Posted: Thursday March 22, 2007 10:33AM; Updated: Thursday March 22, 2007 12:24PM
Olympique Marseille's French international star Franck Ribery says he prefers playing in Serie A next season should he leave France this summer.
Rafa Benitez is reportedly set to make a move to sign Chelsea's out-of-favor star Geremi, who is out of contract in the summer.
Frank Rijkaard is being lined up as the favorite to replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss in the summer, according to reports in the British press. Mourinho's relationship has reportedly soured with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with the result that the mercurial Portuguese is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Wales midfielder Carl Robinson has predicted an influx of English players into Major League Soccer. "You might be surprised in the next few weeks. I think more and more English will come over now. "I've had six or seven players asking if I will put in a word for them."
According to reliable league sources, the Red Bulls are scrambling to find someone who can find the back of the net on a regular basis. The Red Bulls have been in contact with players from Colombia, Brazil and Spain. Colombian international Juan Pablo Angel of Aston Villa (England) recently offered his services to MLS, league sources said.
Depending on who you believe, the Revolution has been contacted by either two or four other MLS teams about disgruntled midfielder Shalrie Joseph.
St. Pauli defender Ian Joy is fully focused on the club's promotion fight, but admits that he could eventually seek an MLS return when his contract expires this summer.
PSV star Edison Mendez is in his country's side for Sunday's friendly at the United States. Mendez, age 28, is in Ecuador's 18-man roster for the country's Sunday friendly in Tampa, Florida.
Arsenal is in the race to land former Everton defender and Italian international Matteo Ferrari according to the player's agent.
Aston Villa is set to open contract talks with Olof Mellberg and Gavin McCann.
Guinea international Pascal Feindouno announced that he will leave St. Etienne next summer, a year before the end of his contract.
Real Betis manager Luis Fernández has been accused of "aggression" with a lollipop toward José María Cruz, Sevilla's director general, according to various eyewitnesses on the Sevilla side.
Belgium goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen has threatened to "massacre" Cristiano Ronaldo during their Euro 2008 qualifier against Portugal and has urged his teammates "not to spare their opponents' tibias." The astonishing outburst comes the day after the Manchester United midfielder received another, if less severe, warning from Middlesbrough's George Boateng.