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Transfer Rumors (12 Dec 08): Real like Boro’s Johnson, Chelsea’s Tuncay hopes shot down, Gallas and Bendtner out at Arsenal, and more

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What, we’ve made it through another week already? There are only three more weeks to go before the winter transfer window madness begins.

Who’s being linked with January moves today? Well, read on to find out.

Real Madrid Tracking Boro’s Johnson

Could Juande Ramos bring a few good Englishmen to Madrid? One of the possibilities is Middlesbrough starlet Adam Johnson, who Ramos’ new employers are keeping their eyes on.

Analysis: Johnson is a player to watch for the future, and interest from Real Madrid shows just how much promise he has. However, I don’t see him leaving Boro yet, as he could soon replace Stewart Downing on the left side of midfield if Downing leaves like he’s tipped to.

Boro’s Tuncay Not Going to Chelsea

Chelsea have been linked with a 8m swoop for Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli, but Boro manager Gareth Southgate, as he does so often with other players, says he isn’t going anywhere.

Analysis: Whatever Boro sell him for, they’ll make a profit off of him, seeing as how he came on a free. He’d be a good cut-price buy for Chelsea to add to their strike force, but Southgate will not be undersold! Can’t blame him…

Gallas and Bendtner to Leave Arsenal Next Month?

There’s no telling whether Arsenal will be making any purchases in January (wouldn’t be a bad idea), but the chances appear to be high that they will be shipping a couple of players out, with William Gallas and Nicklas Bendtner looking like good candidates for the exit door.

Analysis: Gallas is of some good use still, and Bendtner can be at times, but it doesn’t seem likely that either will be at the Emirates for much longer. As fragile as Arsenal’s psyche has appeared at times throughout the season, it’s best to throw the dead weight overboard so the ship doesn’t sink…or at least sinks slower.

Portsmouth’s Diarra to Man City in £18m Deal

Manchester City have been linked with the likes of Buffon, Villa, Torres, and many, many others recently, but they could be going for a veritable bargain buy in Portsmouth’s Lassana Diarra.

Analysis: It would seem to be only a matter of time before Diarra makes a step up into another financial bracket and to a bigger club. Can’t fault a man’s ambition, certainly. After bouncing from Chelsea to Arsenal to Portsmouth in short order, Diarra’s found a home in Pompey, but the offer that he and Pompey could get from City might be too hard to resist.

No City Move for Luis Fabiano

Manchester City are reportedly ready to offer €28m for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, but that won’t be enough to make the two-time UEFA Cup champs sell.

Analysis: Not the first striker to be linked with City, certainly won’t be the last. He might be a more viable target than Fernando Torres or maybe even David Villa, with much the same production and half the cost. However, Sevilla don’t want those goals to go anywhere, and rightfully so.

AC Milan Win Thiago Silva Race

AC Milan have beaten out rivals Inter, Chelsea, and Villareal for the services of Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.

Analysis: Silva may not be a first-team regular immediately, but with Milan likely having a lot of matches to play in the second half of the season, he’ll provide quality defensive cover, at the least.

West Ham’s Di Michele to Make Torino Return?

West Ham’s on-loan Italian striker David Di Michele is happy in England, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to go back to Italy. Will West Ham grant his wish early?

Analysis: He hasn’t scored since September 18th, when he netted his only two goals for the club in a 3-1 win over Newcastle, so maybe West Ham wouldn’t be too opposed to letting him go. But, with Craig Bellamy potentially on his way to Celtic and Dean Ashton always an injury worry, Gianfranco Zola may prefer to keep him until the end of the season.

Keep checking back throughout the weekend, because even though the work week stops for many, that isn’t the case for transfer speculation.

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