In need of a quick rumor fix or two? How about five? Welcome to FOX Soccer’s Rumor Redux. With the winter transfer window only weeks away, we present you the best soccer rumors that Sunday has to offer across the globe. We start off today’s edition by sending our best wishes to former Juventus striker and French international David Trezeguet, who unexpectedly terminated his one-year contract with United Arab Emirates club Baniyas. Fearing that he couldn’t deliver on his expectations, Trezeguet’s honesty was applauded by interim coach Salem al-Orfi and current teammates. With some many memorable moments in his career, Trezeguet has yet to decide if he will retire from football or contemplate a move to another club. Either way, we here at the Rumor Redux will always have a soft spot for Trezeguet in our soccer hearts. And with that, we move to the day’s top football rumors, a list ‘gently’ distilled from this morning’s Paper Chase.
Sandro, M, Tottenham Hotspur
Rumor: headed to AC Milan. Likelihood: low. With the highly-touted Brazilian not having much continuity at Tottenham at the moment, Milan’s revitalized their interest to take Sandro to the Italian game in the winter. This isn’t the first time that Sandro has been linked to a move with the Serie A champions in his young career. Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri made a strong play for the 22-year-old early this past summer, only to get downright rejected from the London based club. Yet, CalcioMercato.com reports that Spurs are willing to entertain offers for the defensive midfielder now that Scott Parker has cemented his place in Harry Redknapp’s starting eleven. Milan’s decision to bring in a midfielder doesn’t come as surprise. With injuries and age being a primary concern in the midfield position (i.e. Gennaro Gattuso, Marc van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf), the Rossoneri camp could benefit with Sandro’s addition. The main question here is if Milan’s €20 million offer is good enough Tottenham. We don’t think that it is, but it’s certainly a negotiating starting point for both clubs.
Daniel De Rossi, M, Roma
Rumor: headed to Manchester City. Likelihood: low. With the uncertainty of his future at Roma, De Rossi returns to the Redux family and continues to raise tremendous excitement in the rumor mill, with the latest word claiming Manchester City have rekindled their efforts to land the Italian international to Etihad Stadium. Even with the apparent logjam at the midfield position, City boss Roberto Mancini’s shopping wish this winter is to land ‘Captain Futuro,’ after claiming that De Rossi is a “superb player and one of the few who would be able to blend in with a top team.” Though his contract ends in June, many suitors aren’t waiting until the summer to lure the 28-year-old away from the Eternal city. Clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea have also tracked the player’s contract negotiations, but probably will not offer the reported sum (€40 million) that City is prepared to offer the Italian club. Will De Rossi remain loyal to Roma or decide to leave for the riches of EPL? It’s too close to call, but we’ll closely monitor any new developments.
Guus Hiddink, manager, unemployed
Rumor: headed to Anzhi Makhachkala. Likelihood: low, for now. There’s no denying that the Dutch coach is considered one of the most brilliant coaching minds in football history. Despite his recent failure with the Turkish national team, Hiddink still has the credibility to land another managerial spot, with Russian club Anzhi rumored as his next destination. After the firing of Gadzhi Gadzhiyev back in September, Russian billionaire Suleiman Kermiov has expressed his interest to land the experienced 65-year-old Dutchman to take Anzhi to the pillars of European football. Nonetheless, Hiddink has told the Russian club that he needs some time to weigh up his options and decide his next coaching move. Just when he’ll decide remains a mystery. Though clubs like Chelsea and PSG could be possible destinations for Hiddink, Anzhi remains as a legitimate option in the immediate future, due to the club’s big-spending owner and Hiddink’s familiarity of Russia football; as he once coached the Russian national team for four years.
Alvaro Pereira, D/M, FC Porto
Rumor: headed to Chelsea in 2012. Likelihood: medium. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas continues to insist on his former Porto winger as a possible reinforcement to the West London club for 2012 after missing out on the Uruguayan international this past summer. One of the major stumbling blocks for the move earlier this year involved Pereira’s complicated buy-out clause with the Portuguese club, which according to recent reports, has now changed due to the restructured contract that he signed with Porto back in October. With the release clause now set at a reasonable €25 million, the versatile player seems primed for a move to Chelsea. ‘The Blues’ obviously need different playing options in the left flank, with Ashley Cole being the only player in Villas-Boas’ roster to handle the position’s multiple responsibilities. Will Pereira be that option for the Stamford Bridge club? The prognosis looks favorable, which is why we’re categorizing this as medium.
'Lucho' Gonzalez, M, Olympique de Marseille
Rumor: headed to Malaga. Likelihood: medium. Gonzalez reappears in our circle yet again, but this time new suitor Malaga is rumored to poach the disgruntled Argentine playmaker away from the Ligue 1 side in the winter transfer window. Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has left ‘Lucho’ on the bench in recent weeks, which has prompted many to speculate the 30-year-old’s future with the club. With Arsenal being another destination option for the midfielder, Malaga officials have stepped in recently to Gonzalez’s camp to gage the player’s willingness to leave France for the Spanish game. And apparently, ‘Lucho’ and his agent Federico Simonian have embraced the idea of venturing away from Stade Velodrome in 2012. Simoniain was quoted as telling L’Equipe recently that Gonzalez wants to “leave and play in a championship that is better than Ligue 1.” Add this nugget to the fact that Malaga’s willing to offer a competitive offer to Marseille and a high salary bonus to Gonzalez, should be enough to make this rumor turn into a reality in January.