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Saturday transfer rumor roundup: Anfield medical for Eto’o

Aug 23, 2014, 4:10 PM EST

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Match day around the world doesn’t mean the rumors stop churning. Let’s unearth some ‘sure-to-happen’ gems, shall we?

The Mirror says Samuel Eto’o has had a medical at Liverpool and will sign a one-year deal if Mario Balotelli does not come to Anfield. Eto’o, 33, played last season for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has reportedly drawn interest from Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile, The Sun says that Balotelli will lose more than $3.5 million per season if he fails to live up to the behavior clause inserted in his contract.

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AC Milan is ready to spend the Balotelli kitty on at least one striker, and Gazetto dello Sport says the Italians have interest in Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez and Roberto Soldado from the Premier League amongst others.

Goal.com has a report that has ‘classic Arsene Wenger’ written all over it, as the French manager could pick up 23-year-old Kostas Manolas from Olympiakos to fill the void cause by Thomas Vermaelen‘s move to Barcelona. Manolas would barely cost half of what Arsenal acquired for the Belgian, and is five years Vermaelen’s junior.

Blackburn want to keep Jordan Rhodes around despite much interest and some heavy bids from the likes of Hull City. Here’s the club statement:

We have recently received two official bids for the services of Jordan Rhodes from Hull City FC, both have been respectfully and categorically rejected. The owners of Blackburn Rovers wish to reassure fans that their intention is not to sell Jordan Rhodes as they, along with the manager and board of directors, feel that he is integral to our bid to gain promotion back to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old Scottish international striker has 51 goals in 92 appearances for Blackburn after notching 73 in 124 for Huddersfield Town.

And Napoli have reportedly entered the running for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, according to Il Mattino in Italy. The bettors odds favor Juventus, Wolfsburg, AC Milan, Galatasaray and Koln for his next stop.

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