Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: What Pedro’s arrival means for Willian, Cuadrado, De Bruyne


Welcome to a very busy day in the transfer rumor mill.

Perhaps the momentum of Pedro’s move to Chelsea and Nicolas Otamendi’s new Manchester City digs have caused the gossip to take a rollicking ride, but regardless we’re rolling in “news”.

It looks like there will be a trickle down effect on Jose Mourinho’s roster, as Pedro’s arrival could move Willian or Juan Cuadrado abroad. The latter seems more likely and is being linked with Juventus, having failed to make much of an impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Fiorentina. Juve’s desire may hinge on whether they can land Julian Draxler from Schalke, so this could still take time to unfold.

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But Willian is more of an asset, and the Brazilian could slide into Bayern Munich. Paris Saint-Germain is also thought to be a potential landing spot, but is thought to have too many non-Europeans, according to Metro.

Looks like City could add an attacking piece in long-rumored recruit and former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne. Sky Sports said the move would cost $75 million, which is just a shade over what Arsenal might be doing…

Talksport cites former QPR man Rodney Marsh in a report that Real Madrid has accepted a $72 million dollar offer from Arsenal for Karim Benzema. It’s been widely-thought that the Gunners need a better option than Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck. That’s a lot of dough for a player well past Arsene Wenger’s general preferred age to purchase a player.

Canadian-born Netherlands international Jonathan de Guzman may be coming back to the Premier League. The Sunderland Echo says Dick Advocaat and the Black Cats are sniffing around the Napoli midfielder in the hopes of convincing him — and the Italian club — that they are a better landing spot than Marseille.

Southampton have been linked with sales of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, but reports say they won’t sell either, instead preferring to add to their talent by bringing in Adnan Januzaj on loan.