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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885339 The Replacements The+Replacements World

Tottenham hardly set the word alight with their opening Premier League game of the season but they are certainly causing a stir in the summer transfer market. We’re sure that all the rumors are linked with Gareth Bale’s potential move to Real Madrid as Andre Villas-Boas and his scouts scour the world for a potential replacement. Effortlessly, we have introduced this week’s band to help bring an even bigger dose of glamor to the gossip.

 

The band formed in 1979, split up in 1991 and proved to be big influences on Green Day, They Might be Giants, the Goo Goo Dolls and British band The Cribs. The band are playing their first live performance in 22 years in Toronto on August 25, with original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson joined by drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan. Ten tracks by alternative rock band The Replacements are in this week’s mix:

 

--Warren Barner

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885363 Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Wayne+Rooney%2C+Manchester+United World

Rumor: Manchester United to Chelsea.

 

Likelihood: Blues not giving up.

 

Rooney proved his appetite for playing in a United shirt had not diminished when he came on as a substitute in the impressive 4-1 victory at Swansea, but that hasn’t put off the Blues from contemplating making another bid for the England international. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted as much after Sunday’s 2-0 win against Hull although we still get the feeling the west Londoners are going to end up unsatisfied in their pursuit of Rooney, despite his desire to leave. There are still a few weeks left until the transfer window shuts but United are standing firm and are showing no sign of buckling.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885364 Luis Suarez, Liverpool Luis+Suarez%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Liverpool to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Looking unlikely.

 

One of the big stories to emerge over the weekend was that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expressed his delight that the Luis Suarez saga “had been resolved.” Rodgers didn’t go into details but the fact that Suarez is training with the first team once more suggests that he has apologized to his teammates for his attitude as demanded by Rodgers. It looks like Reds captain Steven Gerrard also played a big part in Suarez’s reintegration, and although the Uruguayan hasn’t come out and said that he is staying at Anfield, it looks like Arsenal’s hopes of signing the flesh-eater are fading.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31884412 Leighton Baines & Marouane Fellaini, Everton Leighton+Baines+%26amp%3B+Marouane+Fellaini%2C+Everton World

Rumor: Everton to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: United will come back.

 

These two players may no longer belong to the shadowy world of rumor after Everton rejected Manchester United’s “derisory and insulting” offer Monday for the duo, who seem to come as a couple these days. United have made a joint £28 million ($43.82 million) offer for the pair and current thinking is that the split is £12 million for Baines and £16 million for Fellaini, whose buy-out clause expired at the end of July.

 

Of course, that means the Toffees have more control over the transfer fee for Fellaini. In our view, there’s more chance of Fellaini joining United than Baines (does United really need another left back?) but nobody knows. Expect another bid from United though.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31884124 Radamel Falcao, Monaco Radamel+Falcao%2C+Monaco World

Rumor: Leaving Monaco.

 

Likelihood: Just a rumor.

 

Stories about Falcao’s future surfaced over the weekend but this rumor looks to have been bent out of shape by the Spanish media. The word on the grapevine suggested Falcao was looking to leave the principality over threats to cut his tax-free status, but the Colombian and coach Claudio Ranieri both laughed off the speculation over the weekend, albeit very seriously indeed.

 

Falcao said the article was “totally false” and that he is “very happy at Monaco”. Ranieri added that the striker is “staying at Monaco”. Not much to add really.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31884122 Gareth Barry, Manchester City Gareth+Barry%2C+Manchester+City World

Rumor: Manchester City to Everton.

 

Likelihood: All depends on Barry.

 

Manuel Pellegrini has made it quite clear about Barry’s position at Manchester City. When asked about Barry’s future, the Chilean said: “In the position of Gareth we have (Jack) Rodwell, (Javi) Garcia, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.” Translation? We have four players better than Barry so he isn’t going to get a look-in!

 

Does Barry want to sit on the sidelines and collect his money for nothing or take a pay cut and get first-team football at Everton – a move which would surely boost his chances of playing a part in England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil? (if they qualify). I don’t know the answer to that question – over to you Gareth!

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31884121 Fabio Coentrao, Real Madrid Fabio+Coentrao%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Tottenham.


Likelihood: Certainly possible

 

Carlo Ancelotti revealed on Saturday that Coentrao is achin’ to be anywhere but Real Madrid and was promptly left out of the side to face Real Betis on Sunday. The Portugal international is behind Marcelo in the left-back pecking order these days and desperately wants to be in the starting XI of a club to help get his career back on track. Chelsea have been linked with the player for obvious reasons (Mourinho) but we can’t help feeling that if Gareth Bale gets his move to the Bernabeu then Coentrao is a sure bet to go the other way as part of the deal.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885362 Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle Yohan+Cabaye%2C+Newcastle World

Rumor: Newcastle to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Not at that price.

 

Hot on the heels of Arsenal being linked with Michu it now seems Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Yohan Cabaye. Gunners fans can’t hardly wait until their club spends some money as their chants at the Emirates demonstrated over the weekend, but Newcastle has predictably turned down an offer of between £10-12 million for the France midfielder. It is thought that £20 million ($31.30 million) could be enough to prise Cabaye away from St. James’ Park but have Arsenal ever paid the market rate for a player?

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885365 Michu, Swansea City Michu%2C+Swansea+City World

Rumor: Swansea to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Wenger running out of options.

 

Arsene Wenger is starting to grow increasingly frustrated by Arsenal’s inability to land key transfer targets and his mood won’t have improved following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa. The transfer season sure is a merry go round but it never seems to stop at the Emirates!

 

Luiz Gustavo said he wanted Champions League football and then joined Wolfsburg. Luis Suarez looks increasingly likely to stay at Liverpool and hopes of signing Wayne Rooney died a long time ago – all of which has left Wenger searching elsewhere for targets. Swansea forward Michu emerged as a potential replacement over the weekend but the Gunners will have to stump up £25million if they want to land the Spaniard.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31884123 Luka Modric, Real Madrid Luka+Modric%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Manchester United still favorites.

 

Spurs seem to have been very active in the transfer market recently which gives the Rumor Mill elders the impression that there could be a high-profile exit from White Hart Lane over the summer. You know who we’re talking about. One of the offshoots of Gareth Bale’s potential move to Real Madrid is that Modric could be heading back to Tottenham as part of the deal.

 

Of course we all remember the stubbornness of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in initially refusing to allow the Croatian to leave, as Modric wanted, so we think it’s unlikely he will end up back at the Lane. One paper says Modric would prefer to join Manchester United instead and we think the board at Old Trafford would do well to shut up talking about signing Cesc Fabregas and focus their attention on the Real Madrid star.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 19-26 31885361 Willian, Anzhi Makhachkla Willian%2C+Anzhi+Makhachkla World

Rumor: Anzhi Makhachkla to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Two-horse race.

 

Now that Anzhi Makhachkala are preparing to flog the family silver to balance the books the queue has started to grab their prize assets. Samuel Eto’o has been linked with Chelsea, but let’s not forget that would only happen should the deal to sign Wayne Rooney fail to come off. Willian has been linked with a move to Tottenham, who already has an impressive talent show on display at White Hart Lane, but the spending isn’t going to stop if rumors are to be believed. Spurs and Liverpool are both thought to have offered £25million, but it’s a close-run thing about which club lands the Brazilian, although it’s thought that the Londoners have the edge at the moment.

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