Football Rumours Archive May 23 2007

 

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AFC Rumours

Ins; Ribery £13mill

Fabianski £2 mill (agreed)

Richards £8 mill

Quaresma £3.5 mill

Overall;£26.5 mill

Outs;Manuel Almunia £3mill. Spanish team

Mart Poom £500k. Sunderland

Phillipe Senderos £5mill. Europe

Armand Traore. Loan to Sunderland

Ljungberg £5mill. Juventus

Flamini £4mill. Juventus

Overall; £17.5 mill

West Ham are close to signing a few big names that have already mentioned, problem is the team still isn't certain of Premiership football next season. when the clu s future is safe expect to see Darren Bent, Scott Parker and either sylvain distin or Ben Haim to strengthen the back 4. Tevez will leave, unfortunately! Bellamy will come in, or Mark Viduka. these are the main links at the moment but expect loads more over the summer

BAL

Chelsea have planned the following transfers for the summer:

outs: Geremi (£3million) to any takers!, Boulahrouz (£6million) to PSV and Makelele (£5million) to Villareal

ins: Sidwell (free) from Reading, Glen Johnson (loan return) from Portsmouth, Alex ($1) from PSV, Tal Ben Haim (free) from Bolton, and ideally Hernan Crespo (loan return) from Internazionale Milan however if Crespo persists on a stay in Milan Chelsea will be forced to re-think striking options again low budget with the next options being Benni McCarthy for around £6million, McCarthy is a prime back up in the occurrence of Crespo refusing to come back to Stamford Bridge because he has adapted to the Premiership well, Mourinho knows him from Porto and he has retired from International football with South Africa which enables him to play when Drogba, Kalou, Mikel and Essien go to the African Nations Cup, Chelsea will try to make a profit this summer for the 1st time under Abramovich however should the opportunity arise with Carlos Tevez willing to come to Stamford Bridge then Abramovich may be willing to make an acception to the low budget signings

Mourinho believes he has his essential needs just minor investments

the transfer money on "ins" would be ideally: £6Million (for McCarthy)

Outs: £14million + Compensation from Mutu

Net: likely to be near £10 million profit with Mutu's compensation

a tidy boost with no big name disruptions and Ballack and Shevchenko taking a reality check and deciding to put team ethic first in order for an assault on the Champions League!

Top rumours

Ljunberg- Everton

Arteta- Juventus Not Rangers

Cahill- Arsenal

Parker- Lyon

Abidal- Liverpool

Ribery- Arsenal

Juniniho- Juventus

Manchester United are going to sign Darren Bent for £8 Million in the Summer from Charlton. Fernando Torres will join if a move can be agreed with 13 Million plus Louis Saha and Pique on loan. Richardson, Silvestre and Kieran Lee will all be forced out by SAF.

I've got some rumours people:

Rafael Marquez is set to be chased by Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus. The fee is likely to be in the regio of £8mil

Alexandre Pato has VERBALLY agreed a deal to join Liverpool FC and will put pen to papaer after the hampions league final.

Owen Hargreaves has BASICALLY signed for Manchester United although if there are any doubts, Barcelona are set to join the chase.

Deco will be allowed to leave the club. Arsenal, Man United and the 3 giants of Italy are prepared to battle.

Juan Mata, a young player at Madrid will also be a Liverpool player by August 31st.

Carlos Tevez is being chased by Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea. Each club are willing to pay the £24mil and it is Tevez who will have the choice of where to go-although he has nearly ruled out the option of Chelsea

Andrei Shevchenko will return to Milan with Kaladze and some cash in return.

As a replacement, Mourinho wants Fernando Torres who is also being chased by Manchester United. A fee will definitely be £24mil +-2mil.

If Mourinho is beaten to Torres, he will look to sign either Amauri or Defoe-both around 8mil. If he cannot get either, he will go for Pizarro or Saviola although Saviola has all but signed for Juventus.

Ferguson will be beaten to the signing of Nani by Real Madrid who are prepared to pay £19mil. Alex will turn his attentions to Aaron Lennon but this will be highly unsuccessful. He will go for Pderson, although he will find that Morten has already agreed a £12mil move to Liverpool to link up with fellow countryman, John Arne Riise. Ferguson's last option will be Vicente from Valencia and anything in the region of 12mil will do the trick.

Chelsea will sign Alex for £1-true but will also go for Tal Ben Haim on a free. For the righ back position he will go for Miguel and Alves. Alves is his 1st choice but if he doesn't work out, he will play RM and Miguel will go RB. The signing of Daniel will end SWP's spell at Chelsea. Newcastle and Arsenal are favourites for the signature although Manchester United are in the hunt. A fee could go up to as much as £15mil.

Arsenal will look up to find Ribery on the way to Madrid and will then force Reyes to stay at the Emirates for one more season. He will then go with a 4-3-3 formation with Fabregas-Gilberto-Barton in the midfield and Reyes-Henry-van Persie up front.

In the summer FalKirk will bring in the following players

GK-Kasper Schmeichel (man City)

GK-Dan Popik (Los Angeles Galaxy)

CD-Issa Abdulkadir (Arsenal)

CD-Gustavo De Araujo (Chelsky)

CD-Stephan Keller (RKC Waalwijk)

CM-Jeroen Van Den Broeck (Rangers)

CM-Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (Celtic loan)

CM-Mamadou Dansoko (ASEC Abidjan)

ST-Collin Samuel (Dundee United)

ST-Dwight Yorke (Sunderland)

ST-John Sutton (St Mirren)

ST-Lester Peltier (San Juan Jabloteh)

Tottenham made a quiet inquiry to Inter a couple of weeks ago wanting to know if Viera wanted to go back to London. Both Inter and Viera flatly refused - Viera for obvious reasons

Gordan strachen will be the next manager of Manchester City when the former thai priminister takes over in the next few days. Strachen will bring in mido, hyypia, bent, Brunt and Zamora. Whilst Barton, corradi, dabo and Miller will all be sold.

Chris Eagles, has agreeded to a 5 year deal at WHL, meaning Lennon is on his way to OT. Also part of the deal will see either Richardson or Henize pulling on the new Spurs kit next season!

Also West Ham are chasing Marlon King, Offering Carlton Cole, Pantsil, Walker or Davenport to the Hornets. Aidy is keen on Carlton Cole and Davenport, he is als0 after a new keeper, so this one has legs.

ARSENAL UPDATE: THE LATEST FROM EMIRATES Arsene Wenger will be given a substantial amount of money to work with in the transfer market. Wenger will not completely stick to his usual method of minimal spending by making two of the largest transfers (in terms of money of his Arsenal career, Arsene will sign Franck Ribery for £15 million and Gareth Bale will arrive from Southampton for £14 million, Arsene will seek to convert him to a left winger and has payed over the odds as he is desperate not to miss out on a future all star. Bale will sign for the Gunners due to his strong relationship with Theo Walcott and admiration for what Arsenal are doing. Also arriving are Ryan Babel of Ajax, Yoan Goufran of Caen and Steven Naismith if Kilmarnock. TEAM GK: Lehmann/ Almunia LB: Clichy/ Traore CB: Gallas/ Djourou CB: Toure/ Senderos RB: Eboue/ Hoyte LM: Bale/ Rosicky CM: Fabregas/ Denilson CM: Gilberto/ Diaby RM: Ribery/ Walcott ST: Henry/ Adebayor ST: Van Persie/ Gouffran

RANGERS RUMOURS:

PIZARRO? seems a bit ambitious, but that's what they said when we went after Boumsong and look how that turned out, £8m profit in 6months, what other club has done that? if by some miracle we did get him, he'd be sold on for a hefty profit in a year or 2. Smith knows he needs a big name to replace PRSO, Koevermans is not up to scratch, he's more a last resort more than anything. Pizarro, Nonda, Diego Tristan, Kovacevic or Charisteas are the ones he's making whispers about, although personally, I wouldn't want Diego Tristan, we already have a player who does nothing outside the box in Boyd. The more realistic targets would be of lower quality in the form of Gerald Sibon, George Mourad or Marcelo Zalayeta who Celtic fans know well. The Konchesky thing, I don't think will happen, much like the Cuellar deal, as Smith was much more interested in Javier Flano of Osasuna to give Hutton competition, stalteri is another option, but not a good one to be honest. After missing out on Scott Brown, and Rae leaving, the central midfield is a bit short, Michael Brown has been looked at in the past, but Smith is very keen on Nick Montgomery of Sheffield United who Stuart McCall insisted Smith make an approach. Lastly, and just a side-note, Expect Gattuso to be back at Ibrox within the next 2-3years, he personally felt it was unfortunate that he signed his new contract before the LeGuen era crumbled and Smith took over as he and Smith has the utmost respect for each other, but not to worry, it WILL happen one day, just not now -IBROX-

Hearts Rumour-Hearts will definitely sign Burton O'brien from sheff wed, the ex livi skipper will sign regardless of who gets the job.

Everton ins and outs summer 2007:

In:

Paddy Kenny - 1.5m - Sheffield United

Phil Bardsley - Loan - Man United

Sylvain Distin - Free - Man City

Sunny Nakamura - 6m - Celtic

Yaya Toure - 6m - Monaco

Manuel Fernandes - Loan - Benfica

Kevin Davies - Nominal - Bolton

Out:

Richard Wright - Ipswich

Alessandro Pistone - Lecce

Gary Naysmith - Rangers

Andy Van der meyde - Twente

James Mcfadden - Celtic

James Beattie - Middlesbrough

Starting team:

Howard

Neville Yobo Distin LeScott

Arteta Toure Cahill Nakamura

Davies Johnson

WEST HAM and Spurs are apparently both keen on released Titus Bramble (Newcastle) . HAMMERS are also linked with Chris Riggott (Boro), Anthony Gardner (Spurs) and Danny Shittu (Watford) . Bobby Zamora is apparently being trailed by Atletico Madrid and now amazingly Marlon Harewood has become a target for Osasuna.

SPURS seem resigned (at least privately) to the fact that Dimitar Berbatov will leave if a Champions League team comes calling and are lining up replacements. Darren Bent (Charlton), Dean Ashton (Hammers) and Obefemi Martins (Newcastle) are their main targets. They may also make a surprise move for Michael Owen if neither Liverpool or Man Unirted pursue their interest.

This rumours is from inside Old Trafford, and regards Fergusons close season transfer plans. Firstly, not only will Ben Foster be returning, he will also be joined by Craig Gordon of Hearts for around £7 million. The reason Gordon will be joining is that Ferguson now has concerns over Van Der Sar's ability to get down to the ground quick enough, and his judgement when not catching the ball (i. e. punching it into dangerous areas, dodgy with the ball at his feet etc) . Ferguson does want both Micah Richards and Gareth Bale, but will probably only get Bale (£8 million) as he believes Richards isn't worth the £15 million Man City want. In midfield, Hardreaves has all but signed - once he completes a medical he will. Nani will be signed from Sporting Lisbon. He has a release Clause of £17 million (or there abouts) but will sign for around £12 million. Up front, Huntelaar is on his way, again for around £12 million. Finally, Ferguson wants one of the following two forwards: Raffaele Palladino from Juventus (£12 million) or Fernando Torres (but Fergie won't pay more than £18 million for him) . This might seem like a major amount of money, but the Glaziers know the best way to increase club profits is have success on the pitch. I have also been informed that Ferguson has had scout looking at a young Serbian centre-back, whose name escapes me, on the recommendation of Nemanja Vidic. However, this is not a priority with both Jonny Evans and Gerard Pique returning to Manchester. Those leaving Old Trafford this summer are: Gaby Heinze (too slow for left-back, and makes rash tackles when playing in the centre), Silvestre (I don't even need to explain this one), RIchardson (not United quality) and Saha (too often and easily injured, not dedicated to the team) . Fletcher and O'Shea will stay as Ferguson admires their 100%, would-die-for-the-club attitude, and the fact that they have adequately slotted in when needed in a Premiership winning squad. Next year, the major signings will be a direct replacement for each of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville. The bank can be broke to sign replacements for these two, but just not this summer.

What is it with all these rumours reguarding West Ham? Scott Parker for around £8M, Darren Bent for around £10M? Are we to believe West ham are a top 4 side, I think not. Parker may leave Newcastle, but Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool are more likely destinations. D. Bent will have the choice of most of teams in the prem, so again the Hammers have little to no chance there. Also be prepared to lose some of the better players at the club, Ashton (although I think loyalty will see him stay for a season), Tevez and Ferdinand to leave along with Reo coker. Sorry West ham fans, but those who are realistic will know it will take some rebuilding over a couple of years before you can sign the big names again.

Newcastle to sign Baines or Bridge, Ben Haim, A. Ferdinand, N. Hunt or an overseas RB, 2 of E. GudJohnsen, D. Bent, Mido and surprisingly Drogba and Adriano. Also expect a RW (possible loan of SWP) and an unknown CM (not K. Nolan as some reports have suggested) . Leaving, apart from those who have already left, will be Martins, Ameobi or Luque, Parker or Emre, Carr and Sibierski. Rumours reguarding N'Zogbia are flying, but it will take a bid of at least £8M possibly more unless the player hands in a transfer request. Even so, I doubt Newcastle will let him leave for less than £5M, he will be worth 4 times that within 4 years.

Wenger to leave, only if another BIG club makes an offer. This will also see Henry leave, but he will not certain to follow Wenger.

Spurs (who are likley to get Saviola a major CM, CB and LB. I'm still trying to get names for these) will break into the top four next season, replacing Arsenal who will struggle.

Norwich boss Peter Grant will seal the transfer deal of Jon Otsemobor in days, and will follow this activity up by signing Mansfield's Alex John Baptiste and Dungannon Swift's young striker Mark McAllister.

McAllister is reported to be keen on a move to Norwich after having seen the facilities, although he is also considering a move to Cardiff.

Alex John Baptiste has reported been to Colney twice in the last week and is reported to be heading back later this week to sign terms.

Message to the person who says his uncle is good friends with David Gill. What a liar you are! I recently saw Huntelaar at Arsenal's training ground, I think he may be a replacement for Thierry Henry. Your uncle is not good friends with David Gill so you should stop lying through your teeth and tell the truth!

West Ham are trying to buy ElKarkori and BRyan Hughes from Charlton. Ashton and Curbs have fallen out along with Anton&Koncheskey. All 3 to depart. Curbs would like Mido, Bramble, Gardner and Dudek.

Deals have been arranged, including Gardner and Mido for NRC.

Insider Arsenal rumours, Arsenal are interested and could get yakubu of boro. The African is strong and fast and is exactly what Arsenal need, which is a attacking powerhouse.

InSider

My mate was sat at traffic lights next to Hillsborough yesterday and swears blind he saw Billy Sharp walking out of the main entrance.

- AFC Rumours -

Arsene Wenger will NOT sign Eto'o Or Mavuba (as he has said he is afraid of the competition, in as many words) . This means that Henry and Gilberto are 100% STAYING.

Wenger's #1 target for the transfer window is Micah Richards who will come in for £14m. This signing will signal the end of Gallas who will go to Real Madrid or AC Milan for £8m. Wenger will then complete the long awaited signing of Frank Ribery for £13m who will take the #10 shirt vacated by Gallas. The final major signing will be that of Brazilian starlet Renato Augusto who will sign for £8m. Wenger will then try and offload some of the deadwood (e. g. Reyes, Poom, Flamini, Senderos) and send young players out on loan.

The only other big name player who could come in is Dani Alves, in which case Eboue will be shipped out.

1st Team (2007/ 08)

Gk - Lehmann (Almunia/ Fabianski)

Rb - Alves/ Eboue (Hoyte)

Lb - Clichy (Traore)

Cb - Toure (Djourou)

Cb - Richards (Fernandez)

Rw - Rosicky (Hleb)

Lw - Ribery (Renato)

Cm - Fabregas (Denilson)

Cm - Gilberto (Diaby)

St - Henry (Walcott)

St - Van Persie (Adebayor)

- AFC -

Rumours from Edinburgh: - Hearts to sign Antoine Sibierksi and Kenny Miller and Hibs are to sign: - Mark De Vries and Paul Hartley.

Everton:

the young talent I was talking about the other day was giles Barnes (5-6million)

Joey Barton (done deal will be revealed on June 1st 5 million)

bridge/ Baines (depends if the price is right for bridge)

moyes will not sign David Nugent as he is too expensive and isn't proven in Europe or the Premiership so Moyes will opt for a Spanish giant striker who isn't quite quite getting into the first team but has European experience choose to belive me or not but I no this because I am close friends

with victor anichebe and James Vaughn who are in 2nd year 6th form with me

in Chesterfield high school (sports college)

Tom Antonio blu 4 life

Everton in Europe

Hearts defender Christophe Berra and midfielder Laryea Kingston have been the subject of inquisitive glances from Derby County, Birmingham and Middlesbrough have also looked closely at Berra, although at least one of these clubs thinks the player would beefit from another year at Hearts.

Dundee United centre-half David McCracken has had offers from Motherwell and St. Mirren, but will try to hold off in the hope of a move to the English Championship.

Rangers reserve team forward Derek Carcary is likely to go out on loan again next season, Clyde would like to land him, but don't be surprised if he turns out in the SPL with Gretna.

- The Voice Of Reason-

Liverpool INS:

Torres £20m

Eto'o £22m

Lahm £12. 75m

Leito £6m

Pato £3.5m

SWP £10m

Total £74.5m

Liverpool OUTS:

Fowler FREE

Hyypia £1.5m

Sinama-Pongolle £3m

Kewell £5m

Bellamy £8m

Zenden FREE

RANGERS boss Walter Smith will attempt to sign one of either Kieran Richardson or James McFadden. Smith wants, or needs, cover and competition for Charlie Adam on the left of midfield. Meanwhile, despite claims he is not interested, Rangers will launch a 1.6 million bid for Stevie Naismith, and a 3 million bid for Danny Koevermans and a 500k bid for David Healy (Leeds are League 2 and nobody will pay that sort of money for him) . Nekounam and Cuellar are not top of Smith's wish list, although he will look for some European experience. Smith still wants to sign a goalkeeper, Neil Alexander, Paul Gallagher, Paddy Kenny and Richard Wright are all on the radar, while Lee McCulloch's deal from Wigan will be sealed after Scotlands game with the Faroes

Arsenal Transfer Rumours

Arsenal will not be signing any forwards this summer so that means no Eto'o or Owen (Crazy) . The only possibility for a striker entering the Emirates would be if Huntelaar or Torress were to become available without a silly money pricetag.

The Gordon rumours are also slightly off as Lehmann has signed a one year extension, Almunia is staying as backup and Fabianski has signed as the 08/ 09 keeper in training.

Expect offers for Ryan Babel, Franck Ribery, Eric Adibal (if leaves Lyon) . Micah Richards may be one for the season after and Bale is not needed as Clichy and Traore are already developing well.

Arsenal 07/ 08 Lineup:

GK - Lehmann, Almunia, Fabianski (Poom to go)

Defence - Clichy, Gallas, Toure, Eboue (Traore, Hoyte and djhourou as cover) (Senderos to go)

Midfield - Babel, Fabregas, Gilberto, ljungberg (Denilson, merida, Diaby and more to cover) (Flamini to go)

Strikers - Henry, Van Persie (Adebayor, Bendtner and Vela backup) (Reyes/ Baptista gone along with Aliadiere)

Not 100% truth but definite informed opinion which beats most rubbish.

I have heard that Russell Anderson is keen on interest from Newcastle and Mark Burchill is mulling over a move to Southampton.

Everton; Just had a pint with a mate who works at efc, he told me they have tried to sign distin today but he's agreed a move already, dont no were. expect Phil jageilka (spelling) to be signed within a week apparantly efc have also tried to sign Flamini but he's off to Juventus. if Nugent is going to be at efc this summer 2 things need to happen, uno- Beattie needs to go and 2 they won't pay over 6 million, so don't expect to see him any time soon. manny Fernandes is staying. they think. dont ask me bout that because I didn't get it either. apparantly 3 or 4 players are leaving with up to 7 coming in. roll on June. Big Dave

My sources reveal that Dion Dublin has decided to stay at Carrow Road and will be announced this week along with the signings of John Ostemobor and Alex Baptiste.

Norwich are also likely to sign Mark McAllister (irish Club) and Martin Woods (Rotherham) but these are not 100%.

Earnshaw is staying and we have more money available than the board are letting on and we are looking to spend this on three bigger named players, these are a goalkeeper, central defender and striker.

Can anyone who knows Gallas' email please tell him to improve his game rather than whining around. Let him visit performance rating sites&discover his average is 6 while "children" like Fabregas average 8, Diaby 6. 8, Denilson 6. 7! Among "oldies" like him, he averages better than only Freddie. Has he considered what impact the age of Ballack or Shev made upon Chelsea compared with the youthfulness of Mikel Obi? The chap should please talk less&get busy!

Birmingham City want to sign Scott Carson on loan from Liverpool and a proven goalscorer. Steve Bruce wants to speak to Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink whilst David Nugent is also on his target list.

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Ipswich are keen on signing Nottingham Forest duo Kris Commons and Sammy Clingan. Jim Magilton rates Commons very highly plus he is out of contract at Forest. Magilton knows Clingan well as he is a regular for the Northern Ireland team.

Aberdeen Rumours:

IN:

McNamara

De Visscher

Flik

Killen

OUT:

Byrne

Brewster

Liverpool are set to spend big but not pay more than 20 million for one player. They are looking at Adriano of inter (£18m) and Carlos Tevez of West Ham (£15m) to boost their striking options. They will sign Ricardo Quaresma for £11m and use him on both wings and they will sign Gabriel Milito to replace Sami Hyypia. Benitez will also bring in loads of youth players with the most high profile being Alexandre Pato and Nathan Porritt

Has anyone noticed the advertisment on Arsenal website for the Emirates Cup? It has photos of 3 captains - PSG, Hamburg and Inter and Fabregas for Arsenal. Why not Henry? Read between the lines

Kevin Lisbie will join Spanish giants Valencia on a free transfer this week

Fact!

Firstly Benitez will not be signing Voronin to make a profit from him as he sees him as backup for the main three strikers which will be Torres (22.5m) due to his lack of form in la liga. Kuyt and Amauri, Crouch will be sold for 10m to Newcastle. Bellamy to Villa for 7.5m.

Mark gonzalez will be sold to Real Betis/ real Zaragoza. if it is Zaragoza Rafa will pay 10m + speedy for the services of gaby Milito.

Fowler + Dudek released. Zenden will be replaced by Simao 12.5m + Cisse. Carson will be sold to Birmingham or sent on loan to them with a view to permanent. hypia to retire and become coach at Lfc.

Ins

Torres 22.5m

Simao 12.5m part exchange

Milito 10m part exchange

levide 8m

Alves 15m

mata 500k

insua permanent

any many others

EVERTON TRANSFERS

IN

Manuel Fernandes - Loan

Phil Jagielka - £4mil

Eddie Johnson - £1mil

David Nugent - £3mil (cut price in January)

Jerzy Dudek - Free

Chris Brunt - £2mil

OUT

Alessandro pistone - Released

Richard Wright - Released

James Beattie - £3.5mil - Celtic, Boro, Newcastle

Sheffield United boss BRyan Robson wants to sign Kris Commons of Nottingham despite his new deal and will also persue a deal for Jason Koumas and Paul Robinson of WBA if they fail to win promotion.

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I am great friends with Collins joihn and he has told me that he is on his way out of Fulham and he wants to go to Sunderland because he wants to work with Roy Keane also he has told me that Fulham are bringing in David Healy yakubu and kris boyd so he has to lave for first team football

Stevie Naismith is Walters priority signing after missing out on Brown (no big loss for £4.4mil) for £1.5mil tops and Naismith will definitely not go to Hearts as Kilmarnock only finished a place below them. Paul Konchesky will definitely come in for no more that £600 000. Other targets that Watty is looking at are Jimbo Mcfadden, Gary Naysmith (only if Konchesky doesn't come), BRyan Deasley and is currently scouting all over Europe for unheard of talent of all ages this route has worked for Rangers before with Egil Ostenstad

Aston Villa will raid Holland this summer for 2 of: Sneidjer (Ajax), Suarez (Groningen) and Oper (Roda) as well as SWP (Chelsea) .

MON is also scouring Europe for a Defensive Midfielder, Left Back and Goalkeeper.

Had an interesting chat with a football agent last night in Turkey and Claude Makalele will be moving to Juventus this summer. !

Chelsea Squad 2007/ 2008:

GK: Petr Cech, Carlo Cudicino, Henrique Hilario

RB: Paolo Ferreira, Glen Johnson

CB: John Terry, Tal Ben Haim

CB: Ricardo Carvalho, Alex Rodrigo

LB: Ashley Cole, Wayne Bridge

CDM: Mikel John Obi, Lassana Diarra

CM: Michael Essien, Steve Sidwell

CAM: Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack

Wing: Joe Cole, Arjen Robben, Shaun Wright Phillips, Saloman Kalou

CF: Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Benni McCarthy

A Squad fully equipped to challenge for the Champions League!

Igor Biscan will leave PanathiAkos for Zagreb, Croatia but could seal a move to Sporting Lisbon.

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Football Icon winner Sam Hurrell could leave Chelsea this summer for around £300,000 with Luton Town and MK Dons interested.

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RAFA has stated that he wants a lot of players in and out this summer. He will not just sign 3 world class players for 30mil each. He still feels the squad is not good and big enough-as stated by Paco Ayestaran. He will again go for many changed, but will learn from this season and will not play all the new faces at once-especially those who have not played in the Premiership before.

The follwing players are his TARGETS:

GK: He wants an experienced keeper who can take over if Reina is injured. This has yet to be decided. He also wants a young keeper and will go for under-16 Aussie keeper DEAN BOUZHANNIS who he feels is the best in the world for his age. Padelli will not sign permenantly and Carson will be loaned out again.

LB: There will be no new arrivals. expect Aurelio to feature a lot more due to the promise he showed before his injury. Also expect Insua to play a bit more in the likes of the Carling cup.

CB: There will be 1 arrival and 1 outgoing. The outging will be Paletta-but only on loan. The player coming in will either be Gabriel Milito or PHIL JAGIELKA (6mil) . Both have advantages. Milito is better! but would not settle for a place on the bench and Rafa would have to break up the Carra-Agger partner ship. Also with his arrival, Hyypia will leave. Phil Jagielka has performed in the Premiership and is younger with talent. He could learn a lot from Hyypia. He is more likely to come and so Hyypia will stay.

RB: There will be no new arrivals.

LM: LETO (2mil) has joined from Argentina. Kewell will be a regualar with Luis Garcia also fighting for a place.

CM: LUCAS LEIVA (8mil) has already joined but will hardly play next season. Both Momo and Alonso are staying. Expect to see 3 in the middle more and a big new partnership between Gerrard and Mascherano

RM: Pennant will play more games but Gerrard may well be pushed out there in some games. THe only player signed here will be NATHAN PORITT (0.5mil) who Rafa feels has the ability to play both sides and he also thinks that he is the next Ryan Giggs.

ST: Carlos Tevez will sign for 26mil crashing the previous record of 14mil set by Cisse who will leave after agreeing a deal to Newcastle for around 7mil. Also, ALEXANDRE PATO (12mil) will join but will not have a major role next season. Craig Bellamy is definitely off long with Pongolle, Le Tallec and Fowler. VORONIN has also been signed and he is not leaving to those saying he is.

MAIN sqaud:

Reina/ ?/

Finnan/ Arbeloa Carra/ Agger/ sami/ Phil Riise/ Fabio

Gerrard/ Mascherano/ Alonso/ Sissoko/ Lucas

Pennant/ Garcia Kewell/ gonzalez/ leto

Tevez/ Kuyt/ Crouch/ Voronin/ Pato

GLASGOW RANGERS will sign - Paul Konchesky from West Ham for 500,000 that's great bussiness for the club because Rangers have only got 1 real left back and that's Stevie smith, Ian Murray is poo and papac who will stay at the club is a center half. we will also sign Lee McCulloch from Wigan for 1.2 mill or Steven Naysmith from killmornock for around the same price, expect quit alot of ins and outs in the summmer bears. = McEwan

Iv got a mate who works on the Liverpool echo - says Everton will be signing Viduka

Aberdeen have recieved bids for Anderson and Hart, incoming replacements are Neil Collins (Wolves) 150K pounds and Robbie Neilson (Hearts) 200k pounds. Jimmy Calderwood also looking to recruit either Popsipil (Hearts), Sutton (St Mirren) or Beattie (Celtic)

Lewis Price Ipswich keeper is set to sign for Blackburn in £2 million deal which could see Jeffers go the other way. Meanwhile Darren Bent is keen on move to his dream club Arsenal;looks unlikely though as Wenger has already selected his chosen targets.

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce will attempt to bring a tough outlook to his side next season. He is contmeplating a move for either Arjen de Zeeuw or David Unsworth, whose experience will prove crucial next season. He will also try and sign Leighton Baines from Wigan, Phil Jagielka from Sheffield United and Joey Barton from Man City. There could also be a contRoversial return for Craig Bellamy, as Liverpool want to offload him, and Peter Crouch is already on Allardyce's radar. Sol Campbell may well join in the summer, while he will also try and raid former club Bolton for Kevin Davies, Tal Ben Haim, El Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka, as he attempts to get NUFC back into Europe via their top half finish.

Rangers will miss out on Claudio Pizarro after offering him £45k a week on a two year deal.

Juventus lead the race and have offered him £60k a week on a four year deal, with Chelsea and Valencia also interested.

Rangers on the other hand will sign Richard Wright on a bosman, David McNamee for £100k, Andy Webster for £650k and Lee McCulloch for £1.25m in the next 2 weeks.

Leaving £2m for a sriker, who we are desperatley hunting for at the moment. It could be Koevermans although Walter has denied interest of Mladen Petric for £1.8m, last choice is Steven Naismith who we will need to buy if we can get no-one else, he'll cost between £1.5m and £2.2m although again Walter has denied interest in him.

My friends dad is good friends with Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi and he has confirmed Arsene is chasing the following French talents: Yoan Gouffran - Caen, Jimmy Briand - Rennes, Jean Makoun - Lille and Rio Mavuba - Bourdeaux, according to Gilles, Goffran is close to signing for £2 million and Makoun could arrive for £4 million. Gilles also revealed Arsene's other targets, he says he wants to add three new players to the first team squad, a Left winger, a right winger and a striker. Gilles told my father that Franck Ribery is the man Arsene will secure first for the right, the deal will be tied up next week. The left winger Arsene will target is andres Guardado who will be purchased for £2 million. Gilles told my father that Arsene is hoping to use the eight million buy out Clause to purchase Michael Owen to add finishing ability to the team.

Bundesliga:

Timo Hilderbrand will leave bundesliga champions

Stuttgart and sign for Valencia

The replacement goalie will be Nuremburgs Rafa schafer

Wolfsburgs top players are certain to leave this summer:

Andres D'alessandro>Real Zaragoza - pernament

Kevin Hofland>Bayer Leverkusen

Diego Kilmowicz>Borrussia Dortmund

Mike Hanke>Nuremburg

Bayern have sold Owen Hargreaves to Man United for 17m

Bayern will spend most money toward incoming Fiorentina foward Luca Toni

I am going out with curbs niece and he has 2 main targets of his own. The 1st one is Scott Parker who has family down here and doesn't like it up north and wants to paly under curbs again, but maybe cuming with Owen who also don't like it up there and has heard good things about curbs. Also moving maybe D. Bent who has a good relationship with Curbs. Lastly Curbs is looking at a 16yr old striker Joe nastri as the future of West Ham who is curently with Charlton but hasn't signed a Pro contract.

Tottenham will agree to swap deal with Man United involving Louis Saha + cash and Jermain Defoe next week.

Luis Nani will not be heading for Old Trafford this summer as his new contract with Sporting means his buy-out Clause has increased to £20m so Fergie will look for an alternative, expect developments with Morten Gamst Pedersen/ Ricardo Quaresma the key names in the frame. No fees have been mentioned but both players would be available for around half Nani's buy out fee.

As for Old Trafford departures the only people leaving are Mikel Silvestre ( Lyon £1.5m ) and Tomasz Kuszczak ( on loan - possibly to Sunderland) . To the people posting rumours about Gabriel Heinze leaving, don't believe a word of it-Fergie rates him highly and wants his ability to cover left back and left side of central defense.

These transfers will defanatly happen during the summer.

Chris porter - Oldham-ledds -free

Wes Hoolohaan -livingston- sheff utd- 400k

Craig moore- Newcastle - sheff wed -free

Hello, my name is Charles McCullough. I am a Middlesbrough fan and we are signing Nicky Maynard (Crewe), Wes Brown (Man United) and Luis Fabiano (Sevilla) .

and hello to all my brothers in the McCullough family. .

To the silly wee boy who claims Arteta would not move to a Sunday league team? get over your ignorance and wake up? Rangers are the most succesfull in the world Fact not a lie Fact and unless I ask my great grandad? I don't know anyone who can remember the last time Evirton actauly won a cup? but you can enlightin me if you wish? anyway now to rumours and I stress rumours.

Claudio Pizzaro - bosman and aparently a done deal?

Joey Barton + Appiah + Kingston + Gattuso + Naismith + Cueller Nekounam + Whittaker + Lovenkrands + Wright . The only done deals out of these are Pizzaro and Paul Konchesky.

51 and counting

To the Everton fan who describes Rangers as a 'Sunday league team' - what planet are you on? We may play in the SPL but our Sunday League team would still beat your average Premiership mob on any given Sunday, Bring it on.

As for Arteta? Why would we want him back? He wasn't good enough first time round so just shows how good Everton are that he's the best player in your team.

F. A. You always win F. A.

Luke young is looking at a way of staying in the Premiership with Everton set to offer the talented right back deal he won't turn down

come on you blue boys. Nugent and Barton next please

Liverpool are interested in Dinamo Zagreb central/ right defender Vedran Corluka who is very highly rated in his homeland and holds many admirers around Europe. Benitez would look to deploy him as an understudy to Finnan.

On current business, Liverpool have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for striker Fernando Torres. The deal will be around £20m + Mark Gonzalez.

I have it on good authority that Everton are prepared to table a bid for Chris greenacre from Tramere

Arsenal ins

Ribery 12m

Richards 10m + Hoyte

fabianski

bendter back from loan

Arsenal outs

aliadiare 4m bora

Hoyte deal with Richards

babtista back to Madrid

Reyes 8m to Sevilla

Arsenal aqaud next year

GK lehamnn/ Almunia/ fabianski

RB Richards/ Eboue

CB Gallas/ Senderos

CB Toure/ connoly

LB Clichy/ Traore

RM Ribery/ ljumberg/ Eboue/ Hleb

CM Fabregas/ Denilson

CM Diaby/ Gilberto

LM Rosicky/ Hleb

ST Henry/ Adebayor/ Walcott

ST van Persie/ bendter/

Summer Transfers 2007

Sidwell Free Chelsea

Heargreaves - £14m Man U

Ben Hiam Free Newcastle

Torres 23m Liverpool

Konchesky 500k Rangers

Viduka Free Newcastle

Fowler Free Newcastle

Butt 500k Sunderland

Jarosik 500k Reading

Eagles 2m Sunderland

Brellier Free Southampton

Gravesen 500k Man City

Bent 15m West Ham

Anderson 2m Middlesbrough

Gordon 8m Aston Villa

Fabianski 2m Arsenal

Jenas 7m Everton

Barton 5.5m West Ham

Reo-Coker 5m Aston Villa

OConner 3m West Brom

Tevez 30m Real Madrid

McFadden 2.5m Rangers

Owen 11m Man U

Saha 8m Lyon

Balde 500k Aston Villa

Bale 8m Man U

Lloyd-Samuel 1m Newcastle

Healy 1.5m Fulham

Jagielka 5.5m Newcastle

Sibierski Free Rangers

Richards 14m Liverpool

Ribery 12m Arsenal

Harewood 3m Man City

McCarthy 6m Chelsea

Bellamy 7m Aston Villa

Gamst-Pedersen 7m Liverpool

Kewell 4m Tottenham

Zenden Free West Ham

Zamora 2m Fulham

Hypia Free Bolton

GudJohnsen 3m Celtic

Anelka 10m Newcastle

Beattie 4m Tottenham

Mido Free Bolton

Sharpe 2m Bolton

Nugent 6m Everton

Eastwood 3m Aston Villa

Lucas 5m Liverpool

Distin Free Portsmouth

Fernandez 7m Newcastle

Muntari 5m Portsmouth

Smith 5m Sunderland

Nakamura 8m Man City

Diouf 6m Blackburn

Leon Barnett will leave Luton for £2 million to go to Reading. David Bell wants to stay however the club want money, meaning that he is the subject of a 3 way bidding war between Watford, Leeds and Bristol City. There is a severe lack of money at Luton at the moment however Kevin Blackwell has identified five players he would like to bring in, they are: Paul Furlong, Ronald Wallwork, Michael Reddy, Sean Gregan and Chris Willmott. Blackwell is desperate to offload 8 players.

 
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