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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990872 Rumor mill Rumor+mill Champions League

First things first: The Rumor Mill would like to wish our readers a very happy Christmas and New Year. We hope you all got what you wanted from Mr. Claus over the festive period, but more importantly we hope your teams get the players they need in the January transfer window. This week we’ve decide to pick out ten players that could to make a move in the New Year, all accompanied by seasonal tracks for the fireworks ahead. We’ve no idea whether these transfers will happen, so let us know who you think will be on the move next month.

 

-- Warren Barner

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990867 Juan Mata, Chelsea Juan+Mata%2C+Chelsea Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 7/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: PSG, INTER MILAN


It’s a crying shame to see one of the best midfielders on the planet unable to command a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up, but, unless Mourinho wants to start putting 10 midfielders on the pitch at the same time, something has to give. The Blues’ best player of last season has been a true diplomat, stoically refusing to criticize Mourinho for overlooking him to Eden Hazard and Oscar but it looks like his time is up – especially with the World cup round the corner. A move in the New Year (Sugababes) is a possibility.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990871 Falcao, Monaco Falcao%2C+Monaco Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 3/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: CHELSEA


Falcao has been linked with a move for the last couple of months because of an apparent problem with his contract. For a ‘problem’ read ‘not getting as much money as I thought I’d get.’ No matter how many times the gossips tell us the Colombian is leaving Monaco, the former Atletico Madrid striker says the opposite. These are his latest thoughts on the matter: “I am very happy at Monaco and my wife is happy to live here. There is no problem with the coach, the doctors or the team." As Harry Connik Jr. crooned: Nothin’ new for new year.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990866 Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea Kevin+de+Bruyne%2C+Chelsea Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 9/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: MALAGA, JUVENTUS, ATLETICO MADRID, WOLFSBURG


New Year’s Day (U2) just can’t come quick enough for Kevin de Bruyne, who is expected to be one of the first names in Belgium’s starting line-up at the 2014 World Cup. De Bruyne doesn’t want to jeopardize his place, but as things stand he is a million miles away from getting in front of Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Mata, Schurrle and the rest. In recent days Malaga and Juventus have joined the running after having already been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg. Take your pick!

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990869 Mohamed Salah, Basel Mohamed+Salah%2C+Basel Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 9/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: LIVERPOOL


Salah is the incredibly zippy Egyptian forward that tore into Chelsea in the home and away fixtures of their Champions League games. His friend, Mohamed Zika, recently revealed at a wedding that his buddy told him of his plans to join Liverpool in the New Year (Death Cab for Cutie). Zika said the deal is 99% certain to happen which has prompted one British bookmaker to suspend betting on such an outcome.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990870 Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle Yohan+Cabaye%2C+Newcastle Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 5/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: PSG


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have given up on his pursuit of Yohan Cabaye (the real reason Wenger says is that his midfield is already bursting at the seams) but that hasn’t stopped one of Europe’s heavyweights from being linked with a move, although close analysis leaves a potential move unlikely. Paris Saint-Germain, who already have plenty of midfielders at their disposal, are thought to be keeping tabs on the Frenchman. However, all we’ve seen are a few quotes from coach Laurent Blanc to the effect that “he (Cabaye) is a very good player and that has always been my opinion. I have nothing else to say.” Hardly a statement of intent, but it should mean a Happy New Year (Judy Garland) for Toon fans.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990868 Fredy Guarin, Inter Milan Fredy+Guarin%2C+Inter+Milan Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 4/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: CHELSEA


Something’s afoot with Guarin, but do Chelsea have a New Year’s Prayer (Jeff Buckley) of signing the Inter Milan midfielder? The story is that Blues boss Jose Mourinho wants to use Demba Ba as bait to sign Guarin, who has become an important player at the San Siro. The Colombian wants to stay in Italy but he has admitted that the Blues have made contact with his agent Marcelo Ferreyra, who told Colombian network Caracol Radio: "We have already been to London with Inter and met with Chelsea directors to make their interest formal. If both clubs reach an agreement, a transfer is an option, but Fredy is happy at Inter as well if they don't agree terms.” An interesting month lies in wait.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990873 Anderson, Manchester United Anderson%2C+Manchester+United Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 7/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: FULHAM, PORTO
Enough is enough. United fans around the world wish for nothing more than to see the back of a player who has brought very little to the table in his six years at Old Trafford. Sure, he’s had his injury problems, but so have plenty of other players – just look at Aaron Ramsey! Whether United fans will get the Happy New Year (Abba) they crave demands on the level of interest for the Brazilian and whether they can recoup some of the £17 million they paid in 2007. Fulham’s Rene Meulensteen has been linked with a move and so have Porto, but an exit is on the cards.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990876 Daniel Agger, Liverpool Daniel+Agger%2C+Liverpool Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 4/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: NAPOLI


The jury is out on whether Daniel Agger will be reunited with Rafael Benitez in January. The Danish defender has struggled to get into the side under Brendan Rodgers, although he earned a surprising recall at left-back for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. The Italian press is pretty sure that Benitez will, as Bing Crosby said, start the new year right, but the Rumor Mill gang is not so sure. The Reds are in a good position for a top four spot and don’t want to jeopardize their hopes by selling off players.

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990874 Nani, Manchester United Nani%2C+Manchester+United Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 5/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: JUVENTUS, GALATASARAY

Nani is a far cry from the man that wanted to prove himself the best player in the world. The Portuguese is not even the best winger at Old Trafford, although eyebrows were raised in September when the club offered the player a new five-year deal, no doubt in a bid to boost his market value should any bids be made. Juventus’ New Year’s Resolution (Otis Redding /Carla Thomas) are thought to want Nani but only if the player can recover from his hamstring injury. And there is also talk of a swap deal involving Mirko Vucinic. In December, Galatasaray were linked with a swap deal involving Wes Sneijder and Nani plus Antonio Valencia. Wishful thinking, Mr. Mancini!

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Champions League 185 2820 Top football/soccer transfer rumors: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 31990875 Erik Lamela, Tottenham Erik+Lamela%2C+Tottenham Champions League

CHANCES OF LEAVING IN JANUARY: 5/10
POSSIBLE DESTINATION: INTER MILAN


Erik Lamela’s brother has said the Tottenham striker, who is even behind former outcast Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order for places up front at White Hart Lane, does not want to go out on loan. Spurs coughed up a lot of cash to sign the Argentine from Roma in the summer following the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and rumors have surfaced of interest in him from Inter Milan. We certainly don’t rule this one out but it’s hard to see how Lamela will adapt to the Premier League playing in Serie A. It may have been a Long December (Counting Crows) for Lamela, but we’d like to think he’ll be given a chance by Tim Sherwood.
 

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