We are now almost half way through the winter transfer window. Today I will discuss 4 transfer rumours and also giving them a rating out of ten on the likelihood of them happening. This week saw Morgan Schneiderlin move to Everton for a fee of £22 million and also Crystal Palace sign Leicester’s Left back Shlupp for £12.5 million!
Diego Costa – Chelsea To Tianjin Quanjian (£80 Million) * Reported fee
Chelsea’s top scorer Diego Costa could be China bound! Chelsea Manager reportedly stated “Go to China!” after an argument about the players fitness due to this Diego Costa was left out of the squad that will face champions Leicester City half five this afternoon. There are reportedly a number of Chinese clubs linked to Costa, but Tianjin Quanjian have placed a huge £80 Million bid for the striker sources state. Diego Costa agent Jorge Mendes has also met up with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian Chairmen Shu Yuhui potentially discussing a deal for the inform striker. With Costa reportedly offered £570,000-a-week wage maybe he willl go for the money! With Costa being Chelsea’s top scorer would a move away from the Bridge open up the title race?
Rumour Rating 6/10
Gaston Ramirez – Middlesbrough to Leicester (£15 million
Reports suggest that Leicester City are after Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez. The attacking midfielder who Joined Middlesbrough for free has a release clause of £15 million and Leicester are interested in triggering the clause this window sources suggest. In reports it looks as if Ramirez has agreed a deal with Leicester but Middlesbourgh seem want to keep hold of Gaston or at least make Leicester pay up for the 26 year old. It seems all is well currently at Middlesbourgh this term as he has already made 17 appearances! But you never know with the transfer window!
Rumour Rating 6/10
Saido Berahino – West Brom to Stoke City (£12 million) *reported fee
There is not a transfer window in recent times without Saido Berahino being linked elsewhere. Saido even tweeted “i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Pearce” back in 2015. This was after a move was blocked by West Brom when Spurs tried to sign the striker for £23 million on deadline day, Saido did play for West Brom again. The former U21 England striker has not played first team for West Brom since September but the West Brom’s striker scored twice in an U23 match against Aston Villa so is match fit. The fee that has been reported is £12 million although a lot less than the £23 million Spurs once offered. West Brom may want to accept as Saido is out of contract come the summer so they could lose him for nothing!
Rumour Rating 5/10
Dimitri Payet – West Ham to Marseille (£40 Million)
So It seems as if Payet’s impressive time at the Hammers is coming to an end as Payet is “on Strike” as he is refusing to play for the club, some reports even suggesting he would fake an injury to get out of playing. Former club Marseille have reportedly agreed wages with Payet but with a £20 million bid West Ham rejected. Reports are suggesting that West Ham would hold out for a £40 million offer. With Payet current situation West Ham have been linked to Swansea’s playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson so the hammers may be holding out for £40 Million to fund the Gylfi deal! Chelsea have also been linked to Dimitri but i’m sure West Ham would rather send him aboard rather than bitter rivals Chelsea.
Rumour rating 8/10
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