Rumor: Palermo to Juventus // Likelihood: We’re on the ball // The Talk: We'd like to kick off this edition of Rumor Mill with what is commonly known in the game as 'I told you so.' Last week we said the day was coming when Dybala would be announced as a Juventus player and while that hasn’t quite happened yet the fact that his coach at Palermo has said he is "a Juventus player" is good enough for us. I always knew it. Kind of.
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David de Gea
Rumor: Manchester United to Real Madrid // Likelihood: Looks likely // The Talk: Louis van Gaal is getting more and more twitchy over David de Gea, who could have played his last game for Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Spanish keeper, heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, picked up a hamstring injury against Arsenal on Sunday. However much LVG wants de Gea to stay -- and let's face it, United need him -- his efforts could be all in vain. De Gea’s girlfriend wants him to move to Madrid where she lives and his family is from the Spanish capital. In our view, United need to look for another keeper.
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Rumor: Aston Villa to Wolfsburg // Likelihood: Probably going but will be expensive // The Talk: One of the funniest things Tim Sherwood said last week was that leaving Aston Villa could harm Benteke's European Championship hopes. Unfortunately, his silly claim came before the 6-1 drubbing at Southampton -- a team that had been struggling. Sherwood is probably in denial about the future of Benteke, who is attracting interest from England and elsewhere in Europe. Interestingly, Wolfsburg aren’t even in the betting even though they are guaranteed Champions League football. Strangely, Liverpool are favorites followed by Manchester United, although one bookmaker is confident the Belgian will stay at Villa Park.
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Rumor: Manchester United to Orlando City // Likelihood: No idea // The Talk: Chicharito finished the season with a whimper after a decent run in April threatened to give Carlo Ancelotti a decision to make about next season. As it is, Real Madrid are unlikely to transform his loan spell into a permament deal. Last week, Orlando City coach Adrian Heath expressed his interest in the Mexican but the Premier League wolf pack is calling once again. Tottenham and Everton are favorites to sign him, with West Ham not far behind. We think we can safely rule out a return to United.
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Rumor: Tottenham to Manchester United // Likelihood: Get out of here // The Talk: Harry Kane’s goal exploits may have dried up recently but that hasn’t stopped United giving the England striker 'want you so bad' signals. We’ve read some silly figures -- the latest is around $70 million -- about a potential transfer and if they’re correct, Spurs should bite United’s hands off. He’s a Spurs lad through and through so he’ll want to stay. We don’t buy any of it.
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Kevin De Bruyne
Rumor: Wolfsburg to Manchester City // Likelihood: In the balance // The Talk: De Bruyne's agent recently revealed he has been in talks with Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich. Wolfsburg’s CEO Klaus Allofs has described De Bruyne as "unsellable" and says he is "100 per cent certain" that the midfielder will be with the club next season but almost in the same breath admitted that "in football things can develop so quickly you can’t say this now." Wolfsburg may have to offer a handsome contract to convince him to stay or pay the consequences.
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Manchester United // Likelihood: Who are we kidding // The Talk: We may be revisiting old ground here but it seems a lack of understanding between Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola and Muller has prompted Manchester United to consider making a summer move for the Germany forward, according to the Independent on Sunday. In our view any club can make an offer but Bayern would be mad to allow one of their prize assets to leave. Nothing’s changed for us. He’ll still be at the Allianz next season.
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Rumor: Manchester City to Liverpool // Likelihood: Second in line // The Talk: Fact: Liverpool need a decent, reliable striker. Mario Balotelli is neither decent not reliable. When Daniel Sturridge is fit he could certainly be the main man, but the Reds need firepower or they will have no hope of finishing in the top four next season. Jovetic has been linked with the Reds over the last couple of days and at $19 million it seems like they’d be getting a good deal. Unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers it looks like Inter Milan are at the top of the queue should the Montenegrin leave Manchester City -- and that's by no means certain.
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Rumor: PSG to Atletico // Likelihood: The logic looks right // The Talk: Last week we suggested it was possible Cavani could leave PSG in the summer but the Uruguayan must be on the verge of a very bad mood considering how many times he has had to deny speculation of an impending transfer. This week, we’re putting flesh on the bones. Atletico Madrid have reportedly made a bid and are supposedly in advanced talks to sign Cavani. Why are PSG prepared to sell? Because they are thought to have been given encouragement in their bid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus which means they can avoid falling foul of financial fair play rules. Juve are favorites with some bookmakers but with the news they are about to sign Paulo Dybala those odds could change.
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Rumor: Juventus to Liverpool // Likelihood: Er… // The Talk: If I were Arturo Vidal I would be desperate to leave a side that wrapped up their fourth successive Serie A title at the start of the month and last week booked a place in the Champions League final. If you wanna play for a side that just might be able to offer Europa League next season then go ahead. Or not. We’re all for ambition but we’re also advocates of realism, so we recommend that Brendan Rodgers looks elsewhere to replace Steven Gerrard.