Saturday, July 15, 2006

the rumor mill and some done deals

Is Ashley Cole headed for the gravy train that is Chelsea? You'd think Shevchenko, Ballack, Kalou and Jon Obi Mikel would overturn a boat already weighty with talent. On the upside for Arsenal, they get Tomas Rosicky (lucky bastards), and Javier Saviola, the incredibly talented Argentine, has voiced interest, as well.

Valencia wants Chelsea to give up Asier del Horno.

Real Madrid wants Ribery. Everyone does, I mean, but they get first dibs.

Newcastle wants Klose, but then, so does Real Madrid.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy gets his wish to leave Man U and take his place amongst the golden boys at Real Madrid.

Man U teammate Quinton Fortune is bound for Bolton, as is Djimi Traore, longtime Liverpool defender. Man U gets Michael Carrick from Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion keeper Tomasz Kuszczak as well.

Micah Richards travels from Man City to Tottenham. Liverpool loses Didi Hamann to Man City (after the quickest ever residency at Bolton...about five minutes). Fernando Morientes is gone, too, to Valencia, but the Reds have signed the rowdy Welsh striker Craig Bellamy from Blackburn Rovers and Gabriel Paletta, 20-year-old Argentine central defender.

Boro gets to keep Downing (coveted by Tottenham) but the deal for Robert Huth fell through when he failed a medical exam. Man City captain Sylvain Distin is coveted by Boro, probably to no avail.

The latest word on Diego Forlan is that he's resisted the siren song of Barca to stay on at Villarreal. Let's hope Riquelme is so strong as to resist the deadly lure of Chelsea.

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