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The Rumour Mill – Shevchenko is leaving and Gallas is forced to stay
May 12, 2006, 3:41 pm
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Shevchenko and Gallas

I've mentioned in the previous Rumour Mill that Shevchenko was denied a new contract extension. It seems that these rumours are getting close to be correct, as Silvio Berlusconi admitted on Friday that Shevchenko wants to leave the Serie A club and move to the Premiership. 'Do you know that Shevchenko wants to leave? He wants to go to England,' Berlusconi, who is Italy's outgoing Prime Minister, told a group of students in front of the prime minister's office when asked to pass on their regards to the striker. Shevchenko's agent Oscar Damiani has not ruled out a move to Cheslea. 'Everything has yet to be decided. We don't know yet. Everything has to be discussed, It could be that he stays at Milan or that he goes.' He said. The most likely club to try and buy Shevchenko is Chelsea, with a likely deal that will include Crespo+Gallas. It's still unknown though the real reasons of selling Shevchenko, but most probably because Milan want to bring a star name like Henry. This one goes one rate up.
Rate 3/5

On the other hand, Gallas is said to be forced to stay. He has been offered a new 4-year contract and his current deal finishes at the end of next season. But, if Milan want Gallas and they start waving Shevchenko in Chelsea's face, they would jump on the deal. Also consider that Roman Abramovic has made bringing Shevchenko to Stamford Bridge his personal quest.
Gallas to any club. Rate 2/5
Gallas to Milan(if shevchenko is included). Rate 4/5

Arsenal want French veteran and Berbatov

Widespread press reports suggest that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will look to sign Lilian Thuram this summer in a bid to add experience to his young squad. Having played for Juventus for the last six years, it is likely that the 34-year-old would accept a fresh challenge, but he would almost certainly want a longer contract than the 12-month deal Arsenal would be prepared to offer him. In addition, the player's high wages could prove problematic, and he would also not be guaranteed regular first team football.
Rate 2/5

Long time spurs target Dimitar Berbatov is now a targer for Arsenal as well. The Bayer Leverkusen striker almost joined Tottenham in January, but was adviced against the move by coack Rudi Voller. Tottenham though have tabled an official bid.
Rate 2/5

Liverpool are still searching for a right winger

Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto has admitted he has been made a target by Liverpool. The midfielder admits he may leave the Spanish club if Liverpool did make an offer. Prieto said: "It is rewarding that a club like Liverpool follows you. It means that I'm doing things well. I have not thought about England, I am happy in Donosti, my city, where I have my friends, my fiancée. It would be complicated to leave here, although you never know …". Liverpool need a right winger, and Prieto would be alot cheaper than SWP or Simao. Could happen.
Rate 3/5

Reports are also saying that Rafa Benitez is looking to offload Harry Kewell to raise more funds for transfers. Valencia are mentioned to be keen on the player, with a possibilty that Rafa would use Kewell as a part exchange for one of his former players. Kewell's performance have been good this season which earned him a regular place in the squad. Liverpool have Kewell and Riise(AM,D,WB,L) operating on the left, and now that Mark Gonzalez(AM,L) will be able to join the club, and Fabio Aurellio(D,WB,L) being almost a completed deal, Rafa could consider selling Kewell despite the fact that Kewell dismissed the rumours.
Rate 3/5


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