Ronaldo’s transfer saga

Posted on January 10, 2008. Filed under: Players, serie a, Transfers, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Ronaldo at FlamengoThere seems to have been a lot of speculation and drama surrounding Ronaldo over the last few weeks. It seems that Flamengo (The Rio-based club) have been pulling out all stops and schemes to sign the phenomenon.

It all started when the press in both Italy and Brazil quoted the Flamengo president as saying that Milan had authorised talks to begin taking place between Ronaldo and the Brazilian club. To me it seems that someone over there got a little too excited when Adriano was loaned to Sao Paulo by Inter so he can try to recover from his problems and rediscover his form. AC Milan actually released an official announcement the day after Christmas which clearly denied any authorisation to begin transfer talks with any club.

Ronaldo has been back in Brazil for a while, seeking help from the Selecao doctor to cure his injury woes (he doesn’t seem to have a great relationship with the Milan doctors after they botched up his last injury diagnosis), as well as partying it up with another out of form Brazilian striker. The latest injury to Ronaldo was a first-grade calf injury which happened while warming up for his return during a match but the Selecao doctor was happy with the progress and cleared him to meet up with Milan in Dubai for a winter-break training camp.

The Flamengo president, Kleber Leite, continued to stir the pot by saying that Ronaldo was keen to join the club. He continued by saying that he wasn’t interested in Milan’s refusal to sell the striker and that within two weeks there would be an offer. He was expecting Ronaldo to buy out the rest of his own contract and play with Flamengo until 2010 after which he would be an ambassador for the club. The club hoped to pay his salary by allowing to hold on his image rights, probably a fair amount of cash there but still hardly tempting for one of Ronaldo’s prestige.

The fans certainly want Ronaldo to wear the Flamengo black and red over the Milan version, as you can see in what they lifted from the stands in a recent game. It’s no secret that the club is in his heart and that he’s always been a supporter but a return is still a bit early I think, he can still make some impact in Europe. Flamengo will be turning to their sponsors (probably Nike especially) in a desperate bid to raise enough money to lure him back to Rio.

Ronaldo played 45 minutes in the friendly against the UAE which ended 2-0 in favour of Milan. He was quoted as saying that he is recovering well and will be fit for when Serie A resumes on Sunday and that although he is aware of Flamengo’s interest, he is still keen to prove himself at Milan. He is keen to repay the faith Milan have shown in him and earn a spot in the team. Hopefully this will be easy enough with Inzaghi injured again and Gilardino not playing very consistently or well for that matter. Although January both bring about the debut of “The Duck”, Alexandre Pato. A powerful Brazilian trio could be formed with the duck, the phenomenon and world player of the year, Kaka’, helping to lift Milan from their mediocre standing in the middle of the table. Galliani has said that he would consider a new contract depending on how Ronaldo’s fitness holds up over the rest of the season.

Here are some highlights from the UAE game, Ronaldo came be seen in action coming close with a header!

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Inter signings for January

Posted on December 29, 2007. Filed under: Inter, Players, serie a, Transfers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

After initially suggesting that Inter would not be spending much in January for transfers, Moratti and Mancini have been forced to look at some options, possibly in midfield and definitely in defense. Inter confirmed that Samuel has damaged the ACL in his left knee and will probably be out for the rest of the season. It happened in the Milan derby when Kaka’s turning and twisting proved too much for him to follow. Watch the highlights at the bottom of the match wrap-up posted earlier.

Inter continues to have a lot of injuries in midfield, it hasn’t effected then much but it’s unknown when Viera and Figo will be back and both Stankovic and Dacourt could be out for a while. Inter have been linked with Jeremy Menez, Maniche, Elano and Enzo Maresca to name a few. Moratti has denied most rumours but it makes sense to keep things under wraps and reduce the pressure on transfer fees. It’s clear that whoever the player is, they must be able to play in the Champions League.

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Riquelme to Inter

Posted on November 17, 2007. Filed under: Inter, Players, Transfers, Video |

It seems that Inter could be making a move for Villarreal’s out of favour midfield star. Riquelme has not played regularly for the first team in quite some time, mainly because he and Chilean coach, Manuel Pellegrini are not on the best of terms. He’s been on loan at Boca Juniors in Argentina where he has returned to his best form. He’s returned to play for the national team also after giving it up for a while (he was concerned about his mother when the fans blamed him).

It makes sense to move to Inter as a lot of the Argentine national team are already there and many other Argentines also. Zanetti, Cruz, Burdisso, Crespo, Cambiasso, Solari and Samuel are there, waiting to make an easy adjustment for him. With Inter’s injuries in the midfield area, it’s in their best interest to sign someone of such a calibre very soon (Viera still out, Figo out for several months, etc.).

Inter may be able to pick him up for a very small amount of money as he does not feature in Pellegrini’s plans. Riquelme has already gone out of his way to please the coach but it doesn’t seem to be enough and it’s probably best that he leaves. There are quite a few clubs showing interest in his services but Inter seems to be in pole-position.

Check out a decent Riquelme compilation below…

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Inter after Arsenal’s Rosicky

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Inter, Players, Transfers, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

There’s been talk in England that Inter are preparing to move on Tomas Rosicky, one of Arsenal’s many young talents. It’s not surprising that such an influential player is linked to Inter as they search for Figo’s replacement when he retires at the end of this season. There may be even more haste after Nedved’s challenge on Figo, which broke his shin bone and will see him sidelined for at least a couple of months. It wasn’t a particularly nasty looking challenge but it was one of those unlucky tackles (think Larsson when he was at Celtic or Cisse either when he was at Liverpool or later when France took on China).

The “Daily Mail” claim that Inter have prepared a 15 million Euro bid to lure him away from Arsenal but that would have to be a starting price to kick negotiations off, I can’t see Arsenal selling him for that amount. They’ve already lost Henry and I doubt they’d want to unsettle a young team that’s playing spectacular football at the moment. Rosicky and Hleb aren’t getting all the praise they deserve because Fabregas is shinning brighter but they’ve been instrumental to Arsenal’s success also.

Rosicky’s agent, Pavel Paska has been quick to squash the rumours and dismiss the possibility of a January transfer move. He stated that Inter tried to sign Rosicky in 2005 and last year also before Arsenal grabbed him from Borussia Dortmund. They got him at a bargain basement price of 6.8 million pounds but this is because the club was in financial trouble. There is a good chance for Arsenal to cash in and given Rosicky has had a fair few injury woes, it might be a good idea as they’ll be moving on Dinamo Zagreb’s Luka Modric in January anyway…

Check out Rosicky in action as well as the unfortunate challenge on Figo below…

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