RUMOR: Manchester United to Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: What? // Time flies, and that’s a commodity that isn’t on the side of the former England defender, whose injury problems have almost certainly signaled the end of his career at Manchester United. He is out of contract at the end of the season – a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Arsene Wenger. Didn’t Wenger learn his lesson with Kim Kallstrom in January when he signed a player that was injured when he needed a ready-to-go player that would have bolstered the Gunners’ title hopes? This is a non-starter.
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RUMOR: Chelsea to Barcelona // LIKELIHOOD: Sounds flaky // We’ve been here before, of course. Mourinho spent most of January denying speculation that Luiz was heading to Barcelona, but the rumors are starting to resurface after a disappointing end to the season. Luiz was not in the starting line-up for the lackluster 0-0 draw with Norwich, which effectively ended the Blues’ title hopes. Luiz is apparently viewed as dispensable and will help fund a clear-out in the summer. Sure, it’s the summer transfer window, Blues boss Mourinho will be looking at, but how many players will get for Luiz?
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RUMOR: Atletico to Chelsea // LIKELIHOOD: Interesting // There is no rest for the wicked when it comes to Chelsea’s dealings with Atletico. Not content with snapping up Diego Costa and possibly deciding to snub Atleti’s wishes by bringing Thibaut Courtois back to Stamford Bridge, it seems the Blues are also close to signing left-back Filipe Luis. Where this leaves Cesar Azpilicueta is anybody’s guess, although he might actually get the chance to play in his preferred position at right-back. As for Ashley Cole, we fear his time is up if this deal comes off.
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RUMOR: QPR to Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: We like this one // OK, so turning up to watch Arsenal against West Brom doesn’t constitute a done deal, but we’ve said for some time that Remy is just the kind of player the Gunners need; quick and a lethal finisher in the mold of Thierry Henry. Remy is currently on loan at Newcastle from QPR, but apparently does not fancy a return to Tyneside. We’re not saying Arsenal is the only place Remy could end up, but it sure strikes us as a possible destination.
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RUMOR: Tottenham to Chelsea // LIKELIHOOD: Don’t think so // With Mourinho seemingly in the complaint department about the whole of his midfield (save for Willian) the UK press has been speculating about potential targets for the Portuguese. One name to crop up last week was Paulinho, who was has only been at Spurs for a season yet is already thought to be angling for a move to the Blues. We don’t quite get this one. Paulinho’s gripe about lack of game time seems to have been resolved, and where would such a move leave Ramires, another box-to-box midfielder? One other ingredient: Roma and AC Milan are also in the mix.
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RUMOR: Barcelona to PSG // LIKELIHOOD: A possibility // Alves has been in the spotlight recently for obvious reasons, but another big story surrounding the defender is that his six–year spell at Barcelona could be coming to an end in the summer. The right-back has reportedly told his Brazil teammates at PSG, Thiago Silva and Alex, I’m good, I’m gone and that he will be in France’s capital for next season. His contract runs out in 2015, and if Barca’s transfer ban is reinstated the club risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.
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RUMOR: Leaving Chelsea // LIKELIHOOD: Another victim of Mourinho purge // Oscar took over as the king of Chelsea’s midfield when it became apparent that Mata’s time was up at Stamford Bridge. The common consensus is that Mourinho is breaking it up again and that one from Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle will go in the summer. If we had to pick one to leave it would be the Brazilian. Mourinho admits he has been disappointed by the way Oscar has finished the season and has not picked him since the 2-1 defeat by Sunderland. Is he another Mata at the Bridge?
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RUMOR: Bayern Munich to Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Would have to be big offer // So, van Gaal will make fellow Dutchman Robben his number one target once he gets his feet under the table at Old Trafford. We don’t doubt Robben is a great player, but he recently extended his contract at Bayern and £25 million for a 30-year-old winger sounds a little bit on the steep side and bad business sense to us. After all, United spent less on RVP when he was a couple of years younger.
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RUMOR: Manchester United to PSG // LIKELIHOOD: Interessant, mais non // Is Rooney about to swap the red of Manchester for Paris blue? That’s the opinion of a columnist from one of the major UK dailies, but is there any truth in it? His argument is that Rooney is worried by the impending arrival of tough taskmaster Louis van Gaal, who will make Robin van Persie his number one striker. One question: How can PSG get round Financial Fair Play rules, bearing in mind that Rooney’s wages now stand at £300,000 a week ($500,000)? The figures don’t add up.
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RUMOR: Bayern Munich to Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Really? // Every Bundesliga player in the book seems to be heading to Manchester United. If it’s not Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and Mario Gotze, it’s Bayern’s rivals at Borussia Dortmund. When he takes the reins at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal apparently wants Marco Reus and Mats Hummels. But the man van Gaal really wants, according to German newspaper Bild, is Thomas Muller, who was promoted to the first team by the Dutchman during his spell at the Allianz. Muller is thought to be angered by his bit-part role under Pep Guardiola and wants to get some first-team action. Watch this space.