Football Rumours Archive March 16 2007
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Villa's Liam Ridgwell to join West Brom on loan until the end of the season. 100%
Reading chairman John Madejski is currently involved in 'progressive' talks with a Asian based company who are preparing a £85m buy out of Reading Football Club.
Madejski has made it clear that the Premiership is a bottomless pitt of money and if someone comes along and can take the football club that step further, he will sell up and step aside.
Reading start work in June on the East Stand extention which will take the Madejski Stadium capacity to 30, 200. And next summer the North and South Stands will be built on to bring the attendance to 37, 850.
MAN UTD RUMOURS MAN UTD WILL TRY ONE MORE TIME TO SIGN OWEN HARGREAVES IF THEY FAIL AND DANIELE DE ROSSI IMPRESS'S In THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TIE EXPECT A BID FOR HIM In THE REGION OF 14 MIL, ALSO A STRIKER TO COME HIM I HOPE ITS TORRES AND RUMOUR HAS IT THAT HIS AGENT HAS BEEN LOOKIN AT SUM HOUSE'S In MANCHESTER IF THEY FAIL THEN THEY WILL SIGN THE NEXT 'RONALDO' BACK In HIS BARCELONA DAYS ALEXANDRE PATO HE IS THE NEXT BIG THING CUMING OUTTA BRAZIL AND WOT A TALENT, GARETH BALE A CERTAIN AS HE HAS GIGGSY'S APPROVEL
CARRICK WILL BE SOLD BACK TO SPURS FOR A CUT PRICE AS HE HASNT REALLY DUN WELL AND LETS FACE IT THERES MUCH BETTER PLAYERS OUTT DER HIS REPLACENT FROM PORTO THE NEXT 'RONALDINHO' ANDERSON, ALSO A WINGER TO CUM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, (LENNON, NANI, SILVA ROBINHO OR RIBERY)
HEINZE 2 MILAN
O'SHEA 2 SUNDERLAND IF PROMOTED
DARREN FLECHTER 2 VILLA
RICHERDSON 2 SPURS (LEFT SIDED PROBLEM SOLVER)
WES BROWN 2 SPURS
ALAN SMITH 2 NEWCASTLE
MAN UTD TEAM FOR NEXT SEASON
VAN DER SAAR
VIDIC (EXPECT BIG MONEY OFFERS FROM BARCA&MADRID)
TORRES OR ALEXANDRE PATO
David Villa to Liverpool 30m+
Daniel Alves Possible to Liverpool 14-15m+, if rejected, Rafa won't be bidding again as Arbeloa is there.
Huntelaar to Liverpool 15m+, either Huntelaar or David Villa.
Liverpool Football Club Rumours;
Benitez will wish to carry on with his talented youth recruitment in the summer, but with the extra funds available to him will be able to capture the more highlt rated ones. Within his list are the following;
Giovanni Dos Santos - Barcelona attacking midfielder
Hatem Ben Arfa - Lyon attacking midfielder
Iriome Gonzalez - Tenerife winger
Cesar Villaluz - Cruz Azul winger
Along with youth purchases he will make the long awaited buys of David Villa and Daniel Alves as well as an out and out winger such as Ricardo Quaresma, Aaron Lennon or Ribery.
Wenger is looking to bring in two to three big signings this summer. The question is which positions?
First position is striker. Why because with all the attacking talent we possess we do not have a natural goalscorer in the side. For this role Wenger will go for Samual Eto'o from Barcelona (Est. 20m) . In addition Wenger will return Baptista to Real and pick up someone who can beat a man, Robinho (Est. 12m) . Reyes will be sold to Sevilla (Est. 9m) . The most important and significan't signing (a new GK!) will be Buffon from Juventus (that is why their are discussions ongoing between the clubs Gilberto is a smoke screen going the other way will be Ljungberg and the debt of vieria's departure will be settled) . In addition Arsenal will recope further these costs in the departers of Aliadiere (Est. 3m), Song (Loan ?), Muamba (Est. 2m) and Gilbert (too many RB's) for £3m. Other than this Lehmann will Leave on a free. Wenger may also look to bring in a youth player in the form of Nuri Sahin. TOTAL EST. COST £23m. The Arsenal squad for next season will be:
Buffon, Almunia, Poom.
Eboue, Hoyte, Djourou, Toure, Gallas, Senderos, Clichy, Traore.
Robinho, Hleb, Walcott, Denilson, Fabregas, Gilberto, Diaby, Muamba, Rosicky, Randell.
Henry, Eto'o, Van Persie, Adebayor, Bendtnar.
Rafa Benitez will buy Daniel Alves for 15mill, Adriano for 18mill, Quaresma 12. 5mill, Woodgate 7mill and Dos Santos 8mill. Going is Crouch 10 mill, Zenden 1mill, Kewel 3. 5mill, F. S. P 4mill, Cisse 7mill, Dudek free, Fowler free, Hyppia free +others.
g. k reina/ Carson/ padeli
r. b Alves/ Finnan/ arbeloa
c. b carragher/ arbeloa/ paletta
c. b Woodgate/ Agger/ paletta
l. b rise/ Aurelio/ insua
r. w Quaresma/ Garcia/ Pennant
c. m Gerrard/ Sissoko/ guthrie
c. m Alonso/ Mascherano
l. w dos santos/ gonzalez/ leto
striker Adriano/ Bellamy
striker Kuyt/ Garcia/ veronin
What the summer will bring! zidane becoming a coach one of his aspirations is to one day manage FrancE!
Liverpool to invest bid in full backs left and right! diogo or cecinio being touted forget Alves. Liverpool will deffo get swp deal already done manu! breaking the mould for J. cole!
Arsene Wenger has said that he will only sign 'one or two super, super class' players in the summer. However, the loss of several first team players could force Wenger's hand further in the transfer market. Phillipe Senderos is likely to be sold as he has digressed since breaking through at Arsenal, with West Brom centre back Curtis Davies likely to replace him at the Emirates. Davies is out for the rest of this season after picking up an injury and has possibly played his last game at the Hawthorns. Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o has been pretty strongly linked with a move to the Gunners, but I can't really comment on that as I haven't heard too much on that front. I do, however, hear that Scott Carson will join for £5m to become the long term successor to Jens Lehmann.
If whu go down we will sign:
s. Sinclair[1. 6m], B. sharp[2m], skacel[1. 75m], Blanco[2m]
out: Tevez[loan], Reo-Coker[loan], Ferdinand[loan], boa morte[3m], HarEwood[2m], paren'tsil[1. 5m], walker[750k], dailly[loan], Newton[500k]
team: green, Neil, upson, davenport, mcCartney,, benayoun, noble, bowyer, skacel, S. Sinclair/ Blanco, Ashton
if we stay up we will sign:
s. Sinclair[1. 6m], stalteri[2. 5m], Defoe[7m], barton[3. 5m], dyer[4m], L. young[2. 75m], brunt[2m], hriedarsonn[2m], t. Sinclair[free]
team: green, L. young, upson, Ferdinand, Neil, benayoun, barton boa morte, Tevez[CAM], Defoe, Ashton
Let me just clarify the link between Robbie'God' Fowler and Rangers, THERE ISN'T ONE! Robbie has quoted on more than one occasion that he considers the English Championship to be a more superior league than the SPL. He still appears drawn to the results at the Brittania Stadium and could supply the goals required for Stokes promotion push.
Robbie is a drinking pal of my brothers.
Schaars (Az) -3million
S. Naismith-1. 5million
Stevenson (Hibs) -800k
Beasley-2million (he is JVOH's mate)
Gravesen-2. 5million (Man Utd, Everton, or Charlton)
Squad 07/ 08
GK:Boruc/ Brown/ McGovern
CB:Pressley/ Caldwell/ Kennedy
RM:Nakamura/ Beasley/ Hartley
LM:McGeady/ Beasley/ Riordan
This is what I heard! Ronaldinho is going to be in Aston Villa! LOL. Can u please people sto saying bullhit? I read this forum almost every dy and every day I see the same things. Ron to Aston Villa, porstmouth going for Ronaldo etc. YOU ARE NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL MANAGER! Even there Ronaldinho wouldn't go to Aston Villa! so pls. write some real rumours! Here is what I heard!
CCSK is going to accept a bid from OlympiAkos Peraius for Dudu for 4. 5m.
Milan is going For Ronaldinho and Buffon but he will fail for both. then he will try fo Van Der Vaart. a bid for about 15m could be enough. Man Utd are chasing highly rated Nani from Sporting Lisbon but SAF sees Quaresma as a better solution to his wings problems. United also look for a striker of 30 goal per season. Huntelaar might come. They also interested in Samuel Eto'o but I think sir Alex is not going to splash 40m for a striker only because he needs to bring in a defensive midfielder and a winger as well. as for the DM I think Mavuba or de Rossi if nothing happens in the games between them in the champions league trust me.
It has been a huge year of transition for Arsenal, but to some degree, a very coy one from Arsene Wenger. Whilst many would consider this year a waste and one of underachievement, it can not be forgotten that Wenger has kept his team in European contention, reach the knock out stages of the Champions League, final of the League Cup and had a decent run in the FA Cup all with a heavily depleted squad. During the course of this year he has also managed to give vital experience to a crop of youngsters who at present, in unison, reek of inexperience, but who individually have grown enormously during the year. Denilson for example would likely not have gotten a game in any other top 4 club, but Wenger's faith in his youth has given the youngster the opportunity to shine, and shine he has with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Milan rumoured to be interested in the 17-year-old. Another who has shown great promise is Diaby, who was originally drafted in to fill the massive shoes of PatRick Vieira. Following a broken leg however, Wenger's plans were scuppered, but with his return to the team this season, Wenger has seen great reward for his investment; Diaby in fact looks entirely 'the real deal'. Arsenal's main problem at the moment seems to be an abundance of talented midfielders and attackers, but a complete lack of competent defenders. Despite initial promise, Phillipe Senderos' form is that of a player who is unlikely to ever improve beyond the point at which he has reached; when the form has been as bad as it has, this must be of great concern to Wenger who has invested a lot of Time and money into the Swiss international. It's possible, but unlikely, that Wenger may even listen to offers for him in the summer, dependant on his other activity in the transfer market. Djourou also showed great promise, but his slight frame has left him susceptible to being run ragged by the opposition and despite great promise he has looked like a boy in a man's role at Times. Whilst Eboue, Toure and Gallas are undoubtedly top performers, beyond this The Arsenalnal back line looks the shakiest it has in several decades and whilst the money is likely there, recent transfer windows have shown a lack of planning from Wenger in this department. To many Arsenal fans, it seems Time that Wenger cleared out some under performing midfielders like Alexander Hleb and Freddie Ljungberg and invest in one or two quality defenders to plug the gaps left by the departures of Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell. It will be an interesting market for Wenger because undoubtedly now more than ever is probably the Time to cash in one Thierry Henry but after the loyalty he has shown to the club, can Wenger realistically let him go? The problem is that he requires another 20 goal a season striker to play alongside Henry which would effectively mean the end of EmManuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie's first team ambitions. Van Persie is undoubtedly World Class and very much in the mould of Dennis Bergkamp; the problem is that both he and Henry like to drift into that left wing role and as such, that leaves no goalscorer in the middle to receive the ball. Separately Henry and Van Persie are world beaters but together they are ineffective. It's possible though that Wenger, if he is as smart as he's previously shown, may play Van Persie on one of the wings as he does for Holland. This would fill the troublesome goalscoring left winger problem left by the departure of Robert Pires as well as allowing Henry and another goalscorer to dart around the penalty spot. With the opportunity to play with Henry, I think the disgruntled Samuel Eto'o may be that man. This would allow Arsenal two to three seasons of the two playing together before Eto'o ulTimately fills the role left by the retiring Henry (or at least bench warming in the wind down to retirement) alongside one of Wenger's crop of youngsters, possibly Walcott or Bendtner. Whether this will lead to the sale of Adebayor or Van Persie though remains to be seen and it's more likely that the less versatile Adebayor will go than Van P
ersie. Whether the Man Utd rumors are true or not though remain to be seen, but it's more likely that Adebayor will stay on board until the January transfer window than be sold in the summer in order to ascertain Thierry Henry's long term fitness and form. Aside from Eto's signing (though rumors persist that Wenger's ears have pRicked up over Andy's Johnson's desire to return to London from Everton), Wenger surely MUST delve into the market for a quality defender as though he is full of potential, Gael Clichy simply isn't ready to fill the shoes left by Ashley Cole. The real question is who Wenger will buy though. Micah Richards is well outside Wenger's price range as are most British defenders but there is always the possibility that the lure of first team football may tempt the rumoured-to-be-Utd-bound Gareth Bale. The question is whether Wenger is prepared to yet again pay a huge amount, following Walcott's arrival, for a Premiership virgin. Probably a shrewder investment for Wenger would be the capture of French international left back Eric Abidal from Lyon. He proved in the World Cup to be a class act, and being 27 his advancing years may allow Wenger to get him relatively cheaply to fill a gap for the next 4-5 years whilst he finds a long term replacement. At £6m this would be excellent business for Wenger, but it's likely that he'd still need to invest in his back four to be ready to compete for the Premiership and Champion's League; it's just whether or not Wenger will. Finally there is the sales they will make. Ljungberg REALLY should go, he's proving absolutely no worth to the team anymore and is a star whose light has been extinguished. No doubt plenty of suitors would be prepared to pay £3-4m for the Swedish international, but it's unlikely Wenger will actually sell a player who was part of his double winning sides and has been so committed to the Gunners. Reyes is a done deal; there is no way he'll return to Arsenal as neither party would let it happen. It's rumoured he'll be off to Atletico in an attempt to convince Torres to stay by showing their ambition but there main stumbling block could be his price. Atletico don't have a lot to spend but they seem resigned to losing either Aguero or Torres this summer so money may well be there; at £8m Wenger should just be pleased to get Reyes off the books. Baptista does not appear to have done enough to secure a transfer to the Gunners and at £8m would seem an expensive signing for a position where Wenger already has an abundance of talent. Finally, it seems likely that Gilberto is going to be off to Juventus in the summer in a deal of around £4m. The 31 year old has been an unsung hero in recent years but this season his performance has been nothing short of sensational. It seems an odd sale for Wenger to make considering Silva's form, but he may see it as the right Time to look to the future and give the opportunity in that position to one of the younger players.this could however be a huge mistake.
Samuel Eto'o £22m - Barcelona
Eric Abidal £6m - Lyon
Jose Antonio Reyes £8m - Atletico Madrid
Julio Baptista LOAN RETURN - Real Madrid
Gilberto Silva £4m - Juventus
To the Man Utd fan who said aguero was signing for 14mil your absolutely wrong! No way Atletico will let him go for only 14mil, they bought him for 18mil Anyway Arsenal will sign a few world class players this summer. They will be Jefferson Farfan for 9mil pounds, Igor Akinfeev for 5mil and Robinho for Reyes. Niklas Bendtner to return from loan to fight for starting. Aliadere will be sold so will Adebayor.
To the Addicks fan who obviously has his head in the clouds. How can Charlton sign Ashton from the Hammers for 6m, when they paid 7. 5m for him, and if they ever did sell him would have to cough up at least 25% to Norwich? Some real comments please.
This will definitely happen, Sunderland to poach Garvan from Ipswich when they get promoted.
Lfc team, will sign Joe cole, Aaron Lennon, huntalaar
Milan have targeted Arsenal's Alex Hleb should Kaka be sold. He was oon Milan's radar even before he moved to Arsenal. They think he can do without the moaning on his inability oto score enuf goals from the right wing. They plan to stat at 8m but won't go more than 15m. though they want 45m pounds for Kaka
Norwich are going to sign a few players in the summer. Looks like Lee Trundle will make his Mark in the championship if they stay up, Aliadiere is going to the Canaries on loan from Arsenal, gardner from aston Villa will be going to Norwich for a fee of £1. 25m. And finally Mikel forsell willl join as he is having a hard Time at Birmingham.
Norwich are going to be quality!
Nigel Worthington to become Luton Town manager, however if the ex-Norwich manager rejects a job offer then assistant manager Brian Stein could takeover following Mike Newell's sacking.
In the summer Barcelona will sell Ronaldinho[to Milan], Deco[to either Chelsea or Inter], Eto'o[to Arsenal], Ezquerro and Saviola. In will come Alves[from Sevilla], Sneijder[from Ajax], Adriano[from Inter], Robben[from Chelsea] and Milito[from Zaragoza]. on paper the team looks weaker, but these deals will prove to be good ones in the future.
- A League-
Melbourne Victory FC (Champions 06/ 07&Premiers 06/ 07)
Fred, S. Storey, V. Lia, M. Ferante, M. Byrnes, E. Galekovich, Robinson
Ins-Ljubo Milicevic, Bruce Djite, Ahmed ElRich and youngsters from VPL and South America/ Asia.
Team 07/ 08-:
Vargas Milicevic Leijer
ElRich Muscat Brebner Alessandro
Bench:M. Langerak, D. Piorkowski, S. Pantelidis, L. Broxham, A. Caceres, Bruce Djite.
Expect Skoko to come in 2009 to replace Muscat
Rangers manager Walter Smith currently interested in Australian players Brett Helman (NEC), Luke Wilkshire (Twente) and Jason Culina (PSV) also possible move for Belgian striker Sonck from Bor M'glad (fee around 1 million pounds) . This will be offset by the departure of fellow Belgian Buffel to Bundesligue club possibly Shalke.
Chelsea have found out this season that they need more depth to their squad. If Frank Lampard, John Terry or Dider Drogba get injured they really are left in dire straights and as such they will not allow any more players to leave this summer. It would to some degree make sense to let Michael Ballack head to Real Madrid as has been touted in the media, but I do not see Jose Mourinho admitting he made a bad signing and will likely give Michael Ballack another season to prove his worth. Much the same can be said of Andriy Shevchenko who, whilst showing real signs of struggling to adapt to the pace of the Premiership having lost a yard himself, is still undoubtedly one of the greatest finishers in football history. There is a great possibility that next year he may follow Didier Drogba's example, settle into the league and once again show his worth. One cause that appears to have been lost is that to keep Arjen Robben, undoubtedly one of the greatest talents in the Premiership, but with a penchant for diving and inconsistent performances. Robben has been unable to hold down a place in Mourinho's first team plans and to him this is simply unacceptable; it is rumoured that Bayern are happy to take Robben into their first team for around £16m which would seem the perfect solution for all involved. Finally, in respect of signings, Mourinho has publicly stated that he needs a versatile defender and a playmaking midfielder and it would appear that with Deco's unrest at the Nou Camp and Pepe's rise to stardom, these two may be the men for the job. Several rumour have spoken of fees as high as £22m for Deco, but with his star on the fall, unhappiness in Spain and advanced years, Barcelona would do well to obtain a fee in the region of £7m for his services. Pepe is much the same, a rising star in the game who after several exceptional seasons now looks ready to make the jump to one of the big three (Premiership, Serie A and La Liga) ; he would certainly solve Mourinho's headaches in the event of a John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho injury and may even push the latter for his first team spot. Many would point to the gaping hole left by the failing Paulo Ferreira, however Mourinho has publicly stated that Glen Johnson will return in the summer and be given the opportunity to fill that role, in addition to a number of impressive performances in that position from Michael Essien; a wonderful talent who has been criminally under utilised in favour of a 'big reputation' in the form of the lethargic Michael Ballack.
Deco £7m - Barcelona
Pepe £12m - Porto
Arjen Robben £16m - Bayern Munich
Transfers we can heavily expect to see this summer:
Alex - PSV to Chelsea (9m)
Jesus Navas - Sevilla to Liverpool (8m)
Nani - Sporting to Manchester United (7m)
Maxi Rodriguez - Atletico to Liverpool (14m)
Xavi - Barcelona to Manchester United (14m)
Eto'o - Barcelona to Chelsea (22m)
Babel - Ajax to Arsenal (6m)
D. Bent - Charlton to Tottenham (9m)
Crouch - Liverpool to Newcastle (10m)
Bellamy - Liverpool to Villa (8m)
Berbatov - Tottenham to Chelsea (16m)
Juan Mullen - Stoke to Sunderland (1m)
Lewis Stevenson - Hibs to Arsenal (2. 5m)
Baptista- Real to Arsenal (8m)
Kaka to switch with Ronaldinho
see how many of these come true it will be around 70%-80% as always