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Tuesday Transfer Twaddle: Pennant to Portsmouth

jermaine-pennantOft-troubled Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has accepted a temporary loan move to Portsmouth, to play for former Arsenal teammate Tony Adams.  Pennant deflected interest from AC Milan and Real Madrid, originally preferring to stay at Liverpool, despite not playing.  Who wouldn’t want a player with that type of ambition?

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness’ raging jealousy of AC Milan has lingered after the Dubai trip.  Upset by the audacity of Milan’s 120 million euro valuation of Kaka, Hoeness has tried to one-up them, by claiming Franck Ribery is worth 150 million!  Unfortunately for Bayern, Ribery does want to leave eventually, possibly for free when his contract expires in 2011.

Talks between Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin have hit an impass, with Zenit demanding that the London club raise their bid from £10m to £15m.  Five million pounds is a substantial sum, of course.  So is the £40m they would lose by not qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Lukas Podolski will return, as speculated, to his former club FC Koln, with Koln essentially returning the £10m Bayern paid for him in 2006.  However, there’s still a solid six months of awkwardness before that happens, as the clubs will not consummate the deal until July 1.  The 23-year-old should have a fabulous sulk party on the bench with new signing Landon Donovan. 

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Lukas Podolski Hands In Transfer Request to Bayern Munich

lukas_podolskiOne grey leather car seat will be left fallow.  One sports drink will rest with its cap securely screwed.  German striker Lukas Podolski has formally requested a transfer from Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old has been an international star for Germany, scoring 31 goals in 60 Mannschaft appearances.  However, he never has replicated such form for Bayern, scoring just 12 league goals in two and a half seasons and failing to carve out a first team niche, because of inferior tactical understanding and more talented strikers ahead of him, such as Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.

Both Tottenham and Manchester City would like Podolski in the January Window.  However, his initial club, Cologne, have a first-option clause to resign him for any agreed fee.

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Headlines: Does Freddie Like Eco-Friendly Coffee?

Freddie Ljungberg might end up in Seattle (Soccer By Ives)

Lukas Podolski should move to the Premier League (Kornheiser’s Cartel)

Inter leaving the San Siro (Gazzetta dello Sport)

France keeping Domenech despite failure (The Guardian)

Jo is a wee bit optimistic (Football 365)

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