With the European football season winding down we’ve reached the stage of the year when the transfer rumour mill goes into overdrive.
Players are linked to clubs for all kinds of reasons ranging from ambition to play champions league football, to the desire to broaden horizons abroad, to players being upset because they weren’t wished a happy birthday.
With so many rumours flying around allow us to clear things up a bit with a selection of transfers which will not happen any time soon:
Yaya Toure to anywhere
The Ivorian has had a masterful season at the heart of City’s midfield, driving the team forward to the Premier League title.
Toure is said to be upset by his clubs lack of celebrations for his recent 31st birthday, and as such is said to be seeking a move away from Manchester City.
This transfer won’t happen because of a few reasons. Firstly it is a laughable reason for wanting a transfer and secondly City will not consider selling their top scorer in the Premier League last season because he is simply awesome.
Never say never in football but this one would be truly shocking if it happened.
Eden Hazard to PSG
Eden Hazard has had an incredible season for Chelsea and will be looking to display his outrageous talents at the World Cup with dark horses Belgium.
This rumour started after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised the forward after his failure to track Atletico Madrid fullback Juanfran led to Chelsea conceding the equaliser in their Champions League semi final.
Chelsea of course went on to lose 3-1 and Mourinho put a large portion of the blame squarely at the dazzling feet of Hazard.
After Hazard responded by saying he has been expected to “win games single-handedly this season” the rumour mill went into overdrive.
The fact is Hazard has won Chelsea games off the back of his brilliance and it is for this reason Chelsea will not consider selling their prized asset.
Marco Reus to Manchester United
Manchester United will certainly make a splash in this summer’s transfer window. New manager Louis van Gaal has a rumoured budget of £200 million and will attempt to improve United’s squad by bringing in an array of talent.
Amongst the array of stars rumoured to be on the Dutchman’s shortlist is Borussia Dortmund’s excellent Marco Reus.
Reus has been truly sensational for Dortmund this season with 21 goals and 15 assists in 39 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
This one won’t happen because Dortmund simply cannot let it. They have already lost Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich on a free transfer and it would be an unmitigated disaster for them if they were to lose Reus as well.
As with Lewandowski last summer expect Dortmund to dig their heels in and refuse to do business no matter what offer they receive.
Luis Suarez to anywhere
Let’s put this one to bed straight away, Suarez will not be going anywhere this summer. Not for Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich, or PSG, or Barcelona, or Man City.
The Liverpool hitman’s main gripe for wanting to leave Anfield last season was a perceived lack of progress at the club and a need for the Uruguayan to be playing Champions League football.
With Liverpool’s thrilling title challenge falling just short and a guaranteed place in next season’s premier club competition the players demands have been met.
Ashley Cole to Liverpool
On the surface this rumour appears to have some legs. Liverpool are lacking in quality options at full back and Cole has proven pedigree at home and abroad.
However for Liverpool to actually sign Cole it would require a serious shift in transfer policy from the Anfield club. Despite his announcement that he will be leaving Chelsea after eight trophy laden seasons, Cole is 33 and would demand a hefty wage not to mention a huge signing on bonus that comes with modern free-transfers of this kind.
This would not be a Liverpool signing under Rodgers. The Ulsterman has only signed players in their early to mid twenties during his tenure so far, don’t expect that to change with a move for Cole.
Aaron Ramsey to anywhere
Ramsey has had a breakout season at Arsenal with some incredible performances the Welshman has outshone practically every other midfielder in Europe this season.
10 goals and eight assists in 23 Premier League appearances tells the story of a player who has really matured and become a key player at Arsenal.
Such a season is sure to see Ramsey linked with some of the world’s top clubs but Arsenal will be confident of keeping their newest star.
The club stuck by Ramsey during his arduous recovery from a broken leg and the 23-year-old will want to repay Arsene Wenger’s faith and patience in him by helping Arsenal build on their FA Cup triumph next season.
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