Rumor: Joining Montreal // Likelihood: Done Deal. // The Talk: Former Chelsea striker Drogba has signed with Montreal Impact after the Canadian outfit acquired his rights from the Chicago Fire, who missed out on Jermaine Jones last season in similar circumstances. Do players have something against you Chicago Fire?
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Manchester City // Likelihood: Likely // The Talk: Guardiola is the man to fill the space left by Pellegrini when he leaves City at the end of the season – or so we are told. The reality is that nobody knows. Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has revealed he will hold talks with the Catalan later in the year about extending his contract. Our feeling is that City aren’t overly enamored by Pellegrini. As for Bayern, we sense some tension so the next few months could be interesting.
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Angel Di Maria
Rumor: Manchester United to PSG // Likelihood: Pretty much locked up // The Talk: This is hardly a rumor but when your most expensive player by a country mile decides not to board a flight bound for the USA to attend a pre-season tour then something is up. Gouge away with your theories. Di Maria probably still hasn’t recovered after burglars tried to break into his house earlier this year and that’s why he’s heading for PSG. After all there is no crime in Paris.
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Rumor: Napoli to Arsenal // Likelihood: Don’t think so // The Talk: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to have given up on signing Higuain although it remains questionable whether he was actually interested in the first place after failing with a bid two years ago. Wenger has been linked with a move for Karim Benzema, but we’d be blown away if he didn’t stay at the Bernabeu.
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Rumor: Juventus to Arsenal // Likelihood: More credible // The Talk: This story has an air of truth about it. Llorente, like Olivier Giroud, is the sort of target man that would be ideal to play alongside Theo Walcott. Arsenal have not yet made a bid but Juve are said to be willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old Spaniard. Hey, we’ve been wrong before but we can see this one happening.
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Rumor: Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal/Tottenham // Likelihood: Nonsense // The Talk: Tottenham are ready to fight north London rivals Arsenal for Aubayemang. Or so says the Metro on the back of a throwaway line from the Daily Mail just one day after the Gabon striker said these words: "I am not going to waste any time thinking about giving up how happy I am at Borussia... and with this team." Don’t let a good story get in the way of reality. This rumor is dead.
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Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United // Likelihood: Looks over // The Talk: We are told that United have had a good transfer window but have they? Schweinsteiger aside, they have signed Schneiderlin, the heir apparent to Carrick, a potentially great signing in Depay, and Darmian, who is back-up to Valencia at right-back. United’s player of the season De Gea is probably going to Real Madrid and Di Maria, comfortably their most expensive signing, is joining PSG at a big loss. At least Sergio Ramos will be a great addition -- xcept that he’s probably going to sign a new deal with Real Madrid. Anyone got a number for Otamendi? Vamos!
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Kevin De Bruyne
Rumor: Wolfsburg to Manchester City // Likelihood: Possible // The Talk: Both parties seem to saying the opposite when it comes to the future of a player admired all over the world. Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs never tires of telling us that De Bruyne has a contract that runs until 2019 and that the club don’t want to sell him, but the player himself has admitted he does not know where he will be next season. All of the UK bookmakers reckon De Bruyne will be at City for the start of the season.
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Rumor: Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal // Likelihood: Really? // The Talk: There has been plenty of talk about Reus’ future in the last couple of days. The Telegraph says Arsenal are planning on hijacking Liverpool by planning a £50 million bid for the Germany international. With £200m in Arsenal’s coffers that would leave £150m available to spend on a striker. Er…right. The Reds are also looking for a gigantic signing to replace Raheem Sterling and obviously have the cash. Dortmund are apparently closing in on Ajax midfielder Davy Klaasen, viewed as a replacement for Reus so there could be something in this story, but let’s not forget Reus signed a new four-year deal in February.