World Football Transfer Window Gossip

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2013

World Football Transfer Window Gossip

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    With the end of all the major European leagues in sight and the UEFA Champions League final effectively marking the end of the 2012-13 season, transfer rumours surrounding the biggest club and player names in football are on the increase.

    The latest batch has incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes heavily involved in early summer dealings—although he doesn't officially take up his post until July 1 according to the Independent.

    Some deals are already being completed by now, with Monaco confirming the £60 million double capture of Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, as per the BBC.

    Here's the latest roundup of all the big rumours and links around the game this week.

Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United

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    Everton's big-haired Belgian midfielder, Marouane Fellaini, is being tipped to follow his Goodison Park boss, David Moyes, down the East Lancs, with a transfer from the Toffees to Manchester United.

    The Guardian reports that Moyes is keen to make Fellaini his first signing at Old Trafford, with the midfielder having a £24 million release clause in his contract. While Fellaini usually operates in an advanced midfield role for his present club, he insists that his preferred position is in a deeper central midfield area.

    There is every chance that Moyes will make this position a priority to strengthen over the summer, and his history of working with Fellaini makes it a viable proposition to consider.

Wayne Rooney to Arsenal

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    Wayne Rooney has been subject to plenty of speculation since the final days of the Premier League season, as he missed out on Alex Ferguson's final two matches and reportedly submitted a transfer request, according to the BBC.

    The latest side to show an apparent interest in taking the forward away from Manchester United are Premier League rivals Arsenal, who Mirror Football believe to be ready to alter their wage structure entirely to secure Rooney's signature. The England international could cost up to around £30 million, but the real question has been over his wages, with PSG rumoured to be offering around £300,000 per week to take him to Ligue 1.

    Now it seems that the Gunners will be prepared to offer the forward significantly higher wages than top earner Theo Walcott, making the move a possibility.

Neymar to Barcelona or Real Madrid

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    One of the most anticipated transfers of the year may well be drawing to a close in the coming days, with Brazilian forward Neymar reported to have two bids waiting for him to consider leaving Santos this summer.

    Mirror Football report that Barcelona and Real Madrid are widely considered to be the clubs behind the bids, which initially appear to centre only around the portion of the player's registration that is owned by the club. Neymar also has investment groups and individuals who own other percentages of his playing rights.

    Neymar only has one year left on his contract with Santos, and with the 2014 World Cup being held in Brazil next summer, it appears all parties now agree the time is right for him to move on.

    It will be anticipated that his decision over which team to join could provide a swing in the direction that La Liga could take next season, and given the fees apparently on offer, there will certainly be a huge expectation on his performances next season.

    Real Madrid offered a massive transfer fee for Neymar and also more salary than Barcelona, but Neymar still opted for the Catalan club.

    — Santo (@Zizouology) May 25, 2013

Christian Atsu to Liverpool

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    While the front page of this article carried news of two confirmed exits from Porto, a third could well be in the offing with Mirror Football reporting that winger Christian Atsu is headed for the exit.

    The talented Ghanaian youngster is said to be the subject of a bid from Liverpool in the Premier League, and that with only a year left on his contract, Porto may only receive around £3 million for him, despite having a £10 million release clause in his deal.

    Capable of playing on either flank, Atsu represented his country at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year and at 21 years of age has plenty of time to realise his potential. Liverpool are said to want him as a replacement for the departing Oussama Assaidi and Stewart Downing.

Luis Suarez to Real Madrid

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    It's far from all one-way traffic at Liverpool either, with forward Luis Suarez lined up by some of the other bigger clubs around this summer.

    Real Madrid are the latest club to come calling with interest in signing the Uruguayan attacker, according to the Daily Mail. They join the likes of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, who have already been credited with a serious interest.

    Liverpool are still hopeful that Suarez will agree to stay at the club another year at least but would demand top money if he decides to leave, given his age, quality and the three years said to be left on his contract.

    Suarez is suspended for the first six games Liverpool play next season, but even with that temporary absence they will hope to see him still at the club at the start of the campaign.

Alexis Sanchez Staying at Barcelona

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    One player now who has been linked with moves but appears to be staying put is Alexis Sanchez. According to Sky Sports, Sanchez said that he will definitely be staying at Barcelona for next season.

    The wide forward might be one of those whose place in the team comes under threat if Neymar arrives, but the Chilean has insisted the club wants him to stay, and therefore he would be remaining for another year.

    Manchester City and Juventus were among the sides reported to be interested in Alexis, who scored seven goals in 27 league games this season.