Football Rumours Archive February 24 2008


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Leicester to sell Mattock to Derby County as they have a new and better prospect in the left back position, with a youth player Joe Harris being brought into the first team when he moved from his local non–league football club.

  Arsenal Ins –

Tommy Rowe – Stockport

Dentinho – Corinthians

Naldo – Weder Bremen

Joe Mattock – Leciester

  I am afraid all you people on here are misguided Rafa does not have to buy a goalkeeper as Reina is no 1 and Bouzanis will be no 2 at right back he will buy possibly Rafinha or ALVES or even dario srna at centre half we have skirtel, Agger, Carragher huth san Jose at left back insua will claim that spot with Arbeloa covering both full back slots wide right Rafa will buy queresma a better player than Christiano Ronaldo who has had some success centre mid gerard masch and Lucas with probably some back up from from France/Spain/Germany up front Torres + Babel nemeth and either aguero or the croat from Schalke 04 and wide left Silva or Mancini. but I have also heard that any chance Villa have of keeping Carson or getting John arne Riise must include agbonlahoor

  I'm a sports photographer and do some work in the Baltics and former soviet states. Pretty well informed that Newcastle will look to Eastern Europe in the Summer with the success of Vidic, Eduardo, Corluka, Elano in mind, their scouts are looking and running the rule over the following players;

Andrei Arshavin (zenit, is available for £10 million)

Darijo Srna (shaktar Donetsk– 8–10 million) (Rb, Rm, Rw)

Aleksei Berezutskiy (cska–5 million) (def)

Vasili Berezutskiy (cska–5 million) (def)

Sergey Ignashevich (cska– 3–5 million (def)

Dmitriy Sychev (lokomotiv – 3–5 million (Str)

Daniel Carvalho (Cska – £12 million) (mid)

Vagner Love (Cska– £10 million) (str)

Oleksandr Hladky (shaktar–3 million) (str)

Artem Milevskiy (Kyiv £4 million) (Str)

  Look out for surprises in the Summer. The war chest is ready and MON has set up the plans for the biggest influx of talent to AVfc that has ever been seen.

One of his intended targets is a player that epitomises 100 percent effort from midfield and scores goals. Look out for Scholes wearing the famous Claret and Blue.

It's starting too happen, just hold on.

  Positions earmarked by Ferguson for Summer transfers are left back cover, a right back, and a centre forward and left sided midfielder.

primary target for centre forward is benzema. after an impressive performance in the Champions League first leg expect a large offer to be lodged. also, French compatriot ben arfa is of interest as a replacement for Giggs. expect Silvestre and Saha to be used as makeweights in any possible deal. prices quoted by some for benzema (£12 million) are laughable. he will command a price of about £25 million. a likely deal for the two will see £25–30 million + Saha and Silvestre.

philip lahm and bosingwa have been earmarked as two potential successors to Gary Neville who's career looks increasingly threatened by injury. lahm is favoured due to his versatility allowing him to play on either side of the CB's. however, after the protratcted pursuit of Hargreaves Bayern and United do not share the best of relationships.

finally, miguel veloso is highly likely to arrive at OT this Summer. for somewheer between £12–18 million. the deal will likely be comprised of a number of add ons. he can play centreback, centremid and provide cover for Evra at left back. in exchange the two Brazilian twins will spend 2 seaqsons on loan at sporting. United have an agreement with sporting for first option on all sporting players and sporting act as a feeder club for young United talents.

manucho will be granted a work permit in time for the 08/09 season replacing Saha as thefourth forward.

  Ashley young to Liverpool for £8 million? seen as Villa signed him for 9. 65, I would say that is doubtful.

villa will sign. Carson, miguel and baptista in Summer.

  Everyone knows that Arsene Wenger has the money 2 spend and in the Summer he will make sure he does just that. Arsenal 100 percent to sign the following players in the Summer:

Nasri – Marseille £13 mill

Benzema + Ben Arfa – Lyon Join price £45 mill

Michah Richards – Man C £20 mill

Pato – AC Milan £25 mill


Eboue £5–10 mill

Senderos £5 mill

Bendtner (Most likely the Hammers) £10 mill

Everyone knows that Arsene Wenger has the money 2 spend and in the Summer he will make sure he does just that.

  Liverpool FC will complete the signings of the following.

David Silva £18,000,000

David Villa £25,000,000 or Lukas Podolski £10,000,000

Carlos Vela £11,000,000

Javier Mascherano £17,000,000

Andrea Barzagli £10,000,000

The following will depart.

Peter Crouch – Manchester City

Voronin – FC Bayern

Pennant – the Hammers

I know of a few others however for legal reasons I can not confirm them.


Javier Sanchez.

  Tottenham could make Summer moves for the following

Aguero, if Berbatov/Keane leaves.



Van Der Vaart,


and finally Flamini as he is stalling on a new contract and is a known well friend of Comoli of whom he knew at Marsielle in his youth days. Totteham are prepared to double his wages


  Crystal Palace Ins in the Summer:

John Halls Reading £0

Danny Webber Sheff United £0

Jose Fonte Benfica 400 k

Dean Brill Luton 250 k

Chris Morgan Sheff United 750 k

Max Noble Fulham £0

Bradley Hudson–Odoi Fulham £0

Lino GoncAlves Fulham £0

  Crouch is a done deal and will be in Claret and Blue again next year. Carson deal may not happen as expected.

  massive news

Dubai International Capital, the investment arm of the Dubai government are in serious negotiations with Liverpool regarding a takeover. Talks have reached a developing stage but are still extremely delicate. They have already approached various businessmen and women regarding a place on the clubs board and are now extremely confident of taking the reigns of the club. The chief executive of DIC will remain in Liverpool as he is a Reds fan and will be there to run the club on a daily basis unlike the Yanks. Trust me this will go ahead though I would like to tell Reds fans to have patience as I could take weeks even months to takeover. They will review the clubs overall seasonal performance this year before deciding the amount of rebuilding the the squad needs and the managerial situation but Rafa should remian in control. I have all this on fantastic authority from Dubai althogh I cannnot comment from who due to a business point of view.

Red In The Know

  Coventry's new manager Chris Coleman will make a loan swoop for Arsenal's young right–back Justin Hoyte. This will expected to be completed in the next week.

  FC Barcelona discard Marc Crosas will join Arsenal when his loan at Lyon expires. –MB–

  Ronaldo to FC Barcelona for £75 mill

  Bristol Rovers to raid there City rivals and take David Noble and Richard Keogh on Loan to the end of the season with a view to a permanent move this is a fact as long as they can get the money together for there wages the pair are out of contract at the end of the season and will look for a move away from Ashton Gate after recent fall Outs with the Manager

  LFC. Here's the latest. first rumour is 100 percent. McDonald from Celtic is top striking target for Liverpool. he has been on fire in the Scottish Premier League and Liverpool are going to take a chance on him. He will set them back £9 million pounds.

Other LFC rumours:

INS: McDonald (9 million), Walcott (loan view to deal), Ben Arfa (15 million)/or Bentley (9 million), Bridge (6 million)/or Drenthe (7 million), A. Ferdinand (3 million).

OUTS: Kuyt (10 million), Voronin (3.5 million), Leiva (loan no view to deal), Hyypia (free), Aurelio (2.5 million), Carson (9 million).

obvious is Mascherano is coming in but for £15 million pounds. also, Rafa to stay and will give Kewell two year contract extension with wages decreased. Babel to move into striking role with strong LWBs coming to club that can push forward. Rafa to look at rafinha in januray as Finnan will be moving on the following Summer.

  JoLeon leScott to sign new multi year contract with Everton within the next two months. Pienar will be signed permanently £2 million pricetag already agreed upon. Manuel Fernandez will also be signed permanently in the Summer £8 million pricetag.

Everton will not sell LeScott, Arteta, Cahill or any other important players we are a buying club.

Moysie could be tempted to sell A Johnson but not for anything less than £13 million. Gravesen will be heading back to Celtic to collect his 2, £2 million a year salary. VDM will be heading back to Holland and Gardner will probably be going back to the Tottenham in the Summer. Those will be the only players leaving. Michael Bradley £4.5 million (heerenven will be joining in the Summer along with Arshavin £9 million. Other signings will depend on us qualifying for Europe. If cl expect an additional £15 million transferkitty – UeFa Cup = £5 million extra to spend.

in Other rumours Aguero of ATH Madrid will stay put as he has a five year contract with a buyout Clause set at 75 million = fact.

Rafinha and Rakitic of Schalke 04 has drawn interest from Liverpool and inter respectively. Schalke will be very reluctant to sell any of the two for less than £10 million each. they both have contracts until 2011

  Benitez realize Liverpool not enough creativity this season especially in front of goal and creates chances. That is why LIV will looking attacking minded player. Currently player in mind Benitez are:

1. Jeremy Menez (destined to be World Player of the year in years to come. Please buy him Benitez before Wenger steal him)

2. Goran Pendev– (Totally like Van Persie. creative and can score wonder goal)

3. Pablo Aimar– Benitez know him well and so does Aimar. Can change LIV game if he come to Anfield.

5. Luca Mondric – Risky investment. Too lightweight.

But if he success LIV will get full benefit because he will be Fabregas no2.

  Man United Ins:

Dos Santos

Messi or Capel

Benzema (110 percent )



Liverpool Ins:

O'Hara, Noble or M. Diarra

A. Young or Walcott

P. Odemwinge, Keane or Aguero


Chelsea Ins:

Arteta or Drenthe

Arsenal Ins:


Nasri or Ben Arfa

Eto'o, Martins or Hunterlaar

Thanks for Reading. S10.

  Tottenham transfers:


David Villa/Kanoute (Either one could sign unsure on who though)

N'Zogbia (Tottenham are still looking for LM/LB so would be good)

M. Amelia (Looking to find a good consistent keeper)

Daniel Alves (Unlikely cause he would like to go to big club)


  Man United Summer Transfers. United to keep their big spending going as part of their international marketing campaign.


Benzema 32 millionp + Louis Saha

Lahm £10 millionp

Neymar £6 millionp

Ignasi Miquel £2 millionp

total: 50 millionp

United are also keeping tabs on UK yougster John Bostock and will get a first hand look at Brazilian Kerlon during his rehabilitation stint in the United setup with a view to a permanent move. Jovetic is on SAF's radar and Lyon's Ben Arfa is also being monitored, but a Summer move for him is unlikely unless another team comes into the picture.

  Good morning all – Arsenal to sign 15 year old Ignasi Miquel from Unión Deportiva Cornellà in Spain. He's a 6'3'' centre back who Wenger expects to do a Fabregas and break into the first team at a young age, looking at about three years before he will be ready though. Compensation is being arranged but Arsenal have beaten Man United and Celtic to his signature. He has the same agent as Fabregas and Merida who were both instrumental in his signing. Expect this to be announced in the next couple of weeks as the two clubs sort out compensation.

Hleb is staying after improving dramatically this season, Wenger has always had faith in him. Rosicky will also be staying as Wenger thinks the 2 can compliment each other very well on opposite flanks.

To the bloke who said Arsenal were selling Robin Van Persie as he is injury plagued – are you feeling alright? Anyone who knows anything about Wenger knows he will not sell Van Persie for any amount of money as he see's him being a world beater in the next two years. As for being injury plagued, this season perhaps he has had more than his fair share but that is about it.

Micah Richards' name is still being banded about as a potential signing but again, proper Arsenal fans know Wenger will not spend Mills this Summer so expect one big signing and a few smaller names. Van Der Vaart is a possibility should Arsenal receive an offer on Diaby or if Flamini does not sign a new contract.

The Truth

  To the guy who said United would sign Messi I am a United fan and even I realise there is no chance of that happening


main target is benzema £25 million (will be made tricky due to interest from the likes of AC Milan and the large price) huntlear £17 million will come if we do not get him

ben arfa £15–20 million to replace Giggs who has been this season

boswinga £6 million + Alves £10 million


brown free

Saha swap as part of deal for benzema or ben arfa

Carrick or Fletcher but only if they get the right offer

  I have it on good authority that Man United will be sending Out:

Danny Welbeck

Danny Simpson

Chris Eagles

all going on loan to Plymouth argyle for the remainder of the season.

  Next season Newcastle are aiming to be a solid mid–table team, then after that season we are aiming for European places. We will sign:

Giles Barnes (£5 million) Derby

Nicky Shorey (£5 million) Reading

Tom Huddlestone (£3 million) Tottenham

Theo Walcott (Season long loan) Arsenal

Kalouda (£4 million) FC Brno

Sol Campbell (£1 million) Portsmouth

Wes Brown (Free) Man United

Pandev (£3 million + Rozehnal) Lazio

We will sell:

Rozehnal (Player exchange) Lazio

Ramage (£1 million) Bolton

Cacapa (£1 million) Lille OSC

Viduka (£2 million) Wigan, Birmingham or Reading

Nicky Butt (£1 million) Bolton

A very good English team will emerge

  Liverpool will promote to the senior team a few youngsters as a few players will be sold such as:

promoted players: players sold:

Nathan Ecclseton Andriy Voronin

Daniel Pacheco Dirk Kuyt

Emiliano Insua Sami Hyypia

Stephen Darby John Arne Riise

Jack Hobbs Charles Itandje

Paul Anderson Xabi Alonso

David Martin

Krisztian Nemeth

Thanks for Reading. : ) S10.

  Liverpool will sign Mascherano on a permenant next week Rafa will not get sacked he will be given 50 million to spend in the Summer

Lfc ins

David Villa 20+ mill

bojan (next superstar) £15 million

and some youngsters

Lfc outs

Carson 10 mil

leto loan


  Liverpool will sign Berbatov in the Summer for £17 million also Liverpool will sign victor moses from crystal Palace for £1 million

Liverpool for the Champions League

Lfc 4 life

  To the guy who said Ben Arfa is Liverpool's top target is correct, while everyone is focusing on Benzema, Rafa will snap up Hatem Ben Arfa.


The FC Barcelona game showed how poor Caldwell is (if we did not know already). This will lead to a desperate Hunt for a quality centre back to partner Big Mc at the back. With around £10 million coming in for the sale of Boruc in the Summer Celtic will also be looking for a partner for Scotty Brown in the midfield (he will be going nowhere).

Potential centre back – Steven Thicot (Nantes)

– David Wheater (Middlesbrough)

– Dmitro Chygrinski (Shaktar)

Potential CM – Teemu Tainio (Tottenham)

– Darren Fletcher (Man United)

– Jason Koumas (Wigan)

– Jérémy Toulalan (Lyon)

  I have recently been informed that John o kane of Hearts will join Everton in the Summer with bobo Balde and conor Clarke from Motherwell will also come that way.

Aaron devine from Derry City FC is beleived to be a shock target for Wigan.


helb, Rosicky and Senderos will leave Arsenal in the Summer and will be replaced by Richards, nashri and Lehman will move to Hamburg aswel.

  Expect Vladimir Romanov to sell all players that he can command a sizeable fee for before the arrival of German Tkachenko in the Summer. Larry Kingston signed a pre–contract with an English Premier League side in early January while 'injured'. His injury was not as serious as made out and was used to protect the conclusion of his transfer. Expect his appearances with Hearts to be limited.

  Liverpool will sell the following players in the Summer:

Xabi Alonso (15 million) FC Barcelona

Scott Carson (8 million) Aston Villa

John Arne Riise (6 million)

Danny Guthrie (2 million) Bolton

Harry Kewell (free)

Andrey Voronin (free)

Charles Itjande (4 million)

The following players will come In:

Mahamadou Diarra (15 million)

Wayne Bridge (6 million)

Rafinha (6 million)

David Silva (26 million)

Eidur Gudjohnsen (4 million)

Javier Mascherano £17 million)


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