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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31874046 Close call Close+call World

The transfer window seems to have heated up a couple of centigrade judging by this week’s edition of Rumor Mill – and we have a host of new faces in the rogues’ gallery. North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham feature heavily but whether they can achieve the knockout punch they need to land their targets is a moot point.

 

Talking of knockouts, this week’s band had a scare at a music festival in Hungary where lead singer Alex Kapranos suffered an allergic reaction to a peanut. He needed two injections and was out cold for an hour before crawling off his deathbed to play with the rest of the bound. Who are they? They are of course edgy guitar band Franz Ferdinand.

 

And with that, we provide this week's top rumors with a splash of Franz Ferdinand's greatest hits:

 

--Warren Barner

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877475 Samuel Eto'o Samuel+Eto%27o World

Rumor: Anzhi Makhachkala to Los Angeles Galaxy.

 

Likelihood: Too good for MLS.

 

No sooner has Anzhi Makhachkala built an expensively-assembled squad then the Russian club goes into meltdown and decides to bring down the whole pack of cards. Some of the world’s best paid players are now up for grabs – and that includes Samuel Eto’o.

 

Chelsea is reportedly one of the interested parties, but only if the deal to sign Wayne Rooney fails to come off. Inter Milan is also in the running, but one of the outsiders for his signature is our very own Los Angeles Galaxy. Sure, the Cameroonian could take it easy and plump for a move to the States, but he’s still in his prime and we expect a move to Serie A – possibly Inter or Napoli.
 

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877479 Luis Suarez, Liverpool Luis+Suarez%2C+Liverpool+ World

Rumor: Liverpool to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Impasse reached.

 

Very little has changed in the saga that is Luis Suarez, but the words from both sides – mainly Liverpool’s – never seem to stop. Former Reds winger John Barnes believes the club should send him away, while owner John W. Henry has told Arsenal they are wasting their time trying to sign the Uruguay international.

 

Now, Suarez is training alone and must apologize to his teammates for his attitude before he is allowed to return to the fold, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. That seems unlikely, but the fact that Henry has stepped into the row suggests Suarez will be staying – however unhappy that makes the Reds striker. It’s all getting messy but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious solution.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877476 Luiz Gustavo, Bayern Munich Luiz+Gustavo%2C+Bayern+Munich World

Rumor: Bayern Munich to Arsenal.

 

Likelihoold: It's a possibility.

 

Sunday’s papers were full of stories about Arsenal being on the verge of signing the Brazilian midfielder from the Bundesliga champions but one day later the landscape looks very different. Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that there is interest from England, Spain, Russia and Germany, meaning the Gunners are facing stiff competition to land their man.

 

Arsenal have made a bid of €17million and we hear that the German club is Wolfsburg. Gustavo reportedly wants to join a Champions League club and has spoken positively about the club but we can’t stop feeling that this could be another episode ending in heartache for Arsenal’s beleaguered fans.
 

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877474 David Luiz, Chelsea David+Luiz%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: Chelsea to Barcelona.

 

Likelihoold: Highly unlikely.

 

We had the Bayern Munich rumor dismissed by Pep Guardiola a couple of weeks ago, but the Barcelona story is one that refuses to go away. The Chelsea defender has refused to talk about speculation Barca want him to shore up their ageing defense, but that hasn’t stopped Dani Alves from saying "you could have it so much better" at Camp Nou. However, Alves also accepts it would be “almost impossible” for the Spanish champions to lure Luiz away from Chelsea, whose manager Jose Mourinho said last week that Barcelona were “wasting their” time in chasing one of his prized assets.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877485 Willian, Anzhi Makhachkala Willian%2C+Anzhi+Makhachkala World

Rumor: Anzhi Makhachkala to Manchester City.


Likelihood: Not any more.

 

Reports in Brazil over the weekend suggested that Manchester City were looking to make a cut-price offer for Willian, who is being offloaded by his Russian club in a bid to cut costs. However, that rumor looks to have bitten the dust even before it has started.

 

Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he could sign more players before the transfer window shuts, adding to those like Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvar Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, although it looks like he will walk away from any deal involving Willian. Could the Brazilian end up at Chelsea? Food for thought.
 

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877482 Daniel Agger, Liverpool Daniel+Agger%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Liverpool to Barcelona.

 

Likelihood: Could prove hard to resist.

 

Liverpool have shown how much Agger means to the club by appointing the Dane vice-captain last week, but that may not prevent a move to Camp Nou. It’s not clear whether Barca want both Agger and Chelsea defender David Luiz but the Liverpool man is certainly a more plausible possibility for the Catalans, who have already had one bid rejected by the Merseysiders.

 

The player’s agent claims his client would be interested in joining Barca, but will the Reds bite the bullet and sell? Suarez may be a man without a price but we don’t think the same applies to Agger. Certainly one to watch.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877480 Luka Modric, Real Madrid Luka+Modric%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: Expect a similar result to Cesc Fabregas

 

Is Modric the man United should have gone for from the start instead of futilely chasing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas? We think so, but the question Modric needs to be asked is "do you want to join" Manchester United?’

 

Whether Modric fits in a team boasting Mesut Ozil and Isco remains an interesting question. Carlo Ancelotti has so many attacking options that it seems an impossible task to keep everybody happy, but he has already stated that Modric will not leave. There’s little doubt Modric would find a regular place in United’s starting XI were he to be purchased by the Premier League champions, but can United put the Fabregas debacle behind them and get the attacking midfielder they crave? We fear the same result.
 

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877481 Miralem Pjanic, Roma Miralem+Pjanic%2C+Roma World

Rumor: Roma to Tottenham.


Likelihood: Roma face a fight.

 

Roma have been spending big in the summer with Kevin Strootman, Maicon and Gervinho all joining the club, and Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) and Marquinhos (PSG) heading out of the Stadio Olimpico.

 

Pjanic is an attacking midfielder that is expected to blossom this season and the general thinking is that Roma may need to sell one of their players – Marco Borriello and Pablo Osvaldo have been mentioned - to balance the books and to keep Pjanic out of Spurs’ grasp. There’s no doubt this boy can play and he would be a welcome addition to a side now without Clint Dempsey so we’ll see how this one goes.
 

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31877484 Fabio Coentrao, Real Madrid Fabio+Coentrao%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: It could happen.

 

Carlo Ancelotti revealed at the weekend that Coentrao is “thinking about leaving" Real Madrid which has prompted rumors that the Portugal defender is heading for White Hart Lane. How could this happen?

 

Well, if Coentrao is saying take me out there is a possibility that he could form part of the deal that would see Gareth Bale join Real Madrid. That would leave Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on a limb, but with Danny Rose currently occupying the left back spot in preseason it seems the Cameroon international’s days are numbered anyway.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 12-18 31874048 Toby Alderweireld, Ajax Toby+Alderweireld%2C+Ajax World

Rumor: Ajax to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Many factors to consider.

 

Tottenham certainly need another central defender judging by their casualty list. Jan Vertonghen is out for a few more weeks, while there were fitness concerns surrounding Michael Dawson, but both he and the returning Younes Kaboul played at the weekend. Ajax have confirmed that they have received a bid for the Belgian, with Everton also thought to be an interested party.

 

However, Dutch media are reporting that Spartak Moscow are the club to have made a bid – a move given a cautious welcome by Alderweireld. It looks like he’s leaving Ajax with his contract ending at the end of the season. What is the right action for a highly-rated player? East or west? Toby knows best.

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