The transfer window may be shut but let’s not pretend that clubs aren’t already thinking about January when the whole merry-go-round starts afresh. We had our fair share of controversy as Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye tried to engineer moves away from their prospective clubs and those players feature again in this week’s edition. Talking of controversial behavior, there is one woman that has been having the time of her life judging by the number of column inches dedicated to her outrageous performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV awards. She has a new album out soon and has been having one big party in the USA. Ten tracks by Miley Cyrus are littering this week’s gossip. --Warren Barner
Yohan Cabaye, M, Newcastle
Rumor: Newcastle to Arsenal. Likelihood: Safe to say it's over. The scars of Cabaye’s attempted move to Arsenal over the summer look to have healed already judging by the reaction by Newcastle fans upon his selection in the starting lineup at Aston Villa. The Frenchman has now apologized for his sulky behavior which resulted in him missing the first few games of the season. Now that Arsenal have signed Mesut Ozil the Cabaye deal is dead.
Emmanuel Adebayor, F, Tottenham
Rumor: Tottenham to QPR. Likelihood: Days at White Hart Lane are all but over. It now looks like Adebayor has played his final game for Tottenham judging by recent comments from Villas-Boas. We can’t stop thinking that the big problem regarding Adebayor is his wages which are astronomically out of proportion to his talent and consequently put off potential suitors. If the Togo striker is going to drop down a division and play for QPR then Spurs will have to pay a big part of his wages as part of a loan deal.
Ross Barkley, F, Everton
Transfer: Everton to Manchester United. Likelihood: Give it some time. David Moyes is a man that knows the undisputed talent of Barkley inside out and we’d love to be a fly on the wall when it comes to discussions regarding his former Everton protégé, who has made a spectacular start at Goodison Park. Chelsea have also apparently been sending their scouts out to check on the Blues midfielder, but let’s not forget this is Barkley’s first proper season in the Premier League after a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. No-one's getting carried away yet even though Barkley really looks a top prospect.
Hugo Lloris, GK, Tottenham
Rumor: Tottenham to Monaco. Likelihood: Unlikely bet. Money-bags Monaco have been linked with a move for Spurs keeper Lloris after a summer in which the Ligue 1 club landed Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez. However, it seems that Lloris is only second choice behind Marseille’s Steve Mandanda and in any case we suspect Lloris is happy at White Hart Lane and wants to stay. Let’s not forget that he signed a four-year deal with Spurs and wouldn’t have done so if he wasn’t prepared to get his teeth stuck into AVB’s project.
Petr Cech, GK, Chelsea
Rumor: Chelsea to Barcelona. Transfer: It's possible. Victor Valdes will leave Barcelona at the end of the season which means the search is on for his replacement. Cech is thrilled to have Jose Mourinho come full circle by rejoining Chelsea but could he be tempted by a move to Camp Nou? There aren’t many players that would turn down the chance to play for the Spanish champions and Cech may be no different although he has yet to comment about his future. One story circulating the globe is that Valdes and Cech could swap places in the summer. Don’t forget Thibaut Courtois wants to fight for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge next season when his loan spell ends at Atletico Madrid.
Victor Valdes, GK, Barcelona
Rumor: Barcelona to Chelsea. Likelihood: Maybe. Valdes has reiterated his desire to leave Barcelona in the summer despite getting regular starts for the Spanish champions. We’ve already mentioned that Chelsea could be a destination for the 31-year-old goalkeeper in a possible swap deal with Petr Cech, but Arsenal and Manchester City can’t be tamed in their bid to improve their squad. A case of London calling?
Stephan El Shaarawy, F, AC Milan
Rumor: AC Milan to Tottenham. Likelihood: Spurs continue to show ambition. Gareth Bale may be history but Tottenham have certainly gone a long way to appeasing supporters with some brilliant signings like Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela which have helped propel Spurs towards the top of the table. The climb could continue if they land one of their primary targets in January -- Italy striker Stephan El Shaarawy. Villas-Boas hopes Spurs’ impressive start to the season will help persuade El Shaarawy to join his revolution but the fact remains Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League and are not guaranteed a top-four finish. El Shaarawy is happy in Milan and that’s where we expect him to stay.
Luis Suarez, F, Liverpool
Rumor: Liverpool to Real Madrid. Likelihood: Could happen in January. Liverpool may have staved off Arsenal’s bid to sign Suarez over the summer, but they now face another attack when the transfer window reopens in January from long-time admirers Real Madrid. Suarez would jump at the chance to sign for the Spanish giants, who have the cash following Mesut Ozil’s shock move to Arsenal. Sure, they spent a lot in bringing Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu but a striker of Suarez’s quality would not go amiss. Do Liverpool have the strength to resist another fight for a player that has given them so much trouble as well as goals? It could be goodbye for the Uruguayan although a lot depends on Brendan Rodgers’ stance.
Fernando Llorente, F, Juventus
Rumor: Juventus to London. Likelihood: He'll stay as long as he gets playing time. The vultures are starting to gather around Spain international Fernando Llorente, who is struggling to break out from the bench and earn his place in Juve’s starting lineup. Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the former Athletic Bilbao striker, but Juve have been quick to play down speculation regarding his future. Juve director general Beppe Marotta said: “There is no Llorente problem. Don't forget that he didn't play that regularly last season," he said. “When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we're evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.” That says it all for us and we think he’ll stay -- provided he gets regular game time fairly soon.
Wayne Rooney, F, Manchester United
Rumor: Manchester United to Arsenal. Likelihood: Still a long shot. Arsenal has reportedly not given up on signing Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney and think the high-profile capture of Mesut Ozil will help persuade the England international to join the Gunners. Rooney may try kicking and screaming his way out of Old Trafford but the fact remains United do not want to sell one of their prized assets. Rooney also seems to have been granted his wish of playing as a forward instead of the midfield role given to him in the latter stages of Sir Alex Ferguson’s regime. However, Rooney has just 18 months left on his contract and if he doesn’t want to sign another deal then United have a big decision to make next summer.