Rumor: Gent to Tottenham. // Likelihood: Very likely. // The Talk: According to the Sunday People, Tottenham are set to step up their interest in Gent striker Laurent Depoitre. The 27-year-old won his first cap for Belgium in their victory over Andorra earlier in November and is said to be keen to link up with international teammates Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Toby Alderweireld in London. The 6-foot-3-inch striker hit 14 goals last season as Gent won their first title in their entire history. He is thought to be valued at £10million ($15.3million), which shouldn’t be a problem for Premier League side Spurs.
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Rumor: Fiorentina to Liverpool. // Likelihood: Unlikely with Klopp at the helm. // The Talk: Mario Suarez joined Fiorentina from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but just four months later, it looks like he might be ready to leave the Serie A side, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. Suarez’s relationship with Viola boss Paulo Sousa is said to have reached breaking point due to the midfielder only starting two games all season. This news has come as a boost to Liverpool, as they were reportedly coveting the 28-year-old before his move to Italy, and could be tempted to reignite their interest. It is, however, unclear whether new manager Jurgen Klopp would see the player as desirable.
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Rumor: Schalke to Arsenal. // Likelihood: Not until at least the summer. // The Talk: Arsenal sent scouts to watch teenage sensation Leroy Sane over the last week as he grabbed his seventh goal in nine games for Schalke and Germany under-21s. The 19-year-old German has already agreed a five-year deal to stay in Gelsenkirchen, but that hasn’t stopped the Gunners sending scouts to spy on the hot prospect. And, with rumors he could be set for a call-up to Joachim Low’s senior side, the clamor for Sane’s signature is sure to intensify in the coming weeks and months.
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Rumor: Leicester City to Tottenham. // Likelihood: No reason to change. // The Talk: What a season it has been for Jamie Vardy so far! He stands at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with ten goals from ten games and now has four England caps to his name. His goal exploits have now attracted interest from other clubs – the main one being Tottenham. There was a rumor about Real Madrid expressing an interest in the forward, but that seemed a little far-fetched. Vardy’s work rate would suit Mauricio Pochettino’s high-pressing tactics and with a lack of attacking options it wouldn’t be too surprising if Spurs were to move for the 28-year-old. Leicester would no doubt be reluctant to lose their key man and the England international is thought to be valued at £15million ($23million).
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Rumor: Red Star Belgrade to Chelsea. // Likelihood: Why not? // The Talk: Chelsea are confident that they can fend off interest from Manchester United and PSG to sign Marko Grujic (L) from Red Star Belgrade, according to The Guardian. Grujic is a product of Red Star’s academy and has starred this season for club and the Serbian under-21 national side. The 6-foot-3-inch midfielder agreed a new contract in the summer after interest intensified from Bundesliga side Hamburg, and now the world’s elite are taking a keen interest. Grujic, who has been compared to fellow countryman Nemanja Matic, could join the Blues before being loaned back to Red Star.
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Rumor: Monaco (currently on loan at Chelsea) to Fiorentina. // Likelihood: Good chance. // The Talk: Italian side Fiorentina, who currently sit third in Serie A, are thought to be chasing Chelsea’s on-loan striker Radamel Falcao. If the Blues can bring in another striker in January then it is thought they’re willing to let Falcao go out on loan, as long as parent club Monaco agree to a move. Last season, the Colombian international struggled to recapture his best form for Manchester United, and his poor performances have carried on to this season at Stamford Bridge.
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Rumor: Juventus to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Too soon. // The Talk: According to a report in Italy, Manchester United are set to make a £28million ($42.9million) January move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. Dybala, who only moved to Juventus from Palermo in the summer, has scored 5 goals in 12 games so far this season. It is thought the Red Devils will look to make sure Juve secure a profit on their £23million ($35.2million) summer acquisition. However, despite Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini accusing Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri of ‘ruining’ Dybala, it is likely that this transfer will come too soon for all parties.
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Chelsea. // Likelihood: Not the right fit. // The Talk: Although hope at Chelsea remains that Jose Mourinho will cure his side’s early season slump, Roman Abramovich is being encouraged to attempt to lure Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge. The Daily Telegraph reports intermediaries, not working for Chelsea, are already trying to gauge whether Pep Guardiola would be willing to leave the Allianz. Chelsea publicly backed Mourinho following their defeat at home to Southampton, however, after being sent to the stands against West Ham, the public feeling is growing that Mourinho is losing control.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Real Madrid. // Likelihood: Once Ronaldo leaves Real. // The Talk: Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has angered Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho over the last week after saying a move to Real Madrid would be good for winger Eden Hazard. The La Liga giants are reportedly eyeing up a summer move for the 24-year-old, who is seen as a potential replacement for PSG target Cristiano Ronaldo. The Daily Mirror report that it is also claimed that he has told teammates he would like to move to the Bernabeu.
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Rumor: Barcelona to Premier League. // Likelihood: Not yet. // The Talk: Over the last week, Lionel Messi has refused to rule out an eventual move to the Premier League. After being asked whether he could leave La Liga, the Argentinian international said: “I don't want to look too far ahead. I live for the moment and at this moment I am with Barcelona in La Liga where I've made my living and I live very well.” Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are the teams thought to be interested, according to the Daily Mail. His recent row with the Spanish tax authorities is said to be one of the key reasons he might be thinking of moving on.