RUMOR: Galatasaray to Chelsea // LIKELIHOOD: More than likely // No-one can play forever but Didier Drogba is doing his best to achieve immortality. Drogba is out of contract at Galatasaray and has been urged to join Juventus by Gala boss Roberto Mancini. However, Jose Mourinho would love to bring him back to Stamford Bridge and hopes the Cote d’Ivoire striker will sign a playing contract and then become involved in coaching which seems a more plausible option to us.
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RUMOR: Manchester City to Monaco // LIKELIHOOD: Possible // One of the French newspapers reckon Monaco have opened talks with the Serbia defender, who spent last season’s title-winning campaign fighting it out for the left-back spot with Gael Clichy. Both players ended up playing about half the games, but would Kolarov be better off playing in Ligue 1. The advantage is that he would be first-choice at Monaco, but the club are without a manager following Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal so that is likely to play a part in Kolarov’s decision.
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RUMOR: Arsenal to Manchester City // LIKELIHOOD: Will he get game time? // We know we covered Sagna’s future last week but the France defender has been speaking about his future this week by denying he has agreed a contract with Manchester City. We sifted through the wire and could not see any hints about his future destination. However, we would like to make ask one question and then answer it. Is Sagna better than Pablo Zabaleta? The answer is no. So that means either Sagna is happy to play second fiddle or Zabaleta is leaving.
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RUMOR: Chelsea to QPR // LIKELIHOOD: Nice and local // Over the last couple of days we have been scratching our heads about two contradictory stories concerning Lampard’s future. One said that he will sign a new one-year deal - despite being on the list of players that will leave the club - and another claims he will leave Chelsea in June and probably join QPR, alongside former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Both players have been linked with moves to MLS. We expect both players to go slow and take their time over their futures, but QPR might be a nice way to bow out at the top for both of them.
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RUMOR: Chelsea to Liverpool // LIKELIHOOD: Why not // We have been given an insight into Cole’s next move by the press who believe the 33-year-old former England left-back is chasing a two-year contract at a club playing Champions League football. Liverpool seems a logical choice, but Real Madrid and Manchester City (read our Kolarov story) are also in the mix. However, the bookmakers still believe MLS is winning the race for his signature with Monaco not far behind. Send me down your thoughts but this really is anybody’s guess.
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RUMOR: AC Milan to Arsenal or Liverpool // LIKELIHOOD: Many ifs and buts // Balotelli is reportedly sick of the racist abuse he gets from Serie A fans (who wouldn’t be) and the latest is that he is on the edge of a return to the Premier League. So where’s he heading? Arsenal is thought to be one destination but they have set their heart on a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Liverpool would make a move should Luis Suarez end up joining Real Madrid. Sort that one out.
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RUMOR: Barcelona to Manchester United or Arsenal // LIKELIHOOD: New man in charge, new mindset // David Moyes (remember him?) spent a good part of last summer trying to persuade Fabregas to join United with a desperate “if I could change your mind” mentality. Arsene Wenger remains in the driving seat to bring the Spain midfielder back to the Emirates but we think now that Luis Enrique has replaced Gerardo Martino the former Gunners star will be keen to impress the new coach. Sorry Arsene.
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RUMOR: Leaving Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: Let’s see // The glory days are gone, for the moment, but Van Gaal’s imminent arrival has sparked all sorts of optimism and rumors about transfer targets, the biggest of which involves United’s record-signing Juan Mata. Van Gaal is apparently ready to offload the Spaniard, rumored to be a target for Barcelona, so that he can concentrate on beefing up his midfield, but until Van Gaal has his feet under the table we prefer to play a waiting game.
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RUMOR: Bayern Munich to Manchester United // LIKELIHOOD: We don’t buy it // So, Van Gaal knows Schweinsteiger well from his time at Bayern Munich. Woo hoo! That doesn’t mean a thing and surely would not be enough to persuade Schweinsteiger to forego Champions League football next season and possibly beyond. We expect a few casualties at Old Trafford to make way for big-name signings but don’t expect Schweinsteiger to join his old mentor. Falling down the football food chain would be a mistake during United’s rebuilding process.
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RUMOR: Leaving Manchester City // LIKELIHOOD: Playing the game // This was our favorite tale last week. Yaya Toure was livid that no-one in an official capacity from Manchester City wished him happy birthday or made him a cake for the occasion (even though they did). Toure backed up the claims of his agent by casting doubt on his future and he did nothing to assuage those fears on Saturday when talking to TV presenter Richard Keys, who gave the Ivorian a cake. We think Toure is over-egging the pudding and is angling for a new improved contract from financially imprudent City rather than urging them to “let me go”.