Football Rumours Archive March 31 2009


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5 players in at Liverpool over the Summer;

Maxi Rodriguez
Albiol or Upson
Maicon or Srna

Babel (swap deal with Athletico or Inter)
El Zhar
Benayoun (swap deal with Athletico or Valencia)
  A few Liverpool rumours – from a reliable source.

Voronin wants to make his German stay permanent, but this will depend on price. Benitez wants a good deal, given Voronins form over the past few months, and will take him back as cover if the right fee is not met.
Benitez is also keen for Pennants loan deal to become permanent, and will accept any half decent offer.
Philip Degan is currently listed as having a 'groin strain', but this is not actually true. After a couple of dreadful performances, he is considered excess baggage. Watch how quickly he gets 'fit' in the summer and moves on.

As for possible players coming in, Benitez is currently keeping an eye on Radoslav Kovac, who is on loan at West Ham. Whilst they (Hammers) have first option on him, he could be seen as a replacement for Alonso (if he does go).

One of LFC's scouts has also been to Hoffenheim on more than one occasion, to check out their Senegalese striker, Demba Ba. The scout had originally been over to look at Vedad Ibisevic, who had been in prolific goalscoring form until he did his cruciate ligaments earlier in the season. However, Ba seems to have picked up where the Bosnian left off, and has been a major factor in Hoffenheims rapid rise in German football.

I have also heard that both Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria and Matt Fryatt at Leicester are being closely watched, to bring in extra goalscorers to the club. If either do come, expect Ngog & Pachecco to go out on a season long loan, with Christian Nemeth finally making it into the 1st team.
  Please. . to the numpty. .Nakamura to Villa £7m. get a grip,everyone knows he'll stay at Parkhead or go back to Japan,now with the impending arrival of Levein at Ibrox,Gomis and Sandazer will follow,a certain Mr. Feeney let it be known on Saturday night. he only wishes he was going with them.

TrueBlue always true
  Right, some rumours. . in fact really good rumours, which will become actual transfer in July.
Word on the street is that Pennant will go across the park. . fact!!! This will be the toffees only big name signing due to lack of funds unless they sell. . .but they won't generate much, maybe arteta to the mighty gunners. .but we will only pay 10million tops and that is only if cesc goes.
Moutinho will not be at goodison next season neither will veloso so these rumours can stop now!!!
Spurs will be selling either lennon or bentley. . more likely it will be Bentley, he is devastated at being a bench warmer and like similar circumstances to Keane has made a mistake going there. However unlike Keane who is a big fish in a little pond and went to a bigger club and became a gold fish in an ocean, Bentley will more than likely go to either 2 of the big 4. . .could well be Liverpool. .watch this space, however Rafa is keen on Lennon.
Man u will sell Berbatov. .he just hasn't done it and has fallen into the same bracket as veron!!! They are looking at bringing back Forlan.
Right that's it for now have to go and pamper my boss's horse.
Ciao for now Benny T.
  We are totally lacking in ludricous Man City rumours, so I propose starting some.

1) Robben for 30mil. An "insider" confirms he is sick of being forced to pass to Raul more than once per game. His agent confirms he would "welcome" talks, especially at around 200k per week.

2) Hughes finally loses patience after Robinho goes awol from training yet again. CCTV confirms he was caught visiting the Old Trafford Museum, and bought himself a replica shirt with "robbie" on the back. City fans in Rio "riot" on Ipanema at his betrayal. He is sold to Chelsea in return for an executive box for the Arab owners, who are said to be "questioning" their investment in city.

3) Aguero for 40mil. The player's father has confirmed it would be his son's "dream to play for Manchester. ". Leaked documents claim city "hope to exploit the confusion. . again"

4) City privately admit they are unable to flog any of their "dead wood" XI, and will give free transfers to 10 players, costing the club 50mil in severance.

5) Mark Hughes has taken up knitting to help deal with the pressure of running the world's richest club. Micah Richards is also learning but is all fingers and thumbs, an insider revealed.

Feel free to disseminate
  Sorry, to break it to you and anyone else, but there is NO manager in the world who could provide England with a trophy. The players are just not good enough, end of story for the next 5–10 years and maybe longer unless we start producing more talent. Capello will take us to the quarters, which is our level and then one of the really top teams will take us apart easily. And he will have done as well as possible with the players he has.

I agree King should focus on his club career – I would be desparate to hang onto a juicy premiership wage for as long as possible
  I reckon Mike Ashley has obviously tried to turn Newcastle into Britains biggest comedy club. He's somehow managed to merge a successful pantomime formula – with its many villains (Wise, Lambias, Himself & Barton) with a bloke dressed in a ladies wig (Collocini), the erstwhile hero (Shay Given) – with lashings of good comedy. Some of it dark some of it light hearted.

The premier league would be a much duller place without Jongleuers United Football Club

Huddlestone would offer plenty of girth – not width!
  Newcastle will attempt to get Venables, but will end up with Big Ron instead
  Ibrahimovic to come to the Prem next season, probably playing for Chelsea who will swap him with Drogba, and then bomb out midway through the season a la Shevchenko and disappear into obscurity in the Bundesliga.
  Everyone knows Hicks and Gillett probably can't even afford to hold onto the club once their loan expires (for those who aren't convinced, bear in mind Gillett didn't have the £200m to buy the club in the first place and Hicks couldn't raise the cash to buy Gillett out of his half – source: G Gillett) the new stadium is the priority, Liverpool are showing now they don't NEED to spend that much, need I go on.

You wonder about some of these journalists, all of this is common knowledge, who are they trying to kid?
  Absolutely no chance of Ibrahimovic going to Villa, in the last World Cup O'Neill denounced him as the most overrated striker in the world, if I remember correctly. I have to agree.
  Why would Rafa buy Silva? If he was after wide midfielders (I feel like I should insert a Jan Molby joke here) surely the right side would be more of a priority? He already has Riera, Babel, and maybe Benayoun & Leto for the left
  Manchester United will look to Franck Ribery and Antonio Valencia this summer. If Cristiano Ronaldo does leave for anywhere between 70m – 100m to Real Madrid then expect United to bid for both of these while possibly selling Ji–Sung Park or loaning out Zoran Tosic. There is also a chance that Real Madrid could offer Klaas Jan Huntelaar to United as part of a deal for Ronaldo. United may also pursue a bid for Nicolas Bertolo to sure up the centre of midfield while also getting first option on Rangers John Fleck by letting Rangers have Fabio Da Silva and Rodrigo Possebon on loan for next season. Kyriakos Papadopolous may also be targetted as a backup centre half, and one for the future, by adding him for his £4.6 million release clause.
  Man city will be making a huge 120millon for david villa and making another huge bid for santa
cruz for around 40millon
  Essien Barcelona 30m
Cech Barcelona 20.5m
Tevez Milan – 25m
Anderson Sevilla 17m
Evra Marcelona 17m
Cesc Barcelona 25m
Kuyt Juventus 14m
Riera Villareal 9m
Agger Real Madrid 9m
Arbeloa Real Madrid 5m
Adebayor Milan 22m
K. Toure Barcelona – 18m
Bosingwa Inter 18.5m
Malouda Atletico Madrid 14m
Reina Atletico 9m
Modric – Villareal 14m
Kalou Sevilla 12m
C.Ronaldo Real Madrid 70m
Vidic Real Madrid – 27.5m
Clichy Real Madrid 12m
Torres Barcelona 31m
Mascherano Inter 22m
Alonso Real Madrid 13m
Arteta Atletico Madrid 11m
Cuellar Sevilla 4m
  I have heard from some very reliable sources that Michael Owen has signed a pre–contract deal with Arsenal! He will replace Adebayor who will be sold and all the money from that sale will enable Wenger to strengthen in other areas without having to fork out big money on a striker as Owen will have signed on a free transfer!
  Blackburn summer transfers – outs Santa Cruz 20million(City,Real Madrid, Spurs),Derbyshire p/ex olyimpiacos,McCarthy 3.5million (celtic,Sunderland),Gamst 6million (everton,roma),Mokoena free,ooijer free, simpson loan exp,villaneuva loan exp, reid free. – ins– owen free(newcastle), Cisse 7million (marseille), davis free (portsmouth), Moses 5million + add–ons(palace), bentley 5million(spurs), givet 2million (marseille), Torosidis p/ex olimpiacos, Delph 6million (leeds). Big sam has freshen up the team and will also pocket some extra cash in the summer.
  David silva and david villa are both transfer targets for liverpool. benitez's recent dismissal of a move for silva is a smokescreen to try an lower the price – basically benitez doesn't want to be held over a barrel. benitez is prepared to pay £20 million.

david villa's preferred destination is apparently Barcelona. its rumoured they will offer valencia £35 million (and that this will be accepted despite valencia initally looking for £40 million). liverpool are only prepared to pay £28 million maximum – expect villa to move to barcelona.

vicente is an apparent target for porto/befica and a bid of £14million will see him make the switch – valencia's financial woes crippling the clubs squad.

baraja is dismayed with the current situation at valencia, expect a trasfer request to be issued by the player and expect a glut of european clubs to move for him.
  Liverpool have began talks to buy a French winger from the German Bundesliege. They have offered a Dutch attacker/winger plus an unknown amount of money. Nothing will be announced in the near future as negotiations have only just began.
  Sir alex will shock everyone and sign carlos tevez permanently because guess what? he will get rid of wayne rooney. So the tranfers will be as follow for man utd.
Ibrahimovich swap deal with rooney going other way
david silva swap deal with nani going other way
sergio ramos as part of ronaldo deal to
mark schwarzer swap deal with kusczak
bertolo from banfield
leleon lescott
campbell recalled
gibson loaned out
welbeck loaned out
  Liverpool are set to raid Man City this summer. As Rafa is unwilling to pay up for Silva and Barry he has switched his targets to City duo Elano and Johnson. Johnson is seen as the long term successor to Gerrard. If Elano joins then Benayoun would probably leave, possibly to Wolves or Hull (if they stay up). Rafa will then finish by signing Glen Johnson, but only if the price is right. His back up is Onuhoa from City again.
  Everton fc boss david moyes is set to make moves to sign victor obinna (inter)and Eljero Elia (fc twente).
  Emmanuel Adebayor has recently come out and said that he has no regrets at staying with Arsenal, that he is happy at the Emirates, and that it is his desire to stay with Arsenal. He is going nowhere in the summer. Expect Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott to soon also commit their future to the club by signing new deals. Fabregas is going nowhere in the summer despite rumours of him set to leave for Spain, he has said many times that he will stay as long as Wenger is at the club and he is wanted. Wenger has said that Fabregas' contract will also be renewed at the end of the season. This along with holding onto all of our other key players will rightfully be the summer priorities. Adebayor has hit the nail on the head in his recent interview, in saying that if Man United had to do without Rooney, Ronaldo, Berbatov and Giggs then they would not win every game. We have had to do without Fabregas, Rosicky, Walcott, Eduardo and Adebayor in a key part of this season, yet we are still in the top four, we are still competing in this years Champions league, and we have got to Wembley in the FA Cup, all this without many key players. Most of these players, other than Rosicky and possibly Theo, will return after the international break and we will have a very strong end to this season, and be back fighting for the premier league next season. Also a quick rumour. Real Madrid will appoint no other than Carlo Ancelotti as their permenant manager next season. This will see players such as Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas Jan Huntelaar cleared out, in preperation for huge bids for both Kaka (would love to follow his current boss to the worlds most famous club) and Cesc Fabregas (will not happen, Cesc is happy at Arsenal).

In Arsene We Trust
  Hello once again.
Got some news on some high profile tranfers in the premier league.
1. Arsenal have been looking at a possible swap deal involving Bendtner + cash for Huntelaar.
2. Chelsea will be looking at a deal involving Deco + cash for Pato from AC Milan.
3. Tottenham will swap Bentley for Gamst.
4. Villa will keep Barry, but swap Shorey for Warnock.
5. Liverpool have been looking at Tevez and Joe Cole.
6. Everton will sign Jo and Elano
7. City will sign Seedorf, Cannavaro and Van Der Vaart.

That's all folks!

  Manu will sign benzema in 2010
club america keeper ochoa
sunderland back anto ferdinand
berbatov will be sold in 2010 for around 8m
cb breno will join from bayern with ribery 35m deal
hargreaves fletcher manoucho berbatov brown neville van der sar all gone in 2 yrs

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