In need of a quick rumor fix or two? How about five? Welcome to FOX Soccer’s Rumor Redux. With ‘international’ Tuesday out of the way, we present you the best rumors that hit the grinder on Wednesday. We start off by sending our best wishes to Guus Hiddink, who terminated his contract with Turkey by “mutual consent” following the Turks failure to reach Euro 2012 last night. A friend of the Rumor Redux family, Hiddink shouldn’t be on the unemployment line for too long, as the former South Korean and Australia manager is rumored to take over the Ajax sporting director post in 2012. "I've not made up my mind about the future yet," Hiddink said. "I'm not ready to retire, I like to be involved with a team on a daily basis, but maybe I am ready to step out of the limelight a little bit, away from the cameras.” We doubt it Guus. Even though you didn’t reach your goal with Turkey, we’re sure that you’ll receive numerous offers from teams during the summer. And with that, we move to the day’s top rumors, a list distilled from this morning’s Paper Chase.
David Villa, F, FC Barcelona
Rumor: headed to Manchester City. Likelihood: low. Nobody could have ever imagined that just a year and a half after landing at Barcelona that the Spaniard would be the unexpected star of the transfer market. With his current dip of form and alleged poor relationship with Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, ‘El Guaje’ is now the center of a sensational rumor that would see him bolt to Manchester City for outcast, Carlos Tevez, and left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov. Before we dismiss this rumor, we must note that Barcelona would receive the players needed on their agenda (i.e. striker and left-back) if this deal were to go through While Man City boss Roberto Mancini is prepared to offload Tevez in January, we cannot see the Italian approving a deal involving Kolarov leaving Etihad Stadium. As tempting as it would be to see a reunion of Villa and David Silva in the EPL, so too would be the combination of Tevez and Messi at Barca. Nonetheless, there are simply too many roadblocks (i.e. money) for this deal to happen and we’ll have to wait and see how this drama will play out.
Edinson Cavani, F, Napoli
Rumor: headed to Chelsea. Likelihood: low. Although his scoring tally this season is down compared to last year’s campaign, there’s no doubt that Cavani’s still one of the most feared strikers in Serie A. Rumors continue to surface that the Uruguayan international will leave the Naples based club to Stamford Bridge in 2012. However, in a recent interview with Radio Mana Mana, the 24-year-old seemed compelled to squash any transfer rumor involving his name. “My future is here, I have no doubt. The season is long and complicated and I’m just focused on Saturday’s game against Lazio,” said the striker to the Italian program. For now, it seems that Cavani’s suitors will have to wait. We expect the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to inquire about his services, but a move out of Serie A for the former Palermo striker looks less likely this season.
Shinji Kagawa, M/F, Borussia Dortmund
Rumor: headed to Liverpool. Likelihood: low. With 12 points separating them from the top of the EPL table, Liverpool looks to strengthen their squad in the transfer market in hopes of securing a Champions League spot. According to several reports from England, the Reds have tapped the Japanese international as the player to help them get over the hump for the second half of the season. Liverpool’s rumored bid for Kagawa is scheduled to be around €14 million, although the offer could increase due to the midfielder’s complicated buy-out clause. The proposed addition of the 22-year-old to Anfield would allow the likes of Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing to play center midfield, while Kagawa would venture off to the winger position. With Borussia Dortmund still fighting for the Bundesliga top spot, the defending champs would probably hesitate to pull the trigger on Kagawa in January. If Liverpool’s still interested in the player after the winter window, the former Cerezo Osaka footballer could leave to the EPL riches next summer.
Ibrahim Afellay, M/W, FC Barcelona
Rumor: headed to PSV. Likelihood: medium. The Dutch attacking midfielder had an unfortunate start to the season and is currently sidelined through injury, having ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee back in September. Still in the rehabilitation process, Afellay still needs another three months to return and may not be considered as a first team option for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. In a move to help the player rediscover his sharpness and match fitness, Afellay’s former club PSV, may step in the eleventh hour for the 25-year-old’s services in January, so that midfielder can secure playing time in the Eredivisie league. Considering the circumstances, this is really not a bad idea. Afellay will certainly not get the repetitions needed at the Barca lineup to earn a place in Bert van Marwijk’s Dutch squad for Euro 2012. PSV’s solution seems reasonable, but whether Barcelona will see it the same way remains to be seen.
Martin Montoya, D, FC Barcelona
Rumor: headed to Roma. Likelihood: high. We've touched on this rumor before here at the Rumor Redux. The latest word from Rome suggests that Roma manager Luis Enrique and Montoya's representatives closed an agreement during the international break. The move makes complete sense, as Enrique was one of the one's that helped Montoya shine in Barcelona's B team last season. The 20-year-old wants playing time and the move to the Serie A club would mean a fresh start for the Spanish defender's professional career. An official announcement of the deal is expected in the next couple of weeks.