Rumors & Realities: Capello Staying With England

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Rumors & Realities: Capello Staying With England

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After their attempts to sign Adrian Mutu failed, Roma are in the hunt for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar; Luciano Spalletti finally figured out that a football team would do better with strikers.

David Trezeguet's future is no longer in doubt after Claudio Ranieri said that he is looking forward to pair Trezegoal with newly-signed striker Amauri. However, Barcelona have reportedly offered Juventus more than 20 million Euros to get their permission to approach Trezeguet, as newly-installed Barca manager Pepe Guardiola looks to pair Trezeguet and Thierry Henry; Henry and Trezeguet played together in AS Monaco and any manager would want to pair them together (anyone but Raymond Domenech).

Inter Milan may be set to move for Xabi Alonso after talks for Chelsea star Frank Lampard stalled, with Chelsea insisting that thhe player is not for sale. Chelsea's unwillingness to sell Lampard is understandable since Lamps has been one of the best players for The Blues since coming to Stamford Bridge. While Jose Mourinho's sour relationship with Chelsea owner won't encourage the Chelsea owner to let go of Lampard. Rumor has it that Lamps might be left to rot in the reserves by his employers should he demand a transfer to Giuseppe Meazza.

Moving to the news that the papers don't get tired of discussing, Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid seems unlikely with Real having reportedly made an offer for Raffaele Van der Vaart. The Holland international was a Juventus target earlier in the summer season, but it seems Juve will challenge Milan's former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho's capture with the former Danish player of the year Christian Poulsen.

Real will, however, offer 40 million Euros to acquire the services of Valencia striker David Villa according to random reports. Reports also suggest that Inter have made an "official" bid for Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma. The offer is said to be in the region of 25 million Euros; if you think that's a lot, remember that Mourinho bought Shaun Wright-Phillips for £21 million. Speaking of Wright-Phillips, he seems to be set to a switch to Pompey as Harry Redknapp is apparently keen to make Portsmouth the playing ground of England bench warmers, with England "B" members Peter Crouch, David James, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe already at Fratton Park.


Fabio Capello's "misinterpreted quotation" has been clarified; Capello said earlier that he would end his career "having made an impact at the World Cup" (how can't they misinterpret that?). With Capello still learning English, expect many unclear sentences to turn into headline speculations. However, a native Englishman and FA spokesman cleared things up, saying that Capello will see out his contract with the English FA.

The FA spokesman said: "Fabio just wishes to clarify he did not mean he was planning to quit the England job after the World Cup.

"I have spoken to him and his focus is solely on one tournament at a time.

"At the moment, his full concentration is on qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and he is not thinking past that objective at the moment."

In other "real news", Ajax have won the one-horse race to sign unwanted "star" Oleguer for a transfer fee of 3 million Euros, while Inter edge closer to seal a deal worth £12 million for Sulley Muntari. Also Kaka's agent has rubbished news that his client will be moving to Chelsea by declaring that "Kaka only wants Milan"; it's funny enough that Kaka's agent was quoted saying "Kaka wants Chelsea" last week.

Some Premiership clubs have completed transfer deals, including West Ham signing Lazio's Swiss winger Valon Behrami and  Paul Robinson moving to Blackburn. PSG striker David Ngog moves to Liverpool and Middlebrough's Lee Cattermole moves to Wigan Athletic.



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