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Rumors know no window: Memphis’ Twitter game lending truth to big money Manchester United rumors

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Electric PSV attacker Memphis Depay continues to be linked with a $30 million move to Manchester United, and his work on Twitter has fueled the fire a bit.

Memphis, 21, broke out last season en route to a World Cup appearance with the Netherlands, where he scored against Chile and Australia, and has absolutely thrived this season. He has 22 goals in 27 matches across all competitions, usually playing on the wing.

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He’s also been linked with Tottenham amongst other locations, but his “favoriting” of a Tweet elevated his status in the papers. To those unfamiliar with Twitter, when a Dutch site put out a link that Memphis would be joining the Red Devils for big money, the PSV man essentially highlighted it for anyone who was looking.

He later un-favorited it. Media in 2015, y’all.

The rumor last summer was that Louis van Gaal told Memphis to wait a year before heading to England. Could it be happening on LVG’s schedule?

Rumors know no window: Orlando using Kaka to lure Balotelli to MLS

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After a trying season at Anfield, could one of the world’s more mercurial stars find solace near Disney World?

In Monday’s version of “crazy rumor that follows a kernel of logic”, a Spanish report from Fichajes claims that Kaka is aiming to help bring Mario Balotelli from Liverpool to Orlando City.

According to the rumor, Kaka and Balotelli got along well at AC Milan and Orlando City is working to convince Balotelli’s agent that MLS is a good option for the 24-year-old, whose strike rate has sunk to about half of what it was last season at Milan.

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The site, of course, claims that Balotelli has no intention of going to MLS but uses the rationale that he’s Balotelli so anything is possible.

Fichajes had previously speculated that Sebastian Giovinco, now at Toronto, was interesting Spurs and that Mix Diskerud was headed to Liga MX. Both of those players ended up in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City does have an opening at Designated Player, with Kaka and Honduran forward Bryan Rochez signed up for life at the Citrus Bowl. Balotelli took a wage cut to get to Liverpool, and his $6.7 million salary is about what Seattle pays Clint Dempsey and below what Orlando pays Kaka.

source: Getty ImagesHowever, it would give OCSC two of the highest salaries in the league. Plus, Balotelli is just 24 and surely has interest in the top European leagues. Would his contract be prohibitive there? Agent Mino Raiola manages Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic amongst others, and doesn’t have a single player in MLS.

Again, we’re checking the “unlikely” box on this one, but not claiming it’s impossible. The transfer would be a home run swing for Major League Soccer, and a good risk for the league. But would it be a good risk for a club brand new to the top flight?

Reports: Real Madrid will consider big money bids for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Maybe it was the first time he saw his superstar wearing glasses normally suited for a retired businessman in Florida (right), but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s interest in selling Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently a thing now.

Several reports out of Spain say Perez is acutely aware of Ronaldo’s value, and that he may be ready to cash in his chips with the player having turned 30 earlier this month. The quote from a source says the club’s 4-0 loss in the Madrid derby “opened his eyes” to reality.

That said, it was only weeks ago that the transfer gossip mill was buzzing with Lionel Messi’s displeasure at playing under Luis Enrique and potential move to Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea. Now Barca is a point back of first in La Liga.

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The reports, of course, also indicate that it would take a major offer to pry Ronaldo from their hands, but with the rapidly-escalating high-end of the transfer market, it’s not unreasonable to think Madrid could bring back the $123 million they spent to bring him to the Bernabeu from Manchester United.

Since Ronaldo left United in 2009, several players have been sold for fees close of $100 million (Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez each sold for between $91-98 million). Gareth Bale’s move to Madrid actually surpassed Ronaldo’s fee (though students of La Liga will note that Madrid actually takes pride in breaking transfer records to bring Galacticos to its side).

And perhaps it won’t be all about money. As Yahoo’s Alex Baker points out, Real’s perceived interest in Red Devils’ superstar keeper David De Gea could make the Old Trafford return work for both clubs (although, if you’re asking me, De Gea is a pretty massive sacrifice).

Assuming Real isn’t hit with a transfer ban, rumors of Ronaldo’s sale will pick up steam all summer long, regardless of whether his clubs win La Liga and/or the UEFA Champions League (Real plays Schalke on Weds). And my instinct is that Ronaldo realistically could begin — and in Real’s logic should begin — the 2015/16 season with a new club.

Rumors know no window: Liverpool after Reus, Manchester United wants Draxler

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January’s barely more than two months away, which means we’re creeping closer and closer to the madness that is an open transfer window and its associated rumor mill.

The Metro is reporting that Liverpool is the frontrunner for Borussia Dortmund wizard Marco Reus, who has seen contract talks with his current club come to a close. The numbers for the Reds to snare Reus, who has 7 goals in 23 caps for Germany: $51 million in transfer money and about $288,000 in wages per week.

But Bayern Munich wants him — as do myriad teams, but can the others afford him? Sky Sports reports that Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly claimed the following to draw the ire of Dortmund: A young, Germany international with such quality is probably interesting for us, but I don’t want to cause any ill-feeling with Dortmund.”

Riiiiiiiiight.

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Draxler

Believe it or not, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger may’ve seen the error of his transfer ways, and may bring in a defender into his squad this January. Jokes aside, the rumors of Wenger signing 30-year-old Juventus back Stephan Lichtsteiner don’t exactly fit his modus operandi. But there’s no debate over whether the Gunners need back line help, and the Swiss star certainly would do the trick.

Not content with dominating parts of the summer transfer window and not switching sides, Sami Khedira now is drawing the interest of Manchester City in addition to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. We’ll believe it once the move is complete and he’s holding up a jersey.

The Daily Express says that Manchester United are already sold when it comes to keeping on-loan Radamel Falcao around, and will pay AS Monaco close to $71 million to secure his services full-time. The Daily Star also claims that the Red Devils will land Julian Draxler from Schalke, foiling Arsenal’s long-term desires.

Not a rumor: Always in-demand English attacker Thomas Ince is going on loan from Hull City to Nottingham Forest.

Rumors know no window: Mata, Vidal swap for Manchester United, Juve?

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Just when you thought it was safe to type Arturo Vidal’s name without including the phrase “is linked to Manchester United”, here comes this from The Express.

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Citing Italian reports, the post says the Juventus and Chilean hard-edged midfielder could be headed to Old Trafford in a straight-swap deal for Spanish star Juan Mata.

Would it make sense for the Red Devils?

From The Express:

Today’s reports in Italy claim the Bianconeri are also willing to make a direct swap for his services, and have a shortlist of players in mind.

Premier League’s United are favourites to land Chilean, with Mata likely to be used in the deal, while Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti are also on their radar.

The Old Trafford outfit spent £37.1m on 26-year-old Mata last January and are reportedly open to offers for the former Chelsea man.

A complete midfielder, Vidal would improve United at both ends of the pitch and is just a year older than Mata. And though Vidal may be out of favor at Juve, does the move make sense for The Old Lady? Perhaps, if they plan on cashing in on Paul Pogba in January. Andrea Pirlo is 35, and Mata would provide valuable cover.

But as we told you just a few weeks ago, Mata has also been linked as swap bait for a needed defender: Miranda from Atletico Madrid.