Date:Monday May 21 2007
Although nothing is concrete as it is only speculation, in of all places the Sun, the chances of Benni McCarthy leaving Blackburn Rovers this summer have reduced… well in as much as it probably won't be to Chelsea anyway, as he would have apparently wanted?
It just goes to show how high expectations are at Chelsea that after winning back to back Premiership Titles and a League Cup, that by merely winning the League and FA Cup's this season, it is allegedly being viewed as a "disappointment" by those behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, and is something Alan Hansen was VERY vocal on after Saturday's FA Cup Final! This is a matter for Chelsea fans to debate but surely it isn't that bad is it, Premiership runners up and Champions League Semi-Finalists meant they were fractions away from a clean sweep!
With it being such a "disappointing season" the Sun (it's true because they say so lol!) say that because they feel they have enough quality at the club already no big money transfers will take place, only small amounts will be paid out with Bosman free transfers also being used, so this has seen McCarthy's hopes of a move to Chelsea ruled out? The £8 million apparent asking fee (he's worth more that that anyway, surely!) is above the budget so we are safe… from Chelsea's clutches?!?!
Another striker that will be going nowhere, for the time being at least is Francis Jeffers. Ipswich Town are keen to take Jeffers to Portman Road on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell, but with Rovers holding out for £1 million the reported £350,000 offered was flatly rejected.
Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams told the Lancashire Telegraph:
"We have had an offer from Ipswich and Francis is keen to go there, but it's not at a level we deem to be acceptable at the moment.
"We have said that we are prepared to let Francis go, but they (Ipswich) will have to meet our valuation of him."
Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspurs' apparent domination on the game will begin (or is this continue? I'm only joking Spurs fans!) with moves for five or six quality footballers over the summer including Rovers' own Morten Gamst Pedersen. We've been here before haven't we?
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Date:Monday May 21 2007
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