World Football: Top 11 Transfer Rumours of the Week

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 10, 2011

World Football: Top 11 Transfer Rumours of the Week

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    Wesley Sneijder will leave Inter Milan for Manchester United, or will he? Has a Spanish club other than Real Madrid and Barcelona hijacked the transfer?

    Find out which cash-strapped Spanish club are planning a €50 million bid for Gareth Bale.  

    These are just a few of the many transfer rumours going around, some are legitimate and others don't have an ounce of credibility attached.  

    So lets review and analyse the top 11 transfer rumours of the week. 

Malaga to Beat Manchester United to Wesley Sneijder

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    According to, Málaga have tabled an ambitious €35 million bid for Manchester United target and current Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder. 

    Málaga are financed by Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family. 

    Ironically through cost-effective signings, Málaga have quietly built up a reasonable squad on paper by adding the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Martín Demichelis, Nacho Monreal, Joris Mathijsen, Jérémy Toulalan, Joaquín, and Diego Buonanotte. 


    Will Málaga sign Sneijder?

    No. They may be the highest bidders, but, ultimately, it’s Sneijder’s decision. Will he want to move to a league where first and second have already been decided before a game has been played?

£4 Million More and Cesc Fàbregas Will Be a Barcelona Player Again

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    According to, manager Arsène Wenger will stubbornly block Cesc Fàbregas’ move to Barcelona, unless Barcelona increase their £31 million bid to £35 million. 

    Wenger is facing a revolt with Gaël Clichy gone, Nicklas Bendtner, Denílson, and Samir Nasri set to leave. 


    Will Barcelona sign Fàbregas?

    Yes. £4 million is nothing, and Barcelona will compromise. I feel that Wenger has missed the boat as he should have demanded Thiago Alcântara plus money for Fàbregas.  

Cash-Strapped Barcelona Will Bid €50 Million for Gareth Bale

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    According to Wayne Veysey at, Barcelona are planning a €50 million bid for Gareth Bale.

    Bale had some very high moments like humiliating Maicon, who was supposedly the best right back in the world. Though Bale has also suffered injuries and went through periods where he was here and there, as opposed to dominating defences.


    Will Barcelona sign Bale?

    NO! Where do I start?

    1. Barcelona do not have money to waste, as they are in debt to the tune of ~€450 million. They even went against an 111 year tradition of being paid to promote a shirt sponsor, by signing a €150 million deal with the Qatar Foundation.

    2. This is the same club that is attempting to devalue Cesc Fàbregas' stock, so why would they plan a €50 million bid?

    3. For Barcelona to attach such an enormous transfer fee to an injury prone player doesn't make sense.

    4. Aren't Barcelona supposed to be attempting to sign Alexis Sánchez?    

Samir Nasri Will Follow Gaël Clichy to Etihad Stadium

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    According to Sky Sport Italia, want-away Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri will join Manchester City for €25 million, even though manager Roberto Mancini could potentially sign Nasri for free next season. 

    It’s not the first time Manchester City have indulged in financial recklessness, having signed Nigel De Jong for £18 million, when they could have exercised a clause in his contract, which allowed them to sign him for just £2.3 million the season later. 

    Yet given Manchester City’s near limitless funding by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it’s irrelevant how financially reckless they want to be. 


    Will Manchester City sign Nasri?

    Yes. Nasri is a lost cause, and Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger should squeeze as much money out of Sheik Mansour. 

Kaká Handed Inter Milan Lifeline

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    According to Radio Marca, Inter Milan offered €31 million to Real Madrid for Kaká, €25 million short of the fee Real Madrid paid in 2009. 

    Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká has yet to live up to his transfer fee and has fallen down the pecking order in a star-studded midfield at Real Madrid.   


    Will Inter Milan sign Kaká?

    No. Owner Massimo Moratti has run a financially balanced ship at Inter Milan for the last two seasons—recording profits of €81.6 million from just transfers. So why would he take the risk with signing Kaká, who has so far failed?

    Also, signing Kaká would stunt the development of Ricardo Álvarez and Philippe Coutinho.

Chelsea Want Carlos Tévez, Even Though He Wants to Leave.

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    According to John Richardson at, Chelsea have tabled a stunning £50 million bid to Manchester City for eternally unhappy Carlos Tévez. 

    Not since living and playing in La Boca for Boca Juniors, Tévez has yet to play three straight seasons for one club.   


    Will Chelsea sign Tévez? 

    No. He has made it very clear he does not like life in England, so why would he stay in England?

    It seems he is torn between being a professional footballer and being a father, given whilst he is making a fortune, his two daughters are growing up without him. 

Sergio Agüero Will Replace Carlos Tévez at Manchester City

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    According to Duncan White and Rory Smith at The Telegraph, Manchester City will look to replace want-away Carlos Tévez with compatriot Sergio Agüero. 

    Agüero, the son in law of living legend Diego Maradona, has insisted on leaving in order to win more trophies. 

    Agüero has scored 20 goals or more for four seasons running. 


    Will Manchester City sign Agüero?

    Maybe, as it all depends on Carlos Tévez.

    If he leaves, then signing Agüero makes sense. 

Giuseppe Rossi Headed to Turin

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    According to, Juventus will offer €25million and Felipe Melo to Villarreal for Giuseppe Rossi. 

    Rossi had a breakout season scoring 32 goals in 56 games and was arguably the fourth best player in La Liga this season behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi. 


    Will Juventus sign Rossi?

    Maybe, but not under this deal because it's not logical. Melo had his best season for Juventus, and Villarreal don’t need another defensive midfielder given how immense Bruno was.

    If Juventus offer €30 million-plus, then Villarreal will yield.  

Alexis Sánchez Finally a Barcelona Player?

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    According to Marca, Barcelona are €9 million away from signing Alexis Sánchez, with Udinese holding out for €35 million, whilst Barcelona have offered €27 million. 

    Sánchez has been sensational this season, dancing his way past Serie A players, yet also contributing goals and assists at a somewhat efficient rate. 

    The next step for him is to dominate like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


    Will Barcelona sign Sánchez?

    No. Barcelona is cash-strapped, and at the end of the day it comes to Sánchez or Cesc Fàbregas. It would seem reading the comments from Barcelona players that Fàbregas is the preferred choice.  

Harry Kewell Returns to Australia

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    According to Guy Hand at, former Leeds United and Liverpool player Harry Kewell will play in the A-League for Sydney FC. 

    Kewell’s contract was not renewed by Galatasaray at the end of the season, as the Turkish giants endured a frustrating season. 


    Will Sydney FC sign Kewell

    No, as Sydney FC can't offer the money.

    Since there really isn’t any money in the A-League right now, Kewell is attempting to dictate his terms to Football Federation Australia in gaining 80 percent of extra revenue generated by the club, and 70 percent of teams hosting Kewell’s team.

    It really is a sad state of affairs for an aging Australian star who should be giving back, as opposed to taking. He'll solidify his mercenary status if he decides to go to China.  

Barcelona Forward Keirrison Headed to Switzerland

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    According to Sport, Neuchatel have offered to sign Barcelona player Keirrison on loan, and they will even pay his wages outright. 

    They signed him for €14 million, yet he didn’t even get a chance to play a game, so you wonder what Barcelona were thinking when they signed Keirrison. 

    It would be a humbling career choice for Keirrison, as he was one of the most highly touted South American imports in recent years. 


    Will Neuchatel sign Keirrison on loan?

    No, because going back to Brazil is a better career option for Keirrison.