“I thought at the start of the year there were three fantastic free transfers available – David James, Joe Cole and William Gallas. It is a possibility to sign William. His wages aren’t a problem. He has not been greedy at all. His people have rung up and we spoke about it.,” said Redknapp (Spurs manager).
When Redknapp was asked, what he think about Gallas’s arrival from Tottenham’s rival Arsenal, Harry said: “He played for Chelsea as well. We put too much importance on that all the time. If he comes in and plays rubbish then the crowd will slaughter him. If he comes in and plays great they will love him.”
Sources from White Hart Lane have confirmed that Gallas should pass his medical today and he is expected to sign a contract with Spurs in next few days.
Milan director general Ariedo Braida reveals “it’s not easy to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it is possible.”
“I know Ibrahimovic well and he is a great player. The problem is that Milan have three, four or five forwards for two or three places. In order to sign a new striker, we’d have to sell one. Having said that, everything is possible. Yes, this can happen. It doesn’t just depend on us, as it also depends on Barcelona and the player. It’s not easy to sign Ibrahimovic, but it is possible.”
Ibra is seeking a move after the arrival of World Cup winner David Villa pushed him on to the Nou Camp bench. There have also been reports linking Milan with Barca defender Martin Caceres, who spent last season on loan at Juventus.
“No, that simply is not possible. Milan already have 11 defenders for four places,” director general Braida told Spanish channel RAC-1.
Defender Rio Ferdinand is still a month away from returning to action, according to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. The England captain has spent the last two months recovering from the knee ligament injury which ruled him out of the World Cup. Ferdinand will miss England’s opening qualifiers for the 2012 European Championship against Bulgaria and Switzerland at the start of September as well as the start of United’s UEFA Champions League campaign.
An interesting prediction about the future of Javier Mascherano coming from none other than his home country of Argentina. South American newspaper Olé, summarizes the story of the Argentine captain’s future and how it will definitely be decided on Thursday. Why Thursday? Quite simply because on the 19th, Liverpool will face Trabzonspor in the Europa League, and if Mascherano were to feature in that match, it will inevitably take the midfielder off of the market. If he were to feature, Barcelona or Inter would not be able to use the Argentine during the group stages of the Champions League, making the investment far too great for only a “part-time” player. Perhaps we will no longer need to wait until the last day of the transfer window to determine the future of El Jefecito. Perhaps his future will be clear on Thursday.
Reports from England and Spain were saying that Javier Mascherano is just step away from signing a contract with Barcelona. But now it is clear that this scenario will not go throught. Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has denied reports that the club have reached any agreement to sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, and has also claimed that the player ‘does not fit into the club’s season plan’.
Now it is all on Inter, who had the best chances on signing Mascherano from the very beginning. Mascherano wants to join Inter and re-unite with his former boss Rafael benitez and his Argentinian teammates, Diego Milito, Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso etc. Inter was holding the negotations because as Massimo Moratti, the president of Inter said, they did not have enough money to buy Mascherano, but now as they sold Balotelli to Man City, money is not a problem. We will see in next few days, if this saga will come to an end.