Football Rumours Archive March 18 2007
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Robben coming for 20mil. Eto'o leaving for Arsenal, Ronaldinho 40mil to Milan, Alves coming for 16mil, Cech and Terry for 35mil
To the bloke pretending to be 'Josetxo from Spain'. Players in Spain can't play in England? Where did you pull that one from? How about the likes of Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas or Jose Reina? Admittedly there have been players who have struggled, Jose Antonio Reyes the most notable flop in the Premiership, but that happens with any nationality. Arsenal are showing serious interest in signing Julio Baptista permanently, but the £13. 6m figure being quoted is far too much and Real Madrid can expect a haggle war with the Gunners. Reyes, who will be ditched by Real after his season long loan expires, will be involved in a straight swap deal with Sevilla's Jesus Navas who is supposedly interested in a move to Emirates stadium. Apart from Navas and Baptista, Arsenal will also be the surprise winners of the race to sign Micah Richards from Manchester City. Richards will hand in a transfer request whether City survive relegation or not and Arsenal will be able to negotiate with the player should they meet City's £12m asking price. Freddie Ljungberg will leave Arsenal in the summer, although I really wish I'm wrong, with Roma surprise interested parties. Phillipe Senderos will be allowed to leave as well.
Bolton rumours: Big Sam to spend big in the summer. He will make a move for Palace midfielder Tom Soares, Tottenham striker Mido, Man Utd defender Wes Brown and West Ham playmaker Yossi Benayoun.
This is a bit of speculation of course, but you'd have to admit Newcastle would be pretty happy with this as an outcome of the summer. Possibly Oneywu if a Woodgate re-signing proves to be a difficult task, and Bridge will come without any look at Bale beause this problem possition needs to be fixed now, and Bridge is the man to do it, same goes with Neil at rightback, it would be nice to see Gilbert from Arsenal, but the Newcastle defense needs a revamp with immediate affect after the horrible performance v AZ. Babel will come, and will see a good amount of playing Time because of the injury curse that's seems to hang over Newcastle (possibly the training ground, they did change the pitch) . In any event, I'm sure they will be active, and they will probably have to defend their first cup in many years, the Intertoto.
Emre ( B. Munich 6m)
Bramble (whatever they can get, just abort this one)
Luque (PSV 2m)
Harper (1m to a newly promoted team other than Sunderland)
Neil Woodgate Taylor Bridge
Milner Sidwell Parker Duff
Subs: Krul, Srnicek, Moore Ramage, Edgar, Huntington, Babayaro, Solano, Dyer, N'Zogbia, Butt, Pattison, O'Brien, K. Lua Lua, Troisi, Sibierski, Babel, Ameobi, Carroll
Tottenhams Summer Signing's:
Petrov from Aston Villa as a replacement for Carrick and a player who would work well alongside Zokora
If Berbatov goes expect a bid for Benni McCarthy
Rangers Summer Transfer Speculation
This is not a rumour it's a Fact and come the Summer you'll see I was right. Those players will all leave bringing in £1.5m and we will spend £3.5m on players - £4.5m at most
villa to Chelsea 30mil
Eto'o to Arsenal 22mil
Alves to Liverpool 17mil
nani to Man Utd 12mil
bent to Spurs 16mil
bale to Spurs 8mil
swp to Everton 8mil
Robinho to Arsenal 12mil
Crouch to Newcastle 9mil
berbatov to Liverpool 16mil
Richards to Chelsea 17mil
akineef to Arsenal 5mil
alex to Chelsea free
Nakamura to Villa 6mil
Babel to Arsenal 6mil
Hargreaves to Man Utd 20mil
Gretna/ Leicester City Rumours.
Had it confirmed by a colleague today that Rab Douglas has already agreed to join Gretna FC. I belive that he will be signing for them regardless of whether they are promoted to the SPL or not.
I had Information last week that Todorov would be signed before the QPR game but it now looks as though he will be signing this week coming, probably Tuesday or Wednesday.
For all those satating that Hughes will be leaving Leicester, not the case. He is well thought of by the management team and has impressed MM too.
Also, don't expect Fryatt to be sold. He is another that RK thinks a lot of. Injury has curtailed Fryatt this season but is still in LCFC plans.
Les A Gent.
Man United Transfers:
SAF will not look as far as many people suggest with suggestions as far of as Diarra (Real Madrid), Adriano (Inter), De Rossi (Roma) etc. Many of these transfers would be impossible. However, SAF will look at more of an English/ British scene at OT next season as is desired by AIG. Main transfers will be:
Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), £15m
Joe Cole (Chelsea), £18m
Gareth Bale (Southampton), £10m + loan return
a striker (Torres (£26m), Huntelaar (£12m), Owen (£15m), Defoe (£15m), Bent (£6m [if relegated])
Possible costs: £69m
Any of these costs would be able to be met with the granted £25m (+ £25m) for this year + left over funds from last year's window + sale of RVN, Obi Mikel, Howard etc. There may also be the possibility of Silvestre (Lyon), Smith (Portsmouth), Fletcher (Rangers) leaving in the summer. Heinze and Ronaldo will certainly be staying.
I have heard that Lampard, Klose, and Pizzaro might go to Juventus.
Also, Pepe and Deco to Chelsea.
Babel and Ribery to Arsenal.
Nani and Hargreaves to Man Utd
Robben to Bayern
Alves and Quaresma to Liverpool
Expect some 70% of these to come true!
Leicester City Rumours.
Had it confrimed today from a usually reliable source that after the defeat to QPR on Saturday that Rob Kelly's days as manager are numbered. He will probably be off within the month. Names being linked at this Time are Mike Newell, Harry Redknapp and Bryan Robson. Most likely to be Harry Redknapp due to the Mandaric connection and the fact that he allegedly doesn't get on with the new Pompey owner, but very early days.
Will keep you posted as things materialise.
Les A Gent.
Big 4 summer signings
Chelsea: Eto'o 30m/ Alves 15m
Man Utd: berbatov 14m/ hargreeves 16m
Arsenal: Carson 4m/ Ribery 11m/ Woodgate 11m
Liverpool: Villa 35m/ aimar 9m
possibles for most if not all the clubs: Tevez 8m/ Richards 14m/ iniesta 12m/ Navas 10m
RED HOT RUMOURS
Dos Santos coming to thr Premiership with Man Utd and Liverpool in the chase. tacchinardi will move to Everton for 3 mil. Alan Smith an Phill bardlesy will arive at Villa with Steven Davis + 2 mil going in the other direction. Another player going to Villa is sensuke Nakamura. Tottenham and Liverpool are involved in a double switch with Jermaine Defoe and dimitar berbatov going to Liverpool and Peter Crouch and Harry Kewell. quaresmera could be going to Chelsea. joao mountinho could be going to Liverpool. Sheva to dynamo kiev. hernan Crespo to Bolton for 4 mil + tal ben hiam. ibrahmovic to Barcelona in direct swap for samuel Eto'o. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for 23 mil or 17 mil and sergio Garcia. theo Walcott loaned out to Aston Villa. carlos Tevez loaned out to Arsenal. baptista to stay for 11 mil. torsten frings to Man Utd for 14 mil. igor Tudor to spend last couple of years at Aston Villa. lionel Messi will be in the middle of the biggest bidding battle of europe ever but will stay at Barcelona.
Manchester United are set to sign Carlos Tevez in the summer from West Ham for around £8 million. Ferguson payed close attention to the Argentine forward against Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday and will bid in the summer as he sees Tevez as the perfect replacement for Solksjaer.
Celtic are interested in these players:
Steven Whittaker - £1.2m
Alou Diarra - £2.5m
Joey Barton - £5m
Stijn Schaars - £3m
Demy De Zeeuw - £3.5m
Stephen Naismith - £2m
Craig Bellamy - £6m
Robbie Keane - £6m
Signings completed are:
Darren McCormack - £50k, 18 year old from Hibs
James McCarthy - £400k, 16 year old, from Hamilton
Tomislav Pavlov - £20k, 15 year old Bulgarian
We are also interested in several other Youngsters, 6 Dutch, 2 Irish, 3 Scottish, 2 Polish and 3 Swedish as well as a Romanian and Hungarian! who will all be given trials in the Summer