It’s Friday, so if you’re going out this weekend, be safe, and don’t do anything that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t do.
The Corriere dello Sport reports that Chelsea are getting ready to make a bid of 15 million pounds for Palermo striker Amauri.
Amauri and nearly everyone around him are saying that he won’t be leaving in the January window, so any move might be for the summer. And, Chelsea’s bid may not even be enough to reel in the 27-year old Brazilian, as Palermo’s president is looking for 25 million euros for their star, who has eight goals this season. And, whatever move Chelsea plans to make is going to be watched closely by Juventus and AC Milan.
Chelsea are also interested in Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Modric, but according to El Mundo Deportivo, the 22-year old Croatian star only has eyes for Barcelona.
“The prospect of playing for Barcelona is an exciting one, and I’ll do all I can to ensure that it comes to fruition,” he told El Mundo Deportivo.
“Knowing that Blaugrana coaches are tracking my progress makes me very proud.”
Newcastle and Manchester City have also been linked with Modric, who has been capped 22 times for his national team.
Arsene Wenger is thinking of sending out Theo Walcott on loan, for the sake of getting the 18-year old regular first-team football. Wenger wants to send him to a top-flight club, but that won’t stop Championship side Stoke from trying to make a move for him, just to see if something comes out of it. You could say that they’re Stoke-ing the fire, no?
There’s a reason why I’m not a comedian, but I digress.
Arsenal are closing in on signing Gillingham starlet Luke Freeman for a reported fee of 200,000 pounds, which will help bolster the club’s financial fortunes. The 15-year old striker made his Gills debut in an FA Cup tie against Barnet in November, which made him the youngest player to play in the FA Cup.
First we had one Lyon striker (Fred) in the news, then another (Milan Baros), so how about both at the same time? OL president Jean-Michael Aulas says that one of them will leave before the month is over, but he doesn’t know which one it will be, since the club is still receiving offers from both.
Portsmouth have been heavily linked with Baros in the last several days, and would seem to have the edge on landing him, if he is the one that leaves.
As for Fred, well, he’s been linked with Tottenham, PSG, Portsmouth, and Middlesbrough, but he turned them all down in favor of staying at Lyon, so he said. So, I guess we’ll see what happens.
Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano is reportedly in advanced discussions with an unnamed Premier League club over a move to England. Fabiano has told Brazilian media that going to England is ‘a great opportunity’ and that he will do what is most appropriate for him. Sky Sports says the unnamed club is reportedly Manchester City, who have been looking and looking and looking and looking and looking some more for a new striker.
While Luis Fabiano is being linked with a move to England, Sevilla have been busy snapping up someone who could be the future of their strike force, in Finnish starlet Teemu Pukki. The 17-year old Pukki has made a name for himself for Finland’s youth teams, and ‘the next Jari Litmanen’ was already a regular for Kooteepee.
Speaking of Manchester City, they have brought in Inter youngster Filippo Mancini for a two-week trial. Sven-Goran Eriksson has some previous ties with Mancini, having coached his father in two of his previous managerial stops in Italy with Sampdoria and Lazio. His father? Inter manager Roberto, who starred for Samp in the 80s and 90s. The older Mancini played for Eriksson while he was the manager of Sampdoria from 1992-97, and at Lazio from 1997-2000.
As for Inter, they’re closing in on signing Brescia midfielder Daniele Mannini for 3.8 million euros. The Nerazzurri are also looking at two other players from the Serie B side, in highly-rated keeper Emiliano Viviano, and defender Marco Zambelli.
The 22-year old Viviano is valued at 15 million euros, and has been the object of a part-exchange bid by Palermo. Zambelli, also 22, nicknamed the ‘Highlander,’ is valued at 10 million euros.
It’s a given that Olof Mellberg is going to be a Juventus player, but will it be immediately or in the summer? The Gazzetto dello Sport says it looks to be the former, as the veteran defender is set to complete a move to Juve anytime now, for a fee of 850,000 euros. Martin O’Neill, however, might be a little out of the loop, judging by some comments he made on Thursday as reported by Goal.com.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak to him about the statement from Juventus,” said the Scottish tactician. “He said he’d tell me if and when he signed.
“The players were off yesterday, and if he went over there yesterday then obviously I need to speak to him to assess his frame of mind in terms of whether he feels he can still play for us without being distracted.”
While that’s still very much in speculation mode, Juve are all set to sign Momo Sissoko for 13 million euros, and there’s a possibility that a Liverpool teammate could be joining him there in the near future, as Javier Mascherano revealed to an Argentine radio station that it’s time for him to move on away from the Premier League and that Juve is a definite possibility.
And for the final run through…Werder Bremen have sealed a pre-contract agreement with 20-year old Sturm Graz defender Sebastien Prodl…Wigan now look like favorites to land Marlon King after a move to Fulham has stalled…Middlesbrough have agreed personal terms with Afonso Alves, with the way now clear for him to make a move to England…Alan Hutton still doesn’t want to go to Spurs…Paul Robinson confirmed to Sky Sports News that he has not handed in a transfer request, contrary to reports