Football Rumours Archive May 20 2009


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Makes me laugh so much about how much money clubs have to spend this summer. Everton fans make me laugh saying who their going to buy. Talks of spending £30m, where their getting the money from i'd like to know.
Anyway, i'd like arsenal to sign Alex (chelsea), Gareth Barry (i think we can sneak him away from Liverpool), Adebayor to leave and be replaced with Santa Cruz (reports are a deal is already in place).
With these players I think we got a really chance of winning the prem next season
  Big News From Carrow Road

Leroy is coming!
You heard it here first everybody, Spotted in the City yesterday it looks like Leroy Lita is coming back to Norwich City on a free transfer afte rbeing released from Reading, it seems Gunny has promised him a guaranteed starting place next season which is what he is looking for, However, rumour is he will only be given a 1 year deal as he doesn't want to stay in league 1 any longer than that.

In other NCFC news:
Since David Marshalls £500,000 move to Cardiff, Gunny will move quickly to offer current no. 2 Stuart Nelson a new deal and it will be down to him to hold down the number 1 shirt and keep Declan Rudd in the reserves for a few more seasons yet.

On the buying side of things Gunny seems to be interested in a few players, the main one at the moment being Matthew (Matty) Gill from Exeter, he is a very good league one midfielder who was integral to Exeters promotion last season and being a local lad is eager to join his childhood club, possibly a fee around the £100k mark, it is thought that he will be a replacement for Clingan.
Gunny also seems to be lining up a move for Crystal Palace striker Alan Lee who has already made his love of the club clear, it is being rumoured that this could involve Hoolahan goin the other way in a swap deal.

Most of the new playing staff would have to come from free transfers with these expected to include released Cardiff skipper Darren Purse who wa in talks with Norwich in January, he's seen as the ideal CB partner for Doherty.
Another one appears to be Northamptons Giles Coke who looks set to leave after Northamptons Relegation.

So to sum up, Norwich Citys transfer activity is going to look a bit like this. .

Clingan: £1.5m (Fulham)
Hoolahan: Swap + £250K (Crystal Palace)
Cort (released)
Marshall: £500K (Cardiff)
Croft: free (Derby)
Fotheringham (released)
Eagle (released)

Leroy Lita: Free (unattached)
Darren Purse: Free (unattached)
Alan Lee: Swap (Crystal Palace)
Matty Gill: £100K (Exeter)
Giles Coke: Free (Northampton)
Ryan Bertrand: Loan (Chelsea)
Danny Graham: £250k (Carlisle)
Mark Tyler: Free (Peterborough)
Darren Huckerby: Free in November when his San Jose contract expires.
  Big RUMOUR david bentley 2 villa 4 8mill to replace scouse bound barry also going 4 8mill. some people just post retarded pointless rumours.
  Not a rumour as such, more some idle speculation to while away my lunch hour. Liverpool need another striker, a player who would not necessarily expect to be first choice(well with Gerrard and Torres, what can they expect). Benitez prefers not to pay over the odds (some might dispute this) and is looking for a striker who can provide a different dimension (they were interested in taking Heskey). Liverpool's funds are likely to be limited and after Morientes and other early signings Benitez is accutely aware of the need to sign players of dealing with the pace and power of the premiership. Finally managers in general like to sign players who they already know about, especially there mental aptitude. This leads me then to John Carew, whom I have heard Villa may be looking to sell. Just thoughts. Peace and love yo!
  Ancellotti to chelsea
van basten to milan
rijkard to real madrid
adebayor to lyon
benzema to manchester united
love to lyon
dzeko to arsenal
tevez to liverpool
ribery to barcelona
henry to ac milan
ronaldinho to man city
d.villa to real madrid
higuain to man city
grafite to totenham
pavlychnko to bayern munich
nani to valencia
d.silva to manchester united
luca toni to roma
beckham to totenham
c.ronaldo to real madrid
malouda to totenham
kaka to real madrid
gourcuff to ac milan
a.valencia to chelsea
  Cardiff News

My mate who works at Cardiff says they are lining up a bid for Swansea's Darren Pratley. In return they are offering £2 million plus Stephen Mcphail and Gavin Rae. This is expected to be concluded early in the transfer window.
  Old Firm

A few stories going about just now. . .

Both teams are interested in Aguiar from hearts & doram from hamilton.

west brom are interested in barry ferguson ( maybe newcastle if they go down)

Celtic expected to sign James McCarthy from hamilton and maybe fletcher from hibs
Rangers interested in James McArthur from hamilton

Big bobo to join ither birmigham or ipswich

Paul hartley to Ipswich

McGergor to move south with 2 or 3 clubs looking at him.

dont be expecting either side to spend big in the summer. Expect mostly overated average players again!!!!!
  With Tottenham still owing money to rangers there is the chance for a deal involving Giovanni Di santos coming to Ibrox on a season long loan deal to sweeten the bill!!! Alan Hutton may return for free although This may be a backwards step for Alan Hutton who last summer was attracting the attention of a host of Premier League clubs. You heard it here first!
  Arsenal in big trouble, AW under fire for no reason wot so ever, 2 semi–finals and 4th in league after an awful start how can we call are selfs fans stop bloody booing the team or there isn't gonna be a team.

madrid after AW
ac an inter after adebayor

and il bet my life that if wenger goes expect half are squad to follow him out the door

wenger goes = cesc, toure,rvp and most others are gone.

  Heard from a very good source at Villa that we are looking to sign Ibrahima Sonko from Stoke.
  Am tired of commenting on other peoples 'rock solid predictions' load of rubbish jumps to mind. No one on here can second guess Rafa or for that matter Whiskey nose from up the M62. No one knows the score with Alonso/Ronaldo/Tevez. Post rumours but stop this 'i know. .' crap!
My rumours based on chatting in the boozer–

RB Glen Johnson
CM Javi Martinez (Lucas to go)
RW Ashley Young
CF maybe a punt at Kenwynne Jones if they go down or Sergio aguero.

This would give us strength in depth in positions that we are struggling with. Imagine we'd have had a bit of quality when Torres and Stevie were injured. We'd have romped to the league title. Instead we struggled hence Rafa's targets. Again just baseless fan rumours, but at least honest ones! One of the lads reckon Lucas could go acroos the park to the bitters!! Doubt they'd want him though.
  A List of Realistic Targets for Mr Wenger this summer.

1.Yohann Pele Goalkeeper 26 Le Mans 8 Million
2.Sebastian Frey Goalkeeper 29 Fiorentina 6 Million
3.Giorgio Chiellini Defender 24 Juventus 20 Million
4.Mamadou Sakho Defender 19 PSG 8 Million
5.Brede Hangeland Defender 27 Fulham 7 Million
6.Yohann Gourcuff Midfielder 22 Milan 13 Million
7.Yohann Cabaye Midfielder 23 Lille 12 Million
8.Miguel Veloso Midfielder 23 Sporting 10 Million
9.Klaus Jan Huntelaar Striker 25 Madrid 17 Million
10.Eden Hazard Midfielder 18 Lille 6 Million
11.Edin Dzeko Striker 23 Wolfsburg 14 Million
12.Xabi Alonso Midfielder 27 Liverpool 18 Million
13.Felipe Melo Midfielder 25 Fiorentina 12 Million
14.Sebastian Bassong Defender 22 Newc 3 Million
15.Mario Gomez Striker 23 Stuttgart 14 Million
16.Josue Midfielder 29 Wolfsburg 4 Million
17.Roland Juhasz Defender 25 Anderlecht 3 Million
18.Thomas Vermaelen Defender 23 Ajax 7 Million
19.Christian Chivu Defender 29 Inter 5 Million

Of the above Listed players, with the speculative 13 Million transfer budget and any extra from sales, providing adebayor leave for 20 plus and if he can offload Van Persie for about 15, plus Toure to City for 15 and Gallas to PSG for 3 then with nearly 70 million at his disposal, he’d likely look at the following from the list.

Sakho and Hangeland to shore up the defence, Gourcuff out right and Walcott as cover, Cabaye or Veloso as a holding Midfielder and possibly Dzeko and Huntelaar up front bringing his grand total to 71 Million…. ok it’s not gonna happen but you never know.
  There have been numerous rumours surrounding St. Mirren's Andy Dorman over the past month or so, with Rangers, Celtic, Bolton, Birmingham, Sheffield United, Coventry, Plymouth, Burnley and several other clubs rumoured to be interested. However, word has it that the club would prefer Andy to go to Celtic, in the hope that on–loan centre half Scott Cuthbert could be used as part of the deal, keeping him at Greenhill Road on a permanent basis.

Rafa is gearing up for some tricky business. keep in mind the biggest secret is money won't be a problem for rafa but he won't spend like a blind as mancity or chelsea spend.

here is how he will strengthen.

GK: reina and cavalieri to stay. itandje will go
LB: aurelio and dosseana to stay. insua will go on loan to a spanish club
RB: glen johnson is in. arbeloa will be sold out in january when darby will be good enough to compete with johnson.
CB: agger and carra 1st choice. skrtl out albiol in. albiol will take to 1 season to settle to EPL and eventually replace carra in main team. also one of kelly, san, jose, antwi or huth will get occasional chances. Gareth Barry will also be available as a CB if needed.

CM: alonso barry mascherano gerrard. lucas will go on loan. jesus fernandez will be signed and play reserve and cup games.

WING: yossi and kuyt to stay. babel, riera, penant out. new signings zhirkov and silva.

forward: ngog will go on loan. aguero/lavezzi/tevez will be signed. also a loan signing of bojan is an option.

rafa will mainly play 4–2–3–1 with gerrard behind torres. also the new striker can play in either of gerrard or torres position.

also they will have the flexibilty to play 4–4–2 or 3–5–2 any time with versatile players in the squad. so its almost two player in each positions but with greater depth in strength than previous seasons.
  Some transfer rumours I've heard for next season concerning the top 4 and City.
ARSENAL – Arsene wants to stick with his youth policy but strenghten up in some areas. Expect to see Adebayor to leave for rivals Chelsea for around £15m + Anelka. Also, Yaya Toure will joing for around £10m along with Miguel Veloso for £8m. Ryan Shawcross will also join for around £5m. William Gallas will leave and Mamadou Sakho will replace him. Henri Saivet will also join as a replacement for Bendtner, who has been playing for the "shop window". Expect to see him join AC Milan alongside Phillippe Senderos for £7m and £6m.
CHELSEA – Expect Carlo Ancelotti to become the new Blues manager. When his 3 year contract is up, Hiddink will return. Until then, as stated above Anelka is joining former club Arsenal in a part exchange for Adebayor. Also, Quaresma will go back to Inter and Ashley Young will sign for £15m with Villa looking at Joaquin or Maxi Rodriguez to replace him for around the same price. Joe Hart will also join the Blues as a 2nd choice for Cech, with Schmeichel becoming the new city no. 2.
LIVERPOOL – Expect BIG changes at Anfield this season. With Liverpool not having much money, Liverpool will be having a clearout this summer, Alonso (£25m), Babel (P. Ex), Voronin(£3m agreed fee), Hobbs(500k agreed fee), Hyypia(Free), Pennant(Free), Dossena(£7m), Lucas(£6m), Degen(£2m), Arbeloa(£8m) and Itandje(500k) will leave. In will be David Silva for £15m, Glen Johnson for £10m, Martin Kelly will be called up to replace Hyypia, Gareth Barry for £9m, Ignacio Camacho for £6m and Michael Owen on a free.With the money left over Benitez is also looking at a swap deal for Aguero, with £20m and Ryan Babel going to the Vicente Calderon. Also, Micah Richards will be joining for £8m as a replacement for Arbeloa.
MANCHESTER CITY – Sparky knows that changes need to be made as his future is in doubt with the Sheikhs wanting results quickly. Expect to see Joe Hart leave for around £7m to Chelsea, Richard Dunne to Bolton for £6m, Micah Richards for £8m to Liverpool, Michael Ball for £1m to Burnley, promoted or not, Jo on a season–long loan to Everton, with a £8m view–to–buy and the biggest shock, Robinho to Inter for £30m. In's will be William Gallas for £10m and Michael Turner for £4m. Carlos Tevez will also be joining City, as he only cares about the money and will join for £25m. Bellamy will stay as his strike partner but Alvaro Negredo will join for £10m. Ronaldinho will join for £10m aswell. No doubt City will try for Kaka, Villa, etc. but they don't want to join a club who aren't even in Europe.
MANCHESTER UNITED – Finally, United. As I mentioned, Tevez will leave as a traitor and lose all respect from United fans. Ronaldo will join Real Madrid for £70m, but not because Ronaldo wants too. Fergie is starting to dislike him and his attitude like throwing little strops when subbed off or ALWAYS asking for protection even though he dove. Fergie mentioned this in an interview in Ferbruary/March if you don't believe me. And with the £70m Madrid are offering, he'll jump at the chance so he can make changes so that they can retain their crown, with Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Liverpool all bolstering their squads. Benzema will join for £35m and Antonio Valencia will also sign for £15m. Joao Moutinho will also join as Scholes' replacement, with Zhirkov joining as Giggs'.
  Stoke will sign Zigic from Valencia in the summer for 8m + Ibrahima Sonko
  Hearing a lot of good fantasy rumours on here but let me fill you in on some of the real deals.
Fantasy Deals Not Happening
Kaka to Man Utd/ Man City Dream On.
Ribery to Man Utd Dream On.
Tevez To Liverpool Dream On.
Right Here a Few Deals that Will Be Happening.
Arsenal– Babel £10M, Velouso £14M, £7.5M Marquez, £10m Santa Cruz.
Outs Adebayor
Chelsea– Van Der Vaart £18M,
Everton, Tottenham, Spurs, Newcastle all in for Gudjohnson from Barca.
Everton– £14M Moutinho, Expect a £10M bid for Downing will have to battle it out though between Spurs, West Ham And City and even Newcastle.
Man City will be in for Tevez but will have to battle it out with Real Madrid.
Liverpool– £8m G. Johnson, £10m G Barry,£17M David Silva, £6.5M Keirrison, £9M Zarate.
Outs Voronin, Babel, Pennant, Lucas, Arbeloa– Unsettled May be part of the D. Silva Deal. Degen,
Man Utd– Benzema £28.5M, to Replace Tevez, Costa £8M From Gremio in Brazil,
Outs– Tevez– Man City or Real Madrid or Maybe even Valencia if they have received enough funds from transfers.
Man City– £6M Luis Jiminez–Inter, £14m Naldo–Bremen, £5M Michael Owen, £6M Tucay, £8M Steven Taylor if Newcastle go Down, If Boro go down expect a bid for Wheater. 25m Bid for Tevez between them and real madrid.
Outs– Jo, Elano

Spurs– Gudjohnson £5M,
  Rafa will not be selling anyone this summer. He knows that to build a title winning side he needs stability so expect to see a few good prospects coming in but nothing special the one departure is Itandje (hillsbourough memorial antics) and the money will go to the hillbourgh trust thing.
  Tevez has allready agreed terms with liverpool and will join very shortly , he will come cos d villa has a price tag of 32 mil and tevez is allready proven in prem,dont no terms yet but will hopefully find out soon.rafa also intrested in g barry for and johnson with hagneland downing and poss bently if a knock down price could be agreed.rafa wants theese for the new ruling of 2010.targets r aslo a young and silva 70% done deal,Aguero won't join lfc cos tevez ,but rafa really likes simao.rafa does not want to sell many players this year and is looking for theese purchase to be made by the owners who will not sell the club until a prem is won

cant tell u my conection with lfc ,but i talk with benitez of the field and theese signings are all things we have talked about
  To all false rumours posted:
Karim Benzema is not going anywhere this year, he wants another season in Lyon, he doesn't want to move abroad putting his form and performances in jeopardy before the World Cup.
David Villa has always maintained if he leaves Valencia, which most likely he will, he's going to either Real(probably) or Barca as he wants to stay in Spain.
Bentley to Liverpool, no chance!
Aguero to Liverpool, they simply do not have the money for him. Only a handful of clubs can afford him, Chelsea being one.

Possible transfers based on common sense:
Man Utd: Tevez to stay, with a reduced fee as all this paper talk is just bargaining between the parties involved.
Yuri Zhirkov to be new left winger, current Russian Player of the season, 15–18m. Nani leaving as he's just not shown enough, will be sold to Porto who are losing Lisandro Lopez this summer.
Chelsea: Who knows until they confirm their new manager
Arsenal: Franco Zuculini from Racing in Argentina, young combative midfielder, 11m.
Raul Albiol from Valencia, 14m
  Gary Megson is looking to sign HULK from FC Porto in a deal involving Johan Elmander and 3 million to seal the deal!
  Everton WILL sign joey barton and they will try to get moutinho, they also wanted tevez be he wanted to go to a bigger club. expect david moyes to go to man u when alex retires and ranieri to be the new manager

Strong Rumours that Wednesday will sign Ben Sahar on a three year deal. Franny Jeffers will be on the way out Donny Rovers are sniffing round him.

With Purse,Miller,Tudgay & Gray signed up Laws is hoping to tie up the deal for Darren Potter from Wolves.

Glen Little's Agent has also been seen at Hillsborough this week.
  As For The Person Who Said Nicky Maynards Going To Tottenham For 4.4 Million, This Is Not True As Derby County Are Prepared To Make a 3.2 Million Bid. You Heard It Here First!
  Several rumours i have heard from some good sources are:

Alan Pardew to return to Reading
Chris Brunt to leave West Brom to join rivals Wolves
Joe Ledley to Birmingham
Joey Barton to West Ham
Michael Owen to Celtic
Claudio Ranieri will be named as the new Sunderland manager if they stay in the premier league
Dean Windass will be player /manager of Port Vale

Arsene will stay till 2011, then will move to Real Madrid as sporting director and will return as a member of the Arsenal board with David Dein and Red & White Holdings.

When he does leave – which will be the same time as Fergie its going to be a fight for Mourinho.

This season:


Adebayor – AC Milan
Senderos – Fulham/Juventus/AC Milan
Gallas – Real Madrid/Bayern/Lyon


Marcos Senna – Villareal
Bassong – Newcastle or Burdisso – Inter

As a gooner i really want to see Xabi Alonso, Gourcuff, Benzema & Raul Albiol in the shirt next season.
  The Japanese takeover of PAFC has collapsed due to the current board holding out for a substantial fee that K&K Shonan will not pay. Current board have said that Mr Sturrock has to sell and will need to run on a squad size of 24 next season most of which should be up and coming youngsters. Expect another tough season ahead Greens. .
  Liverpool F.C. Factual Transfer Targets

With the need to buy more English players in the close season, these are Liverpool's transfer targets:

Glen Johnson – Portsmouth (£10 Million Buy Out Clause in contract, Liverpool should get him for £7–8 Million due to Portsmouths cash crisis)

David Bentley – Spurs want rid of him, Liverpool need a right winger, he's English, talented & the reds were after him in 2008, expect Bentley in by late June for £8 Million.

Damien Duff – Newcastle – A suprise targetm if Newcastle go down Duff may be brought in on a free transfer as a squad player, past his best now, but not a bad addition to the squad.

Michael Owen – Newcastle (This is dependant on the money he wants, within the club rumours suggest that Owen will be offered a basic salary of £40K a week, with add ons based on playing, performances & goals)

Carlos Tevez – Manchester United – This is a done deal, Tevez wants out of Old Trafford & is likely to be reunited with his old mate, Masc.

Gareth Barry – Aston Villa – Out of conract at the end of next season, meaning Vila have to cash in on their asset, Barry wants to play for Liverpool, £8 Million, deal done!

Michael Johnson – Manchester City – Rafa is a big fan of this young lad, unlikely to get a look in a City now, due to the investment, £5 Million, a player for the future.

Michael Turner – Hull City – This is dependant on Sunday's results, the loss of Hyppia & Carragher aging, Liverpool need reinforcements, expect him to sign for £4 Million.
  Arsenal Transfers ( FACT )

arsenal have 13million + sales(43 million)

i heard this from a friend who works with arsenal's physiotherapist

Players ins:–
Sakho –10 million
Courtadeour– 6 million
pogrebnyak – 10 million
Xabi Alonso– 18 million
A young skillful player– 2 million

Players outs:–

Adebayor to chelsea–€25million + add ons
Van persie to AC milan–€18million
n young players goin out on loan
No big money 'one–off' siginings will be coming – Rafa is very happy with the core of his squad, and feels he has 16 top quiality players, which he is happy to rotate – The problem is, he feels he needs at least 20 'top quality' players (like Man Utd & Chelsea), to allow for injuries / loss of form / resting players. Therefore, he will be looking at quality players, with the key atribute being consistantcy. He also knows the team need to hit the ground running, therefore cannot take risks on players having to settle for too long – Answer – established EPL players – Is looking at the following:
Taylor – Newcastle – £8m
Downing – Boro – £9m
Barry – A Villa – £8m
Owen – Newcastle – Free
Carew – A Villa – £5m
Davies – Bolton – £8m
Expect 4 of the above !

the news is we have been waiting for is coming. . .
Parkinson to leave the club and major investment coming into the club.

The future will be secured with new owners. .

Great news for all Charlton fans who to be honest have had little to cheer for a while
  News of possible ins/outs from St.Andrews: OUTS – Nafti, Jaidi, Krsyiak already released. McSheffrey – Forest, Doyle – Loan Agreed to Swansea, Martin Taylor – Leicester, Costly, Bouazza, Sinclair, Traore – all loan returns, Phillips – back to WBA. INS: Forget Biglia Bluenoses – all the interest has sent the price up to £8m more than half of the whole kitty! Loans agreed for – Hart and Sturridge – Man City, Other loan targets for MclIesh: Dos Santos – Spurs, Plessis – Liverpool. Transfer targets include: Silvestre – Arsenal (£1m), Gunter – Spurs (£2m), Brunt and Greening – WBA (£4m combined), the big signing all are excited about is: Vela from Arsenal – rumour has it that a 2 season loan has been agreed based on us staying up which will cost the Blues a £4m fee. Boyd will not come as he is greedy for big wages! Time will tell Bluenoses.
  Adebayor is leaving arsenal for valenica in a deal which will see arsenal swap adebayor and 20 million for spainsih hotshot David villa
  Rumours suggesting Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has £20m to spend this summer are false. Davies has been given just £3m to strengthen the squad and will be relying on loan deals to keep Forest in the Championship.

Cohen to Blackburn £500,000
Perch to Portsmouth £350,000 (if Hart gets the job)
Earnshaw to Cardiff £3m

Iain Turner from Everton £150,000
Dele Adebola Free
Rob Jones from Hibernian undisclosed
Stephen Pearson from Derby £750,000
Isaiah Osbourne from Aston Villa £400,000
Gavin Hoyte from Arsenal on loan

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