RUMOR: REAL SOCIEDAD TO ARSENAL LIKELIHOOD: ANYONE’S GUESS It’s rare for Arsene Wenger to come out in praise of a player at another club, but that’s exactly what he has done in the case of Real Sociedad star Antoine Griezmann. Wenger was linked with a January move for Griezmann, but nothing materialized. However, it seems as though he has maintained his interest in the 22-year-old winger ... although he admits he is not the only one. He told a French football show: “Yes, we follow him in great detail. He attracts other clubs as well. But we follow him, he is a known commodity.” It sounds to us like he could end up anywhere.
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RUMOR: AC MILAN TO TOTTENHAM LIKELIHOOD: Really? We all love a Balotelli rumor. Although, admittedly, most of them centered around his off-field escapades turn out to be actually true. He’s old enough (to know better), but this time the AC Milan striker has done nothing to cause tongues to wag. Instead, the source comes from London. Two weeks ago, Arsenal were linked with a move for the Italy international, and now it is the turn of their arch rivals Tottenham, who have something to offer in return. Word has it that Spurs are prepared to offer misfit Erik Lamela plus £10 million in exchange. The way things are going, AC Milan are unlikely to be in any European competition next season. They may be tempted to do business – with the highest bidder.
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RUMOR: BARCELONA TO LIVERPOOL LIKELIHOOD: Time is up at Barca Krkic’s complicated career has been sliding downhill ever since his explosive time as a Barcelona youth player. He joined Roma in 2011 for £35 million, spent time on loan at AC Milan, was re-signed by Barca, who then loaned him out to Ajax for the 2013-14 season. It’s been a long, long time since the 23-year-old Spaniard was in the limelight, but that could all change if Brendan Rodgers has his way. The Reds boss has a history of reigniting the careers of young players that have lost their way, like Philippe Coutinho, and he could do the same with a cut-price £5 million bid for Krkic, who is a million miles away from breaking back into Barca’s first team. Barca have already made their money on Krkic – it’s time to say goodbye.
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RUMOR: REAL MADRID TO ARSENAL LIKELIHOOD: Interesting Arsene Wenger’s bid to sign the 21-year-old forward on loan fell on deaf ears in January, but that was then and this is now. Morata is still waiting for his chance to leap out of the shadows at the Bernabeu, and what is particularly frustrating for him is that another youngster, Jese Rodriguez, is getting more game time under Carlo Ancelotti. The story is that the Gunners will make a £15million ($25 million) bid in the summer, although one paper says a £100,000 ($167, 000)-per-week deal has already been agreed. Real Madrid may sanction the move but insert a buy-back clause should Morata, whose record for Spain Under 21s is outstanding, impress at Emirates Stadium.
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RUMOR: SPORTING LISBON TO MANCHESTER UNITED LIKELIHOOD: A real find There’s nothing like confidence in a player, and Carvalho has plenty of it. The 21-year-old Angolan-born midfielder has emerged from nowhere and has been a brilliant replacement for Fabian Rinaudo and is one of the main reasons for Sporting’s success this season. His composure on the ball will probably guarantee him a place on the plane to Brazil with Portugal and his performances have caught the eye of some of the world’s biggest clubs. When asked about his future, he said: “It could be Manchester United or Real Madrid. It's just nice to have a great European club after me, but at the moment I'm just totally focused on Sporting and doing my best until the end of the season. At the end of the campaign, we will see what happens.” Sporting are a renowned selling club and we expect some hidden persuaders to do some serious talking in summer.
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RUMOR: BENFICA TO LIVERPOOL LIKELIHOOD: Let’s see where Liverpool finish According to reports in Portugal, Brendan Rodgers will make a bid for the former Manchester United target should Liverpool finish in the top four. That’s looking like an increasingly likely prospect judging by the Reds’ performances and place in the table. The Argentina international is under contract at Benfica until 2016, but £16 million could be enough to land the winger. It’s a hard time for dreamers when your club has been in the European wilderness for so long, but things are starting to look up at Anfield under Rodgers.
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RUMOR: FREIBURG TO MANCHESTER UNITED LIKELIHOOD: Not the man to replace big guns David Moyes apparently flew over to Germany to watch Ginter play in Freiburg’s 0-0 draw at Hertha Berlin on Friday. The Manchester United boss continues his search for a quality center-back to help his club bring back the glory days and silence their noisy neighbour, City. But is Ginter the answer to Moyes’s prayers? Surely not. Sure, Ginter may have talent but he’s playing for a struggling team in the Bundesliga. Is he up to the task of delivering week in, week out for a club that demands excellence? Probably one for the future and not the man to replace Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand.
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RUMOR: LEAVING ARSENAL LIKELIHOOD: Looking likelier by the day Wenger admits that, although he would like Sagna to sign a new contract, “a deal is not close”. That’s because the France international is demanding silly wages on a two- or three-year contract, if reports are to be believed. Is Sagna really worth £100,000 a week? Not in our view, but such is the state of things in the cash-overloaded world of the Premier League that everything seems to be spiraling out of control. Sagna has reportedly told Gunners teammates that he will leave the club in the summer and has now been linked with a move to Galatasaray, who are prepared to pay £120,000 a week after tax. Insane.
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RUMOR: MANCHESTER CITY TO EVERTON LIKELIHOOD: A good shout Barry is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the season, and Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to offer the midfielder, 33, a three-year deal on £50,000 a week. That represents a significant pay cut for Barry, but would he get anything better? Barry has been outstanding during his loan spell at Goodison Park, but at his age £8 million over a three-year spell looks like a good deal -- and one he probably won’t be able to better.
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RUMOR: CELTIC TO EVERY BIG CLUB IN EUROPE LIKELIHOOD: Silly talk Yes, we know Forster broke the record for the number of clean sheets, although he finally conceded his first goal in 1256 minutes at the weekend, but does that justify the goalkeeper being linked with the biggest clubs in the world? Celtic are a big fish in a very small pond, even smaller without Rangers, so who knows if he deserves to be mentioned alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus -- as he was last week. Different trains of thought from an agent and the rest of the world, we feel.