Rumor Mill: Inside look at this summer’s exciting transfer tales
Rumor: Monaco to the Premier League. // Likelihood: Leaving. // The Talk: Falcao has had a disastrous season on loan at Manchester United. After only scoring four goals all season, Falcao was recently relegated to United’s U-21s last week. Despite all the negativity surrounding his first Premier League campaign, it seems he still has potential suitors in the division, according to the latest reports. Chelsea and Tottenham are thought to be the main parties interested in a summer move. And most managers will know that once “The Wolf Is Loose” -- as shown at Atletico Madrid (scoring 70 goals in 91 appearances) -- he can’t stop banging them in! The Colombian is on $370K-a-week at Monaco and may have to lower his demands in order to get the move he desires.
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Rumor: Manchester City to Napoli. // Likelihood: Very likely. // The Talk: It’s fair to say that so far Pellegrini has overseen a “Trainwreck” of a season at Manchester City. Only an unbelievable performance at Camp Nou, coupled with a turnaround at the top of the Premier League can save the Chilean now. Ex-City star Dietmar Hamann believes his old club will sack Pellegrini at the end of the season. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was someone else in charge at City at the start of next season,” said the former Germany international. And, with Rafa Benitez set to leave Napoli at the end of the season, reports that Pellegrini could be off to Napoli may not be that wide of the mark.
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Rumor: Liverpool to Man City, Chelsea or Real Madrid. // Likelihood: Staying put. // The Talk: The Liverpool winger has reportedly turned down a new contract offer of around $148K-a-week and is holding out for parity with Daniel Sturridge’s whopping $192K-a-week deal. Sterling’s skills are truly something to “Feast Your Eyes” on and Liverpool won’t be short of interest if they do decide to sell their asset. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers this week admitted that if Sterling wanted to leave then there would be nothing the club could do to stop him. The England international has time remaining on his contract and, having just turned 20, shouldn’t be in a rush to move elsewhere.
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Rumor: Atletico Madrid to Tottenham, Southampton or Man City. // Likelihood: Why not? // The Talk: Southampton look like they have a battle on their hands to keep on-loan defender Alderweireld past the end of the season. Parent club Atletico could start a bidding war for the defender after Tottenham and Manchester City have reportedly shown interest in signing the player. There is little chance of the Saints being able to compete with the “Iron Tusk” of Manchester City on a financial scale, so they will have to hope he looks favorably on his time at St. Mary’s. The Belgian international is a key reason Southampton are high up in the Premier League table.
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Rumor: Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain. // Likelihood: Don’t bet on it. // The Talk: Ivanovic is out of contract in the summer, but remains an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side. The Blues will have to “Tread Lightly” if they are to secure the Serbian’s services for next season. Ivanovic has been offered a new one year $133K-a-week deal, but could seek a better offer elsewhere. A bumper deal from PSG (rumored in last week’s tabloids) could prove too much for him to resist. However, the Stamford Bridge outfit will be reluctant to lose a versatile defender who has scored 31 goals since his arrival in 2008.
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Rumor: Manchester City to Milan, Inter or Roma. // Likelihood: Nailed on. // The Talk: According to The Guardian, Milner is considering leaving Manchester City for clubs abroad -- the most likely destination being Italy. The City “Workhorse” has a contract that runs out at the end of this season and a move elsewhere is likely to be his last lucrative deal. The England international is on around $133K-a-week and he’ll do well to match that for the final years of his career. Having started less than half of City’s games this season, nobody could blame Milner for wanting a fresh challenge away from the Etihad. However, it may not be that straightforward, with Pellegrini hoping he signs a new deal.
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Rumor: Lazio to Liverpool. // Likelihood: Price may prove too much. // The Talk: Liverpool will be looking for a replacement for Steven Gerrard this summer after the skipper confirmed he will be leaving to join L.A. Galaxy. Jordan Henderson -- who is likely to fill the void left by the Reds legend -- is more of a “Blood And Thunder” type midfielder and may need to add more goals to his game if he is to take Gerrard’s place long-term. The Anfield side have been linked with Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson after Italian media reported that Liverpool scout Paul Goldrick watched Lazio’s 4-0 win over Fiorentina last Monday. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been impressive since making the move from Santos to Italy and could be just what Liverpool need. The $30 million asking price could prove to be the stumbling block here.
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Rumor: Dynamo Kiev to Arsenal. // Likelihood: A good fit. // The Talk: It’s rumored that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be in charge of a $74 million war chest for new players this summer. Top of his wishlist is a commanding centerback. The club have been linked to a host of defenders already this year and the latest name to be mooted is Dynamo Kiev's Dragovic. Dynamo coach Sergei Rebrov wouldn’t dismiss the rumors when asked about it recently. He said: "You are asking about one of the best players in my team and I don't want to lose this player. He is a top-class player and I hope he will stay with us, but you never know." The plot is “Thickening.”
Rumor: Manchester City to Inter Milan. // Likelihood: Looking good. // The Talk: If Manchester City don’t win anything this season then it could signal a summer exodus from the Etihad. One of the first out of the door could be Yaya Toure -- the Ivorian hasn’t been himself this season and could be ready for a fresh challenge. Roberto Mancini has been a long-term admirer of the “Crusher Destroyer” since managing City to their first Premier League title. Mancini stoked the fire last week, when admitting: "Yaya Toure is like a son to me. If there was a chance of us signing him, we'd be interested." Watch this space.
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Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United. // Likelihood: Not this summer. // The Talk: Although Cristiano Ronaldo is allegedly disillusioned with life at Real Madrid, it would take an incredible offer from Manchester United to poach him back to Old Trafford. The Sun reported that Sir Alex Ferguson dined with the Real Madrid superstar after their 4-3 home defeat to Schalke in the UEFA Champions League, sending rumors flying about a potential return. Despite “All The Heavy Lifting” from CR7 this term -- scoring an incredible 41 goals for his team -- he and his teammates have come in for criticism after their recent slump in form. However, everything could change if Real Madrid can win this weekend’s Clasico against arch-rivals Barcelona. This transfer will no doubt happen in the future, but this summer window could be too soon.