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Transfer Rumors (06 July 08): Huntelaar dreams of Manchester United, Chelsea to sell Ivanovic, Inler for Newcastle, and more

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There’s not a lot of major news to report today, since it’s Sunday and all, but there are a few signings to report, so hopefully you’ll get your fill of weekend transfer tidbits.

Ajax’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scores goals in his sleep, is a well-known target of Manchester United, and Huntelaar says that United are a club that makes him dream, especially because of all that Dutch compatriot Ruud Van Nistelrooy did at United.

Rumor Rating: 4 – With Ajax signing Serbian hot-shot Miralem Sulejmani, it would appear that they may be planning for life without Huntelaar, so it may not be long before official offers come in from United and others.

Chelsea could be set to make another profit off of a player who was just on their squad list to be on it, as Juventus could be set for a 12 million pound move for Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic moved from Lokomotiv Moscow for nine mil in January, but he didn’t play a single game for Chelsea through the remainder of the season.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Who’s going to have the last laugh in this one? Chelsea for making Juve pay more than they would have had they won the race to sign him in the winter, or Ivanovic for showing that there was a reason he’s made not one, but two clubs pay high fees for him over the span of several months?

According to the Mirror, Newcastle are closing in on a four million pound deal for Swiss star Gokhan Inler, who could quit Udinese after only one season.

Rumor Rating: 4 – Kevin Keegan is making the midfield a priority, having already signed Jonas Gutierrez earlier this week and now having Inler in his sights.

Hull have signed Brazilian midfielder Geovanni, who was recently released by Manchester City.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Geovanni didn’t quite have the expected impact at City after being signed last summer, but the 28-year old, who once commanded an 18m euro transfer fee when he moved to Barcelona in 2001, could prove to be a low-risk, high-reward player for Phil Brown’s Tigers.


Villareal’s Marcos Senna, who has been the object of interest from the likes of Arsenal, has told the club not to sell him in case someone comes in for him.

Rumor Rating: 1 – There’s a chance that a few offers come in for him, but considering that Villareal have upped his release clause to 36 million euros, Senna likely doesn’t have anything to worry about.

Mallorca have strengthened their defense by signing Villareal’s Josemi, formerly of Liverpool, and Racing Santander’s Ayoze Diaz.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Mallorca had one of the top-scoring sides in La Liga this season, but defensively, they were in the bottom half of the league, which was a factor in them just missing out on a top-six finish and an automatic European place. Also, with Fernando Navarro going to Sevilla, it was a must to reinforce the defense quickly.


Fiorentina have made a double defensive swoop by getting Juan Manuel Vargas from Catania and Gianluca Comotto from Torino.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Fiorentina have been active in the transfer market thus far, and have done a lot to strengthen their squad for an assault on Serie A and a run in the Champions League.


Like I said the other day, verbal agreements don’t mean much, and that appears to be the case for Rennes forward Jimmy Briand. The 23-year old forward says that Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi told him that he’d let him go elsewhere if a good offer came in. Well, PSG came in with an offer of seven million euros? Good enough, right? Not even close, as Rennes are apparently holding out for 12 million euros.

Rumor Rating: 3 – Well, there must be a difference in what Briand thinks is a ‘good’ offer and what Dreossi thinks is good. Simple misunderstanding is all, it appears.

Well, that’s it for today – all of the summer transfer lists will be updated by Monday, so check those out for all of the summer’s signings from the Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, and Ligue 1. And as for the rumors, chime in, chip in, and I’ll be back tomorrow.

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