Wildest WF Rumors That Could Come True This Summer
Even though we are only weeks into the summer transfer window, it has already proved that it could be one of most bizarre in recent history.
Newly promoted Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have pulled off some incredible coups, spending well over €120 million on the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.
The ambitious French club are reported to be targeting many more additions as they challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the title next season.
As well as that, Chelsea reappointed Jose Mourinho for a second spell in charge, which could result in several names arriving at Stamford Bridge, and it could mean some will also leave. Both Manchester City and Manchester United will have new managers at the helm come the start of the season
As a result, the media all over Europe have speculated some interesting stories, and we've selected five of the more bold rumors that could have some substance behind them.
Monaco Set to Make World Record £85m Bid for Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid is said to be hanging in the balance after a turbulent year at the Santiago Bernabeu. According to Metro, former club Manchester United were looking to take advantage of that by lining up at return to Old Trafford.
But according to Jack Pitt-Brooke from The Independent, it appears that French club Monaco are sizing up a world-record offer of £85 million to lure the Portuguese star from the La Liga runners-up.
In addition to the massive transfer offer, the 28-year-old will be offered a bumper salary worth £17 million a year—amounting to a whopping £330,000-a-week return—which would put him on the same level as Anzhi forward Samuel Eto'o as the world's highest-paid footballer.
While it would be a difficult offer to turn down for both player and club, Ronaldo has claimed he is happy at the club, and The Guardian reports that he is in talks about extending his deal at the club, which is due to expire in 2015.
That being said, joining the likes of Radamel Falcao and Portugual teammate Joao Moutinho could be an enticing proposition for the former Sporting Lisbon trainee.
Jose Mourinho Could Sell Juan Mata
Juan Mata must be thinking what more he has to do to become an indispensable player at Chelsea. Win the World Cup? Check. Champions League triumph? Check. Win the club's Player of the Award for two consecutive seasons? Check.
But it seems there are doubts emerging over whether Mata is a part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Chelsea, despite the Portuguese coach claiming that every player will have a chance to prove themselves.
The 25-year-old has established himself as a major part of the West London club's setup since his £26 million move from Valencia two years ago, and after scoring 20 goals making 35 assists, it seemed inconceivable that Mata could leave Stamford Bridge.
But after Mourinho's return, ESPN reports that the former Real Madrid academy star could be a key casualty in order to free up funds.
Given that he is happy in London and the only two sides in Spain that could afford Mata are his former employers and Barcelona, a move is unlikely to be on the cards.
Watch this space, though, Chelsea fans.
Arsenal Linked with Audacious Move for Gonzalo Higuain
Along with Jose Mourinho's swift exit from the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid are bracing themselves for more departures from the capital.
Michael Essien followed the Portuguese coach out when his loan spell from Chelsea expired, and now their Argentinian striker, Gonzalo Higuain, has revealed his desire to leave after six years with the Spanish giants.
The 25-year-old has seen himself fall down the pecking order at times, and even despite playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema, the Argentina international still managed a respectable total of 19 goals last season.
His form for Los Merengues has caught the eye of Serie A champions Juventus, according to Goal.com, who are interested in bolstering their ranks in attack. But Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said it will take an offer larger than the €30 million offered.
One club who intend to steal Higuain from under their noses is Arsenal, as The Telegraph reports, after chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed there are a large amount of funds available for Arsene Wenger to spend. And even despite Wenger's reluctance to splash the cash, Higuain could be an exception.
PSG Hoping to Lure Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham...if Carlo Ancelotti Leaves
Paris Saint-Germain are growing with ambition, and while they can thank their rich Qatari owners for bringing world-class players to the club, the Italian who guided them to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 should also be credited.
But that man, Carlo Ancelotti, is said to be desperate at making a sensational move to the vacant position at Real Madrid, and while PSG are blocking the move at present, a contingency plan has been drawn up.
After impressing in his first season at White Hart Lane, the ambitious French side are looking at hiring Andre Villas-Boas as their new coach if Ancelotti forces through his departure to Spain, according to the Daily Mail.
The Portuguese tactician experienced an unhappy spell at Chelsea in the 2011-12 season but has really shown his credentials at Spurs.
The Mirror reports that the 35-year-old will be offered a lucrative £40 million package to take over at Parc Des Princes, as well as agreeing to pay £10 million to prize him away from the North London side.
At the moment, there is only an outside chance that it could happen, with Ancelotti not close to joining Real Madrid. However, the news will have Spurs fans worrying about their short-term future if the rumours become a reality.
David Moyes Lines Up Swoop for Robert Lewandowski
After experiencing 10 years of tightening the purses at Goodison Park, new Manchester United boss David Moyes has the opportunity to splash his large transfer budget at Old Trafford.
And The Times reports that the Scot is in the market for Dortmund's lethal front man, Robert Lewandowski, who has been mentioned as the main target to replace wantaway forward Wayne Rooney.
The Polish striker has enjoyed a fruitful campaign in front of goal, bagging 36 goals in 48 appearances, including a magnificent four-goal haul against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal first leg.
Interest has gathered from Europe's elite as a result of Lewandowski's impressive form, and it was assumed that Bayern Munich would be the front-runners to sign the 24-year-old after securing the signature of his teammate, Mario Gotze, earlier this season.
Dortmund, however, have refused to enter negotiations with the Bavarian club over the Poland international. And it has opened the door for Moyes to make a bid for the striker, who can leave the Signal Iduna Park for free next season when his deal expires.
An offer of around £25 million would be enough to convince Jurgen Klopp to do business, as he would rather sell to a foreign club rather than strengthen his domestic rivals. The only stumbling block could be that Lewandowski may be willing to stay for the last year of his contract and then move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer.