26/08/2010 – Thursday Transfer Talk

26 08 2010

Inter Milan have made an official £20m bid for Liverpool’s Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano, 26, who is also a target for Barcelona.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has accused his predecessor Rafael Benitez of reneging on a written promise that he would not try to lure players away from Anfield to his new club Inter Milan – with the Spaniard tracking the Merseyside club’s Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt.

Chelsea have revived their interest in 18-year-old Brazilian Neymar a week after the teenager signed a five-year deal with Santos.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=carlos+salcido&iid=9140250″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9140250/africa-salcido/africa-salcido.jpg?size=500&imageId=9140250″ width=”234″ height=”308″ /] Fulham are close to agreeing a £2.5m deal for Mexico defender Carlos Salcido (left), 30, from PSV Eindhoven – with Liverpool set to step up interest in the Cottagers’ left-back Paul Konchesky.

Bayern Munich’s Argentine utility player Martin Demichelis has turned down a £10m move to Chelsea, saying he wants to join Spanish side Sevilla.

Manchester City still hope to find Robinho a new club in the current transfer window, despite the Brazilian forward rejecting a move to Turkish side Fenerbache.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to bring Manchester United’s England Under-21 midfielder Tom Cleverley to the Reebok.

West Ham are one of a number of clubs interested in bringing Juventus striker David Trezaguet to the Premier League, with Liverpool, West Brom and Aston Villa all interested in the 32-year-old Frenchman.

West Ham are expected to complete the signing of Inter Milan forward Victor Obinna, 23, on a free transfer on Thursday.

Blackburn are chasing £2m-rated Sweden Under-21 striker Denni Avdic, 21, who plays for Elfsborg.

Stoke are set to sign Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson for £3m, plus striker Dave Kitson, 30, after edging out West Bromwich Albion for the 23-year-old defender’s signature.

Wolves will re-sign Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, 22, on a season-long loan deal for the third time.

Birmingham have made final bids of about £9m for Wigan’s left-sided Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia, 24, and £2m for Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 19.

Newcastle are close to signing Guinea centre-back Kamil Zayatte, 25, from Hull for £1.6m.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=roque+santa+cruz&iid=9258565″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9258565/2010-world-cup-south/2010-world-cup-south.jpg?size=500&imageId=9258565″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Newcastle are eyeing a double loan swoop for Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata and striker Roque Santa Cruz (right).

Blackpool are ready to improve their £500,000 bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay, 27.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is set to give Brazilian striker Jo a final chance to impress at Eastlands.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner wants Manchester United’s Paul Scholes to change his mind about international retirement and start playing for England again.

However, England manager Fabio Capello says he will not try to tempt the likes of midfielder Scholes, Manchester United defender Wes Brown, Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher out of international retirement.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is interested in becoming the next Ukraine manager as the country prepares to co-host the 2012 European Championship with Poland.

Former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric could return to Fratton Park once he completes the sale of his current club Leicester.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has defended beleaguered England manager Fabio Capello, with the national side’s captain saying people are “jumping too far and too quick” on the Italian’s back.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.


Super Mario Flies in for Medical

13 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=mario+balotelli&iid=1812988″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/1812988/sports-news-october-2008/sports-news-october-2008.jpg?size=500&imageId=1812988″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] According to Sky Sports, Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is set to fly to England to undergo a medical with Manchester City.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed on Thursday how a deal was close for the 20-year-old to become the latest big-money signing for Manchester City this summer.

City boss Roberto Mancini is a long time admirer of the 20-year-old, who won his first cap for Italy this week, after signing him for Inter as a 16-year-old. “We are close with Balotelli,” said Mancini. “Hopefully today or tomorrow. Mario is on his way here today.”

The deal has taken a long time to agree but compromise has been made between the two sides and the fee agreed is believed to be £24million.

His arrival will come too late for him to be registered to play against Tottenham on the opening day of the season which means his debut will most likely be against Liverpool on the 23rd of August.

The Italian will be the fifth major signing of a busy summer for City. He will join David Silva, Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure as new arrivals.

Mark Jepson

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Inter-est Cooled in Mascherano

25 06 2010

According to Sky Sports, Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has gone on record saying that his side are no longer chasing Javier Mascherano and they have turned their attentions to Brazil star Felipe Melo. The stumbling block appears to be Liverpool’s valuation of the Argentina captain which is believed to be around £25million.

“Mascherano is a strong player, but it is unlikely that he will arrive. He simply costs too much and it is not certain that Liverpool will sell, explained Moratti. “Melo is an intriguing idea and one that we are working on.”

Melo was a big money signing for Juventus last summer but Inter believe they can tempt the Old Lady into selling.

Mark Jepson

Click here for the Sky Sports story

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