08.34 – Harry Kewell has rejected offers of a new contract with Leeds and will start talks with Arsenal this week. That’s according to Leeds chairman Professor John McKenzie who seems to have caught Ridsdale-itis and has been in the news every single day this week.
“He wants Champions League football, he’s aware of the official interest from Arsenal and he’ll no doubt pursue that. I would guess he’ll be talking to Arsenal and Arsène Wenger at some stage this week.”
We can confirm that Jermaine Pennant has not been offered as part of any deal by Arsenal, he’s just a player Peter Reid would like. Leeds can apparently choose from Ray Parlour, Francis Jeffers and…heh…Igors Stepanovs. I’d laugh if they took Steps.
Liverpool also want the Aussie but seeing as Kewell wants Champions League football, that kind of rules them out. The UEFA cup may still be ‘European football, la’, but it’s slowly becoming the Zenith Data Systems European trophy.
According to AC Milan, they turned down a ‘mega-offer’ from Arsenal for goalkeeper Christian Abiatti. Not quite sure what a mega-offer is to be honest. It could be a normal offer that has been somehow given superpowers, or an offer presented by some kind of dinosaur. Anyway, Abiatti would prefer to sit on the bench at Milan rather than play first team football, so he can piss off anyway.
According to The Sun AW will now turn his attention to Monaco’s Flavio Roma. They also suggest Arsenal will pay Kanu £1m to leave the club. Kanu has said he will leave if he isn’t given a chance next season. Oh well. Shows how fucked the transfer market is when Arsenal have to pay a player £1m to leave the club.
Arsenal will be among the top seeds when the draw is made for next season’s Champions League. Liverpool won’t. They’ll be playing in the Zenith Data Systems Littlewoods Rumbelows Milk Coca-Cola UEFA Cup. Hah.
He’s back. Leopold returns humming Bananarama over on the real ANR.
Another job interview today. Too hot to wear a suit…other than a swimsuit. It’s hot work. Later.