Rumor Mill: New month means new faces in this week’s list
Rumor: Real Madrid to AC Milan. // Likelihood: Sounds familiar. // Reasons: Just last week, it was Madrid teammate Isco linked with a Milan loan move in two months. This week, it's another Spanish midfielder in Illarramendi. It was all so promising for Illarra when Real signed him for $39 million from Real Sociedad in July 2013 -- the highest fee Real have ever paid for a Spaniard. Limited chances and 36 games later and everything has changed for the 24-year-old. Milan could capitalize on their harmonious relationship with Ancelotti's men, and we have this deal down as a go.
Getty ImagesManuel Queimadelos Alonso
Rumor: Roma to Tottenham. // Likelihood: A great fit. // Reasons: "I can only do my talking on the pitch. I try to score when I have the opportunity. [Should I be given] more opportunities? That's up to the coach." They don't exactly sound like words from a happy striker. No wonder, as Destro has started just half of Roma's Serie A games this season, despite scoring five goals. For months now, Spurs have been linked. With Harry Kane their best striker at the minute, they could definitely do with the firepower. Mauricio Pochettino ought to get the bid ready for Jan 1.
AFP/Getty ImagesFILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Rumor: Heading to Real Sociedad. // Likelihood: Could be a good fit. // Reasons: Remember this guy? He's been without a job ever since his sacking before the end of last season at Manchester United. Looking at it, did he do that bad? United were seventh when he was sacked. Over $300 million in investments and a new manager in Louis van Gaal later, they sit tenth in the Premier League table. After second-from-bottom Real Sociedad sacked Jagoba Arrasate last week after one win from their opening 10 games, Moyes has emerged as a shock lead contender for the job. He'll be asking them to just give me love after his failed Old Trafford stint, and we think it's finally time for the Scot to rebuild his managerial reputation.
Man Utd via Getty ImagesJohn Peters
Rumor: Barcelona to Chelsea. // Likelihood: Makes no sense // Reasons: Reports in the English media have seen Mr. Shakira linked to the current Premier League leaders. There's just one small bump: Actually, make that two. Firstly, Barca's transfer ban coupled with their lack of defensive options means they're likely unwilling to sell. Secondly, why would Chelsea want him for the reported near-$45 million fee? We don't buy it and neither should you.
Getty ImagesVI Images via Getty Images
Rumor: Tottenham to Real Madrid. // Likelihood: The natural step? // Reasons: With Real flying high this season with the latest batch of Galacticos, would Carlo Ancelotti have any reason to change the side? The one position which could come under scrutiny is in goal, as despite Iker Casillas' rejuvenation this season, he's coming to the end of his career. Rumors are abound that Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris is a $32 million target. It could be a case of "you need me, I don't need you" for the Frenchman, who may have finally outgrown the underperforming London side.
AFP/Getty ImagesIAN KINGTON
Rumor: Liverpool to Napoli. // Likelihood: Probably not, but... // Reasons: You'd be forgiven for watching Liverpool's new striker this season and coming to the conclusion that he is out-of-sorts. Balotelli's struggles have even seen him linked with a move back home, as former Reds boss Rafael Benitez is a reported punch-drunk admirer at Napoli. Would Mario leave just six months after stepping through the gates at Anfield? Perhaps not in January, but if performances don't pick up by next season, Brendan Rodgers may cut his losses on the Italian.
AFP/Getty ImagesPAUL ELLIS
Rumor: Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich. // Likelihood: Could be a matter of time. // Reasons: He did his best to help beat them despite defeat in Der Klassiker, but could Reus be joining The A Team in Germany? Unlikely. His postmatch hug-snub to Lewandowski -- a man who swapped Dortmund for Bayern last season -- wasn't exactly subtle. He could well leave next summer, but he won't follow in the footsteps of Lewandowski and Mario Goetze.
Bongarts/Getty ImagesAlexander Hassenstein
Rumor: Paris St. Germain to anywhere. // Likelihood: Not anymore. // Reasons: Not long ago the Uruguayan international was seemingly complaining every day to the press about his situation at PSG. The striker was linked to the Premier League in particular as his annoyance at not starting in a central role was unraveled. This season however, he's the man. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury worries have given Cavani his chance. Six goals in 14 games has done the trick, and the possibility of him departing the Parc des Princes lessens by the second.
Getty ImagesJean Catuffe
Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United. // Likelihood: No chance. // Reasons: Looks like transfer silly season is upon us. According to one English newspaper, the world's most expensive footballer is no longer seen as a guaranteed starter for Carlo Ancelotti (what?!), and Louis van Gaal is circling to line him up alongside Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Paddy McNair. Wake me up when this rumor finally dies down.
Real Madrid via Getty ImagesVictor Carretero
Rumor: Liverpool to New York Cosmos // Likelihood: Can't see it. // Reasons: This season more than ever, the spotlight has fallen on Gerrard at Liverpool. However, it's not been for the best reasons, as his performances are dwindling as his 34 years catch up on him. Things are so bad that there is talk that the Reds may not renew the contract of their talisman, which runs out next summer. Clubs are understandably monitoring the situation, with the New York Cosmos reportedly lining up a stunning bid. After the NY outfit bagged Real Madrid legend Raul, they’re after another marquee name, and Gerrard would be a brilliant signing. The City, with Manuel Pellegrini not ruling out a move, are also interested. We can't see him ever leaving Anfield, no matter the situation.