Transfer Saga's of 2008

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2008

There are a sick amount of transfer saga's going on this summer. From Ronaldo to Ronaldinho, from Adebayor to Arshavin and from Barry to Lampard.

The clubs starring in these "saga's" include Real Madrid, Manchester United, AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Zenit St Petersburg, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.

Lets just separate the fact from fiction.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid want Ronaldo. Ronaldo wants to leave. Manchester United refuse to accept the notion that Ronaldo could be leaving Old Trafford. Man Utd want £70 million and perhaps Ramos and Robinho.

Verdict: Expect Ronaldo to be in Spain come September.


Ronaldinho: Man City or AC Milan? Is there really any choice? Apparently! The Brazilian seems to desire a move to London to link up with Scolari but that move should have happened 24 months ago. Man City would pay record wages in the region of £200,000 a week but would the trickster accept UEFA Cup football? Either way that's what he faces.

Verdict: Ronaldinho to AC Milan.


Emmanuel Adebayor: The Arsenal striker is yet another case of one season wonder. He peaked before December and his loss of form was a key reason in Arsenal's collapse. Barcelona and AC Milan are touted as potential buyers but Milan only require one striker.

Verdict: Adebayor to Barcelona with Eto'o possibly in the other direction.


Andrei Arshavin: The Zenit star has had nearly every club linked with him but only Inter and Chelsea have ruled out bids. That leaves Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and others in a straight shoot out for the Euro 2008 revelation.

Verdict: Only two options here for me. Barcelona or staying at Zenit. 50-50.


Gareth Barry: The Aston Villa captain has been set to join Liverpool all season but that deal has failed to be concluded. Neither side can agree on a fee, Villa want £18 million. Liverpool are only willing to bid £15 million and Steve Finnan. Rumours of an eleventh hour bid by Arsenal are beginning to materialise.

Verdict: Barry to join Liverpool, don't expect it to finish on kind terms.


Frank Lampard: Frank Lampard is thirty. He should be exiting his prime but Lamps is demanding a five year deal with £140,000 a week. Chelsea have offered that but only on a four year contract. Hence his demands to join Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.

Verdict: Lampard will be at Inter. Either this year or next. Probably next...


Those are my views on this summer's main transfers, what do you think?