Football Rumours Archive March 15 2009


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Arsenal are planning to revamp there squad with young exciting hot prospects and few first team players
Lloris/Frey 9m
Jérémy Toulalan/Jean II Makoun 10m
Hatem Ben Arfa/Ashley Young 17m/25m
Bafétimbi Gomis/Gabby Agbonlahor 8m/13m

The young one's are
Yaya Sanogo
Anthony Koura
Mamadou Sakho PSG
Henri Saivet Bordeaux
Thiago Barcelona
Václav Kadlec AC Sparta Praha

They will also try and be one of the big guns in europe and go for benzema or ribery ut that would never happen.
Madin Mohammad is also a player they are trying to suck up to but so is every other big team in europe but his dad wants his son to go there where he can get good first team football at the age of 15 if he sticks at it till he is that age.

The one's that are leaving in the summer are
  David Villa's rumours : He has repeatedly declared that he want to stay in spain, and as Barcelona and Real Madrid are willing to sign him, the options of City to get him are minimal.

About Aguero, is quite dificult that Atletico let him go because thanks to the sell of the old stadium, they are in a good finantial situation. Of curse that if a plyer wanna go, the club can do nothing to stop them, but as it was posted before, Atletico paid for him around 25 million so Atletico wouldn't let him go for less than 35, and i doubt that liverpool can pay that sum. Btw Atletico is really interested in Spurs' players Modric and Corluka.

If Benitez leaves, it is probable that most os the spaniards of the team will leave Pool too. Xabi Alonso is quite doubtful for next season even if Rafa stays, Arbeloa, Riera and Reina would leave for sure and Torres probably would continue more or less time depending of the results of the team.

About Yaya Toure, altough he declared that he didnt want to leave Barca, the truth is atht is it quite likely that if an offet between 12 and 18 million euros arrives, barca could let him go but only if they have already caught a replcement for him, and lately the biggest candidates for that post are Mascherano and Essien.

Cech's agent has admitted contacts with Barcelona, altough it is doubtful that they could pay the great sum that Chelsea will ask to let him go.

Bacelona is very interested in Evra, if they can't get him they will try to get Clichy.

Real won't sign Cristiano Ronlado unless they pay 90 million, and altough with Florentino maybe thay could do it, Real has other priorities. For example, it has beenrumored that Real probably will offer a 12 million bid for Agger in the summer

Cesc won't end his contract with Arsenal, he will sign this summer or maybe in the summer of 2010 ( if wenger stays till then, if he leaves, be absolutely sure that Cesc will leave Arsenal with him) for Barca or Real for about 40 million, its just a matter of time.

Henry is quite close on signing with M. City for next season, if he leaves, Barca will probably buy Benzema or Villa. And as Hleb is probably also leaving, Barcelona will go for Silva or Ribery for his post.

Nasri could end in Madrid with Van der Vaart going the other way plus money. Real received in tha last days an offer for M.Ciry for both Van der Vaart and Drenthe for 27 million.

Liverpool is very interested in Gago. It seems that real could sit to negotiate for him, but its quite likely that they wouldn't accept anything less than 15 million.

Sevilla and Villareal are really interested in Arteta, the will mae a bid for him during the summer for sure. Villareal has scouted also several times during the season 3 Manchester City players: Elano, Kompany and Zabaleta.
  Hearts fc

hearts have taken former blackpool striker john murphy on trial. the player's agent has arranged for the striker to use the clubs training facilities. murphy is desperate to get back into the game after an injury plagued year.
murphy has told hearts that he is prepared to sign on as an ametuer to show what he can do.
  Wenger will splash out this summer after seeing that his team has no bite and as they are struggling to stay in the top 4.

either def– sakho, shawcross, metzelder, bassong for 5–10mil
mid – de la red, M diarra, cana, cabaye – 7–14mil
atk – kalou, huntelaar, gomis 10mil

out – eboue – 5mil
senderos – 5mil
bendtner – 5mil
adebayour – 20mil
gallas – 5mil
silvestre – 1mil
rosicky – free
  Well done to the guy who gave us the facts in how Celtic are actually more successfull over the last few years. Well pointed out mate. I'm actually Rangers fan and I have to agree with you. Rangers are in deep trouble financially and I'm very concerned. As a Bear, I have to be realistic and say I am dreading the new season. We have no money for big players and the youths at Rangers are simply not good enough and we don't have enough to compete at the highest level. John Fleck is the only exception and that is quite scary. Celtic have been active all over Europe recruiting the best young players and we aren't even looking in that area. I believe we need a complete revamp of Rangers Football Club and I'm now regretting Paul Le Guen quitting. Please, Gers fans, don't be writing silly posts about Gattuso coming in because he is on 60.000 grand a week plus big Nike bonuses and we can't even afford 12.000 grand a week for a Championship player. I am also not going to give you who's coming in and who's going out because no one knows that. Yes, I do have inside connections but I know of nothing knew and that also scares me because every year I get to know some inside stuff and this is the first year none of us who are in the know are in the dark. We are doomed if we don't watch where we are going.

  Hamilton's James McCarthy is signing for Celtic. Anyone who thinks he is going to Rangers, that will NEVER happen. Not for the stupid reason many think it is (playing for the Republic). He will be signing because it will be the only Scottish offer. Rangers will NOT be offering him a midfield spot at Ibrox simply because they don't have the money or the wages Celtic will be offering.

  Before I get to my rumours, i just wanted to add my two pennorth on the 6+5 debate. I'm not a keen follower of foreign leagues, so I stand to be corrected on some issues, but this is the situation as I see it: Of all the countries with big leagues in Europe, Spain are the recent holders of the european cup, Italy the holders of the world cup and France winning both in very recent history. As I understand it, the German league has a healthy percentage of "home grown" players, it's just that they are a bit crap. So to my point; that leaves England as the only European country to have it's national team 'affected' by so many foreign imports as they are the only ones not to have won anything for a bloody age. Now I don't believe for a second that Platini would draw up this 6+5 rule to benefit England and England alone, but seeing as how none of the other nations have been detrimentally affected by foreign imports that must be the case surely???? Or is it, as I and many other people on this site suspect, that PLatini hates the fact that the English league is the strongest and most powerful league in the world? I suspect the man stil harbours a grudge over Waterloo, Trafalgar, Agincourt, etc, etc.

Anyhoo, my rumours:– Ancellotti for Chelsea.
Steve Gibson wants out at Boro – feels he has taken them as far as he can and has his eye on some lucrative business deal that will demand all of his attention. Mr T.
  I am just back from Toronto where I was working for a financial institution on a year long secondment. Fistly I am amazed that no–one has posted this before but maybe they have but have not named names, secondly, I am not involved in the corporate finance side of things but as anyone in Toronto will tell you the finance guys like a beer or two in the evening and you get talking to a few faces involved in the finace game. Anyway, truthfully,I am English and have no great affecton for any Scottish team and really don't get this roumour however, there is a huge rumour sweeping the city that Ted Rodgers III is preparing a bid for Glasgow Rangers. Now, as someone who has lived in Toronto if this happens then good one Rangers. He has intimate knowledge of running sports teams and is excellent in terms of corporate finance, sponsorship deals, naming rights etc. You only have to look at a small team like the Blue Jays and look at hier success of breaking the stangle hold of USA teams winning the world series, albeit through the family. Hers the crucnch so OK he pumps millions int Glasgow Rangers, however, is he going to turn Ibrox Stadium into the Pepsi/Rogers/Coca Cola stadium and will he diminish the great heritage that Glasgow Rangers have ???
Maybe the phrase better the devil you know is more prevalent in Glasgow than ever before.
  Some news from around Europe. .
Karim Benzema says he is happy at Lyon and wants to stay there for another season. Expect Barcelona and Man United to bid around £30m for the French ace in the summer, but neither will be successful. I would expect him to make his move the summer after, probarbly to Barcelona. Newcastle have recently enquired about Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme, however Riquelme had said he wanted to stay with Boca, as this would improve his chances of playing for the Argentina national side. However having recently fallen out with Argentina coach Diego Maradona and saying he would not play for his national side whilst Maradona was coach, that move to Newcastle looks like it could go ahead. If not to Newcastle, probarbly to another European club. Funniest thing I have heard that Man City have told Valencia they will not pay the demanded amount for David Villa. They can afford £108m for Kaka but not a similar fee for Villa? In my opinion it's some pathetic attempt to prove that they will not be taken for mugs by anyone. Well they don't fool me, they've already proven themselves wrong in their bid for Kaka. There will be no major movement from Liverpool in the summer, despite all the rumours on this site about Aguero, Tevez, David Villa etc. all moving to Anfield, because lets be honest they don't really have enough money. Possibly a full back going to Anfield however Aurelio and Arbeloa are looking better and they have good back up in Dossena, Insua and Degen. Man United could make 1 or 2 reasonably big signings, the biggest probarbly securing the permenant signature of Carlos Tevez for £32m. Arsenal will bring in Mamadou Sakho for £5m from PSG, along with striker Nene for around £7m from Portugese side Nacional. No big signings at the Emirates unless there are big departures. The biggest summer movement will come from Chelsea, who will look to re–shuffle their squad in a bid to challenge for the title next season. Players like Alex, Joe Cole, Deco, Ballack and Drogba could be sold, along with the possible shock departure of skipper John Terry. Players comming in could be Ricardo Quaresma permenantly from Inter, Russian internationl winger Zhirkov for £15m, Per Mertesacker for £11m and Adriano of Inter (possibly in a swap deal with Drogba going to Inter). Arsenal are now right back in there for 4th place, meaning v.Persie and Walcott will sign new deals at the Emirates.

In Arsene We Trust
  I'm not sure if i am the only person who thinks this, but i have a little doubt as to whether players like moutinho and veloso would move to everton. don't get me wrong, i think everton are a good, consistent side who are well run, have a good youth policy and have a great history. but in this day in age of greedy players who onyl want to play at the top level, i can't help but think that players like moutinho and veloso will b absolutely intent on joining a top 4 club seeing as they are currently at one of the best clubs in their country. surely they will want the highest wages possible with some champions league thrown into the mix?? just a thought. like i said, i have absolute respect for everton!
anyway, ive heard that harry redknapp is intent on almost completely overhauling the tottenham squad in the summer. he will build a new, stronger (both in terms of physicality and competition for places) squad based around the players he bought in january. on his wishlist is:

sylain distin
niko kranjcar
glen johnson
david wheater
stewart downing
royston drenthe (probably a loan deal)
ignacio camacho (unlikely unless we pull out a HUGE deal)

as i said, this is a wishlist so this is just who he wants. expect around 5 or 6 major signings for the first team. COYS
  Arsenal may make a triple swoop and start a french revolution at the Emirates, Mamadou Sahko, the young PSG centre–back who has a great left–foot and stands at 6'1 in addition to Sebastian Bassong the Newcastle CB who has been the shinig star in an otherwise dismal campaign, Wenger may complete the triple swwop with Yohann Cabaye of Lille who has been outstanding this season.

Sahko–around 5 million
Cabaye–8 million

It is possible that Silvestre will leave to play in the MLS in the summer, otherwise
no–one will be leaving the club unless an astronomical offer comes in and Wenger believes the player can b replaced, Eboue will sign a new deal as will Van Persie as Arsenal pip Aston Villa 4 4th.
tevez–real madrid or liverpool
ronaldo–real madrid
mourinho–real madrid
benzema–man utd
  Stephen Appiah to sign for Celtic on 2 and a half year deal on £30k per week. Will be given club captaincy when McManus moves on th Newcastle in the summer. Strachan wanted him for boost ahead of Co–Op Cup final but couldn't get clearance in time.
  To this is to the idiot that claimed that my report on Rafa Benitez's "oddness" must be rubbish because somehow being in an administrative role precludes me, and therefore my work mates, from expecting protection from the law regarding the right to proper conduct from other employees. My report regarded the atmosphere at Anfield and the effect of Benitez's behaviour on the the people that work there. Benitez isn't above law, just like you and I aren't. His behaviour is at work is governed by the same rules that goven your behaviour at work. Whether you chose to believe my news is down to your own take on whether it's just possible that a story here could be true. But please be advised that if you want to rubbish anything on here, at least have the good sense to rubbish it in a way that doesn't make you look ignorant and imbecilic.
  An anglophile is someone who isn't English who is in love with England and all things English, like chips and mushy peas, red buses, postboxes etc. On to football, would Rangers and Celtic fans stop going on about your teams, you are both poor, in money and in form. The only players you will be signing are nobodies and has–beens, or SPL players. All this talk of "if we were in the Premiership" is laughable, look at Tottenham and how much money they have and spend. They are still crap and won't ever break the top 4. Onto the 6 + 5 rule. It will never happen as although foreign players can still be bought, they are restricted in terms of playing, thus in terms of earning a bonus so it is still illegal. Anyway, it is not foreign players that is to blame for the poor national teams. How many genuinely talented youngsters can you name not getting a game in the EPL? It is the poor youth setup and the wrong method of coaching in this country. Under 11s managers who only want to win, not train good players. On to rumours, Aguero to Liverpool???? No way. Athletico paid £25 million for him so would not accept anything below £35m, which Liverpool do not have. Watch for Miguel Veloso to Arsenal, Wenger has never denied interest and talk has dimmed, so a sensible price may be reached. If not then someone from Ligue 1 like Cana or Makoun will come in.
  Bad news for the Hammers disaster mongers as the compromise deal to settle the Tevez affair is almost settled.
The sum of about 10 mil. is not the main reason to celebrate but the staggered payment over 5 years means it will have no real impact as long as the Irons stay in the Premiership. This now seems highly likely with the impact of some excellent buys Behrami, Illunga and Savio plus the arrival of top juniors Noble, Collison, Tomkins and Sears.
A top rated young right back and a big striker to cover Carlton are the main targets for the summer.
Unsettled Dave Kitson could be bought cheaply if Ashton is as expected retired or moved on due to his injury problems.

the boleyn bugle
  Rangers to make a shock move for Will Haining ex Oldham and now at St Mirren, Walter Smith sees Haining as a straight replacement for David Weir
Also expect to see Charlie Mulgrew at Ibrox in the summer, rumour has it in Aberdeen the deal is very much done which is a big shock as Charlie is a diehard Celtic man
  Strong rumours here in BT Glasgow that David Murray has found a buyer for his beloved rangers, a senior BT source let it slip that none other than Sire Fred Goodwin of RBS pension shame is the new man!!!!
  "Breaking News. . I can reveal everton are working on a price for both Joao Moutiniho and Miguel Veleso its going to be in the region of 20–30 million pounds. .Talks are at a advanced stage my contact says. Also herd we have sent a scout to 3 time to watch kerrison from brazil . The money is coming from the dubai investment group which WILL tak over in the summer.Main reason moyes signed a contract was because they wanted him to be the man in control of there money. . . .COYB"
EvErToN iNsIdEr
  No rumour just wanted to clear up the phile issue phile actually means lover of, so an Anglophile loves England! Paedophile loves children! etc
  To the guy who talked about 'the lack of quality English keepers and strikers' in the Premiership due to foreigners.


Foster (okay, he is being kept out of the first team)

I'm sorry, but that's 6 goalkeepers who have or could easily represent the national team who play week in week out, save for Foster. What, do you think that if Stuart Taylor played every week for Villa, you guys woud find the next Dave Seaman? Dream on. You have a good selection there. I bet most other leagues in Europe would struggle to name 6 homegrown keepers who could potentially play for the national team.
Strikers, fair enough, there is a dearth of English strikers, but that's because outside of Rooney, Defoe, Heskey, Crouch, Walcott and maybe Agbonlahor (not mentioning Owen, hes lost it), what do you have? Nugent, Andy Johnson, Beattie, etc etc, fairly average strikers who you guys complain about incessantly when they play for England and simply aren't of a good enough standard.
Just face it, there is no problem. The English national team is simply going through a transitional phase where the likes of Agbonlahor, Walcott etc are just getting used to playing for their country. And your stereotypical (not all) English fan wants the glory NOW and forever, and isn't prepared to give the young crop of players a chance. Inter Milan had 2 italian players against United midweek, will Platini look into that?
  Liverpool are chasing the following players to add to their champions league list that will help them with the 6+5 rule should it come in place
–Glen Johnson 9m
–Adam Johnson 10m
–Adam Lallana 5m
–Micah Richards 10m

They are also looking at signing
–Diogo 12m
–Fernando Navarro 8m

These players are looking at leaving after no game time

–Andriy Voronin 4m Hertha
–Andrea Dossena 6m Juventus
–Philipp Degen 3m Lazio
–Charles Itandje 1m Toulouse
–Ryan Babel 15m Real Madrid
–Daniel Agger 11m AC Milan

Kriztian Nemeth, Daniel Pacheco, Steve Irwin, Jay Spearing, Damien Plessis, Nabil El Zhar, Emi Insua,Stephen Darby and Martin Kelly will be more involved in first team action

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