RUMOR: Newcastle to Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: Nailed on // This tale is looking increasingly likely to bear fruit. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was obviously impressed with Mathieu Debuchy’s performances for France at the World Cup and is understood to have tabled an £8 million bid. Debuchy -- who joined from Lille in January 2013 -- is a ready-made replacement for the departed Bacary Sagna. After France’s quarterfinal exit to Germany, Debuchy told a reporter: “Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season.” As good as done.
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RUMOR: Liverpool to Galatasaray // LIKELIHOOD: Don’t put money on it // Galatasaray are prepared to pay over £100k a week in wages to lure the Slovakian center-half to Turkey, according to reports. Own goals aside, Skrtel has just come off the back of one of his most consistent season’s for Liverpool and isn’t known to be unhappy at the club. We think it’s more a question of ‘who will partner Skrtel’ next season, than ‘who will replace Skrtel’ at Anfield.
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RUMOR: Free agent to Arsenal or Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Maybe // Following his knee injury at the end of last season, Victor Valdes’ future has been up in the air. Will he sign a new contract with Barca? Will he move to the Premier League? Well, these options look more likely after a proposed move to Monaco fell apart when he failed a medical. Manchester United and Arsenal are looking for back-up keepers and thought to be monitoring the situation closely. If Valdes is happy to play second fiddle then a move to Manchester or London seems on the cards.
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RUMOR: Seattle Sounders to Liverpool // LIKELIHOOD: No chance // With his eye-catching hair, it’s hard not to take notice of USA youngster DeAndre Yedlin. The speedy winger gave an exceptional performance against Belgium in the second round of World Cup action and has been linked with a host of clubs ever since. Transfer rumors like this always crop up around World Cup time and a move to a club like Liverpool will come a bit early for Yedlin –- who still has a lot to prove at MLS level. One thing is for sure, MLS chiefs will struggle to hold on to Yedlin long-term if they fail to up his $92,000 a year wages.
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RUMOR: Southampton to Liverpool // LIKELIHOOD: No doubt // This rumor has turned into something more substantial over the last week. Quoted in Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Lovren said: "Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven't informed me. That wasn't right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realized I've got no business staying at Southampton.” Going on to say that his “head is already at Liverpool” and that “Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world.” Southampton isn’t keen to alter their valuation of £25 million, but these latest developments may take it out of their hands.
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RUMOR: Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: He won’t come cheap // Arsene Wenger is looking for a player to provide protection for his defense and Bender is one of a number of names linked with the job. Leverkusen are reportedly reluctant to sell the 25-year-old German midfielder and could ask for a huge fee. However, the Gunners – supposedly close to a deal for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez -- have been chasing him for over a year and look poised to resurrect their interest. If the Londoners’ offer is realistic then we could see a quick deal.
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RUMOR: Monaco to Real Madrid or Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Not yet // What a World Cup that boy had! So much so, those pesky rumors of his impending departure keep resurfacing. Thanks to an impressive six goals in five outings, Rodriguez’s World Cup legacy lives on, despite Colombia’s controversial quarterfinal exit at the hands of Brazil. If you perform well on the biggest stage in soccer then you are bound to collect admirers. The Colombian star admits he would like to play in La Liga one day, but the physicality of the Premier League would prove too much at this stage. Moneybags Monaco is unlikely to be forced into a sale and we think he’ll stay put for the time being.
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RUMOR: Everton to Manchester City // LIKELIHOOD: For the right price // Manchester City will be on the lookout for English talent this summer after their decision to let Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott leave the club. Premier League sides cannot name more than 17 non home grown players aged over 21 in their squad of 23. The Premier League champions are looking to solve this problem by turning to Everton’s wonderkid Ross Barkley. He excelled last season at Everton and is one of the hottest talents in the Premier League – a fee in the region of £25 million is thought to be the going rate.
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RUMOR: Chelsea to PSG or Monaco // LIKELIHOOD: Would make sense // Who will be Chelsea’s goalkeeper for next season? It’s looking increasingly likely that Jose Mourinho will hand Belgium international Thibaut Courtois the No.1 jersey after the keeper’s incredible performances for Atletico last season. If that was the case then nobody could blame Petr Cech -- still at the top of his game -- for looking elsewhere. PSG and Monaco are thought to be interested and Cech’s agent has only moved to fuel speculation, saying: "There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we're discussing two or three clubs in the world. The situation has developed in a way, of course, but for now he is staying at Chelsea.”
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Angel di Maria
RUMOR: Real Madrid to Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Unlikely // According to reports in Spain, Manchester United are set to launch a €60 million bid for the Argentinian winger. The Red Devils have already completed the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and continue to press ahead with moves for other targets. Di Maria recently said: "I still don't know if I'll stay at Real Madrid. I'm happy, but we'll see what happens." Louis van Gaal is keen to employ a 3-4-3 system -- which has been so successful for Holland – at United, and he sees Di Maria as the ideal winger to fit into his new tactics.