Hardly a day passes by when you don’t hear the words FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho and AC Milan in a single sentence. Today is no exception as the Spanish press goes on and on about the Ronaldinho circus that has reached almost to the point of insanity.
Sport.es has reported that Ronaldinho would leave the Camp Nou cathedral only if he gets to join AC Milan. The pro-Barcelona sports daily has dismissed all talks about Ronaldinho moving to Chelsea instead of Milan. Milan supemo Silvio Berlusconi is said to be in talks with Ronaldinho’s brother-cum-agent Roberto de Assiss and if some reports are to be believed, then the deal could be finalized soon and the player would then leave in the summer.
AC Milan’s city rivals, Inter Milan, meanwhile are fuming with agony and rage as their intended target this January signs a new contract with his current club. CSKA Moscow’s Brazilian striker Daniel Carvalho has been under the watchful eyes of several top European clubs for a long time but it was felt that Inter Milan would race ahead to get the signature of the player. But as it so happens, Carvalho has signed a new contract that will see the player remain with the club until 2009. This could give some hope to Inter’s out of favor David Suazo who has openly admitted that he thinks that he made the wrong move by signing for Inter in the summer from Cagliari; Suazo says that he should have moved to Milan instead where he would have been guaranteed more first team football action.
Juventus though are having no such problems with their players at the moment. Instead the Old Lady of Turin are busy tracking up new players. They have just signed the young Swede Albin Ekdal. The 18-year sensation is currently playing for IF Brommapojkarna and will stay in Sweden until the summer to finish his studies after which he will move to Turin. Ekdal has been dubbed as the New Ibrahimovic.
Moving onto Spain and giants Barcelona are set to lose one player and that is not Ronaldinho (at the moment, no). Striker Santiago Ezquerro has revealed that should the right offer come then he would easily leave Camp Nou where he has been since 2004. His contract with the Catalan giants end at the end of the season and Ezquerro is desperate for some first team action. Barca’s manager Frank Rijkarrd too has come under much speculation after it was revealed that German giants Bayern Munich would like the Dutchman to take over the managerial post at the club. German magazine Bild says that Bayern are looking offshore for suitable candidates to replace current coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and Marco van Basten and Rijkaard appear the best options for the Bavarian club.
Atletico Madrid have assembled Hollywood-esque star-studded team that is playing some thrilling football with some spectacular results. But it seems that the Spanish club wants more and if AS is to be believed, then Atleti are planning to scoop on Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl. Although it is mostly expected that the player will join Atletico in the summer on a free transfer, there are one or two signs that the player could just jump ship in January. Atletico also want their goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, currently on loan from AC Milan for one year, to stay at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for one more year.
Moving onto matters in England and Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has told the Journal that he is interested in signing Manchester United defender Wes Brown but has also expressed doubt on whether he can sign the player this January. Brown has been the subject of numerous speculations after refusing to sign a new four-year contract with Manchester United.
Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has told his Newcastle counterpart that he is no mood to sign the injury-prone England striker Michael Owen in January. Instead, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City are desperate to sign Mexican star Nery Castillo from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sunderland meanwhile are ready to sign defenders Phil Bardsley and Jonny Evans in January from Manchester United. Roy Keane has also expressed interest in bringing Chelsea’s Steve Sidwell and Blackburn Rovers’ disgruntled striker Jason Roberts to Sunderland.
Portsmouth are chasing a UEFA Cup spot this season and there’s no doubt that manager Harry Redknapp is preparing the list for his winter shopping next month. At the top of that list is the German international and Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi. But this move could stall as Schalke 04 are into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Two other English Premier League transfer rumors for you today. Aston Villa striker Luke Moore is frustrated at the lack of first team action so far this season and wants to leave the Midlands club. That according to The Sun while The Independent says that Wigan Athletic are chasing Crew midfielder Gary Roberts. The trouble is that Bolton Wanderers too are in the hunt for the 20-year old highly rated midfielder.