Sunday’s transfer rumor roundup: Benteke, Barkley, Bony… everyone’s signing for Manchester City


The rumor mill is churning out straight fire to close out the weekend, with the biggest clubs and biggest players hitting the gossip headlines.

Those pesky rumors of a huge money move of Lionel Messi to Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain have been scuttled by a Spanish report claiming the diminutive and prolific striker is ready to sign a new contract to keep him at Barcelona. Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo says he’ll stay at the Nou Camp.

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And apparently Manchester City’s title charge will come with nearly every other big-name player on the market headed for the Etihad Stadium. Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke is headed for the Citizens, according to the Sun on Sunday, while it’s Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony coming to town if you’ll believe The Daily Mirror. Not to be outdone, the Mail on Sunday says City will pay nearly $70 million to Everton for Ross Barkley. Dollar$.

The Express is making a claim that, if true, would put Manchester United into the Premier League title chase. The outlet claims that the Red Devils have the inside track on luring Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes to Old Trafford. Both German internationals an World Cup winners, the pair would instantly catapult United into the Chelsea/Man City discussion. Both Borussia Dortmund’s Hummels and Schalke’s Howedes are 26 years old.

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Bayern Munich is said to be offering a $265,000/week contract to Arjen Robben in the hopes to persuade him to stay at the Allianz Arena after this summer, according to The Daily Star Sunday.

Whoever’s in charge of Newcastle could be in line for the return of a former Magpies star, as The Mirror says Paris Saint-Germain will offer Yohan Cabaye and money in order to bring Moussa Sissoko back the other way. There’s been no better player for Newcastle this year, but the Northeast club is in the habit of selling whenever possible. And if Cabaye is coming back the other way, it might be easier for Magpies supporters to stomach… or at least Mike Ashley and company to serve up.

The Daily Star says Tony Pulis will be given about $46 million to upgrade West Brom in January, and that the manager is looking towards Peter Crouch of Stoke City and Aaron Lennon of Tottenham.