With the league season wrapped up in most parts of Europe and very limited footballing action left, there’s a growing smell of something we’ve been acquainted with frequently – TRANSFER RUMORS!
To most regulars and football addicts, this time period definitely has to be, HANDS DOWN, the most ‘AMUSING and BEGUILING’ phase of the season.
Let me tell you why exactly.
Firstly, you’ll find several, and by several I mean countless press articles claiming Transfer Signings ‘DONE’ even before the window officially opens.
Secondly, I bet someone out there has this machine that feeds all players into one side and clubs in the other to come up with the weirdest rumours containing all possible combinations.
And finally, sources? Article originality? These rumours conveniently have no such origins, or no such authentic ones, at least.
However, despite all these drawbacks, being desperately addicted to the game, people like us need the Rumour Entertainment Quotient every year.
So let’s take a look at what we’ve in store, creeping towards end of May.
MANCINI – MANCHESTER CITY RE-LINK?
(Image courtesy dailysport , rumour sources: goal, dailysoccer)
Before you get squeaky, high-pitched and ridicule the rumour, this has been titled only so because a considerable number of city players, Yaya Toure, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksandar Kolarov amongst many others have all been linked to a switch to Serie A side – Inter Milan. With City looking to offload the older players to bring in newer ones, some of the rumours seem very likely to happen.
MANCHESTER UNITED’S STANDOUT SIGNINGS FROM LAST SEASON, IN OR OUT?
(Rumour sources: MailOnSunday, Tuttosports)
With our radar still in the city of Manchester, key signings from 2014 – Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria are most likely to play for other teams, this upcoming season. Manchester United’s decision to discontinue funding Falcao another season only means that he will be heading some other club, with Juventus looking very keen. Di Maria on the other hand, having had a mediocre season to personal standards, would be eyeing a loan deal to PSG with a buyout clause included. The Argentine winger having clearly not recovered from the offloading at Madrid and unsatisfactory with life in England as well, would be more than eager to switch over to Paris side PSG.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR MADRID?
Scenes at Madrid have certainly turned upside down since the winter break. With the disappointing Cup, LaLiga and Champions League runs, even Cristiano Ronaldo has his doubts on Carlo Ancelotti’s position. Knowing Madrid, the “let’s try next year” approach is certainly not an option they believe in. So by the looks of it, Carlo will face the axe this summer with rumours associating Rafa Benitez and Klopp as potential replacements. And speaking of rumours circulating, Gareth Bale is hot property that Madrid might be interested in cashing out for, given his relative dip in form and high wages or the fact that he gets booed by his own fans. Chelsea, United, City are all circling, looking to scavenge and bid a possible British Transfer Fee Record. It’s chaos at Madrid right now, but knowing Perez and his popular reference as “The Godfather”, things could well be subdued with shrewd summer negotiations.
WEST LONDON CALLING
(Image courtesy gettyimages , rumour sources: AS)
Having won the Capital One Cup and Premier League with staggering transfer deals over the last two years, the Mourinho – Abramovich investments have to be definitely the shrewdest of recent times. With a great spread of World Class quality already acquired, Chelsea would be looking to strengthen the squad to establish English dominance. With Gareth Bale seeming open to a return to the Premier League, and other options such as Pogba, Griezmann and Koke linked up as well, we are sure to expect a couple of top notch signings from Chelsea this season and with the likes of Oscar being offloaded to stay minimal on the FFP levels as well. However, the departure of Ace Keeper – Petr Cech seems unavoidable, with the Czech international keen on getting First Team action. Chelsea could lose out on a few players, but the signings to compensate would only be more than satisfactory as one would expect from the Portuguese Manager.
With the Transfer window not even open yet, we could only expect the rumours to escalate to greater levels from here on. The upcoming season certainly promises to be very interesting with several players and top level coaches on the move. Stay tuned for further updates.