Football Rumours Archive February 10 2008


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Rafael Benítez will not be sacked or leave Liverpool in the Summer. He has been given a last shot next season where he will put everything he gots to save his Liverpool future and win the PL.

Expect big changes and some major transfers. He will get 35 Mills to buy players + money from transfers.

Leaving the team will probably be: John Arne Riise, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, Harry Kewell, Andriy Voronin, Fabio Aurelio, Anthony Le Tallec, Daniel Guthrie, Charles Itandje and some youngsters. Fee combined for all those players will be around 33 million pounds.

Coming in will be: Diego (Werder Bremen), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)/Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid), Michael Johnson and Joe Hart (Manchester City) ), David Silva (Valencia), Eidur Gudjohnsen and Thierry Henry (FC Barcelona), Matias Fernandez (Villareal), Quaresma (Porto) + some future talent.

Thierry Henry will join Liverpool on a loan with a possibility of future transfer. Mascherano's transfer to Liverpool will be finished next week. Also expect the likes of Krisztian Nemeth, Jay Spearing, Damien Plessis, Stephen Darby, Dani Pacheco and Gerard Bruna Blanco + some of the new youngsters to be involved around the first team.

  Arsenal Transfers

Roysten Drenthe is the big Summer signing to come across Wenger mind. the quick winger was linked to Arsenal in the Summer last year according to both Sky

Sports. Dutch Media suggested Roysten Drenthe had a massive argument with Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster and consequences to that he left him out of his squad for the remainder of the season. Reports and Wikipedia say Arsenal placed a a €15.7 million and he will wear No#23 the number Wenger reserved for Forward Carlos Vela but Reports say he will the Summer signing of the year and will make his debut in a friendly against Levski Sofia. talk about Levski Sofia, another left winger will come in, Bulgarian International Nikoilay Dimitrov. the skillful winger had a 2 week trial with Arsenal in December and really impressed another big signing.

  Liverpool will sign the following this Summer:

Ricardo Quaresma – £17 million

Sylvinho – 500 k

Leaving will be:

John Arne Riise – £6 million

Scott Carson – £7 million

Andrey Voronin – Free

Benayoun will have a "Kuyt" role next season–between midfield and attack. Babel will move to the right and Quaresma will be on the left "competing" with Kewell and Leto.

Rafa just does not have the funds to go out and buy all the players that he wants.

  FC Barcelona will have a bit of a clear out this Summer:

Thierry Henry will leave the club for around £7 million and he will go to Liverpool.

Gianlucca Zambrotta will leave the club as well for £6 million.

Deco will also go for around £8 million.

Coming in will be:

Karim Benzema – £20 million

Philip Lahm – £12 million

Xabi Alonso – £15 million

  I can exclusively reveal that recent Tottenham signing Gilberto was a target for Rafael Benitez in the Summer on a free. He was going to replace John Arne Riise and Gilberto was one of the players Rafa was referring to when asking his owners to move quickly in the Transfer market.

  AC Milan's veterans will all retire at the end of the season. The likes of Dida, Seedorf, Kalac, Fiori, Maldini, Emerson, Cafu and Favalli will all hang up their boots leaving Anceletto to move for the following players.

RB– Paulo Ferreira from Chelsea for £4 million

GK– Marco Amelia from Livorno for £6 million

GK– Jerzy Dudek from Real Madrid for free

CM– Gilberto Silva from Arsenal for £5 million

  Arsenal Rumours

Leaving Arsenal in the Summer will be Lehmann and Gilberto. Their replacements are already in place in the form of Fabianski and Song. Wenger will look to promote from within for the third choice keeper slot, this will be Vito Mannone.

Arsenal will not be signing two many new players as we have Vela, Gibbs and Merida back from loans and these will all go straight into the first team squad. Arsene will look to bring in only one or two signings these will be Gouffran (STR) from Caen for £5 million and Capel (LB) from Sevilla for £8 million.

  Liverpool will sign the following players:

Ricardo Quaresma – £16 million – winger

Estaban Granero – £4 million – central midfield

Javi Martinez – £12 million – central midfield

Wayne Bridge – £7 million – left back

Xabi Alonso – £14 million

Andrey Voronin – free

Scott Carson – £8 million

Danny Guthrie – £2 million

That is it as far as major signings are concerned.

Granero and Martinez will have time to settle so expect to see Lucas playing a lot more next season. Hobbs will feature as well as Paul Anderson and maybe Adam Hamill.

  Liverpool will sell Xabi Alonso to FC Barcelona this Summer for around £15 million. With this money, Rafa will aim to sign Javi Martinez for £12 million and Estaban Granero for £4 million.

Andrey Voronin will also leave and he will surprisingly be replaced by Benayoun who will play as a forward next season.

Babel will swap to the right and Ricardo Quaresma will be brought in for £15 million. Kewell will get another contract.

Wayne Bridge will be brought in for £7 million and will replace the outgoing John Arne Riise for £6 million

Liverpool will again raid FC Barcelona for Assulin for a compensation fee of 200 k.

  Arsenal have signed Jimmy Briand and Yoan Gouffran on pre–contract agreements. Both will join at the end of the current season and possibly will be unveiled at the last home game of the season.

  l. f. c news

Rafa Benitez to try and bring in Taye Taiwo from Marsielle after impressing at Nigeria's short time at the African cup of nations

Also Benitez likes the look of Villarreal forward Nihat and will try and entice him with a move to Anfield.

Leaving Anfield will be:

Andriy Voronin

Dirk Kuyt

Jermain Pennant

Fabio Aurellio

Nabil El Zhar on loan to a championship club to gain some experience as Rafa can see him breaking into the first team in the coming months

Mick McCarthy is looking to buy Nigerian forward Peter Odemwingie from Lokomotiv Moscow McCarthy is looking for someone who will guarantee him goal and believes Odemwingie can be that person.

Wolves players in

Arthur Boka–VfB Stuttgart £7 mill

Elliot Omozusi–Fulham loan

Maceo Rigters–Blackburn loan with option to buy

Peter Odemwingie–Lokomotiv Moscow–£8 mill

DArron Gibson–Man United £1 mill

Kris Commons–Nottingham Forest swap for Stephen Ward

Wolves players out

Jay Bothroyd–Sheff United £3 mill

Freddy Eastwood–Southampton loan

Denes Rosa–Hibernian £4000

Stephen Ward–Nottingham Forest swap for Kris Commons

  Afc– with Gilberto leaving in Summer Wenger will sign danielle de Rossi from Roma as a replacment for £19 million

  At last realisation is stepping in to play and Carson is being priced at £6 million by some. Still too much. MON will buy him at £2 million. Not a penny more.

KK will be sorting his defense out soon, before his defense for appalling play sorts him out. The over rated Taylor will be first to go bye bye. Not to a top club, they do not want him. However several teams below halfway in the Premier League. will take him for £2 million.

KK will go for Upson and Anton Ferdinand and be prepared to pay big bucks to get them together. Owen will go to the highest bidder, and there will be several.

Barton will be named captain in an attempt to generate some spirit in NUfc, as the collapse against Villa today was there for all to see.

But is KK on borrowed time already?


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