Puyol poised to sign new deal at Barca

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol intends to finish his career at the club and says he is close to agreeing a new contract extension.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Shiels signs on at Rangers

Scottish giants Rangers have confirmed the signing of attacker Dean Shiels on a four-year deal.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Balzaretti edging closer to Roma deal

Palermo have moved to confirm reports that full-back Federico Balzaretti is on the verge of signing for Roma.

The player who largely impressed at the 2012 European Championship earlier stated that he would choose between Palermo and PSG this summer, but the French side have since dropped out of the picture.

Meanwhile, Napoli and Roma have expressed their interest in signing the highly-rated full-back and Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini admits the player could end up at Roma.

“The situation is still in stasis. I spoke to the player and he is a little embarrassed at all the attention,” Zamparini told Radio Radio.

“I made him an important proposal for a three-year contract at the highest wages Palermo can offer. Now we have to wait for him to decide.

“What are the chances? In my view it’s 45 per cent Palermo, 45 per cent Roma and only 10 per cent Napoli. If it were up to me, it’d be 90 per cent staying with us.”

It appears the player had made his mind on joining Roma and Zamparini explains that the Giallorossi are close to wrapping up the deal.

“Roma are very close. Walter Sabatini worked very hard, while he was the one who brought Balzaretti to Palermo in the first place and has always admired the player. He knows him well.”

Balzaretti has developed into one of the best left-backs in Italy during his time at Renzo Barbera and he is now set to cash in on some impressive displays at the Euro 2012.

The experienced defender featured in four games for the Azzurri at the tournament finals and helped the side finish as runners-up in Poland and Ukraine despite the fact they had been written off even before the tournament started.

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Julio Cesar admits Inter exit on the cards

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has confirmed reports suggesting that he will leave Inter this summer.

The experienced keeper was heavily linked with a summer exit even before the Neroazzurri signed Samir Handanovic from Udinese, while it became clear that he will leave the club when he was left out of Inter’s pre-season squad.

The 32-year-old is now set to have his contract at Giuseppe Meazza rescinded and the resolution is expected in the next few days.

“They have been seven beautiful and successful years but, in a few days, my adventure in the Inter shirt will end,” the Brazilian posted on his official Facebook account.

Julio Cesar began his career at Flamengo and spent seven years there before joining Chievo on a free transfer in January 2005.

The keeper joined Inter after spending just six months at Bentegodi and has proved to be an instant hit at Giuseppe Meazza.

Cesar made 226 Serie A appearances during seven seasons at Inter and was part of the team that won five straight league titles in Italy.

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Henry hopeful on RVP stay

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is hopeful that Dutch forward Robin van Persie will decide to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Zenit ready to make move on Arsenal target

According to Talk Sport, Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are keen on signing Yann M’Vila from French side Rennes.

Zenit are looking to build a side that can compete in the Champions League this season and retain their league title.

M’Vila put in some fantastic performances for Rennes last campaign and that has got him noticed by plenty of big clubs around Europe.

His good form could only help Rennes finish sixth in Ligue 1 and now the French international may want to move away from the club to take his career to the next level.

Zenit have been linked with a number of players in this summer’s transfer window and should they secure M’Vila’s services, will certainly show their intentions for the season.

It was suggested that English Premier League side Arsenal had been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old but they could miss out as the Russians are apparently preparing a big bid which is in excess of £11 million.

With Jack Wilshire looking like missing the start of the new campaign Arsene Wenger may look to strengthen in the centre of midfield which could see them step up their interest in M’Vila.

It is certainly a story to keep an eye on.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Joy of six for Good

Newcastle United have finally completed the protracted transfer of Australian defender Curtis Good from A-League outfit Melbourne Heart.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Kenny to miss United´s Norway trip

New Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny will not be risked in the club’s friendly against Norwegian side Sandefjord on Wednesday.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Chelsea weighing up bid for Moses

Chelsea are preparing a £7.5 million bid for Wigan winger Victor Moses, that’s according to the Daily Mail.

Chairman of the Latics Dave Whelan had said that it would take £10 million to lure their star man away from the DW Stadium, however the Champions League winners are hoping to sign him for a lower figure.

Roberto Di Matteo seems keen on signing the attacking midfielder even though it a position where he has a number of options in.

Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin have all already made the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 21-year-old has just one year left on his current deal at Wigan and manager Roberto Martinez will be wary that he could walk out of the club for nothing in a year’s time.

That said though, they are likely to still hold out for the transfer fee that they want, something which the Blues seem reluctant to offer.

Moses was fantastic for Wigan last year as he helped them avoid relegation in the English Premier League. Now though, he may feel as though it is time to take his career to the next step.

Should he make the move then the Nigerian international be involved in a big competition for places in the starting eleven.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Real turn attention to Sneijder as Modric move stalls

Talk Sport are today reporting that Real Madrid are turning their attention to re-signing Wesley Sneijder as a move for Luka Modric looks to have hit a stumbling block.

Real are apparently not prepared to pay up the £40 million that Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is demanding for the Croatian playmaker.

Now, they want to bring a player with similar attributes to the Bernabeu as they look to retain their La Liga title.

The Dutchman joined Inter Milan from Real in 2009 and it was the Spanish side’s current boss Jose Mourinho who brought him to the San Siro.

Sneijder then put in some outstanding performances under the Portuguese boss, helping them to Serie A and Champions League success in 2010.

Now it seems as though Mourinho is keen to link up with the 28-year-old yet again.

After a poor season for Inter which saw them finish in sixth position in the Italian top flight, Sneijder will know that there will be no European football for them this season.

In his best years as a player, the Holland international will surly want to be playing in Europe’s elite club competition.

It looks as though Modric is still the big target for Mourinho’s side but if it does fall through – they may come knocking on Inter’s door.

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