The Daily Gossip: As Liverpool line up a £10 left-back, Man City target Ribery, Henry, Terry & Santa Cruz with Robinho up for the chop

Today’s transfer rumours include:

– With no ifs, buts or maybe, James Ducker confidently barks “Manchester City are planning audacious moves for Franck Ribery, the Bayern Munich playmaker, and Thierry Henry, the Barcelona forward, at the end of the season.” And there is more.

“Despite being rebuffed in their attempts in January to sign John Terry, the Chelsea captain, City plan to make another inquiry about the England defender’s availability in the summer and are also expected to trigger the £17 million release clause in the contract of Roque Santa Cruz, of Blackburn Rovers.”

But it’s not all buy, buy, buy for Mark Hughes as apparently “first, City would have to find a buyer for Robinho.”

– A-League outfit Perth Glory are looking to recruit Kevin Phillips. (The Guardian)

– The Daily Mail claim “Rafa Benitez is lining up a near-£10million bid for Raul Albiol after the Valencia defender indicated an interest in moving to the Barclays Premier League.”

Steve Goodman fans the flames of AC Milan’s £15m pursuit of Gael Clichy.

– Noises from St. James’ Park suggest that “senior players are in mutinous mood [against Chris Houghton], with some said to be promoting the candidacy of Terry Venables as an interim manager.” (

Neil Asthon farts “Michael Owen’s agents are attempting to persuade Manchester City that Eastlands should be his next port of call, a stone’s throw from the gallops at his 125-acre home, but City boss Mark Hughes is reluctant to take the risk.”

– For Laura Williamson, “Blackburn’s versatile defender Andrew Ooijer says he will return to PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer in the summer.”

– The Daily Mail announce that “Switzerland captain Alexander Frei claims Tottenham are interested in ending his three-year Borussia Dortmund nightmare.”

– With not a quote in sight, Pat Sheenan peddles the rumour that “Steve Bruce will beef up his Wigan squad at the end of the season by making a move for Newcastle’s Joey Barton.”

The Mirror link Roman Pavlyuchenko with a move to Chelsea.

– Unemployed Tony Adams maybe be following in Steve McClaren’s footsteps by heading to Holland to take over at Sparta Rotterdam. (Charlie Wyatt)


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