Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sunday's Links

We're all anxious for the final, but here's some quick hits from the world of football that aren't related to the big game on Sunday.

Never at a loss for words, Tevez continues to explain the motivations behind his denial of Manchester's offer - this time Berbatov's signing at the forefront.

Real might have a buyer for Ruud in Blackburn's Sam Allardyce.

Barcelona's first big signing could arrive from Brazil in the form of Palmeiras striker Keirrison. The player's said as much on his website, and Barcelona's sports dailies are announcing it as well. Perhaps more tellingly, coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo announced on his Twitter site that he'd been fired for criticizing Keirrison's attitude regarding move to Barca.

Keirrison again. He could form part of the Barca-Valencia deal for Villa. Less than Manchester United' s 48 million euro offer, but more that Real's 25 million plus Negredor offer. Barca proposes Caceres and Keirrison loaned out for 40 million and Villa. Eto'o moves to Manchester City for 30 million in this scenario.

Who won't be Barca's first signing? Skillful Brazilian wingback Filipe Luis. Depor's president thinks the first offer is too low.

Marca reports in its front page that ex-Real Madrid president and current person of interest in a corruption scandal Ramon Calderon paid a 22% commission on the winter window signing Lass Diarra - 4 million euros! Headlining, however is the supposed 32 million euro offer on the table for Manchester United target Benzema.

OFFICIAL. And yes, it deserves all caps - CR7, soon to be CR9 or 10, is a Real Madrid player. To be presented on July 6th. And with a buyout clause of 1 billion euros, no less.

On Tuesday, some dude named Kaka is presented. Thursday, Albiol. Never heard of either one, sorry. Check it, here.

Chilean midfielder and national team standout Matias Fernandez has completed a move from Villareal to Sporting. One of the engines of the the new Chilean golden age, Fernandez was never able to have the same impact in La Liga that he had with Colo Colo or on the Chilean team. Whether or not this move happens without Pellegrini's move to greener pastures is unknown. That said, even under Pellegrini, Matias saw the field only as a substitute.

Operation Exit begins with the "Lil' Bunny" Saviola on his way out at Real Madrid. Signed for free from Barca during Schuster's tenure, Javier will be going to Benfica for 5 million euros. Not bad, especially considering Saviola agreed to reduce his 3 million euro a year salary for the move. The ex-Sevilla, Monaco, and Barca man wants to play regular football and feel useful again. He''ll be reuniting with his Argentine cohorts Aimar and young winger DiMaria at Sporting, as well as Real youth team player, Balboa.

Sevilla says AC Milan lacks the funds to sign Luis Fabiano. That's OK, because apparently Milan wants Adebayor anyway.

Villareal continues to unravel - or are they rebuilding - as Nihat moves to Turkish champs Besiktas.

Daniel Harris writes an article-length temper tantrum and crying fit on how Real's signing are ruining the game, and are "morally repugnant, crass and vulgar." It's about as understated as Pacino's performance in Scarface.

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