Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Transfer Update

It is being reported that Adebayor has passed the medical exam needed to sign with Manchester City. The transfer fee is alleged to be 25 million pounds. I don't know that I've ever actually seen a team play with four strikers, but Manchester City may be on the brink. Oh, and by the way, Adebayor is quite possibly the most overrated striker on planet earth.

Manchester City remains interested in Chelsea skipper John Terry. Rumor in Barcelona has it that Puyol is the second choice. And he might consider a move.

Xabi Alonso may be in white by week's end. For 35 million euros. Seriously. Stop. Now. Think. That's right - Real Madrid need to get rid of players first, don't they? They do? Then what the hell is going on here?

Barcelona seems to be fanning the flames in the past few days.

The UEFA Champions League winners are interested in UEFA Cup Champions Shakhtar Donetsk's centerback Dmytro Chygrynsky.

Villa is expected to begin pressuring Valencia. Probably necessary since Forlan is in Pep Guardiola's sights.

Barcelona may announce the signing of Deportivo la Coruna left wingback Filipe Luis today.

Two anticipated moves from Argentina. Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors has been associated with a move to Europe for going on four years. Well, he's moving to Genoa, of all places. Lyon replaced Benzema with Porto striker Lisandro Lopez. Porto replaces Lopez with Colombian and River Plate striker Radamel Falcao. Both stories here.

Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido continues to assert that AC Milan don't have the funds to sign Luis Fabiano assuring that the offers made thus far are worthy of Sevilla B (Sevilla's second division youth team) players.

Briefly, onto international football - Capello is considering calling up Spanish goalkeeper Miguel Almunia to the English national team. The furor in England will be great. But despite the misgivings - do England have a keeper even close to the level of Almunia (Spain's fifth or sixth best keeper no less)?

And finally, FOXSports Espanol will cover the away leg of the Copa Libertadores tonight. Cruzeiro v. Estudiantes. It promises to be exciting and may be worth the trip to a local football pub to watch. Probably the last competitive club game before the start of European leagues.

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