The rumours are gaining momentum and, in many instances, credibility. Transfer Talk has the latest news as the summer window nears.
Ibe going Sterling route?
Maybe it's something in the water in Liverpool or maybe it's just two players trying to get their perceived market value from their employers. Whatever the case, Jordan Ibe is reportedly playing contract hardball in the same vein that fellow Anfield youngster Raheem Sterling has over the course of the last few months (albeit with a few less zeroes in the deal).
The Sun reports today that Ibe, a speedy revelation of sorts for Brendan Rodgers this campaign, will turn down a rumoured offer of £25,000 a week that would more than triple his current wages of £7,000 a week. Ibe is said to be seeking double the offer on the table, but says he remains hopeful that a deal will be done by the end of the season to keep him with the Reds.
The Sterling saga has played out publicly in recent months as the 20-year-old turned down a rumoured £5 million per year deal and was even heckled by some of his own fans. Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has weighed in with The Mirror as well, saying he thinks Sterling will leave this summer, even if many see it as a risky move.
Sterling has been linked to major clubs all over Europe and in the Premier League including Spanish giants Real Madrid and Manchester City. Losing one or both of these rising talents would be a major hit for Rodgers at the end of what could, at best, be called a frustrating campaign in 2014-15.
The future of Petr Cech
Reports from earlier today revealed that Chelsea No. 2 Petr Cech had opened talks surrounding a possible move to Besiktas. It's been well documented that the long-time Chelsea man doesn't want to spend another season playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, despite the wishes of Jose Mourinho to either keep Cech at Stamford Bridge or see him leave the Premier League.
However, The Sun now say that Mou's old nemesis Arsene Wenger has other plans and is still holding on to the chance that the Czech international will stay in the Prem courtesy of a short move from the west of London to the north.
Wenger has been courting Cech ever since he was relegated to second-choice at Chelsea, and the report says that a £10 million bid is on the ready that would pay the keeper £120,000 a week for three years to, ostensibly, help Arsenal end their Premier League title drought.
Muto could reject Mourinho
Who would turn down a move to Chelsea and a chance to play for Jose Mourinho? According to the Guardian, Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto would.
Rumours first surfaced in April that Chelsea were interested in the FC Tokyo player, but both Mourinho and the player were less-than-forthcoming about the chances of said deal materialising.
Though Muto is said to be flattered by the interest, he's also realistic about where his best chance to develop as a player and get first-team football are and apparently he doesn't think it's at Stamford Bridge. The report says that the 22-year-old will likely end up with his countryman Shinji Okazaki at Bundesliga outfit Mainz and that a deal should be announced in the coming days.
- Carlo Ancelotti commented recently on the chatter coming from Gareth Bale's agent regarding the Welshman's current status with Real Madrid and his future after this season. The Italian boss put it quite simply saying maybe Bale's agent should speak a little less, because as far he's concerned Real's No. 11 is quite happy in Madrid.
- With all the talk of Inter Milan readying a bid for Manchester City's Yaya Toure, it would seem the Ivorian's departure from the Etihad was just about a done deal. Not so fast though, says Wilfried Bony. Toure's City teammate and countryman says everyone at the club wants the midfielder to stay on for next season, while also crediting him for talking Bony into making the move to Manchester from Swansea in January in the first place.
- Sources have told ESPN FC that Aston Villa are close to a deal that would bring Australian Massimo Luongo to the club from his current team Swindon. Luongo was one of the lynch pins of the Socceroos side that won the Asian Cup earlier this year and Villa boss Tim Sherwood scouted the midfielder on Monday night during their League One playoff match with Sheffield United.