Lewandowski to Liverpool, Neymar to Manchester United, Vardy to Barcelona or Real Madrid – TEAMtalk looks at the 10 most unrealistic recent transfer rumours.
Cristano Ronaldo: Real Madrid to Chelsea
“Only God knows…” is Ronaldo’s usual answer to questions over his future. It’s probably safe to say that the big man upstairs isn’t expecting the Portuguese superstar to rock up at Stamford Bridge next season.
Seamus Coleman: Everton to Bayern Munich
PSG were also linked with the Everton right-back in the summer, which certainly doesn’t seem as unfeasible as Pep Guardiola making an offer the Toffees can’t refuse.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona to Arsenal
Amid ‘growing claims’ he’s willing to consider a move to Arsenal, we think the Gunners board might need to a collective brain transplant if they’re to pay the reported £600,000 a week wages the Barcelona superstar is said to be demanding.
Dirk Kuyt: Feyenoord to Barcelona
Not happening. Next.
Neymar: Barcelona to Manchester United
Neymar was reportedly the subject of strong interest from United in the summer, when they thought the Brazilian superstar might like to get out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. He didn’t then, and having since stolen the show in Messi’s absence, he’s not likely to change his mind anytime soon.
Jamie Vardy: Leicester to Barcelona or Real Madrid
Steady on. Goals in nine successive games is an incredible achievement. Not incredible enough to merit a move to Barca or Real. One of the bigger English sides, though… maybe.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona to Liverpool
Simon Mignolet has steadied his nerves since some horror shows last season, and though he might not be top class, Jurgen Klopp has other priorities. And that’s before you consider whether ter Stegen would fancy swapping Barcelona and the Champions League for Liverpool and Thursday night football.
Mesut Ozil: Arsenal to Juventus
Ozil won’t finish his career at Arsenal, that seems safe to say, especially when he seems to harbour the desire to play for Fenerbahce. But Arsene Wenger is not going to let his playmaker leave anytime soon.
Robert Lewandowski: Bayern Munich to Liverpool
Liverpool have been linked with anyone ever to have played for or against Klopp of late. Lewandowski – one of the world’s hottest strikers – is just about the most far-fetched link yet.
Peter Crouch: Stoke to Leeds United
Crouch may have struggled to get game time this season at Stoke, but it seems unlikely the former England striker is willing to drop down a division just yet – especially to on his wages and to a side who can’t even offer a realistic push for promotion.