Transfer Rumors

Transfer Rumors

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Nicolas Anelka | Chelsea

Age: 32

Position: Striker

Current Club: Chelsea

Several sources close to Anelka told Goal.com’s Alex Labidou that the striker has already reached a deal with Shanghai Shenhua.

In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch revealed talks with Anelka, but it appears the two sides couldn’t come up with a salary agreement.

Marsch’s comments came a day before Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas announced that transfer requests have been put in for Anelka.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:25 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
Shanghai Shenhua, Montreal Impact

David Beckham | LA Galaxy

Age: 36

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: LA Galaxy

Beckham’s five-year deal with the LA Galaxy expires at the end of the year and sources tell Goal.com that he will wait until at least Jan. 1 to announce his future.

Sources tell Goal.com’s Alex Labidou that Beckham’s Galaxy teammates expect the superstar midfielder to head back to Europe.

PSG remains the likely destination for the star, but he has stated that he would like to continue to raise his children in California after his Galaxy contract runs out.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:35 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
PSG, LA Galaxy

Michael Ballack | Bayer Leverkusen

Age: 35

Position: Forward

Current Club: Bayer Leverkusen

The Bayer Leverkusen’s midfielder’s contract ends in June and his agent, Michael Becker, has confirmed to Goal.com that the 35-year-old is open to the possibility of playing in MLS.

Ballack has already had inquiries from Asia and the Middle East. And teams from England have also showed interest, but his representative hinted Ballack would not likely return to Premier League.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:35 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
NY Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, Asia, Middle East

Clint Dempsey | Fulham

Age: 28

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Fulham

Dempsey told Goal.com that Arsenal was interested in signing him at the end of the summer window, but the club decided to go in a different direction.

With Fulham struggling this season, Dempsey could finally be on his way out. Sources have told Goal.com that he would like to play with a Champions League team.

In what would come as a major surprise, Dempsey could also consider a move back to MLS within the next two years.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:28 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
Liverpool, Sunderland

George John | FC Dallas

Age: 24

Position: Defender

Current Club: FC Dallas

MLS and Blackburn Rovers reached an agreement on terms for a transfer of John last August, but John was unable to come to personal terms with the club and talks ended.

John remains a target in the Premier League, along with Greek clubs, but his agent told Goal.com that the defender will likely stay in MLS through this winter’s window. It may be a year until John heads to Europe.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:16 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
FC Dallas, Greece, Wigan, Blackburn, Everton

Brek Shea | FC Dallas

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: FC Dallas

Brek Shea spent time training with Arsenal over Major League Soccer’s winter break, but that’s about the closest he will get to playing on Arsene Wenger’s side anytime soon.

Wenger is very close to U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and brought Shea in as a favor to his former player.

However, Shea will receive interest from several European squads as he has become America’s hottest young star. The only thing holding him back is a four-year contract he signed with FC Dallas last May, and a high transfer fee the league would demand.

-UPDATED 12/5 2:27 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
England, Germany, Holland

Tim Ream | NY Red Bulls

Age: 24

Position: Defender

Current Club: NY Red Bulls

Ream spent time training with Bolton Wanderers and West Brom over Major League Soccer’s winter break.

While both teams wanted to take a close look at the U.S. international, no moves are imminent, according to the player’s agent.

-UPDATED 12/5 2:27 p.m. ET


Possible Destinations:
NY Red Bulls, Bolton Wanderers, West Brom

Ronaldinho | Flamengo

Age: 31

Position: Forward

Current Club: Flamengo

It appears as though Ronaldinho’s time with Flamengo has come to an end, and the LA Galaxy would love to add him to their roster, especially if Beckham takes a walk.

PSG and some clubs in Greece have also been linked to the Brazilian player.

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