Manchester City are setting their sights high, with Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, Barcelona striker Thierry Henry, Chelsea skipper John Terry and Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz all transfer targets. (The Times)
Manchester City couldn’t even sign Roque Santa Cruz in the last transfer window. I’ll wish them luck signing any of the other three players listed come the summer transfer window.
Liverpool may make a £9m bid for Valencia centre-back Raul Albiol if Daniel Agger refuses to sign a new deal to keep him at Anfield. (Various)
Liverpool should make that bid regardless of what Agger does. Albiol is a better option at the back than Agger and he can also help out as a holding midfielder.
Real Madrid’s Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart says he would like to join Chelsea, if his compatriot Guus Hiddink stays on as manager. (The Sun)
Rafael van der Vaart just wants to play, something he is doing very little of at Real Madrid lately.
Hiddink, meanwhile, has urged Chelsea to bid for Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Various)
Given the culture shock of moving to England from Russia to go along with the mess Juande Ramos created at Tottenham, Pavlychenko hasn’t done that bad in his first year in English football.
AC Milan are lining up a £15m summer bid for Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy. (Various)
At 15 million Arsenal would at least listen to that offer for their last Invincibles still on the roster.
Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has alerted Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton by admitting he has concerns about his future at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mail)
Do find it strange that Huddlestone doesn’t fit into Redknapp plans considering his preference for size in the midfield, with the likes of Papa Bouba Diop and Younes Kaboul being examples of players Redknapp went out and bought at Portsmouth.
Jeremie Aliadiere will quit Middlesbrough if they are relegated and the striker could make a shock return to Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)
Should read – Jeremie Aliadiere will quit Middlesbrough if they are relegated and the striker could make a very cheap return to Arsenal.
Boro defender Emanuel Pogatetz also says he will leave the club if they are relegated. (The Sun)
Are any Boro players actually focused on keeping the team up instead of making plans for the summer?
England boss Fabio Capello has branded striker Wayne Rooney a “crazy man” after the striker’s red card in Manchester United’s defeat by Fulham. (Various)
At least he didn’t stomp on anyone.
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is considering an application for a British passport that would allow the Spaniard to play for England. (Various)
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, if Capello and the English FA in general wanted Almunia they would of told him to get his passport already.
Former Portsmouth boss Tony Adams is hoping to rebuild his managerial career by landing the top job at Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam. (The Sun)
Seems to be working for Steve Mclaren at FC Twente. The same way I feel that more English players should play outside of England, more English coaches should take the Sir Bobby Robson route and coach all over Europe as well.
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand insists footballers do not have a flash lifestyle, despite their huge salaries. “Our lives are quite boring”, he insists. “I spend a lot of time watching Coronation Street and Eastenders.” (Daily Star)
Remind me to not hang out with Rip Ferdinand if ever given the chance.
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