11 Shocking Summer Transfer Rumors That Just Might Be True

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterApril 26, 2012

11 Shocking Summer Transfer Rumors That Just Might Be True

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    It's almost time for the transfer window to reopen.

    And we all know what that means.

    It's way past time for some crazy rumors.

    Today I've got 11 rumors that lean to the shocking side of the believability spectrum for one reason or another.

    But even so, it's possible some of these rumors will happen.

    You never know, really, and that's part of the fun of the transfer window.

Fabio to Manage in England?

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    No, I'm not saying Fabio Capello will manage England again. That will never happen.

    The rumor is that Fabio Capello could manage in England, for a Premier League club.

    Says who? Says Fabio.

    From Goal.com:

    "I want to be a coach for another two years," Capello told Sky Sport 24.

    "I love London, I prefer to coach in Premier League. In Italy I can coach only if it will be a interesting project."

    Capello also compared his four-year stint as England boss to a technical director's role and is adamant he would not take up any offer of a similar job at club level.

    "Role as director? No, I'm not interested," said Capello. "I only see these stories in the Italian newspapers.

    "I was a director for four years, when I managed England. I want to work on the pitch."

    That's a not-so-subtle hint to Chelsea, no?

Kuyt for £1 Million?

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    Liverpool fans know Dirk Kuyt could be on the move this summer.

    The 31-year-old Dutch attacker is no longer an automatic first-choice selection, and his former club Feyenoord have reportedly shown interest.

    That's not surprising. The surprising part is that Kuyt could be had for just £1 million.

    That's right—there's reportedly a clause in Kuyt's contract that says he can be sold to a foreign club for £1 million.

Carroll on Loan?

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    Sticking with Liverpool for a moment, the word from Metro is that the Reds could send striker Andy Carroll on loan next season.

    That would be shocking for a player who cost £35 million.

    Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is targeting up to five new players when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season, and having seen his side score just 40 times in the league this term, adding extra fire power is a certain priority.

    Valencia's Roberto Soldado, Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente and FC Groningen's David Texeira are all under consideration by Dalglish, who has once again been promised substantial funds by owner John W. Henry, in a bid to continue revamping his under performing squad.

    Yet the arrival of a big name striker will force Dalglish into making a decision on £35 million flop Andy Carroll - with talk on Merseyside suggesting he will be allowed to leave Anfield on a short-term loan deal, should the right offer arrive.

    Wasn't Carroll playing better lately?

Di Matteo Is Chelsea's 3rd Choice?

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    Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has led Chelsea from the brink of disaster to the Champions League final.

    So he's definitely got the full-time job, right?

    Mirror Football says otherwise:

    Triumphant Roberto Di Matteo is still only third choice to be next Chelsea boss.

    Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and Germany’s Joachim Loew are believed to be ahead of him on owner Roman ­Abramovich’s wishlist, despite caretaker Di Matteo (above) guiding the Blues to the Champions League final.

    Guardiola has pledged to tell Nou Camp president Sandro Rossell within the next 72 hours if he plans to stay for a fourth season at Barca.

    If not, Abramovich is poised to do everything he can to lure the architect of the best footballing side on the planet in to Stamford Bridge.

    Di Matteo should have the job already.

Bendtner Unsure?

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    According to The Guardian, on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner "may or may not stay at Sunderland next season, even if he's offered the opportunity to do so."

    Now that's shocking. I know Bendtner is confident, but doesn't he realize no one else wants him?

RvP to Anywhere

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    Speaking of Arsenal, it doesn't seem possible that the Gunners would let Robin van Persie go—not after losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer.

    But, then again, they did lose both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer. And if the right offer comes along for the PFA and FWA Player of the Year, Arsenal may yet accept it.

Sigurdsson to Liverpool or United?

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    Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson arrived at Swansea on loan in January as something of an unknown. He had already played for Reading as a teenager, but Sigurdsson toiled on in obscurity.

    A few months and several great performances later, he's being linked with a move to Liverpool or Manchester United (and, uh, also Everton).

    His parent club, Hoffenheim, reportedly want £10 million for him.

    And why not? Sigurdsson would make almost any team better.

Suarez or Dzeko to PSG

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    Big-spending French club Paris St. Germain have been linked with just about every big name in Europe.

    With money to burn, PSG are in the running for almost everyone.

    That could include Liverpool's bad-boy striker Luis Suarez, or Manchester City's out-of-favor striker Edin Dzeko.

    Both are being linked with PSG, and while such moves would have been surprising at the start of this season, they don't seem so outlandish now.

Richards to Real?

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    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho remembers Manchester City defender Micah Richards well. Mourinho was managing Chelsea when Richards started his career.

    Still, if Real sign Richards this summer—as has been rumored—it would be a surprise. It's not every day that English players move to Spain.

New Gareth Bale to Arsenal?

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    This just sounds like an Arsene Wenger signing.

    From talkSPORT:

    Arsenal are on the trail of one of the hottest prospects in Italian football – Acharaf Laazar from Serie B side Verase.

    The Moroccan youngster has been dubbed the "new Gareth Bale" by Varese Sporting Director Mauro Milanese, who, when playing for QPR, recommended the then Southampton youngster to AC Milan before he was snapped up by Tottenham.

    "New Gareth Bale" or not, signing a mostly unknown player from the Italian second tier would be shocking—even for Arsenal.

Moses to Liverpool or Spurs?

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    Nigerian/English winger Victor Moses has reportedly turned down a contract extension from his current club, Wigan.

    Now, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested.

    Actually, that's not too surprising. Wigan beat Liverpool recently, and Liverpool could really use a player of Moses' quality.


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