The Rumour Room – Daily Round-Up

Rounding up all the days news and gossip.

Mascherano is Unhappy, Unsettled and Want’s £31m Move:
Rather than be dead and buried, this rumour seemed to just go into hibernation. At the beginning of this whole saga, I was sure that Masch would leave and Alonso would stay, however i am not too certain now. Its no secret that Rafa cant afford to let both Masch and Alonso leave but momentum seems to be picking up on the pairs departure.

At this point it is impossible to say what is going to happen. It could all just be the agent trying to stir things up.

Likelihood Rating: I think he will probably be in red next season – 4/10


Liverpool and Tottenham Fight Over £17m Negredo:
I don’t understand the price for this one. How can Real justify putting a price tag of 17M on a player that, less than a few weeks ago was rated 10M. I think Negredo would be a good asset for any team he plays for, but NOT at the price quoted.

Out of the 2 clubs, he has stated that he would love to play for Liverpool, while he has also been offered in exchange for Arbeloa and Alonso.

Likelihood Rating: This is pretty much 50/50 what team he ends up playing for, but i feel he could well be a premiership player next season – 6/10


Chelsea and Manchester City in Chase for Alonso After £35m Move to Real Madrid Stalled. (Daily Mail)
This is an easy one to sum up. He wont be sold to any premiership club, simple as!

I do however believe that the possibility of him joining real is still high.

Likelihood Rating: Alonso to Chelsea or City – 0/10, Alonso to Real – 6/10


Liverpool to Move For Roma’s Italian Midfielder Alberto Aquilani. (Daily Mirror)
This move depends 100% on Alonso moving. And Alonso moving to Real depends whether the clubs can agree a price.

Likelihood Rating: Yeah, if Alonso leaves – 6/10


Tottenham and Fulham in 2 Horse Race for Crouch. (Daily Telegraph)
Crouch has played for Redknapp before and is very likely to do so again, however I cant see him holding down a regular first team place if he joins Tottenham. Tottenham seem to have an abundance of strikers, more than even Harry knows what to do with. Fulham on the other hand would benefit from Crouch, I feel they may well be pushing for a top 6 place next season, so could benefit highly from the services of this striking giant.

Likelihood Rating: Portsmouth have publicly said that Crouch will be leaving. Crouch to Fulham 4/10, Crouch to Tottenham 8/10


Bruce Looking For the Services of Tottenham’s Darren Bent or Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh.

After losing out on signing Crouch, Steve Bruce will set his sights on Bent or Chamakh. Tottenham are looking to recoup the money they wasted on Bent, so it is very likely that Bruce will find the price too high and back away. Bent has Premiership experience and would do very well for a lesser club while Chamakh would be more of a risk (although he would be the cheaper option).

Chamakh has recently been linked with a move to Arsenal, but that seems to have fallen through.

Likelihood Rating: I expect Bruce to buy one of these 2 players. Chamakh to Sunderland – 4/10, Bent to Sunderland – 6/10


£6M Pavlyuchenko Offered to Arsenal.
Not very likely. I’m backing Bendtner to score 20+ goals for the gunners this season. But never say never, Pav could well be linking up with his Russian compatriot.

Likelihood Rating: I doubt it somehow, but who knows. – 2/10


Lazio Set Sights on £7M Bojinov
This could well be a good signing for Lazio, especially for the price. I would be surprised if he didn’t end up leaving for less to be honest. Manchester City don’t need the money, and they certainly don’t need this striker.

They should sell him for whatever they can.

Likelihood Rating: Bojinov leaving the club on a cheap – 7/10


Host of Clubs Line Up For Hull‘s £8M Turner.
Liverpool, Everton, Portsmouth and Fulham are the clubs said to be looking at Turner. The Sun says that Everton are leading the chase for £8M rated Turner. While the Daily Mirror reports that Fulham are willing to pay £9M with Zamora heading in the other direction.

Phil Brown is no idiot, and I don’t for one second believe he will be wanting to sell his best players. Perhaps if the right deal comes along he may consider it, but its too early to tell at the moment.

Likelihood Rating: This seems to be 6 of one thing and half a dozen of the other. There is a distinct possibility he could leave for greener pastures, but nothing set in cement. – 4/10


AC Milan Prepare £11M Bid For Bendtner.
Bendtnar started to show his worth last term, bagging an impressive 15 goals and 3 assists which was 1 less than Ade and mostly from the bench. I feel if he was given a permanent striking role this season along side Van Persie he would grab 20+ goals.

Arsene isn’t likely to sell the young Dane, not after the whole Ade fiasco, and certainly not without buying another striker before hand.

Likelihood Rating: Nope. I certainly hope not. He’s in my dream team – 1/10


Tottenham Weigh Up £5 Petrov Bid.
This could well be a bargain for Tottenham, and a deal that could suit both Petrov and his potential new buyers. Petrov has recovered fully from a knee injury, but at 30 is very unlikely to get much playing time at City. Tottenham could well see him as their diamond in the rough.

Likelihood Rating: I don’t think he will stay at City. His career is nearing the final straight and he will want to get as much playing time as possible. – 7/10

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