Football Rumours Archive March 01 2007
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1. Arjen Robben is getting restless at Chelsea due to consistently playing well but not getting recognised. He will hand in his transfer request in the summer with Man Utd and Inter Milan battling to sign him.
2. David Villa would rather sign for Liverpool rather than any other club. He does not want to play for Barcelona as they are bitter rivals and prefers Liverpool over Chelsea due to its large Spanish contingent.
3. When West Ham get relegated (note I said when not if) there will be a major exodus. Carlos Tevez will join Atletico with the funds made available from selling Torres to United, Reo Coker will sign for Arsenal and Anton Ferdinand will move to Tottenham.
4. Robbie Fowler will see out his career at Sunderland as Roy Keane wants to bring in experience as well as youth.
5. Manchester United will try to sign Van der Vaart and Kompany but will be beaten to both by AC Milan.
Despite the article on skysports stating that Arsenal were interested in signing Robinho from Real Madrid, they won't be making a bid for the Brazilian. Arsenal could be interested in making one or two big name signings when the current campaign ends but Arsene Wenger will give his promising Youngsters a chance in the first team next season. Jens Lehmann is all but certain to leave the club, and Scott Carson will be the man to replace him at Arsenal. Gianluigi Buffon will more than likely see out his career in Italy, and with Juventus set for a return to Serie A I'd expect him to stay in Turin. Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o could also make the move to Arsenal, but Birmingham's on-loan striker Nicklas Bendtner will be given a chance next season so it depends on whether Wenger wants to buy ahead of him or not.
Evertons big signings firstly a partner for Andy Johnson Everton will sign David nugent for around 6-7m also they will sign on loan Benfica holding player manny fernandes for 5-6m possible van der meyde will go as part of the deal also Everton want another Young centre half Everton could go for Curtis Davies of West Brom could be costly and competion from Newcastle Rob earl (Everton board) could put a fair bit of money in David Moyes pocket this summer to fund deals like the Davies one
Graham Dorrans is a twenty year old striker who plays for Livingston in the Scottish First Division. He is knocking them in for the reserves and he is also finding his scoring boots for the first team. Expect Newcastle to show an interest in him and perhaps scout him. He has played for Scotland at under 18 level. I have good contacts with a family member who holds his footballing skills in high regards. Expect the fee to be around 1 million for the striker/ attacking midielder.
Man Utd have signed 2 Young 17 year old Brazilians from fluminese on pre contract agreements. added to thes two may be the arrivals of the two Young sporting lisbon pair of Nani and Moutinho; it is believed that a fee of around 22 million will be enough for the pair. also on fergusons list is Torres who could come in for 22 million. he will be the star signing the glazers want. Hargreaves will be looked at but if Moutinho is aquired a deal may not be pushed through as they would have to pay over the odds. Bale will be bought on a pre contract agreement when his Southampton contract expires. HSV could be raided if they were to get relegated. Utd probable line up:
Scott Brown - £3. 5m
Stijn Schaars - £4m
Steve Sidwell - Free (to Clubs outside England)
Darren Fletcher - £5m
James McCarthy - £400k
James McFadden - £2m, or Swap with Miller who Everton want
Steven Naismith - £2. 5m
There are also several Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian and Dutch players that Strachan has been watching closely
I am a good friend of Robbie Fowlers neighbour. He said Robbie is always laughing about him constantly being linked to championship clubs, the latest being Leicester. However he is still interested in joining Stoke, as he can easily commute and has had a soft spot for them since he watched a video of their great 70, s team which of course included the late great 'Big John' Ritchie. RIP John.
Big summer for transfers, main ones will be:
O Hargreaves - Man U
D Alves - Chelsea
M Richards - Liverpool
J Barton - Reading
S Sidwell - Villa
A Reyes - Sevilla
J Baptista - Man U
R Babel - Arsenal
A Robben - Liverpool
R Santa Cruz - Barca
S Etto'o - Chelsea
Z Ibrahimovic - R Madrid
Robhino - Inter
D Ashton - Liverpool
A Ferdinand - Birmingham
R Fowler - Derby
G Barnes - Liverpool
Tevez - Bolton
Y Benayoun - Wigan
C Bellamy - Man City
J Woodgate - Liverpool
Berbatov has instructed his agents to cash in on his excellent form by securing him a move to a big club. He is desperate to win things and play CL and obviously will not get that at Spurs next season.
Gary Neville position is under threat. Expect United to bid for Richards or Nelson. However United will not offload him just yet.
United will offload fletcher, Silvestre, Richardson, o'shea and possibly ji sung park. they will keep smith
West Ham are alreay planning for relegation by going back the transfer policy that served them so well in getting promotion under pardew. They will target Young british talent with the following players being looked at . Lee cook, Ray Jones, Freddy Eastwood, tom soares, ben watson, nicky maynard, Luke varneny, Billy Sharp, joe ledley, matt jarvis, Scott brown, Steven naismith, fabrice muamba, jon otsemobor, marvin elliot, David mirfin. they will back up this policy with the odd experienced player in key areas ie, gk, ch, cm, cf.
Brighton Rumours - The club are looking to strengthen their ranks this summer and have targeted a number of Championship players whom I cannot mention on this site. The exciting one though is the prospect of signing Nicholas Daking from the Arsenal academy who is finding it tough tto break into the first team squad so therefore looking to get first team action next season. This will be a loan deal as Wenger sees him as a potentil England player.
Torres/ Nani/ Hargreaves all to sign for Man U. Mourinho/ Fat Frank/ and a host of other money hungry Kings Road ponce's to set off for the continent in an attempt to sniff out more cash money. Villa to Villa Are you for real? Yuou might have a chance of signing Ricky Villa but not David Villa I'm afraid. tut, tut.
Crouch to Newcastle. Henry to Barca. Rafa will buy more mediocre englishmen and a few over priced foreigners. Arsene Wenger to continue moaning well into next season.
Joey barton to Everton in summer if arteta leaves
LFC signings; Eto'o/ Villa 25m, Iaquinta 6m, Alves 10m + Gonzalez, Voronin done, Dos Santos 10m, Van der vaart 10m. Outs; Gonzalez - Sevilla, Fowler - New England, Bellamy - Villa, Palleta - loan to Championship team, Zenden - PSV, Cisse - Marseille, Pongolle - loan. Team next season; reina/ carson, Finnan/ alves, carra/ arbeloa, Agger/ hyypia, Riise/ aurelio, Gerrard/ pennant, Sissoko/ dos santos, Alonso/ Mascherano, Kewell/ Van Der Vaart, eto'o or villa/ crouch, Kuyt/ iaquinta/ voronin. aussieLFCfan
To the guy who said that Abramovich had been given an ulTimatum by Putin to divest from the West or face jail, your rumour is a bit out of date. Putin and Abramovich came to a deal 2 years ago whereby Putin would leave his assets alone if Abramovich stayed on as governor of a province in Russia which he basically bankrolls. Abramovich has been moving his money abroad in preperation for the enventuallity that Putin's successor turns against him. If this happens he will be given political assylum in the UK, as all the other Oligarchs in this situation have (e.g. Boris Brezhnev)
Jermaine Beckford and Luke Varney Will Sign For Leicester City Football Club 07/ 08 Season.
SUNDERLAND have signed Solskjaer, Adu and Pederson.
on my career on Fifa 07 for the PS2, manager Nick Walker is pleased to have them on board for the upcoming premiership campaign. ha ha had you all going there how many of you were ready to write and rubbish these claims.
No serious I've heard Keano is interested in Beattie, but god I hope not he's is dreadful.
Rafa wants to keep the mix of youth and experience right and also add a lot of pace and power to the team by swooping for:
Richards - 12m
Quaresma - 14m
Lennon - 14m or SWP - 9m
Huntellar - 11m + Zenden
Kompany - 8m or A. Ferdinand - 6m
Vanden Borre - 8m
also loads of youth talent, mainly British, Spanish and South American, including a certain Daniel Sturridge of Man City, a Young striker with blistering pace and powerful finishing.
Although LFC don't need it to much, they will let some players go to add money to the kitty to help pay for these. Rafa will let go:
Zenden - Huntellar deal
Dudek - 1. 5m
Palleta - loan (for first team premiership experience)
Gonzalez - loan (for first team premiership experience)
Peltier - loan (for first team premiership experience)
El Zhar - loan (for first team premiership experience)
the future is bright at Liverpool
Just heard from my friend in Germany that Lucas Podolski wants to leave Bayern Munich, he has been used mainly as a substitute all season and wants first team football. He wants to go to Chelsea and team up with Ballack, and I think Mourinho would be keen as they work well together for Germany! .
Not so much a rumour as a comment on the posters that rebuff rumours as fantasy.
Very often disbelievers end up with egg on their faces after making silly retorts.
Who knows who will go where at the end of season.
Villa may well go to Villa etc.
Dont knock what you don't know. Randy Lerner may well shock the nation with his ambition. One of the best managers in the league is with Villa and his charisma and Randy's dollars will be visible in the summer.
So before you print, think! Many clubs wanted Young but he went to Villa. Just wait and see. I don't make predictions but I anticipate several surprises come the summer.
I think that Torres will leve athletico to join man you for 25 mill. etoo will also sign for Arsenal with Ribery. Chelsea will spend big in the transfer window I think they will sign either David Villa or Ronaldinho with shevchenko guin the other way.
Lewis Haldane (BRISTOL ROVERS ) To Sheffield Wednesday Or Rangers In The Summer . Spoke To Him After The Bristol Rovers Win Over Bristol City . He Said They Want Him For Next Season .
West Ham summer outs:
Carroll - Wigan
Pantsil - abroad
Ferdinand - Tottenham
Upson - Portsmouth
Konchesky - Charlton
Neil - abroad possibly Italy
McCartney - Sunderland
Dailly - Dundee Utd
Reo-Coker - Newcastle
Bowyer - Fulham
Etherington - Fulham
Boa Morte - Wigan
Benayoun - Portsmouth
Tevez - Liverpool
Cole - Wigan
Harewood - Newcastle
Sheringham and Blanco to also leave.
Leaving a squad of:
Green, Walker, Mears, Newton, Spector, Collins, Davenport, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Mullins, Quashie, Ephraim, Zamora, Ashton.
With big bucks to spend, Eggert will look to strengthen. Camp, Demerit, Commons, Jarvis, Thompson, Earnshaw, Blake.
With a team of
Mears Gabbidon Demerit Commons
Jarvis Mullins Noble (c) Reid
the Hammers will walk the CCC and straight back into the Prem without the Baby Bentley boys. Irons
Arsenal are looking to sign the following players in the summer:
2) Babel (Jan 2008)
They Will Sell:
3) Song or Flamini
4) Lupoli (Free)
Arsenal Team Next Season
Henry/ Babel/ Baptista/ Walcott
Van Persie/ Adebayor/ Bendtnar
Arsenal Youngsters Walcott and Denilson are being lined up for season long loan deals at LEICESTER CITY next season.
Also Expect Peter Taylor to make a dramatic return to the walkers bringing James Scowcroft and Junior Lewis with him
Manchester United rumours:
Expect Sir Alex to add some top quality talent this summer and don't be to surprised to see him have a major clear out and get rid of some of the dead wood in the squad. Darren Fletcher will be sold to Rangers in a 2 million pound deal as he has at last realised he isn't really that good. Wes Brown will either go to Middlesbrough, Sunderland (depending on promotion) or Newcastle, kieran Richardson will make a 4 million pound switch to Everton, others to go will be Silvestre, Smith and Danny simpson and rossi, pique, evans, Foster and eckersley will be sent out on loan. As for the signings, Dimitar Berbatov will be bought in as our new number 10, Fergie wanted him last summer but he chose Tottenham because he couldn't wait for Fergie to make a decision over van nistelrooy. He will now choose to join United in the summer as it was his primary choice and he feels he could make a difference for them, Sir Alex rates him highly and he will have to bid around 15 million to get the lad. Spurs will also fail to get in Europe which will help influence his move to the mighty reds. As for other posistions, SAF will be eager to tie up owen Hargreaves at last on a deal worth about 18 million, Bayern won't be able to refuse and SAF will be extremeley happy to eventually get the man who he sees as keanes long term replacement. CarRick will start on the bench until Scholes decides enoughs enough, SAF knows he is more in the Scholes mould than the Keane mould and he will risk dropping him to balance the midfield with Hargreaves and Scholes. carRick will still play a big role next season and he won't be unhappy- SAF wouldn't pay 18 million for him to just linger on the sidelines. Also Nani will be drafted in as Giggs' long term succesor, he has huge potential and we have a good realtionship with sporting lisbon- the deal shouldn't take long to complete and the negotiations will be smooth and easy, he will be bought for 8 million pounds. he will be involved in a rotation with Ryan Giggs, with Giggs being given the nod on a more regular basis because of his splnedid form just lately. midfield and attack is sorted, SAF won't really change much of the defense, he will bring in Johnny heitinga for 5 million- he will replace neville in the first team in 1-2 years Time, the Young and impressive defender garay will also be signed from santander for around 5 million as well. garay is very versatile and is only at the raw age of 20, SAF sees him as one to watch in the future. These will be the only deals this summer but each and every one of them will make a huge difference to the squad.