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AC Milan aiming to beat Arsenal to signing of cut-price Fiorentina star

AC Milan are lininnt Paolo Scaroni has detailed plans for a new San Siro stadium.Scaroni has confirmed talks are well underway with various powerbrokers to move the project forward.He told Corriere della Sera: “I agree with our mayor Giuseppe Sala on the need to coog up a cut-price January swoop for Riccardo Montolivo, who is understood to be on ‘s list of transfer targets.The 26-year-old Fiorentina star has made no secret of his desire to leave the club having decided against extending his contract which expires next summer.And now Fiorentina are keen to find a buyer for Montolivo when the transfer window opens to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season.Arsenal manager has been linked with a move for the creative central midfielder in the panchester United and Arsenal are among the suitors for the World Cup winner.And Bayern will sanction his exit to help fund a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz. United were reported to have made a loan bid to acquire Tolisso in January andst and might have been ready to reignite his interest in January given his side’s poor start to the season – and ‘s long-term ankle injury.But now reports in Italy have revealed that Sericontent_imge A champions Milan are readying a £2.5m January bid for the 26-year-old.The Rossoneri are languishing 15th in the table with just five points from as many games this season and reckon Montolivo could fill the deep-lying playmaker void left by Andrea Pirlo, who joined Juventus in the summer after 10 years at the San Siro.

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Fulham manager Martin Jol hints at January move for Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent

Fulham boss has refused to rule out a January swoop for unsettled Aston striker .Bent has fallen oustriker joined City from Servette last year and went on to score three goals in six games for City’s U23s.It’s claimed that Gonzalez has been ‘looking elsewhere’ for first team football and Las Palmas are interested as ‘they know they can get him on t of favour under new Villa boss in recent weeks and has been tipped to leave the Midlands club in January.Jol brought the England international to White Hart Lane during his spell as boss backwcontent_imgatch Valencia striker Maxi Gomez against Barcelona at the weekend.And the reports back are bound to have been positive – the 23-year-old scored twice as Los Che stunned Messi and co with a 2-0 win.Gomez, who is more likely not to arrive until the su in 2007.When asked whether he would move for the former Charlton man, the Dutchman said: “You never know, but we have three good strikers in Berbatov, Petric and Kacaniklic.”We could maybe have one more creative player but you never know what will change.”

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Transfer rumours and paper review with John Cross: Wednesday, September 14

Here are the latest transfer rumours from the morning’s papers…Bolton have reportedly flcontent_imgown in right-back Stefano Magnasco to train with them for two weeks. They hope to agree a deal to sign him from Chile’s Universidad Catolica in January – but face opposition from Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen. Arsenal target Marvin Martin has signed a new deal with French side Sochaux, but revealed he has an end of season get-out clause, which could finally pave his move to the .Stoke have dropped defender from their Europa League squad because they fear long-haul trips to Ukraine, Israel and Turkey will aggravate his in midfielder Darren Fletcher still backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lead the club.The Red Devils endured another poor r Serie A.But Jorginho is solely focused on Chelsea now insists, Joao Santos.“He arrived in Italy at fifteen, plays in England but his heart is Italian,” he told TuttoMercato.“At Chelsea he’s doing very well, he’s an important player for the team,esult in the Premier League, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa at home.The result leaves them in 9th place in the Premier League, drifting fjury problems.Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli has hit back at , claiming the club were forced to sell because he did not want to play for them – just like . Arsenal boss claims mega-rich clubs like Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid have the power to poach whatever players they want, and as a result are playing a significant role in the downfall of European football. Manchester United manager has billed his top scorer as “the white Pele.”

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AC Milan’s move for Kaka could scupper Tevez bid

AC Milan will not sign Kaka unless the Brazilian halves his wage demands – which could make a move for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez more likely.The Italian giants are looking to beef up their attack with Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemingly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint Germain.And they have set their sights on Kaka, who enjoyed six years at the San Siro before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.But with owner Silvio Berlusconi keen to reduce his squad’s wage bill, the 30-year-old has been told he will have to drop his €10m-per-year (£7.84m) wage demands if he is to return to Milan, according to Spanish newspaper AS.And that could impact on any proposed deal for Tevez, who is wanted by Milan –am Hotspur are among the favourites to host the Anthony Joshua fight in England.The club’s London stadium is seen as the content_imgprime venue for the fight that is set to grab the whole nation’s attention.Joshua is set to take on Kubrat Pulev in June, and Spu but only if he fits into their wage structure.With seemingly willing to alto the end of their present cycle.The Sky Sports pundit was assessing the North London side after their 1-1 home draw against Watford.Spurs are struggling for goals and wins, as they are already several points adrift of the top four sides in the Premlow the Argentine to leave, any Milan move for Kaka could complicate the Tevez deal, with the Brazilian’s wage demands likely to prove key.

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Exclusive – Speedie: Chelsea have to give Di Matteo the job

David Speedie believes , rather than Fabio Capello or , is the right man for the Chelsea job.The interim coach has won the Champions League and FA Cup during his time at the Blues and is now considered a favourite for the role.Former England coach Fabio Capello and chief Harry Redknapp have both been linked to ‘s side.But former Stamford Bridge favourite Speedie claims the 41-year-old Italian is the right man for job.“Di Matteo’s got to get the job,” Speedie told talkSPORT. “They’ve got to give him one or two seasons and see where he can go from there.“They’ve got to bring some young blood into the club and strengthen in all department expects Mariano Diaz to leave.The striker is up for sale, though is reluctant to depart.After victory over Fenerbahce, with Mariano on the scoesheet, Zidane said: “We’re heading back to Madrid and we’ll see what happens. “Anything can happen untils. and aren’t getting any younger.”The Blues won a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Bayern Munich to lift the European Cup on Saturday night content_imgand Speedie claims Chelsea shouldn’t have been victors.“I n Eriksen will succeed with Inter Milan.The Dane has struggled since his January arrival from Tottenham.And Di Canio says: “He played many years in a free game, where he could express himself, even losing balls but then resolving with plays. He hasdidn’t think Chelsea deserved to win it,” he went on to say. “They didn’t play that well but they dug in and got the result for Roberto Di Matteo.”

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Barcelona go head-to-head with Premier League pair over Athletic Bilbao striker

Barcelona will go head-to-head with and Manchester City to sign Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente.Llorente, who has one year left on his existing deal, stunned Athletic Bilbao earlier this week when he revealed that he would not be extending his contract at the Basque club.Tottenham and Juventus have since registered their interest in Llorente, but with the Spain international available on a free next summer both are reluctanrid president Florentino Perez is waiting for a public sign from Kylian Mcontent_imgbappe that he’s ready to leave PSG. That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Mbappe has been a target for Perez since he was fit to offer more than £15.8m – £12.6m short of his release clause fee.However, according to Spanish newspaper El Economista, Barcelona are prepared to wait for Llorente to see out his final year at Athletic and then snap him up on a free transfer next summer.New coach Tito Vilanova is keen to sign a ‘classic’ centre-forward, and believes Llorente, who has previously expressed his admiration for the Catalan side, will give his team an extra dimension.Manchester City boss is still in the market for a new striker this summer and could consider making an offer for Llorente, who he has monitored for the past year, while new Tottth says the self-belief is growing after victory over Watford.Villa stunned the Hornets with an injury-time winner via Tyrone Mings.Smith said, “I thought it was a good performance. We dominated the first half and were unfortunate to go a goal down aenham manager Andre s-Boas is desperate for a new attacker, given that is only the recognised forward in his squad.

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Transfer rumours and paper review with John Cross – Wednesday, May 16

Yaya Toure is ready to leave Manchester City for a new challenge, with his agent Dimitri Seluk inviting bids for the midfielder from his former club Barcelona and Real Madrid. Arsenal are ready to play tough with , with the planning to make the Dutchman see out the final yearcontent_img of his contract shouldul Pogba is likely to miss their Europa League opener against Astana.Pogba was put through his paces alone today as he continues his rehab from an ankle injury.Pogba missed United’s 1-0 win over Leicester on Saturday after picking up an knock against he reject the offer of a new one. Barcelona are eyeing a move to take on a free transfer from Chelsea, with the Spanish giants set to offer the 34-year-old a two-year contract., wanted by Chelsea last summer, has reignited doubts over his future by claiming he coul United during his extensive injury problems.The Ivory Coast centre back has made just one appearance this season in the Premier League for the Red Devils after sustaining a serious knee injury back in pre-season.However, during that time United haved be off after Euro 2012. Swansea boss is ready to sign striker in a £2million raid and is also eyeing a move for French striker Bedi Buval.Leicester have struck a £2million deal to sign and Matty James from . Sunderland goalkeeper has vowed to fight for his place at the Stadium of Light next season.

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Exclusive – Spackman warns Man United: ‘There are signs Torres is turning’

Nigel Spackman says Chelsea can still reach the Champions League semi-finals – so long as is supplied w Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 18-year-old kicked off his Arsenal career with a fine doublcontent_imge in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Speaking after the game, the summer signing from Ituano revealed it was surreal meeting thith more ammunition tonight.Torres has failed to score since his £50million move from in January but Spackman reckons the Spaniard is showing signs of a return to form.And he has tipped Torres to help the Blues overturn ‘s 1-0 lead from the first leg, if his team-mates give him better support at Old Trafford.“My gut feeling is will go with Torres again,” said Spackman, talking to Keys & Gray. “I thought was poor last week by his very high standards but Torres’ movement was so good. He was trying hard, maybe too hard at times, but he didn’t seem to get the space which he might get at Old Trafford tonight on a bigger pitch.“Somebody needs to look at his movement and find him. Mayafter their 2-1 defeat to Genoa.Milan went into the game on the back of director Zvonimir Boban’s resignation.But Pioli said, “We need no alibis or justifications, not for being behind closed doors, nor for any difficulties within the club or debatbe if is thrown in tonight he might be the man who does something to ignite Torres’ game. I think this game is far from over and Man United can’t be complacent tonight.“He’s getting a little bit of pace back. He had a fantastic header last week which van der Sar made a fantastic save from. There are signs he might be turning and that’s why I think he will start tonight.”

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West Brom miss out on Sporting Lisbon starlet

West Brom will have to switch thBergwijn says he made the move from PSV Eindhoven to win the Premier Leao won the Champions League title with United in 2008, has praised the acquisition of the 26-year-old, who has proved an assured presence in United’s back four. He said: “I think he’s had a pretty good start. Obviously we have big expectations of him,gue title.Sixth-placed Spurs trail champions-elect Liverpool bycontent_img 36 points ahead of Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, but manager Jose Mourinho said after his appointment in November eir attentions elsewhere after summer target Zezinho pledged his long-term future to Sporting Lisbon.The Brazilian winger was dubbed the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ when he made his breakthrough into the first-team and has been linked with a number of clubs in Spain and England.West Brom have been strongly linked with his signature and Steve Clarke was hoping to make his move for the 20-year-old.But he will have to look at new targets after Zezinho signed a new deal with the Portuguese club until 2018.Zezinho said: “I am very happy because this is my club and I want to stay here.”

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Juventus to rival Manchester City for Fiorentina star

Manchester City are in danger of missing out on long-time target Alessio Cerci after Juventus stepped up their interest in the winger.Fiorentina have been involved in negotiations to sell the 24-year-old to ‘s side over the summer but the Old Lady of Turin are now planning to make a movol boss Jurgen Klopp.Klopp won his first title with Liverpool last season, capping off the Reds meteoric rise ovetalanta reached the Champions League quarter-finals with victory against Valencia.The Italians arrived in Spain with a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg of their last-16 tie and quickly added to their advantage inside an empty Mestalla Stadium.Ilr three seasons with a Champions League medal. Formerly of Manchester United and Everton, Rooney admits the only shame about Klopp’s talee.Juve manager Antonio Conte admired the seven goals Cerci scored in 17 Serie A starts last season and has asked his sporting director Marotta Beppe to approach Fiorentina over a possible deal.City appear to have enough resources in every position on the pitch but Mancini has long been interested in signing the former Romcontent_imga man.

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Exclusive – Sansom: ‘Ghana friendly is important for England’

Kenny Sansom insists England’s friendly with Ghana tonight is NOT a pointless exercise.Fabio Capello is set to select a second-string side to take on the World Cup quarter-finalists at Wembley, leading many to complain the match is a complete waste of time.B individuals at Chelsea.The Italian has left Stamford Bridge after only one season in charge, in which he won the Europa League and guided the club to a third-placed finish in the league.Now reflecting on his time in west London, Sarri says it was a ut former star Sansom, who won 86 caps for England, reckons it could prove to be a valuable evening for Capello.He told Keys & Gray: “I’ve always been interested in friendlies because 44-year-old had been head of the club’s academy since 2016.The former United midfielder will report to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be tasked with creating “a seamless journey for young players content_imgstepping up to the next level”.”Manchester United is inyou can put two players together and they may gel. They might not be the best two players individually but if you get two players that play together, say and , tonight they might click.“You then know if you’re up against it in a certain game and they are weak down that side you put Ashley Young in front of Johnson because you know they are going to make something happen. I think friendlies are important in that respect.“For me friendlies are about getting to know the players, how they deal with big games and playing in front off that big crowd at Wembley. It’s only small things but I think it’s important.”

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Liverpool defender Skrtel plays down Man City talk

has poured cold water on reports linking him with a move to Manchester City.The Premier League champions have been eyeing a move for defender Skrtelcontent_img and ’s as they look to build on their success in the last two seasons.But although he didn’t rule out the possibility of an Anfield exit, the 27-yeaan move to Schalke.The Blues homegrown hero from Kirkdale will spend the 2019/20 campaign in the Bundesliga.He told their official website: “It is a big chance for me, to come to a new country and show off my abilities, especially at a big club likr-old Slovakia international insists no offers have been taith Fulham. The 18-year-old was released by the Hornets this summer after a two year scholarship, but has since joined the Cottagers on a one-year deal. Speaking to the Fulham website, Tricker said he hoped he would flourish at his new club. “I thibled for his services.”In the press there have been rumours about my future,” Skrtel said on his personal website.”I would like to say that so far I have not received any specific offers and I have not been in talks with any club.”

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Redknapp praises Kranjcar for his professional attitude

boss paid tribute to the professionalism of midfielder after he scored their winner against .The Croat’s 25-yard strike in injury time was his first goal of the season after finding himself out-of-favour following the emergence of .And his manager has revealed his superRose says there was no chance of him putting his feet up during their Premier League break.The England international has joined the Magpies on loan after making just one league start under Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho following the 57-year-old’s ab attitude in training is paying dividends for Spurs as their squad strength is tested by injuries to star performers like igning a new deal with Leicester City.The playmaker has been linked strongly with Manchester United.But he could be prepared to snub their interest in order to stay with the Foxes, according to the Manchester Evening News.Brendan Rodgers’ side are th and Gareth Bale.Redknapp said: “He’s worked hard in training, showed a great attitude, he stay after training every day, does his running, does his shooting and that’s what you want.“He’s never let his head drop, he’s kept going and he’s come on today, showed a bit of magic and pulled the game out of the fire for us.”Redknapp also hailed his side for tcontent_imgheir ability to grab wins this week without their key players, he add: “You have to remember we’re missing some quality players as well, van der Vaart came off at half-time, he’s done his calf, Modric and Bale [are also out].“Those three [are match winners], that’s their game. Suddenly you’ve got all three missing and it’s hard [for us] but we kept going and we got a great goal in the end.”

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of content_imggirls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motod the club hasn’t reached the players.James has barely stopped grinning since joining the group – quite the contrast to the negativity that surrounds the club following a poor season and a lack of summer activity.Asked if that negativity had played orsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatr United.The Daily Mail says Lukaku has lost half a stone in weight after sticking to a strict nutrition regime under Inter boss Antonio Conte.Lukaku was accused of being overweight towards the end of his time at Manchester United and reportedly weigsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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Houllier: ‘Bent is not a panic buy’

has defended the signing of pointing to his proven goalscoring record in the Premier League.Aston smashed their transfer record on Tuesday by paying £18m eventually rising to £24m for the former striker.And Houllier has revealed that Bent is not a panic buy and has been in the cluba believes sacked coach Marco Giampaolo deserved more time.Milan replaced summer appointment Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli last month.“Over just a few months, we’ve had two different coaches with different working methods, tactical approaches and id’s long-term plans for a efender Chris Smalling admits he plans to scontent_imgtay with Roma beyond his season-long loan.Smalling, who is also no longer part of England boss Gareth Southgate’s plans, is relishing his fresh start in Italy.And the 29-year-old said he can see himself staywhile.Houllier said: “I know what you’re thinking but it’s not a panic buy.“In fact I’ve been talking about him for a long time with the chairman and the chief executive and he was in our plan and he was our priority.“Strikers are always more expensive than other players. I know some clubs that they pay even more other strikers.“He’s 26, he has a proven record and I believe in him.”