Examining the transfer rumors

Soccer always has a busy off season

  1. Petr Cech: Chelsea to Arsenal

A story that has been picking up steam of late. Petr Cech has recently told Chelsea that he will not play second fiddle to young Belgian star Thibaut Courtois. Since the start of the season Petr Cech has only kept four of the 17 clean sheets Chelsea has had this year with Thibaut Courtois keeping the other 13. This re-enforces Cech’s idea of making a move away from Stamford Bridge. Arsene Wenger might come swooping in for him and taking him to Arsenal.


  1. Kevin De Bruyne: Wolfsburg to Manchester City/ United

This transfer rumor has been making the rounds for months. But now that he has broken the record for most assists in the Bundesliga in a season (22) his stock is at an all-time high. But not only is he setting up others goals he’s scored 10 goals for himself which is no small feat for an attacking midfielder. With both Manchester clubs interested in bringing him back to the premier league Wolfsburg director of football has tried to ward off their advances with a £40m ($62.6m) price tag on the Belgian midfielder.


  1. Sami Khedira: Real Madrid to Juventus

This wouldn’t be the first time in recent history that Real Madrid has sent a player to Juventus on the cheap. The first time? Alvaro Morata. The player that scored twice for Juventus to knock his former club out of the champions league. In my opinion Sami Khedira is the most underrated player on  the Real Madrid roster. His role in the 2014 World Cup for Germany was instrumental for them to win the tournament. Even with his stellar cup performance Real Madrid still don’t see the need for him but this one might even hurt more as the German talent will be leaving for Turin for free.


  1. Tim Howard: Everton to MLS

Tim Howard’s career has started to fizzle after the heroics of the World Cup and most believe that it is time for him to return home and begin a new life in the MLS. He has conceded more goals this year in the Premier League than ever before. Tim Howard is still good enough to be a number one keeper somewhere else, but the quality gap between him and the rest of the premier league is beginning to widen.


  1. Arturo Vidal & Christian Benteke: Juventus & Aston Villa to Liverpool

After Liverpool’s slightly disappointing season owner group Fenway Sports Group (FSG) is deciding it’s time to make a step up in quality amongst the squad and the money they are willing to spend is astronomical. Juventus has stated that Arturo Vidal, their star midfielder, is free to leave for a price tag of £25m ($38.3m). Vidal would be a ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard as he is leaving the club for the USA this week. The other major signing is Christian Benteke. The big Belgian is a clinical and pacey striker. Exactly what manager Brenden Rodgers needs. The only hindrance is the £30m ($46.06m) price tag.


  1. Andrea Pirlo: Juventus to NYCFC

Andrea Pirlo will go down as one of the greatest Italians to ever play the game. His technical ability and passing ability, the ability to score on free-kicks with such precision. Originally linked with a move to Liverpool to fill a Steven Gerrard size hole left in the midfield. But now he has expressed interest in a move to the United States to play with the newly founded New York City FC. The same person that owns the extremely rich Manchester City owns NYCFC so a move for Pirlo would be financially feasible. Whether he goes to the Premier League with Liverpool or the MLS with NYCFC he will instantly contribute with his experience and passing ability.


  1. James Milner: Manchester City to Arsenal/Liverpool

James Milner is one of the most versatile players on the planet. He can fit into any system into any position. He can play on the wing, centrally, striker, and full-back. Arsenal needs Milner to play in central midfield. Liverpool does as well but they could use him anywhere in any of his positions. Milner would leave Manchester City on a free transfer and that would be a good business deal for any team that picks him up.


  1. Gareth Bale: Real Madrid to Manchester United

“We lost? Let’s blame Bale.” says every Madrid fan this season. Bale comparatively has played worse than normal but is still a great contributor. His pace and precision is still some of the best in the world. While he is no Ronaldo he’s still a great player. He certainly hasn’t lived up to the record £85.5m ($153.5m) fee. While it will be less to bring him back to the Premier League it will still cost a British record fee of £70m ($107.4m).


  1. Raheem Sterling: Liverpool to Real Madrid/Manchester City/Arsenal/Chelsea

Raheem Sterling is one of the greatest young talents in the world at 20 years old he is already one of the Prem’s best players. He has scored seven goals and has also tacked on seven assists. He has reportedly rejected Liverpool’s £80k per week, £100k per week and £150k per week contract extensions. This has prompted his manager to say “Raheem won’t sign an extension even if it was £900k per week.” This has put many top teams on alert. Liverpool are reportedly saying they would only sell Raheem for a British record £60m ($92.1m).


  1. Paul Pogba: Juventus to Real Madrid/Barcelona

Paul Pogba is the best young prospect in all of football. Period. He has the vision of Lampard, the technical ability of Pirlo, the aggressiveness of Gerrard, the dribbling of Zidane and the physicality of Vidal all in one player. Most pundits are believing that Pogba will become the first £100m ($153.5m) player. Pogba’s agent is saying that Pogba would only leave Juventus for Real Madrid or Barcelona. Real Madrid seems like the more likely destination as Barcelona is on a transfer ban until January 2016. Pogba will undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the world when he hits his prime. The only question will be where he will take his talents