Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Wednesday Transfer Gossip

First off, Everton have failed in their ambitious attempt to sign Lucho Gonzalez from FC Porto. Sky Sports report that their £11million bid has been turned down by the Portugese club, who are determined to keep hold of the Argentine midfielder. They have signalled their intentions by buying the remaining economic rights to the player from MSI for a reported 6.5million Euros.

Liverpool have joined Roma in the race to sign Brazilian full back Cicinho from Real Madrid. Sky Sports report that Rafa Benitez will turn to Cicinho after giving up in his attempt to sign his compatriot Daniel Alves from Sevilla.

Almeria have secured the services of Julio Dos Santos for the upcoming season. Marca (Spanish link) report that the Paraguayan will join on a one year loan deal from German side Bayern Munich.

Negotiations continue between Villarreal and Real Betis over the transfer of Leandro Somoza. Marca (Spanish link) report that the talks broke down early on Tuesday, but had resumed by the evening, with the mode of payment thought to be the current stumbling block. The situation is described as 'complicated but not impossible'.

There is a length article in Ole (Spanish link) about the future of Juan Riquelme. Villarreal do not wish to loan the player out to Boca Juniors again for next season and are looking for a permanant deal. Their initial proposal was $6million along with part of the economic rights and the future transfer rights to Rodrigo Palacio and Ever Banega. Boca rejected this out of hand, but the same money along with the rights to Mauro Boselli and Jonatan Maidana seems more acceptable to them. The issue will have to be resolved in the next couple of weeks, with Boca hoping that by playing a waiting game, they will be able to secure Riquelme for well below his true market value.

Finally, Maxi Moralez has moved from Racing to FC Moscow. Ole (Spanish link) report that the Russian club have paid $5million for the young midfielder, who starred in the recent U-20 World Cup.

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