Football Rumours Archive March 19 2009


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It is my understanding that making predictions of who a team will SIGN is presumptious and largely inaccurate, whereas predictions of who a club will BID FOR are likely to be more believable.

Therefore, it is my understanding that the following bids will be placed on the table:

Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) bid from Lazio (6–8m)
Rickie Lambert (Bristol Rvrs) bid from Leicester (1.4m)
Joe Ledley (Cardiff City) bid from Wolves (5m)
Brian Stock (Doncaster Rvrs) bid from B'mingham City (2.3m)
Phil Jagielka (Everton) bid from Arsenal (7m)
Frederik Stoor (Fulham) bid from Helsingborgs IF (2.8m)
Harry Kewell (Galatasaray) bid from Perth Glory (3m)
Micheal Nelson (Hartlepool Utd) bid from Scunthorpe (1.2m)
Jonathan Walters (Ipswich Town) bid from Fulham (3m)
Christian Poulsen (Juventus) bid from Portsmouth (2.4m)
Alan Combe (Kilmarnock) bid from Cardiff (1.7m)
Leigh Griffiths (Livingston) bid from Leeds Utd (1m)
Robson "Robinho" de Souza (Man City) bid from Chelsea (25m + player swap)
Liam Davis (Northampton) bid from Peterborough (£670.000)
Deane Smalley (Oldham Ath) bid from Norwich (1m)
Craig Mackail–Smith (Peterborough) bid from West Ham (5m)
Stephen Hunt (Reading) bid from Everton (6m)
Marek Saganowski (Southampton) bid from Ipswich (2m)
Darren Bent (Tottenham) bid from Middlesbrough (8m)
Cristean Zapata (Udinese) bid from Atletico (7m)
David Villa (Valencia) bid from Man City (27m)
Sylvan Ebanks–blake (Wolves) bid from West Ham (9m)
Gavin Tomlin (Yeovil) bid from Chesterfield (£260,000)

If the above don't happen, there can be no criticism. They're just bids. .
Malcolm Shaffer
  If Benitez doesn't get any money to strengthen this summer, he may look to the likes of owen and Ballack this summer–both on 2 year contracts.
  Liverpool will run riot in the premier league over transfers with
–a joint 20m bid to 'Boro for Adam Johnson and David Wheater
–Glen Johnson will arrive for 9m
–Even though he is not in the premierleague yet, he soon will be, Fabian Delph will arrive for 6m

From across Europe
–Diogo will sign for 12m
–Raul Albiol will leave his beloved Valencia for 13m

Rafa is looking to trim his squad to accomadate these players
–Andrea Dossena 5m Sampdoria
–Daniel Agger 12m AC Milan
–Jermaine Pennant will stay in Portsmouth on a free
–Lucas will sign for Atletico Madrid 8m
–Charles Itandje is going to Lille for 1m
–Nabil El Zhar has attracted a lot of interest from across Europe from the likes of Chievo Verona, Malaga and Levante =4m
  Barca are set for a clearout this summer despite how well they've performed. Outgoing will be Valdes (Valencia P/X), Abidal(Lyon P/X), Toure (Arsenal £13 Million), Henry (Lyon P/X) and Eto'o (AC Milan £23 Million). In will come Lloris and Benzema from Lyon (£25 million + Henry + Abidal), Silva (£15 Million + Valdes), Camacho (£12 Million) and Lopez (£9 Million). Expect Barca to run away with it again next season.
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Clichy might leave AFC 4 AC Milan come the summer, Gibbs will replace him if he does move . Diaby may leave AFC also as its known INTER want 2 sign him . AW is aslo interested in Lazio gk Muslera , and Wolfsburg striker Dzeko . Spurs 2 move 4 Le Mans gk Pele in the summer .
  Big story that fergie and rooney have had a major bust up, with it being too much to repair the problem (Beckham, RVN style)
Rooney has told his agent to seek out a move to any of these three clubs: Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid.
Cost would prob either be £35mil or swap for players such as Joe Cole+10mil, Eto'o or Sneidier+15mil
Rooney would prefer chelsea as they are strong, have drogba and are in england, but has said he would like to try spain. Italy does not interest him after Inter Milans poor performance against United recently.
  Everton fc are planning to make summer moves for nigel Reo–Coker and david bentley.
  Real Madrid are planning for a big summer clearout and intake of new talent. There are only 6 players who are guaranteed their places next season if Florentino Perez becomes the new chairman (which is very liely). These are Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Lassana Diarra, Guti and Raϊl. They want to bring in Kαka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, David Villa or David Silva and maybe the likes of Keirrison.
Ronaldo has agreed a contract with Real Madrid but there is no deal in place with Man Utd, although Madrid will offer around €100m for him.
  My mates a steward at arsenal and he said nothing happened during the tunnel in the aftermath of the Hull game, infact he said Hull will be lucky if they get away with what could be seen as criminal damage in the changing rooms – however Arsenal like to keep the affairs internal – watch this space!
  Firstly – To the guy that says Rangers are signing Driver and Bamba – You really need to check which team somebody plays for before you make stuff up about Rangers signing them. Driver plays for Hearts NOT Aberdeen. Bamba plays for Hibs NOT Aberdeen.

Secondly – Walter Smith will be leaving Ibrox! Ally McCoist will be leaving Ibrox!

In their places????. . .None other than the cheap option of Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas from Inverness!

You read it here first!!!
  Can someone explain the logic (dangerous thing to ask for on this website) of 'cashstrapped' rangers getting rid of Davie weir, because if they are in debt and need money surely they can't afford to pick or choose and lets face it he'll still do a decent job.
Joe Hart 8 mill
Matt Upson 6 mill
Mammoo Sakho 7.5 mill
Owen Hargreves 14 mill
David Silva 19 .5 mill (Because Valencia Are In Debt)
Guillaume Hoarau 9 mill (PSG)
Manuel Almunia 5 mill – Valencia
William Gallas 6 mill – Juve
Mikael Silvestre 3.5 mill – LA Galaxy
Armand Traore 6 mill – Villa
Aboo Diaby 7.5 mill – Lyon
Tomas Rosicky 5 mill – Valencia
Manoo Eboue 7.5 mill – Juve
Manoo Adebayor 17 mill – AC Milan
Niklas Bendtner 11 mill – Inter
  I've heard from a good source that Ashley Young is set to move to man utd in the summer, the fee is £19.8 million raising to £24.6 million depending on him and the club achiving certain criteria. Also as part of the deal Nani will be going to aston villa on loan for the season. also Sir alex and wayne Rooney had a disagrement on saturday as neither like losing to liverpool and tesions run high after results such as these but to say that Rooney will be leaving is wide of the mark. they've since met on monday after the dust settled and they've buried the hatchet and plan to focus there frustrations into winning every piece of silverwear they can.
peace out.
  I have a bit of infomation on Arsenal. Kolo Toure will be leaving for Man City and Wenger will either take money around 10–15m (as City will pay over the price value) and spend half of that on Bassong if Newcastle get relegated or do a straight swap for Micah Richards whom Wenger's a long time admirer of. Secondly a defensive midfielder preferbly Miguel Veloso. Lastly a striker will leave the club, my money's on Adebeyor or Bendtner. He'll then bring in a powerful striker most likely to be Obafemi Martins (again depending if Newcastle go down because his price value will fall dramtically).

Come On The Arsenal!!!!!! Pat Kelly.
  Forget Gerrard, Alonso and Kuyt leaving Liverpool ? Why having gone closer than ever would we dismantle a side by selling our most consistent players. I would suggest the players going will be more obvious candidates like Lucas, Dossena and Pennant (free). Agger could be flogged as well to raise c.£20m in total with the usual £15–20m from income. Total spending will not exceed £40m which is basically three decent players. Babel to play more as a striker so A.Johnson/ Downing on the left, a pacy and younger player to rotate with Kuyt on the right and a replacement for Agger. That'll be about it.
  Right, Im here to sort out all of the rumours surrounding Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard will never leave Liverpool. He has 2 years left to run on his current contract, but because of an added clause, he will sit down with the owners and who ever the new CEO is to renew his deal. He is entitled for renewal talks at any time but the clause says the end of the season. Liverpool had the option to buy Sergio Aguero two years ago but Rick Parry was unwilling to risk paying £12million on him due to his age. Atletico then signed him for £12million, not the £25million or more that has been stated on here. Rafa likes him, but a move may not materialise. Atletico would want players plus cash for him.
Gareth Barry will only sign if Alonso leaves and Villa fail to reach the Champions League places. Real Madrid and Juventus are both looking at Alonso, a figure of £16million+ is what Rafa would want. Barry would sign for £14million as he will be in the final year of his deal.
Lucas will leave but only on loan as Rafa still believes he can cut it in England. Rafa's preferation would be a team in England but a loan option to Spain is on the cards.
Dossena will stay, along with Kuyt.
Benayoun will be off, and Rafa is looking at the situation of fetching in Elano.
Aaron Lennon will not be joining but a different right winger will be signed. Glen Johnson is a possibility, depending on Portsmouth staying in the top flight.
Rafa does want a striker, I havent heard any realistic targets yet though. And, just like Rafa says, everything I have said here is FACT
Reddy for the Truth
  As reported in the papers at the weekend Rangers are having to pay 20 Million of there debt in the next 2 or 3 years to do this in the summer they will do the following


Although i do not know the exact selling prices Rangers will probebly make At least 20 Million if you inculde the Money Saved on wages

Because of the dept the players in will be

A.Dorman (S.T. Mirren)
L.Miller (Aberdeen)
S.Severin (Aberdeen)
A.Driver (Aberdeen)
Sol Bamba (Aberdeen)
J.Ross (S.T Mirren)
Totaling to around 3 Million
  First of all, lets clear up some of the asinine rumours that are habitually circulating this site. For example;
Huntelaar to Arsenal. This will not happen for a melange of reasons, firstly, why would Arsenal, who rarely spend over £10 million on any player, spend over £15 million on Huntelaar, when they already have a plethora of top quality strikers, many of whom are young. For example, Vela, others are Van Persie, Adebayor, Eduardo, and both Arshavin and Nasri sometimes play as secondary strikers.
Then, we have the fact that Real Madrid shelled out £20 million on the striker, and he has since gone on to score 6 in his last 5 games. Why would they sell him for any less than they bought him?

Now onto the much publicised rumour of casillas moving to Manchester United. Why would Casillas, who is considered a legend, and called St. Iker in Madrid, move to a club that will only go downhill in the future (when Fergie leaves.)Also, how much are Man utd going to have to pay for him? Man city made an offer of £150 million for him during the summer, and that was instantly rejected by both the club and the player.
No rumours I'm afraid, I just wanted to clear some things up.
  There is alot of talk emerging from old trafford about Wayne Rooney's agent being instructed to look for a transfer after a massive row with SAF.

Not sure how much truth there is in this, but I have heard from a few different sources of a similar story. The running theme seems to be that Fergie and Rooney have a had a BIG falling out.
  "Drogba – AC Milan/Real Madrid – 14–19 million
Ballack – Roma – 7 million
Kalou – Bayern Munich – 21 million
Hilario – QPR – Free
Deco – Manchester City – 8 Million
Gerrard – Real Madrid – 80 million
Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid – 20 million
William Gallas – Lazio – 4 million
Adebayor – AC Milan – 4 million + Pato or Pirlo
Gibson – Fulham – 2 million
Fabian Delph – Manchester City – 6 million
Santa Cruz – Manchester City – 23 million
Alex – Manchester City – 16 million
Malouda – Juventus/ Manchester city – 10 million
Queresma – Tottenham – Jenas or Lennon
Kuyt – Manchester City – 7 million
Eto'o – Manchester City – 31 million
Downing – Liverpool – 20 million
Jo – everton – 14 million
Hart – Aston Villa – 4 million
Hleb – Manchester City – 11 million
Stephan Hunt – Aston Villa – 7 million"

Im the guy who wrote this, there is someone saying about kuyt to juve for 30 mil, you said it was a rumour, so therefore there might not be any truth init, ballack wants to play in italy as he has never done so before, alonso is a better player than kalou but chelsea value there playes a lot more than what liverpool do.

my source? i have a friend that works for the telegraph that's called David Bond. he is normally right about these but can and has been mistaken in the past, however i believe that all of these rumours well most of them are true and all have truth about the club interested and the player, the valualtion may not be exact but is around that region, none of these deals have been completed to my knowledge there just offers that have been reported to come in. thanks any other questions will be answered, just ask, but please be polite on the matter.

1 rumour

Rumour has it, that daniel agger is off his face like Mr Mutu was which is why he has been forced down the ranks. Its a shame because he is a good player with "bags" of potential to be a true LFC Great. This all coincides with the rumour he has his own bar in liverpool that he can't be pulled away from.

Intresting story if not anything else.


To me it seems as though a majority of the rumours here point towards Aguero, Kuba, Johnson(s) and Barry. Id love to see Aguero at LFC but Rafa has always favoured a lone striker so i don't see him paying £25–30M for a striker who in all intents and purpose will be a backup for Torres. Maybe expect Llorente from Bilbao.

Not too fussed on Kuba, which probably means rafa will sign him, can really comment because i don't know enough about his game to give the lad a fair opinion

Glen johnson would be good but for me id rather see Arbeloa (massivley improved this season) used full time with Darby as backup.

Adam Johnson is Ok but he is not Champions/Champions League Quality so again im not conviced which means Rafa will sign him. Saying that if Boro go down i could see it as more of a formality than a rumour with LFC getting him.

now i do rate barry, but why get rid of a younger, more technical, better passer alonso for less than you would pay for barry. Plus Xabi has been one of, if not the best player consistantly this season for LFC.

Oh just remembered Keirrison don't know the lad but if the speculation is right (i.e. them footy manager players) then he may be worth a punt.

I would like to see the following:

Hangeland – if fulham go down
Simao – quality, with experience, can play both flanks
Kenwayne Jones – High work rate, can play as lone striker and won't expect to play every week.
Maybe a young pacey striker to come through the ranks like Nemeth or Pachaeo (please mind my spelling)

All Comments and queries welcome
  With the demise at Rangers and the club having to repay the overdraft they owe to the bank and lack of new funds coming intot he club, expect the following to be gently guided out the bluie gates at the end of the season ––– K Boyd, D Weir (no coaching role offerd), C Daily, S.Smith, C Adam, B Hemdami, L McCulloch, A McGregor, G Smith, A Velika, K Miller, M Beasley and capitan – B Ferguson. witht he above all departing and the club hoping to take in an estimated 10–13m and reduce the clubs over draft and bring down the wage bill to arround 4m a season. With the reserve league now being scrapped for next season expect the likes of Lennon, Loy, Furman, Efrem to be forced to take a step up and also boosted with possibly Creany from Hamilton, Reynolds of Motherwell and Miller from Aberdeen. Also, not sure on this one but a friend of mine who is not always wrong has told me that Barr's the soft drink company are interested in buying the name of the stadium although he could not tell me what it would be re–named to.
  Liverpool , Celtic , Real Madrid , Rangers, Chelsea and Man Utd are battling it out to sign James Mccarthy of Hamilton but it is Liverpool who are in prime position and have held talks with Hamilton for the last month and a 1.5m will be done

Rooney's temper has taken him one step too far in crossing a seething Sir Alex Ferguson after united's defeat to Liverpool at the weekend. SAF kept the team locked in the dressing room for over 2 hours, and Rooney who already showed his petulance in the week and during the game felt the full force of Fergies temper for underperforming and berating teammates. This led to a massive scene and Rooney storming out red faced, there are now rumours that Rooneys agent has been mobilised to make a "becks like exit" for rooney in the summer.

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