In need of a quick rumor fix or two? How about five? Welcome to FOX Soccer’s Rumor Redux. With so many reports out in the open, we consolidated the best rumors that Tuesday has to offer in today’s edition. We start off by analyzing David Beckham’s recent claim that Manchester City will not win the Premier League title this season. Quoted in Idonesia during LA Galaxy’s Asian tour, Beckham stated that City doesn’t stand a chance and that “Manchester United have more experience” and know how win championships. Look, we understand Becks’ loyalty to his former club, But last time we checked, City stands five points atop the EPL table with a staggering 31 goal differential. Though the league has a long way to go, the fact is that City is clearly the best club in the EPL at the moment. And with that, we move to the day’s top rumors, a list distilled from this morning’s Paper Chase.
Ricardo Carvalho, D, Real Madrid
Rumor: headed out of Real Madrid in the winter. Likelihood: low. Remember when talk of Carvalho exiting the Santiago Bernabeu outfit dominated the Rumor Redux cycle? Well, we’re going to back track on that talk just a bit. Yes, the 33-year-old’s contract ends at the end of season. And yes, offers from Turkey and Russia continue to pour in for the former Portuguese international. But the fact is that Real's playing terrific football with Carvalho in the line-up, which leaves us to believe that the defender will stay at the club at least until the end of the season. We’re confident that the former Chelsea and Porto footballer will reappear in transfer talks in the future. But if we’re to believe Marca’s daily report, expect the reliable center back to stay with Real Madrid, for now.
Paulo Henrique Ganso, M, Santos
Rumor: headed to Manchester United in January. Likelihood: low. Despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that Manchester United will hit the open market in January, reports from Brazil indicate that our friend Ganso could land at Old Trafford as soon as January. As reported previously here at the Rumor Redux, Santos has a complicated buy-out clause for the 22-year-old starlet, which is believed to be around €30 million. This nugget, plus Fergie’s word, should be enough for United to bow out of the race, right? Well, maybe not. With Santos participating in the world club championship later next month, Ganso will have the chance to showcase his skills to a bigger (hint, European) audience. Even if they’re not willing to shop this winter, United should throw their name in the Ganso ringer right away to negotiate a fair deal if possible.
Carlos Tevez, F, Manchester City
Rumor: headed to AC Milan. Likelihood: low. Yes, we already know. You’re probably sick and tired of Tevez being mentioned in the Rumor Redux circle again. But the truth is that the Argentine forward will leave Man City sooner than later. But with recent news that AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani prefers a loan move instead of outright purchases this winter, leads us to believe that a move for the troubled striker might be out of the question for the Serie A giant. So what will it be City? When it comes down to it, something has to give in this ongoing drama. Man City wants to sell the player with their conditions attached, but don’t seem interested in loan move whatsoever. At this point, they might have to reassess their stance and consider this as the only alternative.
Mario Gotze, M, Borussia Dortmund
Likelihood: headed to Real Madrid. Rumor: medium. Real Madrid has recently expressed their desire to enter the Gotze transfer sweepstakes once again, with the 19-year-old terrorizing Bundesliga defenders at Borussia Dortmund. Recent reports from Germany suggest that Real Madrid officials visited Dortmund headquarters earlier this week, in hopes of negotiating talks for the German starlet. Officials centered their talks around Gotze’s transfer price tag, which is rumored to be around €30 million. Although the transfer amount might be bit too high for a player that has only made 44 appearances in top flight European competition, Real Madrid will continue to be contenders for the young playmaker. As Madrid fans know, price is never an issue at the Santiago Bernabeu and we expect president Florentino Perez to throw a ‘full-court’ press on Gotze come transfer season.
Ricardo Costa, D, Valencia
Rumor: headed to Espanyol. Likelihood: medium. Costa reappears on the Rumor Redux cycle, but this time the rumor has more weight. Radio Catalunya reports that the Parakeets are willing to dish a competitive offer for the Euro 2012 hopeful, as the Portuguese defender has taken a back seat at the Mestalla this season. In hopes of attaining a Europa league place in 2012, Espanyol are in the market for an experienced defender and have targeted the 30-year-old as the player needed to reach that goal. Event though the footballer has other club’s interested (i.e. Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano), the move to Espanyol makes the most sense. If the Barcelona club can meet Valencia’s €8 million price, expect Costa to play at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat in 2012.