Football Rumours Archive March 24 2008


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Rumours of the managerial merry go round at Leicester, Milan Mandric will 100 percent be looking for a new manager when the season is over, he is completely disillusioned with English managers and will be speaking to Avram Grant when he gets the boot at Chelsea. MM worked with AG at Portsmouth. 100 percent Fact.

  Coloccini to FC Barcelona next session. he's excited in this prospect.

  As I mentioned the other day, Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux is being looked at, but EVEN my good contacts cannot say he will definitely be coming.

Too many fantasists posting at the moment about LFC.

  Celtic –

Outs –

Boruc (Bayern) £10.5 million

Caldwell – (Burnley) 500 k

Naylor – 750 k (Southampton)

Balde – released from contract 500 k

Nakamura – (Sevilla) £5 million

Sno – (Herenveen) 750 k

Donati – (Fiorentina) £1 million

Gravesen – released from contract costing £1 million

McGeady – (Newcastle) – £12 million

Killen – (Kilmarnock) – 500 k (or player swap)

JVoH – (AZ Alkmaar) – £1.5 million

£32.5 million in


Jaskaalinen 500 k

Van Buyten £4 million

Kadlec – £1.5 million

Iniesta – £2.5 million

McDonald (Dundee) – 750 k

McCarthy (Hamilton) – £1.5 million

Kerr (Dundee United) – 750 k

Ashton (the Hammers) £3 million

Samaras – loan made permanent £3 million

£19 million out (includes Gravesen's/Balde £1.5 million)

£13.5 million profit will be there for January signings or indeed extras for Summer.

  Forsell to Villa for £4 million Carson back to Liverpool no deal Villa after Robinson

  Rafa Benitez will sign David Bentley for £8 million + Jermaine Pennant in the Summer. The Spaniard will also sign Brazilian right–back Rafinha, Argentine Gabriel Heinze and a forward from the following; Sergio Aguero, David Villa or Dimitar Berbatov. Benitez is also contemplating selling Charles Itandje and signing a new keeper.

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  Hleb joining Inter at the end of the season.

Ben Arfa's being brought in

  Arsenal 2 sign Stefano OKaka and Gervinho/Bafetimbi Gomis

  Major Transfer Deals to be done –

Diego – Real Madrid

Borowski – Bayern Munchen

Bentley – Newcastle

Silva – Liverpool

Modric – Manchester City

Jaaskelainen – Villa

Villa – Liverpool

Mbia – Man United

Pienaar – Everton

Garay – FC Barcelona

O'Hara – Liverpool

Green – Tottenham

Huntelaar – Bayern Munchen

Gomis – Newcastle

Crouch – Manchester City

. Benzema will not leave for Man United. Henry will not leave FC Barcelona, he will see out another year. Juande Ramos will offer a major contract to Berbatov to steer off Chelsea and Man United.

  In response to the persistent rumours that Keegan will quit Newcastle in the Summer – rubbish. KK has only been here months, he will keep Newcastle up and then build for the future. Close sources suggest Mort is happy to have him back and intentions are to back him strongly in the Summer

More likely targets (according to my source) suggest he will go for:

Riise (Liverpool)

Robinson (Tottenham)

Bent OR Keane (Tottenham)

Deco (Barcelona, he will be the big name)

Keegan will make attempts for Henry, Berbatov, Diego etc. bit is unlikely to have much success

Leaving will be






  It has been confirmed by Glasgow Rangers' chairman Sir David Murray that a transfer budget of 10 Million pounds (Minimum) is to be handed to Walter Smith in the Summer.

I have heard that the deal for Andy Webster to become permanent depends on the player firstly proving his fitness and secondly on Walter Smiths' other transfer targets.

The deal for Steven Davis hinges on Fulham staying in the Premier League and Daniel Cousin moving in the opposite direction.

Here are a few rumours about players to be shown the door (This does not include any "crazy money offers" like the one that took Alan Hutton to Tottenham):

Graeme Smith – Transfer listed (TL)

Christian Dailly – Released

Davie Weir – Coaching role at the club

Sasa Papac – TL

Brahim Hemdani – TL

Alan Gow – TL

Thomas Buffel – TL

Cousin – Swap deal involving Davies

Charlie Adam – (We hope) TL

Players promoted from the reserves:

John Fleck

Andy Shinnie

Stevie Lennon

Dean Furman

Transfer targets:

GK: Not looking, only if something interesting comes up in the Summer.

LB: Definately looking for cover for Stevie Smith, and also Sasa Papac to be sold. Looking at a few players but mainly Taiwo of Marseilles.

RB: Not looking, but might if either Whittaker or Broadfoot cannot cement the place as their own.

CB: A partner for King Carlos is a priority with a few names in mind, the biggest one being Gerard Pique from Man United, a fellow Spaniard and well known by Walter Smith.

LM: A left winger is a priority as Beasley is hit and miss, the main name around Murray Park is Morten Gamst Pedersen, but he will not come cheap.

RM: Not looking unless something comes up of interest in the Summer.

CM: With Thommo and Fergie in the centre, if the manager lands Davies and adds Furman and Shinnie from the reserves then this area is Ok. If the Davies deal goes wrong then look for the manager to add an attacking player of real quality. Rino Gattuso is off the Boss's radar at the moment as he is too similar to what we have already got, but look out for a Brazilian/Argentinian playmaker to enter the fold, possibly Pablo Aimar. Coisty has been keeping tabs on James Mcarthy of Hamilton, but feels that the two players coming from the reserves can match his ability and he is a Celtic fan.

ST: The Boss has yet to decide on the strike force for next season, but after missing out on the big Italian in the January window, Rangers are ready to make two big signings in this area as Walter Smith sees it as the weakest link. As well as Lennon and Fleck from the reserves, Smith is thought to be keen about Diego Forlan and Eider Gudjohnsen. He is trying to find forwards like these two in order to link the midfield to attack, something that is missing at the moment.

  News from the lane, acc to Sunday's papers it seems that the press are picking up ex what I posted on here over 10 days ago regarding jr being unhappy with the players he has at WHL, so regardless of what the Liverpool fans say, David Villa and Bentley will not be going to Anfield (there are some inteligent fans at LFC who already know this) the wrangle over money will stop LFC from buying major players although wheater and santa cruz have been muted at where I work, DAVID VILLA will not be allowed to move to another Spanish club and has a desire to play in England and London, THFC have been working on the transfere for over a year that includes his visites to WHL, also as said Arteta is fed up at being overlooked by the Spanish national team and feels a move away from EFC would help, capel will also not be allowed to move to another Spanish team, jr has a very close relationship with capel and that could sway the deal, Joe Lewis and Aaron ramsey are almost certain to arrive at WHL, if LFC do buy big and it is almost certain they will not but it will be to strengthen the defense.

  Mick Harford is preparing Luton Town for life in League Two. The Hatters manager will hang on to Paul Furlong for another season but will be forced to sell Dean Brill, Drew Talbot, Dean Morgan, David Bell and Richard Langley. Matthew Spring will stay at the club despite the drop of division. 18 year old Ross Faulds will become the clubs first choice keeper in League 2. Harford will add 34 year old Scott McGleish on a one year contract from Wycombe Wanderers to form an aged strike force alongside Paul Furlong. Darren Currie is also happy to stay and push for promotion. Dan Gosling will be loaned to Luton on a six month deal from Everton as Moyes wants the promising youngster to gain experience. Sam Parkin is also set to be sold.

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  Wes Brown will reject the contract renewal offer and sign for Newcastle this Summer who will almost double his salary.

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  FC Barcelona will test Liverpool in the Summer with a surprise £25 million bid for Javier Mascerano. It'll come as no surprise that Rafael Benitez will firmly reject or refuse to consider any offer.

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  Rafa Benitez could shock Liverpool fans and bring back Scott Carson due to the fact that Athletico Madrid are poised to offer £8 million for Jose Reina.

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  Curbishley to be given £30 million to spend so he is going to get rid of the following to get more money: Ferdinand (hooray), Etherington, Cole, Boa Morte, Mullins, Spector, Collins, Wright, Walker (Stech is old enough to be third choice), Quashie, Zamora, Davenport, Bowyer, Camara and Celtic to sign McCartney maybe.

Big Targets will be:

Nikola Zigic, Luka Modric, Ricardo Quaresma, Obafemi Martins and possibly a shock bid for Joe Cole.

Realistic signings are:

Nicky Shorey, Marek Hamisk, Tim Cahill, Steven Taylor, Darren Bent, Giles Barnes, Antti Niemi (second choice) and Wayne Bridge if McCartney leaves.

  Birmingha Summer transfers (depending on premeir league status)


Jack Hobbs – Liverpool (loan)

Dong Fangzhou – Man United (1 million)

Seol Ki Hyeon – Fulham (900 k)

Emanuel Villa – Derby (2 million)

Mauro Zarate – Al Sadd (6 million)

Ben Sahar – Chelsea (1.5 million)

Sasa Papac – Rangers (700 k)

Sone Aluko (Loan Return)

Mcleish might also push a £7 million bid for Boltons El hadji diouf depending on both clubs Premier league status.


Garry O'Connor – Motherwell (1 million)

Cameron Jerome – Cardiff City (loan)

Martin Taylor – Norwich City (700 k)

Franch Quedrue – Lens (1.5 million)

Colin Doyle – Plynmouth Argyle (loan)

Sebastian Larsson – Blackburn (4.5 million)

James Mcfadden will go to Newcastle if Birmingham are relegated

  Liverpool could make moves for Willy Sagnol, Sidney Govou, David Bentley and Mancini. –MB– Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien will join Jose Mourinho at Ac Milan. –MB–

  Everton Fc are planning for next season already by looking at the following players:


Chris Gunter (Tottenham) RB

Mark Beever (shef wed) centre back


Alexandre Song (Arsenal)

Manuel Fernandes (Valencia)

(Moyes is 50–50 because the player has not shown is potential form las year so it depends on Valencia's price and Fernandes attitude)

Lorik Cana (Marseille)

Michael Bradley (sc Heerenveen)

Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff)

Steven Pienaar (Dortmund) deal completed

Reyes (athleico)

  I live pretty much next to home park and have just seen athony stokes walking in maybe an emergency loan deal exciting times for the greens from me.

  Brazilian goalkeeper Nelson Dida is wanted by Middlesbrough. –MB– Martin Cranie will join Hull. –MB– Danny Murphy is a target for Celtic and Rangers. –MB–

  As many people have heard Sven wants to bring in a big signing for City this is some players on Sven short list he wants to buy and sell.


David Villa £25 million

Berbatov 32 million

Del Piero £10 million

Baptista £15 million

Giovanni Dos Santos £8 million

Gilberto Silva free

Cheliini £5 million

Castillo permanent £9 million

Do not forget the top 4 only one could join as Sven wants to bring in at least one big signing.


Vassell £2 million

Danny Mills 500 k

sturridge loan

issakksson £1 million

mpenza £3 million

bianchi £10 million

  Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours

Summer Ins

Van Der Vaart £14 million

David Silva £16 million

David Villa £18 million

Quaresma Swap (Benayoan) + £10 million

David Bentley Swap (Riise) + £2 million

Wheater £5 million

Total– 55 million


Crouch £7 million

Riise Swap

Benayoan Swap

Hyypia Free

Kewell Free

Kuyt £7 million

Pennett £4 million

Alonso £14 million

Total– 32 million

  Big changes happening at Sevilla. Dani Alves is off to FC Barcelona, Luis Fabiano will join Real Madrid and Frederic Kanoute will sign for Juve. The major arrivals will be Benni McCarthy former fans favourite Jose Reyes and Tiago Mendes from Juve.

  It's going to be a mediterranean Summer at White Hart Spain.

David Villa on his way for £25 million and will be joined by Diego Capel of Seville for £8.5 million, this will not be the end of Ramos's raid on his homeland with moves for Espanyol keeper Kameni and centre back Dani Jarque for a combined £13.5 million.

Expect moves within these shores for Blackburn's David Bentley with Ramos willing to sacrifice a nuumber of players in exchange for getting his target although any move for Tom Huddlestone will be heavily resisted. The other option is Arteta of Everton as Ramos wants a player of great delivery on the right and knows both of these players fit the bill.

The shock exit could be that of Robbie Keane who is concerned at the attempts of the club to target new forwards he feels that he could be the odd man out if Berbatov stays and new players come in. If Keane does leave he will command a fee in excess of £15 million.

A tried and tested anchorman will be brought in with Tottenham openly monitoring the David Albeida situation at Valencia.

  Arsenal will pay Feyenoord 500 000 Euros in compensation to sign 18 year old forward Kermit Erasmus from South African outfit Super Sport United because he has already signed a pre–contract agreement with the Dutch side. –MB–

  With Sir David making it public that Walter will get a large transfer kitty next season expect to see some big signings.Gatusso is coming home along with fellow bluenose Alan Smith. Walter will bolster his defense with the future talent of Berra of Hearts.

Expect to see some faces leaving Ibrox. Cousin will leave to Championship bound Fulham. Hemdani and Papac will depart. It's a good time to be a teddy bear, the futures looking blue. emm I mean bright.

  Rafa Benitez will attempt to sign Ricardo Quaresma in the Summer, but if he cannot get his man then he will try to lure David Bentley to Anfield with the temptation of European football, in a cash and player swap which could include Jermaine Pennant. He will also be keeping his eye on David Villa of Valencia, who partners Fernando Torres up front for Spain, as well as former Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes whom reportedly wants out of Atletico Madrid. Philip Lahm, Wayne Bridge, Gabriel Heinze and Rafinha are all possibilities for defense. It is likely that Scott Carson will not be signed on a permanent deal by Aston Villa and so will be returning to the Liverpool bench, meaning that we will be seeing either him or Itandje leaving Liverpool for good. Other players rumoured to be on there way out of Anfield include Harry Kewell, who will not be offered a contract extension, Riise, a target for Valencia and could possibly be used in a cash and player swap with David Villa. Either Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch or Andriy Voronin will be making way for Villa. Sami Hyypia will be offered a contract extension, contrary to popular belief that he's on his way to Fulham.

  Liverpool will sign David Villa for £25 million Euro's with Peter Crouch going to Manchester City. Liverpool will then sell around five players and sign Bentley for £12 million also David Silva for £18 million Euro's

Everton will let Andy Van der Meyde leave for free and he will go to Ajax and will not sign Tommy Grav. Moyes as asked for money in the Summer and Bill will give him 40 million to sign players Everton will sign Kalstrom peinaar Fernandes arshavin daniel van buyten and will sign some good youngsters such as Danny haynes and a few more also Peter brezovan as cover for Tim howard


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