Chelsea are looking to pay about 70 million Euros for Kaka from AC Milan. Mind you, the next closest bid for Kaka was 35 million by Real Madrid and Roman Abromovich, Chelsea's billionaire owner, decided to double it. Where Kaka will fit into a midfield with Ballack, Lampard and Robben is beyond me.
Manchester United are looking to take Patrick Vieira on a season long loan from recently relegated Italian side Juventus. This is, eh, KIND OF A BIG DEAL. For about a decade Vieira played for Manchester United's biggest rival in recent times, Arsenal. I'm a huge Arsenal fan and it would be hard to stomach to see him in a Red Devils uniform. If Alex Ferguson fails to land Vieira he will look to add Michael Carrick from Tottenham for 15 million pounds. Utd. are also linked with a 25 million pound purchase of Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres.
Liverpool have lined up a season long loan for penalty goat David Trezeguet.
Tottenham are linked with a 10 million pound purchase for Chelsea winger Damien Duff. Duff's days are numbered at Chelsea after the team purchased Shevcheko. They are likely to switch to a 4-4-2 formation which will limit his appearances. Tottenham will be a dangerous team next year if they can land Duff because with him and Aaron Lennon on the wings they will cause defenders problems. They will have to finance this move with by selling either Michael Carrick or Jermaine Defoe. Both have been linked with Manchester United. Tottenham are also linked with the Juventus fire sale as they are hoping to get former European player of the year Pavel Nedved on the cheap.
FC Barcelona are rumored to be close to agreeing a deal for signing Lilian Thuram. Thuram will probably come cheap as part of the Juventus firesale.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy seems to finally have gotten the pink slip and is on his way from Manchester United to Real Madrid after the teams reportedly agreed on a 12 million pound fee for the striker. Real Madrid are also linked with Andrea Pirlo of AC Milan and Fabio Cannavaro from Juventus.
One player who absolutely will not be moving is Alessandro Del Piero. After the team was relegated to Serie B and given a 30 point handicap for the upcoming season because of the match fixing scandal, the all time leading scorer has pledged to stay with the team no matter what.
Finally, Colin Vint, formerly of the Richmond Spiders, recently signed a contract with Bray Wanderers in the Irish Premier League. With any luck, I'll be getting some blog entries for this site from Colin on being an American playing abroad. Stay tuned...
That's it and that's all for today.