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Transfer Rumors (05 July 08): Ronaldinho to snub Man City for AC Milan, Pompey to bag 11m Crouch, Liverpool to sign backup keeper, and more



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There’s no big news to report on the Cristiano Ronaldo front, but fortunately for those who love soap operas, there’s something to talk about in regards to one of the summer’s other big transfer sagas.

Reports are circulating that Ronaldinho is set to opt for a move to AC Milan over going to Manchester City, as his brother/agent has said that things are 80-90% there in regards to the transfer.

Rumor Rating: 4 – One day it’s off, another day it’s on, then it’s off again, and then it’s on again. So, until everything’s officially signed on the dotted line(s), City still has a chance.

The Sun says that Portsmouth expect to land Peter Crouch by Monday, in a deal that will see Pompey pay nine mil up front and potentially another two mil in add-ons for the Liverpool striker.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Selling Crouch to Pompey might take away a potential makeweight in any deal for Robbie Keane, but it does free up some funds to help make a few more purchases.

That money may be reserved for another move or two, but with the funds they already have, Liverpool are using them to secure a backup goalkeeper, as they are reportedly close to signing Palmeiras goalkeeper Diego Cavalleri in a 3 million pound deal.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Cavalieri won’t be pushing Jose Reina for the #1 spot, but the 26-year old will likely offer Scott Carson a way out of Liverpool after the sale of Charles Itandje to Galatasaray raised the chances of Carson coming back to Anfield to be Reina’s #2.

The Daily Mail says that Spartak Moscow have rejected Tottenham’s 10 million pound bid for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko because they aren’t in the Champions League and wouldn’t be enough of a step up, considering that Spartak are (third qualifying round).

Rumor Rating: 2 – Well, it’s good to see that there’s at least one club out there that has their player’s best interests and future in mind.

Galatasaray seem to be looking to add an Australian flair to their club. With Harry Kewell having already signed or on the verge of doing so, the Turkish champions are interested in West Ham captain Lucas Neill and have made a bid for the 30-year old defender.

Rumor Rating: 3 – If the Hammers are looking to trim the wage bill, selling Neill might make sense, considering that he’s one of their highest-paid players.

Middlesbrough have completed an impressive double swoop, finally completing their 4 million pound swoop for PSG midfielder Didier Digard and signing young Dutch attacker Marvin Emnes from Sparta Rotterdam for 3.2 million pounds. The 20-year old Emnes was the fans’ Player of the Year at Sparta last season after scoring eight goals.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Signing two highly-rated youngsters is a sign that Boro are building towards the future just as much as they are for the present, and it could prove to be a bright one if these two pan out.

West Brom have signed Scotland U-21 international Graham Dorrans from Livingston for 100,000 pounds. The deal, which was initially agreed in February, could pay Livi an additional 150,000 pounds depending on appearances.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Dorrans was the Scottish Division One Player’s Player of the Year this past season, scoring 12 goals for Livingston, and while he may not jump into the first team right away, he’s one to watch for the future, both for club and country.

Bristol City are set to break a club transfer record by signing Egyptian star Emad Meteb for 1.5 million pounds from Al-Ahly.

Rumor Rating: 5 – The 25-year old Moteab, who has scored 22 goals in 47 appearances for Egypt, could be one of the missing pieces to help fuel Bristol City’s push for promotion after narrowly missing out last season.


Chievo have signed former Torino and AEK Athens goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino on a free transfer.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Sorrentino spent last season on loan at La Liga side Recreativo Huelva, who had the option of buying him permanently, but they chose not to pick up the option, freeing him up for a return to Italy, where he formerly played for Torino before leaving for Greece in 2005.


Bayern Munich aren’t looking to let go of Bastian Schweinsteiger, as they’ve rejected Inter’s advances for the star midfielder, who’s coming off of a successful performance at Euro 2008.

Rumor Rating: 1 – Immediately after what was a somewhat indifferent season for Schweinsteiger at club level, Bayern may have considered a sale, but after he starred in Austria/Switzerland, that appears to be out of the question.


Marseille have pulled out of the hunt to sign striker Bakari Kone, as Nice’s asking price of 10 to 12 million euros was higher than the 8 mil that Marseille was willing to offer.

Rumor Rating: 1 – Well, that means brother Arouna can hold it over his head that he’s played in the Champions League (with PSV and Sevilla), unless Marseille decide to pony up the extra couple of mil.


Ajax are set to break a club and Dutch transfer record by signing Heerenveen striker Miralem Sulejmani for 16.25 million euros. The signing of the 19-year old Serbian hit-man breaks the record set by Ajax when they signed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Heerenveen in the middle of the 2005/06 season.

Rumor Rating: 5 – If Sulejmani (15 goals last season) makes as good on the investment as Huntelaar has, we’ll be talking about him being linked with Manchester United, Barcelona, and others before long.

Well that’s it for today’s rumors. What do you think about the bits in the bunch? Chime in with your opinions, chip in with rumors that you’ve heard, and I’ll be back with all of the latest tomorrow!