Transfer rumours

Just 12 days to go now until the transfer window closes, and there are still many players who are looking for a new club. Atlético Madrid for example are having problems offloading Ibagaza, García Calvo, Velasco and Musampa, and Deportivo have no less than seven players on their transfer list, including Diego Tristán, Scaloni, Duscher and Munúa. Real Madrid will also have to move quickly to place the likes of Gravesen, Pablo García and Borja, especially now that the signing of Diarra has been confirmed, and Barcelona have still not found a home for Saviola. Elsewhere Valencia's Ayala is still in dispute with the club and could move on, but the Chés have signed Italian striker Tavano and are moving for Betis and Spain winger Joaquín. Clubs will have one round of matches next weekend to see how they get on before the market closes, but expect a flurry of activity in the next few days as the pre-season "sales" begin. (19.08.06)