Football Rumours Archive February 11 2008
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Premier league to be closed from 2012/13. It'll be invite only. There is a list of who they want in the league: Arsenal Man United Manchester City Villa Notts Forest Leeds Newcastle Sunderland Portsmouth Southampton Liverpool Everton Sheff Wednesday/United Tottenham Chelsea the Hammers Derby Preston Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff. Apparently Preston are in because of BAE's links with DIC, Queens Park Rangers purely because of their money and all the others because of crowd size and geographical spread.
Liverpool will sell:
Kuyt–£8 million (Feynoord)
Pennant–£6 million (Newcastle)
Voronin–£1 million (Hamburg)
Crouch–£10 million (Manchester City or Aston Villa)
Kewell–free (to some Australian club)
Hyypia–free (Cardiff to join with Fowler)
Riise–£3 million (Newcastle)
Aurelio–£2 million (Athletic Madrid)
Alonso–£15 million (FC Barcelona or R. Madrid)
and some youngsters will also leave and will fetch Liverpool around £4 million–£5 million
Liverpool will buy:
and a Super Wonder–kid Sherman Cardenas from a Colombian club for £3 million
they will have so much money because the yanks will leave and D. I. C will give Rafa a HUGE war chest for the Summer.
Liverpool will not win the BPL next season because the new players and old players will need time to gel.
therefore Liverpool will hav three forwards (Torres, Babel and Huntellar), 5 midfielders, five defenders all with class.
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With Kolo Toure set 2 return could well see Djourou go out on loan 2 maybe Swiss champoins FC ZuRich. Possable move by Arsene Wenger 4 Bentley could be a swap deal with another Arsenal player moving the other way.
Liverpool's owners will back Benitez's Summer signings as long as he does not intend to buy expensive signings over the age of 26, unless they are world stars.
Even then however, they will not have a lot of money to spend due to the new stadium.
After Mascherano signings next week, Benitez will chase the following:
Javi Martinez –12 million–19 year old, CM, Athletico M
Estaban Granero –3 million–20 year old, R. Madrid
Gianluca Zambrotta –4 million–30year old, FC Barcelona
Diego –16 million –22year old, Werder Bremen
Jeremy Menez –8 million –20year old, AS Monaco
Leaving will be:
Xabi Alonso –15 million
John Arne Riise –6 million
Dirk Kuyt –6 million
Scott Carson –7 million
Danny Guthrie –2 million –Will have a buy back Clause
Sebastian Leto – £3 million –Will have a buy back Clause
LFC Summer ins:
and two fullbacks
Thierry Henry is unhappy being employed as a left winger at FC Barcelona despite a very respectable goal tally from midfield. Liverpool and Newcastle are interested in the former Arsenal captain and provided Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Henry will return to the Premier League for around £12 million and strike what would surely be a great partnership with Fernando Torres. Dirk Kuyt, Andrei Voronin, John Arne Riise, Fabio Aurelio and Charles Itandje are also on their way out while Xabi Alonso could leave. Rafa Benitez will try to negotiate a straight swap with Alonso and Henry. He will try and sign English as well with Wayne Bridge from Chelsea and Joe Hart and Michael Johnson from Manchester City. Peter Crouch could stay now with him being preferred to Kuyt and Voronin.
Chelsea are to make a surprise move for Yossi Benayoun and are aware that Liverpool are tracking both Shaun Wright–Phillips and Wayne Bridge and may do some sort of business in the Summer.
ArsenalRumours has a point which may be applied to the situations of many teams in the Premier – they have a number of promising youngsters coming back from loan next season as well as many from the youth team. They will certainly not be spending 100 million + established superstars, even if they have the money.
Man United are in the same position with the Veloso, Rafael and Fabio transfers already wrapped up (Sporting Lisbon is a feeder team of Man United's – giving them first option). Also expect youngsters such as Wellbeck, Gibson and Simpson to play an increasingly important role.
Cheslea are grooming a wealth of young talent which may well be unleashed in place of big signings – the culmination of Mourinho's plan to reduce the need for such spending. Bertrand will replace CAshley
Liverpool are presently strapped for cash and so will promote Hobbs, Insua, Guthrie and Pachecho in coming months.
Celtic will sign ligtning quick spartak moscow winger bystrov because mcgeady is off to England. Celtic will take andriy Voronin from Liverpool as well.
Scot Carson is a curent englaand squad member so for a Villa fan to say Liverpool would sell him for £2 million is just stupid £10 million is nearer true valuation, Villa will move to Liverpool in the Summer (20 million) and quaresma (16 million) and lahm to move in at left back
Kyut and vorinin to be sold as well as riise and Kewell
Rafa Benitez transfer targets are as follows. In defense he is chasing Heinze and Kompany as well as Jankulovski. The midfield targets are Silva, Diego and Aimar. The forwards his after are Arshavin and Huntelaar. –MB–
Players leaving FC Barcelona:
– Gianluca Zambrotta (7 million)
– Deco (7 million)
– Sylvinho (free)
– Eidur Gudjohnsen (4 million)
– Thierry Henry (8 million)
– Ezequiel Garay (10 million)
– Philip Lahm (14 million)
– Xabi Alonso (15 million)
– John Arne Riise (6 million)
– Karim Benzema (20 million)
Arsenal Summer Ins
Dimitrov (Leski Sofia)
Jonathon De Guzman
A very RELIABLE source close to Aston Villa says that Villa will sign the following players in the Summer:
– The main story is that Aston Villa will finally sign James Milner from Newcastle on a permanent deal for £5 million. THIS IS TRUE.
– Giles Barnes from Derby who will be more than likely relegated this season will sign for £3.5 million.
– Peter Crouch will more than likely arrive from Liverpool as he is not getting much first team football. The fee will be £10 million.
– John Arne Riise will also more than likely arrive from Liverpool because Martin O'Neil still has an interest in him. His fee will be £5 million.
– Scott Carson will also be arriving from Liverpool as Scott does not want to go back and be a backup. Martin O'Neil wants him as his number one keeper and as Martin is building a English team, he wants Carson as the future keeper of England, Martin is willing to pay £8 million for his services, not £10 million as being reported.
– Pascal Chimbonda of Tottenham, Jose Bosingwa of Porto or Justin Hoyte of Arsenal, one of these three will be Villa's new right back.
Liverpool to have 50 million to spend and 100 percent of the money they make from players sold in the Summer.
Liverpool are going to sign Thierry Henry in the Summer for around £8 million pounds, it is well known the Henry and Gerrard are good friends, and he considered a move to the reds before going to Spain. Didier Drogba will replace Henry at the Nou Camp.
Liverpool are also going to sign Arouna Kone from seville and Valencias David Silva and Arjen Robben from Real Madrid respectively. Aswell as a new batch of youngsters from around the globe.
Kuyt, Voronin, Alonso, Riise, Carson, Guthrie, Pennant and possibly Crouch will all be sold in the Summer.
Manchester City could further improve their squad this Summer by adding Claude Makelele from Chelsea and Harry Kewell from Liverpool. Sven Goran Errikson also wants to sign either Lukas Podolski, Michael Owen or Peter Crouch.
Some BIG suprises in the Scottish Premier League coming up.
first of all Hibernian forward Steven Fletcher will sign either a precontract or a deal in the Summer to take him to REAL MADRID in a £4 million swoop.
gordon Strachan will leave Celtic after an agreement has been made to bring in a new manager. this will happen in the next 12 months. the new manager will not be David Moyes as he has a good thing going at Everton and does not want to leave. expect a former coach to come in (this may be Tommy burns) or a European coach.
this is not really a big story but barry Ferguson is close to signing a deal to keep him at the club for the rest of his career
remember the name –= splinside= –
Fernando Torres, although there has been a lot of speculation about him will not be leaving Liverpool, Jose Mouriniho will be appointed as manager and he will sign David Villa, David Silva, Quaresma and Ashley Young. Leaving will be Kuyt, Voroin, Hyypia, Leto, El Zhar and Pennant (swap with Ashley Young).
Liverpool will sign: Fernandez LW, Barragan RB, Martinez CM, Bentley RW, Zambrotta LB and Jones ST. Jones has a Clause saying he can leave if Sunderland go down for £6 million or a Top 4 club comes for him. Liverpool will obviously need that last Champions League place then if the Mackems stay up. Bentley has a Clause for just £8 million. Barragan has a buy–back of just over £1 million, Zambrotta will arrive with Assulin as part of the Xabi deal. He will be replaced in the team by Martinez for the rest of the money given to Pool by Barcelona. Finally Fernandezez will cost around £12 million but Rafa thinks he's worth it as hel add class and pace. Fernandez 12, Barragan 1, Bentley 8, Jones 4. Rest for Xabi. £25 million outlay, will be reduced by Carson at £4.5 million, Riise at £5.5 million, Aurelio will be taken off the wages and Insua given more starts, Pennant £3 million, Voronin £2 million, Crouch £11 million. Roughly making £5 million and reducing the wages drastically. Kewell to get a one–year pay as you play contract.
This is something I was told by a neighbour of mine who works in the press box at Anfield on a match day. He claims that Barclona have offered Thierry Henry in a straight swap deal for Xabi Alonso. Hope he's right, and it would not be the first time.
ARSENAL F.C.–A lot of stories are being written about possible Arsenal signings, The reality is that Arsene Wenger has already secured the signings of Andre Ayew (Marseille) and Yoan Gouffran (sm caen) on pre–contracts. Arsenal are also working on the signings of Patricio Rodriguez (independiente) and Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City).
Wenger looking at Capel from Sevilla but has no chance of signing this young Spanish talent. also to the person who stated that he was a lb. please can you check out info before posting as any man and there ddog knows he plays left wing.
expect very little movement from Arsene in the Summer with only one major signing at the moment this would appear to be a replacement for Rosicky who looks to be heading to Serie A. unknown club as of yet.
Rangers will be raiding Hearts during the Summer for the following young players;
Berra (750 k)
Wallace (swap with Gow)
Driver (500 k)
Smith will also be given the money from any sales he makes, It has been mentioned that the following players will be moving on;
Weir (end of contract)
Dailly (End of loan deal)
Buffel (1 million)
Papac (1 million)
Hemdani (2 million)
Cousin (2 million)
Rumour has it that he will be looking at;
Lafferty (3 million) Burnley
S Fletcher (3 million) Hibernian
D Fletcher (3 million) Man United
Miller (2 million) Derby