January 27th, 2010
06:33 PM ET

Can deadline day spark transfer window drama?

Barcelona to sign England striker Wayne Rooney, Bayern Munich to offload Franck Ribery or Rafael Benitez to quit Liverpool and join up with Italian giants Juventus ... a selection of just some of the best rumors circulating on the internet as the January European transfer window draws to end, and let's be thankful of their presence!

Robinho, Andrey Arshavin, Dimitar Berbatov amd William Gallas have all had last-minute transfers concluded on deadline day -- will there be a similar story as the first window of 2010 draws to a close?
Robinho, Andrey Arshavin, Dimitar Berbatov amd William Gallas have all had last-minute transfers concluded on deadline day -- will there be a similar story as the first window of 2010 draws to a close?

In years gone by, the deadline day of February 1 was an event to excite football fans around the world as a few of the more far-fetched speculative statements were revealed as truth.

It was rumor columns that touted the prospect of Brazilian star striker Robinho leaving the regal surroundings of Real Madrid for the rain-soaked environs of Manchester City last year, and as fantastical as the deal seemed, the transfer went through with only hours to spare.

The signing of Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov by English Premier League champions Manchester United was conducted in much the same fashion, but the anticipated frenzy of financial ducking and diving from managers, coaches, clubs and players around the continent has so far not happened this time around.

In such harsh financial times, with many teams struggling with debt, the first window for transaction of 2010 - which started on the first day of January and is due to shut on February 1 - has proved rather a damp squib compared to previous years.

In the English Premier League alone, $272m was spend over the same period in 2009. With the deadline looming, at the time of writing, only $17.6m of cash has changed hands. Has there been any bigger transfer between European teams in monetary terms than Andrea Dossena's $7.2 million switch from Liverpool to Napoli of Italy? Speaking as a fan, the pulse is not racing!

So, here at World Sport, we're asking for football fans around the world to help fill the dramatic void of factual happenings with some exciting rumor and speculation. Have you heard any good whispers regarding who your team may sign? Which players do you want your club to pursue? And what message do you have for the coaches keen to snatch your side's star player?

Let us hear your thoughts by commenting below.

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  1. Hollywood

    Zidane to Redbull... hahaha Yeah right... MLS league is the weakest and the worst... It is the cementery for international stars to make an extra few million $$$... nobody cares about MLS.. in 10 years people will say ML what?

    January 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  2. Leif

    David Villa and David Silva to Liverpool from Valencia. Only a double like this could fix the tremendous gap left by Xavi Alonso going to Real Madrid!

    January 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  3. loperdong

    american soccer is getting MUCH better and we're coming up. yeah, MLS might be the resting place for amazing soccer stars (yeah, we call it soccer) but why do you think we pay for them? to raise the level of the game domestically.

    we have some of the best training facilities and opportunities in the world, what we lack is experience and passion. 2010 will be a big year for the US.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  4. water-strider

    i,ll like chelsea to get kun aguero,as he is young and has much experiece for is age...i just can see why he wont be the next drogba!!!
    kun 4 chelsea

    January 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  5. Farid

    On January 24th Eurosport UK posted a headline news: Vidic going to Barcelona for £25 million and Manchester United replacing him with Chiellini from Juventus for half the price. A few hours later the news was removed. It looks like it was only a rumor, or someone sold a fake scoop to Eurosport. But still, it is a very plausible transfer possibility. The only part hard to imagine would be how Chiellini could get along with Evra in defense...!

    January 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  6. Abhinandan Reddy

    Vidic to Real Madrid

    January 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  7. Hollywood

    Rooney is the heart and soul of the red devils.. He is not going anywhere... he is the talisman.. the chosen one to lead Man U. to many championships... Don't make me laugh.... Benitez to Juventus!!! Are you insane? I am very upset now... I dont want Benitez anywhere near my Juventus.... Get the garlic necklaces... Benitez is a proven underachiever... his track record at Liverpool proves my point... Juventus needs a winner not some past his prime coach who can barely keep his world class team in the top 5 of their domestic league... Hilarious... I got 1 for you Ribery to Barcelona

    January 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  8. Hollywood

    Ha ha Raise the level of your domestic league? What level..? MLS is a weak pathetic league.. furthermore.. The USA team will get killed in the World Cup.. Can't wait to see them get knocked out in the group phase.. See ya!!! Stick to the old pig skin and the NBA... Leave soccer to the talented...

    January 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  9. pahammer

    Sergio Aguero to the Hammers – you heard it here first.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  10. C. Ronaldo

    My informer of Milano whispered to me: "for sure", Mourinho to Real Madrid.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  11. Berio

    Hey Hollywood, did you sleep through the Confed Cup this past summer? I don't have too much hope for the US against England (who have really been playing brilliantly), but don't be too quick to put them down. I hope you'll be a man and admit your mistake if/when they make it past the group phase in S. Africa.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  12. windows 3.1

    it is sure thing now that joe cole and jermain defoe will go to newcastle united. they'll be back..
    and gheorghe hagi will be the next number 10 at l.a. galaxy, because they lost rogger milla to chicago fire...

    January 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  13. laker

    Chelsea cannot have a transfer for two years due to a misconduct with a signing of a young French star named Gael something. So keep dreaming about kun aguero for a couple of years

    January 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  14. Festus

    Arsene wenger should buy a good striker!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  15. slims

    Atiba Harris from MLS team Dallas and St. Kitts should go to a team in Europe. I think he will showcase well and he's a tough midfielder So will be a good pick up

    January 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  16. abu

    Rooney is not the player that we will let go, He has his pride as a british not like others eg: Ronaldo ,
    Barcelona will have all their money to buy players, but i dont think they have that MUCH money for Rooney, so you forget it is our boy, our son , our HERO

    January 30, 2010 at 12:27 am | Reply
  17. gizzer clarke

    Rooney aint going anywhere...but I did hear that Ronaldo is keen on Preston.

    January 30, 2010 at 8:22 am | Reply
  18. gizzer clarke

    Sol Campell is thinking of leaving Arsenal as well...

    January 30, 2010 at 8:24 am | Reply
  19. gizzer clarke

    Also heard that all the other arsenal players were thinking of leaving having been brainwashed by Sol Campell. They were last seen heading for the channel tunnel in tears..

    January 30, 2010 at 8:29 am | Reply
  20. Gerrard

    mourinho – man utd (ferguson to retire end of season)
    vidic, ribery, torres – real madrid (end)
    guti and eto – man utd (end)
    huntelaar and villa – chelsea (end)
    macheda – fiorentina (end)
    benitez – juventus (end)
    wayne bridge – liverpool (end)
    robinho – barcelona (end)
    airasia – man utd

    January 30, 2010 at 9:23 am | Reply
  21. mandela jeff

    the coach of the mancherster united paid a great since for not leti ng the soul and heart of man u to level.I'll love man u to put more effort in everything the do.One love t o all man u fans

    January 30, 2010 at 10:16 am | Reply
  22. Samwel Ndibah

    Is it not ridiculous that manchester city is in the market again? N the highest bidders are a Kenyan tycoon Samwel Gichuru and another japanese tycoon?

    January 30, 2010 at 10:32 am | Reply
  23. anna

    tevez wants to come back in man-u, this is why hes acting like this,also real madrid want rooney to join in.

    January 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  24. Collis Brayne

    apparently 'twitchy' Harry Redknapp is going to fill his enitre team with expensively acquired, poor performing strikers

    January 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  25. gizzer clarke

    Wenger should buy Gary Nammitt from Newport FC...to cover for when Campell breaks down next week and won't leave the changing room

    January 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  26. Hollywood

    Come on friends.. enough of the fantasy stories.. God please save Juventus from Benitez... Please god.... Benitez would be a good coach for MLS.. Pathetic coach for a pathetic league... Hey Berio.. Forget about it!! USA is going to play a clown's role in the cup!!! Even if for some miracle from heaven the make it to the knock out rounds.. They will be quickly disposed of like an old rag doll... USA soccer is the worst.. Instead of MLS I would rather watch the WNBA.. that is how bad MLS is.. ha ha ha 🙂

    January 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  27. Thomas S

    The MLS is rediculous, "we have some of the best training facilities" haha no you dont, and your stadiums are called Home Depot Centre and Pizza Hut Park, hahahahaha and teams like Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo.

    Lets just put it this way, Donovan the only US football player barely worth mentioning plays foorrrrr........everton

    January 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  28. Thomas S

    Van Nistelrooy went to HSV already this window.

    January 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  29. hadji


    I would hardly call the US performance in the Confed Cup good. They won 2 games to get to the finals... How many tournaments around the world can you only win 2 games and make it to the finals.

    January 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  30. Love the Hate

    I love the hate you all have for the Americans who have taken an interest in the beautiful game (yes, the "beautiful game, not the "English Game"). The MLS is far from great, but its growth this past decade is undeniable. Is it near the American big four of sports? Absolutely not, not even close, nor is it trying to achieve that right now. Building a strong, viable fan base in a country where the majority find the sport to be quite foreign is a daunting task. Just ask the fools behind NFL Europe.
    All of this hate, while adorable, is wholeheartedly unnecessary. The US National team is nowhere near the level of the English team, or 70% of the teams that comprise UEFA. From a fans perspective, I often find myself rooting for the English team in competitions. But are we excited about the inroads our national team has made? You bet, and if anything, you all should encourage the enthusiasm. Helping advance that unbridled love and enthusiasm of the sport you all have but so disappointingly lacks in certain areas of the globe seems like a better use of time than sticking your noses up to those same countries.
    PS for the record, I don't really like Donovan. He walks around with an unearned arrogance, though, I'm happy he got a goal with Everton.

    January 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  31. M Weekz


    MLS is growing... since most americans have a negative view of soccer/football the sport is growing slower but eventually give it 20-30 years and we will be just as good as perhaps the UK. (our womens team is #1 so that should give you an idea of how much potential we have!)

    January 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  32. Mr. Darcy

    The rumor around here is that those bizzare hand signals that Rafa Benitez makes on the sidelines are in fact a nervous twitch.
    Rumor has it that the last time Dimitar Berbatov started for Man. U. he dozed off on the pitch. Apparently he had a Big Bulgarian Blowout the night before and actually fell asleep standing up in the 18 yard box.
    A certain Captain of one of the big four EPL teams denied a rumor that he has signed for the LA Galaxy nexy year and will stay at the house of his friend and soulmate, Tiger Woods.
    An uncomfirmed rumor has it that Wayne Rooney who recently stated that he hates Liverpool actually comes from Liverpool.
    According to sources, Wayne Bridge went to the house of a certain ex team mate and friend to tackle him regarding rumored liasons, However, Wayne tottally missed the tackle, which should surprise no one.

    January 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  33. Cantona's prodigy

    Ribery signs for Manchester United for 70 million pounds. An attempt by the Glazers to show good faith and finally being able to sleep once again at night!

    February 1, 2010 at 3:24 am | Reply
  34. andy

    go MAN U ,,,,i love you
    Rooney aint going anywhere
    Rooney is the heart and soul of the red devils
    the most thing is, Rooney is our son,our hero and our everything

    February 1, 2010 at 4:50 am | Reply
  35. jaime ross

    No. Presidential elections are scheduled...Cesc & Silva more of a target than Rooney

    Get my daily news from Spain from this guy

    February 1, 2010 at 11:48 am | Reply
  36. batence1986

    Ivan Stoyanov from CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) is linked to transfer to Spartak Moskow (Russia)

    February 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  37. Brian Pierre-Alexander

    It is rumoured that Barcelona wanting to sign England striker Wayne Rooney, Bayern Munich to offload Franck Ribery and Therry Henry with a move back to Arsenal...all maybe's.

    I've been trying to get Arsenal to acknowledge my suggestion of; Arsenal F.C. acquireing the likes of USA's Kyle Beckerman, who I think would add a different dimension, stability, level- headedness and artistry to the middle of the park...with the great vision that he has and the level of his work rate, ah! Men I see a double in the making.

    I’ve been sending this suggestion out for almost 5 months now and no one seem to heed. After watching Arsenal vs Stoke FA cup match on Jan 24 2010 and Arsenal vs Man U on 30th Jan 2010, it has become an urgent matter that we do need a midfielder with the wisdom of Patrick Viera; one that will track back and break up all potential attacks in the middle of the park. Have anyone been watching Everton's Fellaini lately.

    So I think Mr. Wenger, you ought to splash the cash and purchase the USA International Kyle Beckerman or make it a loan deal...am no expert like you guys but I do believe I am on to something here, so the addition of Kyle Beckerman, Therry Henry and if we can add in a Franck Ribery in there we will win championships for the next 5 years stright.

    If you think my suggestion is a good one make sure the whole world know you heard it from me.

    Genuine caring Arsenal, Arsen Wenger and Ronaldo (of Brazil) fan.

    San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.

    February 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  38. Collis Brayne

    hmmm, an international football/ soccer forum and almost everybody's a Man Utd fan....
    Any real fans out there?

    February 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  39. Clint Dempsey

    USA is at minimum coming 2nd in Group C. If we go through, we'll probably play Germany or Ghana. Germany's squad is ancient and rely solely on Ballack. Too bad it's not a one man game; we will squash them. Ghana could not even beat Egypt in the African Nations Cup, and Egypt could not even qualify for the World Cup. They are not even mentionable as a threat.

    February 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  40. elWallace

    Rumour has it that ALI SLEEM (ANSAR FC) will undergo a medical at BINEYIT DARWICH UTD this weekend?? Any fans that know anything about it??
    Time mean Money!

    February 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  41. Bergkamp15

    Pavluchenko last ditch move to West-Ham
    Mancini from Inter to AC Milan
    Wayne Bridge said to give up his England spot after John Terry incident.

    February 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  42. Bakaka

    Ribery, Perotti of sevilla, Devid Silver & Steven Gerrard to Realmadrid. With all these, me i'm OK. Up MADRID.!!!

    February 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  43. footyroom.com

    Keane to Sunderland, Babel to Birmingham

    February 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  44. Antigone

    A cousin of mine just saw Sergio Aguero getting out of the car at Queens Park Rangers. He thought it sounded posh.

    Jokes aside, anyone else heard that QPR has picked up Moritz Volz?

    February 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Reply

    I real madrid shuld sign cesc,ribbery,maicon and d special 1.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Reply

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