Football Rumours Archive October 02 2006
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Norwich after Craig BeattieTo all those talking rubbish about Matthew Connolly choosing between Arsenal and Man u- He is NOT choosing between the two. He is an Arsenal player and has been since 01/08/2004. He is in the first team squad and wears the number 34 shirt. He is a strong solid centre back developed in the Steve Bould coaching school and IS staying at Arsenal. Thank you. ITK.Funny isn't it if your fernando torres or franc ribery and read some of the rumors on this site. Apparenty torres has sign a pre-contract for liverpool but im 11 years old i still know that's rubbish. torres will sign for united neather in january or summer for a fee of 23-27 million. And for the sake of makeing some gunners happy ribery will sign in the summer but if your lucky the end of jan for but he'll be pricey like carrick was for united.To the guy who said that ribery and robinho are average players, he/she clearly did not watch the world cup. to the Ppl who have questioned where arsene wenger will fit ribery in - on the wing of course. It has been said that the arenal midfield will be impossible to break into but, freddie ljungberg is already aging, walcott, diaby and song are all unproven and not a first choice plus, arsene wenger was impressed with ribery's performances in the world cup. Ribery also wants to play with his French teamates, gallas and henry at the emirates.
Arsenal are likely to invest in a defensive center mid, most likely, reo-coker, rio mavuba, mathieu bodmer or alou diarra(lens). Scott parker was rumoured to be going to the arsenal but it is unlikely since he became captain of the toon. Arsene wenger will also buy a striker to partner thierry henry up front. Torres? Klose? adebayor will be sold to make extra funds available.
They might also bid for either gareth bale or phillip lahm, the latter costing more.
Arsenal are also reportedly interested in the argentinian keeper oscar ustari. He was almost bought by a business consortium.
AW will also sign the attacking midfielder, Anderson from Porto if he can lower portos asking price.another youngster that interests wenger is fernando gago of boca juniors. arsenal tried to buy him in the summer but work permit was not agreed. Expect a bid next summer or in jan.
Julio baptista will not have his transfer made permanent and instead, reyes will be swapped for robinho, who hasnt gotten a chance to showcase his talents at madrid. AW likes his versatility and he can be used up front or on the wings.Liverpool will not make any major signings in january0 maybe a few youngsters
However in the summer they are looking to fill the RB,LM, RM, ST, CM. don't expect massive names
RB options: alves, lucas neill (OOC), young
LM options(rafa likes kewell but feels he is too injury prone) : vicente,d'alessandr (unlikely but being looked at
RM options (simao, alves, srna,milner (real back up)
ST (replace fowler) villa, torres won't sign (liverpool don't have money to gamble on) ashton being tracked Chrsitian ch. and lobos also being tracked as well as few youngsters who are more likely to come in
CM somoza, zapaptar, nolan, parker, barton- preferably an englis player wanted by rafaf
If money is still at their disposal, they will look for a tall CB to replace hyppia at the end of 07/08 season- no rush
alves is the best option as he will cover rb and rm
vicente will come on the cheap
lucas neill will come in out of contract and cover every position at the back- not a bad bench warmer!Teddy sherringham at Sunderland in Jan. Linking up with RK & DY. Club realise he has the intelligence to run/turn games in the Championship. This SOL is the ideal stage for him to bring down the curtain on his career i.e. tangible target to aim for (promotion) he could go out with a bang in front of big passionate crowds in good facilities with excellent football people.I don't no what half of you people are on sometimes? this is 4 rumours not hopes, right top 4 teams
Chelsea, they don't need anyone as they are the best team in england but they will buy Gouffran the next cristiano ronaldo, n maybe a top class CD 2 come next,
ManU,they don't have all dis money you think they have sure they MADE over 20m in the summer from players going out, n getting money of Chelsea,and they only get Michael Carrick who they paid 10m 2 much 4, Heagreaves could come in if he recovers in time.
liverpool, they some how got 180m 4 there new stadium so don't no what is going on they, i think there gonna be something soon about a takeover at the club,Daniel Alves could come in next year as liverpool will be needing a new rb or neil in jan,
arsenal, don't have much money but then again did they ever need it, they hav the best manger in england 4 finding young top class players so they will bo on the up again,
ps villa in not going to Newcastle will would he want 2 go 4, they not a big club,not yet anyway, but they hav the best fans thoI have to say that Arsenal are not struggeling and the person who said that is a fool! Ribery will not come in on a pre-contract. He may come, but it has not been negotiated yet. Can some Man U fans put thier ego to the side for a second. Arsenal and Liverpool will have money to spend. You are not the only "BIG CLUB" in the league. We have already been promised £30-40 million. We do not need another midfielder as we are covered in all positions and have replacements for Freddie in Walcott and Gilberto in Denilson and Diaby.
However, we need a goalkeeper. I would sign Ustari. He knows he would be granted first team football next year as Lehmann will move. Whereas Barcelona still have Valdes. Also, if Clichy does not come back injury free, a new left-back. Maybe one who is older and wiser to play when Gael is not fit. If Gael is fit there is no need for a left-back.
Tom Clancy (All rumours)Whats this rubbish about matthew conolly going to manu or arsenal?? he already plays for arsenal, if you go on our players list on arsenal.com, you'll see him! so i'm not to sure who made up that rubbish, unless there's another matthew conolly which i doubt.
to some arsenal rumours.
we will look at a wide player to take advantage of the huge pitch at emirates, like frank ribery, and possibly a all out goal scorer like saviola or klose as v.persie and adebayor aren't guaranteed 15 goals a season. i like the soung of the ustari, hopefully another world class youngster un-earthed by AW.
outgoing could be ljumberg at the end of the season or aliadiere or adebayor, depending on his hapiness and performances. reyes will stay at real madrid, and baptista will stay if he actually shows top goal scoring form for us, otherwise he could be heading back to la liga.
gunnerRafa benitez is considering recalling scott carson in january. He does not want carson to be part of a relegation fight and will either send him to a promotion chasing championship team or keep him and give him some games in the league cup and maybe even the FA cup.