Rumor: Arsenal to Everton. // Likelihood: Interesting. // The talk: Podolski spent last season on loan at Inter Milan where he spent much of his time on the bench with the result he only scored one goal in 17 appearances. His record at Arsenal was impressive (31 goals in 82 appearances) despite rarely making the starting XI. Everton desperately need cover for Romelu Lukaku’s heavy lifting so a deal looks ideal for the Toffees. But, what about Podolski’s thoughts and a return to Arsenal where he has a year left on his contract? He told Kicker: “I won’t sit on the bench or in the stands.” A move looks likely.
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Rumor: Wolfsburg to Newcastle. // Likelihood: Not a chance. // The talk: Newcastle, a club in constant turmoil that narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League and who recently employed former England manager Steve McClaren as their new coach, have been linked with a move for one of the Bundesliga’s success stories. Dost must be licking his lips at the prospect of leaving a team assured of a beautiful Champions League experience for the instability of playing for the Magpies. Maybe not.
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Rumor: Leaving Atletico. // Likelihood: Nope. // The talk: Manchester United and Juventus have both reportedly been in the frame to sign the big Croatian although the former are thought to have dropped out in the wake of Wolfsburg joining the race for his signature. However, Mandzukic’s barren spell is now no more than a memory and his agent has revealed he expects him to stay at Vicente Calderon. He said: “I don’t see any reason why he should not fulfil his contract.” For the record that runs out in 2018.
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Rumor: Monaco to Chelsea. // Likelihood: Seems a goer. // The talk: We like getting it right but hold our hands up when we get it wrong. Falcao did not have a good time at Manchester United but that doesn’t look to have put off Jose Mourinho, who is determined to bring the Colombian to the Premier League champions. We didn’t think this deal would happen would but as we understand it personal terms have been agreed with Falcao’s camp which leaves the small matter of a transfer fee to be agreed with Monaco for a season-long loan.
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Rumor: Valencia to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Conflicting reports but it all points in one direction. // The talk: Otamendi? Hummels? Ramos? All three? Looks like boy problems at United. Van Gaal is determined to strengthen his defense for next season and word has it that United have made headway with one of their targets -- or so it would seem. One paper claims that United have struck a $38.8 million deal for Otamendi which is below the $54.3 million wanted by the club’s president, another claims United will meet the transfer clause and one says Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will be thrown into the bargain. Confused? We are, too.
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Rumor: Hoffenheim to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Not so sure// The talk: Firmino enjoyed a decent season with Hoffenheim for whom he scored seven goals and provided 10 assists. Rumors are circulating that the midfielder, who came on for Fred in the last 15 minutes of Brazil’s 2-1 win against Peru in the Copa America, is heading for Manchester United. His agent has confirmed he “will move to England” amid speculation Liverpool are also interested. We’re not sure Firmino is the sort of player United need. We’d love to know where he’s heading. Call me maybe?
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Rumor: Lazio to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Staying in Rome// The talk: The Sun claimed United are preparing a $46.6 million for ‘O rato de Roma.’ However, curiosity surrounds the rumor. Why so? The Brazilian recently signed a new five-year deal with Lazio and admits he will be playing for the biancocoleste next season. Looks like United have a lot of persuading to do.
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Rumor: Porto to AC Milan. // Likelihood: Nailed on. // The talk: Martinez may be giving it his all for Colombia at the Copa America but his mind must be slightly distracted by his future. The Porto striker claims nothing has been decided despite quotes from his own president that Martinez had chosen AC Milan. Silvio Berlusconi is “hopeful” Martinez will join the Rossoneri. You can’t tell me his future hasn’t been determined. San Siro here we come.
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Rumor: PSG to AC Milan. // Likelihood: Not this season. // The talk: A lot of rubbish was written over the weekend about a swap deal involving Zlatan and Cristiano Ronaldo. More realistic is the prospect of Ibra returning to AC Milan. The man himself has suggested Champions League football is not a prerequisite for a move which is good news for the Rossoneri. Additionally he says the older he gets the more he has to consider “choosing a club.” Money and the ego usually prevails in these situations and there’s no-one with a bigger ego than Zlatan. Our gut feeling is that he will see out the remaining year on his contract and re-join AC Milan next season but PSG may want to cash in.
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Rumor: Juventus to Manchester City. // Likelihood: Not buying it. // The talk: It’s hard to keep up with the Paul Pogba show but the door has certainly be opened for a summer move by Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegro, who admits it would be “difficult to say no to certain figures.” The latest number is an eye-watering $124 million but when Zinedine Zidane is describing you as “extraordinary” that could be a price worth paying. There is a tug of war involving Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona. If we had to pick one we’d go for Barca just because both sides have been making encouraging noises about a move.