Rumor Mill: Recent transfer gossip that’s releasing positive vibes
Rumor: Manchester City to Liverpool. // Likelihood: Looks like a goer. // Talking points: Milner is almost certain to leave City at the end of the season after becoming just another number in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. Unfortunately for the Chilean manager that means one less Englishman to choose from. Don’t forget, Premier League clubs must have at least eight homegrown players in their 25-man squads so losing Milner will be a blow. Too many games spent on the bench has convinced Milner to move on and a place in the heart of Liverpool's midfield as Steven Gerrard’s replacement could be enough to persuade the England international to make the short journey to Anfield.
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Rumor: Tottenham to Chelsea. // Likelihood: Really? // Talking points: This rumor is not as absurd as you might think. Jose Mourinho signed Adebayor on loan four years ago when he was in charge at Real Madrid, and the Togo striker responded with eight goals from 22 matches, acting as cover for Gonzako Higuain. Mourinho isn’t looking for a 30-goal a season man -- he already has that potentially with Diego Costa, so Adebayor is ideal to replace Didier Drogba, who is likely to retire at the end of the season.
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Rumor: Southampton to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Good chance. // Talking points: Clyne has been one of the successes behind Southampton's incredible season in the Premier League. OK, he's only a right-back but he has played a major part in the Saints holding the best record for clean sheets this season and he has also chipped in with three goals too. United have also been linked with Dani Alves but looking at this from a different angle why not go for both players seeing that United don’t seem to have much faith in Rafael and have been playing Antonio Valencia in that position. Clyne has put contract talks with Southampton on hold until the end of the season. Read into that what you will.
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Rumor: Southampton to Arsenal. // Likelihood: Is he needed? // Talking points: Wenger seems to have been looking for a defensive midfielder since time immemorial and things aren’t gonna change any time soon but we wonder whether he actually needs one. Wanyama has been impressive in Southampton’s midfield this season following his move from Celtic but the stats suggest Wenger already has a player performing above the Kenyan in every category imaginable, Francis Cocquelin. Wanyama is a good player though and will benefit a team that will need a big squad for next season.
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Rumor: Manchester City to Barcelona. // Likelihood: What? // Talking points: Dzeko showed Manuel Pellegrini what he is capable of with a hat-trick for Bosnia- Herzegovina in a 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win at Andorra and he would have woken up to reports linking him with a move to Barcelona. Hello? Oh ... It seems strange that Barcelona are still being linked with players despite a transfer ban. They can sign players in the summer but can’t register them until 2016. Firstly, would Dzeko really want to be kicking his heels for four months before New Year’s Day? Secondly, where does Dzeko fit in a team containing Messi, Suarez and Neymar. One to ignore.
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Robin van Persie
Rumor: Manchester United to Fenerbahce. // Likelihood: Maybe not Fener. // Talking points: Van Persie has had a rotten season by his standards and his contract runs out at the end of next season. Reports in Turkey suggest the confident men at Fener are convinced they can persuade the Dutch striker to join their ranks. The Turks haven’t even made a move yet so this is stuck in neutral until an approach is made. Don't rule out a new deal for van Persie though and even if that isn’t forthcoming there will be plenty of options available to RVP.
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Rumor: Juventus to Tottenham. // Likelihood: Sounds like a steal. // Talking points: Llorente had a decent season in his first year with Juve but the lights went out afterwards and he is now behind the prolific Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata in the starting line-up. Gazetta dello Sport report that the Spain striker could be available for as little as $16.28M which has alerted Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Remember what happened the last time Spurs signed a Spanish striker. See you later Soldado.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Juventus. // Likelihood: Keep scouting, Juve. // Talking points: Juventus reportedly sent their scouts specifically to watch Oscar score the winner for Brazil against France last Thursday. Uh? We don’t want to get all uptight about this one but is Oscar one of the world’s best-kept secrets? The thing is Oscar signed a new contract last year and at 23 he has plenty of years to become an even better player, so Jose Mourinho would be mad to let him go.
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Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester City. // Likelihood: Hmm… // Talking points: We kinda get the part where Modric might be deemed surplus to requirements should Real Madrid be successful with what seems like the start of a saga in their bid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the Croatian has excelled on the right side of a three-man midfield at the Bernabeu. Sure, Pogba is young and has plenty of years ahead of him but Modric, at 29, has nothing to prove. In any case, Pellegrini might not be around to oversee such a move judging by the way things went in March.
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Rumor: Liverpool to Arsenal. // Likelihood: Feels like an auction. // Talking points: It’s not hard to choose to signing an astronomical new contract but when you think you can command a massive pay increase elsewhere the best thing to do is follow the advice of your ever helpful advisers and say you are putting all talks on hold until the summer so that you can concentrate on playing soccer. There’s nothing that quite glitters like gold. Arsenal have reportedly joined the race behind Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The Daily Mail says the issue is not about money but Sterling’s unhappiness at playing in a wing-back role.