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Liverpool loan move for David Villa rejected by Barcelona

Cough up if you want Villa! Bold Liverpool loan move rejected as Barca hold out for 16m

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13:34 GMT, 31 December 2012

Liverpool have been rebuffed in a bold attempt to take Barcelona striker David Villa on loan.

The 31-year-old is frustrated at the Nou Camp due to his lack of game time and is keen to come to England.

However, Barcelona will not entertain the idea of letting the Spain international go out on loan and will only consider a bumper transfer offer to sell in this window.

Hotshot: But David Villa has found opportunities hard to come by at Barca this term

Hotshot: David Villa has found opportunities hard to come by at Barca this term but his goalscoring record with both the Catalan giants and Spain is exceptional

David Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already agreed a deal with Chelsea for Daniel Sturridge and is advanced with talks over a move for Thomas Ince. However, that deal has dragged because Blackpool want 6million for a player they bought from Liverpool for 250,000 18 months ago.

Villa was seen as a player of quality and experience who could share the burden with Luis Suarez and fit into Rodgers' ideal 4-3-3 formation having also played on the left for Barcelona and Spain.

Brendan Rodgers

Lone furrow: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (above) is in the market to
bring in some support up front for Luis Suarez (below), despite his two goals against QPR

Luis Suarez

The move would have been an exception to Liverpool's normal guidelines with the club reluctant to bring in players who are over the age of 24.

Arsenal were interested in Villa but are reluctant to become embroiled in another bidding war with Barcelona having been told the price would be at least 16m.

Chelsea have been sounded out also but Rafa Benitez is unlikely to move for Villa with other options still ahead of him, despite the breakdown in the move for Demba Ba.

Villa has made 17 appearances for Barca this season and scored five goals. However, he would also be cup-tied in Europe having figured against Spartak Moscow, Celtic and Benfica in the Champions League.

Football League: The top 10 players to buy in January

Looking for a bargain Here are the top 10 players that can be picked up in the Football League's January sale

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12:59 GMT, 24 December 2012

The Football League plays host to a number of players who could help most Premier League squads in need of a boost in the January transfer window – Sportsmail's Joe Ridge takes a look at who the top ten signings would be.

Wilfried Zaha, winger, Crystal Palace, 15m

Has gone off the boil somewhat in recent weeks since being given a surprise England debut in Sweden last month, but Zaha’s maverick ability is there for all to see.

This season he has aligned a work rate and a decision-making prowess with his outrageous skill set and blinding pace and is rightly rated at 15m-plus.

Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City have all been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old, and should one make a move in January it could well spark a bidding war.

Wanted man: Wilfried Zaha has been targeted by the Premier League's elite clubs

Wanted man: Wilfried Zaha has been targeted by the Premier League's elite clubs

Will Hughes, midfielder, Derby, 5m

The Championship’s answer to Jack Wilshere, Hughes has got a bit of
everything, and at just 17 he is one of the hottest prospects in English
football, let alone the Football League.

The combination of a natural swagger on the ball and a willingness to
run himself into the ground suggest that Hughes would not look out of
place at a top six side, let alone at strugglers needing someone to
dictate proceedings from the middle of the park.

It would have to take a bid in the region of 5million to tempt Derby
though, as the England Under 21 international – not 18 until April – is
dragging Nigel Clough’s side into play-off contention and is clearly
loving playing week in, week out.

Harry Maguire, defender, Sheffield United, 3m

An imperious yet serene presence at
the heart of the Blades’ defence, Maguire may be playing in League One
but there are far worse centre backs starting regularly in the top
flight.

At just 19, Maguire – another England
Under 21 international – would be happy to sit tight and see out another
promotion bid for the Blades rather than gamble on a move to the
Championship.

However, if a Premier League club come calling with a bid in
the 3m-region that saw fellow academy graduate Matthew Lowton join
Aston Villa in the summer, it may be too good for him and his club to
refuse.

Will Hughes

Harry Maguire

Jack Butland, goalkeeper, Birmingham, 6m

Like Zaha, Butland was exposed to international football very early
in his career after competing at the London 2012 Olympics for Team GB
this summer and for England against Italy in August – all this before he
had even made his Birmingham debut.

After a couple of early season blunders Butland has been showing his
class in recent weeks and he has an aura about him that only the best
goalkeepers have. Liverpool and Southampton are expected to tempt the
financially-stricken Blues with an 6m bid for the 19-year-old.

Top stopper: Jack Butland competed at the Olympics for Team GB

Top stopper: Jack Butland competed at the Olympics for Team GB

Charlie Austin, striker, Burnley, 5m

Austin lost his place at the top of
the Championship’s goalscoring charts to Crystal Palace striker Glenn
Murray at the weekend, but the pair’s respective ages – 23 and 29 – make
the former a more attractive prospect to any prospective buyer.

An instinctive finisher with a strong
physical presence, Austin has been nothing short of lethal with both
feet and in the air this campaign for a stuttering Burnley side.

The ex-Swindon man was working as a
bricklayer just three years ago, and he has the potential to cement
safety for a Premier League side in need of goals.

Paul Robinson, goalkeeper, Blackburn, 1m

Rovers boss Henning Berg insisted he
had not fallen out with the former England No 1 Robinson after defeat at Blackpool despite dropping him to the bench in
favour of rookie Jake Kean.

The Norwegian cited footballing
reasons for the decision to leave the ex-Tottenham and Leeds man on the
bench, but in truth the 33-year-old has been a standout performer in a
dismal season so far for the club.

Robinson looks certain to leave Ewood
Park in January and would represent good value for money for the likes
of Southampton, Fulham and Reading.

Charlie Austin

Paul Robinson

Chris Wood, striker, Millwall (on loan from West Brom), 1m

Strictly speaking the 21-year-old New
Zealander is a Premier League player, but he has made just three top
flight appearances for the Baggies since joining the club in 2009,
compared to 96 games in four separate loans to Football League clubs in
the same period.

Wood, who’s loan deal the Den expires
in January, netted twice in the Lions’ 2-2 draw at Brighton on Tuesday
night, taking his season tally to 10 goals in 18 games.

With a plethora of striking options
available to manager Steve Clarke, West Brom are looking to cash in on
the pacy and powerful frontman and a whole host of Championship clubs
are preparing 1m bids, but Norwich boss Chris Hughton could gazump the
lot of them with a move for the man he brought to Birmingham on a
five-month loan last season.

Lethal: Chris Wood has performed well for Millwall while on loan from West Brom

Lethal: Chris Wood has performed well for Millwall while on loan from West Brom

Thomas Ince, winger, Blackpool, 6m

Released by Liverpool less than 18
month ago after failing to make a single appearance at Anfield, the Reds
are ironically leading the chase for the son of former England
midfielder Paul.

Thanks to an exposure to regular
first–team football at Bloomfield Road last season, 20-year-old Ince has
shot to stardom in 2012. He nearly fired play-off runners-up Blackpool
to promotion with a blistering run of form that he has continued into
this campaign.

Capable of playing on either flank or
behind a main striker, Ince is blessed with a sweet left foot, a turn of
pace, a bag of tricks and a goalscoring record any striker would be
proud of.

Ince is likely to cost around 6m, but on current form he could walk into most top flight sides.

Tom Pope, striker, Port Vale, 500k

No doubt a left-field selection, but
late bloomer Pope is finally living up to his potential under Micky
Adams at Port Vale having flattered to deceive at both Crewe an
Rotherham.

The powerfully built Pope, 27, has
always show flashes of brilliance to suggest he could play at a higher
level, but this season he has added consistency and, more importantly,
goals to his game, putting off-field problems including a six-month
suspended prison sentence for affray in 2009 behind him.

Pope is not going to be the first
name on any top flight shopping list, but if any Premier League manager
is looking to pick up a bargain from the lower leagues they could do a
lot worse than taking a punt on the 6ft3in striker, who tops the League
Two goalscoring charts with 19 goals.

Thomas Ince

Tom Pope

Harry Forrester, midfielder, Brentford, 500k

Released by Aston Villa in the summer
of 2011, Forrester is starting to live up to his undoubted potential at
League One Brentford.

The 21-year-old former England youth
international has put in a string of impressive displays as the Bees
have forced themselves into automatic promotion contention with a
nine-game unbeaten run.

Forrester, who has bagged eight goals
from midfield this season, has been linked with a return to Villa Park
with Paul Lambert reportedly preparing a bid.

Growth: Harry Forrester (right) is starting to live up to his potential

Growth: Harry Forrester (right) is starting to live up to his potential

Euro 2020 to take place in several countries

Wembley put forward for Euro 2020 final after UEFA confirm championship will be played all over the continent

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22:50 GMT, 6 December 2012

The FA will campaign to host the Euro 2020 final at Wembley after UEFA confirmed their controversial plan to stage the tournament in up to 13 cities across the continent.

Scotland, Wales and Ireland will bid to be involved in the tournament but Wembley — with its 90,000 capacity, modern design and corporate facilities — is a strong contender to stage the final.

The stadium also has the perfect platform to remind UEFA president Michel Platini of its quality when it hosts the Champions League final at the end of this season.

Champions: Spain are the holders of the European crown after beating Italy in the final in Kiev

Champions: Spain are the holders of the European crown after beating Italy in the final in Kiev

2020 vision – the key points

Move is a one-off to mark 60th anniversary of the Euros

Bidding proces starts in March next year and decisions on hosts will be made in early 2014

Host cities will not automatically qualify

That game will be preceded by a
week-long UEFA congress in London, due to be attended by the same
dignitaries who will select the Euro 2020 host cities in 2014.

The bizarre format, including the selection process for the cities, has
yet to be revealed but FA chairman David Bernstein said last month, when
Platini’s idea was mooted, that he wanted Wembley to play a major role.
He also flatly rejected a beauty-contest style bidding war after the
failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

‘Wembley is incredibly highly thought of by UEFA and it is something we
will probably push for,’ said Bernstein. ‘UEFA want to host a semi-final
and the final on the same ground or in the same city and I think we
will be on their shortlist, although there will be some strong
competition.

Spreading the joy: Michel Platini and UEFA confirmed Euro 2020 will be played across the continent

Spreading the joy: Michel Platini and UEFA confirmed Euro 2020 will be played across the continent

‘In a pan-European competition, the focus needs to be on the semi-finals
and the final. We would not want to be involved in a World Cup-style
process. We do not want to spend a lot of money on something that fell
flat.’

Platini first aired his proposal after Euro 2012, suggesting it was a
solution to soaring costs and claiming that the European economic crisis
made the financial burden upon one host nation too great.

A more cynical view is that Platini is fuelling his ambitions to succeed
Sepp Blatter as FIFA president by spreading wealth around Europe to
attract support.

What a summer: Wembley saw plenty of top-class action during the 1996 European Championships

What a summer: Wembley saw plenty of top-class action during the 1996 European Championships

Wanderlust: Platini unveiled his plans

Wanderlust: Platini unveiled his plans

The only one of 53 member countries to vote against the idea was Turkey, who originally bid to host the tournament.

‘Instead of a party in one country, you will have a party all over
Europe,’ said UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino after an
executive committee meeting in Switzerland on Thursday.

The selection process for host cities will start in March and will take
about 12 months, with decisions expected in the spring of 2014. Teams
from the countries chosen as venues will have to qualify.

Infantino said: ‘Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent in
various major cities. It is a decision only about 2020. It is not going
forward for ever. Everything is open.’

Scotland, Wales and Ireland, whose original combined bid was not well
received, will promote Hampden Park, the Millennium Stadium and the
Aviva Stadium.

They will find it difficult to compete with Wembley for the final,
however. Platini has already proved how much he admires the stadium by
bringing back the Champions League final two years after it staged
Barcelona’s win against Manchester United in 2011.

Chelsea set to beat Manchester City to signing of Rademel Falcao

City pull out of race to sign Falcao leaving Chelsea favorites to land Colombian striker

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09:50 GMT, 18 November 2012

Chelsea look set to win the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Rademel Falcao after rivals Manchester City turned down the chance to bid for the Colombian hitman.

Cash-strapped Atletico were hoping that a bidding war between City and Chelsea would force up the price of a player who has a 28million release clause in his contract.

Atletico Madrid General Manager Migel Angel Gil Marin and Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes met with City’s new sporting director Txiki Begiristan after the Premier League champions’ 2-1 win over Spurs last Sunday.

Heading to the Bridge: Radamel Falcao is wanted by Chelsea

Heading to the Bridge: Radamel Falcao is wanted by Chelsea

But according to The Sunday Mirror, both men arrived at the Etihad without receiving an invitation from City and were told that Roberto Mancini’s interest in Falcao would not be firmed up with an offer.

City’s stance may change if they can offload Mario Balotelli in the upcoming transfer window, with PSG and both Milan clubs understood to be keen on the Italian international.

Falcao, 26, scored 36 goals last season after being recruited to replace Sergio Aguero in a 35m deal.

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Di Matteo could turn to Falcao as Fernando Torres continues to struggle

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Di Matteo could turn to Falcao as Fernando Torres continues to struggle

Mancini feels his team lacks firepower despite the presence of Aguero, Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in his squad.

But Chelsea have an even greater need for a striker, with Fernando Torres still struggling.

Luis Suarez won"t be sold to Manchester City, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers warns Liverpool they must not sell Suarez as Man City line up 50m bid

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13:21 GMT, 15 November 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Luis Suarez will be staying at Anfield despite interest from Manchester City.

The Premier League champions are weighing up a 50million bid for the Uruguay international when the transfer window reopens in six weeks.

The 25-year-old is the only fit and firing senior striker at Liverpool after a disappointing summer in the market, and Rodgers has every intention of hanging on to his leading scorer.

Right hand man: Brendan Rodgers is adamant he must keep hold of Luis Suarez

Right hand man: Brendan Rodgers is adamant he must keep hold of Luis Suarez

'There will be no bidding war. He’s staying here,' said the Northern Irishman. 'If we lost Luis then we’ve got no strikers. I don’t think we can afford to lose anyone. He’s certainly not someone we want to sell or move on.

'He’s been a brilliant player to work with and we want to add to our squad, not take people out of it, especially a world-class player.'

Suarez only signed a new long-term contract in the summer and while Rodgers knows he needs to strengthen his forward line in January he does not believe he has to do so in order to convince the South American to stay.

Shock: Manchester City are considering breaking the bank to sign the Liverpool and Uruguay ace

Shock: Manchester City are considering breaking the bank to sign the Liverpool and Uruguay ace

Roberto Mancini

'We just continue to work and stay
focused on what we try to achieve,' added the Reds boss. 'Luis has
already shown in the summer his commitment to the club, he’s signed a
new deal.

'I think you’ve seen up until this point he’s in a great moment in his footballing life here at Liverpool: he is scoring goals and working well.

'I'll just continue to communicate with all the players and Luis in particular. Like I say, he’s very happy here.'

The former Ajax forward pledged his allegiance to Liverpool following the support he has received after his clash with Patrice Evra and subsequent race charge, and has not given any indication he wants to leave.

He has bought into Brendan Rodgers' vision but, inevitability, there will come a point when Suarez will want to see Liverpool's American owners show they are serious about challenging for the Champions League.

Suarez scored in the second half to seal a 3-1 win for Uruguay over Poland in a friendly in Gdansk on Wednesday.

Charlie Adam to be sold to Stoke, Everton, Fulham for 5m

Liverpool welcome bidding war between Fulham, Everton and Stoke for Adam

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08:46 GMT, 28 August 2012

Liverpool are prepared to let Charlie Adam leave the club for as little as 5million, opening the door for a sensational switch across the Mersey.

Stoke and Fulham have already lodged their interest in the Scotland international, meaning a three-way fight with Everton for the out-of-favour midfielder.

Bidding war: Fulham, Everton and Stoke are all keen to sign Charlie Adam

Bidding war: Fulham, Everton and Stoke are all keen to sign Charlie Adam

Adam only moved to Anfield a year ago following Blackpool's relegation from the Premier League. Despite an impressive start, the 26-year-old's form and fitness dropped markedly and he his surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers.

Adam missed the weekend draw with Manchester City as the club and his agents mulled over the propositions.

One of those comes from Goodison Park where David Moyes – with money to spend after Jack Rodwell's sale to Manchester City – is back in for a player he first missed out on before the Scot chose Anfield.

In London, Fulham would welcome the inclusion of Adam in any deal for Clint Dempsey, but insist on the his value not been less than the 5m asking price.

Portsmouth Supporters" Trust bid for club

Battle to save Portsmouth hots up as Supporters' Trust enters bidding

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22:15 GMT, 24 August 2012

The Pompey Supporters' Trust have made a revised offer for Portsmouth Football Club.

The news comes a day after former owner Balram Chainrai re-entered the running to buy back the club eight days after his company Portpin announced their interest was at an end.

That decision appeared to pave the way for fans' group PST, backed by a loan from the local council, to complete their rescue of the club who remain in administration and in danger of liquidation.

Bidding war: Balram Chainrai is also in the running to buy the club

Bidding war: Balram Chainrai is also in the running to buy the club

Yet Hong Kong businessman Chainrai remains Portsmouth's biggest creditor and, having expressed doubts about the viability of the PST's bid, he submitted a fresh offer to administrator Trevor Birch.

However, Birch announced PST have also made a fresh offer and said: 'We have received a revised offer from the Trust and will study the documents in detail over the next few days.

'There will be aspects that need further clarification and we will work with the Trust to achieve that clarity before deciding how best to proceed with the Trust and Portpin offers.'

Tough task: Portsmouth's young squad face a difficult season in League One

Tough task: Portsmouth's young squad face a difficult season in League One

Robin van Persie could cost Manchester United 30m

Man United fear Van Persie will cost 30m as Fergie rivals City and Juventus for star

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22:03 GMT, 20 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester United fear it could take as much as 30million to prise Robin van Persie away from Arsenal.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he has made a bid for Van Persie, with United ready to battle rivals Manchester City and Juventus for the 29-year-old Holland striker.

But club sources believe United will have to raise their opening offer to close to the record 30.75m it took to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham four years ago, and there is also concern that Ferguson’s chequered history with Arsene Wenger could also be a major stumbling block in any deal.

Speaking to the club’s in-house television station MUTV, Ferguson said: ‘Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we’ve made a bid for him. We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There’s no point talking about something that might not happen.

Interest: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson arrives in Cape Town on Friday

Interest: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson arrives in Cape Town on Friday

‘There are other clubs interested in the player. We’ve shown an interest and that’s where we’re at at the moment.’

When asked about it later on Friday evening, Ferguson initially denied talking about Van Persie.

But after being informed that his comments were already on the club website he said: ‘I think Arsenal came out with a statement saying we made a bid. You know we try to do business before we announce anything and that’s what we’re going.'

Arsenal have sparked a three-way bidding war but are determined to play hardball before losing their best player.

The Dutchman’s career at Arsenal is all but over after it emerged he would not be flying out with the squad on the pre-season tour of south east Asia on Saturday.

Sportsmail understands three separate offers for Van Persie were submitted on Tuesday, with United offering in the region of 8million, Juventus 10m and City 12m — but all three offers were turned down by Arsenal chiefs, who want at least 20m for last season’s Footballer of the Year.

Which was it out Robin van Persie chats to Theo Walcott on Friday

Which was it out Robin van Persie chats to Theo Walcott on Friday

On his way: Van Persie was all smiles in training amid his exit plans

On his way: Van Persie was all smiles in training amid his exit plans

After Van Persie’s talks with manager
Arsene Wenger broke down, Arsenal want his exit completed as quickly as
possible to give the manager enough time to bolster his strikeforce
before the transfer window shuts next month and Van Persie’s suitors are
expected to return with renewed bids in the coming days.

However, there is now serious doubt
over whether United have a realistic chance of landing the striker.
Sources close to the deal claim Ferguson is only willing to stretch to
15million – way short of Arsenal’s minimum asking price.

United feel anything over 15m would
not represent value for money, considering Van Persie turns 29 next
month, his injury record and the fact he has less than 12 months to run
on his current deal.

Juventus seem more determined to land
the striker – an option Arsenal are likely to prefer such is their
reluctance to sell their prized-asset to a Premier League rival.

The Serie A side are trying to
offload Alessandro Matri to AC Milan for around 12million to help fund
Van Persie’s arrival, while they are also using the fact Arsenal would
face a fans backlash if they were to sell to City or United as one of
their key bargaining tools.

Furthermore, as Sportsmail reported
on July 6, Juve are also willing to make Van Persie the best paid player
in their history, with a deal worth 180,000-per-week – plus a huge
signing on fee.

New man: Olivier Giroud trained with Arsenal on Friday as he settles in at the club

New man: Olivier Giroud trained with Arsenal on Friday as he settles in at the club

City manager Roberto Mancini has made
Van Persie his top summer target but despite their riches, like United,
the Etihad Stadium club are unsure about forking out 20million for Van
Persie.

Wenger is expected to speak about the
decision to omit Van Persie from the travelling squad, with the
Frenchman likely to blame the fact the forward is not fit enough to play
games after his involvement at Euro 2012.

However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott – who all spent longer at the tournament
– are all expected to travel.

There was a a mixture of shock and inevitability within the Arsenal hierarchy yesterday as news broke of Van Persie.

Certain club staff felt Van Persie’s
recent statement confirming his intention not to sign a new contract was
merely a ploy designed by the Dutchman’s agent, Kees Vos, to prompt the
Gunners into improving their original offer of a three-year deal worth
130,000-per-week.

Wish you were here Arsenal target Fernando Llorente and his girlfriend in Ibiza

Wish you were here Arsenal target Fernando Llorente and his girlfriend in Ibiza

And those staff members were
yesterday coming to terms with the prospect of appearing to have lost
the battle to keep their star striker at the Emirates Stadium.

However, a number of Van Persie’s
team-mates were said to be unruffled by the news that Van Persie would
miss the trip to Asia, knowing full well the striker has every intention
of leaving the capital this summer.

It is also understood that Nicklas
Bendtner, who has been linked with Malaga, will also miss the tour as he
looks to secure his move away from the club.

Meanwhile, there is better news for Wenger with key defender Laurent Koscielny set to sign a new five year contract next week.

The France international became a key
component in the heart of the Gunners defence last season, earning him a
Euro 2012 call-up.

Manchester United and City fight for Robin Van Persie as Carlos Tevez heads to AC Milan

Manchester United and City in bitter battle to sign Van Persie as Tevez heads to AC Milan

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21:58 GMT, 14 July 2012

Carlos Tevez is poised to move to AC Milan this week, opening the way for Manchester City to make their 30million bid for Robin van Persie.

The champions would appear to be in the driving seat to land the Arsenal striker but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has still not given up hope of signing the 29-year-old in a cut-price deal.

A wanted man: Robin van Persie is due to return to training at Arsenal this week but is set to leave

A wanted man: Robin van Persie is due to return to training at Arsenal this week but is set to leave

The two Manchester clubs were only separated by goal difference at the end of last season and Ferguson is determined to get one over his rivals in the transfer market.

The bidding war will be kicked off by Tevez’s exit, with a source close to City revealing last night: ‘They are selling Tevez to Milan. You’ll see it in the next few days.

Italian interest: Sources say Carlos Tevez will be heading to AC Milan

Italian interest: Sources say Carlos Tevez will be heading to AC Milan

‘If, for any reason, that deal hits a complication, City may sell Edin Dzeko to Milan instead. But, for the moment, all efforts are focused on selling Tevez. That will open up the Van Persie deal.’

Argentina’s Tevez had his heart set on joining Milan last season at the height of his ugly stand-off with City.

Competing: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are vying for the dutchman's signature

Competing: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are vying for the Dutchman's signature

Competing: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are vying for the Dutchman's signature

Since then, he and Roberto Mancini have made up and as a thank-you for helping City win the title, the manager will allow Tevez his dream move to Italy.

Arsenal are still hoping to persuade Van Persie to stay and have scheduled further talks for this week when he returns for pre-season training.

On the move Van Persie has declared his wish to leave Arsenal

On the move Van Persie has declared his wish to leave Arsenal

They will want at least 30m if they decide to sell the striker, who has only one year left on his contract. Van Persie has set off a high-level row at Arsenal, with boss Arsene Wenger insisting on getting maximum value whereas other senior figures would accept less after the striker accused the club of lacking ambition.

This would play into Ferguson’s hands as the United board are unlikely to sanction a 30m deal for a 29-year-old.

Sources close to Van Persie have indicated that, if he does move, Old Trafford might be his preference.

Paul Gascoigne to auction off "priceless" mementos for charity

Gazza in 100k charity attempt as England legend auctions off 'priceless' mementos

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22:00 GMT, 18 June 2012

Paul Gascoigne will follow England's fortunes from a hotel in Dubai on Tuesday night, then attempt to raise over 100,000 for charity by auctioning three solid silver mementos given to him by the Pope at the 1990 World Cup.

As the star name at the launch of a new Middle East sports magazine, Gazza is hosting a sell-out dinner arranged to coincide with England's final European Championship group game against Ukraine.

His duties were supposed to extend no
further than analysing England's performance for the 450 guests and
taking questions from the floor, but he stunned organisers by donating a
string of prized items for the late-night auction.

Priceless: Gazza holds the two silver coins

Present: Gazza poses with the Rosary necklace

Gesture: Gazza poses with the two coins and his silver Rosary necklace

'All the proceeds will go to a charity of Paul's choosing, and it really is a wonderful and selfless show of generosity from him,' said Ben Jacobs, editor of Sports Talk.

'When the two silver coins and the silver Rosary necklace were valued back home in England, he was told they were priceless.

Charity: The England legend hopes to raise 100k at the auction

Charity: The England legend hopes to raise 100k at the auction

'We understand they are worth around 50,000 each, and he has also given us a signed Wayne Rooney shirt and photograph, a signed Steven Gerrard top and a photograph of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, signed by the nine surviving members.

'Pre-event silent bidding is available for the coins and necklace, so anyone wishing to enter bids should send them to [email protected] Paul is in tremendous spirits and looking extremely healthy, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have him here.'