The month of January ushered in both a new year and a fresh transfer window. As of such, the time was rife with speculation and rumours of targets big and small alike. But some of them were of the usual brand of ridiculousness in their nature. Let us look at 10 such rumors.
Crouch to Chelsea
Chelsea have been desperate to pair Alvaro Morata with an apt striker by his side in a bid to both stabilize their attacking ploys as well as give the newcomer more chances at scoring goals.
But the Telegraph reckoned that the Blues are considering a move for 37-year-old Peter Crouch to be paired alongside the Spaniard. While Crouch certainly would bring to the side a proven record of scoring goals, this appears to be unimaginative thinking at its finest.
Ronaldo to United
No list of transfer rumors would be complete without linking Ronaldo to a prodigal return to Old Trafford.
This time around, AS reported that the Portuguese star was unhappy with the fact that a better contract wasn’t negotiated for him at Real Madrid, and that he’d return to the Premier League. Sound familiar?
Daley Blind to Barcelona
The Dutch international is supposedly a replacement for Javier Mascherano, and Barca are apparently eager to capitalize on Blind’s expiring contract at Old Trafford.
Carroll to Chelsea
Another Englishman on Chelsea’s striker radar. Despite being currently sidelined with an ankle injury, the Telegraph believes that Antonio Conte is lining up a permanent deal for the former Liverpool striker.
Such is the improbability of this deal that West Ham boss David Moyes himself had to state that Chelsea had, in fact, not made contact, and that he was expecting Carroll to recover and be back in training shortly.
Fellaini to PSG
The Belgian maestro is the final year of his current contract at United, and can begin negotiating for future deals from now on.
As per La Derniere Heure, PSG are the side most interested in acquiring the 30-year-old, with a bumper contract that would outdo the one the Red Devils were offering as a renewal.
Aubameyang to China
While the Chinese football scene has been attractive for stars, particularly due to the various financial incentives, this one is highly improbable.
Sina Sports claimed that Borussia Dortmund had accepted a £63.5 million bid from Guangzhou Evergrande for Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
James Rodriguez to Liverpool
Don Balon has made quite a reputation for itself for pedaling ridiculous rumors, and they didn’t disappoint in their report regarding Klopp’s plan for replacing Coutinho.
It claimed that James Rodriquez was the player that the Merseyside club had gotten in contact with to fill the void left behind by the Brazilian.
Lewandowski to Juventus
The Old Lady is eager to make a mark with its strikers, and Tuttosport vouched that a big bid was on its way to Germany.
Robert Lewandowski was the man most wanted by the Serie A giants, and the report suggested that Juventus were willing to outspend the €90 million they had splashed to acquire Higuain from Napoli.
Neymar to Manchester United
Neymar’s world record move to PSG from earlier in the summer was apparently not enough money being splashed about for a single player.
David Luiz On The Move Once Again
To end the list, we have a player who probably is sick of transfers now. Involved in big money moves from Benfica to Chelsea, a world record fee for a defender being paid in his Chelsea to PSG move, and then being purchased back by the Blues, several outlets claimed that the Brazilian defender would switch clubs yet again.
Those were just a few of the several outlandish reports that are too absurd to have an iota of reality to them. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments down below.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.