Football Rumours Archive June 23 2006
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heres the beef on the gooners.you know it makes sense.this juventus thing,buffon will be the only player interesting wenger.money owed to the club and first option on leaving players.it has to be him.sol cambell leaving,ok.this curtis kid looks the business wenger is a hugh admirer of philippe mexes who he tried to sign 3 years ago.that makes sense there.the torres issue may very well be true.a great partner for thierry.reyes worries me.in midfield he is not as effective,so you may say he will be goin to real madrid.lots of speculation.but if he is supposed to be influential in torres choosing arsenal,surly wenger would not sell him.now the defensive m/fielder issue.diaby unlucky,looks a great prospect.obviously yaya being mentioned everywhere.makes sense to join his bro,considering how close they are.but we do need a defensive/midfielder.maybe the ze roberto situation will progress with gilberto still in wengers plans.my one player i will gamble on joining is malouda if reyes is off to sunny spain. noely
man utd will sign either torres £25m or even huntler for £8m, but only if ruud leaves. others ~ marcherno £12 carrick 15 kelron 4 cahil 6
To the fan who posted his wishful Manchester United Press Conference scenario...nice touch but not a bit of truth. To the very limited number of people who are associated with Manchester United and have access to future plans, including player transfers, we have been amazed at the length people go to get their ''dreams'' in 'print'. Of the players you mentioned, one is targeted...the others have been discussed but passed over for various reasons. However; after todays Cup results, there should be an announcement for at least one signing early next week as his team is now eliminated. THE AMERICAN SOURCE
Arsenal have a large transfer kitty this summer as they refinanced the stadium loans which will allow them to spend up to 50m .Although some of this will be made up of sales .
OUTS:Cambell-8m Portsmouth ,Cygan-3m St Ettiene, Alliderie-2.5m Marsaille and a few youngsters adding up to 5m.So thats 18.5m leaving Arsenal to put up 30m .
INS:Buffon-free Juve,Mascherano-13m Corinthians,
Chivu-9m Roma,Torres-23m Athletico,Nuri Sahin-5m Dortmund.
These will happen but although fees agreed with clubs but personal terms with Mascherano and Buffon after the World Cup ,while Torres,Chivu and Sahin to be announced during 2nd round.
Most of the rumours posted on this site are utter nonsense.
Let me get some things clear:-
TORRES will NOT be leaving atletico,as he believes he will best improve there.
Here are a few signings you should expect:-
ARSENAL:-saviola,c.davies and buffon
CHELSKI:-none,as they have already bought enough players in each position.
MANU:-Mascherano,kuyt and carrick.
LIVERPOOL:-Bellamy,pennant and defoe.
NEWCASTLE:-hasselbaink,SWP(loan),darren bent and sol campbell.
m dad works for Ibrox and it is said that Ronaldo, Zidane and guilly are all going to sign in the next two weeks. Zidane will cost very little in wages but Ronaldo will cost around 65,000, But well worth it. Guilly will cost around 4million. The future looks good billy boys.
GET THIS IN YOUR HEADS:
Fernando Torres is NOT going to Arsenal
Arsenal have Van Persie, Reyes, Adebayer, Henry in that position who are all quality so if torres went to you then what would that be saying to these other young quality hopefuls?
If one of them leaves then expect to get Saviola.
Torres did not let anything slip about joining arsenal as there are no paper reports etc... The most likely destination looks like Man Utd if Ruud leaves. He wont go Real Madrid cos he is passionate abt Atleico. Barca sed they dont want another striker. Liverpool cannot afford him, arsenal have tooo many young strikers. He isnt the type of player that would like Serie A so that basically leaves Man Utd and Chelsea (or Valencia).
Anyway the most likely signings for Man Utd will be:
Mascherano or Senna
I would love it if we bought Cambiasso, Riquelme and Carrick but that might be too unrealistic
To the rumour monger that made the suggestions of players around Norwich I'd would like to counter. This rumours sound 100% true under Worhtington, but the board may intervene.:
Carl Robinson will not leave for £800,000. This is because he is not worth it and has not attracted the clubs in the premiership. He will still be at carrow road.
Cygan is returning to France and not Norwich.
The Shackell rumour is more interesting though. Yes Aidy Boothroyd brought Shackell through the youth system at Norwich, and yes NIgel Worthington does not rate him. But the politics behind the scenes will stop this £300,000 move from happening. The board are trying to save Worthington from fans, so are blocking moves on players the fans like( like Huckerby and shackell). And Shackell is quite clearly are best defender. They are trying to save Wothington from himself. If it were up to Worthington he would sell :- Huckerby, Mckenzie, Shackell and Mcveigh. But the board wont let him.
So expect a clash between the unpopular Worthington and the nervous board in the near future. You dont need to have a contact to see this happening, but you need to be good at reading all the vents that go on at city.
Manchester City will sign 3 more players, 2 wide midfield players (Zoltan Gera £2.5m from WBA and Kieron Richardson £3.5m from Man Utd) plus Quinton Fortune on a free to provide cover down the left and for central midfield.
OUT - Mills, Thatcher, Sibierski & Flood have all been told they can leave.
On Friday 14th July, Manchester United are holding a press conference to unveil two new shirts - the new red home shirt and the new away shirt which i can reveal will be mainly white, with black and gold lining on the arms and around the neck and along the bottom of the shirt also.
At this very same conference United will unveil their new signings. All the deals have been done in secret (the beauty of not being a PLC anymore is clear to see - hahaha chelski)
CARRICK, RIQUELME and TORRES will be unveiled infront of gathering press. Also expect MUFC to sign Klaas Jan Huntelaar and either loan him straight back out - or Giuseppe Rossi will be loaned out to a Premiership club to gain the only thing the kid needs - experience.
Chelsea are after a leftback and Arsenal are after Saviola!
Come on! All this talk of Torres is getting out of hand, or is there more than on of them? Arsenal fans seem convinced a deal is done along with Mascherano and Yaya. I've not seen or read anything to suggest that Arsenal are interested in Mascherano and Yaya has time and time again stated his desire not to join Arsneal. AW is a master a buying talent and spending little money in the transfer market. Histroy suggests that he'll make one sizeable transfer each season and with the addition of Rosicky (quality) I can't see any major signings happening. This season will be a massive improvement on last year for arsenal ya Gooners but don't get carried away with the transfer hype cus if your true Gooners you'll know thats just not Arsenal. I reckon Man U & Arsenal are starting half of these rumours of themselves so they can sit back and laugh while chelsea run around trying to buy them. But face it, your a top footballer in your prime! Would you join Chelski to spend your days on the bench or as a bit part player? No chance their reputation is not good in the football world with their corrupt chairman and arrogant manager. The title will go to one of red teams this year, which one? I reckon its OT bound!
can we all just stop the rumours of fernando torres,Chelsea,Man utd,AC milan and real madrid have all made bids but they have been rejected lets just leave it at that.
Some of these rumours about arsenal are just ridiculuous- "£60m wenger gonna spend" - he's never spent £60 in one season ever so get real, like he said he would sign one or two players with rosicky being one of them
he will not sign Davies as we already have two young talented defenders in Djourou and Hoyte- Davies had one decent-ish season in the prem and now you want to go and splash £6m on him - jokers
Buffon will not sign for Arsenal as all mama's boy italians he will stay in italy and sign for Milan or if he does move it'll be to Barcelona
Now Torres is a possibility but only sleight; he bought a tall lanky pacy striker in january called adebayor and i can't see him accomodating both in the front line so if torres comes adebayor is out which is unlikely given that jeffers is the only player to have left arsenal after only one season. We do have the cash though and wenger has shown he is willing to spend whatever on the right player.
Toure is unlikey as we had a bid turned down in january and bought diaby instead now they will want more and he would only be understudy to gilberto - £11m is a lot of money for an understudy. Also we have Flamini (wengers favourite) and we just signed Song for 4m euros. I think the boat has gone on that one.
Wenger sticks by his players so i can't see him getting rid of Campbell he's our senior defender and still the best partner for toure.
Youngsters of course may come like Gago, etc. And you can expect Cygan, Aliadiere and Larsson to all move on for small sums.
So to sum up probably no-one in most likely Torres in and Adebayor out(or possibly keeping adebayor and playing walcott on the wing)
Team as follows
EBOUE TOURE CAMPBELL COLE
Lauren Djourou Senderos Clichy
HLEB GILBERTO FABREGAS REYES
Ljungberg Song/Flamini Diaby Rosicky
Walcott Van Persie
Now that's settled innit!
LFC NEWS!! bellamy to be signed by the end of the week. Expect Dani Alves to be signed for9.5m, and bids for either (kuyt, huntelarr, villa) and either (zapter, nolan) and (pennant, malbranque, simao-unlikely, swp-unlikely) also the steve morgan bid is gathering pace YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST =WARNER=
Okay, Liverpool has already captured Fabio Aurelio on a free transfer.
Mark Gonzales will probably get his work permit.
Gabriel Paletta is already signed.
Craig Bellamy will sign today.
Rafael Benitez will now go on to his next targets;
Daniel Alves from Sevilla and Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord.
Sevilla wants 12m for Alves, but Benitez won't pay more than 9m - 10m. He may appear at Anfield this summer.
Dirk Kuyt has said he not has been contacted by any club. I am convinced Benitez are going to bid on him soon.
Fernando Morientes has already left, and Djibril Cissè will probably leave for Marseille.
Dietmar Hamann are in contact with Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City, but he wants most of all to leave for Germany.
Sinama Pongolle will also leave this summer. Blackburn Rovers wants him, and they will get him.
Jerzy Dudek may also leave.
Before I finish this, I want to tell something to you guys saying Fernando Torres has signed Arsenal or Manchester United. He will stay at Atlethico, no matter what you say.
Rangers will bring in 2loan players for the start of the season these will be theo wallcot and Michael ESSIEN as chelski and arsenal want these players to get match experience. Rangers will also bring in Ronaldo from real Madrid and also Zidan will come in on a player coaching role
In the summer of 2005 Corinthians completed the £15,000,000 signing of Mascherano. With Corinthians currently one of the five richest clubs throughout the world, can Manchester United fans tell me why they will sell the player for less than they brought him for 12 months ago. It makes no sense when i hear figures of £8,000,000 speculated when, in truth, Corinthians will ask for around £25,000,000 and even then they would prefer that the player stays.
Celtic will be the most active team in the SPL as far as transfer deals go but not all of them will have the quality that Le Guen at Rangers will have. As for the BIG signings Rangers were supposed to make it was never going to happen and never will. There is a new way with a new formula at place and that will be to unearth young stars - bring them up from almost nothing and sell on with a higher value - this is where Le Guen´s BIG earnings will come - he will receive percentages of the sell-on fees. Not one single pundit, newspaper of TV report knows this so that´s why they never informed the Gers fans. Sorry, but it will take at least two or three years before Rangers turn thousands in worth to millions of worth where they will sell onto Premiership teams. A clever plan but don´t despair, European teams have been doing it for years and it´s the way forward as there is so much talent in the heart of African soccer and lower divisions in the Eastern European market (where Gordon Strachan is now active in the search for talent).
6 months ago the only fans who knew how good Torres is was the Liverpool fans. This is because he was and still is Rafa's number 1 Target. Man Unt have no chance of signing Torres, it was only ever between Liverpool and Arsenal. Liverpool will announce a full take over on July 1st by the Kraft family, Moores will stay as Managing Director but will have to answer to Kraft. The new stadium will be funded and Rafa will be given whatever it takes to sign, Torres, Villa, Alves & Bellamy, Bellamy has agreed to fight for the right wing position against Alves, where Bellamy starts there, Alves will most likely take Finnan's place at right back. Other signings are the already agreed Aeriola for free, Gabriel Palletta for 2 million and the loan return of Mark Gonzalez. Liverpool were offered Pablo Aimar but turned him down because Garcia's girlfriend is willing to stay and try to settle. There is a rumour involving a swap with pongolle and Barton if not either Nolan or Zapatar, Nolan has to make a decision whether he would be happy on the bench. There is a list of players Rafs sees as dispensable, the only difficulty is finding buyers, the list is no real secret: Dudek, Kirkland, Raven, Whitbread (gone) Medjani, Traore, Warnock, Cheyrou, Diao, Potter, Hamann, Mannix, Zenden, Morientes (gone), Le Tallec, Pongolle, Mellor and Cisse. Rafa will wait untill January to sign another centre back as he does not want to introduce to many new players at the one time. January will also see the purchase of some more younger reserve players, Rafa needs the time to assess the reserve team before he can add to it.
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink is likely to snub Newcastle for Bolton or Celtic. Dirk Kuyt is going to Liverpool for £10 million and Bellamy for £6 million and so Newcastle will get Nicholas Anelka from Fenerbache for around £6 million as their main striker or possibly Ahmed Mido for £6 million from Roma and will also sign cover for Michael Owen in either Florent Sinama-Pongolle on LOAN from Liverpool or possibly Jermain Defoe on loan or even Duncan Ferguson on a short term contract!!!
Okay people. The rumours surrounding torres to AFC are very FALSE firstly because he's too expensiv for AW and secondly because Javier Saviola's agent has indicated that AFC are interested in him and as Barca are willing to let him go it looks like it could be ready to happen! MUFC have upped their bid for Carrick to 14.2mil and are also considering a bid for Senna of Villareal but ribery has turned them down. NUFC could be looking to Jimmy Floyd to replace Owen until he returns . Barca have indicated that they are not interested in lampard at the moment.
spurs will offload michael carrick to man utd for 15 million and will purchase darren bent 10mil and zokora 10mil. Spurs are also keeping a close eye on chelsea ace damien duff. Spurs are also looking to strengthen the left side and are keeping a close eye on star to be gareth bale
The deal of Saviola to Arsenal is more or less done. With his great scoring record and silky skills, he will be a great partner 4 Henry.
wenger has signed for real (well the presidential candidate of mir and sanz), he will take reyes and cesc with him. newcastle will move for kuyt. charlton have made moves for sidwell, kezman and roberts.
Arsenal will be signing these players after the world cup, FACT!!!
GK: Gigi buffon (if juve get relegated)
DEFENDERS:curtis davies or lillian thuram
MIDFEILDERS:fernando gago or yaya toure or javier mascherano
STRIKERS:fernando torres or javier saviola
To whoever said that Cahill is going to ManU, Yobo to Arsenal at the end of July and Beattie to Blackburn you are totally wrong and obviously don't follow the sports news! Cahill has said that he won't move because he wants to repay Moyes in giving him a chance in the Premiership. Yobo is set to sign a new contract with the blues on the 1st of July! Beattie won't be moving as his best mate has just signed for us and could be one of the great partnerships of the Premiership next yr.
inter milan have made the first big offer to man utd for RVN, they have offered martins and cambiasso for the hitman. while inter will move for aimar. SAF will then finish off the £28m deal that will see tevez and mascherano join manu (this deal was done at the same time as the obi mikel deal and is why jose was seen watching corinthians games to make sure that he did not want them). the ribery deal is now dead as he wants to stay in france so SAF will move to his 2nd and 3rd targets of lennon and simao. while like the torres deal, the riquelme deal was agreed before the wc. there is also a chance of a move for the roma trio of mancini, perrotta and de rossi. new targets have also been found since the juve situation with buffon, cannavaro, thuram, zambrotta, nedved and trezeguet all on his radar if juve go down.
Luton Town could win the race to sign MK Dons star Izale McCleod. Luton are located fairly near to the Dons and McCleod could favour the short journey in a move up 2 flights. Luton Town have money from the departure of Curtis Davies - a year ago and will splash out this year. Izale McCleod will cost just under £1 million. McCleod will front a strike partnership with Steve Howard or Rowan Vine or Warren Feeney next season.
Expect Dani Alves to play on the right-side of midfield next season as Benitez is happy with Finnan at right-back. Victor Sanchez may come in as cover on a free but Benitez may use Luis Garcia to cover Alves there.
Here would be Benitez' ideal XI next season with the players he will seal deals for in the next fortnight.
Alves will cost £9.5 million, Dirk Kuyt will cost £9 million + Jerzy Dudek or Jan Kromkamp and Craig Bellamy will cost £6 million.
SUBS: CARSON, KROMKAMP, PALETTA, AGGER, AURELIO, VICTOR, SISSOKO, NOLAN, GONZALEZ, LUIS GARCIA, FOWLER
ZoomUTD..... Each & every one who is linking Torres to ManU I think they dont know the ManU tactics. First of all they will not sell RVN because there main priority right now is Midfielders & not Strikers, so they will not splash around 25M on Torres & rather they will make up with RVN.Moreover they are trying to get more than 2 MF as you can see they are mainly linked with not so big names like Petit, Marco Senna & Carrick. The best ManU should do is to get 2 real big signings that will let them survive against the Giant Midfield of Chelsea. ManU should go for Requilme for around 15 Million & Machareno for around 12-13 Million. Moreover they need to get get rid of some players like Fltecher 4Million + Silvestre 6 Million = 10 Million + 12 Million Received from Chelsea for Mikel = 22 Million + about 25 Million Transfer budget received from Glazers = good 45-47 Million out of that 25 Million for Requilme & Maschareno.From the other 25 Million ManU can go for Carrick 15 Million & Lennon 10 Million. Thus the ManU Strikers will be :- RVN - Rooney - Saha - Rossi( He sould get more fisrt team action to improve his skill as he is a real good prospect for ManU). ManU Midfield will be :- Giggs - Requilme- Maschareno - Ronaldo - Carrick - Lennon - Scholes-Park. This will be the best ManU can get in front Half.
I can end the circus surrounding Fernando Torres, he has already agreed to leave Aletico Madrid and has also agreed that he will join the club that offers the side he supports the most money. That side is Arsenal, who have offer 22 million pounds. The deal has been agreed and he will sign as soon as Spain either get knocked out or win the world cup. As for van der vaart, arsenal do not need another attacking midfielder so they will not sign him, they will sign one of the following, Fernando Gago, Yaya Toure or Javier Mascherano one of these three will move for 12 million. Curtis Davies and Lillian Thuram for a total of 9 million.
............TO ALL MAN UTD FANS................
SAF has targeted Torres however he along with Mascherano will be joining Arsenal for about 23mil and 12mil respectively.I was devastated when I heard this from Kel Gory,A JUNIOR SCOUT,for Man Utd. SAF however has been sucessfull in securing Carrick,Keane and Zokora for a combined 35mil and is looking to add a winger, Vicente of Valencia is favourite.
All you Arsenal fans,Torres is not joining. He will join Manu for 25-30m (Read the Spanish tabloids who are convinced he'll be a United player).United are leading the race to sign 15m rated Argentine Javior Maschereno.Carrick is a done deal after Manu raised they bid to 14.2m.Manu will sign an attacking midfeilder not quiet who but just maybe Nedved if Juve get relagated. These are facts not friction like some Arsenal Fans who state crap. Dudes grow up.
Some news I thought you all should know, believe it or not- upto you.
There are serious concerns that Michael Owen's career is over after scans revealed that the tear in his ligament is too close to the bone for surgery to be an option. The only possibility is for the ligament to heal naturally- this has a 2-5% chance of happening. Newcastle have started an insurance claim from Lloyds to see what the monetary possibilities are. They have however agreed with the F.A to hold back from compensation talks until after the World Cup.
Jermaine Defoe will sign for Newcastle on loan for a season as back up.
Torres will be going to Real Madrid depending on the result of the presidential race. From his point of view it is Real or nothing. He has turned down both Manchester United and Arsenal who both had bids accepted. Torres sees Manchester United as in a bot of chaos, and whilst he admires Arsenal and Wenger in particular they do not have the quality he is looking for. I am also keen to hear more from the experts on this site who say that he has already signed for various teams, despite the fact his agent is on holiday with his brother who is about to get married. I sat next to them both at dinner last Tuesday.
Dont believe me? Read my column in the guardian on Wednesday.
Bartez to the hammers on a free
NEWS FLASH ON TORRES: Could all Man Utd fans stop dreaming about signing this boy. Turn back the clock a few months, Torres stated in a live interview: 'The only club in the EPL i would play for is Arsenal as they play the most attractive football' He also said that playing under Wenger(Best manager for developing youth in the world), and playing with his great pal Jose Reyes is an offer he couldn't resist. YELLOW FEATHER, you have it right, Torres has already signed a four year deal and will be unvieled in the forthcoming weeks. Also to the Man Utd fan who said Arsenal link themselves to all Man Utd targets i.e. Torres, get your facts right mate, yes, last summer you where favourites to sign him, you missed your chance, its Arsenals now and we are not stupid enough to pass on one of the brighest stars in football. Torres + Henry = DEADLIEST STRIKE PARTNERSHIP EVER TO HIT THE EPL.
in the argentina vs holland match last night David pleat pointed out that abramovich was in the stadium to watch mascherano and tevez. with both of them impressing expect to see them at chelsea this summer, as abramovich is becoming more and more influential as to who chelsea will sign.
man utd will sign torres, carrick and petit (not even as good as chelsea reject tiago), RVN is off to Bayern. Saha will stay.
tottenham will sign sneijder from ajax (possibly), and almost certainly will get bent. (haha)
arsenal will sign van der vaart, and possibly buffon (depending on the juve situation), and either mexes or davies. Lauren to spain and cygan to france.
rangers and athletico madrid are trying to sign maniche
Ha, to the arse-nal fan who thought a great player like Zokora would ever pick a team like Arsenal. He's on his way to spurs on a four year deal reportedly for aroung 8.2 million.
ARSENAL NEWS Expect an Argentinian invasion at Arsenal in the summer?An expected £40million spending spree will occur starting with Javier Mascherano(corinthians)and Fernando Gago(boca juniors).Fernando Torres is rumoured to have signed a 4yr deal to join Arsenal.Nuri Sahin(borussia dortmund)will move to Arsenal but not until January.AW will offer Campbell to Portsmouth,Lauren to Sevilla and possibly Ljungberg to At.Madrid.Aliadiere and Cygan will also leave.A centre back is on the shopping list,Curtis Davies(west brom)or Phillipe Mexes(as roma)are also targets.
Newcastle are chasing the signature of dirk kuyt and shaun maloney
Rumours or Fact, I will leave it up to you guys to draw your own conclusions but take note of the next few paragraphs and read them again in a months time when the transfers are done and dusted.
Fernando Torres – Well unless Human cloning is fully operational there is no way that this man can play for both Manchester United AND Arsenal next season, despite the insistence of both sets of fans that he is DEFINETLY signing for your club. Truth is that these rumours originate from Torres team of agents in the hope of creating a bidding war between Man U and Arsenal. Neither club was truly interested but Torres has now been thrust into the spotlight following his good, if not spectacular, displays for Spain in the World Cup. The teams with a true interest in Torres are both Milan clubs, Real Madrid (he’s an Atletico boy but money talks) and Bayern Munich. Atletico will accept no bids of less than 30 million Euros for the Striker. Put your money on him wearing the Red and Black of AC Milan next Season.
Why would Owen Hargreaves leave an enormous club like Bayern Munich to join relegation fodder in the Premiership? Please engage your brain before typing in future people. He has stated that he is very happy with Bayern, speaks fluent German (obviously) and has stated that he would only come to England to play for a ‘top’ team. This probably includes the big four, Newcastle, Everton and Spurs.
Chelsea will pay 19 million euros for Phillip Lahm FC Bayern. Looks like they haven’t learned from the mistakes of several big clubs after the last world cup, buying players for hugely inflated fees. He’s a really good left back (despite being naturally right footed) but £13 million is hugely over valuing him.
This will be the last of Chelsea’s Open Chequebook season. Budget for 2007/8 season – circa £20m.
Manchester United will spend big over the summer but will be sacrificing the best part of 4 years transfer budget to do so. Expect 3 new world class midfielders next season, Raphael Van Der Vart being one of them.
Liverpool will take a risk on Joaquin. After his poor season with Betis (he also looks a bit overweight) his value has dropped by about 40% and Liverpool feel they can tempt Betis with an offer of 12 million Euros. When Joaquin is fit and in form he is probably the best winger in the world (remember what he did to Ashley Cole a few years ago in that Friendly).
Lastly, seeing in the Scottish press that Rangers chairman has said there will be no massive transfer kitty for their new manager. Rumour has it that he has analysed the fine print of the Contract he signed with JJB sports and has realised that he has been done. Don’t know how the people at that club agreed to it in the first place but allegedly they will have very little transfer budget for the next 5 years.
Regards – The All Seeing Eye
Torres has not agreed to join any club, infact Atletico have offered him a 12 month extension to his contract which he looks set to sign.
Liverpool will not sign Aimar he was offered to the club but rafa declined. Alves will join as personal terms have been agreed and the clubs have reportedly agreed a fee around 9.5m.
my m8 is a scout at chelsea and he says that chelsea are goin to sign lahm the german left back and freedy adu the american striker at the age of 17
Man United team 06/07:
===============Van der Sar===============
Subs: Foster, Brown, Evra, KERLON, Saha, Rossi.
Outs: Howard, Sylvestre, Fletcher, Smith, van Nistelrooy.
Liverpool have signed Craig Bellamy from Blackburn for a fee of around £6.5million. Dani Alves is also set to sign a 4-year deal during the next week. Paletta has already signed and Gonzales is waiting for his work-permit or Spanish passport. Aurelio is nearly certain but has not signed yet. Another striker will come to Anfield with Dirk Kuyt the hottest option. Apart from that several youngsters will sign and a DM if Didi Hamann leaves for Bolton. That will be either Somoza or Zapater with the price-tag for both at £2million. Diao, Mellor, Le Tallec, Traore, Cheyrou etc. will all leave but Zenden will get a chance to prove himself while Pongolle will definitely stay as he is still a part of Rafas plans.
Liverpool will NOT sign Torres as he is too expensive and has apparently already signed for both Man U and Arsenal. My only question is how he will play the games between the clubs!? Get serious people!! IF he leaves Atlético he will sign for Milan (who also beat Arsenal to the signing of Yoann Gourcuff). You can write that he is rumoured to be on his way to a certain club but too many people are writing that he is a done deal (Torres). /LT
I've heard talk that the popular cult figure that is Paolo Wanchope could be making a surprise return to English football at West Ham United again.
Insider news here from Sheffield wednesday.
1) The Owls WILL miss out on Scott Carson
2) Wednesday will make a double swoop on Celtic for Goalkeeper David Marshall and left back Charles Mulgrew.
3) Wednesday will also sign Ian Moore from leeds on a free.
4) They will also sign Lee Williamson from Rotherham
5) They're trying to offload David Graham and Huddersfield, Barnsley & Scunthorpe are in the frame.
That is all.
Why do people think Spains kit-manager or a youth-coach at Man U know about player-transfers? The FACT is that it's the player, his manager, chairman and managers of the club that know about that! The rest of the world probably don't and most of it is only speculation based on known facts. Fernando Torres will NOT go to any club in Spain! He is a fan of Atlético and would NEVER play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. This is a fact and comes from Torres himself. Also the pricetag on him would be atleast £25 million. He has not signed for any club yet and Atlético(notice the spellig!) want to keep him. If he leaves he will probably sign for AC Milan but nothing is certain. Liverpool and Man U are also possible while Atlético refuse to speek with Arsenal. Buffon is NOT going to Arsenal! It's a well-known fact in Italy that he wants to sign fo Milan even if Juventus don´t get relegated. Juventus still owe Arsenal money for Vieira but they can´t get a player who doesn't want to join them(Buffon). They will get players like Thuram etc. Liverpool hav maid an £18million bid for Villa, but it will probably be rejected. Also to set things straight Ribery has stated that he wants to join Lyon. A fee has been agreed and a contract-talks are in progress(yet again a fact). Hope this sets some things straight cause most of the rumours here come from people who HOPE their club will sign good players.
My brother is a lawyer in Turin and says Juve and also Milan are virtual certainties to be relegated to at least Serie B. Juve and Milan players have already been in contact with potential new employers before the start of the WC, the most interesting being Philippo Inzhagi and Reading, the player having met John Madjeski in Rome last month, and because he is keen to play in the Premiership before he gets too old - he is currently 32. Another key factor is apparently that his wife's family originally come from Berkshire!
Buffon will leave Juve for Arsenal, as will Cannavaro. Sol Campbell will be leaving to make room for Fabio and will sign for Aston Villa after the WC.
Lucas Neill to Manchester United. SAF wants to strengthen the full back positions due to Neville's age and the dreadfully poor buy of Evra. He sees Neill as a hard working and no nonsense player like Neville.
Also Cahill will not be joining Manchester United. He will remain at Everton at least until the last year of his contract.
Finally, David Moyes is looking to sign either Alan Smith on loan or Kevin Nolan for £3million plus Simon Davies. Moyes is aiming to propel the Toffees into a European position and sees either player as an ideal candidate for replacing Davies or Osman in the centre of midfield.
Didier Zokora is now signing for Chelsea I'm afraid all you Spurs fans. Their chief scout has announced publicly their interest and will launch a bid after the World Cup.
Top 10 Next season
3. Manchester United
7. West Ham
All this speculation about torres is annoying now, MAN UTD will not be signing him as he has already agreed a deal with arsenal they will however sign MARTINS from inter milan to replace RVN.Now for some real news....
i work for safc and often speak to safc footballers and also the a few vip's of safc. arca will NOT be leaving despite all the silly hammers fans leaving messages saying he will-this is from the horses mouth. he has been stalling on committing his future due to the niall quinn takeover bid which will be completed by 27th. also martin o'neil to become manager after the world cup and his duties for the bbc this is a stipulation agreed by the other NQ consortium members. sunderland afc will then have no debts and around £30 mil to spend. no targets have been set because of the takeover and no manager but dean whitehead, liam lawrence, grant leadbitter and julio arca will all sign new improved contracts after the takeover. FACTS!!!!
GUNNERS Team next season:
BUFFON-free from Juve after they owe us money for Vieira transfer
DAVIES-7million from WBA, should become a class centre half under the partnership of Toure
TORRES-19million rising to 25million over 3 years,should also become an even better player under the guidance of Henry.
COME ON THE GUNNERS!!
Toni-8million,Riquelme16million,Fiore5.5million and Mascherano12million to Inter.
ADRIANO GOING NOWHERE, THE EMPEROR WILL ALWAYS BE IN BLUE AND BLACK STRIPES.
I have read some rubbish here about who Celtic are going after, i work in the burger van right outside Parkhead and i see and hear everything. The following is the comings and goings: apart from the players already signed expext to see Petrov sign for Fulham, £3.8m upfront with another £1.5m if Fulham stay up, Nakata to sign on a 1 year loan and now the big one John oShea joining for £4.2million. All will be done by next Tuesday at the latest. Mcknight tonight
MAN UTD TEAM NEXT SEASON
GK: Van der Sar/Ben Foster
LM: Riquelme/Park Ji Sung/
ST: Van Nistelrooy/Rossi
MUNTARI - UDINESE - FREE
TORRES - ATHLETICO MADRID - £26.5 MILLION
MASCHERANO - CORINTHIANS - £6 MILLION
RIQUELME - VILLARREAL - £14 MILLION
SCHOLES - PORTSMOUTH - £3 MILLION
GIGGS - CELTIC - FREE
FLETCHER - WEST HAM - £4 MILLION
HOWARD - EVERTON - LOAN
ALL 100% TRUE, COME ON UTD!!!!!!
Liverpool may decide to go against signing Dirk Kuyt and allow Newcastle to snap up the Dutch striker and instead turn to Ajax's Klass Jan Huntelaar in a move that would cost £10 million + Jan Kromkamp. Huntelaar scored 17 goals in 16 appearances at Ajax and the same number of goals in 17 appearances at Heerenveen. He is only 22 and Benitez could snap him up after only half a year at Ajax!
i work in a bistro/coffee shop favoured to many current and past Liverpool players (and their wives) and what I've managed to 'overhear'is; Bellamy done deal, sammy Lee eager to have Didi at Bolton but they won't get rid of Nolan. Alves should sign with the haggling settling about 9.5 mil. Cisse will leave for an undisclosed fee 6mil? so don't be surprised to see rafa table a bid for saviola.everyone seems to be in the dark about Gonzalez' permit. we can only hope! he's causing a real buzz at melwood.Aurelio will also sign. If funds become available Aimar is a target but RB is quite prepared to sell off 'deadwood' including a couple of shock departures! stay tuned.....
Blackburn Rovers are going to be quite busy in the transfer market this summer, and I'd expect them to make at least two signings before the World Cup finishes. Following Craig Bellamy's £6m move to Liverpool, boss Mark Hughes is making a striker his priority. Former Villarreal striker Martin Palermo could be an option, though Nihat Kahveci of Real Sociedad would be a more likely target. Celtic's out of favour striker John Hartson will almost certainly sign a two year deal at Ewood Park to link up with his former international boss. Hartson will snub a move to West Brom in favour of Premiership football.
new Goalie as marshall goes oan loan,Kadlec, Harte,Graveson cos lennons gony leev,Sno, Krankjar fae Croatia cos Stan's off, Nakata tae join up wae Naka,Viduka cummin haim,Jimmy Bhoy in fur hartson
MOAN THE HOOPS
A Spanish friend of mine who owns a restaurant in Mallorca says that Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista was on the island last week and told him that he's eager for a move to England. Apparently Baptista is itching to leave the Bernabeu after failing to establish himself as a first teamer every week. Arsenal very nearly signed him last summer, but he opted to join Madrid from Sevilla. Jose Reyes is still trying to convince him to join the Gunners, but Baptista could be tempted by Manchester United or even Blackburn, who are looking for a new striker after Craig Bellamy left for Liverpool. Baptista would be an optimistic target, but Mark Hughes could guarentee him first team football and a bid of £8.8m bid could be in the pipeline.
utd are gonna have a big amount of activity after the world cup. RVN is going nowhere, who wants him the way he is playing. They will surprise all by signing klose, riquelme is not up to the physical aspects of the premiership and they will look to sienna or petit more. Foster is gonna push on and be no 2 keeper. Pigue will go to Zaragoza on loan and rossi will go to watford on loan. Bapa diop will be looked at as the midfield enforcer. expect richardson, miller, evra and steele to be off loaded. heinze is back. the one possible surprise transfer is ronaldo to madrid or barcelona. ronaldo has become too much of a loose cannon and too selfish in the utd team. if he is sold expcet lennon or downing to come in
LISTEN UP YOU WATFORD FANS!!
rumours are walcott is definetly coming on loan. watford have made a bid for matty killagon. they have made a further bid for robinson and even maybe hardgreaves is on his way!!!
And if you've been watching the world cup, Vince grella for Australia and Parma has been impressing the scouts!!!!
Neither Arsenal or Man Utd have signed Fernando Torres, people keep saying he has signed and will be announced after the world cup and a deal was done on July 1st etc! Well if he has been signed why would they wait to after the World Cup to announce it?
Anyway Arsenal will def sign Curtis Davis (6 million) Yaya Toure (10 million) and Savoila (7-8 million). Torres is to expensive and Arsene Wenger will not pay the 28-30 million Athletico are looking for. PS - theo will be like a new signing.
Leaving will be Lauren (4 million - Arsene has young Gilbert as back up to Eboue), Cygan (600,000) and Sol Campbell (5- 6 million). Lupoli is going on loan to to Reading.
People linking Buffon and Thuram dont have a clue, when has Wenger ever signed 30+ year old. Trust me.
Coventry City will complete the signing of Darren Kenton tomorrow, with Gary Smith of MK Dons joining next week in a 450k deal.
SORRY TO LET YOU ALL DOWN, BUT TORRES WILL NOT BE MOVING TO MANCHESTER UNITED, ARSENAL, TOTTENHAM OR CHELSEA. HE INFACT IS MORE LIKELY TO STAY AT ATLETICO MADRID OR JOIN LIVERPOOL. BEFORE YOU SAY, "OH, HE IS JUST A BIASED LIVERPOOL FAN", I CAN BACK MY EVIDENCE UP. TORRES PLAYS FOR ATLETICO MADRID AND HAS DONE SINCE HE WAS 11. THAT DATES BACK TO 1995. THEY HOWEVER WHERE NOT THE ONLY TEAM TO BE AWHERE OF HIS TALENTS, REAL MADRID WERE INTERESTED. THIS WAS WHERE BENITEZ IS INVOLVED. IN 1995, BENITEZ TOOK OVER AS REAL MADRID B TEAM COACH. THIS HAVE HIM THE RIGHT TO TRAIN THE RESERVES, BUT ALSO TO LOOK FOR YOUTHS. THIS LEAD HIM TO TORRES. TORRES WAS IMPRESSED WITH BENITEZ'S ATTITUDE. HOWEVER, HIS DAD PERSUADED HIM TO JOIN ATLETICO, HIS BOYHOOD DREAM. TORRES HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN BENITEZ AND IS A BIG FAN OF HIS. THIS CONTINUES TO THE PRESENT DAY, MEANING HE FAVOURS A MOVE TO LIVERPOOL. FURTHERMORE, TORRES ADMITTED TO SUPPORTING LIVERPOOL IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST YEAR, "FOR MY GOOD FRIENDS XABI ALONSO AND LUIS GARCIA". THIS SHOWS HE HAS A BETTER BOND WITH THEM RATHER THAN ARSENAL'S JOSE ANTONIO REYES AND FRANCESC FABREGAS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO STRESS THAT THE TRANSFER IS UNLIKELY BECAUSE LIVERPOOL ARE IN "TROUBLE" WITH RISING FINANCES. BUT IS THIS TRUE? WELL I HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY A RELIABLE SOURCE THAT IT IS COVER BY LIVERPOOL TO GET PLAYERS CHEAPER OTHERWISE PRICES FOR THE PLAYERS THEY WANT WILL RISE. FURTHERMORE, BENITEZ ALSO USES PLAYERS AS COVER - THAT IS WHY PENNANT AND CO. ARE BEING LINKED, SO DO NOT FEAR. BELLAMY WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS AND WILL ADD PACE AND FINISHING TO OUR FRONTLINE WITH A FIGHTING DESIRE TO ACHIEVE BEING A BOYHOOD RED. DANIEL ALVES HAS REQUESTED A DEAL IS THRASHED OUT FOR LIVERPOOL AS HE FEARS THE DEAL MAY STALL AND LIVERPOOL PULL OUT. THIS MEANS THE DEAL WILL BE COMPLETED BY THURSDAY NEXT WEEK AS THE DETAILS OF THE PRICE ARE ALMOST COMPLETE. SOME PAPERS SUGGEST THAT DJIRK KUJT HAS SIGNED FOR £10 MILLION. I WOULD
LIKE TO STRESS THIS IS INCORRECT AS A DEAL IS STILL BEING WORKED ON. THE PLAYER HAS AGREED TERMS, BENITEZ IS WAITING ON THE RESULTS OF THE ITALIAN MATCH FIXING ALLIGATIONS. THIS INCLUDES LAZIO, AC MILAN, JUVENTUS AND FIORENTINA. JUVENTUS IS THE ONE EVERYONE IS WATCHING. IF THEY ARE RELGATED THEN TREZEGUET WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR £6 MILLION AND NEDVED FOR £5 MILLION. THIS INTERESTS BENITEZZ BUT IT IS A BACK UP. IF HE GETS HIS MAN, IT WIL BE TORRES. IF NOT HIM, LOOK AT VILLA, KUYT OR TREZEGUET.
DAN THE MAN
NUFC: Going Out ---> Bowyer(free), Butt(500,000), Faye(1.5m), Chopra(500,000), Boumsong(4m), Luque(5.5m) Gives us 12m ontop of the 10-15m Freddy will offer now owens crocked:
Coming In: -----> Viduka(1.5m), Malbranque(4.5m), Defoe(10m), Neill(4m), Bridge(5m)
Sheff Utd to sign Lee Hendrie, Mikael Forsell and Dan Shittu.