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Transfer Rumours: Chelsea reach for wallet as Liverpool develop youth policy

PUBLISHED: 11:34 21 December 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is targeting Corinthians forward Paolo Guerrero to boost their striking options.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is targeting Corinthians forward Paolo Guerrero to boost their striking options.

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WITH Christmas just around the corner, the transfer window on the horizon and the end of the world averted, Edmund Crosthwaite takes a look at some of the transfers which could command some apocalyptic fees.

Top of the league on that front is Chelsea (who else), who are reported in the Daily Star as needing to cough up £30m to prise Paolo Guerrero away from Corinthians. The striker scored his side’s winner against Rafael Benitez’s side in the Club World Cup final.

Brendan Rogers is still splashing the cash over at Anfield as he turns his attention on Birmingham and England ‘keeper Jack Butland. Rogers is also likely to bring Thomas Ince and Daniel Sturrdige to Merseyside in the New Year.

At the slightly less expensive end of the scale, Manchester United have targeted Ezequiel Garay as the man to boost their shaky defence. The 26-year-old could cost them around £15m, according to the Sun, although this is more likely to happen at the end of the season.

Up on Tyneside the Geordies have apparently agreed a deal for Loic Remy, the 25-year-old Marseille striker. Alan Pardew has agreed to pay £10m for Remy, report the Daily Mirror, and the transfer could pave the way for Demba Ba to leave the club.

Also potentially on his way out is Blackburn stopper Paul Robinson. The 33-year-old former England No. 1 is said by the Daily Mail to be interesting West Ham, West Brom, Southampton and Fulham.

Arsenal seem to be failing to bring people in but could ship out left back Andre Santos, say the Sun. That’s if his potential suitors Galatasaray can stump up at least £5m for the Brazilian to help Arsenal reclaim much of the £6.8m they paid for him last season.

Reading look to have beaten the Gunners to the signing of Zambian international striker Felix Stoppila Sunzu. No potential transfer fee has been disclosed but French paper L’Equipe are reporting the 23-year-old could travel to England to sign the paperwork after an international against Tanzania.

Finally, according to the Daily Mail, Paul Scholes will retire for a second time at the end of the season and it is likely Ryan Giggs will follow suit.

And the odds of 5000-1 would discourage most hardened betters from putting money on the rehearsal and actual draws for the Champions League being identical. But that’s what happened when the teams were picked yesterday. The first sign of impending doom? Probably not.

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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