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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932952 Started from the bottom Started+from+the+bottom World

It may be international week but that hasn’t stopped the world from discussing possible transfers with the next transfer window just two and a half months away. Arsenal and Manchester United are still being linked with several players but they’ve got plenty of competition for the men they want. Expect plenty of battles in January.


Talking of fights: the man we have this week to help illuminate the gossip had a famous scrap last year with Chris Brown, a man that has already featured on the Rumor Mill. Glasses were thrown, blood was spilt and San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker nearly lost an eye when the two entourages got nasty. Sounds like a Sunderland v Newcastle derby to us! His new album "Nothing Was the Same" was released last month. He is Canadian rapper Drake.


-Warren Barner

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932949 Javier Hernandez Javier+Hernandez World

Rumor: Manchester United to Tottenham.


Likelihood: No hope.


Javier Hernandez, or "Chicharito" to the likes of you and me, wants more opportunities at Unted. We all know that, but that’s a world away from saying he wants to leave Manchester United. Sure, the Mexican isn’t getting as much game time as he would like and his words have reportedly caught the eye of Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. Getting rid of Hernandez is the furthest thing from David Moyes’ mind at the moment, but if the "Little Pea" fails to get his chance next season then we’ll talk.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932947 Brad Guzan, Aston Villa Brad+Guzan%2C+Aston+Villa World

Rumor: Aston Villa to Arsenal.


Likelihood: Listen to the man himself.


Loyalty is a scare commodity in football, but United States international Brad Guzan has it in spades. Despite the 29-year-old goalkeeper being linked with a move to Arsenal he is determined to repay the loyalty shown to him by Paul Lambert and become part of a successful Aston Villa team. He said: "It's always nice when you're linked with other teams, but for me, I'm very happy at Aston Villa. It's a club that I think is definitely on the rise, and it's something I want to be a part of." If Wenger is interested he will have to launch a new search.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932951 Fernando Llorente, Juventus Fernando+Llorente%2C+Juventus World

Rumor: Juventus to Arsenal.


Likelihood: Rumor still persists.


Last month Llorente’s brother said that the Spain international wants to stay at Juventus and his club have also expressed their desire to keep Fernando in Turin. Lord knows where he will be in January but if Arsene Wenger has his way the former Athletic Bilbao forward will be at Arsenal.


Llorente has struggled to nail down a place in Juve’s starting lineup this season and Wenger is hoping a loan deal could tempt both Juve and Llorente, who must surely be thinking about his place in Spain’s World Cup squad. A loan deal could make sense for everyone although one Italian paper reckons Juventus are lining up a $27 million move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke should the deal be made permanent.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932950 Nemanja Matic, Benfica Nemanja+Matic%2C+Benfica World

Rumor: Benfica to Liverpool.


Likelihood: Bigger fish in the sea.


Look what you’ve done Chelsea! Matic left the Blues as part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge in 2009 and he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, but what would the Londoners give to have the player back? Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is apparently very keen to sign the 25-year-old Serb. However, the Reds face competition from Real Madrid and, you’ve guessed it, Chelsea. Here’s what Matic had to say about a potential return. “If someone like Mourinho wanted to bring me back to London, it would be a chance to prove that I can play in the Premier League.” Looks like Rodgers might have to look elsewhere.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932948 Javier Pastore, Paris Saint-Germain Javier+Pastore%2C+Paris+Saint-Germain World

Rumor: Paris Saint-Germain to Fenerbahce.


Likelihood: Should be on a bigger stage.


Fenerbahce have thrown their hat into the ring in a bid to sign Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore, who isn’t getting a look-in at Paris Saint-Germain. Fener coach Ersun Yanal revealed that the Turkish club tried to arrange a meeting with PSG about the future of Pastore. Yanal says that Fener “want to move forward with a real number 10," but Liverpool and Arsenal are also thought to be in the frame. If the Turkish leaders really fancy Pastore they are going to have to pull out all the stops because Pastore’s talent deserves to be seen at a top European club.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932955 Julian Draxler, Schalke Julian+Draxler%2C+Schalke World

Rumor: Schalke to the Premier League.


Likelihood: A good chance.


Draxler hit the headlines a couple of days by naming the teams he would like to play for. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a move from Schalke but now he has come forward and revealed the teams that appeal to him. No-one will be surprised to learn that Arsenal are one of his favorites, namely because he is a “big fan of Mesut Ozil.” Chelsea and Manchester United are also on the list, plus “the big two in Spain, Real and Barcelona, and Bayern.” In our view his best bet out of this lot is either Manchester United or Arsenal, but we’ll wait and see -- maybe Shinji Kagawa will come good!

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932954 Koke, Atletico Madrid Koke%2C+Atletico+Madrid World

Rumor: Atletico to Manchester United.


Likelihood: He’s staying.


One of the reasons behind Atletico Madrid’s perfect start to La Liga, Diego Costa aside, is the unforgettable form of young midfielder Koke which has left United and Barcelona thirsting for his services. But is this one in the can for David Moyes? He’s a player that has plenty of fizz in midfield, (OK that’s enough coke jokes - ed) something United desperately need, but Moyes faces competition from none other than Atletico’s La Liga rival Barcelona. Koke recently signed a new deal until 2016 which has increased his value but that may not put off United. One thing in United’s favor is that Atletico may not want to sell one of their best prospects to a title rival. In any case we think Koke will stay for a while yet.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932953 Will Hughes, Derby Will+Hughes%2C+Derby World

Rumor: Derby to Liverpool.


Likelihood: Interesting.


You may not have heard of Hughes who is one of the most talked about players in the Championship, the division below the Premier League. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has been producing fireworks with Derby, who recently sacked their manager Nigel Clough, the former Liverpool midfielder. Brendan Rodgers has reportedly made Hughes one of his top targets for January amid talk of a $24 million bid and a deal which will see the teenager return to the Rams on loan. However, Manchester United are also one of the interested parties which has prompted talk that Derby will auction off the player to the highest bidder in January.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31931467 Javier Mascherano, Barcelona Javier+Mascherano%2C+Barcelona World

Rumor: Barcelona to Napoli.


Likelihood: A possibility.


Could Mascherano connect once again with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli? That’s the opinion of one Spanish newspaper which claims that the player’s agent, Horacio Zandonadi, is due to meet Barca directors at the end of this week to discuss a deal. Benitez has a heap of cash to splash in the January transfer window and sees Mascherano as an ideal addition to a squad that has started well in Serie A. The price is thought to be £18 million which would surely allow Barca to go out and buy a proper centerback. And don’t forget Mascherano said in August that he stays in touch with Benitez and that he likes Serie A.

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World 2018 43 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Oct. 14-20 31932956 Georgios Samaras, Celtic Georgios+Samaras%2C+Celtic World

Rumor: Celtic to Barcelona.


Likelihood: Stop it, no please -- our sides are splitting.


When we first read this rumor we thought the footballing pranksters of the world were out on the prowl, but is there something in it? The Greek striker impressed in Barca’s 1-0 win against Celtic at Parkhead last month and in a poll published in Barcelona-based newspaper El Mundo Deportivo 41 percent said that Martino should sign the 28-year-old striker, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. Samaras would represent plan B if ever the Messi-Neymar axis fails to explode and Barca need a target man but can Samaras light up Camp Nou. He might be good in a poor league like the Scottish Premiership but La Liga? Do us a favor.

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