Football Rumours Archive February 01 2008
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Carlo Ancelloti is the latest man rumoured to take over from Rafa Benitez, he is certain to take over in the Summer. The players leaving will be Riise, Voronin, Kuyt and Alonso. The players he will purchase are Pazzini, Montelivo and Quaresma. Elano to move to Inter with Suazo heading to City. The only reason Hutton moved to Tottenham is because Man United did not make an approach.
In the Summer Newcastle will sign:
Giles Barnes (Derby) £4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) £15 million
Richard Dunne (Manchester City) Free–transfer
Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid) £6 million
Dean Ashton (the Hammers) £6 million
Andrew Keogh (Wolves) £2 million
Michael Kightley (Wolves) £2 million
Ledley King (Tottenham) £5 million
In Summer Newcastle will sell:
Shola Ameobi (£2 million) Portsmouth
Claudio Cacapa (£1 million) Lens
David Rozehnal (£2 million) AZ Alkmaar
Peter Ramage (Loan) Bolton
Ben Tozer (Loan) Swansea
James Troisi (Loan) Sheff Wednesday
I am a close friend of Fred Dineage, former presenter of How on ITV and now a Portsmouth director, and he has told me that Harry Redknapp recently snubbed a bid of £15 million from Middlesbrough for star forward Benjani.
Fred also told me that, Harry is keen to bring some more British players to the club and is eyeing Leicester pair Matt Fryatt and Elvis Hammond in a £5 million deal.
The saga at LFC is not over by a long shot. The proposed "takeover" by a Fans group will come to nothing. Other people before me have posted on here and I have heard rumours from people involved in the business and finance world (admittedly not at the top) that DIC have definitely not gone away.
It may not happen as early as 18th or 19th feb as previously stated, but believe me, by the start of next season LFC will be owned by Dubai Investments and be managed by Jose Mourinho.
The refinancing by the American owners was simply to ensure they were in the strongest possible negotiating position, and the statements afterwards were to reinforce their position, if they would come out and said "we want to sell", possible buyers would have knocked them down on the price of the Club.
It will happen, new owners, and a new manager.
Major changes at FC Barcelona. Rikjaard leaving Rafa Benitez taking over joining him will be Reina Lucas and Alonso. Saviola to join Bremen when Klasnic joins Villareal at the end of the season. Joining Newcastle in the Summer will be Jan Schlaudraff, Pierre Wome, Giles Barnes, Edmilson, and Justin Hoyte.
"Scott Brown is desperate to exit Celtic. Transfer probably will not happen today, but will in the Summer. He has been on the phone to Kevin Thomson and regrets not moving to Rangers – Fact. Although he accepts that he will now never play for the Teddy Bears.
Celtic will make another £3.7 million bid for Kyle Lafferty, this time they will be successful. They will also get Severin for £500 k after dropping their interest in Robson. Guzman will also arrive for pennies.
Hearts to pick up Gow on loan for the remainder of the Season.
Rangers – Nothing at all.
Brilliant. Do not know who Guzman is, but Guzan has already signed for Villa and Robson has already signed for Celtic. Impressive that you have the ear of Kevin Thomson, Scott Brown must be devastated that he will never get to play for the Gers. Ho. Ho. Oh wait a minute, is this not the standard propaganda to distract from the fact that Celtic have already made three great signings of Internationalists in Hinkel, Mizuno and Samaras (who did not turn up for a medical at Ibrox because he was too busy signing for Celtic) and a great prospect for the Summer in Ben Hutchinson. Whereas the Rangers have got. Christian Dailly, on loan, and shoved their best young player (Hutton) out the door against his will cause Murray wants the cash. Allan took a lot of persuading that it was his dream move did not he? Szamotulski would rather be unemployed than sign for them because of the meagre wages on offer. FIFA may not bend the rules to allow Cousin and Faye to transfer, much to Murray's chagrine. It's all about cash and it is all bad news, where are the big signings promised. Oh aye, the mysterious rebuild of Ibrox is meant to keep the fans quiet instead is not it. The one guarantee is that Walter will get nothing to spend. And all the fans will get is more media spin from Murray Park.
Rangers will bring in three key players in the Summer these will be:
CM– Rino Gattuso (AC Milan)
ST– S Kalou (Chelsea)
ST– B Kalou (Lens)
Benjani – Man City
Defoe – Portsmouth
Thomas – Portsmouth
Routlegde – Aston Villa
Ameobi – Everton
Arshavin – Everton
Reid – Sunderland
Alves – Middlesbrough
Downing – Everton
Afc to sign in Summer
ARSENAL to sign in Summer 110 percent
rob green (the Hammers) £12 million
micah Richards (Manchester City) 15 mill
andrew surman (Southampton) 7 mill
Stoke City are in position to take on 2 up and coming youngsters Graeme Hope and Richard Moonan have signed from Stalybridge Celtics under 17s. Looks like the two will be signed for the rest of the season. Might not be first team straight away but look out for the future. YHIHF
To the guy that said Holloway got PLymouth to the semi finals of the FA, it was actually the quarter finals. Newcastle to sign Barnes and a young Atalanta target who's name has not yet been mentioned among St. James' park eyt where I work.
Liverpool will buy Richards in the Summer as he does not want to go to his teams rivals and he wants to stay in the north west.
Red Devils to splash the cash in the Summer as they are the Richest club in the world. If you do not believe me check on the Man United official website
Lahm–£12 million –can play right or left back and because Neville is retiring because of failure to get back from injury we would need a replacement. Lahm can also provide cover for Evra. Lahm even said he would love to go to the Premiership
Gio Dos Santos–£16 million – Is supposed to be the new Ronaldinho even though he is mexican. We struggle when Ronaldo is injured and Dos Santos is the perfect replacement
Benzema–20 million+ Saha+ Silvestre– Go on to youtube and type in Benzema. And go on to skysports. com and you will find that Benzema wants to come to Man United. Fergie has also shown interest in him.
Veloso–£12 million–seen him playing for sporting lisbon against Benfica. He was wicked. Arsenal also want him but because he is portrugese he would obviously want to link up with Ronaldo
Neville–retire, he will become part of staff like solkjaer at man u
Fletcher–lack of first team footy
The Summer coming up will be when the real Rafa Benitez will come out according to Guilleme Ballague. Rafa has now had a few years to settle into English football, get a reasonable squad and from now on he will look to add to the squad players who will improve the team significantly.
There will not be as many changes as people are talking about however:
Pablo Aimar will join for £10 million.
Jeremy Menez also for £10 million.
Wayne Bridge for £7 million.
Javier Mascherano permenantly for £17 million.
Leaving will be Andrey Voronin (1 million) Scott Carson (10 million) Riise (6 million) Sebastian Leto (3 million)
Benitez feels these players can make a significant difference to the squad. As always, he will invest for the future as well.
Also expect Rafa to move Kewell into a central attacking midfield role as Rafa does not believe he has the pace to cut it on the wing. Although Rafa has Lucas who seems to have a lot of potential, Rafa wants to make sure not to rush him straight into the team.