Super Mario Flies in for Medical

13 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=mario+balotelli&iid=1812988″ src=”″ 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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05/08/2010 – Thursday’s Transfer Talk

5 08 2010

Mario Balotelli’s move to Manchester City is off because the Inter Milan striker has demanded £180,000-a-week in wages.

City are already making preparations should the Balotelli deal fall through, with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan an alternative, according to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=christian+poulsen&iid=9166087″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”306″ /] Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is close to making Juventus’ Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen (left) his first big-money transfer capture of the summer. His arrival will pave the way for midfielder Javier Mascherano to leave the club.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini – currently with AC Milan – is also on Liverpool’s list of possible replacements for Mascherano.

Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta in case he fails to prevent Cesc Fabregas from moving back to Barcelona in the summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a significant offer to bring Manchester City reserve keeper Joe Hart to the Emirates.

Alternatively, Wenger is lining up a bid for Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Montpellier president Loulou Nicollin has slapped a 28m euro (£23m) price-tag on Bosnian defender Emir Spahic amidst reported interest from Arsenal.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes to beat both Liverpool and West Ham to the signing of Nice striker Loic Remy for £10m.

Pulis has also lined up a £4m bid for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

West Ham boss Avram Grant is considering lining up a move for Hapoel Tel Aviv playmaker Gil Vermuth.

The Hammers have revived their loan bid for Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani and hope to conclude a deal within days.

Zenit St Petersburg are considering a £21m bid to take Chelsea defender Yury Zhirkov back to Russia.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has targeted Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dario Srna to complete his summer spending.

Manchester United will move for Hamburg’s German attacking midfielder Piotr Trochowski if they fail to lure his international team-mate Mesut Ozil to Old Trafford from Werder Bremen.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is lining up a shock move for Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi.

AZ Alkmaar’s Belgian striker Moussa Dembele has admitted that Birmingham are keen to sign him.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=ashley+cole&iid=9479273″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”314″ /] Real Madrid will test Chelsea’s resolve to keep Ashley Cole (right) by bidding for the left-back in the next two weeks.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is set to make a £1.5m move for Stoke striker James Beattie.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is making an ambitious move to take striker Craig Bellamy to Glasgow for the second time in a loan raid on Manchester City.

New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is willing to sanction the signing of defender Luke Young from Aston Villa but has snubbed the chance to sign his team-mate, midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Daniel Cousin is set to join the Hull exodus by completing a permanent move to Greek side Larissa. Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder John Bostock is poised to agree a 12-month loan deal with the Tigers.

Bristol City have been told by Manchester United they can have Michael Owen on loan after an approach for Danny Welbeck is rebuffed.

West Ham are poised to complete the £5m signing of highly rated New Zealand World Cup star Winston Reid. The 22-year-old defender is the mystery signing the Hammers have promised fans on their website.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will decide where to send midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan by the end of the week – with Sunderland confident of beating Bolton to the chase.

Alternatively, Cleverley will spend the season on loan at Wigan after Latics manager Roberto Martinez won the race for his signature.

Malaga have approached Liverpool in a bid to lure under-19 international striker Dani Pacheco back to La Liga.

Goalkeeper David James will be the first casualty of England’s World Cup debacle when coach Fabio Capello leaves him out of next week’s friendly with Hungary.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in line for a surprise call-up to Capello’s England squad for the friendly with Hungary.

The Premier League has rejected Capello’s request for a winter break in the season to assist the national squad. Capello blamed extreme tiredness for the failure of so many of his top players to perform in the World Cup in South Africa.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will today tell Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas to end his summer flirtation with Barcelona and commit his future to the north London club.

Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott is convinced that team-mate Fabregas will remain at the Emirates for the coming season.

Manager Roy Hodgson is relieved Fernando Torres has pledged his future to Liverpool but admitted the club would not be able to turn down a massive bid for the Spain striker.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted some of his Chelsea players will not be fit for the start of the season on 14 August. “The 10 players that only came back to us on July 26 need to have another two weeks of work,” said Ancelotti. “After just eight days of training it is impossible to be fit.”

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27/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

27 07 2010

Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has been told he can leave Liverpool, having held talks with the club’s hierarchy.

Inter Milan are thought to be lining up a £25m bid for the Argentine international.

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has rejected a bigger pay packet at Manchester United to join former boss Roberto Mancini at rivals Manchester City.

Italy international Balotelli’s £25m arrival at Eastlands will spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Emmanuel Adebayor joining Juventus on loan and Mascherano, Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt and Uruguay and Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan moving to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are offering England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of the deal to sign James Milner from Aston Villa.

The Premier League are keeping close tabs on Chelsea’s £20m pursuit of Benfica’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires. The Brazilian is involved in a third-party ownership deal with agent Kia Joorabchian.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will step up his pursuit for Mexico international Carlos Salcido. Dutch club PSV Eindhoven are likely to demand in the region of £3m for the defender.

Hodgson is also lining up Ipswich’s self-confessed Liverpool fan Connor Wickham.

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Belgium international Steven Defour, with the club weighing up a £13m bid for the influential Standard Liege midfielder.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted by his first club Osasuna, a transfer that could rekindle the Gunners’ move for Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer.

Ajax boss Martin Jol wants to sign Middlesbrough striker Mido.

Fulham, Sunderland and Bolton are chasing Portsmouth striker John Utaka. The Nigeria international is also interesting German sides Cologne and Bayer Leverkusen.

Hull striker Kamel Ghilas is a loan target for French club Arles-Avignon.

Roma are stepping up their efforts to sign midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham and could offer goalkeeper Doni or striker Stefano Okaka in exchange for the Swiss star.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he regrets not coming out of international retirement to play for England at the World Cup in South Africa.

Scholes said he had only two hours to consider whether to join England boss Fabio Capello’s squad in South Africa.

Injured Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has five weeks to save his career before new Premier League rules consign him to the sidelines.

Manchester United have similar worries over Owen Hargreaves and Anderson as the Premier League introduces new regulations that state clubs must name a 25-man squad by 31 August.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said England’s build-up to the World Cup was disrupted by too much travelling and being overworked in training sessions.

Holland international Royston Drenthe claims he is on the verge of joining Liverpool. He announced it on his Facebook page and said: “I will soon be joining Liverpool FC. I hope I will have a good season.”

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