It’s turning into a very interesting summer transfer window even if actual deals are scant at the moment. The Edinson Cavani saga continues to drag on, although all the signs are that a resolution is on the horizon. We’ve got some of the biggest names on the planet in this week’s edition, and to help us out we have one of the planet’s biggest stars to bring a bit of F.A.M.E. to the gossip. He has a new album out this month called X – an apt title for the ten following rumors. He might not be with Rihanna anymore but Chris Brown can console himself with a guest spot on the Rumor Mill.
David Villa, Barcelona
RUMOR: Barcelona to Tottenham LIKELIHOOD: It’s off Tottenham may be looking just fine as they shape up to be one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League next season. But the north London’s club bid to sign Barcelona striker David Villa has hit the buffers after the player’s club has reached a deal with Atletico Madrid to sign the striker. Spurs seemed to be in the driving seat to sign the 31-year-old Spain international, but Villa looks like he will remain in his native country.
Pepe, Real Madrid
RUMOR: Real Madrid to Manchester City LIKELIHOOD: Lots of factors before this one happens The story is that Real Madrid are happy to listen to offers for tough center-back Pepe as they look to raise funds for Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale. Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be a big fan of the hard man from Portugal, who has dropped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu. Real are thought to be ready to listen to offers of £15 million ($22.38 million) for the defender. Does Pepe have that X factor City lacked at the back last season? We think so, but a deal is still a long way off.
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
RUMOR: Manchester City to Napoli, Atletico Madrid LIKELIHOOD: Don’t think so Both Atletico Madrid and Napoli have some big boots to fill. The Spanish side are still looking to replace Radamel Falcao, while Edinson Cavani is expected to leave Napoli for PSG at some point. But what about the third party in this equation? Manchester City are looking a bit light in the striker department so we expect them to say ‘thank you’, but ‘no thank you’ should an offer materialize – unless, of course, Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t rate him. City didn’t replace Mario Balotelli following his move to AC Milan and lost Carlos Tevez to Juventus last month which leaves just Sergio Aguero and Dzeko as experienced forwards.
Leandro Damiao, Inter
RUMOR: Internacional to Tottenham LIKELIHOOD: The odds are lengthening This rumor used to surface every week for about two years, but the lead has gone so cold that all eyes are turning elsewhere for potential destinations. Southampton and Zenit St Petersburg have stolen a march in the battle to sign the Brazilian forward but both of these clubs are behind an Italian team that has emerged as favorite. Who could that be? Napoli, who have also been linked with Edin Dzeko, will need a replacement for Edinson Cavani when he eventually leaves and will have plenty of cash to splash.
Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid
RUMOR: Real Madrid to Chelsea LIKELIHOOD: Possibility This rumor is growing stronger by the day. Former Real Madrid coach Mourinho wants to be reunited with Alonso owing to the impending departure of John Obi Mikel – possibly to Galatasaray. Real are now softening in their stance because they are close to wrapping up the signing of Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi, which would allow Alonso to return to the Premier League. Mourinho is the biggest fan of Alonso and we expect the Portuguese to pull out all the stops to land the midfielder.
RUMOR: Barcelona to Manchester United LIKELIHOOD: Almost certain The wheels are still in motion for David Moyes to make his first signing as Manchester United boss. Reports in Spain says Barcelona and United will meet this week to discuss the transfer of Thiago, who enjoyed a fantastic tournament as a winner with Spain during the European Under-21 Championship. United are expected to pay just £17million ($25.3 million) for the 22-year-old central midfielder on a five-year deal.
Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid
RUMOR: Real Madrid to Arsenal LIKELIHOOD: Still on we think The deal to bring Higuain to the Emirates seems to be fallin’ down judging by a story in the Sun which said that Carlo Ancelotti may want to keep him at Real Madrid. Despite talks between Arsenal, Real and Higuain being at an advanced stage it is feasible that the player could remain at the Bernabeu athough the decision remains in the hands Argentine international. Things should become clearer once Ancelotti and Higuain meet, but we still expect him to join the London club.
Wayne Roone, Manchester United
RUMOR: Leaving Manchester United LIKELIHOOD: We think he’ll stay Everyone is having their say on Wayne Rooney and we’re no different in the wall to wall coverage. Barcelona duo Neymar and Gerard Pique have been joined by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in trying to influence the England international to join their club. New United boss David Moyes has said Rooney is not for sale although he has fallen short of saying that the former Everton forward actually wants to stay at Old Trafford. We’ve got no evidence that Rooney will stay – it’s just a hunch – but we think he’ll be with the Premier League champions at the start of the season.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool
RUMOR: Liverpool to Arsenal LIKELIHOOD: Just doesn’t make sense As far as we’re concerned this one still doesn’t add up. Why would a player that feels so hounded by the British press that he wants to leave the country then decide to join London-based Arsenal? The answer is of course that the whole story is a fantasy, although several stories in Monday’s papers suggest Liverpool have rejected a £30 million ($44.76 million) offer from the Gunners for the Uruguay international. Real Madrid remain favorites as far as we’re concerned.
Edinson Cavani, Napoli
RUMOR: Napoli to PSG LIKELIHOOD: Likeliest destination It seems the Cavani saga is finally reaching the end game. Chelsea look to have lost the fight for the Napoli striker as French champion PSG continues to hold discussions with the Italian club. The deal still isn’t in the bag, though as PSG have supposedly offered £11million ($16.4 million) less than the £53 million ($79 million) asking price, so there remains hope Jose Mourinho can bring a proven striker to Stamford Bridge. We all have to wait but the signs are that Paris will outstrip London.