Coral Rumour Reel: Hazard warning, Guardiola’s City hitlist
Holly Thackeray | January 7, 2016
There are plenty of superstars set to be on the move this summer, if the morning media is to be believed, and the Premier League may be the destination for many.
One big name apparently preparing to exit the English top-flight, however, is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. Real Madrid and PSG are the cash-rich pair tipped to pounce for the Belgian, who has suffered a torrid term with the Blues.
Los Blancos may have a motive for chasing the misfiring Stamford Bridge magician, should talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow forward threat Gareth Bale both decide to seek pastures new. With the likes of James Rodriguez and Isco also rumoured to be ready to leave the Spanish giants, will there be anyone left at the Bernabeu?
Manchester United to miss out again
Reports claim Man Utd did miss out on Bayern Munich boss-in-waiting Carlo Ancelotti after all, with the Italian preferring to take a chance on the Allianz Arena position instead, and now the Red Devils could let slip another dugout target.
Latest Old Trafford gossip suggests the mischievous manager-seeking Mancunians also think a deal is already in the place for Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini at bitter city rivals Manchester City, so will not challenge for the sought-after Spaniard. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may not give up so easily on the coveted coach, however.
While, in other Red Devils-related speculation, misunderstood Belgium battering ram Marouane Fellaini is supposedly the surprise target at the centre of an Italian tug-of-war. Big four AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma may go to war for the out-of-favour midfielder, with the Rossoneri currently fronting the queue.
Guardiola’s City shopping list
Back to City business, should gaffer Guardiola arrive at the Etihad, the tabloids claim he has but a few names on his wishlist: Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, David Alaba and Paul Pogba. Not much to ask for, right?
While, elsewhere, injury-plagued Liverpool are looking for a new centre back, and have a handful of defenders on their radar, including Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund charge Neven Subotic and Inter Milan man Andrea Ranocchia.
Read more rumour reel gossip in our excellent transfer archive.