Football Rumours Archive March 23 2008
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With regard to the Jose Mourinho to Celtic rumour, just have a wee think about how much money he would command and any sane Celtic fan would immediately thump back to reality. It would be awesome but Celtic just would not pay those kind of salaries. Hopefully Strachan will stay, as he has put a bit of effort into the job and really should be appreciated a bit more.
Also if he does stay there is a chance of him landing Jan Klaas Huntelaar as he has courted him for a long time, with a possibilty of a "stepping stone" type move seriously on the cards as he is becoming frustrated with the lack of concrete offers on the table. He would not be here for ever but Celtic fans must welcome even a short term "fling" with a player of his calibre.
Also Albertz to Rangers as a coach next season.
A source close to Dennis Wyness has revealed Hearts and Hibernian have been in contact with ICT. Several other clubs are interested in the in demand forward but Wyness's preffered option is to remain in Scotland and so far the only Scottish Premier League clubs in contact with Wyness are the Edinburgh duo, leaving a straight choice.
Liverpool will only sign a few players in the Summer transfer window including: Ashley Young, Maicon (Possible) and Samuel Eto'o. The rest of the players to come in are Academy graduates or Reserves, such as: Daniel Pacheco, Krisztian Nemeth, Gerardo Bruna, Danny Guthrie (third choice CM), Paul Anderson, Jack Hobbs, and Emiliano Insua. Insua will play first cohoice Left–back. Nemeth and Pacheco will be back–up forwards.
Outs are as follows:
Hyypia and Kewell (Celtic)
Skrtel (Birmingham) (Loan, but could be bought)
Riise and Crouch and Carson (Aston Villa)
Voronin (Shalke 04)
Alonso and Itandje (FC Barcelona)
Lindfield (Bristol City) (Loan)
Putterill (Stoke) (Loan)
Tottenham will undergo a major clear out.
Darren Bent will be offloaded to the Hammers for a fee of £12 million, Bent has hardly impressed Ramos since his record fee to White Hart Lane and Curbishley is keen to take him on having managed him in his Charlton days.
Paul Robinson will also leave White Hart Lane to take up the number one spot at Bolton Wanderers who'll lose Jussi Jaaskelainen to Wigan Athletic.
Paul Stalteri and Pascal Chimbonda will leave after finding themselves out of favour with Ramos.
Stalteri will seal a permanent switch to Fulham and Chimbonda will move to Aston Villa.
Also leaving will be Benoit Assou Ekotto who'll leave having had a difficult spell in England to join up with PSG. Anthony Gardner will join Everton permanently and Ricardo Rocha will return to former club Benfica.
With the profits of around £30 million–£40 million from transfers and spending money from the Board, Ramos will turn to his old club Sevilla and sign up Alexsandr Kerzakhov who has recently lost his place to the likes of Fredie Kanoute and Luis Fabiano.
Ramos will sign up a new number one in the frame of Russian stopper Igor Akinfeev for £8 million and then will make a shock signing of Leroy Lita from Reading who'll be used as back up for the top three forwards.
If as expected, Valencia fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, a bid in the region of £20 million pounds may be enough to snare the Spanish forward. Rafael Benitez is a big admirer of the hitman and forecasts that the future Spanish front line ( Torres, Villa ) would be the perfect foils for one another.
Liverpool looking to buy only quality this Summer by purchasing themselves more match winners. Looking to play a similar formation to this year with Gerrard just in behind Torres and the Anfield bound Villa, Benitez will also want to recruit another attacking midfielder. Samir Nasri the whiz–kid playmaker from Marseille is a highly touted aquisition. The young talent can play anywhere throughout the midfield and may be given a free reign around Gerrard. ( or vice–versa )
Expect a bid in the region of 12 Million to secure his services.
With the likes of Gerrard, Torres, Villa, Babel, Nasri, Mascherano, Alonso, Carragher, and Agger Liverpool will have enough 'Match Winners' in abundance to challenge the top four and for once mount a serious title challenge.
Liverpool will engineer moves for players such as Kewell, Voronin, Crouch, Hyypia amongst others.
big summer signings
Huntelaar – Real Madrid – £12 million
Diego – Real Madrid – £14 million
Modric – FC Barcelona – £12 million
Rosina – Juve – £7 million
Nasri – Juve – £14 million
Barzagli – Juve – £10 million
Montolivo – AC Milan – £12 million
Lucio – AC Milan – £10 million
Drogba – AC Milan – £12 million
Boruc – AC Milan – £12 million
Bentley – Man United – £11 million
Afellay – Arsenal – £8 million
Van der Vaart – Valencia – £13 million
Gomez – Valencia – £9 million
Borowski – Bayern Munich
Trochowski – Bayern Munich – £6 million
Mertesacker – Bayern Munich – £7 million
Metzelder – Bayern Munich – £3 million
Also leaving their clubs are: Seedorf, Cafu, Maldini, Dida, Saviola, Salgado, Kahn, Ze Roberto, Podolski, Zambrotta, Thuram, Ezquerro,
McCartney £750 k
Davis £3 million
Vassel £4 million
Miller £2 million
Hemdani £500 k
Burke £500 k
Cousin £1.5 million
Celtic will sign: Jussi Jaaskelinen, Jan Vertoghnen, Christoph Metzelder, James McCarthy, Stijn Schaars, Georgios Samaras and Steven Fletcher. £16 million worth.
Leaving Celtic will be: Artur Boruc, Joe Doumbe, Steven Pressley, Bobo Balde, Massimo Donati, Thomas Gravesen and Chris Killen. £16 million worth.
Nugent will go out on loan soon.
The Queens Park Rangers owners have challenged the squad and manager Luigi De Canio to push for a play off place this season as a route into the Premier League. Chairman Gianni Paladini has confirmed to his squad that Luis Figo will join the club in the Summer and take over as captain on the condition that the club make a serious push for the top flight. If the club make it to the top, Scott Sinclair will come in on loan, Steve Sidwell will sign on a permanent deal from Chelsea while Dave Kitson and Nicky Shorey will sign from Reading along with a host of other players as the owners will provide an enormous £50 million for transfers if the club reach the Premier League. Michael Mancienne will be tied up to a permanent transfer and Tottenham's Darren Bent could be brought in for around £14 million.
Michael Owen could sign for Manchester City in the Summer for £9.5 million. Sven Goran Errikson is keen to snap up the 28 year old forward. Errikson will also swoop for Shaun Wright–Phillips despite the Chelsea star finding his place in the side more frequently. Shaun Wright–Phillips will sign back initally on loan after Grant is sacked.
David Moyes is keen about a swap deal with the Hammers that will trade Andy Johnson for Dean Ashton although Newcastle are also perusing Ashton.
Everton will sign Jimmy Bullard from Fulham this Summer.
Here are some real rumours, Arsenal will sign Henry, Benzema will go to Man United, Chelsea will sign pato in exchange for Drogba and Liverpool will sign Villa and Silva for a combined fee of 40 million.
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I am on good terms with a source within Newcastle United, the following players are on keegans wish list. Also the following are due to depart:
Paul Robinson Goal Keeper £5 million
Carlos Cuellar £6 million
Giles Barnes £5 million
Wes Brown £1 million
Dean Ashton £8 million
jon arne risse £7 million
Brede haangaland £9 million
Shay given– FC Barcelona
Carr– Queens Park Rangers
Kevin Keegan will resign as Newcastle manager in the Summer after more than likely keeping them safe. Didier Deschamps is in the running to take over as is Gerard Houllier.
DC Christophe Berra or Dmytro Chygrynskyi
FW Steven Fletcher or Dean Shiels
DM Richard Hughes or Javad Nekounam
DL George McCartney or Razvan Dinca Rat
RW James Morrison or Hector Font
Big Signings might be Gattuso and/or quality forward, they might look at Fauvergue again
Getafe President Angel Torres said Man United are ready to table France forward Loius Saha and £6.5 million for Ike Uche while Sevilla are ready to pay £11.5 million for the forward who will likely replace Luis Clemence Fabiano in the Summer
Another Nigeria player on the market. Locomotiv Moscow President is ready to let Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie to go for £10.5 million according to Locomotiv Moscow Chairman Nikolay Naumov. Check out for this player next season in England or Spain
As Roma rejects £700.000 Arsenal bid for Stefano OKaka and ready to sell for £3.5 million said Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi
Cousin £3 million from Rangers
Beckford £1.5 million from Leeds
Stalteri £1 million From Tottenham
Davis £2 million from Pompey
Davis £2 million to Rangers
Dempsey £3 million to Blackburn
keller free to Dallas