With the international break in full swing, all manner of weird and wonderful rumours are swirling round, as well as some that are frankly starting to go rather stale.
Here are a few names that have been prominent on interweb pages over the past day or so:
Despite the uncapped 21-year-old Argentine’s goals drying up considerably in recent weeks, with two in his past nine Palermo appearances, there’s still plenty of interest in a player who struck ten times in 14 Serie A matches between mid-October and early February.
Certainly according to Rosanero chairman Maurizio Zamparani, who claimed in the Italian press of Dybala and playmaking Palermo teammate Franco Vazquez:
“Will they go to Milan? No, they certainly won’t be joining the Rossoneri. They are being tracked by Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.”
Zamparani has also been quoted suggesting it will take €40m to buy Dybala this summer, which seems a little steep.
Despite reports from Italy that the Croatian has done his cruciate knee ligament on international duty, the air is rent with the British press screaming claims that Kovacic is ‘desperate’ to move to Liverpool, ahead of other alleged suitors Manchester United and Arsenal.
The 20-year-old doesn’t score many goals, yet is clearly seen as a Steven Gerrard replacement-type, having played as an attacking-midfielder, but mostly further back in the middle of the park, since becoming an Inter regular at the start of last season.
The Southampton star established himself as England’s first-choice right-back when keeping out fit-again Kyle Walker in the Three Lions’ 4-0 Wembley romp against Lithuania, and Clyne could be the second Saints full-back in 12 months destined for Old Trafford, according to the Independent.
They believe Clyne will follow Luke Shaw up north, with United right-back target Danilo set for Real Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummel’s, PSV’s Memphis Depay and Juventus’ ex-Red Devil Paul Pogba are lumped in with the 23-year-old in a rumoured ‘£150m’ summer splurge from Louis van Gaal, according to the Indy.
Our crazy friends down in the sports room of the Metro have come up with the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid troublemaker moving to Chelsea this summer.
Here’s the crux of the story:
“The Spurs ace is reportedly being targeted with Chelsea looking to replace Didier Drogba at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho worked with Adebayor at Real Madrid in the past, and while the Togo forward has a reputation for being a disruptive influence, the Blues are ready to take a risk on him.”
Doesn’t seem likely.