Football Rumours Archive February 23 2009


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Tony Mowbray has two games left in charge. JP will not let the price of the club fall while there is achance west brom can stay up. Burnleys manager will take over beginning of March and save the club from the championship.Burnley won't get promoted anyway and even if westbrom go down they will bounce right back as they will keep most of their squad intact. .
  Barnsley fans,according to a little birdy Merlin has been summoned to explain Saturdays diabolical performance,unrest grows daily within the dressing room and board room, the writings on the wall,all ready talks have taken place, the bookkeeper (last week) was right to some extent about the length of time that Merlin as,but he was way off the mark regarding who was about to fill Merlin's boots,the stocking filler is no other than, the man you all love to hate. .Danny boy Wilson with Eric winstanley being invited to the party table as well
  Rafael Benitez will sign his new contract within a matter of days. Every detail he requires has been agreed, but he does want to include a clause in his contract that will allow him to be released from his contract IF the Yanks sell up and the new owners cannot guarantee significant investment in the team. The length of the deal is four years, plus the remainder of his current deal, so altogether, Rafa's contract will end in the Summer of 2014. The Americans have again promised him that if they are still there there will be funds for one big name signing, and then funds for squad players and he will get the money from departures. I have heard many names being mentioned from my contacts, the most significant and surprising is Carlos Tevez. He wants to remain at United but if he leaves, his love for them may be too much to join their fierce rivals but watch this space.
  Everton have seen that the big 4 can be beaten in the league positions and they want to copy aston villa by signing the following (these deals might not happen)

Vagner Love or Fernando Cavanaghi LOAN OR 13M
Mauro Zarate 10M

Akinfeev 6M–8M
Arda Turan 7M
Adriano (Seville) 5M
Rafinha 7M
And one centre back, if this is all to happen then david moyes will have to sell a few players if he does get these players he thinks he can eat aston villa next year
  Liverpool will get rid of Rafa Benitez in the summer and will bring in Euro 2008 winner Luis Aragones as his replacement.
Aragones will then bring in:
–Glen Johnson 9m(for the 6+5 rule)
–Fernando Navarro 8m
–Joaquin 15m
–Aaron Lennon 10m(for the 6+5 rule)
–Fred free
–Adam Johnson 10m(for the 6+5 rule)
–Hugo Almeida 8m
–Michael Johnson 5m(for the 6+5 rule)

Aragones will dispose of:
–Dossena 5m Napoli
–Jermaine Pennant free Portsmouth
–Andriy Voronin 3m Hertha Berlin
–Charles Itandje 1m Le Mans
–Nabil El Zhar 2m Malaga
–Philipp Degen 2m Hamburg
–Lucas 7m Bayer Leverkusen
  Liverpool to sign Aguero and Santi Cazorla in the summer.The Aguero deal has been put in place with a wile and if Atletico demand Alonso in the deal Rafa is willing to let him go.Cazorla will cost in the region of 8–10million.Rafa likes him as he will give width on both wings.A new right back will also be looked at but havnt got any news of any targets yet.
  I have it on good authority from my mate at NUFC that Owen has already told the club he is looking elsewhere and that he has approached Liverpool himself offering to rejoin then on a mega cut price £30k per week. He's currently on £105k at NUFC but wants the prestige of a big name chanmps league outfit. I think the fella has big regrets of leaving the reds in the first place.
  Arsenal Summer Signings


André–Pierre Gignac – Toulouse – 11 mil

Hatem Ben Arfa – Olympique de Marseille – 13 mil

Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso – Sporting Clube de Portugal – 13 mil

Per Mertesacker – Werder Bremen – 10 mil

Miguel Torres Gómez – Real Madrid – 5 mil


William Gallas –Paris Saint–Germain – 3 mil

Philippe Senderos – AC Milan – 6 mil

Emmanuel Eboue – Roma – 6 mil

Abou Diaby – Newcastle United – 5 mil

Tomas Rosicky – Juventus – 7 mil

Nicklas Bendtner – Inter Milan – 8 mil

Emmanuel Adebayor – AC Milan – 18 mil

Reserves to 1st Team

Havard Nordtveit

Henri Lansbury

Fran Merida

Jay Simpson

. .pant.
  Liverpool are already making moves to make a shock move to sign carlos tevez at the end of the season . watch the space
  OK, so lets get a reality check for the Liverpool fans out there.
1) Rafa will not be your manager next season. He will move on to a big club where he will have more control. This could be Spain, but most likely Italy.
2) Torres will leave once Rafa leaves the club – the sale will not go to new transfers as the money will be used to off–set the huge debt that the club as incurred.
3) With no Rafa at the helm, the Americans will have a difficult time selling the club.

And lastly, please stop posting Villa and Aguero transfer fees lower than $35M. .they will not go for lower than that anywhere. STOP the ingnorance.
  Edinburgh news
Hiberian manager Mixu Patelinan will be sacked this week ,with surprise choice Hearts legend John Robertson in the frame for the job others include Ex hibie Pat Stanton and murdo mcloud as possible management double act. Bertie Vogts has also been sounded out .

Hearts will offer short term contracts to both trialists' at the club last week,Sunderland are keeping an eye on hearts winger Andy Driver and may move in the summer.
  More on Liverpools summer dealings. .

there are limited funds so Rafa is trying to get as many swap deals through as possible.

Van persie – bit of a shock maybe but liverpool have made contact and the player wants to try and push 4 the move as he dosent see arsenal competing 4 trophies in the near future. A fee of Around 10 million + Ryan Babel is likely to get wenger to agree.

Gourcouff(spellin)– Rafa dosent want to let Dan Agger Go but is willing to lissen if the young milan talent can be sumhow included in the deal

lastly Jovetic – Fiorentina have inquired about Vorinin and Rafa has his eye on jovetic so cud turn into another swap deal also includin Dossena and mayebe lucas or plessis going der on a season loan.

  King Kenny to be back in the hotseat next year. Rafa will not sign new contract. All rafa playres to stay due to the legend coming back.
  JOSE MOURINHO to return to the bridge this summer, not sure who the no2 will be yet though. .Abromovich will apologise and let mourinho have full contol over signings, tactics and team selection
It is known that chelsea are short two class wingers with only j.cole and quaresma who can deliver. malouda is not good enough and will be sold. belletti can do a job but will not get games for some reason. A left back and 3 youth players will be promoted along with a keeper

He will buy:
Pederson 6mil Blackburn
Ribery swap Alex and stoch +5mil Bayern Munich
Quaresma 10mil Inter
Kenwyne Jones 10mil Sunderland
Hart 9mil Man City(1st refusal due to bridge and SWP)
Zhirkov 11mil CSKA Moscow
Kakuta,Mancienne, Woods youth promoted

Ballack released
Alex and Stoch Bayern Munich
Sinclair 5mil anyone(hasnt made the grade)
Sahar 3mil somewhere in holland(not good enough)
Malouda 11mil Juventus
Pizarro 3mil Wender Bremen
Total Sales: 22mil

  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.

I honestly don't agree mate! Yes alot of people will move for money and money alone (it won't be the top rung of football players maybe the odd one but more along the lines of the players with the potential to be world class)but can you see the likes of Messi saying i know Barca are a great team i'm happy here and i will win titles but if i go to Man City i can double my pay and win fck all (at the moment)! Its a step down in footballing terms!! Money doesn't mean much to some of these players as they alreay get paid ridiculos amounts! City aren't even in a european place and i highly doubt they will finish in one so that's attractive isn't it!! Even with lots of world class players who says city are going to do anything? I'm a Liverpool fan and a mad one at that and i can honestly say its going to take city years to get anywhere near the standard there city rivals are!! (The type of teams the world class players want to play for who have a rich history and are actually going places!!) I don't mean any disrespect to city fans with all this but it is just common sense!!

Torres summed it up in an interview a few months back when he was linked with city he said something along the lines of.

"When i finish my career do i want to look back and look at my medals and trophy's and think about all the things i've won or sit there and count my money and think about what could have been"

As for City being able to attract any player they want!! Thats laughable!! What happened to Kaka at crimbo eh?? They want Torres Gerrard and C. Ronaldo i guarentee none of them will play for city ever in there career this is not footy manager its real life so get a grip of it!!!

Big G
  Man City fans. .you come on and tell liverpool fans that they dream. .look at yourselves. .the best signing in all this time was robinho, who apparently goes home to brazil on a whim!
Face it, for big players, ONLY those players in it for the money will EVER consider your club, and that is because for all their arab money. .city are not and never were a big club, sitting in 16th place as they are even now. .
if KAKA didn't sign, you really think any of the like of villa lampard gerrard or torres. .players of that caliber will ever sign? NO, not even guys like Huntrlaar will sign cuz they all want the big clubs. man city are not such a club. maybe some has–beens will want the pay checque and your sheik will sell some shirts. .but no. no club ever became big overnight!
They only think city succeeded in is turning a great england prospect. johnson, into a clubbing, gambling party boy!

Arsnal are in advanced negotiations for 2 south american players, one spanish and one french and apparently a secret weapon. .some scottish kid spotted by a scout. .the next gerrard. .
  Somebody who is a member of has made reference to a story about Alan Shearer. They are wrong about the dates. I know cos this one came from me originally. I play for a northern league side and we have a five a side team in the Wearside League. Beardsley plays against us and he told me that Shearer has signed up with Ashley to take over at St James, but NOT UNTIL the end of the season. It's right about Rob Lee coming in as his number two but that's widely known anyway. Lads in the game call Lee 'Shearer's Butler' because he worships the guy and will do anything he asks him too.
  Edin dzeko from vfl wolfsburg to manchester united
  Marouane chamakh from bordeaux to chelsea
  Shock Rumour is that Arsene Wneger has decided that Cattermole is the gritty player needed to roughen up teams that think they can walk past Arsenal; Steve Bruce is prepared to let him go for a healthy profit as he believes Watson and a young reserve starlet can replace him

Also Real Madrid in £19m bid to take Micheal Essien to the Bernabeaus as he has been recovering in Spain and has fell in love with the capital
  Everton Transfers in Summer 2009
about 26m to spend plus money from sale of
Van Der Meyde 2m Saha 3.5m Jacobsen2.5m so £34m

Moutinho –17m
M'bai –7m
Owen –Free
Zhirkov –8m
Obina– Loan
  Celtic's Paul Hartley will move back to Hearts on a pre–contract agreement in the summer. Hearts are also interested in taking highly rated Hartlepool United striker James Brown, who netted 14 goals from midfield last season.
  Hibernian and Hearts are battling to sign Falkirk defender Darren Barr. Hearts desperately need a defender to replace Christophe Berra and Hibs try to add him in place for Rob Jones, who will return to England at the end of season. Both see him as a long term replacement
  Strachan will be let go this summer. Celtic have already started looking at the managers that could fill the role.

Owen Coyle
Craig Levien
Steve Bruce

are names all in the hat. However a surprise name for the job could be Sven. Before leaving Lazio he had mentioned the celtic job.

On the player front Celtic are in dire need of a clear out. fringe players will go but no major changes will happen until a new manager is in place.
  I can reveal that Liverpool , Cotribia and Keirrison`s third party were in intense talks on deadline day about a deal for Keirrison but talks ended in the last couple of hours of the window because Liverpool were only prepared to pay 9m but needed to pay 12m to get him Liverpool wanted to see how he played at Palmeries on loan and they have been impressed so a 12m deal will be done as soon as the summer window opens.

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