The end of the season and summer transfer window might still be several months away, but the reality is that attention is always on players and teams that could be making potential moves. And this year, judging by the gossip columns, appears to be no different.
Several big names and clubs are reportedly looking for key moves over the transfer window in order to improve and rectify their mistakes from 2013.
What are the hottest rumors doing the rounds in world football at the moment?
Read on and find out.
Manchester United striker turned midfielder Wayne Rooney continues to dominate the gossip columns after being left on the bench for the Red Devils' key Champions League match against Real Madrid.
However, no clear answers exist regarding his future—making for some fascinating speculation, with writers Nick Miller at Sky Sports and Owen Gibson at The Guardian asking a similar question regarding whether or not the Red Devils should look to offload the England international.
The Telegraph's Ben Rumsby makes an interesting point also on the situation—saying that the pending UEFA changes surrounding Financial Fair Play, plus United's current contract situation with the 27-year-old, could make it difficult for the Red Devils to offload Rooney.
Even if they wanted to.
Having been linked with a move to the English Premier League for some time, it's little surprise to see Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen again touted as a potential mover this summer transfer window.
The Independent reports that both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are the two clubs most interested in signing the 21-year-old star, with both clubs rumored to be "scouting him almost every week".
However, both clubs have just signed playmakers of their own accords in the previous winter transfer window (Lewis Holtby and Philippe Coutinho).
If that helps shed any light on the situation at all.
Seemingly not content with bombing out in the Capital One Cup and UEFA Champions League, as well as falling well behind Manchester United in the English Premier League title race, domestic champions Manchester City are reportedly looking to bring in a new striker or two.
Fiorentina defensive coach Angelo Gregucci has spoken about interest that the Citizens have in two of his club's attackers, and how they may well make a move for them over the summer transfer window.
It seems clear to me that not only the City but many clubs like Jovetic, because he is one of the most talented players on the European scene. [Domenico] Berardi? He has good qualities. He's young, we must see how he will grow. City is always attentive to young world talents and he is among them...
City recently sold a striker, Mario Balotelli, to AC Milan over the recent winter transfer window, though they still have a number of world-class strikers on-hand.
The transfer speculation about Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool is reportedly coming to an end.
And thank heavens for that.
The star striker has reportedly been awarded with a pay rise (per ESPN) that will see him earn in excess of £100,000-per-week at the Merseyside club.
The 26-year-old recently signed a long-term deal with the Reds last summer, and could end up tripling his current £40,000-per-week wages with the increase.
Suarez is currently the Premier League's leading goal-scorer this season, having netted 21 goals in 27 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' team.
The Daily Mirror report that Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona over the summer transfer window, with the Merseyside man believed to be a long-term replacement for the 34-year-old Carlos Puyol at the Catalan club.
The report goes on to see that Barca made an initial enquiry about Agger last summer, but didn't follow that up after Agger signed a four-year deal at the club. Yet regardless, the soon-to-be Spanish champions are thought to be interested in making a move at the end of the year.
No inclination has been given as to the details of any prospective bid.
One of the hottest names, it seems, heading into the summer transfer window is that of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.
The Welsh wizard has been strongly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane if Spurs do not make the top four (per Goal), but according to latest reports, could well end up staying at the North London club regardless of what the current season provides. They say that Spurs are reportedly set to be lining up for Bale in order to entice him to stay with them.
Tottenham are drawing up a 'double your money' £8million-a-year deal in a bid to keep Gareth Bale from the clutches of Europe's elite. Spurs will make their offer of a five-year deal worth around £40m once they have secured a place in the top four.
Bale signed a four-year contract worth a basic £75,000 a week last season which ties him to the club until 2016, but his increasing influence has prompted Tottenham to reassess that. Chairman Daniel Levy recognises the need to reward his prize asset, who has drawn comparisons with the world's best players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and will propose a groundbreaking offer for the club of around £150,000 a week.
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