On Wednesday the typically reputable Times of London published a report that Paris Saint-Germain will test Manchester United’s resolve with a £40 million bid for Wayne Rooney in the summertime.
Now that PSG has as close to unlimited resources as you’re likely to find in club football, it’s very much within the realm of possibility that they could table such an offer. But the transaction would hinge on United’s willingness to sell, and in the case of Rooney they’d be unlikely to even entertain such a possibility.
When perusing transfer rumors it’s important to remember that while any club is free to bid on any player at any time, it’s the selling club that holds all the cards. That is, unless the player forces a move, in which case any model of football economics gets thrown out the window.
But transfer rumours are also good fun, and the ones included in this slideshow have reported by numerous sources at various times. So we have a pretty good idea there’s something to them.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, the saying goes. And when it comes to transfer gossip, what better motto than that?
Following are a handful of footballers rumored to be heading for the exits this summer. And with their transfers, should they happen, would come a shift in the power balance of European club football.