Rumor: Manchester United to Liverpool. // Likelihood: Will go, but not to rivals. // The Talk: After being reportedly banned from first-team training, the rumors around Victor Valdes’ future have resurfaced. Liverpool emerged as likely suitors this week as they want an experienced keeper to support current No. 1 Simon Mignolet. However, with Liverpool being fierce rivals of Manchester United and Brendan Rodgers sacked on Sunday, it now seems unlikely a deal can be done.
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Rumor: Manchester United to Zenit. // Likelihood: Why not? // The Talk: Marcos Rojo is a January transfer target for Zenit St. Petersburg and Louis van Gaal is now ready to listen to offers, according to the Sunday People. A couple of incidents have angered Van Gaal: the defender missed the club’s pre-season tour of the States with passport issues and then he recently failed to reveal the full extent of his hamstring injury to the club’s staff. The Argentine has spent 18 months of his career in Russia already with Spartak Moscow, and now it seems he could be on his way back.
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Rumor: FC Porto to Chelsea. // Likelihood: In doubt. // The Talk: Chelsea sit in 16th place in the Premier League after a poor start to the season, and fans are keen to see manager Jose Mourinho strengthen the side in January. And, after Chelsea’s defeat to Porto in the Champions League, Mourinho reportedly personally recommended the Yacine Brahimi transfer and it’s thought the Blues have been monitoring the 25-year-old for a while. The Chelsea hierarchy may have given Mourinho a vote of confidence, but will the manager be there to make transfer decisions in January?
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Rumor: Arsenal to Juventus. // Likelihood: For the right price. // The Talk: Mathieu Debuchy has lost his place in the Arsenal side this season to Hector Bellerin, and could be thinking of a move away from the club. A report in Italy suggests Juventus are aware of Debuchy’s concerns and could look to line up a move in January. With his place in the French national team in doubt, the 30-year-old may look to get regular first-team soccer to boost his chances of future call-ups. And after a cardiologist warned Stephan Lichtsteiner could be out for up to six months, Juve could step up their interest in the Gunners right-back.
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Rumor: Paris Saint-Germain to Arsenal. // Likelihood: Possible. // The Talk: Ezequiel Lavezzi is reportedly surplus to requirements at PSG following Angel di Maria’s arrival from Manchester United in the summer. Arsenal have been linked with many strikers over the past 12 months and now Lavezzi has emerged as a possible target, according to the Daily Express. PSG are said to be willing to sell, but only for a ‘big’ offer that meets their valuation of the player.
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Rumor: Benfica to Manchester City. // Likelihood: Premier League-bound. // The Talk: Manchester City are leading the chase for highly-rated Benfica midfielder Victor Andrade, according to the Daily Mirror. Andrade is rated as one of the best recent talents to come out of Brazil and Benfica are said to have valued him at £25million ($38million). The 20-year-old Brazilian fits with City’s policy of buying young, hungry players, but could face competition from Chelsea. Andrade’s advisor, Chris Nathaniel, said: “Victor is loving life in Portugal with Benfica. However, he has ambitions to play in England in the Premier League.”
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Rumor: Bayer Leverkusen to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Not for now. // The Talk: Hakan Calhanoglu is one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars and is reportedly the subject of a £30million ($45.5million) bid from Premier League giants Manchester United. Last season he managed an incredible 13 goals and 11 assists from midfield and has started this season in same vein with five goals to his name. The Old Trafford side could do with a player that possesses the creativity of the 21-year-old and money shouldn’t be an issue. However, with Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney currently operating in that role it would be unlikely a move would happen until at least the summer.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Fenerbahce. // Likelihood: Only at the end of season. // The Talk: Chelsea have had an awful start to their Premier League season, having only taken eight points from the opening eight games. John Terry was part of the best defensive unit in the Premier League last campaign, but has struggled for game-time this season. Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill now seem to be edging ahead of the Blues captain in the pecking order. That has led to the 34-year-old being linked to clubs, with his contract up in the summer. According to the Daily Mirror, Turkish side Fenerbahce are stepping up their interest in the wake of Chelsea’s poor performances. China is being reported as another alternative for the former England international if he leaves Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
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Rumor: Celta Vigo to Arsenal. // Likelihood: Looks like a good fit. // The Talk: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come under increasing pressure to spend money on a forward, despite a solid start to the Premier League season. The latest name linked with the club is Celta Vigo striker Nolito, whose contract expires at the club in 2017. The former Barcelona and Benfica man has two caps for Spain and has been called up for their upcoming international matches. With 32 goals to his name in 79 appearances, he is exactly the ruthless scorer Arsenal could be in the market for. The Gunners are reportedly weighing up a £14million ($21.2million) January move.
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Rumor: Free agents to Liverpool. // Likelihood: Klopp in. // The Talk: Liverpool have reportedly made contact with both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti over their vacant managerial role, after Brendan Rodgers was sacked on Sunday. Rodgers left after a lackluster start to the season in both the Premier League and Europa League. Klopp is the bookmaker’s favorite in the UK and is thought to be open to offers from the Merseyside club. Klopp and Ancelotti are currently out of work, after Klopp left Dortmund following seven years in charge and Ancelotti exited Real Madrid in the summer. Both candidates would no doubt be keen to know if funds will be provided in January, as the previous boss splashed around £80million in the summer transfer window.