sweet talk and seems destined for Rubin Kazan in Russia. It’s too bad Harry, you’ll just have to look elsewhere.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548216 Florent Malouda, M, Chelsea Florent+Malouda%2C+M%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: QPR
Likelihood: Must take a pay cut but we don’t think it will happen


The private hell of Chelsea midfilelder Malouda could be about to turn into a public heaven if the papers are to be believed. Malouda hasn’t played for the Blues since September and has been training with the kids for much of that time. The Frenchman has been left to rot for turning down potential moves to West Ham and Santos, but he could finally be heading out of Stamford Bridge. His £75,000 a week salary would be a sticking point though and we see no reason why he would accept anything less when he’s refused to buckle so far.
 

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World 2018 43 Soccer transfer rumors: January 21-27 31548210 Frank Lampard, M, Chelsea Frank+Lampard%2C+M%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: AC MILAN
Likelihood: Not now

 


Rumors of Lampard’s potential move to the San Siro surfaced over the weekend to leave LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena in a state of panic at the news and the Rumor Redux gang licking their lips on Monday. The 34-year-old midfielder has held talks with the Italian giants over a possible move in the summer, although he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement whenever he likes. Joining a club like Milan would at least prolong his England career but we don’t think there’s enough room for both Kaka and Lampard at the Rossoneri, so a move to the United States is still on.
 

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