World Football: Calling Fact or Fiction on 10 Huge Transfer Rumours
Bleacher Report is taking a look at some of the biggest transfer rumours we've heard so far in the world of football, and figuring out which rumours are fact and which are fiction.
Obviously it is hard for any one person other than club officials or the player and their agent to know what is going on, but an argument can always be made for each rumour.
Here's a look at 10 transfer rumours and whether or not they are fact or fiction.
David Silva to Real Madrid: Fiction
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The reported price tag of £80 million (via The Daily Mail) is a major reason why this deal would not happen. Another reason is the fact that David Silva is unlikely to want to move to a club where his playing time will certainly decrease considering the opposition he will face.
At Manchester City he is the main playmaker, a key member of the squad and he can help the club continue to reach its goals in Europe and England.
Carlos Tevez to AC Milan: Fiction
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The Mirror reported about this move soon after the season ended back in May. AC Milan has since strengthened its midfield and defense while keeping its offense together.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has ruled out any more signings, according to ESPN.
"Milan's transfer market is closed," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have nine midfielders and our market is closed."
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Fiction
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According to The Daily Mail, Radamel Falcao was being lined up as a replacement for Didier Drogba early in the summer.
Chelsea has already spent a good amount of money this summer and have been strongly linked to a move for Hulk. He is their preferred target at the moment and would signal the end of their transfer activity offensively should they get him.
The club has not given up on Fernando Torres and while a player like Falcao would give him some solid competition, Chelsea already has players like Daniel Sturridge and, if he doesn't go on loan, Romelu Lukaku in reserve.
Luka Modric to Real Madrid: Fact
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Here's one that's pretty possible. For the second summer in a row Luka Modric is attracting a lot of attention. Despite the recent appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham's manager, it is likely the Croatian could move to the Spanish capital.
According to The Daily Mail, Real Madrid leads the race to sign the midfield playmaker and they certainly have the financial power to meet any demands.
Villas-Boas could very well let the player leave so he could use the funds for reinforcements that he would like.
Demba Ba to Liverpool: Fact
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The Mirror has linked Liverpool to a move for Newcastle's Demba Ba. Considering the reported price tag of £7 million and the lack of goals Liverpool had last season, it is a very reasonable move for the Reds.
Demba Ba would add depth to the forward line and add pressure to the likes of Andy Carroll to perform. Liverpool could very well get their man as Newcastle has been linked to John Guidetti as a possible replacement and already have Papiss Cisse in their ranks.
Jan Vertonghen to Tottenham: Fact
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Martin Skrtel to Napoli: Fiction
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Napoli has been linked with a move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
Skrtel was a major part of Liverpool's defensive strength early on in the season. The Reds would not let such an important player go, especially since they are unlikely to find a suitable replacement.
It is also unlikely that Skrtel would trade the EPL for the Serie A knowing that Napoli is also set to participate in the Europa League.
Nigel De Jong to Inter Milan: Fiction
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Nigel De Jong has recently stated his desire to stay at Manchester City regardless of signing a contract extension. Via Goal.com.
The Netherlands international's current deal runs out next summer and the club has yet to agree an extension with the midfielder.
"My contract runs for another year, so I'm in a pretty good position," De Jong told Dutch magazine NUsport. "I want to stay [at Manchester City]. I've been at the club for three years and I’m feeling really well. I have won the FA Cup and the league title, which are the biggest trophies in England."
That would definitely put a damper on Inter Milan's reported interest in the player. De Jong's statement shows he would prefer the possibility of playing in the Champions League as well, something Inter cannot offer.
Inter certainly has the money to sign the player but from an ambition standpoint it is unlikely he will leave.
Luis Suarez to Juventus: Fiction
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The Daily Mail recently reported that Juventus is still interested in signing Liverpool's Luis Suarez after having been linked to him in recent months.
Liverpool is unlikely to let their star forward go despite his troubles last season. He is the best forward they have at the moment and they would rather hold unto him and get reinforcements rather than have to find a replacement.
Robin van Persie to Manchester City: Fiction
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Even with the recent news that Robin van Persie will not extend his contract with Arsenal (h/t The Guardian), he will not move to Manchester City.
Manchester City has been reported (h/t The Mirror) as the front-runner for his signature but that will not happen. If Arsenal decides to cash in on Robin van Persie this summer he will not move to any English club.
Having let two players go to Manchester City last summer and win the Premier League title in the process, Arsene Wenger will not let another star player go to that club.
They will do everything to make sure Robin van Persie heads abroad if he does leave.