Most of the time, the Rumor Redux focuses on the big ticket items - the lush displays we put in the middle of the showroom and force you to walk buy on your way to the bargain binat the back of the shop. Today, however, we're going to focus on a few of those values - the players who more cash-conscious clubs will try to leverage. Yeah, on our way back out of the store, we're gonna show you a plasma display or two, but on a day where most of the big news shifts from rumor mongering to Champions League, some otherwise overlooked players deserve our attention. Here's today's Rumor Redux - the day's top five rumors, a list distilled from the morning Paper Chase.
Rogelio Funes Mori, F, River Plate
Rumor: To Fiorentina Likelihood: Low Former Sueno MLS winner Rogelio Funes Mori had been a regular with River Plate in Argentina since joining the club in 2009, but with the post-relegation injection of talent the club's seen since being demoted (Fernando Cavenaghi, Alejandro Dominguez), the former FC Dallas trainee has had difficulty getting playing time. While the talented attacker appeared 45 times in his first two years at River, he's made only six appearances in the second tier, four as a substitute before suffering a broken metatarsal at the beginning of October. That hasn't kept his name from being linked with a move to Europe, with Fiorentina and Benfica cited as potential destinations by the Italian press. Still only 20-years-old, a move to either club may be premature, though in support of Alberto Gilardino in Fiorentina's three forward attack, Funes Mori may see have a more direct line to playing time at the Artemio Franchi.
Nicolas Blandi, F, Boca Juniors
Rumor: To Juventus Likelihood: Low Another young Argentine talent Serie A clubs may be looking to get on the (relative) cheap, Blandi has only appeared six times for Boca since returning to the Bombanera this summer from Argentinos Juniors. In his last two matches, however, Blandi has given coach Julio Falconi reason to reconsider his depth chart, scoring four goals in his first two starts of the seasons, quickly becoming the club's top scorer in the Apertura. Because Blandi's star has shot up so quickly over the last two weeks, it's difficult to take this rumor too seriously. While it's not unheard of for a club to buy based on very little information, most pursuits are more drawn out, and a club like Juventus (or Palermo, to whom he's also been linked) will need more than a fortnight's success to commit.
Marouane Chamakh, F, Arsenal
Rumor: To Bordeaux Likelihood: Low On the surface, this makes sense. Chamakh, confidence shaken from his jump to England, just wants to go where he feels comfortable. Bordeaux was the place he made his career, and while that club has since stumbled, the Arsenal-man just wants to get his feet under him. But things aren't that drastic for Marouane. For many, there are questions about why he hasn't been better utilized at Arsenal, with Chamakh's lack of production more a reflection of how he's being used than how he's performed. Chamakh's reputation has not been so tarnished that a club like Marseille would necessarily pass. Paris Saint-Germain could also use the Moroccan international. Chamakh may be shaken, but there's not need to retreat to a club that, since his departure, has become a non-factor in Ligue 1.
Vincent Kompany, D, Manchester City
Rumor: To Real Madrid Likelihood: Low Real Madrid has no realistic need for Kompany, but the idea of Manchester City's captain being pried away from Eastlands is intriguing. Were a big, traditional power able to get somebody like Kompany from City, it would represent a major credibility hit to the Citizens' project. This wouldn't be like Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Manchester United for a club to whom he had significant cultural ties. This would be the captain of a club that aspires to be the world's biggest leaving for a traditional titan who'd want the player as no more than a marginal improvement for their squad. If City can't retain a player under those circumstances, they're close to the limit of how much they can grow.
Neven Subotic, D, Borussia Dortmund
Rumor: To Manchester United Likelihood: Low Yesterday, we mentioned the major problem with the idea of Rio Ferdinand being sold is United's squad. The team doesn’t have a lot of alternatives in central defense, a deficiency buying Sebotic would address. Normally, this would be the place where we mention price being an issue, but this is Manchester United. When they want somebody, they find a way to get them. Remember how much they paid for Dimitar Berbatov? Beyond United's problems in central defense, Subotic makes sense on a number of levels. He's young, good, proven, and Serbia's central defense partner for Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic. And with the Red Devils' shopping list only having one other item (central midfield, written in all-caps at the top of the list), United can afford to splurge on a big ticket purchase. Want more rumors? Check out yesterday's version of the Redux.