22/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

22 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=sergio+ramos&iid=9527660″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9527660/spain-train-ramos/spain-train-ramos.jpg?size=500&imageId=9527660″ width=”234″ height=”328″ /] Chelsea are ready to make Real Madrid a “super offer” of £33m for Sergio Ramos (left), with Spain’s World Cup winning defender set to earn over £8m net per season over five years.

Barcelona are ready to make Liverpool an offer for midfielder Javier Mascherano, encouraged by the Argentine’s desire to leave England for an environment where his family will be happier.

Arsenal are monitoring St Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere, one of the most highly-rated young players in France.

AC Milan are poised to offer striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic an escape route from Barcelona in a deal that could see the Spanish champions make one last effort to sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas before the transfer deadline.

Arsenal will turn their focus to Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, with little movement in their pursuit of Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer and Manchester City’s Shay Given.

Gunners left-back Gael Clichy is a target for Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor intends to stay at Eastlands, despite fresh overtures from Real.

But Real boss Mourinho is ready to launch a £20m move for Adebayor, which may free up Real striker Karim Benzema to join Manchester United.

Manchester United are planning a £15m bid for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon next summer as current number one Edwin van der Sar prepares for retirement.

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker could be swapping clubs in a shock move.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes to sign PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido if he misses out on Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky.

New Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is ready to make a £15m bid to lure Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt from his former club Liverpool.

West Ham are looking at Bayern Munich goalkeeper Michael Rensing to provide competition for Rob Green.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to spend the £8m from Kenwyne Jones’ departure to Stoke on signing Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan from French club Rennes.

Italian side Bari are interested in signing Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand after Bruce told the 25-year-old he can find another club.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is keen to sign Mexico striker Guillermo Franco, who is still a free agent after being released by West Ham last season.

The arrival of striker Craig Bellamy at Cardiff has encouraged Ipswich to make a final £4m bid for Bluebirds forward Michael Chopra.

Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman, who failed to agree personal terms with Blackpool last week, is expected to join Championship club Bristol City on Monday.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will turn his attentions to Newcastle striker Leon Best.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=martin+o’neill&iid=8516688″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8516688/martin-neil-manager-aston/martin-neil-manager-aston.jpg?size=500&imageId=8516688″ width=”234″ height=”288″ /] Former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill (right) could be in line for a shock return to management with former club Nottingham Forest.

O’Neill is also on the Football Association’s radar to become the next England coach, emerging as one of the leading candidates to replace Fabio Capello should the side struggle in their early Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is to be given a new £70,000-a-week contract to cement his status as City’s number one keeper.

Businessman Kenny Huang decided to withdraw from the race to buy Liverpool because of his increasing disillusionment with chairman Martin Broughton and the club’s board over the timescale and pace of the deal.

Steve McLaren is already facing a delicate issue of man-management at new club Wolfsburg after midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic criticised the former England boss for leaving him on the bench at the start of their 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich.

French legend Zinedine Zidane says Manchester United’s Paul Scholes is “as close to a complete player as you will see” and it his biggest regret that he did not get to play alongside him.

England boss Fabio Capello has been ordered by FA bosses to improve his English so he can communicate better with the players.

In an effort to be fit for Corinthians’ match against Vitoria next Sunday, former Brazil striker Ronaldo has been banned from eating chips and drinking alcohol.
The 33-year-old’s party lifestyle has seen him put on a considerable amount of weight but he insists he is not ready to retire from professional football.
“I will make a decision at the end of the season, ” he said on Twitter. “It is true that I am carrying more weight than I would like and that I’m not very mobile, but in 15 days I will be fine.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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