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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890267 No slim pickings No+slim+pickings World

There’s only a week to go before the transfer window closes and there are plenty of clubs starting to panic about their star players. You won’t be surprised to learn that two of the biggest transfer stories of the summer feature heavily in what will be the most significant edition of Rumor Mill before everything is finally resolved on Monday.

 

Before that day there will be plenty of negotiations and accusations thrown by one club at another as teams jostle to make their moves. Which artist can help us with this week’s column? We think we’ve found the ideal man: Marshal Mathers. He was certainly a bit shady in his day, has a new album out in November and was accused by some fans on Twitter of miming at this weekend’s Reading festival. We have ten tracks by Eminem thrown into this week’s best rumors.

 

--Warner Barner

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31889438 Gareth Bale, Tottenham Gareth+Bale%2C+Tottenham World

Rumor: Tottenham to Real Madrid.

 

Likelihood: Brinkmanship from Daniel Levy?

 

It’s been an infinite summer when it comes to the Gareth Bale saga, but make no mistake -- this is the biggest story of the transfer window and the twists and turns show no sign of abating. The latest development is that Tottenham are in talks with more than one club about the Wales forward. Who could it be?

 

We cannot think of another club involved in this one and can only conclude that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to maximize the money from Real Madrid by drumming up potential rivals. Maybe Manchester United, spurred on by Cristiano Ronaldo’s apparent willingness to end his career at Old Trafford in the future, could be in the mix, but we’re simply clutching at straws.

 

Editor's note: The Spanish giants officially ended the long-running saga by securing a transfer deal for the 24-year-old winger on Sunday. Read more about Bale's historic transfer move on FOXSoccer.com.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31889439 Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Wayne+Rooney%2C+Manchester+United World

Rumor: Manchester United to Chelsea.

 

Likelihood: We'll know more later.

 

The ramifications involved in Wayne Rooney’s proposed move to Chelsea are reaching insane levels. Some think that Chelsea’s capture of Willian could signal the end of Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of United striker Rooney, but that would be wrong. The Brazilian is likely to play in the right side of midfield in a 4-2-3-1, with the plan to have Rooney as the spearhead -- the final piece of the jigsaw.

 

Mourinho has said that the Blues will make a third bid for Rooney after Monday’s match at Old Trafford -- an approach which will be firmly rejected by the Premier League champions. We should know more later this week about where this is all going. Some of the possibilities are in the following pieces of gossip.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31891260 Juan Mata, Chelsea Juan+Mata%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: Chelsea to Manchester United

 

Likelihood: Could be the player to convince United to sell Wayne Rooney.

 

What can Chelsea do to persuade United to part with Wayne Rooney? A story surfaced on Sunday night that Juan Mata could join Atletico Madrid on loan but what’s in it for Chelsea? It seems incredible that possibly Chelsea’s best player of the last two seasons could be leaving Stamford Bridge but with Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne all competing for places behind a central striker we wonder if there’s any room for the Spanish superman.

 

Also, word has it that Atletico Madrid has made a bid to sign the player on loan, but we’re not sure how this would work to Mourinho’s advantage. Let’s not forget he has told United that they should not be afraid to sell a player to a rival club and when asked whether he would be prepared to exchange Mata for Rooney he replied: “That’s hypothetical, because they didn’t ask.” Well, United, why don’t you ask and see where you get. United needs a player like Mata, Chelsea needs a player like Rooney. What’s the problem?

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31891261 Samuel Eto'o, Anzhi Makhachkala Samuel+Eto%27o%2C+Anzhi+Makhachkala World

Rumor: Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea. 

 

Likelihood: Will probably happen if Wayne Rooney bid fails.

 

We should be in no doubt that Samuel Eto’o, as good as he is, is Plan B for Jose Mourinho. But one paper thinks that the Chelsea boss has already abandoned his move for his first choice -- Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Telegraph believes that Eto’o is likely to join his Anzhi Makhachkala teammate Willian at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2. Mourinho is still searchin' for the perfect fit for his jigsaw but United’s stubbornness means he may well have to go for Eto’o, who has also been linked with a return to Inter Milan.

 

Editor's note: The Cameroon striker officially secured his reunion with Jose Mourinho after signing for Chelsea. The 32-year-old is the second player to arrive at Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala following the acquisition of Willian on Wednesday. Read more on FOXSoccer.com.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890270 Angel di Maria, Real Madrid Angel+di+Maria%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: We'll believe it when we see the contract.

 

Arsene Wenger has said he will only recruit “special” players before the transfer window close and Angel di Maria certainly falls into that category. The Times reports that the Gunners are confident they will sign the Real Madrid winger, but Arsenal’s pessimistic supporters seem to be at rock bottom regarding transfers and do not need reminding about what happened with their club’s proposed move for Gonzalo Higuain, who of course signed for Napoli. The Rumor Mill will start showing optimism in Arsenal’s chances of bringing quality players to the Emirates once they start signing and that just hasn’t happened this summer.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890268 Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid Mesut+Ozil%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Thinking and doing are two different things.

 

This one caught our eye because it appeared on the same day that one of the UK’s respectable broadsheet newspapers suggested that Arsenal are upbeat about their chances of signing Angel di Maria. Hot on the heels of that development is that the same club are considering making a £38 million ($59 million) bid for di Maria’s Real Madrid colleague Mesut Ozil, who was linked with Manchester United last week. It’s OK to dream but is acceptable to fantasize? The Germany midfielder started against Real Betis and despite being replaced by di Maria in that game we’re confident he will be staying at the Bernabeu.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890273 Michael Bradley, Roma Michael+Bradley%2C+Roma World

Rumor: Roma to Sunderland.

 

Likelihood: Can't see this one.

 

Paolo di Canio has come up with the idea of uniting Michael Bradley with his United States colleague Jozy Altidore at Sunderland and reportedly had a £5 million bid rejected by the Italian club, who supposedly want double that figure. This is one deal that we don’t really see happening, but business is business and should the Black Cats up their offer a deal may come off. Don’t forget that Roma finished sixth in Serie A last season -- a position Sunderland can only dream about in the Premier League -- and Di Canio’s position at the Stadium of Light is already starting to look tenuous so would this make sense for Bradley? Probably not.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890271 Hulk, Zenit St. Petersburg Hulk%2C+Zenit+St.+Petersburg World

Rumor: Zenit to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Has an air to truth about it.


Spurs must be furious with hated rivals Chelsea for hijacking their bid to sign Willian. The Brazilian had undergone a medical at Tottenham, but the Blues got wind of the situation and in an underground operation snaffled the attacking midfielder from under the noses of the north Londoners. Where does that leave Spurs?

 

With a gap to fill once Gareth Bale completes his expected move to Real Madrid -- and that’s where Hulk steps in. Andre Villas-Boas knows all about the Brazilian from their time together at FC Porto and the club hope to be able to agree a £30 million deal for the Zenit striker, along with Roma striker Erik Lamela. Hulk has been disgruntled for some time in Russia so this one has credence -- it just depends whether Zenit play hard ball in negotiations.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890269 Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle Yohan+Cabaye%2C+Newcastle World

Rumor: Newcastle to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Possible.

 

Out of all the players Arsenal have been linked with over the last few days this one certainly has a chance of happening. Cabaye hasn’t played in the Magpies’ first two games of the Premier League season and is reportedly on strike as he tries to force through a move to the Emirates. We don’t know whether that’s true but what we do know is that Newcastle has told Arsenal the ball is in their court if they want to sign the France midfielder.

 

Of course that means Newcastle are prepared to do business but will Arsenal fans get that déjà vu feeling and miss out on another signing? Newcastle want to get as much money for their player as they can so that they can find a suitable replacement. A bid of £20 million would certainly do the trick but things are never easy when it comes to Arsenal’s transfer dealings -- and surely a striker is a bigger priority for the Gunners?

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 31890272 Daniel Agger, Liverpool Daniel+Agger%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Liverpool to Barcelona.

 

Likelihood: 50/50 chance.

 

Six days after Daniel Agger repeated his stance that he wants to stay at Liverpool, the Dane has once again been linked with a £10 million move to Barcelona, who are searching for a replacement for ageing captain Carles Puyol. The Reds are not afraid to offload some of their star names like Pepe Reina but Agger wants to stay at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers has also been making the right noises about the central defender so for the time being we’re in the ‘no’ camp.

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