RUMOR: Juventus to Real Madrid or Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: Maybe // Juve’s midfield powerhouse was a key player in Chile’s run to the last-16 of the World Cup (before being knocked out by Brazil) and continued to show why he has been one of the most sought-after players in Europe. Recognized as one of world’s best, he has become the engine room for Juventus and they won’t be willing to let him go without a fight, and the Turin club won’t be having Sweet Dreams again until the transfer window shuts. However, Real Madrid’s interest has been unwavering for a number of years. Vidal could be this summer’s big galactico signing, and a crucial one, considering one of Real’s key midfielders, Xabi Alonso, will turn 33 in November and looked to be struggling with the pace of opposing teams in the World Cup.
RUMOR: Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: 50/50 // Despite not enjoying a starring role for Portugal in the World Cup, Carvalho has been a highly impressive figure for Sporting Lisbon throughout last season and his strong defensive midfield displays haven’t gone unnoticed. Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all expressed an interest in the enforcer, but it looks like United have been given the Green Light to pursue their interest in the player. Last season proved United were too lightweight in the center of midfield, and despite already signing Ander Herrera in that position, Carvalho is exactly what they need. One issue could be the £37.5 million asking price that Sporting are demanding, but United have been splashing the cash this transfer window, so that doesn’t look like it will be too much of an issue.
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RUMOR: AC Milan to Arsenal or Manchester City // LIKELIHOOD: Possible // The perfect man perfect for any saga, Mario is back in the limelight in Italy. His position at AC Milan looks in the balance and after the club’s vice-president, Barbara Berlusconi, suggested that the striker was “replaceable”, clearly he isn’t Irreplaceable. After a period of controversy at Manchester City, it’s hard to imagine why any Premier League clubs would be willing to take a risk on a player known for his, let’s say, temperamental, nature. However, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have been constantly been linked with the Rossoneri’s star man, and after coming under criticism for not having the depth in the striker’s department, the Frenchman will be looking to put that right this time around.
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RUMOR: Bayern Munich to Liverpool // LIKELIHOOD: On his way // With an array of attacking midfielders, Bayern will certainly be willing to Listen to offers for Shaqiri. The list of suitors chasing his signature is not short. Another player who has used the World Cup as a platform, the Bayern forward has been a constant goal threat for Switzerland and easily their star in an otherwise workman-like squad. Liverpool have been constantly linked with Shaqiri over the past year and may finally look like they have their chance to bag their man. The move seems to suit both Bayern and the player, with Pep Guardiola limiting Shaqiri to substitute appearances, the forward is desperate to get game time and further his career.
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RUMOR: Leaving Monaco // LIKELIHOOD: No doubt // If the world didn’t know about James Rodriguez before the World Cup, it certainly does now. The outstanding performer of the competition has fired himself onto the wish list of every European club with his pace, trickery, technique and goals. His move to Monaco last summer was a bit of a shock with the forward regarded as one of the hottest prospects around. Now, just a year later, he looks set to be on his way out of the principality, which will prompt Les Rouges et Blancs to think he’s the Best thing I never had. His destination? Well he’s recently said, "I would love to play in Spain. It would be a dream to play there as we are talking about the best league in the world."
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RUMOR: Levante to Atletico Madrid // LIKELIHOOD: Makes perfect sense // The man who has led Costa Rica to their first-ever World Cup quarterfinal berth, Navas has been a brick wall for the Central Americans. What of his club future, however? Levante surely cannot hold onto his services, and Navas himself has said spoken of a potential suitor, La Liga champ Atletico Madrid: "Atleti? It would be sensational," Navas is quoted as saying by el Mundo Deportivo. Seems like a simple ‘1+1’ scenario to us.
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RUMOR: Orlando City to Sao Paulo // LIKELIHOOD: Almost certain // With the recent news that Brazilian superstar Kaka has terminated his contract at AC Milan, the countdown is on ahead of his reported move to future MLS franchise Orlando City next January. What will he do in the meantime, though, with all that spare time as a free agent? A six-month loan move back to Sao Paolo is extremely likely, which will keep him fresh for Orlando’s debut upon his return.
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RUMOR: Fiorentina to Barcelona // LIKELIHOOD: He won’t come cheap // Colombian trickster Cuadrado has been near flawless so far in Brazil this summer, and clubs are taking notice. However, as World Cup transfer rules go, he’s been impressive enough to multiply his price-tag by whatever Fiorentina want to sell him for. Club co-owner Andrea Della Valla may be insistent that “my first aim is to keep Cuadrado in Florence,” but if Barca come knocking, you answer the door.
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RUMOR: Liverpool to La Liga //LIKELIHOOD: More and more of a possibility // Around about this time last year, all the world of soccer could talk about was Luis Suarez. Arsenal had just bid for him, while his ban for biting an opponent had begun. Talk about déjà vu. Fast-forward 12 months and Suarez’s bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is all the rage, and it seems to have opened the door to a move to La Liga. Liverpool may well want rid of the ‘evil’ side of Suarez, while Barcelona and Real Madrid still seem keen to invest in the ‘good’ side.
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RUMOR: Barcelona to Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: Perfect fit // Sanchez played a starring role in Chile’s brave tilt at the World Cup, but unfortunately was one of three players to miss their spot-kick against Brazil in the last-16. Nevertheless, he’s a survivor, and is still the subject of huge interest from even bigger clubs. Arsenal lead the queue ahead of Liverpool and Juventus, and we can’t help but feel that they’re a match made in heaven.