It is transfer season, and there is much speculation about who might be going where. A lot of it 'could happen' but often never does, and other pieces of juicy gossip materialise to actually be true.
Every now and then, often repeatedly, there are rumours which plainly have no chance of happening- but keep appearing in the papers regardless. Here are our top five...
Luis Suarez - Liverpool
Where's he linked with? Juventus - Even just yesterday.
Why won't it be happening? Suarez has actually stated he won't be going anywhere, and looks fully committed to Liverpool. After the controversy of the last season you could understand if he wanted to take the easy option and leave the Premier League, but if he wanted out he would have slapped in a transfer request by now. Despite this, links with Juventus keep materialising, but Brendan Rodgers has issued a 'hands off' warning to rival clubs. Letting Suarez go would leave just Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy in attack, and we doubt the Reds would let this happen.
Thomas Vermaelen - Arsenal
Where's he linked with? Real Madrid/Barcelona
Why won't it be happening? Vermaelen is happy at Arsenal, and looks to genuinely mean it when he says he wants to be a 'Gunner for life'. He was linked with Real Madrid in April, and most recently Barcelona, after being pictured on holiday with Carles Puyol. That shouldn't mean anything- Stephen Ireland was pictured with Wayne Rooney - does this mean United are going to slap in a bid for the Irishman? Of course not, and this one is paper talk and nothing else.
Hatem Ben Arfa - Newcastle United
Where's he linked with? Chelsea and Arsenal.
Why won't it be happening? Ben Arfa is a key asset to Newcastle, and even for a big price they don't want to let him go. Chelsea's transfer target list is as long as a piece of string, and they seem to rank Victor Moses above Ben Arfa at present, having a bid rejected. Reports have suggested Newcastle value him above £24 million, and that is a figure Arsenal simply won't spend on the Frenchman, or anybody else. He has been linked with them both in the last month, but Europa League football at Newcastle should be enough to keep him for now.
David Silva - Manchester City
Where's he linked with? Real Madrid
Why won't it be happening? Quite simply, Silva is a key player for Manchester City - who don't need to sell at any price. The only way this move could happen is if the star midfielder slaps in a transfer request and tries to force it through. The Mail/Sun/and Mirror have been pushing the link for over a month now, with little to back it up. Of course Madrid are interested in signing Silva, who wouldn't be? But unless Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos have been tapping him up on international duty, we see Silva lining up in Manchester City blue next season.
Tim Krul - Newcastle United
Where's he linked with? Tottenham Hotspur
Why won't it be happening? This one should be pretty obvious- Krul signed a new contract at Newcastle in March. That didn't stop the papers re-hashing the transfer rumour in late May/June, but it just doesn't make any sense. Krul appears happy at Newcastle and like Ben Arfa will want to build on last season. At Tottenham he would have to dislodge Brad Friedel, who has another season left in him at least. Spurs need a new 'keeper long-term, but with Hugo Lloris reported to be available for £15 million, there is no need for Spurs to pay the £20 million plus Mike Ashley would demand.
Which should we add to this list? Could any of these actually happen?
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