Milan made an offer for Xavi
AC Milan have attempted to sign Barcelona playmaker Xavi Hernandez, according to the player’s mum.
The Spanish international was noticed by the Milan scouts while he was playing for Barcelona’s B side and Rossoneri chief Adriano Galliani contacted the player’s family to offer the player a chance to move to San Siro.
“Galliani came and put an offer on the table when Xavi played for Barcelona B, offering him a four-year contract,” Maria Merce Creus explained to TV Cuatro.
“At the time he had Pep Guardiola in front of him…but, inside of me, I thought it would tear the family apart completely if he went.
“Besides, I always thought that, although it might be difficult, he would be a success at Barcelona.”
That proved to be the right decision given that Xavi went on to make almost 400 La Liga appearances and became one of world’s best midfielders.
The highly rated midfielder has won 6 La Liga championships and 3 Champions League trophies among other titles with the Catalans.
Tottenham flop moves to Russia
Tottenham winger David Bentley has made a shock move to Russian Premier League side FC Rostov.
The English Premier League side announced on their official website that the former England international has joined FC Rostov on loan until January.
The 28-year-old midfielder had been part of Spurs’ 25-man squad, but he was allowed to leave the club after failing to even make the bench in the opening three Premiership games.
Bentley joined Tottenham in a €22 million move from Blackburn Rovers in August 2008, but he never quite managed to prove his worth at White Hart Lane.
The former Arsenal graduate has made a total of 42 Premier League appearances for Spurs, scoring three goals in the process.
Bentley has spent last two seasons on loan at Birmingham City and West Ham respectively, but without much success.
Before signing the English midfielder, FC Rostov have acquired former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle.
CSKA Moscow not giving up on Suarez
CSKA Moscow are not yet ready to drop their interest in Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez, Het Nieuwsblad reports.
The Russian giants have been following the Argentine striker for a while now, and they were eager to bring him to Moscow in the summer transfer window.
The player, nonetheless, picked up a difficult injury just before the Russians were about to reach an agreement with Anderlecht and the deal fell through.
Het Nieuwsblad claims that CSKA Moscow are still interested in the 24-year-old and that they plan to finally complete the signing in the January transfer window.
The same source understands that the Russians are ready to offer just under €10 million for the forward, which should prove sufficient enough.
Before picking up a knee injury, Suarez was one of the most south-after strikers in Europe.
The Argentine has scored a total of 32 goals in 115 league games for the Belgian champions.