Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Verratti to Man United, Vardy to Chelsea


Manchester United need more goals, so, inevitably, they have been linked with a move for a holding midfielder. Ah, you have to love Louis Van Gaal‘s stubborn streak, right guys?

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According to the Mundo Deportivo, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, could move on with PSG lining up a monster bid for Juventus’ Paul Pogba meaning Verratti could be the odd man out if Pogba was to arrive. An Italian international, the diminutive PSG man is a combative midfielder who loves to get on the ball and dictate the tempo. He fits into the same mold as an Ander Herrera type, and considering United already signed Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the summer, they are stacked with central midfielders. Still, that doesn’t stop the rumor mill from churning and there’s no denying Verratti oozes class as Barcelona have also been linked with a move for him if he becomes available.

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Chelsea are said to be eyeing up a move for Leicester City’s record-breaking striker Jamie Vardy in January and manager Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly poured cold water on the transfer talk surrounding the Premier League’s top scorer. Vardy, 28, has scored 14 goals in 15 games for the Foxes this season, scoring in 11-straight PL games to set a new record. That has prompted plenty of big teams to consider a $37.5 million bid for the late bloomer when the window reopens next month and according to the Sun newspaper, Mourinho is pretty impressed. “He is top scorer and it is normal big clubs want him. It is a beautiful story and his record is historic,” Mourinho said.

After being linked with German winger Kevin Grosskreutz, Jurgen Klopp could be in for another German player with Stefan Kiessling growing increasingly frustrated with life on the bench at Bayer Leverkusen. Speaking to Sky Sports Deutschland the 31-year-old forward admitted that despite spending the past 10 years at Leverkusen it could be the right time for him to move on in January. Liverpool are well-stocked in attack but given both Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke have been incredibly injury prone in recent months, perhaps Kiessling could join his countryman at Anfield in a cut-price deal in January to add some experience to the Liverpool forward line?