The Rumor Redux isn't big on turkey, though we're certainly in the Thanksgiving spirit, wondering which players around the world could soon have a number of reasons (Euros) to feel thankful. For example, if you were offered a huge contract, part of a £50 million purchase price, and a move from London to Barcelona, wouldn't you feel thankful? Or perhaps you’re a young professional whose exceptional work is about to pay off with a high-salaried move to one of the biggest and fastest growing companies in the world? Who needs turkey when you can afford to buy kobe steak? On today's Rumor Redux - our daily distillation of the morning's Paper Chase - we look at five players who could soon have many reason to give thanks.
Joe Cole, F, Lille
Rumor: Will permanently move to Lille from Liverpool Likelihood: Very good Liverpool don't want him.Lille does. Cole seems happy in France, though there is one thing that could derail this seemingly perfect move: If a big London-based club were to come in and offer to bring Cole home, he'd have to reconsider his newfound affinity for crepes and cigarettes. Chelsea won't be interested, but he'd be a good fit at Tottenham. Arsenal would also be wise to see if they can make a value buy here, though who knows what Arsene Wegner's got planned. Those clubs can spend more than Lille, have systems which would utilize Cole, and could allow Joe to move back to his beloved Londontown. Spurs or Arsenal could derail a permanent shift to Ligue 1. More: Lille confident of keeping Cole
Kaka, M, Real Madrid
Rumor: To Chelsea Likelihood: Low Whereas mid-fall Kaka looked set to strangle some minutes out of Jose Mourinho, now the normal pecking order has been restored at the Bernabeu. Kaka is healthy and still can't find a regular place in The Special One's starting XI, so it's probably time for him to go. One problem with a move remains: Real Madrid is willing to hold on to Kaka if they can't get sufficient return on their investment. Where Florentino Perez forked over near €70 million for Kaka, the sale price is going to be incredibly high. Even if Real Madrid is willing to accept a loss, would they go below, say, €40 million? And if no, who would pay that price, now two-and-a-half years since Kaka has been a world class player? More: Kaka out of Madrid's Valencia clash
Gareth Bale, LM, Tottenham
Rumor: To Barcelona Likelihood: Low For the second time this fall, Barcelona sent scouts to watch Bale play, according to the rumors. The evaluation Spurs have put on their most valued asset: £50 million. For Barcelona fans, this rumor should be disheartening. While Bale is of obvious quality, he is a poor fit for what Barcelona does. Bale does not work in tight spaces, using deft touch and subtle movements to pick apart packed in defenses. Bale is the colt you let run in open spaces. But that may be exactly why Barcelona's interested. They may again fell a need to - to quote Wu Tang - "diversify [their] bonds," much like they did when they brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic in two years ago. But that didn't work, and it wasn't because Ibra is a bad player or wasn't productive. He just didn't fit Barcelona's style, a style about which they've developed a certain dogmatism. More: Is Barcelona weighing up Bale move?
Edinson Cavani, F, Napoli
Rumor: To Manchester City Likelihood: Low Napoli is entering this netherworld where players like Cavani and Marek Hamsik could leave in huge deals or they could affirm their commitment to a club that's on the verge of becoming a permanent player at the top of its league. If the latter's to happen, they're going to have to weather a storm wioth Cavani, one which will draw in the biggest clubs in England, Spain, and Italy. You just don't find a lot of players like Cavani in today's game. Where the prevalence of a traditional No. 9 is (temporarily?) out of fashion, Cavani can play that role while having the athleticism and skill to attack from wider positions. Add it all together and you have a highly productive, nearly one-of-a-kind player who fits almost any system, a combination which creates demand that can only be survived by clubs with both needs and means. Manchester City, with Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli supported by Sergio Aguero, is a little short on need, and if you look at the squads of some of the other major players in the world transfer market, you'll find a number of club who would pay top dollar should the Uruguayan goal machine become available. More: Cavani happy to stay at Napoli Napoli president: Money isn't everything Cavani double puts City's CL in doubt
David Beckham, M, LA Galaxy
Rumor: Is "ready to join" Paris Saint-Germain Likelihood: Low The "ready to join" wording is from The Sun, and it's probably far too strong. But, that's the way you sell papers, right? The more likely scenario: Beckham's representatives are going to try and get the best offer possible from PSG, and only then will Beckham have to sit down with his management and wife and decide if the family will be uprooted and move to France. For now, it's more likely Beckham's taking it slow: Enjoying time with his family, away from daily practices or treatment, realizing he's still weeks away from being able to join whomever be chooses. Why rush it? More: Leonardo: PSG has started Beckham talks Pastore would welcome Beckham at PSG Euro clubs chase Beckham signature Voices Heard Media