Football Rumours Archive February 22 2009


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Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock will remain at Home Park until the end of the season despite a stunning record of 1 win, 4 draws and 15 defeats in his last 20 games. This is due to the fact that he is best mates with Chairman Paul Stapleton who does not have the stomach or common sense to sack him. Unfortunately, James Scowcroft has turned down a move to Argyle and Rory Fallon is too lazy and slow, – despite being over 6' 2" tall he is unable/unwilling to out jump any opposition players. Sturrock's best hope in the forward department rides on the fitness of former want–away striker Jermaine Easter who can inject a bit of badly needed pace in that area.
  Liverpool will sign Diego from Werder Bremen (18mil) and Kuba from Dortmund (8mil) Also joining will be Glen Johnson (9mil) and Fernando Navarro (10mil)

Leaving will be Andrea Dossena (5mil) Philip Degen (2mil) Jermaine Pennant (free) Sebastian Leto (2.5mil) Charles Itjande (.5mil) and Andriy Voronin (3mil) added to the already departed Keane.
  Unfortunately Rafa has decided NOT to sign a new contract with Liverpool, the americans have not shown complete support for the project and reduced funds mean Rafa believes he has taken the team as far as he can.

Real Madrid, AC Milan, Man City, and Chelsea are just a few of the clubs alerted by the inability of Liverpool to secure the Spaniard. LFC will appoint a 'yes' man content to coach and leave player aquisitions to the owners.

Dark times ahead for Liverpool fans im afraid.
  Theo Walcott and v.Persie will sign new contracts at Arsenal very soon. Walcott sees Arsenal as the perfect club for him, as we are one of Europe's elite clubs which give him a great first team opportunity and can help him develop better than any other club. RVP says he will pen a new deal as long as Arsenal can promise him that trophies are on the way. Negotiations with these players should be concluded by the end of the month. Wenger has announced that our key casualties are soon to return. Walcott is two weeks away from a return, Tomas Rosicky three weeks, and Fabregas four weeks. Once all these players along with Adebayor who is out for another two weeks return, Arsenal's league campaign will be right back on track. We will have a deadly midfield four of Fabregas and Rosicky in the centre and Arshavin and Nasri switching between the two wings. The back four is now looking very strong with Toure and Gallas forming a strong partnership and Clichy and Sagna looking great as ever. Almunia is on a good run of keeping clean sheets. We seem to be having trouble scoring goals at the moment, however I feel that once all our key midfielders return, the strikers will get much more service and of course all four of our best midfielders are highly capable of scoring goals, so we will be seeing less of these 0–0 draws. Do not worry about departures in the summer, as any important players that may be sold will be replaced with an equally good player. However none of our players are interested in leaving, so I would not worry about these rumours of Fabregas, RVP and Ade leaving.

In Arsene We Trust
  LFC will not be bought in the summer as the americans have bumped the asking price up due to lfc's strong title challenge this season. This has attracted a number of palyers. Rafa is keen on getting a few english palyers incase the 6+5 rule comes in. I knbow this because my grandad ahs a good relationship with rafa, btw contract almost signed just the fact that rafa still ahs to discuss any transfer with rick "no ed" parry. So his summer targets are Owen on a free Johnson 9m A. Young 18m and yes Villa 28m
are looking to off load michael johnson as he has developed a george best attitude! constantly clubbing and gambling!
most likely destination is newcastle as arsenal and liverpool are no longer interested!
  "I am ashley young's cousin and he says he is pretty keen for a move he said in the summer liverpool had made contact and he believd that the barry saga was just a smokescreen he said he was offered an 75,000 a week contract with villa taking pennant and finnan + 10m the move fell through once oneil signed milner and that was it but liverpool apparently tolf him they would table a new offer nect summer worth 20m depending on ashes perfomances. Livepool also keeping tabs on fred, heinze and johnsen (glen)"

What a load of tosh. I am Ashley Young's cousin and he says that isn't going anywhere soon. Heloves it at the Villa
  Im a regular viewer of this website and an occasional poster.
recently ive started to notice the liverpool so called 'Will Happen' transfers.
i don't care who you are, you don't know for sure whats happening unless you are the manager or the player in speculation.

Aguero a definate signing?
the only thing that makes you think that is because every liverpool fan wants it to happen.
the way i see it is liverpool have first refusal on Aguero (so i understand) but what makes you think rafa wants to sign him? what makes you think you have the money?, okay i maybe wrong but as i see it your not going to sign him end of.

Now lets get a few rumours out and about:
robin van persie has personally stated he will only sign a new contract if arsenal match his desire for silverware.

Manchester United might Complete the signing of Carlos Tevez Depending on how much the fee is, it is understood to be around 30 mil but manchester united will try to get the fee down to around 20 mil.

Karim Benzema has stated he would rather play in la liga than the premier league, so theres no chance of a united, chelsea or city move, well its not likely.

i doubt there will be much summer movement with man city bein the only big spenders, most likely going in for, kaka(again), messi, villa, ronaldinho, torres, gerrard, terry,lampard, i believe man city will sign a few bigg name players as some are only in it for the money, i can see villa in city shirt, its possible right?
then maybe some great players but not world class joining them players such as michael owen, ballach, joe cole,(Luiz) ronaldo,Vicente, Huntlaar, and maybe a few others, im not sayin these deals will happen im sayin these kind of players could move.

thanks everyone.
  Edinburgh club Hibs are set to appoint John Robertson as manager of the club after a package is agreed with current manager Mixu Paatelainen. This is likely to cause a mixed rresponse as Robertson is a legend of arch rivals Heart of Midlothian and is their record scorer agaisnt Hibs. He also recently, along with others, had an interest in the lease of a pub named after hin near Hearts' ground. The pub is now closed as the lease was not renewed for this reason.
  I have just been informed by an ex–semipro who is a member of that being a good friend from school days of Alan Shearer (Good God!! . . a very very good god)he is reliably informed after a visitation from God hisself that God will soon be taking the helm at St James Park (100% true) as soon as 25th February! Rob Lee to be his no 2!
  Right i just wanna set a few things straight.
1)city will not be buying any 'super stars' in the summer so expect more players of the likes of bellamy, de jong etc, mouriniho aint gonna be your manager, nice thought but he had bad expirences with chelsea and the owner, he is the next man utd manager, strange how fergie says hes going to retire at end of 2010/2011 season and mourinho signs for inter untill end of 2010/2011 season. he might well cut short his reign at inter to manage in spain for a season, but even jose has admited he wants the utd job.
2)Theres lots of talk on here about buy–out clauses in the spainish league, sorry to keep the discussion open but hopfully this will end it. Well its in there rules that every player must have one and they set them stupidly high to stop the big clubs sniffing around there players and snapping them up on the cheap, but very rarly does a player in spain leave for his buy–out clause amount.
3)and the 2 arsenal fans arguing about your team your both right in different ways unfortantly i think mr wenger had hoped his youngsters would of deveolped alot better than some have,yes eboue can do a job but theres not many of your first team that would get into man utd and even chelsea's 1st team, cesc,clichy,rvp and sagna maybe are only ones i can think of, so wot mr wenger is left with is a situation the same as liverpool, 1 or 2 really gd players and a sqaud of just above average top half table players, u do need some players in and arshavin could prove to be a very gd signing but i didnt see many other top clubs coming in for him only yourself and spurs, with might tell you something. in my veiw you need players in shape of yaya toure and upson alright they might not be avialable but if your really going to go forward you need real strength in depth look at all the top clubs in europe, in barca if eto's out bojan plays. in man utd if rooneys out tevez plays etc. all worldclass clubs have it and arsenal used to untill for some unknown reason mr wenger allowed alot of gd players to leave, and it won't be long untill the likes of city, villa and teams around u will start to jump above u, im am honestly worried for the gooners who if any club other than united dnt win the league id like to see win it. therefore i belive that if u dnt finish in top four this season wenger will go (in a very geltlmanly way i hope).
4)all the liverpool fans linking them self with all these players, please be realistic if liverpool brought and sold all the players your on about u wud have to play a 1–4–5 system to fit them all in and u wouldn't have any defenders left! its not really like you have the money is it, dic might take you over but there buisness men and know going out and spending £150m on 3 forwards and £100m on 3 attacking midfeilders along with selling all your sqaud players is not the way forward, and how you get your values for players is crazy i mean do you really think dossena is worth £7m and kuyt £15m? your out of this world, and if that's the case man utd would get £15m for o'shea and arsenal would get £20m for betdner.

And now onto the roumours im hearing;
robiniho to chesea
fleck to man utd
hunterlarr to villa, yes villa
moutiniho to everton
thats all for now folks thanks for reading and feel free write back if u agree or disagree.

  Big G,

During the summer, yes I believe City will be able to attract any footballer they wish. It is not like January, where they are already committed to their current teams cause. For the right money, and the right promises of team mates and the like – especially if City replace Hughes and Cook with recognized winners – City will not have trouble selling players on coming to the club. If you truly believe football players aren't all about money, you're simply naive.

Is it too much like fantasy football? Perhaps, but they can afford it, and there are no salary restrictions in this game – EVERYONE has their price.
  To all the arsenal fans deluded enough to thinking huntelaar is coming to the emirates, get real, he may not be going well in spain but Real won't get rid of him like that, he will be kept for longer.

Liverpool WILL get EITHER Aguero OR Villa as a partner for Torres.
They will also get: a right mid possibly Lennon; a left back possibly navarro; a right back possibly richards; some youngsters and if agger leaves, a new center back and if alonso leaves a center mid– barry.
Liverpool will sell: voronin, ngog, agger (hopefully not) alonso/ part deal for aguero (again hopefully not) and many others.

seen as i post fairly regulary i'll give my self a code name King Kenny 92.
  To the person who said ;
I am ashley young's cousin and he says he is pretty keen for a move he said in the summer liverpool had made contact and he believd that the barry saga was just a smokescreen he said he was offered an 75,000 a week contract with villa taking pennant and finnan + 10m the move fell through once oneil signed milner and that was it but liverpool apparently tolf him they would table a new offer nect summer worth 20m depending on ashes perfomances. Livepool also keeping tabs on fred, heinze and johnsen (glen)

isn't steve finnan at espanyol?
  100% True!!

Liverpool have already completed deals for some of their summer signings. These include:

S.Aguero – £22million – (cheap yes, but like Torres he only wants to go to Liverpool)

G.Johnson – £9million – Would have signed in Jan but wants to try to help keep Pompey up. New contract was a way of getting him to stay until summer but deal is already struck with Liverpool.

Keirrison – £9million – Will start training with Liverpool in May, after copa liberatores is over. Will officially join on first day of transfer window.

These are the only deals 100% completed, but Rafa is also looking to bring in a RW and AM. Lots of rumours about either A.Valencia, Kuba or A.Lennon for RW and either R.Augusto, Y.Gourcuff or Diego for AM but nothing concrete sorted yet, as far as I know!
The final bit of info I have is that Rafa is seriously considering a bid for G.Bale, apparently he was mentioned in the Keane transfer and Harry Redknapp indicated that he would be willing to do business in the summer.

Now onto the players leaving Anfield. Rafa is actively seeking a buyer for the following players:
C.Itandje – Been seeking a buyer since summer, no takers so far.

A.Dossena – Rafa has been disapointed with him, not only performances but also lack of affort in training. Will move back to Italy! (£5m)

Lucas – Rafa would ideally like to loan him out but if a bid of over £7million comes in he will take the money. Lots of Spanish clubs showing interest. (£7m)

R.Babel – Real Madrid interested as are many other clubs. Expect a bidding war! (£12m+)

D.N'gog – Good player but not good enough. may move to a newly promoted side or back to France.(£3m)

These are the only players that will almost certainly have new homes next season. From looking at the numbers, Liverpool will spend about £70million in the summer and probably recoup about £30million. Now I know what your thinking. . 'The yanks will never spend £40million. .They're broke' and all I will say is you are correct, the yanks won't spend £40million. . . Liverpools owners will :)

  Is this a rumours site or an Arsenal message board? We're not here to discuss Wenger's failings!
Fabregas' agent already talking to Barcelona as he doesn't expect Arsenal to be in Champs League next season.
Adebayor wants away too, but he overrates himself and the clubs he expects to come in for him are not interested given his form this season.
Liverpool don't have the big money Villa or Aguero will cost after taking the loss on Robbie Keane, but will try to tempt Van Persie away with the lure of Champions League football and he is good friends with Dirk Kuyt.
  I have it on good authority that Didier Drogba is interesting Rafa Benitez and a bid may be made in the close season. He is considered to be the ideal partner for torres. Expect Gerrard to play just behind in that supporting role and a new right winger will be bought, but no names have been mentioned as of yet. What this space and I will keep you in the frame.

Just wanted to say you are the voice of gunners everywhere! Eboue sucks and should be sold asap. Ade is sadly not the player he was and i would welcome offers of 20m+. I would disagree that we don't need a dm as we have never been the same sort of team since viera left. I would welcome Yaya Toure allowing cesc to stamp his creative genius on games. In terms of CB we do need one more as i don't feel confident in Djorou (spelling) coming in and becoming world class.
Now on to my rumours
Pato / Huntellar AC Milan / R Madrid
Yaya Toure / Veloso Barca/ Sporting
Akinfeev CSKA
Chiellini juventus

adebayor R Madrid
Clichy Barca
Eboue AZ alkmaar

I am a season ticket holder at the em and this is all pub rumour however a lot of the time we do get it right. Lets get those fingers crossed as if we don't reach the champs league there is no chance! If it doesn't happen i will still buy these players and play this team on football manager 09!
Keep the faith
Wengers Sidekick
  To all the people that are saying that Liverpool WILL NOT sign Keirrison as he has signed for Palmeiras well they are wrong as Keirrison is only at Palmeiras on loan and so is not owned by the club but is owned by Coritiba and Traffic Sports Marketing meaning that Liverpool can sign him in April when his contract runs out
  Guys guys guys! In the words of 4 non blondes 'What's going on'!? In Arsene we trust, I myself am an Arsenal fan and appreciate the majority of your posts but this last one I'm afraid I'd have to disagree with. And I hate to admit, most comments from Arsenal fans of late! Everyone bangin on about needing a defensive midfielder a center back etc etc, it's rubbish! I can see your point of our squad should be looked at once we have all players fit. But consider the following: You say we have 5 top class strikers, I say we have 2 maybe 3 at a push. For me Adebayor (for whatever reason) isn't half the player he has been for us in the past. This season he has been so lazy. I've heard it elsewhere and I agree fully, he's not as hungry to prove himself as he was once Henry left. His finishing has never been up there with the best but he made up for that in endeavour (similar to Kuyt for Liverpool he'll chase and chase and chase all day and never give up – however, no longer the case) If we receive an offer of around £20m for him from AC Milan or others rumoured to be interested I'd gladly sell him! He has a long way to go to change my opinion of him this season. There's no doubt RVP is world class, the only question mark is that he's still not gone a whole season without injury, so you could agrue you need an extra world class striker/forward as cover! Eduardo is world class no question, but again (and i seriously hope it is the case) is he 100% fixed? Bendtner is good but not top class, I'd even go as far as to say that Vela warrants a starting place more than he does (definately warrants a place more than eboue, see later comments). Walcott was bought as a future striker and we are yet to see him play this role. There is no way he can play as a support/second striker are you mad? The Forward striker of 2, to run on to through balls or balls over the top maybe but never a second striker. It's rumoured that he will play as a striker as of next season, once again leaving us short on wingers. Arshavin can play the second striker or the sorely missed 'Bergkamp' role, but would you put him in front of RVP? I'd think (or hope) he'll be used as a winger that's where we struggle! Eboue has never shown anything close to his early form and promise and should be sold at the earliest opportunity. Surely you can see that he has no penatrative power, his final ball seems to be getting worse and his shooting is dire (not the making of a good winger!) And as for playing him in the center well where do i start. . We are never going to win anything playing Eboue, Diaby, Denilson, Ramsey on the wing full stop. Eboue is no more than a bench warmer,his performances and attitude more importantly is not what is expected of an Arsenal 1st teamer! And as for the rest tehy are CM players. Diaby and Ramsey being the most versatile,(Diaby can play the support striker or AM if needed but nowhere near as good as Hleb was in that role. Ramsey has pretty much played everywhere for Cardiff but whether he is good enough to do that for us is another question) but my point being, neither are wingers. Wilshere is not capable of playing back to back games all season at the moment and I don't think it's fair on the kid for us to expect too much from him (in terms of first team action) for a while yet. Vela on the left works for me (and should have been done months ago in my opinion) with Nasri on the right, as proved in the FA Cup vs Cardiff. I could be here all day so I'll get to the point, defence is not the problem, we don't need a CD or a CM/DM we can keep clean sheets (as we have proven over the last 10 games or so) we just arent scoring enough! Teams no longer fear us as we lack penetrative power on the wings and up front. The simple fact of the matter is, if you score more than your opposition (no matter how many goals that is) you get the points! Simple. Spending our (allegedly limited) resources on a defender and defensive midfielder is a waste of money. I agree with your comments on Pato, that would be a great signing, he has all the qualities Arsene looks for, mobility, good first touch, close control, can pick a pass and can finish. Surely some of you can see where I'm coming from? And anyway it would be a sad day when Arsenal swap entertaining free–flowing football for boring 1–0 wins defending for 90 mins and nicking goals here and there. Joneshavin23
  Sammy Clingan off to premiership team in the summer regardless of Norwich's championship finish. Fulham had a 3 million pound bid rejected and Gunny has said that he will have no choice but to except a bid of that value in the summer.
  Will everyone stop linking jesus navas to other clubs, he will not leave seville any time soon as he suffers from chronic homesickness, anxiety attacks and seizures. he is having therapy in an attemt to cure this but at the moment he can't even play for spain as he gets too homesick, he was only in their last squad as the match was played in seville.
  Really liverpool fans you are too optimistic you are saying in every paragraph.'rafa to sign aguero,villa,silva,tevez but your owners don't flash the cash.Also 'sheik muhammed or some arabian group of billionaires is going to buy us' get real no–one wants to buy liverpool the americans are very stingy and will be making alot of money from you they will not sell.newcastle to sign : arda, warnock, luis garcia and 3 more unlisted.
  Been reading a lot of rumours recently around Liverpool & them signing both David Villa and Aguero. STOP BEEN RIDICULOUS. Liverpool will never sign both as a.) they don't have the funds and b.) Benetiz would then have three ambitious world class strikers all expecting to start every game when Benetiz normally only starts 1 striker up front – at best 2!

However, speaking again to my contact you used to work with the Liverpool Acedemy, The sale of Keane was done so Rafa would have funds for a striker in the Summer – undeniable fact! Both Valencia and A.Madrid are looking at Zaki as a potential replacement for Villa or Aguero when and if they leave in the summer – reported in the Mail and Sn today – so strong possibility!

These points coupled with the exisiting relationship that both these strikers have with Torres INDICATES that if they were to join any Prem club Liverpool would probably be the strongest bet!
  "To the person who said:

I just want to say to all the people that keep saying that players playing in the Spanish La Liga can not be bought because they have buy out clauses in excess of 60 Million.
It is well known that most Spanish La Liga players have large buy out clauses, but that does nt mean anything. Two Examples;

Riera Buy out clause close to 20 Million, sold for 9 million

Torres sold for 20 Million, Surely his clause was large.

Stop the Bull, if a serious of offer in excess of at least 20 million came in for these players, there clubs would strongly consider selling.

So in reality, it is extremely possible that Ageuro could be signed for between 2030 million.

Yes, its true that a 60 million buyout clause can b negotiated to a lower price, and Fernando Torres' was around 42 million euros, Previously it had been around 50, after the 2006 world cup, but because of finacial difficulties Atletico reduced after turning down a 25 million pound bid from a club that was believed 2 be Man United in 2006 and Torres was bought by Liverpool in 2007 for around 27 million pounds. In 2007, Aguero's clause was 50, now it is 60 due to his excellent performances, Atletico are not in the same situation now as they were when they sold Torres and the fact that they increased his buyout clause means they want more money, so,yes they would take maybe a 30 million pound bid seriously but they could wait and let a bidding war erupt between all the clubs that want him (Inter, Madrid, Barca and Liverpool). And as for Riera, Espanyol are in a perilous financial situation, and accepted that he would leave so they took the offer with open arms."

You are getting your figures wrong with Torres, it was reported by sky to be 27 million but Rafa stated Torres first press conference that it was 20 million.

Secondly, no club is going to pay 60 million for Ageuro (Unless its Man City or some team like that).

Thirdly, lets not forget what the players want, a player wanting away will reduce the transfer fee.
  Rangers transfer news


graham smith
  Sunderland transfer targets this summer include:

Darren Bent
Nathan Tyson
Chris Eagles
Richard Cresswell
Danny Shittu
  Can somebody tell me why everyone is criticizing someone who posts some unbelievable rumours. This site is known as football rumours not football facts. Onto rumours: Aguero is almost sure to come to Anfield. You can say anything but Kun is coming and u know it. Rafa needs to find a good right wing, Navas, Kuba, Srna are all possibilities. Johnson is also very close to coming cuz he knows that Pompey is a bad team and with certain departure of Kranjcar at the and of the season he will go too. Both G. Barry and G. Bale could come, maybe one but two isn't likely to happen. Agger, Masch and Reina stories are not true. They don't want to leave so Reina and Masch are staying 100%. Agger and Rafa contract situations are complicated but are going to be resolved soon. If Rafa leaves you can expect Unai Emery at his place at Anfield. Shock, isn't it? LIVERPOOL4LIFE YNWA
  Arsenal look set to have a rather busy summer. Almost certain to be arriving at the Emirates are PSG's 18 year old defender Mamadou Sakho for £4m, along with Portugese side Nacional's 25 year old Brazilian striker Nene for around £7m (this guy sounds very promising, as he has scored 14 goals from 17 apperances for his club). Providing nobody leaves, these would be the only new signings in the summer (no doubt with a couple of 16–17 year olds for the reserves). However clubs like Barcelona and AC Milan could give us a hard time. Both of these clubs are interested in landing £20m Adebayor from the Emirates. AC Milan are also looking at Gael Clichy, who would be worth around £15m. Barcelona are also hopeful of signing van Persie (if they can't get Adebayor) and Cesc Fabregas for at least £40m. Wenger would have no interest in selling any of these, as they are all vital to our side, however he may listen to offers for Adebayor if they reach £30m, as he has failed to re–gain his form from last season. If Wenger can get the right price, he may be tempted to let Adebayor go, and look to sign out of favour Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who is unhappy at the Bernebeau after being left out of their Champions League squad. However Wenger will try to hold on to all of our players and would not consider selling anyone.

In Arsene We Trust
  To the guy talking about Transfer caps coming in to play in the EPL, yes i can see that happening but do you really think the money will go out of football, the answer is no. Why.
When a manager, chairman or owner wants a certain player they will do whatever it takes to get it. if the transfer cap comes in to effect do you not think they would use bonuses or any other means to win the player over. Maybe salary caps will come in to effect but money will still run the game, which i admit is ashame but its what brings the best players in the world to England. so i for one am not in favour of it!!

Jose Mouriniho to take over when Sir Alex Ferguson Retires!
  Man City will try and rade europes elite clubs for their star players. Hughes will be sacked and Big Phil Scolari will be broght in to try and attract some big name players like Kaka. These are the players that will be bidded for:

Sergio Ramos: £30 million
Mertsacker: £17m
Pepe: £20m
Lahm: £15m
Gerrard and Torres: £130m
Ribery: £25m
Kaka: £100m
Silva: £25m
Villa: £50m
Benzema: £25

I am not saying all of these stars will come, but these are the players that will be bidded for. Wathc this space!!!

  I like reading this site and have never wrote on it before but some people talk tripe and i thought that these two pieces of information can straighten a few things out. I don't know much about Kerrison, altough he is potentially a quality player currently Kerrison's contract is owned by two parties. Coritiba own twenty percent of the player with Traffic Sports Marketing owning the other eighty percent. Keirrison, whose contract with Coritiba runs out in April 2009, joined Palmeiras on loan in January 2009 until then,to play in the liberdatores, then its rumoured it has been agreed that he will join Liverpool. Also Pepe Riena has quelched rumours of his summer departure, his father stated he would like his son to play for Athletico Madrid like he did. But Reina says its a fathers dream, I am happy at Liverpool and hope to stay for a long time, yet if I where to leave, Madrid would be a big draw.
YNWA bruffio
  I really wish the Liverpool fans on here would stop linking their team with all these players – your team is BROKE. . you might get some players between 10–15m depending on who you sell, but who do you think you're fooling linking your club to the likes of Aguero and Villa? Give it a rest!

The only team that can even approach those players realistically is Man City, and they will be purchasing the following players in the Summer:

Kaka 105m – He wanted to stay till the end of the season, during the summer, he knows City will be able to strengthen considerably.

Villa 50m – He will replace Bellamy, who is only a temporary signing once City realized they weren't going to be able to attract any legit goal scoring threats.

Alex 15m – He isn't getting the chances he wants at Chelsea, and Chelsea need the money right now. The Brazillian connection will assist in attracting him.

Veloso 20m – With Kompany moving permanently to CB, they will need another combative midfielder to play alongside de Jong.

Torres 60m OR Santa Cruz 20m – This will depend on whether Hughes stays – which I hope he doesn't. Torres has shown he is capable of playing upfront on his own, and City will look to play 4231 so he is exactly what they need. Hughes thinks Santa Cruz is just as good though. . ugh

This will result in the following lineup:

GK – Given
LB – Bridge
CB – Kompany
CB – Alex
RB – Zabaleta
CDM – de Jong
CDM – Veloso
LAM – Robinho
CAM – Kaka
RAM – Villa
ST – Torres (or Santa Cruz)

I think most would agree this team would certainly be challenging for honours next year.

Outgoing will be the likes of Richards, Ireland, Johnson and Hart – much to the dismay of many City fans, but the Academy has proven they won't get the team far by their performances this year. None will get much playing time if the Arabs get their way, so the only fair thing to do is to move them to teams where they will play.
  First of all Keirrisson hasn't signed for palmeiras, 80% of his conract was already owned by them with the other 20% owned by an affiliate of current club coritiba. If liverpool have paid his buy out clause which is believed to be in the region of £12million, he's theirs. Secondly Aguero to Liverpool, he's no doubt been linked with that move, and i wouldn't be surprised if he does move for a fee of 20–30m, regardless of his supposed 60m buy–out clause. Finally David Villa, as the story goes he was Benitez's number one target last season for and Valencia asked for a fee of around 25–30m, which benitez was willing to pay. In comes Rick Parry trying to knock a couple of million off the price tag, and Euro 2008 happens, suddenly he's worth 35–40m and Liverpool settle for Keane. If liverpool want to sign Villa they have to fight Barcelona for him, and pay at least £30m. Most likely of the three has to be Aguero, but it is just a rumour.

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