Rumor: Wolfsburg to Manchester City // Likelihood: Expensive // De Bruyne has already proved Jose Mourinho was wrong to sell him by producing sensational performances week in, week out for second-placed Wolfsburg. The Belgian scores goals and sets them up, attributes that make him a desirable commodity. Manchester City are eyeing a move for the midfielder but getting the green light will cost around $62 million, more than double the figure when he was sold by Chelsea. That sounds like a lot of money to us.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Liverpool // Likelihood: Unlikely // For all of Cech’s unhappiness that he has been replaced, let’s face it, by a superior goalkeeper at Chelsea, we don’t think he will take refuge in the arms of another club at the end of the season. Cech has still played 11 games this season and will certainly play more. The story is that Roma and Napoli have joined Liverpool in the race for the Czech international. He’ll stay for another season.
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Rumor: PSV to Tottenham // Likelihood: United still favorites // Tottenham have entered the running to sign the lightning-fast Holland winger, but we reckon Manchester United remain favorites to sign him. Firstly, Louis van Gaal gave him his international debut and he also took him to the World Cup. Secondly, United have links with Depay’s management company. It could be the beginning of a bidding war, although one thing in Spurs’ favor is that Depay would be guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.
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Rumor: Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United // Likelihood: Really? // Louis van Gaal has said a creative midfielder is his priority for the summer, and there is talk that United have made a $28.45 million offer for the Dortmund playmaker. Even with the back injury that left him out of action for a year that sounds cheap. But now that Marco Reus has signed a new deal, dreams that Gundogan will do the same are close to becoming a reality.
Rumor: Borussia Monchengladbach to Barcelona // Likelihood: Just imagine! // The search for Dani Alves’ replacement is on, even though Barcelona can’t register players until January 2016. Mundo Deportivo reckon the Catalonians have a short list of four. Number one is Porto’s Danilo. Check. Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek is in there. Check. And PSG’s Serge Aurier also makes the list. Check. As does Fabian Johnson. Whoa! Johnson was stunning at the World Cup, but he hasn’t played in Gladbach’s last three games for some reason. We can’t see this one happening.
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Rumor: Palermo to Premier League // Likelihood: Plenty of interest // Dybala has been tearing it up in Serie A, which prompted the Daily Express to go big on an exclusive. Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are embroiled in a $46 million battle to land the Argentine, who will be sold to the highest bidder in the summer. It was hardly an exclusive. Palermo’s president revealed earlier this month that Juventus, Chelsea, PSG and other English and Spanish clubs were interested. His one message is: Show me the money! Juventus may start the talking, but there’s plenty of chat to come from elsewhere.
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Rumor: Monaco to Real Madrid // Likelihood: Not buying it // It’s looking increasingly likely that Falcao won’t be gunning for glory with United next season, but Monaco’s vice-president says there are some great clubs lining up to sign him. One question. Why isn’t he playing at Monaco? The latest rumor is that Real Madrid want to sign him, but as we all know Real Madrid sign players at their peak, not those who may still not be right after a cruciate ligament injury.
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Rumor: Juventus to Arsenal // Likelihood: Er … right // We are all in agreement that Pogba won’t spend his whole career at Juventus, but our old friends at the Express have been at it again to say the Gunners will step up their interest in the France midfielder now that a deal for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is looking unlikely. We were impressed that Arsenal managed to buy Alexis Sanchez, but Pogba’s agent reckons his client will be sold for more than the $123 million Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale. Dream on! In any case, Arsenal aren’t even in the top six of possible destinations. More likely is that Manchester City pay cash-plus-Jovetic or that he joins Real Madrid.
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Rumor: Real Madrid/Dortmund to Manchester United // Likelihood: When will it end? // The Gareth Bale story is getting out of hand, but it’s mentioned too often for it not to have something behind it. The days when United ruled the world with kids they brought through their academy are over. These days it’s all about cash, and the new Premier League deal means there’s a lot more of it coming United’s way. Whether Bale is coming home or not depends on whether Real Madrid want to sell – and the way some fans continue to boo him suggests it’s a possibility. As for Hummels, Dortmund’s future is looking rosier, but he is odds-on with some bookmakers to join United in the summer.
Rumor: Bayern Munich to Manchester United// Likelihood: Stop it // Clickbait-centric Daily Express maintained its impressive record of printing any old rumor in the search for hits when it stated United could make a bid for Lewandowski in the summer. Why Lewandowski would want to swap a guaranteed Bundesliga title every year and guaranteed Champions League for a place in a turgid side that will struggle to secure a top-four spot is beyond us. We can quickly dispense this one to the garbage can.