Football Rumours Archive March 20 2008


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liverpool summer transfers:


itandje > valencia

carson > aston villa

hyypia > free

finnan > barcelona

riise > valencia

pennannt > portsmouth or blackburn

benayoun > lyon or monaco

el zhar > olympiacos

le tallec > le mans

kewell > free

leto > racing santander

voronin > shalke 04 or weder bremen

crouch > manchester city


rafinha > shalke 04

bentley > blackburn rovers

silva > valencia

menez > monaco

Hobbs and Guthrie will be back of their loans while Insua and Nemeth will complete the squad.

  LFC Rumours

Expect a familiar face back at Anfield in his beloved Number 10 shirt, Michael Owen. Rafa already confirmed that he was one forward he looked at last Summer before signing Torres and wants to fetch him back.


Michael Owen £9 million

Rafinha £6.5 million

Phillip Lahm £8 million or

Gabby Heinze £7 million

Pablo Aimar £6 million

Thierry Henry £12 mill/Swap with Alonso

Aaron Lennon £9 million

Scott Carson Loan Return

Aston Villa have decided not to sign Carson permanently because of his poor form this season so will return as second choice.

More squad players to be added


Charles Itandje £4 million

Dirk Kuyt £7 million

Andriy Voronin £3 million

Peter Crouch £8 million

Aurelio £4 million

Arbeloa £5 million

Leto £2 million

Lucas Loan

Kewell Released

Hyypia to get a new 1year rollling contract and will eventually take up a coaching role. Johann Neeskens to join as Assisant manager when Riijkard departs Barcelona.

  After Celtic's dramatic Scottish Cup exit on Tuesday night, sources close to Celtic Park have stated that Gordon Strachan will be sacked once a new gaffer is named.

In a surprise coup, Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawell has lined up out of work former Chelsea and Porto Manager Jose Mourinho to replace him. Apparently the talks are in an advanced stage and Mourinho wants a real challenge. He feels he can transform Celtic like he did with Porto in 2003 and 2004.

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Arsene Wenger 2 report INTER 4 having tapped up Hleb, could see Hleb maybe moving 2 INTER in the Summer. As 4 Flamini Arsenal have refused 2 agree 2 his demand for 80,000 pounds a week so Flamini might move 2 Real Madrid. Could see a shock move by Arsene Wenger 4 on loan gk Scott Carson who still has not signed for Aston Villa.

  LFC "looking" to sign ( not will sign)

d. Villa – 20–25 million

d. Silva – 10–20 million willing to use Riise to finance deal

rafinha – 5–10 million

p. lahm – 8–15 million can cover both R/L back

m. Fernandez – 7–12 million add creativity

amauri – 15–25 million Rafa a big fan of his

a. Lennon – 6–12 million

d. Bentley – 10–15 million

j. Cole – 10–20 million

miguel – 5–10 million

dependant on signings the following may leave:

Riise, Crouch, Kewell, Kuyt, Voronin, itanje, Pennant, Finnan amongst others


Too many rumours about playing that will not be coming to Liverpool.

Benitez looks likely to have at least another 18 months in charge according to my contacts, but watch out for a new assistant. I am told from a close source to the club that a current Bundesliga coach is interesting the club (no, not Jurgen.) and if that fails, Johnny Rep (yes.) is on the radar.

In terms of players, my people say David Villa is not likely to make it to the North West, but Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh is being looked at very closely, as is David Bentley. Chamakh is tall and strong and would a great foil for Torres and Stevie G.

One last point – can we have Babel playing regularly Rafa?

  Liverpool signings this Summer.

Rafa still in charge. Hicks in total control.


– Bentley – £14 mill

– Quaresma – £18 mill

– Fred – £14 mill

Total > £46 mill


– Kewell

– Voronin

– Benayoun

Total < £10 mill

Rafa wants Villa and David Silva from Valencia but the price tags put him off. Unless by some miracle DIC manage a take–over they will not be signed.

Rafa will also go for Lahm from Bayern if Riise fails to make an impact before the end of this season.

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  News from the lane,

DAVID VILLA 80–90 percent certain of joining thfc

AARON RAMSEY will join deal 90–95 percent complete

BENTLEY 100 percent certain he will end up at whl than Lfc poss exchange with LENNON?

ATRETA will bid for, 50–50 depends on the offer

CAPEL 70 percent at the moment but jr would be favourite to get the player

GRANERO again around the 70 percent mark

JARQUE was told it is at the 80 percent Mark

DIEGO around the 30 percent Mark no chance really but will put in an offer

AFELLAY now jr was very impressed with the youngster and will make a big offer

LUCIO just papertalk

JOE LEWIS contact between clubs has been good so far

as for BERBATOV there is talk that he will leave.but will only be leaving his agent as he is fed up with transfere talk, he is very happy at whl and see's that his agent is after a pay day

MALBRANQUE, JENAS, ZAKORA, BOATENG, CHIMBONDA, YPL, BENT, GARDNER and STALTERI will be told that the club will listen to offers for them, the rest will stay that includes TOMMY HUDD, GUNTER percent BALE, suprised no puddle fans or 10's have posted to say Robbie is very unhappy and wants to leaveyou would look stupid in doing so.

  Newcastle, will not get the likes of Henry etc. Newcastle will be looking for a decent manager. Hyypia will finish his career at LFC.

  I cannot believe the non sense coming out of the mouths of some Liverpool fans. I am a Liverpool fan and even I Know Thierry Henry will not be joining us. Niether will Aguero or any other world class forward from Spain.

Liverpool in

Rafinha – £6 million RB

Ivan Klasnic or Markus Rosenberg – £3 million + Voronin ST

Aaron Lennon – £8.5 million RM

Quaresma – £20 million LM/RM

Liverpool out

Kewell – free

Hyypia – free

Voronin – swap

Intandje – Marsielle £2 million

Carson – Villa £5 million

Insua – Deportivo Loan

Riise – £6 million – Villa?

Hobbs – Loan Championship

Pennant – Portsmouth – £6 million

  The rising star from colombian football could join Plymouth Argyle the lad, Daniel Pasoti is a center forward who has been scoring freely. he has Spanish grandparents so no work permit problems.

He is likely to be joined at the club by Rob o'greens a irish goal keeper, 6ft 8 currently playing in norway

and ameobi to argyle is farsical especially for £2 million he is not worth 2k


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