Rumors & Realities: The Latest News in the Football World
R-R presents to you the latest rumors and realities of the football world
The picture tells the whole story. Robinho wants to move while Real Madrid are working against the dream of the Brazilian wonderkid. So the Brazilian plans to cry his way out of Santiago Bernabeu and cross all the bridges to Stamford Bridge where he will be coached by a fellow Brazilian.
Arsene Wenger still wants to add players to his thin squad. After signing Mikael Silvestre for being French, Wenger is reported to be back in the hunt for Rafa Benitez' dream signing Gareth Barry. If he is unable to sign the Liverpool target, Wenger will switch his interest to Everton target Stephane Mbia.
In London also, Juande Ramos is said to be furious with his players after losing their opener against Middlesbrough. The last time he was "furious” he started his revolution. Spurs players know that no good will come from this, and with Tottenham still searching for a striker, two Diegos top their manager's list, Forlan and Milito.
These moves might happen-or not. However, a transfer that will likely go through is Vedran Corluka's move to Tottenham from Manchester City.
Chelsea's most expensive and biggest flop of a player, Andriy Shevchenko continues to dream of a move back to Milan. The Ukrainian was told that he is not in Luiz Felipe Scolari's plans and Sheva wants to move to Milan. However, despite the Shevchenko-Milan revived interest and mutual flirting, Sheva's move back to the San Siro is taking so many setbacks.
Milan and Sheva have been determined to meet again for more than a year now, but a move is looking unlikely as Chelsea want to sell the Ukrainian striker, while Milan are hoping to complete a year-long loan to bring their goal-machine-turned-invisible striker.
Milan are also keen to bring in a defender. With Alessandro Nesta’s continuous back problems, Milan are looking to add Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. However, with Chelsea’s reluctance to part with their Serbian defender for less than their reported proposed fee of €12m, Milan might be ready to bid for Arsenal’s Phillippe Senderos.
The Arsenal squad’s central defenders include William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Mikael Silvestre; that makes a captain, a fan-favorite and a French player. And with a French manager—a talented one nevertheless—at the helm, it is hard to see Senderos make the first team. That is unless Wenger wants to field six defenders.
In Spain, Marca claims that Real Madrid are edging closer to sign River Plate’s Mateo Musacchio. While reports also claim that Hernanes, who played with Brazil at the Olympics, might move to Barcelona, with Josep Guardiola interested in signing the young Brazilian.
Real Madrid is also in the hunt for Klass-Jan Huntelaar. Barcelona and Manchester United are also said to be interested in the Dutch striker.
Vincent Kompany joins Mark Hughes’ Manchester City from HSV. The Belguim international was furious with his club when he was asked to leave the Olympics to return in time for Bundesliga action.
Transfer Realities...Here we go!
Marco Di Vaio joins Bologna on loan, Shaun Maloney leaves Aston Villa and heads back to Celtic, Fulham’s David Healy moves to Sunderland, Armand Traore moves on loan from Arsenal to Portsmouth, while Pedro Mendes moves to Rangers from Portsmouth, Mihai Nesumoves from Steau to Utrecht, Borja Valero moves from Mallorca to West Bromwich and Marlon King joins Hull City on loan from Wigan Athletic.
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