Real Madrid forward Robinho has revealed he wants to play for Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea.
“It would be a dream for me to work with Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is one of the best coaches in the world,” said the Real Madrid player. “I have always spoken highly of him and he has always spoken very highly of me, since well before he was at Chelsea.”
Robinho’s desire to leave Madrid is due in part to the way he has been treated by the Spanish champions in recent weeks. The Brazilian has been angered by the club’s desire to use him as a makeweight in a deal to bring Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.
Manchester City appear to be leading the race to sign Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho – at least as far as his club Barcelona are concerned. City have reportedly outbid Milan, but the player seems to have other thoughts and has instructed his representatives to open negotiations with the Serie A club.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. The England international has been the subject of several bids from Liverpool this summer, but Villa boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked to be kept informed of developments.
Wenger has good reason to strengthen his squad. Having already seen Matthieu Flamini depart on a free transfer to Milan, the Gunners boss now faces the prospect of losing Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb in the coming days. Hleb is still in talks with Barcelona, while Adebayor continues to attract the attention of Milan and Barcelona.
Chelsea’s out-of-favour striker Andrii Shevchenko continues to be linked with a return to Milan. The Ukrainian forward had been a target for Sampdoria, but the club’s director general Beppe Marotta has conceded that such a move is now unlikely.
“Sheva has been suggested, but there’s zero possibility that he will come to us,” said Marotta. “I just keep thinking of Galliani’s (Milan vice-president Adriano) words when he declared that if Shevchenko leaves Chelsea it will only be to wear the red and black shirt.”
Juventus’ signing of Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen from Sevilla, appears to signal the end of their pursuit of Liverpool’s Xavi Alonso. The Spaniard had been linked with a move to Turin but following Poulsen’s arrival, the club said that it had no plans to sign any more outfield players.
“We’re 99 per cent complete, at least in terms of people coming in,” coach Claudio Ranieiri told the club’s official website. “We only need another keeper and then we’ll be all set, ready to face the new season.
Dimitar Berbatov continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham. The Bulgarian, who was tipped to join Manchester United in last January’s transfer window, is again a target for the Premier League champions. The clubs cannot a agree a fee for the striker with United’s ‘final’ offer of £24m falling well short of Tottenham’s asking price of £30m.
Tottenham may have a ready-made replacement lined up should Berbatov depart, with Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz the man expected to make the move to White Hart Lane.