In need of a quick rumor fix or two? How about five? Welcome to FOX Soccer's Rumor Redux. With the international break ahead, we present you the best rumors in cyberspace on Monday that will get you past the soccer idle stage this week. We start off by congratulating our Rumor Redux friend David Beckham, as his Los Angeles Galaxy secured a spot in the MLS Cup Final last night at The Home Depot Center. Beckham, who's in the final year of his contract with LA, will get a chance to play for championship against the Houston Dynamo on November 20 in Los Angeles. With speculation of a potential move to PSG in January, one can only wonder if the final will be the last time Beckham will suit up in Galaxy uniform. We can only wait and see. And with that, we move to the top transfer rumors, a list distilled from today's Paper Chase.
Nemanja Vidic, D, Manchester United
Rumor: headed to Real Madrid. Likelihood: low. Despite the financial investments made on the defensive end, Real Madrid have been linked in recent days to the Manchester United captain for a possible transfer move. With Jose Mourinho starting Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the midfield, Vidic is seen as an option to increase the depth of the center back position for ‘Los Merengues.’ Reports published by The People suggest that Real Madrid is willing to put €12 million on the table for the 30-year-old in January, so that defender can join the rank of Ramos, Pepe, Raul Albiol, Ricardo Carvalho, and Raphael Varene. Though still considered by many as one of the best defenders in the world, Vidic’s form has dropped a bit in recent weeks, which makes Mourinho’s interest in the player that much more interesting to say the least. With other important fixtures left in the calendar this season, we highly doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson will let Vidic leave Old Trafford in January.
Eden Hazard, M/W, Lille
Rumor: headed to Tottenham. Likelihood: low. Willing to become a real alternative to the established EPL powers, Tottenham has set out on an ambitious goal for 2012: the land Lille’ prized gem Eden Hazard. To overcome the small step that separates them from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, Spurs are not ruling out the prospect of a large investment from their board members in the winter, that could allow them to pursue the services of the Belgian international in January. More specifically, reports from Metro indicate that the London squad is prepared to launch a sensational €52 million bid for the 20-year-old starlet. Unfortunately for the White Hart Lane entity, the same paper notes that clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Real Madrid are also willing to dish a similar offer to the Ligue 1 club. We enjoy the fact that Tottenham is stepping up to the plate and going out for top talent in the world. Though we’re hesitant to declare them the early winners of the Hazard sweepstakes, this new nugget of information will keep Tottenham in the transfer conversation come January.
Christian Eriksen, M, Ajax
Rumor: headed to Manchester City. Likelihood: low. Eriksen continues to accumulate interest from European clubs after making impressive performances with Ajax. The 19-year-old is now rumored to be in Manchester City’s radar for a possible move in the 2012 transfer window. The teenage starlet helped Denmark qualify for the European championships and Manchester City is determined to compete against EPL rivals Chelsea and Arsenal goal for the Danish footballer. The goal for all clubs of course, is to land the rising young star before he explodes the international scene at the European championships next summer. With all the clubs in the picture, we really cannot predict where Eriksen will land in the future. The fact that Chelsea and Manchester City have unlimited financial resources leads us to believe that they’re the early favorites, which isn’t saying much to be honest. We’re just going to have to wait and see how this sage will unfold.
Hulk, W/F, FC Porto
Rumor: headed to Real Madrid. Likelihood: low. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has always had an infatuation with Brazilian wingers and forwards (i.e. Ronaldo, Robinho, Julio Baptista, Kaka) in the past. Lately, the Spanish businessman has allowed his football directors to manage the team to their own standards, which has resulted into impressive signings and results for the La Liga giants. Well, from the looks of it, Perez now seems inclined to rekindle his Brazilian ‘obsession’ by making the FC Porto talisman a priority for Madrid come January. Hulk has been in the transfer talks ever since the start of the season and will continue to be a player sought after by other European clubs. Jose Mourinho recently praised the 25-year-old forward in a recent interview in Portugal and has hinted that Madrid could make a move for the Brazilian international as soon as the market opens in two months. However, like every other transfer rumor, it’s too early to tell how sincere Madrid’s interest in Hulk is at the moment. We need to see more ‘wooing’ from Real Madrid’s camp before we can elevate this rumor to a satisfactory level. Until then, we’ll save you all the trouble and categorize this as ‘low.’
Riccardo Montolivo, M, Fiorentina
Rumor: headed to AC Milan in January. Likelihood: medium. Montilivo visits our Rumor Redux circle once again. But this time, we’re sure that the Italian midfielder will leave Fiorentina before the start of next season; hence, the ‘medium’ likelihood level. As you may already know, Montilivo’s contract expires in June and Milan has been rumored to make a clean swoop of the 26-year-old for some time. With Antonio Cassano’s status uncertain, Rossoneri officials are looking for possible reinforcements in the central midfield and forward positions. Montilivo would be the perfect addition for Milan, but the Serie A giants will face stiff competition from Inter Milan and Manchester United, who are still fighting to land the former Viola captain. Milan is in a position to offer a competitive bid for Montolivo. Will Fiorentina finally surrender the Italian international to the San Siro side? Only time will tell.