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The Language Of Transfer Speculation


For Thursday:

“… discuss … could open the door …

… offered … prepare ….

… improved bid ….

… a final take it or leave it … offer ….

… considering a move ….

… weighing up ….

… pulled the plug on their … bid … after waiting … make up his mind ….

… approach ….

… wants … Champions League football.

… test … resolve … bid …..

… offer … attempt to land ….

… set [to] make ….

… looking to leave ….”

And how about Wednesday?

“… expected … talks … finalise …

… set to make a renewed bid ….

… heavily linked ….

… shock move … admirer …

… go all out to sign … fails to land … top target …

… hope to complete a deal … forced to settle for a bit-part role ….

… interested in signing … look to bolster ….

… considering a move … revealed … considering leaving ….

Heading out … exit door … agreed to sell …

… forced to sell ….

… monitoring … availability … could submit a bid ….

… keen to bring … received no offers … rejected one ….

… interested … sent scouts to watch ….

… willing to bide their time … a cut-price swoop … fallen out of favour ….

… keen to keep hold ….

… spending spree … bolstered by the fee the club received ….

… planning a … swoop ….

… on the verge of … [a] swoop ….

… weighing up ….

… look to continue their summer spending with a cut-price move ….

… set to beat … to the signing ….

… could sign … also wanted ….

… interested in ….

… expressed an interest … seek a replacement … looks set to join ….

… pursuing … all summer.”

Randomly put in the names of clubs with money to spend (Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham etc) and randomly put in the name of players who are allegedly unsettled (Cesc Fabregas, Carlos Tevez, Samir Nazri etc), and you won’t go far wrong.

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