European Football Transfers: Top 10 Rumours of the Week
In four weeks, the European transfer window will close, but until then transfer rumours will come in bulks.
It is up to you to decide which rumour is plausible, improbable or pure rubbish.
Do you know which club has began talks with Joey Barton?
Which club has decided to bid for Alexander Pato?
What's the latest with the ongoing transfer sagas of Wesley Sneijder, Cesc Fàbregas and Juan Manuel Mata?
Read this article to find out.
10. Dimitar Berbatov Headed to Paris
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According to Daniel Taylor at guardian.co.uk, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would have no issues with Dimitar Berbatov moving to Paris Saint-Germain (P.S.G.).
Berbatov's goal scoring exploits last season did not prevent the lazy Bulgarian from warming the benches from time to time.
Rumours linking Berbatov with a move away from Old Trafford ignited after he wasn't even included as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona.
P.S.G. are financially backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, who are worth around $60 billion.
£20 million for a 30-year-old forward who won't be an integral part of Manchester United this season is good business.
Do you think P.S.G will contend with Europe's elite in the future?
9. Liverpool Have a New Left Back
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According to David Maddock at Mirror Football, Liverpool will sign Newcastle left back José Enrique for £5million.
Enrique's consistent performances at left back, combined with Liverpool's lack of a solid left back, has facilitated this transfer.
Will Enrique be a success at Anfield?
8. David N'Gog Going Down to the Championship?
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According to Andrew Dillon at the Sun, recently relegated West Ham United will make a move for Liverpool reserve forward David N'Gog.
N'Gog scored 19 goals in 94 games, 0.20 goals per game ratio, during his time at Anfield.
It would be more beneficial to N'Gog if he returned to a Ligue 1 club.
Tell me what you think of N'Gog's Liverpool career.
7. Chelsea to Sign Alexandre Pato but What About Romelu Lukaku?
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According to Martin Lipton at Mirror Football, Chelsea are contemplating a move for A.C. Milan's Alexandre Pato.
No, no and no.
Why would Pato leave A.C. Milan who are building a dynastic team in Italy?
Why would Pato leave his two good friends and fellow Brazilians Thiago Silva and Robinho?
Why aren't Chelsea actively pursuing Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku?
Forget about Pato, Lukaku must be signed. Talent is more important that need, and Lukaku is a future FIFA Ballon d'Or winner.
Who would you want, Lukaku or Pato?
6. London Set to Be Joey Barton's New Home
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According to Jimmy Nsubuga at the Metro, Tottenham Hotspur have begun talks with free agent Joey Barton.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley mysteriously terminated Barton's contract, when Ashley could have cashed in on Barton's terrific season.
Provided that Barton keeps his emotions in check on and off the field, he'll be a good player for any English Premier League team.
Has Barton impressed you as a footballer and a person?
5. Manchester City Intend to Short Change Tottenham Hotspur
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According to Alan Nixon at Mirror Football, Manchester City intend to offload Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham Hotspur only if Aaron Lennon goes the other way.
Well, we know this rumour is rubbish because Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has a brain, so unless he intends on sabotaging his own club, then it this deal will not happen.
At Real Madrid, Adebayor did more tackling and defending than scoring.
Who would you keep, Adebayor or Lennon?
4. Cesc Fàbregas Update
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According to Jeremy Wilson at the Telegraph, Barcelona will submit one final bid of £35 million for Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas.
What part of £40 million do Barcelona do not understand?
They've tapped up Arsenal's captain, who they let go when he was 16, and now they intend to rip Arsenal off?
Arsenal must ask for £30 million plus Thiago Alcântara, no ifs, ands, or buts.
If Barcelona do not meet Arsenal's demands, then Arsenal must play hardball and pray that Real Madrid win the league and the UEFA Champions League.
That would force Barcelona to come back for Fàbregas, regardless of the asking price.
Arsenal have to fight a war of attrition when it comes to negotiating for Fàbregas, and until it gets to the year of 2015—no concessions must be made.
Should Arsenal sell Fàbregas this summer?
3. Juan Manuel Mata Too Expensive for Arsenal
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According to Ben Hayward at Goal.com, Valencia's star asset Juan Manuel Mata now costs £30.5 million after being auctioned around for £17 million just last week.
The theory behind the inflation is because Mata's father, who is also his agent, had a gentlemen's agreement that Mata could be sold at a cut price before August 1.
Well, that doesn't make sense.
It's more likely that Valencia put out the cut price tag to lure in possible suitors, only to then raise the fee.
Keep in mind, Valencia have debts up to around £477 million.
Will Arsenal sign Mata this summer?
2. Chelsea Turn Their Eyes to Fallen Real Madrid Star Kaká
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According to tribalfootball, Chelsea will make an audacious attempt to sign Kaká with the proposed Luka Modrić signing now seemingly out of the question.
1) Roman Abramovich would be a fool to fall three times in signing a fallen star.
2) Even though Real Madrid manager José Mourinho does not rate Kaká, he still desires to have an impact sub off the bench.
3) Kaká has made it clear that he will stay in Madrid to live up to the hype.
Chelsea would be better off signing Modrić than Kaká. What do you think?
1. Wesley Sneijder Update
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Eurosport have reported Inter Milan's chief executive officer, Ernesto Paolilli said, "Not so much of what is read in the papers is the truth. As for Sneijder, there is a complete intention that he will stay with us."
TRANSLATION: Manchester United bid higher.
Whilst it would be beneficial for Wesley Sneijder to stay, if Inter Milan can make a substantial profit from the €15 million they paid for the Dutchman's services, then they will sell.
Sneijder is 27-years-old, so Manchester United perhaps have some reservations about paying too high of a transfer fee.
Will he stay or will he leave?
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