European Transfer Rumor Mill

John HoumesSenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2008

What is a day without some good transfer rumors?


Spanish newspapers Marca and Sport have reported that Barca might be showing Ronaldinho the way to the door of Camp Nou. They are apparently tired of his poor play and late night partying.


Barca denies these "divorce" claims. But leaks to the Spanish papers said that Barca was already making plans in a meeting yesterday. As the report goes, Camp Nou president Joan Laporta is pondering paying the rest of Ronaldinho’s contract and letting him go on a free transfer.


While long-time Ronaldinho fan Roman Abramovich would try and woo him to his Chelsea club, the Brazilian is said to prefer AC Milan.


The rumors from Italian sources are a little different: the Brazilian will make a summer move to Inter Milan. They claim Nike, who is the sponsor for Ronaldinho, as well as Barca and Inter Milan, will pay for the transfer fee.


Critics think Ronaldinho would manage better in Italy than in England.


Inter boss Roberto Mancini is also rumored to be on his way out at Milan. Jose Mourinho has been reported to be on Inter’s short list for a new manager. But if The Special One isn’t allowed full control of signings, rumors are that the name Rafa sits right below Mourinho’s.


Evidently, Inter thinks it can lure Rafael Benitez while his future is uncertain at Liverpool. The "Rafa to Inter" rumor is the least widespread at this point.


If Frank Rijkaard were to leave Camp Nou this summer, El Mundo Deportivo and Marca report that Rafa is supposedly at the top of Barca’s replacement list, with Mourhino at second.


With Mourhino out of a job, it is easier to see him in Italy or Spain. While the move with Rafa is certainly a possibility, much will depend on how Liverpool fares in the Champion’s League, if they qualify for Europe again next year, and if the team changes ownership.


Those are a lot of "ifs", but what's a good transfer rumor without them?