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Arsenal suffer a blow as their target David Villa is offered a new Barcelona contract

Arsenal blow as target Villa will be offered new Barcelona deal

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

13:42 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Arsenal could miss out on signing David Villa after Barcelona have offered him a new contract.

The striker is due to be a free agent in 14 months time, with several English clubs sniffing around to see if they can get him for a reduced price.

However, Barcelona feel he still has a very important role at the club and staying in Spain may be his best chance of competing for a place in the national side.

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Arsenal's striking problems have been well documented of late, with Arsene Wenger allowing Theo Walcott some time up front before switching back to Olivier Giroud for the most recent games.

Forward Marouane Chamakh is currently on-loan at West Ham after failing to convince his manager that he has much of a future at the club.

As for Villa, Spain's record goalscorer has been out of favour at the Nou Campafter returning at the start of the season from eight months out with a broken leg.

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

The 31-year-old joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of 35million, and is reportedly on a deal worth 7m a year.

If first-team football is what Villa wants, then he may wait until the summer and consider his future before signing any new contract.

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

Manchester United v Real Madrid tickets on sale for 1,000 each

Psst… want to get into Old Trafford tonight to see the big match, well it'll cost you 1,000 each

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

10:31 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:18 GMT, 5 March 2013

It is the match 'the world will stop' to watch, according to Jose Mourinho.

And it seems some fans are prepared to pay 'silly money' to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid tonight.

Although official ticket exchange sites such as viagogo.com are showing no availability, other websites like ticket4football.com have set prices of up to 1,000 each for premium seats for tonight's clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

Some fans have offered to sell spare tickets for up to 750 to watch the latest showdown between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, who marked his first visit to Old Trafford with a Champions League victory for Porto and a memorable celebratory dash down the touchline.

Main event: More than 75,000 fans will pack into Old Trafford tonight for Champions League clash

Main event: More than 75,000 fans will pack into Old Trafford tonight for Champions League clash

And the price is expected to go up as fans descend on Old Trafford for the match.

One ticket agent based near the ground, who asked not to be named, said: 'Tickets are going for silly
money, thousands in fact.'

Sportsmail has learned that Madrid fans wanting to see the Special One repeat that feat tonight after the 1-1 draw in the first leg can also expect to pay 800 on the black market.

And that is before the crowds start to gather on Sir Matt Busby Way and ticketless fans try their luck with touts as kick-off approaches.

Although Manchester Police have managed a number of successful convictions for ticket touting operations at United home games in recent years, illegal touts are still expected to flood the streets around the stadium tonight.

A scarf seller is seen outside Old Trafford

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Supply and demand: Tickets for big games are being sold for more than 1,000

One New York Times reporter claimed he saw an exchange yesterday in which touts were charging 500 to 600 for seats for a game which is supposed to be a sell-out.

That was after the press conference at Old Trafford in which Madrid boss Mourinho said 'the world would stop' to watch the encounter between two of the biggest teams on the planet.

And Ferguson added: 'As European nights go you don't get much bigger. We're talking about two clubs with great history. It's set up to be potentially a marvellous game and I don't think it will disappoint either.'

And at 1,000 quid a ticket, it better not.

David Beckham to train with Arsenal as former England midfielder ponders next move

Beckham to train with Arsenal as former England captain ponders next move

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

07:54 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:17 GMT, 29 January 2013

David Beckham is due to begin training with Arsenal today with his future still up in the air.

The former England captain, 37, will join up with the Gunners in a bid to keep fit as he considers his next move after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season in December.

And Beckham will report for duty at Arsenal's state-of-the-art Hertfordshire training HQ on Tuesday.

Gunner Becks: David Beckham is determined to show he can still play at highest level

Gunner Becks: David Beckham is determined to show he can still play at highest level

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is determined to prove he can still play at the highest level.

Beckham trained with Arsenal in 2008 and with their north London rivals Tottenham two years ago, during the MLS off-season.

Beckham is currently a free agent and in no rush to make his next move as he can sign outside of this transfer window.

He has attracted interest from QPR and West Ham in the
Premier League, and Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in France.

There
is also interest from the UAE, where former England boss Sven Eriksson himself is now technical
director at Al Nasr in Dubai, and the Swede says he would welcome Beckham to the Middle East with open arms.

Running man: Beckham filming an advert for Adidias in Marbella on Monday

Running man: Beckham filming an advert for Adidias in Spain on Monday

The Beckhams are in London after moving back to the UK following the end of his contract with Galaxy.

The
family
are currently renting a lavish 20million property in London from
Touker Suleyman, boss of Ghost and Hawes & Curtis, while
the Beckham brood will be educated at London schools

His three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, have all started playing in Chelsea's youth system within the past week.

Lewis Holtby to join Tottenham now from Schalke

Holtby to complete Spurs medical after 1.5m fee is agreed to sign Schalke star NOW

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

11:53 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 28 January 2013

Lewis Holtby is heading to White Hart Lane in the next 24 hours after Tottenham finally agreed a deal to sign him now, rather than at the end of the season.

The Germany midfielder is flying over to London to complete the deal, after Tottenham gave way over Schalke’s 1.5million asking price and also agreed to play a money-spinning friendly with the Bundesliga club at a date to be announced later this year.

On the move: Lewis Holtby (right) will join Tottenham in this transfer window

On the move: Lewis Holtby (right) will join Tottenham in this transfer window

First again…

Sportsmail broke the story that Tottenham wanted to sign Lewis Holtby this month – read more

Sportsmail revealed earlier this month how an injury to Sandro had forced Tottenham to reconsider their plans over Holtby, who was due to join them as a free agent in the summer, and approach Schalke with a cut-price bid to sign him during the current transfer window.

Their initial offer was rejected, as Schalke set their valuation at 1.5m and underlined their determination to stick to it by selecting the attacking midfielder for their return to Bundesliga action, after a mid-winter break, against Hannover.

Early bird: Holtby had originally been due to arrive in the summer

Early bird: Holtby had originally been due to arrive in the summer

But with Sandro ruled out for the rest of the season after being injured against QPR, and manager Andre Villas-Boas underlining the need for reinforcements, Tottenham have relented over the fee and agreed to Schalke’s demands.

Rafa Benitez refused to rule out a return to Anfield

Never say never: Rafa refuses to rule out a return to Anfield

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UPDATED:

00:31 GMT, 29 December 2012

Rafael Benitez has refused to rule out a second coming at Liverpool ahead of his first match on Merseyside as Chelsea boss.

Interim Blues manager Benitez has been linked previously with a return to Anfield and will be a free agent again at the end of the season.

Sunday sees Benitez take a team to Merseyside for the first time since he was sacked by Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago when Chelsea visit Everton in the Barclays Premier League.

Refusal: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez refused to rule out ever returning to Liverpool but did say he will give '100 per cent' for Chelsea

Refusal: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez refused to rule out ever returning to Liverpool but did say he will give '100 per cent' for Chelsea

And asked if he could see himself returning to manage his former club one day, he said: 'At the moment, I'm really pleased here.

'I want to keep winning and you never know what can happen in football.

'I have a very good relationship with the fans and the city but I'm a good professional and that means I will give 100 per cent for this club.'

Return: Benitez returns to Merseyside for the first time since leaving Liverpool when Chelsea visit David Moyes' Everton team

Return: Benitez returns to Merseyside for the first time since leaving Liverpool when Chelsea visit David Moyes' Everton team

Benitez's work ethic has helped him begin to rebuild his reputation as one of the most astute coaches around, the Spaniard having got Chelsea's campaign back on track in recent weeks.

However, his latest comments are unlikely to aid him in his quest to win over Chelsea fans who still see him as the enemy due to his Liverpool connections.

Benitez's work ethic has seen him begin to rebuild his reputation at Chelsea

Graft: Benitez's work ethic has seen him begin to rebuild his reputation at Chelsea

He added ahead of Sunday's game at Goodison Park: 'It is always something special when you go back to Liverpool.

'My connection with the city is very strong.'

Those links continue, with Benitez's family home still on the Wirral near the city after he decided against relocating them when he joined Inter Milan or when he was appointed to the Chelsea hotseat.

He said: 'When you have children, 10 and 14, they have their friends around and have been there for eight years so it is difficult to move the family and you have to do something for them.

'I have to move around on my own and then find a way to be there for Christmas dinner or whatever.'

Liverpool have nosedived since sacking Benitez and are on their third manager in that time.

To compound matters, they have also been supplanted as the top team on Merseyside by Everton, who finished above them last season and ended the first half of the current campaign eight points clear of their neighbours.

However, Benitez was almost at pains to avoid discussing whether there had been a power shift in favour of David Moyes' men.

He said: 'I cannot say this. What I can say is that Everton are doing well.

'I don't think it is fair for me to talk about one or the other one. I think it is fair for me to say that we are playing Everton and they are doing well.

'Moyes is doing a great job, they have good players and a good team spirit and it will be difficult for us.'

Dissent: Despite a recent run of good results there are still protesting voices among the Chelsea support

Dissent: Despite a recent run of good results there are still protesting voices among the Chelsea support

Side-stepping another row with Everton is unlikely to spare Benitez the role of pantomime villain when he takes a team to Goodison Park for the first time in more than three years.

The Spaniard is still suffering a backlash from his own club's fans, whose revolt against his appointment was galvanised by criticism they perceived him to have levelled at them while Liverpool boss back in 2007.

That was also the year Benitez branded Everton one of the Premier League's 'smaller teams', something that provoked a furious response from Liverpool's arch-rivals.

Benitez was the subject of plenty of unpleasant chants from Toffees fans during his six years at Anfield and he was not expecting an easy ride this weekend.

Return to form: Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games, scoring 12 and conceding just one

Red hot: Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games, scoring 12 and conceding just one

Everton have also made themselves Chelsea's bogey-team, having won the sides' past three league meetings at Goodison Park.

But Benitez has won on his past three league visits there and goes on the back of six wins from seven games.

He said of his own impact on his players: 'We are adjusting things but, at the same time, we are giving them freedom to do things in the way they want to do.

'I think we have a good balance and you can see they are keen to learn and that is the main thing for a manager.'

Joey Barton is hoping to stay in Marseille for longer and terminate his contract at QPR

Barton and QPR ready to terminate contract and make French holiday permanent

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 27 December 2012

Joey Barton could stay at Marseille for longer than his 12-month loan as it is understood QPR chiefs have encouraged him to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

He has won over the Olympique Marseille club and fans since going on loan at the end of August and, as he is still in receipt of almost 300,000 a month from his parent club.

QPR are keen to do both themselves and the Ligue 1 title challengers a favour and make him a free agent.

Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

Fans' favourite: Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

He has made seven appearances for Elie Baup’s side, and despite being banned from making his debut until late November, has certainly settled in.

According to Le Phoceen, QPR bosses have already spoken with Barton to raise the issue, and the player has gone on record to say he will not be returning to Loftus Road.

The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

No holding back: The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

The 30-year old may, however, choose to return to England or move elsewhere in Europe.

Valencia have previous reported interest and he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini at Everton.

Lionel Messi has 203m Barcelona release clause

Fancy a cheeky bid for Messi Good news is he has release clause in new contract (but bad news is it's for a whopping 203m)

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UPDATED:

12:34 GMT, 19 December 2012

Lionel Messi's new contract at Barcelona contains a release clause that allows him to leave the Catalan giants for an eye-watering 203million

The Argentina forward yesterday agreed a new deal to keep him at Barca until 2018, and the club confirmed on their official website that Messi would pen the deal 'in the coming weeks'.

Messi's current deal runs until June 2016 and the new agreement will keep him at the Nou Camp beyond his 31st birthday, making it likely that he will remain a one-club man for his entire career.

Perfect 10: Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is the world's greatest footballer

Perfect 10: Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is the world's greatest footballer

But every team in the world would love to get their hands on the little genius, and those with seriously deep pockets may be tempted to make a cheeky bid by the release clause, set at €250m, according to the Guardian.

Trouble is, even the likes of
mega-rich Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain would have to
think twice before stumping up that kind of cash.

And even then, Messi would almost certainly snub any offer to leave the club he joined as a 13-year-old child.

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the world's most expensive footballer following his 80m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009.

Incredible year: The Argentinian has already scored 90 goals in 2012

Incredible year: The Argentinian has already scored 90 goals in 2012

Messi has enjoyed an
extraordinary year, even by his own remarkable standards, netting his
89th and 90th goals of 2012 at the weekend. He had already surpassed Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year.

The top 10 richest players

1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 27.5m

2 David Beckham (Free agent) 26.2m

3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 24.3m

4 Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala) 19.4m

5 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 17.2m

6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain) 16m

7 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 15.7m

8 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 14.7m

9 Fernando Torres (Chelsea) 13.9m

10 Kaka (Real Madrid) 12.9m

Should Messi ever leave Barcelona,
any club paying the full 203m would surely be guaranteed goals from the
incredible striker. But, if he were to keep up his barely believable
scoring tally of 90 this calendar year, over the full course of a
four-year contract, each of his goals would cost a club 563,888.89
each, not counting his wages and bonuses.

Messi's new deal is expected to be structured so that it increases yearly, rising to 12.5m a year net before bonuses.

The hotshot signed his last big
contract in the 2009-10 season with then sporting director Txiki
Begiristain and his vice-president Marc Ingla.

That contract is heavily incentivised
with his pay, after bonuses, in any given season automatically becoming
his basic pay for the following season.

Messi is also in contention to claim a
fourth successive FIFA Ballon d'Or crown, being named on a three-man
shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mate Andres Iniesta.

David Beckham latest: West Ham manager wants LA Galaxy midfielder

If he's fit, I'd love to have Beckham at West Ham! Big Sam joins the queue

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UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 22 November 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has stated his desire to bring David Beckham to the club – as long as he can prove his fitness.

The 37-year-old midfielder, who was born in east London, this week stated his intention to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the year and the Hammers have been one of a number of clubs linked with him since.

In demand: David Beckham will soon be a free agent with his last game for LA Galaxy approaching

In demand: David Beckham will soon be a free agent with his last game for LA Galaxy approaching

'Yes, I would like to see a fit David Beckham at West Ham,' Allardyce told The Sun.

'But he would need to come and do a fitness test like any other player.'

Former England captain Beckham stated he will leave the Galaxy following the December 1 MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo, saying he wanted 'one last challenge' before the end of his playing career.

Interested: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he would love to have Beckham at Upton Park

Interested: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he would love to have Beckham at Upton Park

Allardyce's admission, however, comes just a day after a Hammers source told Sportsmail that it is doubtful the club would explore a move.

The source close to the club said: ‘David is an excellent footballer, but he is 38 in May and would not be right for the club.

'The owners have plenty of ambitious plans and, right now, Beckham isn’t included in that.

On the ball: Allardyce says Beckham would have to prove his fitness if the Hammers were to make a move

On the ball: Allardyce says Beckham would have to prove his fitness if the Hammers were to make a move

‘If the club were struggling, he would be an option, but that isn’t the case. They want to look to the future, but wish him well for his next move.

‘Lots of clubs will want to be linked with him, but West Ham will not be interested in signing him.

'They are very happy with the signing of Matt Jarvis.'

James Beattie in Accrington Stanley talks

Beattie in talks with Accrington Stanley over player-coach role

PUBLISHED:

22:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

Former England striker James Beattie is in talks over a player-coach role at League Two Accrington Stanley.

Free agent Beattie, 34, could link up with his former Blackburn team-mate Leam Richardson who is Accrington's manager.

On the ball: Beattie is in talks with the League Two outfit

On the ball: Beattie is in talks with the League Two outfit

James McFadden joins Sunderland

Sunderland snap-up former Scotland striker McFadden on a free

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UPDATED:

09:55 GMT, 26 October 2012

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

Free agent James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.

Manager Martin O'Neill revealed on Thursday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

Free agent McFadden spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham.

He will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can return to the form which brought him 48 senior caps.