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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310678 Quiet period Quiet+period World

This week’s Rumor Redux is a mixture of London and Manchester (we hear you – isn’t it always?) which brings to mind one of the great fights in musical history, the Britpop battle between Oasis and Blur.

 

Oasis were working class lads from Manchester; Blur were middle class Londoners who decided to dumb down in the mid-1990s by faking an ‘estuary accent,’ as it was known, in a bid to rival their northern and more popular rivals. The marketing men moved in to set up a phoney war and released the band’s singles on the same day in August 1995. Blur’s awful ‘Charmless Man’ was released on the same day as Oasis’ superior Roll With it, and as everybody knows it was Damon Albarn’s boys that prevailed over the Gallagher brothers.

 

We at Rumor Redux love Blur but we look back in anger (we know, wrong band) at this unsavory period. Here are ten of their songs worked in to the latest pieces of speculation in an understandably quiet period:

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310658 Cristiano Ronaldo, F, Real Madrid Cristiano+Ronaldo%2C+F%2C+Real+Madrid World

Rumor: Real Madrid to Manchester United.

 

Likelihood: We just don’t see it.

 

CR7 is the new Clint Dempsey. Until the Portuguese winger clarifies why he is ‘sad’ there is no chance rumors surrounding his future will “Fade Away.” PSG may not want him but Sir Alex Ferguson would sacrifice his knighthood to get him back at Manchester United. Could it happen?

 

There’s no doubt Ronaldo loves SAF but until we get to the bottom of his state of mind, we cannot really say, but still think he’ll stay at Real Madrid despite going through what Picasso would classify as his “blue period.” Is Mourinho leaving Real Madrid? Has Ronaldo been denied a well-deserved pay rise?

 

We don’t know. All we know is that it is a professional sadness. It’s so sad we are collectively weeping buckets at Rumor Redux Towers and no bumper box of tissues can stem the flow.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310663 Wayne Rooney, F, Manchester United Wayne+Rooney%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United World

Rumor: Manchester United to who knows.

 

Likelihood: Same answer as last week.

 

We know we did this one last week so “This is a Low” when it comes to rumors. But The Sun’s claim that Rooney could be shipped out if he doesn’t buck his ideas up and get in shape is now beginning to look a bit daft.

 

Rooney has been plugging his “fascinating” autobiography (will there be any updates on his love of the elderly we wonder?) and has been candid in his desire to stay at Old Trafford for the rest of his career. We suspect things still aren’t quite right between him and Ferguson after Rooney put in THAT transfer request two years ago but while Rooney remains one of the best in the business he’ll be staying at United.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310659 Adrian Lopez, F, Atletico Madrid Adrian+Lopez%2C+F%2C+Atletico+Madrid World

Rumor: Atletico Madrid to Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Nope.

 

Free newspaper Metro reported that Lopez was stalling on a new contract at Atletico. When the transfer window was open the Spain international had been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal, while Barcelona has also emerged as possible suitors for the forward.

 

No sooner had he been linked with a move he then comes out with this statement: “I’m very happy here. I have a few years let at Atletico.” There’s “No Distance Left to Run” on this one. It’s over before it started.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310656 Marouane Fellaini, M, Everton Marouane+Fellaini%2C+M%2C+Everton World

Rumor: Everton to somewhere.

 

Likelihood: There’s something afoot.

 

Fellaini maye have signed a five-year deal last November but he is already talking about leaving the club in the New Year. These are his quotes from a Belgian newspaper: "I am just starting my fifth season at Everton, this will be one of my last. I have seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship."

 

Fellaini has now turned to Twitter to express his happiness with life at Everton. Tellingly he said he “I am ready to play all the season” rather than seeing out the whole of his five-year contract. It’s “Never Clever” to give an interview to a foreign newspaper and then think your quotes won’t get spotted by the hacks of the country where you ply your trade. Fellaini is going to have some explaining to do to David Moyes when he gets back from international duty.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310655 Ashley Cole, D, Chelsea Ashley+Cole%2C+D%2C+Chelsea World

Rumor: Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Likelihood: Slim chance.

 

The original “Charmless Man” has supposedly been offered just a one-year extension to his contract which miffed the Chelsea defender to the extent that he was prepared to walk away for nothing when his deal expires in the summer. PSG are waiting in the wings to snap him up but they already have a left back around the same age in Maxwell.

 

It’s all stuff and nonsense of course, despite the Carlo Ancelotti connection. We know the Blues don’t usually offer long-term deals to players in their thirties but Cole has plenty of miles on the clock to go yet and no-one can believe he was holding out for £200,000 a week. This will all be sorted out soon despite the impressive emergence of Ryan Bertrand, who is Cole’s heir apparent after signing a long-term deal last week.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310657 Nani, W/F, Manchester United Nani%2C+W%2FF%2C+Manchester+United World

Rumor: Manchester United to Zenit.

 

Likelihood: Not in a month of Sunday’s, but give it a couple of years if not sooner.

 

We know this one cannot happen because the transfer window has now closed in Russia, but there is an interesting postscript to this story which is worth sharing. The Portugal winger was offered for £25million, but Nani was apparently so annoyed that United were prepared to sell him to the Russians that he made astronomically “Far Out” wage demands that were sure to scupper the deal and then turned off his phone until the deadline had expired.

 

It’s all rumor of course but Nani’s displays of late suggest Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t be too sad to see him go.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310664 Pepe Reina, GK, Liverpool Pepe+Reina%2C+GK%2C+Liverpool World

Rumor: Heading away from Anfield.

 

Likelihood: Reina will come good.

 

Reina has made a couple of high-profile blunders in the early stages of the season. First he messed up against Hearts and followed up that error with another clanger during the clash with Arsenal. Brendan Rodgers has reportedly given Reina until January to sort himself out otherwise he’ll be looking elsewhere.

 

Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has already touted as replacement for the future but at 20 he might not be the immediate solution. However, he has already made his international debut with Germany and let’s not forget Sir Alex Ferguson, no less, had no qualms about throwing David de Gea into the fray at such a “Tender” age. To quote the soccer cliché we expect Reina, who has been brilliant at Anfield, to bounce back.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310661 Hugo Lloris, GK, Tottenham Hugo+Lloris%2C+GK%2C+Tottenham World

Rumor: Preparing for White Hart Lane exit.

 

Likelihood: Lloris will start in goal soon.

 

It’s well known that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has spent a lot of time, energy and money in bringing Lloris to White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas may think that Brad Friedel is the number one after an outstanding display against Norwich.

 

The American may also think that he is top dog for the moment and will probably start against Reading on Sunday but “The Universal” opinion is that Levy is not a man to be messed with and will get his way eventually. Expect to see Lloris in goal in October or maybe sooner.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310662 Paulo Henrique Ganso, M, Santos Paulo+Henrique+Ganso%2C+M%2C+Santos World

Rumor: Santos to Tottenham.

 

Likelihood: Can’t see it.

 

You’d think Tottenham had a stake in Brazil judging by the number of players they are linked with week in, week out., Leandro Damiao appears on the White Hart Lane rumor radar every 20 minutes, Willian was also thought to be heading for north London, and even Neymar was a target at one point.

 

“London Loves” Brazilian players, but Spurs haven’t been great at signing the cream of South America – just look at Heurelho Gomes and Sandro. Spurs missed out on the £22million signing of Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho in August but Ganso is thought to be available for about a third of the price. Great, if Levy can pull it off but his track record suggests otherwise.

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World 2018 43 Soccer/football transfer rumors: Sept. 10 - 16 31310660 Leighton Baines, D, Everton Leighton+Baines%2C+D%2C+Everton World

Rumor: Everton to Arsenal.

 

Likelihood: Lacks credibility.

 

This one just doesn’t have enough oomph about it to merit more than a few lines. Baines was linked with a move to Man United so often during the summer that the England defender started to believe the hype himself and waited for a big bid that never materialised. Instead Ferguson ended up signing the relatively unknown Alexander Buttner from Ajax which meant Baines returned to Goodison “Park Life” slightly confused by it all.

 

Arsenal could make a bid for Baines in January, apparently, having been linked with the former Wigan man in the past but we ain’t buying it. In Kieran Gibbs, Arsene Wenger has a player who could be at the Emirates for the next 10 years.

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