Deco is being lined up by Atletico Madrid, who are keen to launch a £5m bid for the Chelsea midfielder. (Daily Star)
Deco and Chelsea haven’t been a match made in heaven but Deco has been there and done that when it comes to Spanish football. His next move will either be to Italy or back to Brazil.
Liverpool and Manchester City are both lining up bids for Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne. (The Times)
Chelsea is not selling to Liverpool even if Abramovich isn’t rolling in the money these days. With Manchester City not considered a threat to Chelsea if they over pay for Mancienne, Chelsea would consider taking that money and spending it on other areas.
Relegation-threatened Newcastle United have put their contract negotiations with striker Michael Owen on hold until their league status is determined. (The Times)
It’s not like Owen is chomping at the bit to resign with Newcastle at the moment. I’m sure he won’t mind waiting.
Former West Ham and Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute, who currently plays for Sevilla, says he could be on the verge of return to the Premier League. (The Independent)
Another yearly ritual, the Freddie Kanoute angling to either leave Sevilla or score an improved contract. With neither eventually happening
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is set for a summer clear-out, with Dietmar Hamann, Darius Vassell, Elano, Michael Ball and Benjani all likely to be offloaded. (The Guardian)
Mark Hughes may get set for a summer clear-out himself. Sven got fired with a better performing team last year.
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