Football Rumours Archive May 07 2008


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– Arsenal–

Flamini is now all but lost to AC Milan, he is taking part in a 3 hour medical today, and will almost certainly leave for the San Siro soon after. This will mean Arsene Wenger will now be in the market for a center midfielder as well as a center back and a keeper. Expect Gareth Barry to be looked into for possible center mid, as mentioned on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night. Other possibilities could include Yaya Toure who would surely like to join up with his brother Kolo at the club, or possibly Gourcuff as he is a great talent but cannot get a game for Milan. However Barry will be the favourite choice.

The center back possibilities are Micah Richards who would be the most expensive, however the best choice. This could be very likely, as he is an Arsenal supporter, and it looks like Sven could be on his way out of Manchester. The other possibilities are Lucio and Mexes who would be a lot cheaper and have more experience than Richards, however Richards would be the best choice.

The Keeper possibilities are Frey, who would be the best choice as we are looking to bring in a keeper of real quality as Lehmann is leaving for sure and Almunia has not quite pulled off the no. 1 spot well enough. Other possibilities are Kameni and Gomes, who will be cheaper, but are not as good as Frey.

If Hleb does leave which is looking unlikely however it is not known for sure yet, then expect Hatem Ben Arfa to be brought in for the left wing and Rosicky to be shifted over to the right wing, as he is right footed anyway. Lehmann will leave for sure, as will Senderos. Gilberto will not as we cannot afford to lose both him and Flamini, and seeing as Flamini is leaving, that means Gilberto will stay. Fran Merida will join first team and Carlos Vela will return from loan to first team and cover for Eduardo. Bendtner will not leave.



Wenger will freshen up his squad this Summer








Almunia will also leave

The most exciting accusition that Wenger will make is is none other than Sergio kun auguro this will be a swap deal with Rosicky and some cash going to Madrid.



This is a blinder as rumour has it Bentley has all but signed at Tottenham. has been seen at the photo shoot and been given a squad number. it is now being said that Tottenham will indeed return to Blackburn for Pederson and santa cruz.



Man United transfer rumours


d. Alves £20 million min


and they have shown interest in Sergio aguero but this is unlikely



Pique (loan)



Ross Turner– Wolves fan



Rumours that will not break until Thursday or Friday concerns fifth place managers O, Neil and Moyes they will resign over interference and limited transfer funds. ONeil has been sounded out to do a repair job at Leicester which appeals to him and Moyes has been sounded out by Manchester City more likely is up to Celtic however the Board at Celtic is worried that Moyes might not be a big enough name two managers to come in are the West Bromwich manager at Villa and David Jones of Cardiff at Everton both clubs have limited money or limited targets



Im still sad, seeing Leicester being relegated as I work in the pr department. and the news does not get any better as many of our better players are leaving these inc.

hume – Everton – £4 million

kisnorbo – Fulham – £3 million

mattock – Villa – £1.1 million

Stearman – Villa – £1.5 million

andy king – Wigan – 500 k

r sappleton – Liverpool – 800 k

mcauly – Ipswich – £1.5 million

also the hopes of signing fulop has now passed and he will not be Sunderlands no3 but will go to either Birmingham and be no1 or totenham and be no2, this has be said to us by Sunderland as we have allready inquired about him.

sorry City fans but it has to come out sooner or later.



Afc news

Gattuso has staited his interest in a Italian newspaper and as Flamini's going the other way Gattuso

worrys over his concreat place in A. C's midfield

Wenger has his deal will only go through if Matt goes

the over way so lets all hope he choses ac over Juve

taa'darr gunner'boy



Arsenal Rumours

Arsenal have around £25 million to spend.

Firstly with Flamini leaving Arsenal will look to Jean II makoun for around (4 million) to fill the void.

Arsenal will not sign a left winger with armand Traore, Carlos Vela and Rosciky all competiting for the left hand side next season. A centre back will be bought in with Lucio (5) m and Richards (12–16 million) being linked with a move although I am not sure if their is much truth in the Richards rumour. Krancjar (9 million) will be signed but only if Hleb leaves. With Walcott Moving upfront next season meaning we have Walcott, van Persie, adebayour, Bendtner, Eduardo (when fit) competing for the forward postions. Lastly Arsenal will bring in a right winger to complete the midfield with snra, van der vart and Robinho all being linked with the Gunners.



Managed to blag a seat in directors box today for NUfc v Chelsea sat in seat next to me was Michael tonge from Sheff United. not sure why but coouldn't make any conection as to ex teammates he would be coming to watch so maybe he will be seen in Newcastle shirt next season



Aberdeen have offered contracts to Michael Stewart (Hearts), Darren Huckerby (Norwich) and Rob Stockdale (Tranmere).

Moves have fallen through for attempts to get in Mark Kerr and David McNamee



Aston Villa have made a bid for welsh under 21 and Bristol City deffender Christiam Riberio I have it on good authority that the Bristol club are considering the offer for the talented youngster and mat well sell to get the funds to strengthen the suad for next season



Bristol City Ins and outs


Keogh (Chelseatenham Town)

Russle (Chelseatenham Town)

Brooker (Bristol Rovers)

Vasko (back to Hungary

Weal (Yeovil)

B Wilson (Leicester City)

C Skusse (Reading)

Byfield (Leicester City)

Riberio (Aston Villa)

Artus (Exeter City)

Plimmer (Bristol Rovers)


Kevin Lisbie

Eubanks Blake if promoted

Tommy Spurr Sheffield Wed

This info comes from Citys Chief Scout a good friend of mine knows him well and bumps in to him at lots of games around the country



Hartlepool United have agreed a deal to sign Grant Holt from Nottingham Forest, subject to a medical. The medical will take place on May 16th.

Providing the medical is successful, he will officially join the club on July first.



Birmingham promotion bid

Birmingham will be showing players the door to try and sort the team out to get the Blues back into the Premier League. again


gaston sangoy–1.5 million–olimpia larrisa

kris Commons–2 million–Nottingham Forest

sean geddes–500 k–Walsall

Scott dann–2.5 million–Coventry

matt gLennon–free–Huddersfield

Danny simpson–loan–Man United

ebanks–blake–3–6 million–Wolves–many clubs will be fighting and will be a bidding war.

matt Murray–1 million–Wolves

matt Jarvis–1.5 million–Wolves

kevin foley–1.5 million–eolves



The latest from Anfield is that Hicks has accepted that he is going to have to accept a partnership from DIC at the end of the month.

He has told Rafa and they have outlined the players Rafa wants: Here is a list of the imminent deals

Chiellini – LB £8 million

Degen – RB Free

Barry – LW £9 million

Bentley – RW £12 million

Aguero – S £22 million



Liverpool will sign:

David Villa + David Silva (30 million + Kuyt)

Philip Degen (free) Done

Marcel Jansen (10 million)

Gareth Barry (8 million + Carson) Fee being negotiated

Santiago Canizares (free)

Aaron Ramsey (5 million) Fee being negotiated

Eidur Gudjohnsen (3 million) Fee agreed

Marcelo Moreno (6 million) Fee being negotiated

Leaving will be:

Harry Kewell (free)

John Arne Riise (5 million)

Sebastian Leto (3 million) Buy back Clause

Xabi Alonso (13 million)

Steve Finnan (2 million)

Andrey Voronin (free)

Carson + Kuyt (swap)

Danny Guthrie (3 million) Buy back Clause

Peter Crouch (11 million)

There are a lot of changes as Hicks is ready to take out his wallet to please the fans and the manager. Rafa feels with these signings, Liverpool can match the likes of United and Chelsea. And the net spend will only be around £25 million.

(DIC will not be in charge next season)

Other transfers:

Hleb will go to Inter.

Chelsea will move for a cheap £15 million Ronaldinho

Chelsea will also sign Lulinha and Samuel Eto'o to replace AC Milan Bound Didier Drogba.

MESSI is going nowhere. He does not want to play for Chelsea so even if Chelsea offer his buyout Clause (100 million) he will not move.



The Gareth Barry story about him going to LFC is the first signs that DIC will take over at LFC. It was their officials who spoke to Benitez about transfer targets. Please not that DIC officials have only enquired about Barry's availibility. This is why Villa released information about it because their was no talk of cash and they want a bidding war to start so that the price will rise so much no club will get him.

Other targets for Benitez are:

Robbie Keane

David Bentley

David Silva

Philip Degan – signed

Samir Nasri

Rafael Van Der Vaart

Samuel Eto


Matius Fernandes

Maxi Rodriguez

Sergio Aguero

Only four of these players will be signed

Out will be:

Harry Kewell – free

Daniel Agger – Loan

Jon Arne Riise

Scott Carson

Andriy Vorinin

Peter Crouch

Sebastian Leto



Big changes at Anfield, as Benitez needs to deliver this season or it will be his last.


Wayne Bridge



Mancini or queresma

Bentley (cash + player) but will not pay over the odds


and either aguero or Villa depending on Valencia

Joe hart



Thierry Henry will be signing for Liverpool. This is the player who Rafa says speaks good English but is not English. FC Barcelona have been seeking for an English club willing to buy him and because Arsenal were not willing to, Liverpool were.

Genuine Fact, no rumour. Keep DIC progress posted



Now Flamini has gone, we can only hope that Hleb does not leave along with Rosicky. However that does look likely, and with those three being starters for the Gunners, this leaves a lot of rebuilding.

Now, I do not know anyone at Arsenal, but having read through things on the web, and looking at Wengers policy before, I am sure Denilson or Diaby will get their chance, but probably not both. This leaves us with needing two signings as we were thin on the ground and cannot have another year bedding in 3 youth players.

The most likely signings are Hatem Ben Arfa who has experience in the Champions League, Michael Johnson who has proved himself in the Premier League, and hopefully, Yaya Toure, although this is very unlikely as surely FC Barcelona would want a very big fee. If Johnson and Ben Arfa come, our money has gone.

But, more likely is a board revolution at some point in the Summer, and a new injection of cash from Usmanov (look at the Edelman situation). Not sure if this is a good thing, but I would welcome Dein back. he's Arsenal through and through.

One surprise I have heard of is Kazim Richards (ex Sheff United now with Fenerbace? ) Arsenal fan, plays in Rosickys position, would not be too expensive, and has Champions League experience.

Anyway, come on you gooners. and please do not lose Wenger and Fabregas.



Robbie Fowler is back in negotiations to buy Tranmere FC. Previous rumours to buy in with Macca were not true, with Macca staying away from football and puting his money on the horses. Robbie was holding out to make sure they were not going up this year. He has promised to start a better junior development program for the club and is looking to pursue some ex Premiership players on a bonus system. I heard this from a Tranmere board member.



Liverpool transfer rumours.

Liverpool possible targets:

Pablo Aimar – Zaragoza – £12 mills

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern – £21 mills

David Silva – Valencia – £23 mills

Gareth Barry – Aston Villa – £10 mills

David Bentley – Blackburn – £16 mills

Jeffrey Sarpong – Ajax – £9 mills

Mario Balotelli – Inter – £13 mills

Philipp Degen – Dortmund – Free

Marcelo Moreno – Cruzeiro – £10 mills

Liverpool possible outs:

Carson – Aston Villa – £8 mills

Itandje – Lyon – £4 mills

Finnan – Tottenham – £1 ou £2 mills

Riise – Newcastle – £6 mills

Guthrie – Bolton – £3 mills

Benayoun – Villareal – £5 mills

Leto – Racing – Loan

El Zhar – Monaco – Loan

Voronin – Eintracht – £3 mills



Flamini is already gone and Hleb, Lehmann and Senderos will be the only other players Arsene will need to replace. Flamini out, Toulalan in.

Hleb out., Landon Donovan in.

Senderos out, Mexes in.

Lehmann out. Ruffier in.



With FC Barcelona set for a mass clear out due to poor season they are looking to raid the Spanish club in the Premier League by taking Gerrard and Torres for a combined fee of £65 million theses players will be signed by Jose. Torres would never sign for real so FC Barcelona is the only obvious choice made all the sweeter with Stevie g going with him.

spider the man in the know.



Chelsea will surely b the the European champions this year beaing manu at moscow n then will go on to b world champions but next year will b special they will try n make the best use of roman's funds n make Chelsea a group to beat. these transfers will surely happen next year.

midfeild: after missing on luka modric Chelsea are all set to sign Dutch ace Rafael vander vaart from Hamburg n along with Essien Lampard Ballack n Mikel will form a deadly midfrild of world class playmakers who can split ne deffense n score from midfeild

defense: Chelsea have got one of the best defense in the world n d Alves will b signed n will play right back next season with him an Ashley Cole as wing backs Chelsea will attack a lot more n they will provide a lot of assist next year n with Carvalho Terry Alex n ivanovic bridge will form the best defense.

wingers: after Malouda's improving form n his goal against new castle Grant may keep him for another season or else he may use him in a swap with Ribery. a winger may b bought next season with the likes of Messi, Ribery, quaresema, sulejmani (long term investment) all being linked with one of these n j Cole Kalou Malouda Chelsea will have enogh fire on the flanks

forwards: Drogba may not leave as he will b happy to c Chelseas progress n after winning the Champions League will b tempted to stay. the move for Dutch ace Huntelaar is on n he may b signed. mario gomis may also b signed n along with Drogba Shev n Anelka we will have the best strike force in Europe

all dead wood will b cleared next year n only good players will stay

outs: swp, Sidwell, ben hiam, pizzaro, boularouz, p perreira, Cudicini, makalele (retd)

shev or Drogba may leave if Drogba leaves a move for Eto'o may b made



liverpool comings and goings for summer '08:


Scott Carson – Aston Villa (p/x for Barry)

Nikolai Mohaylov – FC Twente

Steve Finnan – Fulham

John Arne Riise – Aston Villa (p/x for Barry)

Miki Roque – Malaga

Harry Kewell – Tottenham

Xabi Alonso – FC Barcelona

Ryan Flynn – Colchester

Adam Hammill – Southampton

Andriy Voronin – Wolfsburg

Anthony Le Tallec – Lens


Philip Degen – B. Dortmund

Wayne Bridge – Chelsea

Mancini – Roma

Gareth Barry – Aston Villa

Michael Owen – Newcastle

In addition to those transfers, the following players will step up to the first team.

Paul Anderson

(on loan this year – promoted Swanseas player of the year)

Danny Guthrie

Jack Hobbs

Emiliano Insua

Damien Plessis

Andreas Simon (18y/o wizard forward)




Have heard from a very good source inside Liverpool that Torres will have a new striking partner next season. His name is Daniel Guiza from Real Mallorca. Both FC Barcelona and Valencia have enquired about him already but with Valencia's problems and his concerns about where he would fit in at the Nou Camp, Benitez has jumped to the head of the queue.

Rafa sent scouts to watch Juan Arango of Mallorca but they came back with glowing talk of this forward. Expect him at Anfield next season, fee of around £7.5 million (15 million euros).



I hate seeing and it kills me we are not up there in the league at Liverpool, we need to spend big this season on four players.

Barry £15 million

Bentley £15 million

Downing £10 million

Richards £20 million Total = 60 million

Hicks out, we need D. I. C in who care about L. F. C

The Kop Kid.



Afc Bulletin ) ) ) )

With top transfer target PSV gk GOMEZ not leaving PSV as PSV president has said they are not selling him 2 anyone. Expect either WHUfc Goal Keeper Green or Wigen gk Kirkland 2 probaly sign for Afc. Arsene Wenger has stated both Mark Randall and probaly Henri Landsbury will be part of the first team next season he added special praise on 16 year old youngster Jack Wilshire and said he will us him 4 the Carling cup.



Villa will sell barry to the pool but not for Carson and cash. mon had the chance to sign Carson in January but he thought he was not worth the cash Liverpool wanted. villas deals that mon will try and get:

barry and £8 million – Riise, Crouch, pennent

Boruc – 6 mil

Sidwell – £5 million

diouf – 7 mil

nolan – 8 mil

Hoyte – 2 mil

Stearman – 1.5 mil

Andy O'Brien – 3 mil

Davies – Luke Moore and 6 mil

bridge – loan

outs –

barry – part ex

Luke Moore – part ex

sorenson – free

Berger – free

maloney – £2.3 million – Sunderland

osbourne – loan

Thanks for Reading. Insider



RE: >Arsenal

'>All of these rumours about Wenger. he has only once signed a player from our leaqgue (campbell) and that was because he was for free.

– – – – – –

Well, I suppose you're forgetting (and I do not blame you– they were atrocious) Francis Jeffers (£10 million) Richard Wright (£5 million), Mart Poom (a loan), William Gallas (Part exchange, how did you not remember this, ah yes it is because he cost you the title) '

and Walcott. never mind a whole host of young kids he's got from second third andfourth tiers.



Ther is some rubbish on this site that makes me laugh. some person saying Liverpool are spending £5 million on philip degen. weve signed him for free already. and David Bently signing makes me giggle to as Hughes is a manc so he wudnt sell Bently to Liverpool unless we offer big money an I am talking nearer £20 million. we will be having a clear out

Carson £6 million – Aston Villa

Agger £8 million – FC Barcelona

Riise p/ex – Aston Villa

Finnan £2 million – Bolton

Alonso £15 million – Real Madrid

pennent £8 million – Wigan

Kewell free – Fulham

Crouch £7 million – Portsmouth

Voronin £2 million – Schalke


canizares free

degen – free

barry – £6 million + Riise

rafinha – £6.8 million

Lennon – £10 million

n'gogbia – £4 million

amauri – £7 million

David Villa – £18 million

youth players

Aaron ramsey £3 million

eliko £2 million

georgino wijnaldum – £5 million

daniel sturridge – £4 million




okok lets start off with deleting all this rubbish about comings in.

Ronaldinho: we do not want him or need him, he's not good enough

veloso: too many midfielders who are better

moutinho: same above

Richards: c'mon Manchester City will not sell to us.

i see us getting a pre–contract agreement with both the Wigan players so we get them in 2009 season when Giggs and Scholes call it a day

up front we shall buy one of the following:

villa, huntalaar, or Berbatov. we only need one as manucho is coming back and will play a major role. nonsense about him going on loan to the Hammers no experience. he was part of the African nations team.

ben Foster will not leave as he will replace VDS next season as VDS is too old and his kicking is getting worse, Fletcher will not leave Sir Alex likes him. I only see VDS retiring and Saha being sold to bring in money for a forward or a defender. The twins will play a few games next season most likely in the carling cup and then 2009 they will be more involved



Chelsea INS,

Sergio Aguero –

Frank Ribery –

Lionel Messi/Santacruz–

Van Der Vart–

Daniel Alves–

Philip lahm–


Chelsea Out–

Ben Haim



Sidwell (Loan)






For Newcastle fans wondering why ace forward Michael Owen has yet to sign a new contract, then it is because he is already negotiating a deal that will take him to Everton. He will become the Toffees highest paid player and will complete a deal as soon as the transfer window opens. Owen is already moving his belongings to his mansion in Cheshire.



'Rafael Benitez has declared that he has already three signings secured for next season, with one of which being a regular member of the starting–XI. '

On this with no other doubt that the player of the starting XI will be Philip Lahm. It coincides with the recent weeks after Lahm has said that he will not consider a renewal to his contract at Bayern Munich.

The German right/left back who is so highly rated should be in immediate rumours with top clubs but none has surfaced so far except for the ones at Liverpool, MU, Barcelona. The rumour for FC Barcelona and Man United targeting him was only them asking for hs price but has toned down due to the fact that he has already signed for Liverpool.

The other being Philip Degen, one not so highly rated but will be used for rotating purposes. The last one is still unknown therefore it will most probably be a youngster, an investment for the future.



Man United will be bringing in Veloso 100 percent and moutinho 70 percent.

Also look out for bids on T. neves, Lulinha, Renato, Ben Arfa or Valencia (only one will be signed as midfield cover)

Possibly a cheeky bid for Ronaldinho is on the cards with Pique + cash.

Micah Richards will not join from City, nor will Dani Alves. Instead we will sign Lahm or Bosingwa.

SAF prefers Benzema to Huntelaar, Gomez or Villa but Lyon are very very unlikely to sell so expect to see another bid for Berbatov.

Brazilian Twins and Nani will go out on loan to Cardiff as part of the £10 million package to bring in Ramsey.

Fletcher Saha Pique Kuszack Dong will all probably be sold aswell. Scholes n Giggs possibly to leave on a high if we win chmp + lge.

SHOCK – watch out for a late bid on Gareth Barry



Plymouth Argyle's new investors K&K of Japan could arrange trials for at least 5/6 young Japanese players during the Summer. Among them will be 18–year old forward YOICHIRO KAKITANI.

Also, definitely arriving at Home Park in July will be full internationals JUNICHI INAMOTO from Eintracht Frankfurt, and forward NAOHIRO TAKAHARA from Urawa Red Diamonds.



Liverpool are going to be very busy in the transfer market from what I have heard froma very reliable source who works in the communications and pr dept







nemeth, insua, spearing, plessis promoted rom youth










Afc Rumours

Lucio is a done deal, with Milligan also likely to come in too. Expect Wenger to choose Robinho over Ben Arfa, as his goals and record will back him up. Expect Vela, Merida, Denilson and Gibbs to have a more active first team role. A cheeky suprise bid for Villa will be unsuccessful. With Flamini gone, expect Toure to come in too. Gallas will leave in a part excahnge with Robhino. Lehmann, Eboue, Gilberto and Hoyte are pretty obvious.


Robhinho – £10 Million + Gallas

Lucio = £ MIllion

Milligan = Free

Yaya Toure (Kolo's BABY brother) – £12 Mill

Vela and Merida –Loan Return


Lehmann – Free

Hoyte – £2 Mill

Gilberto – £4 MIllion

Eboue – £6 Mill



Hartlepool United have agreed a deal to sign Grant Holt from Nottingham Forest.

He has a medical on May 16th, and providing that is OK, will join the club on July first.



Rangers in's kenny Miller, Alan Smith, Wayne Bridge

Rangers out's ceueler, mcgregor, boyd




Definate departures:

Charles Itandje.

John Arne Riise.

Jermaine Pennant.

Harry Kewell.

Peter Crouch.

Six players to be signed:

1. A goalkeeper – Maik Taylor.

2. A right back – Philipp Degen.

3. A left back – Bridge, Abidal or Amorebieta.

4. Gareth Barry.

5. An attacking midfielder.

6. A forward.



United forward louis Sas finally decided to part from United and looking for a move back to his old club at Fulham

Derby's loanee hossam Ghaly has come in dispute with Tottenhams new signing luka modric when it was revealed that modric will be wearing ghalys number 14 he has seen this as final push out of the club and has told friends and family he will either join friend hossam Mido at Middlesborough or make his way back to egypt



Wigan are rumoured to a after a un–named Everton player ( maybe Leighton Baines) When approached DM has asked for Jason Koumas in return. Makes sense with neither Fernandes or Graveson setting the world alight this season



Plymouth and Crewe are battling it out for the signature of Mansfield's top goalscorer Michael Boulding. The asking fee is expected to be around £50,000.



Ipswich Town manager, magilton, looking to sign former northern Ireland team mate and friend David Healy. also looking at Chris killen from Scotland with Alan Lee possibly on his way back to Cardiff.



Real Madrid rumours:


Robinho to Arsenal £15 million

Saviola £5 million

Soldado £7 million


Villa/Hunter/Drogba doubt it £25 million/20 million/18/mil

Fabregas Please.27 million



Ive heard a lot of talk that micah Richards has already signed for Man United for £22 million pounds and he is not really injured



Leeds United to have a clear out in the Summer, promotion or not. Macca will get rid of the following:

Frazer Richardson, Ian Westlake, David Lucas, Matt Heath, Leon Constantine, Peter Sweeney, Curtis Weston, Alan Thompson, Tresor Kandol and Sebastian Sorsa.



Everton In's: Joey Barton £7 million, Stephen Carr Free, Diomancy Kamara £10 million, David Nugent £10 million, Titus Brambel £5 million, Boumsong £10 million.

Everton Out's: Yakubu £15 million (Real Betis), Yobo £5 million (Arsenal), LeScott £10 million (Arsenal), Andy Johnson £500K (Hull)

All of the above from a very good source at Tescos.



Boro Transfer Rumours

IN: Robinson, Barnes, Sidwell

OUT: Schwarzer, Rochemback, Boateng, Arca, Gook Lee

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