Is Carlo Ancelotti Roma-Bound?: The Best of This Week's Transfer Rumors
Yes, it's that time again, time for the summer transfer window, perhaps one of the most anticipated events on the World Football agenda. An event filled with money, endless disputes and countless rumors.
And although it may feel far away, the rumors are still coming thick and fast despite a huge week in World Football where one of the world's greatest rivalries got way out of hand, Kolo Toure was slapped with a drug ban and Sir Alex Ferguson lost his head after Manchester United lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But with the papers filled with those headlines, the rumors that do filter through may actually be true, since the press now has no need to fill up the back page with false rumors.
Here are 10 of the biggest transfer rumors in the rumor mill this week:
The Battle for Udinese Winger Alexis Sanchez
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Chelsea, along with Barcelona and Inter, are reported to be after Udinese and Chile winger, Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has attracted interest from a whole range of clubs after a strong performance at last year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
With his lightning pace, gifted finishing and exquisite technique, Alexis Sanchez could be the subject of an expensive bidding war during the summer window.
Asamoah Draws the Attention of Spurs and Arsenal
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Udinese and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah could be another Udinese departure in the summer with Arsenal and Tottenham both expressing interest in him.
Asamoah was another superb performer in last year's World Cup, miraculously helping Ghana to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Expect a bidding war between the two North London sides come the summer.
Liverpool Chase Genoa Left-Back Domenico Criscito
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Genoa defender Domenico Criscito is yet another left-back who has been rumored to be on the way to Anfield in the summer.
Criscito has had a great season so far, managing to force his way in to the Italian national team from nowhere with impressive performances in the Serie A. But according to various sources, the Italian wants a move to Liverpool to take his career to another level.
Arsenal Line Up a Replacement for Gael Clichy
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According to Goal.com, Arsenal are interested in acquiring the services of Emilio Izaguirre as a replacement for Gael Clichy after contract negotiations with the Frenchman stalled last week.
Clichy has just 12 months left on his contract in North London and is refusing to sign a contract extension with the Gunners, leaving Arsene Wenger time to wrap up a deal for his rumored replacement, Emilio Izaguirre.
The Honduras and Celtic left-back is rated at £4.5 million, but it is a price certain to rise after Manchester United, Aston Villa and Liverpool all expressed interest in him.
AC Milan Join the Race for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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According to the Daily Star, AC Milan have joined the race for Southampton winger, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Chamberlain has already attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona, but those close to the youngster believe that Arsenal are the front-runners.
Chelsea Offer Trial to Former Barcelona Starlet Cristian Ceballos
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Chelsea have offered a trial to former Barcelona starlet Cristian Ceballos after he failed to progress through the ranks at Barcelona.
The 16-year-old became famous four years ago when he appeared on YouTube juggling a ball with Ronaldinho. You can watch that video above and skip to around the minute mark.
He will train with the youth setup at Chelsea in Cobham in an attempt to win a deal.
Arshavin To Return to Zenit St Petersburg?
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According to talkSPORT, Zenit St Petersburg are apparently interested in re-signing Arsenal forward, Andrey Arshavin.
The Russian club sold Arshavin in 2009 to Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, but are rumored to want the striker back.
But whether or not Arshavin wants to move back to his native Russia remains to be seen.
Chelsea Re-Ignite Interest in Neymar
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According to talkSPORT, Chelsea have begun their approach for Brazilian wonder-kid Neymar Da Silva.
The forward was expected to sign for Chelsea last summer, but the deal fell through after Santos raised their asking price to meet the £29.6 million release clause in his contract. Shorty after, Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro revealed that the Brazilian wouldn't be leaving Santos until after the 2012 London Olympics.
But with some formal interest from Chelsea this summer, will Neymar and his agent keep that stance?
Liverpool To Swoop for Villareal's Mateo Musacchio?
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According to talkSPORT, Liverpool are poised to make a move for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio.
Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish have made the defender a top priority for the summer to fill the gaping hole at left back that has existed since the departure of Risse.
But the Villarreal man is not yet in the box seat, so expect a whole lot of names to be linked with a move to Anfield.
Avram Grant To Return to Chelsea?
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Various papers in England are today reporting that Avram Grant will be on his way back to Chelsea if owner Roman Abramovich gets his way.
Meanwhile, current Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is being heavily linked with a move to Roma after Claudio Ranieri resigned as a result of a poor run of form from the Italians.
Look out Chelsea fans, you could be in for a rough summer.