Football Rumours Archive February 26 2009


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To the lady who works for the Liverpool Echo – your english is as bad as anyone else's on this site. Since you work for a newspaper I would expect better, or perhaps you just make the tea? Unfortunate really, as I agree with most of what you say and would like to believe your rumour that Rafa has not resigned. Anyway, I have no rumour but would like to say that it seems that there is no smoke without fire. Things are obviously going on behind the scenes as the owners must be in financial trouble. I just hope that the Americans go, Parry goes, Rafa stays and the awful public washing of dirty clothes comes to a stop. I have no idea which players will come in but I hope that Agger, Reina and Alonso stay and that we see some of the youngsters take their chance.
  The media have the wrong end of the stick again. there will be a major announcement from anfield in the coming days but it does not have anything to do with benitez. it is higher up the chain. TAKEOVER!
  Everton will sign Niko Krancjar before the end of the season and the trnsfer will go through 1st of July. David Moyes has already made a £6m bid for the croatian.
  Rumours not 'Facts'
when i say will i don't mean there going to happen.

Rumours down in the south east are beginnin to curculate about the top clubs.

Adebayor will leave in the summer to make way for an EXPERIENCED striker to come in, not sure who but most think either David Villa or Hernan Crespo(Doubtful tho)

Aston Villa:
Marlon Harewood out along with a few others to make way for Stephan hunt and Jermaine pennant (no barry deal at all.

All Depends on New manager so assuming Rijkaard is the new boss expect, to see, ballack,deco,anelka and sinclair all leave, for the arrivals of; Davis Silva and a few others, expected next season line up: Cech,cole,terry,carvalho,boswinga,cole,lampard,essien ?, drogba silva.

So much going around but most probably the arrival of 6–7 squad players with no real first 11 talent signing. if rafa leave don't really expect many players to leave, torres will stay, as will gerrard he loves liverpool not rafa.

Manchester City:
A few squad players leaving which could see, ballack, robben and Juninho all coming in. robinho to have new partner i expect someone proven and world class so maybe Eto'o who has stated his intent to leave as barca have lined up ben arfa to replace him.

Manchester United:
Nothing major happening, gibson and eckelsey out on loan, Tevez to sign permantly for around 21 mil, maybe a few unknown talents arriving but no 'BIG' stars.

Thanks guys, feel free to correct any errors ive made.
  To the guy who said. .'To loyal arab 9 there is no way that ronaldo is going to your mickey mouse club, hell its doubtful you'll be in Europe next season unless theres a world war.
Ronnie is actually going nowhere the only Portugeezer probably leaving is Nani and you are welcome to him, at your current inflated prices about £50m!!! Ha Ha'
If you actualy thought about my name you would clearly know that i don't support the joke that is Man City but actually Dundee United!
The contact is sure the Ronaldo to Man City WILL go ahead as he has been informed by both Gary Cook and Ronaldo's agent. Man U haven't said anything to him as they don't want it spreading mid–season like the Beckham to Real deal.
Also heard from the same source that told me about Torres to liverpool, Keane to Liverpool, Vidic to Man U and Hargreaves to Man U that Man United have been deeply affected by the recession. At the minute the only thing keeping the club afloat is the weak Sterling but as soon as it regains strength the Glazers are worried. This is seen as their last chance to win silverware in decades so if Man U win all 4 competions, Sir Alex will DEFINATELY leave.

Also the biggest shock will be that the following players will be up for sale. . Berbatov, Hargreaves, Vidic, Ferdidnand, Evra and the biggest of them all ROONEY! Expect Chelsea, Milans, Barca and Real to bid for them all.
Man U will hire none other than MARK HUGHES as manager shortly after leaving City.
Watch this space. .

Also there is more to this rumours forum than just the Premier League and more to the point Liverpool!!

Regards from an angry Loyal Arab 9
  Celtic Summer News

GK – Lukas Zaluska – Dundee Utd(DONE)
LB – Nicky Shorey – Aston Villa
CB – Richard Dunne – Man City
MF – Shikabala – Zamalak
RM/LM – Eliseu – Malaga
FWD – Marko Janko – Red Bull Salzberg
FWD – Steven Fletcher – Hibs

Rangers will sign Gattuso and also Del Piero next season. The deal is already done and both players are looking forward to moving their career upwards.
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Possable player swap deal with Real Madrid player Klass Huntelaar moving 2 AFC whilst an AFC player goes the way 2 Real Madrid come the summer . AW is also interested in Fiorentina ace Felipe Melo . Eboue 2 probaly leave AFC at the end of the season 2 a club in Serie A , Gibbs might replace him . Bischoff may leave or go out on loan in the summer , its been known hes getting fed up with not being a regular 4 AFC and with Traore 2 return from loan theres little room in the team 4 him .
  Arsenal News

Firstly Robin Van Persie will sign a new contract as Wenger has come out and said so in the last few days, Walcott is also on the verge of signing. With Rosicky due back in the coming weeks there will be no need for any midfield improvements during the summer from an attacking point of view. Wenger will however try and buy Veloso from sporting; if this fails he will turn his attention to Felipe Melo. He will also finally address the defence problem, with the addition of Chiellini or Lucio who he tried for last summer. If he buys a goal keeper it will more than likely be Yohann Pele or Sebastian Frey, two keepers he’s been keeping track of for a long time.

With these potential acquisitions Arsenal should have a better season next year no guarantees of course.

The only player I can see him letting go is Eboue and possibly Bentdner.

Frey/Sagna/Chiellini/Gallas/Clichy/Arshavin/Fabregas/Veloso/Nasri/Eduardo/Van Persie.

Not bad……maybe?

And for god’s sake will the scousers on this site, please stop linking Liverpool with every player in Spain. You won’t get Aguero , you won’t sign Villa or Silva all of them will stay in Spain.
  Ian holloway is in talks with bristol rovers about a back room role with director of football lennie lawrence – Rovers boss Paul Trollope stormed out of the Mem ground upon hearing this
  Benitez looks set to leave Liverpool and will be replaced by a British manager. The rumours around Anfield are that the short list includes:

Sammy Lee
Harry Redknapp
Alan Curbishley
Phil Brown
Kevin Keegan
Steve McClaren
Owen Coyle
  Im a die hard Liverpool fan from Dublin and there are a lot of stories going round here that Trappatoni will leave the Ireland job to take over at Liverpool in the summer.
  Frank rijkaard will be the early favourite to takeover at Liverpool from Rafa Benitez.
  Everton to buy Portsmouth's want–away Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar in the summer for 6m plus andy van der meyde.

Plymouth to get Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi on loan until end of season.

Celtic have begun talks with Red Bull Salzberg's Marc Janko and Egyptian midfielder Shikabala in a bid to land the duo for £6m.

also Portuguese winger Eliseu will make a summer switch to Celtic for £600,000.
  Rafa Benitez will sign a 32 year old striker in June with Real Madrid legend Raul set to sign a 2 year contract at Anfield in a move worth £7 million to Real Madrid. Benitez will also sign Glen Johnson for £8 million from Portsmouth whilst he is hoping to sign Athletico captain Maxi Rodriguez for £16 million.
It is also likely Benitez will bring in another striker as well as Raul, a youngster who will be able to adapt quickly and come in from the bench and he is likely to pull off a surprise signing in somebody like Reading's Kevin Doyle!
  Strachan to leave celtic in summer.
Is replacement is going to be David O'Leary.
Lennon will stay on as his 2nd in command.

O'Leary all ready building his wish list.

  Not so much a rumour rather a observation

Why is it that liverpool supporters think they are buying aguero, villa and tevez??

Yet they are only getting rid of their fullbacks??

As well as their lists of people they are getting is on average 9 players. This is basically a whole new squad. NO manager is going to do that due to the unrest it will cause and the time it would take for them all to gel.

Youll buy 3 players at best because the yanks won't stump up the cash. .and before you say it im not a man utd fan so im not being biasedbitter. .as that seems to be your come back when ever anyone says anything bad against you
  Ok, I am back and it is not a Manu fan, but an Arsenal fan that stated these truths. I will use simple words and phrases for those who don't know how to read or write very well. .

1) Liverpool will need to find a new manager as Rafa will be leaving for a big club.
2) Torres will be leaving for a bigger, more respected club.
3) Liverpool will not be sold. Debt and second rate manager will make it difficult for a some to buy.
4) Mass exit of Spaniards from the squad. "X" that one, the Spaniards at 'Pool are rubbish. All will stay to deliver second rate football.
5) Liverpool did not negotiate any cut rate deals for Villa or Aguero – those don't exist in this new economic climate. So Liverpool fans, stop posting the nonsense. Please.

And please know Arsenal would never buy Villa – we'd never put ourselves in a position to over pay for someone. I mean, would Arsenal ever pay 20M for Keane? More like 7M. .if that. .then again he couldn't make the bench at the Emirates.

Gunner4Life – Los Angeles
  The reason Man United haven't signed Tevez is because Carlos is going back to West Ham if MSI takes control of the club.

Talks are ongoing between the Iclandic owners and MSI (read Kia Jarachoobian) to buy West Ham.
If Kia buys West Ham there will arrive more South American players.
  I have read a lot of what has been written about LFC, its fans rafa e.t.c. on here. Most of it is utter rubbish. NO ONE on this site actually KNOWS whats going on. To say we won't be able to buy our targets and that rafa's off is a bit premature (a bit like a lot of you mancs!).
The FACTS are this. RAFA wants to sign and has been in the press recently saying he expects to sign a new contract shortly. Sources in the states say the clueless yanks have agreed to rafa's demands as it will increase the value of the club, when its evetually sold.
We have a bare minimum of 20 million to spend. that is not including money from player sales, or future funds pledged by new/old owners, so wind your necks in. I posted the Villa/Aguero link as its the only time (apart from OWEN) when i got a tip off a genuine insider. L,pool will bid for 1 player in each of these positions. If these targets are out of reach we will move on
–Glen Johnson 9m

–Micah Richards 7m
–Dmytro Chygrnskiy 5m

–Kuba 8m
–Aaron Lennon 10m

– Carlos Tevez Free
– David Villa part ex 20 mill plus a.n.other
– Sergio Aguero part ex 20 mill plus a.n.other
Wait and see, i tell no lies!!!
  Bad news someone big is leaving Man Utd he is a striker he hates shrek but isn't shrek plays with shrek though thinks c.ronaldo is a cocky bastard i know im his cousin about where he is going his going to join his country captain j.m
U guess who it is but i say bye bye man utd u let my cousin go and now his joining your rivials u lose lfc wins them
  Any Chelsea supporters that think they will get mourinho and quaresma u arent i will probaly get one i don't care who u get but the reason mourinho sent quaresma to Chelsea cause he is lazy like Chelsea

Arsenal in
Richards Man city 15m
Veleso 15m
J Cole 18m
Arsenal out
Gallas 5m psg
Bendtner 10m Man city or Everton
Sendors 5m Ac Milan

Chelsea in
Robinho 25m
Kaka 50m
Chelsea out
Joe Cole Arsenal 18m
Pizzaro 12m

Man utd
Trezugeut 15m
Tevez free haha u suk u lose

Tevez free
Silva Valencia 28m
New owners
Ageuro Ath Mrdiad
Dossena 8m italy
Babel Man city 18m
Vorion Herth Berlin 5m
  "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."
for a guess it's a man u fan who said this. Torres will NOT go no matter what benitez does.
Torred wants to spend the rest of his career at liverpool and knows that Benitez won't be around for all of that. Benitez may well be off but it won't be a shock to anyone, every year there have been calls for his to go so some liverpool fans may see it as "atlast" and we might get a new manager who will get us the players we need to win the league. Villa and aguero may well be worth more than £35 million but Liverpool have a cut price option on aguero. And for your information the only time ive seen villa quoted at less it was an ARSENAL FAN NOT A LIVERPOOL FAN, check your facts.
King kenny 92– the title race aint over!
  Lfc to go russin in the close season deals for akinfeev anyukov and zhirkhov all being finalised also expect kierisson to sign, reina arbeloa and alonso also looking to move once benitez is relieved of his position (Good Riddance) one of rijkaard mourinho or sven goran errikson will get the job with new owners also in
  Summer activity at Newcastle:

Michael Johnson (£6m) Man City
Darren Bent (£8m) Tottenham
Elano (£5m) Man City
Lanzaro (£2m) Reggina
Saviola (£4m) Real Madrid
Shorey (£4m) Aston Villa
Total: £25m

Owen (Free) Aston Villa
Xisco (£3m) Valladolid
Cacapa (£400k) Nantes
Viduka (Free) Queensland Roar
Geremi (£2m) Besiktas
Enrique (£4m) Celtic
Total: £9.4m
  Sunderland Summer Transfers:

Darren Bent – Tottenham
Glen Johnson – Portsmouth
Stewart Downing – Middlesbrough
  Can we just clear some things up:
1. Mourinho will not be coming back to Chelsea. Not now, not never. Abramovich isn't stupid and won't be made stupid. Mourinho might say he wants to return, but it's not him that makes the choise.
2. Villa, Aguero or Tevez will not be coming to Liverpool. Rafa isn't signing a new contract for a reason. This being the Yanks are not giving him nearly enough money for transfers for a top 4 team. Rafa will leave and many will follow.

Europes top clubs all have a gentlemens agreement not to sell any players to Man City no matter the ammount offered. I have this on very good authority!
  First of all, where's all these Celtic fans boasting "Here we go, 4 in a row"? Mhmm, back under the stone they crawled out from.

Bad news bears though, there will be no major spending over the summer. Stranzl will come in as a replacement for the aging, but reliable Weir. But that is it. There will be no major signings, however "no top of the league" players will be sold unless we get serious money (Therefore Bougherra, McGregor and Mendes only possibilities).

Over at the Neverland Ranch, there will be more panic buys. Smith will pretend to want another Loovens or Samaras (ha ha) and Celtic will buy the dud.

BTW, never believe any rumours where the poster puts "FACT" in the text. He's talking cack.

4 in a row? Where did it go????
  I have a contact high in the football world in Manchester, not to do with either club tho and he has told me the following. .
Man utd have secretly signed John Fleck from Rangers for £8 million rising to £14 million but are loaning him back to Rangers until June 2011.
Also Man City HAVE signed C. Ronaldo for £120 million and a wage of £500,000 a week!!
And Mark Hughes has been told he will only be in the job until summer, while Gary Cook thoroughly searches for a top class manager. My contact has heard that they are talking to Capello's and Lippi's agents!!
Loyal Arab 9
  Liverpool r watchin the carlos tevez situation very closely as he was on the bench again at the week end
  Rafa will be at anfield come the summer and there will be massive change once again

deals to happen (in)
kerrison. .12m + lucas season loan
s.aguero. . .10m + alonso
g.johnson. . .6m + pennant
g.barry. . . 13m.
m.johnson. . .6m
m.richards. . 8m
g.bale. . . . swap for benayoun
s.downing. . .12m
a.lennon. . . .8m

out (above + )
c.itandje. . . 1m
p.degan. . . . 1m
a.dossena. . . 7m
d.plessis. . . 2m
a.voronin. . . 2m
  Liverpool have shortlisted the following players:
–Glen Johnson 9m
–Rafinha 9m
–Micah Richards 7m
–Per Metresacker 14m
–Dmytro Chygrnskiy 5m
–Fernando Navarro 8m
–Gareth Bale 8m
–Kuba 8m
–Aaron Lennon 10m
–Adam Johnson 10m
–Chinedu Ogbuke 12m
–Fred free
–Vagner Love 13m
–Ezequiel Lavezzi 12m
  To the genius who posted:

“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”

Good heavens, where to begin. First, barring a major new investor coming on board with Hicks & Gillette, new ownership for LFC is a 99% sure thing come summer. The original loan made to finance the sale of the club by RBS/Wachovia (Wachovia is an American bank) comes due in July and is not likely to be refinanced in a way that is financially tenable to the Americans. That will leave Hicks & Gillette the following options:

Find someone daft enough to come on board and bail them out
Sell the club outright to the highest bidder
Repay the loan

Number three is clearly out of the question without outside investment. Number two is equally unlikely as anyone with an interest in buying the club has only to wait until the summer when the loan comes due. Why? If Hicks & Gillette can’t pay up on the loan RBS takes over the team, in essence “repossessing” them, and sells them to a financially suitable party to settle the debt. Please note that this is in no way a receivership issue the likes of Leeds. As for “outside investment“, how on earth do you convince anyone with an ounce of sanity available to them to jump on board given the present state of the club? The only reason Hicks is even looking for a new partner is so they can assume the responsibility of the £500m (principal + interest) owed the banks, never mind trying to make good on the promise of a new £100m/70k seat stadium he & Gillette made when they bought the club. Then there's the total disarray in the boardroom and the fact that the fans hate the current ownership so much that their presence at a home match sparks loud, angry protests from supporters groups outside the ground and whatever hotel they're staying at. All this and Hicks still wants a controlling interest in the club. If he can convince someone to come on board given all that he should be made King.
Secondly, the 6+5 rule is unworkable as it is illegal. The European Union forbids employee discrimination among member states. By denying foreign players from EU member states who are otherwise legally capable of working in England would, in essence, be discriminating against them. So in spite of Sepp Blatter’s wishes, the EU is unlikely to change its laws just to accommodate him.
So given all the questions regarding ownership of the club, any talk of new players at LFC is clearly just that, but since you bought it up: With the absolute wobbly MON threw over LFC wanting Barry, what makes you think he’d let Young go. Owen is made of glass. As for Villa, he’s a similar player to Torres insofar as he likes to be up front on his own in a primary attacking roll. While they do form a potent attacking partnership in international sides, one has to wonders if they would hold up in a much more physical league like the prem. A clear choice in strike partnership would be someone like Tevez who plays a more physical attacking style and can drive the ball deep into the area, either shooting the ball on his own or drawing the defense to him and opening the area for the likes of Torres and/or Gerrard. Plus, unlike Villa, Tevez is available (if Kia Joorabchian is to be believed). That and it would give SAF an absolute stroke to lose him to LFC and not be able to stop it. All things being equal LFC would probably be better served getting an upgrade on the outside of the midfield and a solid defender or two that can quicken the transition through midfield in counter–attack or join the attack outright. Someone in the mold of Vidic or Ferdinand.
I promise all of you, I don’t know ANYONE at the club, however I do know the facts.
Keep the faith, Reds fans. Remember its always darkest before the dawn.

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