Football agent Ernesto Bronzetti believes Real Madrid star Kaka is close to agreeing a summer move to Chelsea.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked to Inter ever since Leonardo replaced Rafa Benitez, but Bronzetti believes Kaka will not be moving clubs in January.
“Kaka to Inter? I know Real President Florentino Perez very well, I only spoke to him a few days ago and he’ll never sell Kaka in January,” Bronzetti said.
However, he admits the Brazilian’s transfer to Chelsea next summer is almost a done deal.
“I would say that there is a 90 per cent chance that Kaka will go to Chelsea at the end of the season for a fee of around €50m.”
Having lost his place in the starting line-up because of injury, Kaka now faces a difficult battle to prove his worth to Real Madrid fans, and should the Brazilian fail to do so, he would probably be sold in the summer, with Chelsea and Inter the potential buyers.
[Source: Daily Mail]
Juventus admit interest in Pazzini and Gilardino
Juventus transfer guru Giuseppe Marotta admits the Bianconeri are keeping tabs on Giampaolo Pazzini and Alberto Gilardino.
Juventus are looking for a prolific striker to boost their attacking options and Marotta has confirmed interest in the Italy internationals.
“In terms of profile, Pazzini is a player worthy of Juventus,” said Marotta.
“When Sampdoria decide to put him on the transfer market then we’ll consider a bid.
“Gilardino is a prolific attacker and a good player, but it’s the same scenario as the Pazzini one. If a club decides not to sell a player then it’s useless to persist.”
Marotta also says he hopes Juventus can win the Scudetto this season.
“Juventus must always be protagonists, always. We need to improve and also to win.
“The Scudetto? We are obliged to believe. At the start we knew that we couldn’t compete, but as time has passed we have noticed our strength.”
[Source: Il Corriere dello Sport]
Roberto Ayala retires at 37
Argentina World Cup star Roberto Ayala has decided to hang up his boots after ending his contract at Racing Club de Avellaneda.
Ayala spent last year and a half at Racing, but after the club opted against extending his contract, the former Argentina international decided to end his playing career.
The 37-year-old is recognized as one of the best defenders in the history of the national team, and with 115 appearances for los Albicelestes, Ayala is second most capped player behind Javier Zanetti.
Ayala started his career at local Ferro Carril Oeste and went on to play for River Plate, Napoli and Milan before joining Valencia, where he spent seven very successful years.
Some of his achievements include the gold medal at 2004 Olympic Games, UEFA Cup and Super Cup titles with Valencia, as well as two La Liga titles with los Che.
The Argentine will be remembered as one of the smartest defenders ever to have played the game, with his impeccable decision making often compensating for the lack of height.
[Source: El Mundo Deportivo]