Football Rumours Archive February 05 2008
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BG is to sell the Hammers in the Summer so expect some big consortiums to be trying to take over the club. Curbs should have at least one more season as manager if he does not at least get us in Europe he will be Sacked. He will be linked to players like: Steven Taylor, Nicky Shorey, Giles Barnes, Michael Carrick, David Bentley, Shaun Wright–Phillips, Kenwyne Jones, Obafemi Martins, Darren Bent Etc.
Players out include: Quashie, Davenport, Ferdinand, Ashton, Etherington, Mullins, Ljungberg, Spector, Zamora Etc.
The Favourites to replace Curbs are: Martin Jol, Claudio Ranieri, Harry Redknapp and 1 possible replacement is Avram Grant as he is leaving at the end of the season as he is just keeping the seat warm for Frank Rijkard.
Newcastle will soon announce the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as their new Academy director. Zola was approached by good friend Dennis Wise before he accepted his own role at Newcastle. Ashley and Mort are currently preparing a compensation deal for existing Academy director Joe Joice.
. 100 percent reliable source.
Rafael Benitez will complete the £18 million transfer of Javier Mascherano, although Xabi Alonso could leave for Real Madrid for £16 million. John Arne Riise could be heading for Aston Villa with Benitez willing to use the Norweigan as bait to land upcoming England star, Ashley Young. Rafa will offer £9 million + Riise. while Andriy Voronin is set for Middlesbrough for £1 million and Dirk Kuyt will be offloaded for around £7 million. Peter Crouch could now stay at Anfield but will have to fight for his place with two new forwards set to come in. Benitez knows that he needs to bolster his attacking line up and will sign Argentine Sergio Aguero for around £22 million and will look in to signing Jeremy Menez and Ashley Young as part of the Riise transer. Finally two defenders will come in, Wayne Bridge from Chelsea and another.
FC Barcelona are tapping Alex Hleb who is their no. 1 priority as his contract expires in '09 and he has not been offered a new one. If they do not get Hleb they will move in for Luca Modric who might be a few pounds costlier. This will not be the only position as they will look to replacements for Thuram and Zambrotta
We all know that Celtic and Liverpool go waaaaaay back, and this connection will be strengthened in the Summer with the arrival of Arne Riise and Voronin to Paradise. A combined fee of £7 million being realistic.
This will pave the way for a record smashing Scottish transfer fee for Scott Brown who will head to Man United for an astounding fee of £14 million. McGeady will stay one more season before looking to foreign shores to keep learning his football.
Talking of connections, Rangers will raid Chelsea in the Summer for Wayne Bridge. £5 million on the cards for that one.
Also Smith having steadied the Ibrox side will leave and expect Italian dictionaries to arrive from Amazon at about the same time as Claudio "tinkerman" Ranieri
As previously stated Vogts will be rearing his ugly mush back across Hadrian's Wall as new coach for Hearts. Frail will leave to the newl relegated Gretna.
Remember the name Buddhabhoy.
I am a Newcastle fan and work behind the scenes at Newcastle United. I have talked to people quite high in the football club and they have told me the targets that they would like to see playing here at st James park in the Summer.
For players to be brought in there needs to be some offloaded these are:
These players will be replaced by:
John arne Riise £4 million
Shaun Wright–Phillips £9 million
Deco £8 million
Peter Crouch £9 million
Sol campbell £2 million
Cicinho £6 million
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With Rosicky getting injury problems through out most of the season could well see Arsene Wenger offload him in the Summer. Expect Arsene Wenger 2 use youngster James Dunne as Arsenal are quite short on players this season due 2 injury.
Wow you Liverpool fans really have high hopes of signing so many hugely expensive players. i think realisticly we will sign 1 big star in the Summer and a few other plyers just above average. The big star who will arrive will be a winger preferably left as Benitez pointed that out as a week spot. the candidates are David silva, Ashley young and jaquin. the other players coming in will be Wayne Bridge and a forward. reports are suggesting that Benitez is after santa cruz of Blackburn and another forward. the other forward he will sign will be kenwin Jones as Benitez sees him as the next Adebayor. leaving will be veronin, Kuyt, Alonso and Aurelio. guthrie will get back and will be contending for the 2 central midfield spots
All these rumours about Liverpool buying every player on the planet are rubbish. Liverpool will do their biggest bit of business between now and the Summer by completing the signing of Mascherano, some utility players will be added to the squad, but they will not be buying Robinho or benzema or menez or any other player this Summer. if DIC takeover the club, they will look at replacing Benitez with another top class manager, storys in the middle east is that they are looking at Hiddink, if he does not take the Chelsea job. it will not be murinho as he will be in place at FC Barcelona by then.
as for UNITED Ferguson will not go mad buying all the players listed either, he done most of his spending last Summer and has a young enough squad to compete for the title for the next few years, all though he does want Huntelaar so that may be Uniteds big buy this Summer.
Chelsea as per usual will be linked with anyone and everyone, but where murinho spent money for the sake of it, Grant is not from the same school of thought, he will look to replace Carvalho if he heads to Spain which is looking likely, and he will replace Drogba with one of Europes top talent, will not be benzema or anyone of his age group.
As for the Gunners, I think depending on whether they win the title this year, Wenger will spend big this coming Summer, as everyone knows he has the inside track on all French players, and with his track record he will get a jump on most of his rivals for Frances best, benzema has been trailed for the last two years as has ben arfa, put your house on both of these landing at the Emirates next year, also a lot of specualtion in the press over querasma, only if FC Barcelona get Hleb, will he push for querasma, but with the imminent arrival of dimitriov, they might not need him, the one player I know that Wenger covets is Robinho, so there might be a bid there, the only other one arriving at Arsenal will be micah Richards.
Rangers will spend big in the Summer to consolidate their position as league champions and to progress in Europe. Players being looked at are Scholes, Fletcher, Kalou, Nolan and Lita
LFC news – DIC are just biding there time, until Hicks cracks – and that time will be soon. In the meantime, Rafa has already drawn up his list of Ins and Outs for the Summer:
Carson, Riise, Aurellio, Kewell, Alonso, Voronin, Kuyt
Richards, Lahm, Menez, Nasri, Lennon, Huntelaar and Keane.
There will be a net spend of £60 million in the Summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson will not make Carlos Tevez's move permanent, he feels the £30 million pound asking price is too much. –MB– Kevin Keegans top targets are Justin Hoyte, Richard Dunne, Andrew Surman and Jermaine Jenas. –MB– Steed Malbranque is a target for Juve as well as Villareal. –MB– Rafa Benitez bringing in two forwards to replace Voronin and Kuyt who are off to Alkmaar and Schalke respectively, their replacements will be Fred and Kerzhakov. –MB–
Liverpool will be taken over by DIC for a huge 420 million not including the stadium. They will provide huge investment for Benitez as well.
Mascherano will sign with Hicks and Gilette paying the bill. (17 million)
DIC will allow Liverpool to sign:
Sergio Aguero (25 million) Rising
David Silva (27 million) Rising
Wayne Bridge (6 million)
Sami Hyypia will get a new one year contract.
Leaving will be:
Andrey Voronin (1 million)
Harry Kewell (Free)
John Arne Riise (5 million)
Scott Carson (8 million) Rising to £10 million
Danny Guthrie (2 million) Buy–back Clause
That is it. Do not expect loads of signings. Rafa has a squad that he likes and only expect a few changes.
The likes of Spearing, Insua and Hobbs will also get more of a chance next season (Hobbs especially)
Whufc 2 sign in the Summer:
Steven Taylor £3 million + Ferdinand,
Nicky Shorey £5 million,
Michael Carrick £8 million,
Tim Cahill £15 million,
David Bentley 8.8 million,
Giles Barnes £3 million + Boa Morte,
Kenwyne Jones £6 million + Zamora,
Obafemi Martins FREE swap with Ashton,
Darren Bent £8 million.
Outs: Ashton, Ferdinand, Boa Morte, Ljungberg, Etherington, Zamora, Solano, Mullins.
whufc 2 sign in January:
Morten Gamst Pedersen £10 million,
Shaun Wright–Phillips £8 million.
Rafa will definitely be the LFC manager next season. The Yanks have realised that they are hated by the Kopites and decided not to worsen their situation by pushing out Rafa. They have also decided that all the money from sales will be given to Rafa for transfers. elow are DEFINATE Summer moves, trust me I got all this from an extremely close source to the club 99. 9 percent right. we can look forward to what is coming our way. Mascherano will sign for £18 million next week (4 year deal)
LFC Summer IN's
Ricardo QUERESMA £12 million
Samir NASRI £12 million
Robbie KEANE £11 million
David VILLA £10 million
Micah RICHARDS £10 million
VICENTE £8 million
Wayne BRIDGE £7 million
Joe HART £5 million
TOTAL £75 million
LFC Summer OUT's
Xabi ALONSO £15 million Real
Scott CARSON £8 million Villa
Dirk KUYT £8 million Ajax
Andriy VORONIN £2 million Werder Bremen
Fabio AURELIO £3 million Zaragoza
John Arne RIISE £6 million Valencia
Charles ITANDJE £4 million P. S. G
Jermaine PENNANT £8 million Newcastle
Sebastien LETO £2 million Boca Juniors
Martin SKRTEL LOAN Wigan
TOTAL £56 million
OVERALL SPENDING £19 million