Rumor: Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United Likelihood: It’s going to happen, hopefully soon! This one continues to run despite the summer window shutting just over two weeks ago, the Germany international is being rumored with a move to Old Trafford. We just hope we see this one move towards a done deal sooner rather than later. Ultimately it comes down to a battle of wills – Louis van Gaal has made him his top target, but Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp is refusing to sell. This one also hinges on whether or not the Red Devils return to the Champions League next season, but if United can continue with performances like the one against QPR, Hummels may jump ship in January with the confidence that Van Gaal’s side will make top four this season.
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Rumor: Mesut Ozil Arsenal to Bayern Munich Likelihood: Not right now Ozil’s £42.5 million move to Arsenal last summer heralded the start of a new era for the Gunners with boss Arsene Wenger seemingly willing to compete in the transfer market. And while Wenger has gone on to build on last season’s coup, the former Real Madrid man has failed to reach the high standards expected of him. With Wenger recently forced to defend the Germany international, rumors are circulating that Bayern are willing to take advantage of the heat on him and make a £32 million swoop to bring him closer to his hometown.
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Rumor: Yaya Toure Manchester City to Real Madrid Likelihood: Makes sense Things haven’t been the same since Toure’s famous cake/birthday incident at the end of last season and while he’s been busy earning big numbers at City, he is yet to sign a new deal at the Etihad, prompting some big names to express an interest in his services. Real Madrid are the major players linked with Toure’s signature and it looks like after their poor start to the season, a strong midfielder could just be what is needed. Despite his allegiance to Barcelona, where he spent three years playing for the Catalan club, Toure wouldn’t let that put him off a move to Real, as long as they show him some love.
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Rumor: Dani Alves Barcelona to Manchester United or Liverpool Likelihood: Looks good Part of the Barcelona group of players that won everything and anything under Pep Guardiola, life under new coach Luis Enrique has been a bit more unsettled. The defender is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and with the Catalans already preparing youngsters Martin Montoya and Douglas to usurp the Brazilian for the right back position, they may look to recoup some of the £23million Barca spent to bring him to the Nou Camp, so the pendulum may swing in favor of his exit. Manchester United and Liverpool both have the need for further competition in defense and Alves would be a prize acquisition for either Louis van Gaal or Brendan Roger who love a raiding full-back.
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Rumor: Nigel de Jong AC Milan to Manchester United Likelihood: Wide of the mark Manchester United continue to dominate the rumors - despite an incredibly busy summer – they also continue to be linked with any Dutch players who may or may not have worked with Louis van Gaal. One man who did work under Van Gaal during his time as Netherlands coach was Nigel de Jong, who has gained a reputation as a tough tackling midfielder – who are we kidding, he kicks guys for fun. Although United continue to be interested in bringing him in, AC Milan are keen to keep hold of his services and are looking to offer him a new deal.
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Rumor: Jermaine Defoe Toronto FC to QPR or Leicester City Likelihood: He’s on his way out With an impressive spell at Toronto, the lure of Premier League football is already appearing too much for Defoe, who only made the switch to the MLS in March on a four-year deal. Following failed bids to bring him back to England in the summer transfer window, QPR and Leicester are keen to make sure they don’t miss out on him again in January. However, there are conflicting reports coming out of Toronto as to whether he will stay or go, but it looks as though it’s a matter of time before the former Tottenham player decides to give up and return home.
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Rumor: Pedro Barcelona to Liverpool or Arsenal Likelihood: Unlikely The Barcelona flier hasn’t enjoyed as much playing time for the Catalan giants recently with his role being limited to him coming off the bench. But that doesn’t mean clubs have forgotten about his blistering pace. Arsenal have already relieved Barca of one speedy forward in the summer and look like they could be in again for Pedro, however Liverpool are also keen to bring in the Spain international who they see as forming part of a deadly trio alongside Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge – how’s that for frightening the Premier League’s defenders!
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Rumor: Paco Alcacer, Valencia to Arsenal or Chelsea Likelihood: 50/50 call Valencia are taking La Liga by force so far this season and of the men responsible is striker Alcacer who has bagged two goals which has some warning lights on for opposition clubs. As well as coming to their attention, he has also unwillingly come under the microscope for some of the Premier League’s clubs looking to address some attacking issues – most notably Arsenal and Chelsea. But they will face a fight if they want their man because Valencia are ready to tie him down to a new contract.
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Rumor: Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid to Manchester United Likelihood: Good chance, just not yet Everything points at a Manchester United return for CR7… one day. Real certainly don’t look like giving up their prize asset any time soon, but the major factor in the forward’s decision making is that he has a weak spot for his former club. Contracted to the Madrid club until 2018 it will take some serious bidding to bring home the Portuguese star but with Manchester United proving they are not willing to sit idly by while some of the biggest and best players get snapped up by their rivals. A return to the Champions League is a must, if not for only just for Cristiano’s high standards but for his even higher wages.
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Rumor: Eden Hazard Chelsea to Real Madrid Likelihood: Not anytime soon Much of this will depend on what movements happen with Ronaldo from Real Madrid. One this is for certain Hazard has done no harm for his reputation since moving to Chelsea from Lille and he has become a firm favorite of former Real boss, and current Blues manager, Jose Mourinho. With their billionaire’s backing Chelsea certainly don’t need to spend many hours discussing the need to sell one of their best players. That said the Belgian would be a natural replacement for Ronaldo if he were to depart the Bernabeu, but until that happens we won’t be seeing much come of this rumor just yet.