Football Rumours Archive March 10 2007
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With Malcom Glazer already given the go ahaed for Alex Ferguson to make big money signings. Ferguson is ready to make a £30 million bid for Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres and a £25 million bid for Italian Superstar Andrea Pirlo to solve his center midfield crisis. Also expect Ferguson to suprise some people with the signins of fellow youth prodigy's Carlisle United star Stephen Hindmarch and Leicester City's Andy King who are currently setting the world alight with their performances in the youth league.
John Collin's of Hibs will sign two ex Celtic players in the summer: Rab Douglas on a free transfer and Mark Burchil from Dunfermline for a nominal fee. Collins will also take on John Kennedy from Celtic till Jan 08. Celtic will sign Kingston of Hearts and Gordon if (and when) Boruc leaves. Lennon and Jarodick will be definitely gone in the summer, as will Beattie if Strachan can find a club to take him. Alan Smith is the name that is recently being linked with Celtic and despite being a 'Rangers supporter' when he left Leeds for Man Utd it showed he cares nothing for loyalty.
Bolton Wanderers are set to join Quatar in the race to sign Roberto Carlos on a free transfer - however David Beckham's future club LA Galaxy want to sign the player to play with Becks.
A mate of mine works at Tottenham as a Accounts worker and he has seen paperwork that suggest that Spurs duo Danny Murphy and Phil Ifil will join Leicester City for £1. 5m and season long loan respectivily. Murphy is the player that Rob Kelly tried to sign a few weeks ago but Martin Jol kept him back because of the loss of form of Davids and Tainio but the deal, which is currently still going through, will be finished in the summer and Ifill will join on loan which will possibly see Richard Stearman join Sunderland for 750,000. Also heard that Alan Thompson will join the foxes on a free when Leeds finally go down and Robbie Blake and Ian Moore will join him at the Walkers Stadium.
Real Madrid will make a bid of 37 million for Kaka and 34 million plus Diarra for Fabregas
Reo coker to sign for ASTON VILLA and noot AFC, Baptist to move back to REAL MADRID but with WOODGATE going to AFC and Reyes staying at REAL MADRID. Gilberto to possibly sign for JUVENTUS. Babel to stay at AYAX because he has given an extension to his contract for another 2 years. Gilbert to stay on at Cardiff and not return to AFC.
Lucas Neill is wanted by Chelsea with Mourinho set to decide whether to bring back Glen Johnson instead or sell him and move for more experienced but older, Neill with Diarra being thought of as long term RB although Alves is also being touted. The person saying Mourinho wants to bring Alex to Chelsea is right although he is also eyeing Cannavaro and Nesta.
If Frank Lampard does move, Chelsea could make a surprise move for Steve Sidwell or much more likely Quaresma with Mourinho to swoop for either Simao or Deco.
The striker signed could be a bit of a surprise with Mourinho set to offer around £11 million for Jermain Defoe with Shevchenko likely to stay and compete for a spot.
TEAM 07/ 08:
- Neill- Alex- Terry- A. Cole-
- Quaresma- Essein- Ballack- Deco-
- Defoe- Drogba-
There is a good chance that Mourinho will sign Simao instead of Deco.
Everton Transfers 07-08
David Nugent - £6. 5m Preston (100% done)
Joe Ledley - £750k Cardiff (cover down left side)
Billy Jones - £1. 5m Crewe (cover down right side)
Albert Luque- £1m Newcastle (shock deal of summer)
Joey Barton - £5. 5m Man City (95% done)
James Beattie - £4m Sunderland
Manuel Fernandes - Loan return (not worth fee)
Sandro Pistone, Richard Wright - Frees
Andy VDM - £900k FC Twente.
More importantly prized assets Cahill + Arteta will definitely stay 100%
Liverpool to raid Spain as per usual - Alves deal still possible but price looking close to 15million+. deal is in the balance as an equal bid from Real Madrid could see Alves go to the bernabau instead.
an unknown Barcelona player is apparently in advanced stages of negotiation with Liverpool. and no it isn't Ronaldinho. or eto'o. rumours suggets that either iniesta or giovanni dos santos (mexican wonderkid) are the target. iniesta is more likely due to limited chances. dos santos has a rather large buy out Clause of 30million+.
speculation has reached fever pitch in relation to Liverpool and the Italian market. the conclusion is that benitez has opted to chase borijnov. 12million is expected to seal his signiture. however rumour has it that borjinov will refuse to leave Italy so Trezeguet may be the back up plan.
and finally an unknown russian Youngster is apparently on the way to Liverpool. I do not know his name but he is allegedly very very impressive. can anyone help out with a name of some sort?
Betcha this: with Makelele on his way out at Chelsea, Hargreaves will come in, as money too silly for Man Utd
Makelele to Lyon, perhaps?
WHU NEXT SEASON
Although there remains little chance WHU will stay up - the club are obviously planning for the fizzy pop league next season. Along with this a list has been drawn up of the players who will be going and staying. Obviously this is dependant on clubs wanting the players on the 'out' list. Also it depends on the players wanting to stay, but at the moment the list is:
OUT: Green, Paren'tsil, Mears (only on loan at present), Upson, Daily, Ferdinand, Etherington, Yossi, NRC, Mullins, Newton, Tevez, HarEwood, Cole, Kepa and Sheringham.
So that means staying are; Carroll, Walker, Spector, Neill, Davenport, Gabbidon, Collins, Konchesky, McCartney, Noble, Quashie, Bowyer, Reid, LB-M, Ashton, Zamora.
This is not my prediction, this is from the coaching staff at the Irons. Other signings will come in to help improve the squad with the money made from transfers and from Eggys pockets. The first team will be based around this: Carroll, Neill, Gabbidon, Collins, Konchesky, Bowyer, Noble, Quashie, Boa Morte, Ashton, Zamora. With likely signings being; Eastwood, Macanuff, Billy Sharpe, Merida (on loan from Arsenal) AND the club will take a gamble on Dean Bowditch as it will be little money as he is out of favour and the coaching staff know what he can really do. Expect other good signings and one big push to get back up at the first attempt.
Sven Goran Eriksson will join Real Madrid any day now. Some say that he will join the galacticos before the match against Barcelona this weekend, I think he will join them after Barcelona beats them.
Mark my words tho. He will take over Real.
Arsenal- Akinfeev, Sahin, Robinho, Eto'o
Chelsea- Alex, Deco, Qauresma
Man Utd- Robben, Hargreaves, Ronaldinho
ACMilan- Roberto Carlos, Shevchenko
Liverpool- Lennon, Alves
Charlton- Carson, Song, Zheng, Ashton, Dickson
Real Madrid- Ribery, Cambiasso
Barcelona- Sneijder, Van Der Vaart, Huntelaar, Abidal
P.S I think Charlton WILL stay up this year!
Gunners Rumours - Expect 3-4 players in/ out of Arsene Wenger's Squad.
CB: Woodgate, Abidal (also LB), or Curtis Davis (Wenger may try again) .
RMA/ LMA: Ribery, Carvalho, or Jesus Navas (swap for Reyes)
+ Babel for 6 mln (he was not JUST visiting Emirates) .
FC/ ST: Eto'o, Benni McCarthy, Tevez, Robinho (can play both like Reyes) .
Hleb - Likely to back to Germany, Bayern are interested and may cease interest for Ribery.
Ljungberg - Inter or Real Madrid.
Baptista - Sevilla, Valencia, A. Madrid.
Djourou - Loaned out
Song - Loaned out or sold to Charlton.
Aliadiere - May be part of Woodgate deal.
CELTIC SUMMER TRANSFERS
Boruc will go to AC Milan after widweek heroics for 7 million pounds. His replacement being Craig Gordon (4mil) . Telfer will leave along with Lennon, Wittaker will be signed from Hibs for 750k and Steve Sidwell (Free) will be tied up by Wee Gord in the next few months. Also going will be Gravesen to Everton for 3 million. As Celtic are extremely lightweight up front with all of their hitmen injury prone Miller will be sold to Newcastle for 2. 5 million and his replacent being none other than Robbie Keane from Totenham for 7million pounds! This will be the perfect foil for Big Jan and will carry Celtic further than the last 16 of the Champions League. Zurawski will aslo leave, going back to Poland for 500k . Other possible targets for the hoops are Fletcher from Man United (3mil), Bobby Zamora from West Ham (if tey go down ), Lassian Diarra (on loan from Chelsea)
Team 07/ 08:
Wilson Pressley McManus Naylor
Naka Sidwell Hartley McGeady
Jan V of H Keane
My very reliable source within LFC says that Rafa has no intention of signing David Villa. It is merely a smokescreen to divert attention away from his key target this summer, Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid.
Man Utd Rumours
As we all know Man Utd will sign 4 players in thesummer:a striker, a winger, a right back, an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder
David Villa: There is a strong possibility that he will go to Liverpool however Man Utd will pose a strong competition with a 27million pound bid for the talented forward
Fernando Torres: Torres looks most likely to come to United as there have always been strong links he may come for 24million pounds
Didier Drogba: The least likely striker to come to Old Trafford as Chelsea won't want to let go of their prized possesion however 30million pounds may do it.
Ricardo Quaresma: Quaresma looks most likely to join United as SAF sees it as a very strong partership between him and Ronaldo switching wings to cause havock in defenses. 12-14million pounds.
Aaren Lennon: The Tottenham man can play on either wing which is another good thing as he can also switch with Ronaldo. 12-14million pounds
Nani: Another product of Sportings abilities to produce world class wingers Nani would be the cheapest option and the Youngest he is also portugese like Quaresma. 8-12million pounds
Kaka: Milan would be very very reluctant to sell Kaka and there would also be strong competition from Real Madrid but 30-35million would see him in Uniteds team next season with Ronaldinho going to Milan.
Rafael Van Der Vaart: With Hamburg doing so badly this season they will get raided during the summer what with players like Kompany, De Gong and Van Der Vaart. He could make his way to Old Trafford for 9-13million pounds
Francessco Totti: The Roma man loves his team although SAF would relish the chance to have such a expeirienced and talented player in his team 14-20million pounds
Micah Richards: The most likely option for SAF as he is English however strong competition form the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal would also make him the most difficult option to go for 10-13million pounds may possibly see him move.
Daniel Alves: The seville attacker is very much like Gary Neville a full back who loves to get forward. He would fit in well at Old Trafford however Liverpool may land him because of the Spanish theme they have going 11-15million pounds
Nigel De Jong: Once again a Hamburg player who has masses of talent and would sign for a small fee as he is not very well known and is also Young. 7-11million pounds
Owen Hargreaves: We all know the stories surrounding a move from Bayern Munich since last summer although he could be the most expensive option. 15-20million pounds
Danielle De Rossi: Roma would not want to let go of him without a big asking price he is the rock of their midfield although could come for 14-19million pounds
United will only sign 1 play from each catagory
MAN UTD TEAM NEXT SEASON:
RB:Alves/ Richards/ Neville
CB:Ferdinand/ Vidic/ Brown/ (Komapany)
LB:Evra/ Heinze/ (Bale)
RM:Ronaldo/ Park/ Lennon
CDM:De Rossi/ Hargreaves/ De Jong
CAM:Kaka/ VDV/ Totti
LM:Quaresma/ Nani/ Lennon
ST:Rooney/ Villa/ Torres/ Drogba/ Saha
Giggs and Neville will move to Sunderland to go under Roy Keane for a couple of seasons.
Scholes will move to Oldham Athletic
Foster will be #1 keeper next season
To all Arsenal fans, stop linking big players to your club. You never spend more than 15 mill. PSV blew your targets cause cl was the only way money was going to be set up for wenger.
you guys may sign Ribery if you let Aliadiere go the other way but he is reluctant because he has a London girlfriend model( leilani dowding) and she will not leave. shows what a true footballer he is.
Bale is not joining United as Fergie has not been impressed with him this season and does not beleive he needs cover for that area.
Kaka to stay in Milan for many years.
Milan to sign Alexandre pato in the summer for 12 million.
Chelsea will sign Brazilian trio next season they are Alves, Alex and Kaka and also Quaresma and higuain and will sell Lampard 30m to Barcelona, swp, Bouhalrouz, Diarra, Makalelee
Alves Terry Carvalho cole. a
sub: higuain, cole. j, mikel, alex, Cudicini
Richards carra Agger Riise
Maxi Lopez gerr masch Garcia