Rumors & Realities: Who Will Break Into the EPL Top Four?

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Rumors & Realities: Who Will Break Into the EPL Top Four?

R-R presents to you the latest rumors and realities of the football world.

Rome mourns over the loss of Roma president, Franco Sensi, who has passed away at the age of 82, the Italian club announced.

Rumors

Real Madrid president, Roman Calderon, denied that Robinho is set to sign for Chelsea. Chelsea reportedly made a €40m bid to sign the Brazilian forward from Real Madrid.

However, Real seem keen on keeping their prized asset in Madrid, as Calderon announced that there will be no more signings. Chelsea are rumored to be ready to up their bid in order to secure the signing of "the next Pele." 

"No more signings" means that Real will remain short of strikers, and if Ruud Van Nistelrooy gets injured, they will surely miss him with the likes of forgettable duo Higuain and Saviola on the Real bench. Madrid also had the same problem last season, but with van Nistelrooy remaining fit for the most part of last year, Real seem to think that their top goalscorer is invincible.    

Roma fans were however happy to see Julio Baptista sign for the club after a transfer fee of €12m was agreed with Real Madrid. The transfer story that stretched all through the summer transfer market is finally done. After Baptista landed in Rome for a medical, he was introduced as a Roma player.

Juventus are said to be ready to re-enter the race to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic is yet to make his debut after securing a move to Stamford Bridge. The forgotten Serbian has been linked with Milan, with Alessandro Nesta's repeated back problems. 

Juventus are short of options in center defense, after Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out with an injury during The Berlusconi Cup in a miserable night for The Old Lady fans which saw Juventus lose 4-1 to Milan.

Realities

Luiz Felipe Scolari must be the happiest man on earth after he saw Chelsea cruise to a 4-0 demolition of Portsmouth. After the match, Pompey manager Harry Redknapp talked of any good English team's impossible task of breaking into the top four in the EPL.

Add that sentence up and you will have Mission Impossible 4. Impossible is the right word, I guess, with Tottenham losing to Middlesbrough and Blackburn and Everton seeming shaky. Maybe Boro will break into the top four. Na.

Scolari's joy was doubled when the referee's final whistle was blown to signal the end of the Man Utd-Newcastle match in a 1-1 draw. Will Newcastle break into the top four? I certainly hope so, but that's another mission impossible.

But with all fairness to Kevin Keegan and his men, Newcastle's performance was very good. They showed teamwork and a good fighting spirit, with Jonas Gutierrez, in particular, fighting well in midfield.

In transfer news, Werder Bremen loan Chelsea's Claudio Pizarro while Justin Hoyte moves to Middlesbrough.

Can anyone break into the top four? Who will it be?      

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