The summer transfer window’s July opening has facilitated, as is its wont, the cool circulation of the Premier League’s choicest rumours, which swirl around boardrooms and press offices alike in search of new homes.
Klaxons going off on Chelsea’s shock swoop for Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal’s triumphant capture of Alexis Sanchez mean one must be careful when dismissing eye-catching links, but we feel on fairly solid ground regarding the below names.
Marco Reus to Liverpool for £44m
Here at news.bwin.com/en/, we’re in no way immune to flagging up the odd false hope (Click here) and were taken in by the giddy thought of the uber-exciting Borussia Dortmund forward replacing Luis Suarez on Merseyside.
Alas, it seems that Reus will not be strutting his stuff on British shores next term…
Yevhen Konoplyanka to West Ham for £9.5m
The Irons not only went for a player some way out of their league when targeting the Ukraine winger, who was minutes from a move to Liverpool in January, but also seemingly got their maths wrong by bidding £2.5m lower than Konoplyanka’s reported buy-out clause.
Coach Sam Allardyce seems to have given up at that stage, with a £15m (sheesh) move for Ecuador’s Enner Valencia thought to be close.
David Luiz to Paris Saint Germain for £50m
Oh, that actually happened…
Roberto Firmino to Liverpool for £20m
Particularly partial purveyors of transfer piffle The Metro came up with this doozey last month, with Kop chief executive Ian Ayre reportedly ready to fly out to Hoffenheim at the time.
There has been no news since regarding the Brazilian, who only signed a contract extension with the Bundesliga club at the end of last term.
Sam Gallagher to Chelsea for £5m
Our favourite morning free-sheet also reported Jose Mourinho’s ‘interest’ in Southampton’s teen striker, nine days after running a story on Gallagher signing a new contract at St Mary’s.
Hugo Lloris to PSG for £100m
Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood came up with this figure, and after shelling out half the money for maybe half the player in Luiz, you wouldn’t put it past Les Parisiens.
However, the Lilywhites received their first big boost of the Mauricio Pochettino era when Lloris penned a new five-year deal earlier this month.
Paul Pogba to Chelsea for £60m
The Express have gone big with this story in recent days, while carrying the quote “Paul to Chelsea? It’s just fantasy football” from Pogba’s agent in the same article. Quite.
Serge Aurier to Arsenal for £10m
A long-trailed rumour that seemed to fit rather well, with Arsenal in need of at least one new right-back this summer, but the Gunners are expected to pick up Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy this week, while the Toulouse youngster could head to Paris.