Football Rumours Archive June 17 2007
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Rafa has just resigned as Liverpool manager. This will be annouced by Rick Parry at 5pm saturday. He as gone because there is turmoil behind the scenes with Rick Parry annoyed with G+ H because of the lack of money available for Rafas targets that was agreed when G+ H bought the club
To the moron who thinks Newcastle and Bolton will be hit with points deductions, the club will not be punished as they had nothing to do with it. It was all to do with managers and agents. In Newcastles part, a board member was involved Kenneth Shepherd, but it was confirmed he is not actually part of the club. The worst that could happen to those clubs, Allardyce and Souness could be banned from football management. There will be no points deductions.
Also, Leighton Baines will go to Newcastle after the Under-21 European Championships and Koumas has agreed a fee at Midddlesbrough.
UP THE HAMMERS.
Everyone is loosing their minds in the press about LFC not signng any big names yet and fans of other teams really seem to love making fun. Maybe you people don't understand that the players on the top of Rafas list aren't available yet. We haven't bid for Malouda, Bent, Tevez, or Simao yet because we're waiting for the end of La Liga. Well folks, that happens tomorrow. LFC enquiries will be made for Eto'o and Villa (even though they've both said they're staying in Spain), Torres, Joaquin, Milito&Milito, Andrade, Chivu, and a host of others. LFC will sign 1 world class striker (most probably Torres), another durable striker (Bent, Milito, or Aguero), 1 top class wing (not including Benayoun who is simply depth for Kewell (injury insurance), Garcia (injury insurance), Zenden (bye bye) and Gonzalez (R. Bettis) – probably Joaquin or Manchini), a left back (probably Chivu to move Riise up as the #2 LMF/ LB), and a center back (probably Milito). As these deals are done, players will be leaving LFC. We all know who they are. They will net 20–25 million so the total outlay of the club this summer will be around 50 million after sales which is exactly half of what Rafa said he needs. Next year the budget will again be around the same and the 2 year plan of 100 million is met.
Like to post the latest. sister works on british airways as hostess and met Henry on flight to states on Wednesday last. got his autograph etc. he did reiterate to her he, s not going anywhere this season but maybe if Wenger goes next year he will follow suit.
flyin to miami for hols and to watch basketball finals somewhere in america.
Arsenal to sign Carson for £7 million plus Almunia. Liverpool will then swap Craig Bellamy for David Bentley of Blackburn. Michael Owen will return for £9 million, and Yossi Benayoun will come in for £4 million. Garcia, Gonzalez, Zenden, Dudek and Bellamy will be sold by Liverpool. Benayoun, Owen, Bentley all coming in for a combined fee of £13 million. I work at Melwood, all deals should be completed by the end of the month from what I hear. FRANK
this is based on nothing more than collaborative hearsay and, as an Everton fan, what i'd like to see happen.
–Alfonso Alves – apparently, Moyes made enquiries in January but if bought would cost in excess of £8 million
–Stewart Downing – admittingly taken straight from eatsleepfootball. com, but the deal of Beattie + Van der Meyde + cash (about £4 million) may be good for Boro seeing as they've lost Viduka, but remains pure rumour.
–Leighton Baines – a more stronger rumour. £4 million up front and could sign after Under-21 Championships.
–Pablo Ibanez – once again, taken from various other sites, could cost about £4–5 million
–Juan Riquelme – if this deal goes through I will run on the pitch naked first game next season and score a hatrick – no idea of price
–Wayne Routledge – unlikely due to hi performances at Under-21 Championships, but should a deal go through, it'll be about £5 million
–Yaya Toure – seeing as Barca, Inter, Roma are in the race, I don't think we've got a chance
NB. Much speculation will be of no consequence, as Moyes likes to keep hush–hush about his transfer dealings seeing as Villa, Liverpool&Newcastle seem to base about 20% of their transfer fee on buying the players Moyes wants. He's that good.
Hibs are about to see the benefit of their new training complex and it's not even finished. Chelsea are now prepared to allow some of the more promising younsters to go on loan, over the next few weeks expect Yves Kalambay, Ben Sahar, Michael Woods ans Scott Sinclair all ariving on year long loans. Also the defense with be strenthened with the arrival of Kenny Cunningham on a free from Sunderland.
Aliadiere and Hoyte from Arsenal for £8 million,
Gera and Kamara from WBA in exchange for Boateng, Morrison and Johnson plus £1 million.
Geremi from Chelsea for £1.5 million,
Davis from Portsmouth in p/ x for Yakubu plus £9 million
Mendieta to LA Galaxy on a free,
Euell to Crystal Palace on a free,
Boateng and Johnson to WBA in p/ x deal (see above)
Yakubu to Portsmouth in p/ x deal (see above)
Viduka to Newcastle on a free.
Squad for 2007/ 08 Season:
Schwarzer and Jones.
Hoyte, Davies, McMahon, Woodgate, Huth, Riggott, Wheater, Bates, Pogatetz, and A Taylor.
Geremi, Gera, Porritt, Cattermole, Davis, Rochemback, Arca and Downing.
Tuncay, Aliadiere, Lee Dong–Gook, and Kamara.
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has helped convince Ajax starlet Ryan Babel that his future lies at the Emirates stadium. Bergkamp spent a glorious decade at the club and now owns a private box at the new stadium, proving his allegiance to the Gooners. I hear that he will be offered a coaching role over the summer, and he has also been asked by Arsene Wenger to try and persuade Babel to swap the Amsterdam ArenA for the Emirates. Rumour has it that he has a buy out Clause of around £6 million, but with reported interest from Newcastle I hear that a bid of £6.6 million will allow them to negotiate with the player with no rival clubs to worry about.
Sheffield Wednesday WILL sign kenwyne Jones from Southampton for 1.5 million when Jones returns from his holiday in trinidad
Heskey is set for a 6 million pound move to middlesboro, also southgate wants sign Emre from Newcastle for about 4 million
The only players Rafa is looking to by are diego forlan 1 of the milto bros and Curtis Davies. the well known players he wants to get is either florent Malouda or Quaresma. Rafa will not be lookng at players like Torres Villa Eto'o etc as there is only limited funds to spend this yr. Arsenal will try to keep Henry but the chances are 40/ 60 that he will go and Arsene is looking to get Babel. Manchester United are looking for a striker now they have half there transfers done and they are lookiing at quaglarella and suprisingly. Adriano. this is bcoz Adriano hasn't had his best season with inter and inter are willing to take on offers. Saf knows he can get Adriano to change his ways and turn into a world class striker agen.
Chelsea won't be getting him as there only willing to exchange Shevchenko for him but inter doesn't want him and Sheva wouldn neva go to inter as he was a well known class striker for AC Milan. Chelsea arent willing to pay for Adriano as they are trying to keep it on a down low for this season.
Liverpool will sign the following:
Fernando Torres (20 million)
Michael Owen (9 million)
M. G. Pederson (2 million + Bellamy)
Alberto Zapater (7 million)
–There will also be a cheap goalkeeper (experienced cover) and a cheap centre back (young cover).
–Zapater will be signed because Sissoko will move to Barcelona for 12 million and I'll be the first to say I'm disappointed.
–Torres will have the first season to settle in England
–Owen will be a regular if fit along with Crouch or Kuyt.
–Pederson will compete with Kewell
–Our net expendeture will come to around 28–29 million
From a Liverpool fan some of the rumours flying around are pathetic. Henry to Liverpool – come on get a life. Henry won't move to another English club if he does leave at all – he said so himself. anyway we are going to be signing the following players:
Torres – 22 million
Quaresma – 15 million
bentley – swap with Bellamy (no cash)
the Milito brothers – combined 16 million
I've also seen rumours linking Hyppia with other clubs which is also rubbish so lets start comiing down to earth and saying about Henry and others.
Celtic have enquired about Bellamy but the transfer fee is putting them off. Expect them to follow up their interest in Gudjonsen if Liverpool don't drop the fee. Appiah is now off the radar, with the signings of at least 1 Italian now imminent.
Rafa is a gonner. He doesn't like the new owners and they don't seem to be taken by him. The club behind the scenes seems to be in a mess. This has come from the horse's mouth, an overheard, when I say overheard he wasn't bothered who heard, conversation with a couple of Liverpool legends. Maybe they were waxing lyrical about old times and the present state of football but they stated that once the Spanish season was over then Rafa would be on his way. The usual suspects, Real, Barca, and old club Valencia maybe. Maybe it will all go down to the last game. If Barca hand the title to Real then maybe he is going to take the hot seat in the Camp Nou and visa versa. Maybe he will get Eto'o after all. I think it would be harsh and a big mistake to let Rafa go. But he has seen this kind of scene with El Che, bringing in the silverware early in his reign whilst spending but not matching his own high standards. He has spent less than Newcastle and has achieved way more than most managers in the Premiership. Is this the way it is going to be for the clubs who have or are being taken over by foreign investors, who is to say.
J. J Arsenal News
Well Arsene Wenger is back from his holiday and his already met Barcelona officials but only to see what they are offering for Henry, he has NO intention of selling. Arsene also met with Eto'o 2 weeks ago in africa and the talk worked, it now seems Eto'o would love to play for Arsenal however Barcelona want £25 million which I don't think Wenger will pursue. Secondly This week Arsenal will announce the the DOUBLE swoop for Huntelaar and Babel at the moment the deals arent done, the fees have been verbally agreed and personal terms are being discussed over the next coupel of days. I am confident these signings will happen also the following week Arsene will make moves for Miguel Veloso of sporting and Bakari Sagna of Auxerre. That is all the news I have other then Nordveit has signed for Arsenal in a £2 million deal which you guys already know about. Ljungberg will be leaving IF the Babel deal goes through and he wants to stay in the Premiership so West Ham or Portsmouth likely destinations. Marky my words, i'll report back when I have other news.
Colombian forward Daniel Pasoti could be the surprise signing at CCC team Plymouth Argyle.
Pasoti will have no problems with obtaining a work permit due to his mother's European ancestery and a fee of £200k has been mooted.
I'm good friends with Frddy Eastwood's agent and he has said that Wolves&Norwich have both made bids and should be accepted but he would prefer to go to a Premiership club and his agent has spoke to Fulham who will be making a bid soon and is hanging out to go to them.