Transfer Roundup: Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AS Roma, Ajax, Juventus

Today’s transfer rumours revolve around Manchester City, strikers, Arsenal’s Jens Lehmann and the silly (or not so silly) Ronaldinho-Barcelona-Chelsea saga.

Manchester City are flying high in the English Premiership and they want to fly higher, it seems. Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra is said to be deeply contemplating on whether to make a move for the out-of-favor and out-of-sort Internazionale striker Adriano. Adriano has been woeful in the last two seasons and was not even considered for Inter Milan’s UEFA Champions League team.

This is what Manchester City chairman had to say to the BBC:

We’re looking to see whether we’ll do a swap deal or not. Adriano was a top player, but he lost form when his father died, and he put on weight. Now he’s returning to form.

Why is the chairman giving statements left and right about Manchester City’s transfer work (not that we mind, but still)? He spoke the other day about Manchester City being interested in Michael Owen, and now this.

Meanwhile another Brazilian failing to get any favor or matches is Real Madrid’s Julio Cesar Baptista. The player has been a supposed interest for Italian side AS Roma but the player’s agent has dismissed any such rumor. Ernesto Bronzetti told Rete Sport that no one from Roma has come up to him with any offer and that all such talks are not to be believed at all.

But one negotiation that is in progress is the one concerning Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Huntelaar currently plays for Ajax in the Netherlands and according to Corriere dello Sport Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli is eager to spend as much as Ajax want to import the player to Turin in the summer. The striker himself has declared that he will move away from Ajax in the summer and a host of other big clubs is always planning to launch a bid of the 24-year old.

But one player, who won’t be on the move, at least in the summer, is the Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. There have been a string of repotrs both in England and Germany that Lehmann, who now finds himself second in the pecking order behind Manuel Almunia at Arsenal, has excited interest in VFL Wolfsburg and would be retuning to the German Bundesliga but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed all such reports currently circulating the press in both countries.

He told Arsenal TV Online:

It’s not true. It’s only newspaper talk because nothing concrete has been discussed between me and Jens and nothing between me and Wolfsburg. At the moment I do not want to speculate on any movement in the transfer window. We want to focus on our games and Jens is part of that.

And is Ronaldinho going to the Bridge sometime soon? Definitely, if you believe It has said that with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba facing a lengthy lay-off, Roman Abramovich is all too eager to seduce Ronaldinho away from FC Barcelona. Not that people / newspapers care if all 3 sides – Barcelona, Chelsea and Ronaldinho / his agent – have denied that any move is in the works. This is not the first time that a press speculation has been made on Ronaldinho and rest assured, it won’t be the last.

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  1. nnamdi 19 December, 2007
  2. KyleAusGooner 19 December, 2007
  3. austino 2 January, 2008