RUMOR: MANCHESTER UNITED TO EVERTON // LIKELIHOOD: What? // Has Roberto Martinez spotted something we’ve missed? The Everton boss wants to sign the much-maligned Manchester United midfielder for £15 million in the summer. Now, if this story hadn’t emerged a few days ago we would have dismissed it as an April Fools’ Day joke and a sweet nothing. Apparently, David Moyes is reluctant to sell because he thinks Cleverly will thrive at Goodison Park. If we were in charge of United’s coffers we’d bite the Toffees’ hand off!
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RUMOR: CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID // LIKELIHOOD: For real? // If this one is true, we really don’t know what Ashley Cole is thinking about. Real Madrid have reportedly offered the 33-year-old left-back a two-year deal worth £8million. It is the worst day for any great player when they finally find themselves on the bench, and in Cole’s case replaced by essentially a right back in Cesar Azpilcueta. The Sun claims to have been told by a source that Real Madrid have wanted to sign Cole, a free agent in the summer, “for some time.” We say, ‘hasta luego, Jose.’
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RUMOR: ARSENAL TO FRANCE // LIKELIHOOD: It may happen in the future // This is the industry we live in. Before Christmas it was thought Arsene Wenger could win the Premier League title amid talk of extending his contract by another three years. Roll forward three months and it’s looking an increasing possibility that Arsenal may not even finish in the top four. France apparently wants Wenger to return to his homeland to help coach the national side for Euro 2016. As Wenger never tires of telling us, he is a man of his word and we think he’ll sign that new contract – albeit possibly a shortened version.
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RUMOR: MANCHESTER UNITED TO BORUSSIA DORTMUND // LIKELIHOOD: Possible // While Kagawa’s return to Dortmund has not been certified, such a move would make sense on many levels. David Moyes is trying (not successfully) to impose his own stamp on this United team, and Kagawa just isn’t cutting the mustard despite an impressive performance against Aston Villa at the weekend. Dortmund are thought to want to re-sign the Japan international on loan. A deal like this would make sense for both sides and could give Kagawa the confidence boost he needs.
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RUMOR: ARSENAL TO MANCHESTER CITY // LIKELIHOOD: Up in the air // Rumors have been circulating about the future of Sagna. He’s heading for the blue colours of Manchester City … or is that Inter Milan … or maybe Galatasaray? The latest bit of gossip is that Arsenal have broken their own rules and offered the France international a three-year contract. The Gunners normally only offer players over the age of 30 a 12-month deal, but they have decided to make an exception in Sagna’s case. Really? If Arsenal were that bothered why have they left it so late when Sagna’s contract is about to expire? This rumor sounds flaky to us – Sagna is OK, but a lucrative three-year deal?
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RUMOR: MANCHESTER UNITED TO TOTTENHAM // LIKELIHOOD: Why not? // New developments on the ‘Chicharito’ front suggest the Little Pea will be rolling into White Hart Lane. Every player has his limits when game time consists of 10-minute cameo roles from the bench, and it seems the Mexican has finally reached his. The latest rumor is that United are prepared to do business with Spurs in exchange for winger Aaron Lennon, who isn’t getting a look-in under Tim Sherwood. Lennon may prefer to bide his time when Sherwood is replaced by Louis van Gaal in the summer, but this looks good for both parties. Is this a straight swap, or is one player worth more than the other?
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RUMOR: BARCELONA TO MANCHESTER CITY // LIKELIHOOD: Interesting // Alves is expected to bounce from Barca this season, with Manchester City reportedly prepared to pay £15 million ($25 million) for the Brazilian right-back. However, the wise sages at Rumor Mill are not so sure. Alves, whose contract runs out in 2015, has been in outstanding form this season and had this to say about his situation. "For a story to work, both parties must agree, a bit like in a relationship. Otherwise, it separates. At present, I know that both parties are satisfied." Unless Barca want to cash in, we think he’ll stay at Camp Nou.
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RUMOR: AC MILAN TO MLS // LIKELIHOOD: In the balance // For Kaka there are only two options; stay at San Siro or let’s go to MLS. The Brazilian has been in good form this season and banged in a couple of goals in AC Milan’s 3-0 win against Chievo at the weekend, but his future remains unclear. The Brazilian plans to hold talks with Adriano Galliani at the end of the season amid rumors he is a target for new MLS franchise Orlando City. The franchise, owned by Kaka’s friend Flávio Augusto da Silva, is destined to open play in 2015. Da Silva has said the franchise is going to bring in someone “very, very special” and the club’s president Phil Rawlins has admitted holding talks with Kaka.
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RUMOR: BORUSSIA DORTMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED // LIKELIHOOD: Unlikely // Would you trust David Moyes with £200 million ($330 million)? Marouane Fellaini looks woefully out of his depth and Juan Mata looks woefully out of position. So, is Gundogan the right man for United? Of course he is, but we don’t believe that’s where the Germany international will be heading. Barcelona have sent scouts to Germany to check on his progress from a back injury which has ruled him out of action since August. Where would you go if you had the choice? Dortmund have offered the 23-year-old midfielder a new contract and this is one rumor we’ll be coming back to frequently over the next few months.
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RUMOR: ATLETICO TO CHELSEA // LIKELIHOOD: Heating up // Costa’s chances of becoming a Blue next season seem to have increased dramatically. Why so? Mourinho was left to say that he needs a striker once more following Chelsea’s 1-0 capitulation at Crystal Palace on Saturday, but interestingly the money is starting to pile in that the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard will move to Stamford Bridge. British bookmaker Sky Bet has suspended this particular market in the wake of some significant wagers, although two layers remain open for business.