Footy In A Week


The Rumour Mill – Everyone wants Shevchenko to stay
May 18, 2006, 3:31 pm
Filed under: The Rumour Mill

The fans, the coach, the players the club director, all pleading for Sheva to stay

Flippo Inzaghi admits all the players want Andrey Shevchenko to stay at the club. "We know what the situation is. Sheva knows that we all hope that in the end he remains. Our hope is that he continuous to wear the Rossonera shirt, but in the case he leaves, we will have to respect his decision." Inzaghi said

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani also said: "Sheva is with Milan and is not for sale. An eventual negotiation for his sale would be possible only if the player asked us officially."

A group of Milan fans have set up their own website in an attempt to convince Andriy Shevchenko to stay at the club. www.shevarestaconnoi.com [Sheva remain with us] where fans can leave their stay pleas to the ace.

Chelsea are set to include Hernan Crespo and William Gallas in their £34 million offer for AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko. And Eto'o or Henry is the replacement

“Henry or Eto’o? The answer is still Shevchenko,” said Milan official Leonardo after last night’s Champions League Final.

Meanwhile in the other Milan camp..

Italian agent Federico Pastorello is convinced Real Madrid striker Ronaldo will return to former club Inter Milan.Pastorello says Inter Supremo Massimo Moratti will help Ronaldo rebuild his relationship with Inter’s fans ahead of bringing the Brazilian back to Italy over the summer.

Another name linked with Inter is £8.5m Mirko Vucinic. The name will be familiar with Football Manager 2006 addicts. The highly-rated forward netted 19 times in Serie A the season before last but struggled more in the recent campaign as Lecce were relegated.

Inter are also considering swap deals with Palermo. Officials from both spent yesterday locked in player-swap talks. Inter have been in negotiations for Palermo fullback Fabio Grosso, however yesterday the Italy international’s teammates Simone Barone and Alberto Santana were also discussed. Inter want Barone as a replacement for Juventus-bound Cristiano Zanetti, while Santana is seen as cover for Luis Figo. The key to the deal is Inter midfielder David Pizarro. Coach Roberto Mancini is ready to see the Chilean sold over the summer, however Pizarro would prefer a move to Roma over Palermo. If the midfield schemer can be convinced about moving to Sicily, then Inter will add youngster Hernan Dellafiore and around £7 million cash in exchange for the Palermo trio.

Rafa already swimming in the transfer market

It's a good thing to secure players before the World Cup, because prices usually sky rocket after the tournament. Rumours are saying that Benitez has made a new bid for Sevilla Brazilian full back Daniel Alves. His previous £8m bid in January was rejected. The player himself has confirmed an approach. Alves said: "Liverpool is an appetising option because of the Spanish coach they have and because of the players they have there because they are from Spain too. They will help me adapt and that makes it easier, I now have to weigh up and make a decision. It makes me very proud that some of Europe's big teams have shown an interest in me. For every player, playing at the highest level is an objective – and clubs like Liverpool are at the very top now. They are one of those big important clubs with a lot of history. The truth is, it is an attractive option. Liverpool have a great team and a great manager. It makes me very proud that they are interested in me."
The player likes Liverpool and Liverpool like him. If Rafa's improved offer fancies Sevilla, this is a done deal, although Barcelona is interested and could hijack the move.

Benitez is also close on getting a new striker and Jermaine Defoe is the name. The deal includes Harry Kewell moving the other way. Kewell's sale has been mentioned before, so there might be some truth in this rumour, especially since Mark Gonzales is on his way and Spurs recently signed Berbatov.

Another name mentioned was Boro's Stewart Downing. Nothing concrete though.
More exchanging

If you believe the reports, Chelsea are about to offer 3m + Del Horno to Real Madrid in exchange for Roberto Carlos. Carlos confirmed that Chelsea had been in contact about the potential transfer. The Brazilian is well into his thirties, but has the advantage over Asier Del Horno that he isn't rubbish. While Del Horno said "They're a great team and everyone would like to play for them. They're a giant and just the thought of playing there makes me happy." Real are also keen on Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho, whose departure might see William Gallas remain at Stamford Bridge if he is offered a berth at centre-back.

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