Rumor Mill: Gundogen to Liverpool? Muller to Chelsea?
Rumor: Leicester City to Valencia // Likelihood: A long shot // The Talk: According to the Daily Star Sunday, new Valencia manager Gary Neville has urged the club to snap up Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. The forward has been in great form this season, scoring in a record 11 EPL games in a row. However, Neville has only joined the club on a five-month contract and I can't see this one happening. Vardy will either pen a new deal at the King Power Stadium or join one of the Premier League giants.
Rumor: Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool // Likelihood: One for next summer // The Talk: Ilkay Gundogan has admitted his Borussia Dortmund future is uncertain and that Liverpool have a 'good team and great coach,' reports the Daily Mail. Gundogen, 25, joined Dortmund in the summer of 2011 and was signed by Jurgen Klopp. The Germany international penned a contract extension with Dortmund in the summer until June 2017. That would mean Dortmund would have to sell in January or next summer to maximize any transfer value they are to receive for the player. One of Gundogen's strengths is his versatility across midfield, which could prove attractive to Klopp.
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Rumor: QPR to Newcastle, Sunderland or Southampton // Likelihood: Definitely possible this January // The Talk: The Daily Express reports that EPL strugglers Newcastle United and Sunderland plus Southampton are on red alert with QPR striker Charlie Austin hoping his form can attract the 'right opportunity' going into the transfer window. Austin scored 18 goals in the EPL last season but QPR were eventually relegated and the striker would surely fancy a return to the top flight.
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Rumor: Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United // Likelihood: A long shot // The Talk: According to the Daily Express, PSG's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is being lined up by Manchester United as part of their summer spending plans, providing the Parisians find a big-name replacement. United have struggled for goals this season and need to bring in a proven goalscorer, but with PSG already looking likely to lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic next summer, would the club allow two of their big stars to leave?
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Liverpool or Real Madrid // Likelihood: A real possibility // The Talk: Xabi Alonso's current contract at German champions Bayern Munich is up at the end of the season and the Daily Star Sunday reports that former clubs Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to battle it out for the midfielder. Alonso, 34, won the Champions League with both Liverpool and Real Madrid, plus the World Cup and European Championships (twice) with Spain. But he could be set for one last challenge back at Anfield or the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Rumor: Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea // Likelihood: Very possible // The Talk: The Sun reports that Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is refusing to sign a new deal with Paris Saint-German and links the forward with a move to Chelsea. The striker's current contract at PSG runs out in June 2016 and after winning league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, he may fancy one last high-profile move and has never played in the Premier League before.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Valencia // Likelihood: Definitely maybe // The Talk: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is under big pressure after the Blues suffered another defeat at the weekend, this time losing 1-0 at home to Premier League new boys Bournemouth. The 'Special One' could be sacked this week by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, according to reports. And The Sun revealed last week that Gary Neville may only be keeping the Valencia hot seat warm for Mourinho. Neville has joined Valencia on a five-month contract so there will be a vacancy on the bench at the Mestalla from next summer. Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, is a key adviser to Valencia owner Peter Lim and if the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach does leave Stamford Bridge at some point this season, I can see this managerial switch happening.
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Manchester United // Likelihood: A great shout // The Talk: The Sun reports that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola could be prepared to take a 12-month break to make sure he lands the Manchester United job. Guardiola's deal at Bayern runs until next summer, whereas current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is on a contract until June 2017. Guardiola has often been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent months, with former Barcelona directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain now working as City's chief executive and director of football respectively. But could Guardiola instead end up at Old Trafford? It definitely seems possible. And Guardiola had a year's sabbatical between his time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. This is definitely one to keep an eye on.
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Rumor: Atletico Madrid to Chelsea // Likelihood: Unlikely in January // The Talk: Chelsea have made Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann their No. 1 target for the January transfer window, according to The Sun. I can see Griezmann joining Chelsea at some point and the Blues are in need of goals with Diego Costa struggling to replicate his form of last season. However, I doubt Atletico would allow one of their star players to leave in the winter transfer window, especially as Diego Simeone's men are second in the table and only two points off leaders Barcelona.
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Rumor: Bayern Munich to Chelsea // Likelihood: Doubtful // The Talk: The Daily Mirror last week reported that Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester United for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller. The Germany international striker has won everything with Bayern and may be tempted by a move to the EPL, in which case both Chelsea and Manchester United would be interested in a striker of such quality. But even if Chelsea want to bring in Muller, surely Manchester United are in pole position for the player's services. At this rate, Chelsea may not even be in the Champions League next season, which is a prerequisite for any player of Muller's standing.