Now that the 2012 season is officially in the books, we here at Once A Metro can finally get back to doing what we do best: Aggregating reports of transfer speculation, both wild and otherwise.
Juninho...no not that one (well, maybe that one)
Friday, Dave Martinez writing at Soccer by Ives reported that Gerard Houllier, Red Bull's director of global soccer last mentioned as the man leading the day-after firing squad, flew south to Rio de Janiero to meet with Juninho Pernambucano, a 37-year-old midfielder who will be 38 by the time the 2013 season kicks off.
The dead ball specialist currently plays with Vasco de Gama.
Markus Holgersson and Joel Lindpere
In Jack Bell's piece in the Times this weekend, he puts Holgersson on a list of players that won't be back, along with Jan Gunnar Solli and Teemu Tainio, two players the team announced won't be back weeks ago. He also suggest Lindpere might be on his way out, as well.
Holgersson, who blogged about his teammate's dismissals, being included in the list is a little curious. It hasn't been reported anywhere else and is just thrown into the mix without explanation. He's was the team's defender of the year and really came around to the MLS game, culminating in a brilliant effort against D.C. United on the last game of the year.
It should probably be noted Holgersson's blog was dated Nov. 17 and the list of cuts swelled to 10 Nov. 19.
From the "you should probably take this with a massive grain of salt" department, reports out of Brazil link Henry to the Sao Paulo club Corinthians. The reports credit an "adviser" or an "aide" to Henry saying the striker was in negotiations with the 2012 South American champion. Both reports bring up the Club World Cup, which starts this week.