Transfer news and speculation, 20 May
Tuesday 20 May 2008
Ronaldinho can exit 'with head high'
Premier League clubs will be on alert after the Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, admitted that both Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o could be on their way out of the Nou Camp. Laporta insists Ronaldinho will leave and should do so "with his head held high". Laporta said: "Ronaldinho needs new challenges and it's normal that when a cycle ends the most emblematic people from that cycle leave. I'd like him to go with his head held high, because he has given us so many glorious moments. Eto'o is a player who is loyal to the club colours, who gives so much. He has also been one of the most emblematic players of this cycle."
Udinese may let Dossena go
The club are interested in the Italian international defender Andrea Dossena. Reports from Italy suggest preliminary talks between the clubs have taken place over the 26-year-old Udinese left-back. Dossena recently signed a new four and a half year deal but the Serie A club are believed to be discussing a move, with the asking price thought to be £8m. Cash raised from the sale of John Arne Riise will help to finance a bid from the relatively cash-strapped Rafa Benitez. Spurs, as much in need of a left-back as Liverpool, have also been linked with the player.
Gera considers Benfica move
The midfielder Zoltan Gera is considering a move to Benfica despite the Baggies' promotion. The Hungarian, 29, said: "I am aware of Benfica's offer. They are a great club, used to playing in the Champions League. I can only say good things. I have other offers and I will wait for the best deal. I do not close the door on anyone."
Yebda gives up dream for JJB
The Le Mans midfielder Hassan Yebda is on the verge of giving up on a dream move to Benfica in favour of Wigan. The 24-year-old had his heart set on a move to Portugal, but is on the brink of signing a three-year deal at the JJB stadium. He has become frustrated by Benfica's attempts to stall the deal while they complete the search for a new manager.
Lehmann in Stuttgart meeting
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is on the brink of signing for the German side Stuttgart after meeting club officials yesterday morning. The 38-year-old discussed a move before flying to Mallorca with the Germany squad to begin their Euro 2008 preparations. It is believed Lehmann wants to sort out his future before next month's European Championships in Austria and Switzerland. Stuttgart require a new goalkeeper after Raphael Schafer, who was signed from Nuremberg last summer, failed to live up to expectations.
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