Will he or won’t he? We could be talking about a host of players with this question, but the one man that really springs to mind is Gareth Bale, who seems determined to force a move to Real Madrid. The sums involved are staggering and even outweigh the figure paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo when he was at Manchester United. Whether a deal goes through seems to depend on one man – Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a man that means business. Bale may be one of the world’s biggest players so we need a link to one of the biggest songs of the summer. That would be Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke which features rapper TI and Pharrell Williams, who, of course, fronts N.E.R.D. Ten tracks from the band that defies boundaries.
Rumor: Arsenal to Roma Likelihood: Pretty certain By all accounts Gervinho’s frustrating time at the Emirates is about to come to an end, with the Ivorian on the brink of joining Roma, managed by Rudi Garcia, his coach at Lille. The clubs have supposedly agreed an £8 million deal ($12.27 million) for the striker although the transfer could fly or die depending on the finances of Roma, who may need to ship out a player before the deal goes through. We expect everything to be resolved eventually which should give Arsenal some extra cash in their bid to sign Luis Suarez.
Nani, Manchester United
Rumor: Manchester United to Monaco Likelihood: The ball is in Monaco’s rich court Nani has long been the subject of disgruntled noises from some United fans because of his inconsistency and failure to deliver the right ball when it really matters. Monaco’s sporting director Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that United has offered Nani to his club but his words do not provide much encouragement for the Portugal winger. “He is a very good player, but at the moment there have been no talks yet. We have already changed our group quite a bit and we also want to offer opportunities to our young players.” Maybe he’s just trying to drive down the price or maybe he’s just being polite. Looks like United and Nani could stay together for a while yet.
Luiz Gustavo, Bayern Munich
Rumor: Bayern Munich to Chelsea Likelihood: Possible – may depend on Luiz deal! If Jose Mourinho wants to bring Gustavo to Stamford Bridge as was suggested by one of the Sunday papers then the Blues may have a few obstacles to overcome. Mourinho is thought to be in the market for a holding midfielder as a replacement for Jon Obi Mikel, whose days at Chelsea seem to be numbered. Gustavo wants regular action at Bayern with the World Cup in his native Brazil taking place next year and could be open to a move. The Bundesliga giant is thought to be ready to make a bid for Chelsea defender David so we expect this one to become either very messy or stop before it gets started. It’s a maybe, but a big maybe.
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
Rumor: Manchester City to Tottenham Likelihood: Maybe The underrated Dzeko seems to have slipped back to fourth-choice striker at Manchester City following the signings of Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo to supplement the prodigious talent of Sergio Aguero. The Bosnia & Herzegovina international showed his worth at the weekend with a superb goal against Sunderland which secured the Barclays Asia trophy for City in Hong Kong. Does Pellegrini want to operate with three of four world-class strikers next season? We shall see. Dzeko has always said how happy he is at City so if the matter were left in his hands he’d like to stay. City could be a wonderful place next season and Dzeko wants to be a part of it.
David Luiz, Chelsea
Rumor: Chelsea to Bayern Munich Likelihood: Still waiting So many transfer stories are like games of cat and mouse before the action starts. Luiz has been linked with a move to Bayern for the last few months and yet nothing has materialized in the way of a concrete bid from the European champions. Mourinho has been clear from the start – Luiz, like one of his other prized assets, Juan Mata, is not for sale, and both players are essential to his hopes of winning the Premier League in his first season back. So, until Bayern actually make a move Luiz is staying at Stamford Bridge – time for some action Pep!
Roberto Soldado, Valencia
Rumor: Valencia to Tottenham Likelihood: This one is a goer This deal has the best chance of going through out of this week’s ten rumors. Talks between the two clubs are thought to be going well and there are only some minor details to iron out before the Spain striker signs for Spurs. Like their north London neighbors Arsenal, we know all Tottenham fans get worried when it comes to transfers but don’t worry about it – this deal should be in the bag well before the transfer summer window shuts on September 2. Spurs fans would be feeling a lot happier if Real Madrid weren’t appearing at the back door trying to drag out Gareth Bale!
Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Rumor: Liverpool to Arsenal Likelihood: Long way to go here The Suarez transfer saga is akin to the Rooney situation in that both men are big-time players, whose clubs are digging their heels in about their possible exits. But, you know what? That’s about where the similarities end. Suarez hasn’t been exactly honest about his reasons for wanting to leave Liverpool and that’s what annoys so many Reds fans. Brendan Rodgers isn’t bothered either way. He is determined to hang on to his best player even though his club has been linked with a move for Javier Pastore as a potential replacement. Liverpool are singing from the same hymn sheet. Suarez is staying – for the time being.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Rumor: Manchester United to Chelsea Likelihood: Still unclear It’s all gone quiet on the Rooney front over the last week but the message is clear from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: “We’re waiting for you”. United have consistently delivered the same message about Rooney’s future – that the England forward is not for sale and that he is staying at Old Trafford. United legend Bobby Charlton thinks Rooney will hang around long enough to break his goalscoring record but this one is still in the balance as far as the Rumor Mill is concerned. The test could be how United fans react to Rooney at Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial on August 9.
Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona
Rumor: Barcelona to Manchester United Likelihood: Only one outcome There’s only one way this one is going to play out – and it’s the way we have been saying it would on the Rumor Mill for the last few weeks. Manchester United boss David Moyes is now starting to look resigned in his bid to bring the former Arsenal midfielder back to the Premier League and with good reason. New Barca boss Gerardo Martino has said Fabregas is staying and told United to forget about making any more bids. Add to the mix that Fabregas is happy at Camp Nou and this one is only going to end one way.
Gareth Bale, Tottenham
Rumor: Tottenham to Real Madrid. Likelihood: United must have been given encouragement. No-one can knock Real Madrid’s perseverance in their pursuit of Gareth Bale, but the same could be said about the intransigence of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. The Spanish giants are thought to be doing everything in their power to bring the Wales winger to the Bernabeu only to be rebuffed by renowned tough negotiator Levy, who seemingly cannot be tempted by a world-record £85million bid ($130 million). Sooner or later though the levee will break (see what we did there?) and Bale will surely get his wish. Let’s not forget though that nothing official is on the table at the moment so as things stand he remains a Spurs player. One of the Sunday papers suggested Real are prepared to offer Di Maria and Coentrao, plus £50 million. If that is true and Levy decides to turn down that offer he needs his head examining.