Sunday, 15 July 2007

Weekend Transfer Gossip

First off, The News of the World reports that Newcastle have made an enquiry about Barcelona's Ronaldinho. The Catalan club are thought to have quoted a figure of no less than £58m. Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley is apparently keen to bring a 'marquee' player to St James's Park, so it will be interesting to see how this one develops.

Edmilson is, once again, linked to Newcastle in the same article.

Argentine defender Roberto Ayala and performed a shock u-turn by buying himself out of his recently signed Villarreal contract and signing for Real Zaragoza instead. Sky Sports report that he will sign a three year deal with the club after the Copa America.

Marca (Spanish link) report that officials from Galatasaray are in Madrid to discuss with Real the possible transfer of Julio Baptista to the Turkish club.

Marca (Spanish link) also report that Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is looking to sign Thiago Motta from Barcelona.

Boca Juniors manager Miguel Angel Rosso has spoken in Ole (Spanish link) about his hopes that the club can retain Juan Riquelme for next season. He believes the departure of Daniel Diaz to Getafe may give Boca the necessary finance to purchase the player from Villarreal on a permanant basis.

Finally, the Gazetta Della Sport (Italian link) report that Amantino Mancini's agent Gilmar Veloz is to hold talks with Roma on Monday over an improved deal for the Brazilian. If the talks do not go as planned, it seems that Liverpool are waiting in the wings to offer somewhere in the region of 15million Euros for the winger.

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