Rumors & Realities: The Latest News In the Football World

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Rumors & Realities: The Latest News In the Football World

R-R presents to you the latest news in the football world

Roman Abramovich must be thinking he made the best choice in his life when he employed Luiz Felipe Scolari after Chelsea's 5-0 win over Italian giants Milan. I don't think he should be expecting so many five-nills though.


R-R's special must be news about two players who are constantly making the news headlines, R-R: Ronaldo and Robinho

In the most-talked about and slowest transfer saga, Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid is still in the balance, with Sir Alex Ferguson promising his prized asset that he can leave next year, according to reports. With actually nothing happening in the Ronaldo-Real Madrid affair, Cristiano Ronaldo's words manage to keep his transfer story in the headlines.

"The new Pele" Robinho recently stated that he is considering offers from several clubs, with Chelsea being favorites to land him. Robinho said earlier in the summer that he would love to work with his compatriot Luiz Felipe Scolari, the newly-installed coach at Stamford Bridge. While "the new Maradona" Lionel Messi is angered by Barcelona's refusal to let him go to the Olympics.

Samuel Eto'o might stay at Barcelona after all, but even if the Cameroonian stays, Barca coach might still welcome a new striker in the shape of Spurs want-away Dimitar Berbatov.

Arsene Wenger might try to pair a Spanish duo in midfield after making a bid to sign Xabi Alonso from rivals Liverpool. However, it is unlikely that Alonso will move to Arsenal with The Gunners offering much less than what The Reds are demanding for their creative midfielder.

Everton manager David Moyes, on the other hand, wants to sign four to five players. Players who are reportedly featured on the Scot's shortlist include ex-Chelsea midfielder, Juventus flop Tiago Mendes. Another Juve flop, Sergio Almiron, might be on his way to Fiorentina who are trailing the former Empoli playmaker.


Inter manager Jose Mourinho has gone back to his controversial self by replying with cruel words to Juve manager Claudio Ranieri's earlier comments. Ranieri said in a press conference that followed his side's loss to Hamburg by three goals to nothing that he doesn't have to win all the time to feel good, like Mourinho. Mourinho responded angrily by tagging the Italian coach as "old and fruitless", having won nothing important in his managerial career.

After careful examination of Wesley Sneijder's injury by the club's physios, Real Madrid fans' worries have been eased as the Dutch playmaker will be out for three months and not six months as it was first said.

In other Real Madrid news, the Spanish giants have seemingly started a tradition of buying Dutch players, similarly to Barcelona's transfer policy in the 90's. 

New Real signing Rafeal Van der Vaart, the fifth Dutch international in the Real Madrid squad, was brought to Madrid from Hamburg for 13 million Euros. For a Dutch international who has proven himself quite well, Van der Vaart has a relatively low price tag. Just ask Abramovich about crazy fees put for then-30 year-old Andrei Shevchenko or average Shaun Wright-Phillips. 

In other transfer news, Racing's Aldo Pedro Duscher moves to Sevilla while West Ham continue their shopping spree by signing Jan Lastuvka from Shakhtar. Paul Ince's Blackburn Rovers sign Manchester United's right-back Daniel Simpson on a year-long loan.

That's it for R-R this time. Be sure to check out the next one!




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