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Transfer News – August 23rd

NEWS OF THE WORLD:

  • Wayne Rooney is to be offered a stunning new contract in line with the biggest earners in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal are ready to open contract talks with Cesc Fabregas to fend off Barcelona.
  • Everton will demand a Premier League probe into their claim that Manchester City tapped up Joleon Lescott.
  • David Gold and David Sullivan will step up their bid to buy West Ham next week.
  • Fulham defender Brede Hangeland will not leave the club in the current transfer window despite the interest shown by Arsenal and Everton.
  • Portsmouth manager Paul Hart plans to offer former Wigan striker Henri Camara a Premier League lifeline.
  • Martin O’Neill is plotting to prise Jermaine Jenas from Tottenham with a £12million bid.

    The Republic of Ireland winger has been targeted by Redknapp.

    The Republic of Ireland winger has been targeted by Redknapp.

  • Wigan are poised to make a £3.5million bid for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott.
  • Harry Redknapp has targeted Celtic stars Aiden McGeady and Scott Brown to bolster his Tottenham squad.
  • Phil Brown could turn to Matty Fryatt to solve Hull’s striker problems.
  • Everton and Blackburn have stepped up their interest in Norway winger Erik Huseklepp.

    STAR ON SUNDAY:

  • Chelsea will smash the British transfer record with a £40million move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.
  • Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is considering his future, despite being offered a new deal.
  • PSV Eindhoven winger Balazs Dzsudzsak claims Arsenal are preparing an offer for him.
  • Daniel Cousin is facing showdown talks with Phil Brown at Hull.
  • West Ham have asked Livorno to name their price for Italian hitman Alessandro Diamanti.
  • Newcastle have held move talks with the representatives of free agent Peter Lovenkrands.

    SUNDAY PEOPLE:

  • Furious Everton chiefs are to report Manchester City to the Premier League for allegedly tapping up Joleon Lescott.
  • David Beckham’s contract at LA Galaxy has a secret get-out clause, which could see him move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
  • Thailand manager Peter Reid is poised for a shock return to English football – as assistant to Tony Pulis at Stoke.

    The Argentine has long been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid.

    The Argentine has long been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid.

  • Chelsea are aiming to spring a major surprise before the transfer window closes – with sources in Spain claiming Sergio Aguero is on his way to Stamford Bridge in a £42million deal.
  • Joe Cole is set to be handed a new four-year contract worth around £90,000 per week.
  • Fulham will stage an ambitious late bid to sign Bordeaux hitman Marouane Chamakh.
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to shatter their transfer record with a £12million bid for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones.
  • West Brom’s wantaway midfielder Borja Valero will complete a deal to Real Mallorca this week.
  • David Moyes will spark a late transfer window buying spree with Russian star Vladimir Bystrov at the top of his shopping list.
  • Harry Redknapp is ready to make a cut-price move for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.
  • Dietmar Hamann has turned down Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Notts County and will instead move to Portsmouth.

    SUNDAY MIRROR:

  • Dean Ashton is set to announce his shock retirement from football.
  • Everton will ask the FA to investigate their claim that Manchester City made an illegal approach for Joleon Lescott.
  • Rafa Benitez has told Liverpool’s fans they can put their money on him staying at Anfield for the remaining five years of his contract.
  • Arsenal want William Gallas to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Portsmouth are ready to sell Niko Kranjcar if a club will meet their £8million asking price.
    The Spanish mastermind looks set to remain loyal to his Liverpool contract.

    The Spanish mastermind looks set to remain loyal to his Liverpool contract.

    SUNDAY EXPRESS:

  • Everton are going to war with Manchester City after finally agreeing to sell Joleon Lescott for £24million.
  • Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is bidding to end once and for all the rumours that he is ready to walk out of Anfield.
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    Transfer News – July 6th

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    July 6th, 2009

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    MIRROR

    * John Terry has been told by Chelsea to break his silence over Manchester City’s interest in him.

    * Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is willing to pay Joey Barton £25,000 a week to join the club on loan next season.

    * Burnley are making a move for freed Paris St Germain winger Fabrice Pancrate.

    * Middlesbrough are lining up a move for out-of-contract striker Danny Webber.

    * Millwall are hoping to beat Charlton to the signing of Plymouth winger Jason Puncheon.

    * Derby boss NIgel Clough is eyeing a loan move for Arsenal youngster Mark Randall.

    * Gary Ablett is in talks with Stockport about becoming the club’s new manager.

    Brede Hangeland's future is in the balance at Craven Cottage.

    Brede Hangeland's future is in the balance at Craven Cottage.

    * Fulham defender Brede Hangelaan’s future is in doubt after he rejected an offer to double his wages.

    * Sheffield Wednesday will make moves for NEC Nijmegen’s Collins John and Sunderland midfielder Liam Miller.

    * Manchester United want to put a 25% sell-on clause into any deal to sell striker Fraizer Campbell.

    DAILY MAIL

    * Manchester United have asked about Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure amid growing concerns over the fitness of Owen Hargreaves.

    * Yuri Zhirkov last night flew into London to finalise his £18million move from CSKA Moscow to Chelsea.

    * Steve Bruce is ready to make Paraguay centre back Paulo da Silva his first signing at Sunderland.

    * Fiorentina want Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue in part exchange for Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo.

    * Fabio Capello is planning a pre-World Cup training camp in Austria next summer to help England prepare for playing at altitude in South Africa.

    THE SUN

    * Arsenal have slapped a £40million price tag on Cesc Fabregas as they brace themselves for a bid from Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    * John Terry and Mark Hughes stayed in the same Dubai hotel complex last week.

    * Chris Samba has put Manchester City on alert by refusing to pledge his future to Blackburn.

    * Pepe Reina is sure Liverpool can hang on to midfield pair Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.

    * Spurs and Aston Villa will battle it out for £10million-rated Marcus Berg.

    Spurs and Aston Villa are battling it out for Swedish sensation, Marcus Berg

    Spurs and Aston Villa are battling it out for Swedish sensation, Marcus Berg

    * Bolton are to end their interest in Ferrie Bodde, after their £3.5million offer was rejected by Swansea.

    * Graeme Souness thinks Alex Ferguson will turn Michael Owen back into an England World Cup star.

    DAILY STAR

    * Cristiano Ronaldo says Spanish football is now better than the Premier League.

    * FIFA committee member Franz Beckenbauer has backed England’s World Cup bid, claiming the country could host football’s showpiece event “tomorrow.”

    DAILY EXPRESS

    * Chelsea are ready to consider a future without John Terry.

    * Roman Abramovich is bracing himself to take the decision he thought he would never have to – to sell John Terry.

    RUMOURS

    * Manchester United will bid £10m for Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakov, and it is very likely that he will agree to a 3 year deal with the Red Devils.

    * David Silva is in advanced talks with Liverpool FC.  His medical will begin within the week and the deal finalized next week.

    * Arsenal have set a £40m asking price of captain Cesc Fabregas. Madrid will bid by offering £15m in cash and Wesley Sneijder and a choice between Arjen Robben or Klass Huntelaar.

    Highly rated Argentinian, Sergio Aguero, is a target for a number of top clubs.

    * Barcelona are offering £30m plus Thierry Henry for Liverpool hardman Javier Mascherano, who is rumoured to be unsettled at Anfield.

    * Aston Villa are to bid for Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pederson.

    Highly rated Argentinian, Sergio Aguero, is a target for a number of top clubs.

    *Manchester United will sign Sergio Aguero for £30m plus Nani in exchange.

    *Real Madrid have expressed interest in signing Maicon from Inter Milan.



    Silly Season Breakdown- Top 5

    On May 30th, I imagine every manager and assistants waiting outside a giant department of superstars like Mom’s and daughters on Black Friday.  As soon as the doors open, the transfer season explodes.  Newspaper gossip columnists lick their lips and get busy in the rumor mill.  Managers are running to and from different sections, knowing they need a new defender but can’t spend more than £10m (£18m if you’re Rafael Benitez).  Some forwards are on sale over by the midfielders on free transfer, but you’re stuck debating whether or not you want to buy like Argentine starlet dubbed ‘the next Messi’.  Better hurry though, before they all get snapped up.

    That’s I see it, at least.

    Some people call it ‘silly season’ and for good reason.  In recent weeks we’ve watch, slackjawed, at some of the transfer activity that’s been keeping the papers busy.  Manchester City are essentially offering any superstar about £200,000 per week (most recently Samuel Eto’o) and offering their clubs probably close to double what they are actually worth.  They’re quickly becoming one of the most hated clubs in England for their cavalier spending and public exploits (read The Abramovich Effect further down for more on subject).

    Cristiano Ronaldo trailed Kaká (£55m) to Real Madrid for a fee of £80m from Florentino Perez for the beginning of the new ‘Galacticos’ era.  Hot on the heels of those two monster transfers are rumours of David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Karim Benzema, Carlos Tevez, Franck Ribery, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.  The only other club to rival Manchester City’s sheer arrogance and greed.

    Who, of their actual targets do they actually require?  You could argue none, but a domestic thrashing from Barcelona and a European one from Liverpool suggest otherwise.  The question for any player linked with Real Madrid at this point is:  Unless you’re a superstar, where do you fit into the Real Madrid equation?  They can’t field 20 players.  Would they just rot on the bench, or are they better off somewhere else?

    That is the question that several players will have to ask themselves before joining outfits like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea…etc.

    So we’ll look into it…

    Manchester United won yet another Premier League crown, the League Cup, the Community Shield and the FIFA World Clup Championship, and reached the Champions League Final.  With Ronaldo & Tevez (something SAF will deeply regret) out the door, who comes into play, where, and how much of the void will they fill from those players who are leaving?

    Manchester United In’s:
    Antonio Valencia from Wigan (undisc) – No Ronaldo, but with SAF guiding him along, could develop into an even greater player.

    Rumoured:
    Douglas Costa – Gremio – ‘next Ronaldinho’.  Only 18 but would prefer Spain over England.
    Karim Benzema – Lyon – Linked with United for some time.  The club has recently stated that they won’t stand in his way if he wants to leave, but this is just because they want him to publicly come out and say he wants out.  Then the club don’t get slated for getting rid of him.  But, like Costa, seems to prefer Madrid over United.
    Sergio Aguero – Ateltico Madrid – One of the best young talents in the world.  It would take an enormous fee to pry Aguero from Madrid’s clutches.  Craves first team football AND Champions League play.
    Iker Casillas – Real Madrid – Won’t leave.  He’s is to Real Madrid what Gerrard is to Liverpool or Terry to Chelsea

    Outs:
    Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – £80m

    Liverpool In’s:
    Glen Johnson from Portsmouth (£17.5m) – England’s first choice right back and former Chelsea man will add a more attacking element for the Rafael Benitez’s men.
    Aaron King from Rushden & Diamonds (undisc)
    Jesus Fernandez from Cadiz (undisc)

    Rumoured:
    David Silva – Valencia – If it happens, it is said to be in the range of £22m plus Ryan Babel in a part exchange.  Benitez has been an admirer of the Spanish playmaker for some time and would love to slot him in on the right, left, or right behind Torres.
    David Villa – Valencia – Rafa would have to cough up big bucks to see him leave Valencia.  The club have said they won’t let him go, but it is silly season for a reason, and if Rafa plays his cards right and pays enough Villa could find Anfield, though highly unlikely.
    Juan Mata – Valencia – In the same mold as Silva, but much cheaper.  Creative young winger from Spain.

    Outs:
    Jack Hobbs – Leicester City (undisc)
    Sami Hyypia – Bayer Levekusen (free)

    Chelsea In’s:
    none

    Rumoured:
    Yuri Zhirkov – CSKA Moscow – The Russian left winger/wingback is said to be close to signing for the Blues to give Ashley Cole and Malouda some competition for their starting places.
    Alexandre Pato – AC Milan – Pato is regarded as very promising young talent.  He’s proven himself in Serie A and he’s still 19.  Chelsea have had bids of £45, 50 and 60m rejected.
    Daniel Sturridge – Manchester City – Said to be a done deal, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  Another young striker who would fit into the Champions League’s Homegrown Rule.

    Outs:
    Ben Sahar – Espanyol (undisc)

    Arsenal In’s:
    Thomas Vermaelen – Ajax (undisc)

    Rumoured:
    Brede Hangeland – Fulham – The American born Norweigian defender has shown in Roy Hodgeson’s ranks.  He would absolutely give Arsenal some more grit next season.  Though, with European football guaranteed for the Cottagers, it might be more difficult than expected to sign him.
    Felipe Melo – Fiorentina – The physical holding midfielder was beckoned by Gilberto Silva to join the Gunners.  Melo would offer great support to Fabregas’s forward runs, and he would be a physical presence for Wenger’s men.  One they need.

    Outs:
    Amaury Bischoff – released
    Rui Fonte – released

    Everton In’s:
    Anton Peterlin – The unknown American is a little surprise for the Toffee’s but then again, is there anyone better than Moyes at finding a bargain in the Premier League?  I think not.

    Rumoured:
    Michael Owen – Newcastle – What happened to Michael Owen?  Ever since leaving Liverpool, he was a shadow of his former self.  In his best season since Anfield, he netted 13 times for Madrid, not bad, but not what he was.  Regardless, a lot of people forget he is only 29…if he could just sign with a doctor’s note.  Though I’ve heard more info of him joining Stoke or Hull (Phil Brown has a man crush on the man) than Everton.
    Ruud Van Nistelrooy – Real Madrid – The aging Madrid man is supposedly in Moyes’s crosshairs for about £3m which would be a good buy for a player who flourished in the Premier League under Ferguson.

    Outs:
    Nuno Valente – released
    Andy van der Meyde – released

    More to follow…

    -Caleb Sonneland