The rumour mill never stops churning, even while the football’s on, with transfer super sleuths to-ing and fro-ing from club to club to catch a glimpse of the latest big-money prospect’s bling-encrusted agent.
Here are a few that were doing the rounds over the weekend.
The Daily Express says Chelsea are in the race for Fiorentina’s Colombia regular Juan Cuadrado, who had a fine World Cup prior to a woeful quarter final against Brazil.
Many expected Manchester United to secure Cuadrado’s signature over the summer, while Barcelona are thought to covet the winger/wing-back’s service to replace wantaway Brazilian Dani Alves.
Now the west London Blues are reportedly prepared to pay the 26-year-old’s £32m La Viola release clause in January, which could force other clubs’ hands quicker than they would have liked.
The Express also run with the rumour that Newcastle, who are currently third from bottom having conceded 14 goals in eight Premier League games this term, wish to cut Jamaal Lascelles’ season-long loan with Nottingham Forest short.
Lascelles signed from the Tricky Trees over the summer, with part of the deal being he would stay at the City Ground for the current campaign, so Forest gaffer Stuart Pearce won’t like this news.
Back to Newcastle, as they’re again linked with former striker Andy Carroll, the £35m-down-to-£15m man who scored two goals in 15 Premier League appearances last term for West Ham and can’t stay fit.
With both player and club at pretty low ebbs, this is a move that could come off just for the sake of it.
Asmir Begovic is a fine keeper, but few make the leap from somewhere like Stoke to Real Madrid in one bound, and the Bosnian is unlikely to either.
Whispers are going round that Los Blancos will target Begovic to replace Iker Casillas, who has restricted new €10m keeper Keylor Navas to one appearance so far this term.
Casillas has let in one goal in his last four appearances for Madrid, another reason why we just can’t see this happening.