Football Rumours Archive April 03 2007
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Steve Bruce will be leaving Birmingham at the end of the season regardless of whether they are promoted or not. It will be Steve's decision.
Madrid clear out:
Guti (6mil) Baptista (13mil) Cannavaro (5mil) Helguera Beckham carlos Diarra (10mil) Cassano (5mil) Emerson (4mil) . 43mil
IN: Deco (15mil) Heinze (7mil) Quaresma (14mil) Carvalho, Lampard, A. cole (30mil) . 66mil
Casillas/ cole/ Heinze/ Carvalho/ Ramos/ Gago/ Lampard/ Deco/ Quaresma/ Robinho/ van. nistelrooy
An informed source tells me Manchester United will get Reo-Coker for 7 million quid Torres will sign for 17 million Eto'o for 26 million and Hargreaves for 20 million Micah Richards is thinking about it
Rumour from my friend who is a close friend and flatmate of Antony Gardner is that Tottenham are interested in Charles N'Zogbia and will look to tempt him to White Hart Lane with a £8m offer this Summer. Other gossip from Gardner is that Defoe has his heart set on Man United and if they meet his valuation (thought to be £9m) then he's off.
Paul Jewell is in talks with Rennes winger Johnathon Utaka (£5m) to join his Nigerian compatriot Aghahowa and if they stay up it is more or less a done deal that loan signing Valencia will join the Latics on a permanent basis. Kirkland is reportedly unhappy and will certainly be moving come the Summer, with Reading the most likely destination.
Finally Gary Speed has proved he still has one more season and expect Ferguson to swoop for the veteran welshman to add steel to his midfield (cheap alternative to Hargreaves) .
Newcastle to have an over-haul this Summer of their playing staff due to recent results and after endless disappointment at the club. out will be Bramble, of course, (free), babayaro (anything they can get, likely free), bernard (sub £1m), Luque (£2m), Emre (£6m), Carr (£1m), ramage (£1-2m), moore (free), harper (as much as possible) . Owen likely to stay but may go at the end of next season if a new contract isn't agreed, with the club's achievements next season having a huge bearing on his decision. Martins likely to stay long term with his lengthy contract and Roeder unlikely to want to sell. Duff to be given one more year to prove that he is as good as he used to be. onyewu's future at the club is hinged on the last few games after an indifferent spell at the club. Roeder wants to bring in players with a genuine passion for the game, so expect some of the following to be on his wish-list: Barton (£5-6m), Ashton (£8m), barzagli (£4m), bridge (£4m), zaccardo (£2-3m), Nugent (depending on Preston getting up, £4-6m), Sidwell (free) and Nelson from Benfica (£2m) . also expect Roeder to look at exciting young talent such as Barnes, vanden borre and two Brazilian lads, celsinho from loko moscow and Fabio santos (LB) .
Possible team next season:
zaccardo barzagli Nelson bridge
(vanden borre) (onyewu) (taylor) (santos)
dyer Parker Barton Duff
(milner) (Sidwell) (Barnes) (n'zogbia)
Ashton Martins / owen
IN: Ribery (13mil) Abidal (7mil) Gordon (6mil) SWP (10mil)
OUT: Ljunberg (6mil) Aliadere (3mil) Almunia (free) Reyes (10mil)
Lehmann/ Abidal/ Gallas/ Toure/ Eboue/ Ribery/ Rosicky/ Fabregas/ Gilberto/ Henry/ adebayor
Everton FC boss David Moyes is already making transfer moves with a season long loan for Wes Brown being talked about for next season.
Aaron Lennon going to Liverpool, Crouch and Pennant in exchange as soon as league finishes this will be announced, players will officially join new clubs on 1st July
Ins: Dani Alves - £12 million
Milito - £10 million
Woodgate - £8 million
Wright-Philips - £12 million
Lennon - 15 million + Kewell
Villa - £28 million
Tevez - £15 million
Outs: Dudek - £2million
Hyypia - £2million
Kewell - swap deal
Zenden - £1million
Pennant - £5 million
Sinama Pongolle - £2.5 million
Robbie Fowler - £1 million
Bellamy - £8 million
Cisse - £10 million
Le Tallec - £1.5 million
Total Money Ins: £100 million
Outs: £32 million
Net Amount: £68 million
GK: Reina/ Carson/ Padelli
RB: Alves/ Finnan/ Arbeloa
CB: Carragher/ Milito/ Palleta
CB: Agger/ Woodgate/ Hobbs
LB: Riise/ Aurelio/ Insua
RW: Wright-Phillips/ Garcia/ Andreson
CM: Alosno/ Mascherano/ Guthrie
CM: Gerrard/ Sissoko/ Peltier
LW: Lennon/ Gonzalez/ Duran
ST: Villa/ Kuyt/ Lindfield
ST: Tevez/ Crouch/ Veronin
Reports from Greece say Panathinaikos F.C. whizkid Sotirios Ninis is on the verge of joining Rafael Benitez's young army at Liverpool Football Club. They have seemed to fought off competition from Real Madrid and AS Roma for the promising youngster.
Well from what I'm hearing from fellow footie fans about signings, next season should be a cracker, I expect Liverpool and Arsenal to contest title next season so overall could be very tight indeed. Liverpool to sign defo, Cassano, Simao, rumours that berbatov is their main target are wide of the mark. Arsenal are chasing Eto'o I think this signig and the rumours surrounding it have solid foundation, also have heard a whisper that thierry Henry will definetly be sold in the Summer?United will boost their fire power as well next season we know the rumours of Torres, but that's a smokescreen, I hear they also fancy Defoe or berbatov. Chelsea could do business with inter over Adriano we know Crespo is pleading with Chelsea to stay lets hope kenyon uses this oppurtunity to test inters resolve bearing in my mind Crespo is their no1 striker. David Villa will not be joining Chelsea, Sahar will step up to first team, Richards of Man City will definetly join Chelsea, as will Woodgate of Madrid.
Bolo Zenden will be on the move PSV keen to capture his services as Ronald Koeman has already confirmed he is an admirer of Zenden's, there will be no fee as Zendens contract is up at the end of the current season. Allow me to clear up a few things, Hyypia, Kewell, Crouch, Bellamy and Pennant will under no circumstances be leaving Liverpool, for at least this season. Dudek will definitely be on his way to Wisla Krakow. There will be a new striker at Liverpool and it won't be any of the Italian based players Rafael has publicly mentioned as we all know he never tells the press or public who his transfer targets are. He has one eye on David Villa as I'm sure you're all aware and another on Klass Jan Huntelaar of Ajax although Manchester United are believed to hold interest in him but won't enter into a bidding war with us. Right-backs are Cicinho and Daniel Alves costing around 7 million and 12 million respectively. Not quite sure who Rafael prefers but I'm sure he and Liverpool surporters won't be too bothered who they get.
Celtic will let go boruc, graveson, telfer, balde, Jarosik, Miller, zurawski, Beattie and Lennon.
coming through the gates at Celtic park will be
james Fowler 500k
Craig gordon 5mil
russell anderson 1.5mil
Darren Fletcher 3.5mil
Scott Mcdonald 750k
noel Hunt 500k
litmanen ho free
Martin Duffy 500k
benjani starko 2mil
Looking at Alonso and may even tempt Liverpool with a swap + cash deal with iniesta. However, this most likely won't happen.
They will sign: Andrade (12mil) Nelson (4mil) and Diarra of Madrid (swap) and palacio (13mil) and ustari (6mil)
Out will be going Deco (Diarra + 5mil) belletti and sylvinho as well as Saviola (Liverpool-free)
Valdes/ Nelson/ Puyol/ Andrade/ Zambrotta/ Diarra/ Xavi/ iniesta/ Messi/ Ronaldinho/ eto'o
Expect Newcastle to take advantage of the fact there are a few free agents in the Summer aka Saviola, Sidwell and Distin. The new plans 4 SJP are not going to affect transfer funds so expect a couple of big purchases, with the likes of Davies, Bridge, Upson and Neill. Dnt no how true these rumours are for Babel etc but if its true bring it on!
Chelsea buying next season
glen Johnson (back from loan)
and maybe a few youngsters
Robben (20m) Real Madrid/ Barcelona
squad next season
Johnson Terry Carvalho cole
swp Lampard Essein queresama
subs: cuducini Kalou Sahar bridge
j Cole Diarra obi Mikel Ballack alex
Richard Wright is all but a done deal to join Reading in the Summer. Federici will go out on a season long loan and Graham Stack will sign for Leeds on a free in the Summer.
I'm also led to believe the Royals have made enquiries about QPR winger Lee Cook but have been put off by the £4m evaluation. Reading are hoping to entice Cook to Berkshire with Soel Ki Hyoen going to QPR in a player plus cash deal.