With little over two months left until the end of the season, the transfer gossip columns are buzzing with rumours involving some of the world's highest-profile players.

Here is a closer look at the top five transfer rumours that have raised the eyebrows of fans. 

5. Wayne Rooney - Manchester United to Bayern Munich

Manchester United's main man over the years and fourth top scorer of all time for United, Wayne Rooney has been the subject of intense speculation after being left out of the starting eleven in the all important Champions League game against Real Madrid.

Rooney still has over two years of his contract left, while his manager Sir Alex Ferguson has categorically denied reports that the star striker will be sold and has promised that he would be at United next year. 

However, the Lancashire Evening Post has reported that United would be willing to listen to offers of £25m and above, with Manchester City and Chelsea in the fray.

Franz Beckenbauer was also quoted saying Bayern Munich would love to sign Rooney and the Bavarians' soon-to-be-appointed coach Pep Guardiola is also a big fan, meaning Bayern would certainly move in for the kill if United do decide to sell Rooney.

4. Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid are sitting pretty in third place, one point behind Real Madrid and look set for a Champions League spot thanks largely to Radamel Falcao.  The Colombian has been doing the bulk of the scoring for his team and his goalscoring exploits haven't gone unnoticed by Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

The prolific marksmen has a £40m release clause and is believed to be on top of Roman Abramovich's wish list. The Russian is also ready to offload Fernando Torres, who has not impressed for two seasons after his £50m move from Liverpool, as part of the deal. Torres, who is still highly regarded at the club where he spent seven seasons, might just clinch the deal for Chelsea.

3. Gareth Bale - Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid

The Welsh winger has been in phenomenal form this season and has piqued the interest of clubs both in England and all over Europe. With a transfer value upwards of £50m, and with the intense interest that he is generating, Bale himself was quoted in The Express saying Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona are great teams, probably marking them as his next destination.

Tottenham would be hoping to hold on to their talismanic winger. However, The Mirror reports that Real Madrid would be willing to shell out £60m for the transfer and further a £10m a year contract for five years taking the total to a whopping £110m.

Real Madrid are also believed to have offered to sweeten the deal for Bale by offering Luka Modric. The little Croatian has failed to settle down and reproduce his form of old, scoring just two goals all season. He has struggled to find a place in the starting line-up at Madrid and is probably ready to move back to his old club, making this deal hard to beat for other clubs.

2. Neymar - Santos to Barcelona

The 21-year-old Neymar is immensely talented and has established a ruthless reputation in front of goal. In 2012, he scored an unbelievable 43 goals in 47 games in all competitions and in 2013 he has picked up where he left off scoring six in seven games.

It is believed that Santos spurned a £38m offer from Manchester United and unconfirmed reports suggest that City offered a blank check for the Brazilian star.

The transfer fee is rumoured to be anywhere above £40m with Barcelona seeming to be the leading contenders for Neymar's signature. 

Santos has offered to renew his contract which expires in 2014. However with the lure of a big-money transfer it is probable that next season he will be plying his trade in Barcelona.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid to Manchester United

The biggest transfer rumour of the season concerns Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational move back to Manchester United. The winger has continued his prolific form netting 38 times this season in all competitions.

Ronaldo's contract expires in 2015; however, with his contract negotiations hitting a road block, and his previous 'sad' comment have provided a lot of fodder for gossip.

A host of former Manchester United legends including Sir Bobby Charlton have called for bringing the former Red back to Old Trafford.

Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has said that the delay in opening talks with Ronaldo is due to Real’s on-field commitments, and Sir Alex has already denied the rumour as false hope.

The Sun, however, claims that Manchester United are believed to be working on a £75m deal with sponsors Nike to bring the former Red back to the Theatre of Dreams.

United are also believed to be considering to offer David De Gea, Nani or Javier Hernandez as part of the deal for the superstar.

The paper further reports that PSG might be willing to offer £500,000-a-week deal. However, Ronaldo, who reportedly earns £12m currently, is thought to be willing to take a pay cut to join United.

With all the big money clubs trying to lure the best players in the world, a very interesting transfer season is surely on the cards this time around.


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