The close season traditionally sees football betting fans attempt to fill the void by reading the latest transfer gossip. However, in their desperation to feed the voracious appetites of football-deprived supporters, newspapers are often guilty of misjudging the chances of a potential transfer. Here, news.bwin.com/en/ looks at some of the most unlikely transfer rumours to appear in the gossip columns over the last 12 months.
Ronaldo to Manchester City
Brought to you by the Sun, this “exclusive” scoop told readers of talks between Real Madrid and Manchester City officials about the potential transfer of Ronaldo for £150 million. Real were said to be willing to listen to offers for their goal machine after he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho. Whether this is true or not, can anyone really see Ronaldo agreeing to swap the Bernabeu for the City of Manchester Stadium? No, me neither. The winker confirmed as much earlier this month, stating his commitment to Los Blancos despite the £21 million annual pay packet dangled in front of his nose by City’s rich owner.
Nasri to Manchester United
OK, this one isn’t quite so silly given that Nasri is available on a Bosman next year and would therefore be free to go to whichever club will take him. And, given his performances for Arsenal last season, he’ll presumably have a lot of suitors. But if we limit things to this summer, would Arsene Wenger really sanction the transfer of one of his best players to his biggest rivals? Apparently not. Regardless of how financially prudent this measure would be, the Frenchman made his views perfectly clear in an interview with French radio station RTL recently . “One thing’s for sure: we’re not selling him to Manchester United,” he said. Rumours might persist, but don’t expect Nasri to be unveiled at Old Trafford any time soon.
Ronaldinho to Blackburn Rovers
Venky’s, the company which owns Blackburn Rovers, talked about establishing the Lancashire club as a “global brand” when completing its takeover last November. Central to that theme was the signing of “marquee players” in the January transfer window, with the likes of Ronaldinho and David Beckham targeted. However, Venky’s presumably discovered one of the harsh truths of football in January: it is difficult to sell the Blackburn vision to players used to turning out for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Strangely, neither transfer materialised.
Cesc Fabregas to Real Madrid
Arsenal’s captain Cesc Fabregas has long been linked with a move back to Barcelona, where he started his development alongside Lionel Messi at the club’s La Masia training academy. However, reports have recently circulated of interest from Real Madrid, despite Fabregas’ desire to re-join the Catalan giants stemming from his strong links with the club. It is difficult to see him ever contemplating a move to their nearest rivals, making any overtures from the Spanish capital academic.
Xavi to Manchester City
This May saw the Mirror report on Manchester City – yes, them again – and their plans to sign Barcelona maestro Xavi. With the Spanish midfielder a vital cog in arguably the best club side in history, and having just secured his third Champions League crown, it is unclear why he would want to leave the team he has been with his entire career. Little wonder, then, that the transfer has yet to go through.