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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31677777 Read my lips Read+my+lips World

The summer is creeping up on us although in England it still feels like winter. Summer, of course means sun, fun and….transfers. Manchester City dominates this week’s offerings as they contemplate handing over their Premier League title to arch rivals United. Roberto Mancini reckons City would have won the league if he’d landed his targets last summer, so will he manage to get the right people this time? Who knows – and who’s to say he’ll be around to oversee them? Anyway, we have some bad kids to help us flesh out this week’s goss. Ten tracks by garage punk terrors Black Lips. - Special to
World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679874 Andre Schurrle, M, Bayer Leverkusen Andre+Schurrle%2C+M%2C+Bayer+Leverkusen World

RUMOR: Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Schurrle is a rising star at Leverkusen, which has prompted interest from Chelsea, who are reportedly ready to throw Kevin de Bruyne into the bargain. Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voller simply says that interest is great players is “normal”. Chelsea may well be workin’ on making a bid but we don’t think their efforts will pay off. The Blues aren’t even guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League, while Leverkusen are almost there. He’ll stay for now.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31677775 Iker Casillas, G, Real Madrid Iker+Casillas%2C+G%2C+Real+Madrid World

RUMOR: Real Madrid to Arsenal

This story is based on the fact that Casillas continues to park his backside on the bench despite being fit again. Diego Lopez is the man between the sticks for the time being but we expect that all to change if Mourinho leaves the Bernabeu at the end of the season. Should that happen, and it remains a possibility he will stay, then Casillas will be back in favour with whoever takes over. Andre Villas-Boas perhaps? Anyway, the Gunners can kiss it goodbye.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31677776 Wayne Rooney, F, Manchester United Wayne+Rooney%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United World

RUMOR: Manchester United to PSG
LIKELIHOOD: More hot air

Ibrahimovic last week fueled growing speculation that PSG want to sign Rooney when he urged the Manchester United forward to sign for the Ligue 1 leader. So, what are the chances that the England international is ready for a new direction? Sure, the money is good and there are plenty of top-quality signings at Parc des Princes like Lucas Moura, Pastore, Thiago Silva, Lavezzi and Beckham, but Rooney won’t get the same kind of buzz in Paris that he gets in the Premier League. United would supposedly consider a $30million bid for Rooney, but we simply don’t buy it.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679875 Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid manager Jose+Mourinho%2C+Real+Madrid+manager World

RUMOR: Real Madrid to Chelsea
LIKELIHOOD: So many options

Again and again we are bombarded with rumors that Mourinho’s Spanish adventure is over and it’s time for him to return to his second home ie England and more specifically Stamford Bridge. Benitez’s contract won’t be renewed at the end of the season which would pave the way for Mourinho to take the reins once again. But did anyone notice that Manchester City will review Roberto Mancini’s position at the end of the season – even if they win the FA Cup. What are the chances of a late swoop by City for the Portuguese? Just a thought

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679870 Vincent Kompany, D, Manchester City Vincent+Kompany%2C+D%2C+Manchester+City World

RUMOR: Leaving Manchester City
LIKELIHOOD: He’ll stay

Is Kompany down and out since he defied orders and played for Belgium against Macedonia despite having only just recovered from a two-month lay-off? Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all been linked with the City center-back and Mancini has stated he wants to strengthen his squad for next season. Let’s be clear. Although Kompany has not reached the heights of last season selling him to one of the big guns will only weaken the team. Sure, Mancini is annoyed but he’ll get over it.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31677779 Burak Yilmaz, F, Galatasaray Burak+Yilmaz%2C+F%2C+Galatasaray World

RUMOR: Galatasaray to Manchester United
LIKELIHOOD: Plenty of options

Yilmaz has been one of the stars of this season’s Champions League and his manager has admitted that he could leave the Turkish club in the summer. United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the striker but the UK press sometimes forget to mention the possibility that there are other clubs out there – and outside England! There ain’t no deal in place at the moment and your guess is good as mine where he’ll end up. Some of the papers are saying he could go for as little as $15 million but it’s all conjecture.

World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679871 Kevin de Bruyne, M, Chelsea (on loan at Werder Bremen) Kevin+de+Bruyne%2C+M%2C+Chelsea+%28on+loan+at+Werder+Bremen%29 World

RUMOR: Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund
LIKELIHOOD: Long way to go

Yes, we know we’ve already mentioned De Bruyne as a possible makeweight in a deal which could bring Bayer Leverkusen star Andre Schurrle to Chelsea, but there is also another factor – step right up Borussia Dortmund. De Bruyne has impressed during his loan spell with Werder Bremen and his future at Stamford Bridge is up in the air. If Chelsea can persuade Leverkusen to part with Schurrle then make no mistake De Bruyne will be on his way out. Let’s wait and see.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679872 Bacary Sagna, D, Arsenal Bacary+Sagna%2C+D%2C+Arsenal World

RUMOR: Arsenal to PSG

Although Sagna’s favourite team when he was growing up was PSG we wonder whether this deal is on green for go. What could stop such a move which seems inevitable according to most of the UK press? This applies to Nasri too and put simply it’s tax laws. The French government is set to impose a 75% tax on the country’s millionaires, a move which could become law by early 2014. Not a problem for the likes of you and me, but for Sagna? You bet. He may look elsewhere.

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31679873 Julio Cesar, G, QPR Julio+Cesar%2C+G%2C+QPR World

RUMOR: QPR to AC Milan
LIKELIHOOD: Good chance

Last week there was talk that Cesar would be heading back to Inter Milan once QPR’s inevitable relegation was confirmed. However, events have since taken a twist with city rivals AC Milan apparently on the verge of agreeing a two-year deal for the goalkeeper who has recently returned to the Brazil national side. Sure, the old man Galliani has been playing down the possibility of signing Cesar but we heard all that when it came to Balotelli. Remember?

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World 2018 43 Football/Soccer Transfer Rumors: April 8 - 14 31677778 Samir Nasri, M, Manchester City Samir+Nasri%2C+M%2C+Manchester+City World

RUMOR: Manchester City to PSG
LIKELIHOOD: Still a possibility

When your manager decides against praising you after a good game and instead reveals his desire to give you a good punch you know that your time is up. That’s what Roberto Mancini said following Nasri’s impressive display during the 4-0 win against Newcastle and it’s unlikely that gentle violence will persuade Nasri to stay. The Frenchman admits he has had a bad season but has not made any statement about his future. PSG remains a potential destination but there are bound to be other options.

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