Today’s rumours see Chelsea paying big money for a former player, a French star going back to Manchester, a Spurs summer signing leaving already and an exit from Old Trafford
Chelsea are prepared to pay as much as £21m for their former midfielder Nemanja Matic, who left Stamford Bridge for Benfica as a makeweight in the David Luiz deal in January 2011.
Why it will happen: With Frank Lampard and Michael Essien running out of legs, the centre of Chelsea’s midfield could do with freshening up. Matic will also feel as though he has a point to prove.
Why it won’t happen: Are the club prepared to lose face to such an embarrassing degree? In addition, the talented young Dutchman Marco van Ginkel will return from injury next season.
Manchester City are ready to sign the former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, with the 20-year-old Frenchman keen on a Premier League return.
Why it will happen: An obvious upgrade on the likes of Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell, Pogba’s signing would have the added bonus of seeing City annoy their rivals again.
Why it won’t happen: Pogba is a star at title-chasing Juventus, and at City he wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting berth with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho around.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has criticised the attitude of midfielder Etienne Capoue, who could leave Spurs just five months after joining from Toulouse for around £9m.
Why it will happen: Sherwood wants to put his stamp on the club, and after promoting youngster Nabil Bentaleb from the reserves he may feel that Capoue is expendable.
Why it won’t happen: Cutting his losses on a promising player so soon into his career at Tottenham wouldn’t do Sherwood any favours with the fans, and he’s much more likely to keep him until at least the summer.
It’s about time
Manchester United midfielder Anderson is set to bring his underwhelming Old Trafford career to a close by joining Fiorentina in Serie A.
Why it will happen: The Brazilian is way down the pecking order even given United’s midfield problems, and he needs a move in order to revitalise his career.
Why it won’t happen: Anderson said as recently as November that he was happy to see out the remainder of his United deal, which runs until 2015. Unless Fiorentina can match his terms, then he could stay put.