Well, it’s Friday again. The week’s certainly flown by, hasn’t it? Speaking of flying, who could be flying to a new locale soon? Read on, and you’ll find out.
Could Liverpool make a move for Valencia’s David Silva? Silva’s price tag is 20 million pounds, so it may be a stretch at this point, but the possibility is being floated around in various reports.
Rumor Rating: 2 – With Andrea Dossena already signed and Gareth Barry likely on his way soon, funds for more transfers are likely at a minimum. However, if the Reds can sell both Xabi Alonso and Peter Crouch, that could give them the money they need.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are set to get the green light on their 18 million pound move for CSKA Moscow striker Jo, after agreeing to buy out the remainder of his rights from MSI.
Rumor Rating: 4 – So, does it no longer smell fishy, or no?
Arsenal are interested in Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins, but the Magpies have slapped a 15 million pound price tag on the 23-year old Nigerian striker.
Rumor Rating: 3 – At this point, that could be more than Arsenal might be willing to pay, but if they do part with Emmanuel Adebayor, Martins could quickly be lined up as a replacement.
The Daily Mirror says that Arsenal are set to make a 10 million pound bid for Russia’s Andrei Arshavin, who struck off the rust from missing Russia’s first two Euro 2008 matches due to suspension to play a pivotal part in leading his side to the quarters.
Rumor Rating: 3 – Well, by the most recent tidbit I mentioned on Arshavin, Arsenal will have to hurry to sign him up, since today’s the 20th.
At the same time, it seems that everyone loves Arsenal players, as Roma and Juventus are interested in Gael Clichy.
Rumor Rating: 2 – Enough is enough, right Arsene?
The Sun says that Tottenham have agreed a four million pound deal for Fiorentina’s Mario Santana. The 26-year old attacker doesn’t figure into La Viola’s plans for next season, and according to Fiorentina’s sporting director, Santana should join Spurs in the next few days.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Santana is coming off of a solid season at Fiorentina, scoring six goals and creating several more, so he’ll be an asset to Tottenham’s offensive exploits.
Meanwhile, they face some competition for West Ham’s Anton Ferdinand, as Aston Villa are weighing up a bid for the six million pound man.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Just like Tottenham, Villa need to strengthen their defenses if they want to make a serious run at the top four, so it wouldn’t hurt to at least make a bid.
Sunderland could make a move for defensive midfielder Peter Luccin, who could be available on a free if Real Zaragoza release the 29-year old.
Rumor Rating: 3 – Luccin, who has been playing in Spain since 2001, has a great deal of experience at the highest level, which would be valuable to an up-and-coming Sunderland side.
Birmingham are interested in making a move for Portsmouth’s David Nugent, who’s already surplus to requirements at Fratton Park and could fall even further down the pecking order if Pompey sign another striker or two in the summer.
Rumor Rating: 4 – With Stoke and Sunderland also interested in Nugent, Birmingham may be on the outside looking in, if the former Preston star wants to stay in the top flight.
Celta Vigo have signed Recreativo Huelva defender Edu Moya on a free transfer.
Rumor Rating: 5 – The 27-year old had been at Recreativo since 2006, when he moved from Tenerife, with whom he’s had two spells in his career.
Juventus are reportedly willing to sell David Trezeguet, but they’ll only do so if they receive an offer of 25 million euros.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Barcelona wouldn’t have a problem forking out the money for Trezeguet, and while Juve might not want to sell to one of their Serie A rivals, AC Milan could show some interest if they can’t get Adebayor.
Roma want Portsmouth’s Niko Kranjcar, but Harry Redknapp says that there’ll be no selling unless they get a ridiculous offer.
Rumor Rating: 1 – In other words, Kranjcar will be at Portsmouth next season.
However, Roma are close to snapping up Siena defender Simone Loria, whose terrific campaign last season led to attention from the likes of the Giallorossi.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Any chance they move him up front?
Roma could also be signing a second Liverpool player, after recently wrapping up the signing of John Arne Riise, as Harry Kewell is being linked with a move to Rome.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Like I’ve said before, if he’s healthy, he could make a big impact wherever he lands.
Lazio are being linked with a surprise swoop for Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme.
Rumor Rating: 2 – Whether or not Riquelme would jump back to Europe so quickly is unknown, but he’s certainly got it good at Boca.
So, could uncertainty about his future be the reason why German striker Mario Gomez has struggled at Euro 2008? Well, he could soon be stress-free, if Bayern Munich can agree a fee with Vfb Stuttgart for him, after reportedly already agreeing terms with the 22-year old hit-man.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Gomez is rated at 25 million euros by his club, but Bayern could be using Lukas Podolski (who replaced him in the starting XI against Portugal) as a deal sweetener.
Rafael Van der Vaart, fresh off of a terrific season for Hamburg SV, is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea, but he says he won’t be considering anything while the Dutch are still alive in Euro 2008.
Rumor Rating: 4 – There’s a slight chance that Van der Vaart could remain at Hamburg, but with uncertainty about him renewing his contract, Hamburg might take advantage of his value being at a high to get the most possible for him.
Lille are set to sign Villareal midfielder Rio Mavuba on a permanent deal, as the clubs have agreed a fee of seven million euros for the French international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Lille and impressed enough to earn a permanent move.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Mavuba lasted only a half season at Villareal after moving from Bordeaux last summer, but I’m sure he’s not too torn up about being able to stay in France.
Finally, in news from Scotland, Rangers and Celtic have made a couple of key signings, as Rangers have signed Burnley striker Kyle Lafferty for three million pounds, while Celtic have signed Derry winger Pat McCourt, who was almost set for a move to West Brom before Celtic swooped in.
Well, that’s it for today. Discuss how you feel about today’s rumors, chime in with your own, and I’ll be back tomorrow!