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Manchester United try to silence Nani

Silence! United try to gag wantaway midfielder Nani as contract dispute drags on

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UPDATED:

09:40 GMT, 11 September 2012

Manchester United have tried to silence Nani as his contract dispute with the club continues to rumble on.

His 'unreal' wage demands wrecked any chance of the United winger moving to big-spenders Zenit St Petersburg this summer.

And the Portugal international has become increasingly disillusioned with life at United after failing to agree a new contract and finding himself outside Sir Alex Ferguson's preferred line-up.

Hush! The United winger looks set to leave Old Trafford

Hush! The United winger looks set to leave Old Trafford

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are ahead of Nani in the pecking order on the wings, while the arrivals of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa this summer have further shunted Nani away from the action.

Nani believes he has been mistreated by United over his contract situation and the club have been angered by claims that Nani intends to run down his contract and leave for free when it expires – according to reports in The Mirror.

Nani was dropped following United's defeat at Everton in their opening match of the Barclays Premier League season and has not yet forced his way back in.

The former Sporting Lisbon ace came off the bench to replace Kagawa with 29 minutes remaining in the 3-2 win at Southampton in his only other appearance for United this season.

Eyes on the prize: Nani's move to Zenit collapsed this summer

Eyes on the prize: Nani's move to Zenit collapsed this summer

Florent Malouda tweets picture of Under 21s entrance

New home for Chelsea's Malouda… but it's next door with the youth team!

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11:56 GMT, 5 September 2012

Florent Malouda has confirmed his Chelsea career has come to unsavoury end with the Frenchman forced to train with the youth team.

The forward was was omitted from the 22-strong Champions League squad list submitted by holders Chelsea to UEFA on Tuesday ahead of their Group fixtures with Juventus, Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

New home: Malouda posted this to his Twitter account @realflorentm with the caption, 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

New home: Malouda posted this to his Twitter account @realflorentm with the caption, 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

Malouda was told that he could leave
Stamford Bridge during the summer, but the transfer window closed
without any deal being completed.

And on Wednesday, Malouda took to Twitter to take a swipe at his employers.

With a picture of the entrance to the club's youth team facility next to where the seniors train in Cobham, the 32-year-old wrote: 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

Malouda is understood to have dug his heels in over his wages – he is in the last year of a 70,000-a-week contract with Chelsea and wanted a similar pay packet elsewhere.

The Premier League winner played no part in Chelsea's first three matches this season, the European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid or the FA Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

And with his omission from the Champions League squad, he has clearly been completely frozen out of manager Roberto Di Matteo's plans.

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

A number of clubs in Brazil were interested in signing him, but were put off by his wage demands.

Malouda played 49 matches for club and country last season, but has fallen right out of favour following the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar.

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Florent Malouda left out of Chelsea"s Champions League squad

Clock ticking on Malouda's Chelsea career after winger is left out of squad for Champions League defence

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UPDATED:

15:45 GMT, 4 September 2012

Florent Malouda's Chelsea career looks to be drawing to a close after the midfielder was omitted from the club's Champions League squad.

The Frenchman's name was not on the 22-strong 'A' list submitted by holders Chelsea to UEFA on Tuesday ahead of their Group fixtures with Juventus, Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Malouda, 32, was told that he could leave Stamford Bridge during the summer, but the transfer window closed without any deal being completed.

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

The player is understood to have dug his heels in over his wages – he is in the last year of a 70,000-a-week contract with Chelsea and wanted a similar pay packet elsewhere.

Malouda played no part in Chelsea's first three Premier League matches this season, the European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid or the FA Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

And with his omission from the Champions League squad, he seems to have been completely frozen out of manager Roberto Di Matteo's plans.

A number of clubs in Brazil were rumoured to be interested in signing him, but were put off by his wage demands.

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Malouda played 49 matches for club and country last season, but has fallen right out of favour following the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar.

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Move over Moses, Kone the Ivorian tank has arrived at Wigan

Move over Moses, Kone the Ivorian tank has arrived at Wigan

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21:10 GMT, 26 August 2012

Arouna Kone: built to last

Arouna Kone: built to last

Arouna Kone proved on Saturday there can be life after Victor Moses for Wigan. The Ivorian scored on his full debut as Roberto Martinez saw his side get their season up and running with a 2-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's. SAMI MOKBEL runs the rule over Kone.

Strength

At 6ft and built like a tank, Kone has the attributes to cope with the physical demands. He singlehandedly kept Southampton centre backs Jos Hooiveld and Jose Fonte occupied for 90 minutes.

Pace

Quick! He caused the entire Saints rearguard problems and once he got away for Wigan's second there was no catching him.

Movement

Kone worked Saints' back four well, cropping up in different areas of the attacking third.

Finishing

Took his 88th minute strike with unerring accuracy, drilled in low to Kelvin Davis's right.

Awareness

'He holds the ball up well and sees a pass,' said Martinez.

He certainly does. The way he protected the ball before bringing midfield runners into play was excellent against Nigel Adkins's side.

Impressive: Kone seals Wigan win

Impressive: Kone seals Wigan win

Victor Moses unveiled at Chelsea

Chelsea seek to crank up title pressure after Moses deal takes summer spending past 80m

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17:03 GMT, 25 August 2012

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Chelsea may have taken their summer
spending past the 80million mark but manager Roberto Di Matteo claimed
his spectacular transfer spree has not put him under added pressure.

Chelsea sealed the 7m capture of
Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, from Marseille on Friday and
finalised the 9m transfer of Wigan forward Victor Moses after he passed
a medical.

New recruit: Victor Moses with his Chelsea shirt after completing his move

New recruit: Victor Moses with his Chelsea shirt after completing his move

The European champions admitted in a statement that the 21-year-old’s display against them last week had impressed and he was unveiled before the Newcastle match on Saturday.

The Moses deal takes Chelsea’s spending just past 80m — owner Roman Abramovich’s biggest outlay in a single transfer window since he sanctioned a 112m spree in 2003, his first summer in charge.

Di Matteo said: ‘I already have enough pressure. I think the pressure is always there, new signings or not.’

Chelsea have spent more than any other Premier League club this summer but Di Matteo insisted champions Manchester City and runners-up Manchester United remain the favourites for the title.

Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday

Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday

He said: ‘We need to make up 25 points and I don’t think any team have done that in the history of the Premier League. They are still the two teams you need to beat.’

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s hopes of
off-loading Florent Malouda are being scuppered by the midfielder’s wage
demands. He is in the last year of his 70,000-a-week contract and has
been told he can leave Stamford Bridge by Di Matteo but he does not want
to take a pay cut.

The 32-year-old has attracted interest from Brazil but no clubs are
willing to meet his current wages, leaving the Frenchman in limbo ahead
of the close of the transfer window next Friday.

Transfer saga: Moses' protracted move has rumbled on for most of the summer

Transfer saga: Moses' protracted move has rumbled on for most of the summer

Malouda knows he could possibly earn a lucrative free transfer when his contract expires next season.

However, Malouda, who has not featured in Chelsea’s opening two
fixtures, is facing up to an entire season on the sidelines if he digs
his heels in to stay.

Di Matteo also insisted defender David Luiz, 25, was not for sale at any
price and claimed Chelsea are big enough and successful enough to keep
him after Barcelona were rumoured to be interested.

Michael Dawson move to QPR stalls over personal terms

QPR switch to Shawcross as Dawson deal hits snag over personal terms

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21:39 GMT, 22 August 2012

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Michael Dawson’s 9million transfer to QPR was in danger of collapsing on Wednesday night with the England defender failing to agree personal terms.

It means Rangers are likely to switch their attention to Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

Tottenham had accepted an offer for Dawson, 28, from QPR and the player met senior officials of the west London club on Wednesday.

No go: Michael Dawson's move to QPR looks to have fallen through

No go: Michael Dawson's move to QPR looks to have fallen through

However, although Rangers are happy to meet his wage demands of around 60,000 a week, there is a problem over bonuses.

It means QPR are forced to consider other options and they were already lining up a shock move for Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho as the race for Dawson became more complex.

QPR have agreed a deal in principle with Jose Mourinho’s side over a season-long loan deal for Portugal centre back Carvalho.

The Loftus Road club were trying to thrash out personal terms with Carvalho’s advisers.

On his way: Ricardo Carvalho is close to completing his move to QPR

On his way: Ricardo Carvalho is close to completing his move to QPR

Stoke skipper Shawcross was already on Rangers’ radar, with Mark Hughes a long-time admirer. Shawcross has been a regular since joining from Manchester United in 2007, and it is surprising that Stoke may sell for the right price.

Dawson may return to Spurs but Sunderland and Stoke are watching closely and Andre Villas-Boas has already made it clear he has no future at White Hart Lane, despite the player’s popularity with the fans.

Hughes is also on the look-out for a new goalkeeper, casting doubts over Robert Green’s future.

New target: QPR boss Mark Hughes looks set to turn his attention to Ryan Shawcross

New target: QPR boss Mark Hughes looks set to turn his attention to Ryan Shawcross

Green joined QPR from West Ham earlier this summer, but Sportsmail understands Hughes has made it a priority to sign another goalkeeper, to put pressure on his current No 1, before the transfer deadline on Friday week.

Former England international Green made a costly error to allow Swansea to take an early lead last Saturday, a game Rangers went on to lose 5-0.

Roberto Di Matteo prepares final Edinson Cavani swoop

Di Matteo prepares final swoop for 35m Cavani with Hulk also lined up for Chelsea move

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08:11 GMT, 22 August 2012

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Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is lining up a final bid to land 35million Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

The Blues have been chasing Cavani for most of the summer but, as revealed by Sportsmail last month, appeared to be losing patience over wage demands of around 150,000 a week.

Not giving up: Chelsea remain keen on Napoli striker Edinson Cavani (left)

Not giving up: Chelsea remain keen on Napoli striker Edinson Cavani (left)

The Londoners are not prepared to give in and remain interested in Porto striker Hulk.

The Brazilian is also a long-term target and a move is on the cards if nothing happens with Cavani.

Hulk has set his sights on a switch to Stamford Bridge and his club are willing to let him leave for around 38m despite an 80m release clause in his contract.

Di Matteo said: 'I don't know if there will be new arrivals. We're probably a bit light in attacking positions.'

Option: Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk (left) remains on Chelsea's radar

Option: Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk (left) remains on Chelsea's radar

It is understood that Chelsea officials in Monaco next week will meet representatives from both clubs.

The European champions travel to the millionaires' playground for their Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid.

The match takes place on Friday night – just a couple of hours before the transfer window closes.

Edin Dzeko wanted by Tottenham

Edin for the Lane AVB switches attention to Dzeko in pursuit of new Spurs striker

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13:00 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Tottenham are hoping to thrash out a deal to bring Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko to White Hart Lane.

With just 10 days left until the transfer window closes Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas still has only one senior striker on his books in the form of Jermain Defoe.

The club had been looking to make Emmanuel Adebayor's loan deal from City last season permanent, but the Togolese's 175,000-a-week wage demands mean they have now switched their attention to Dzeko – according to the Daily Mirror.

Edin for the Lane Dzeko could be on his way to Tottenham

Edin for the Lane Dzeko could be on his way to Tottenham

Dzeko netted the equaliser for City in their 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, but he is behind Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

Villas-Boas has expressed his desire to involve young striker Harry Kane in the first-team squad at Spurs this season, but he is determined to add one more experienced goal threat to compete with Defoe for a starting spot.

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Luka Modric fears Daniel Levy could scupper Real Madrid move with cash demands

Modric fears for Real deal after Levy infuriates Mourinho with cash demands

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UPDATED:

09:26 GMT, 19 August 2012

Luka Modric is fearful Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's demands could scupper his dream move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Croatia international was left out of the Spurs squad for the clash with Newcastle as it was expected his move to the Bernabeu was imminent.

Tottenham had demanded 40million for their talismanic midfielder, but Madrid want to agree a figure closer to 30m with 8m in add-ons.

Waiting game: Modric is worried Levy could sink his dream move to Madrid

Waiting game: Modric is worried Levy could sink his dream move to Madrid

Real have since upped the cash portion of the deal by 4million, understood to be enough for Levy to finally sanction the move.

But a meeting between Levy and Jose Mourinho boiled over when the Spurs chief demanded an extra 2m at the last minute, infuriating the Madrid boss who threatened to pull out of the deal.

A source close to the Croat told The Sun on Sunday: 'Luka is shocked by all of this. He is desperate for the move to go through and wants it sorted.'

Despite the latest setback, Modric is still expected to complete

Spurred on: Tottenham was impressive despite the defeat at Newcastle

Spurred on: Tottenham was impressive despite the defeat at Newcastle

Chelsea threaten to end Edinson Cavani and Hulk chases

Chelsea threaten to pull out of Cavani and Hulk chases over financial demands

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22:40 GMT, 14 August 2012

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Chelsea are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk.

The South Americans have been on the European champions’ radar throughout the summer transfer window.

But both moves have stalled over financial reasons and the Blues are now threatening to completely withdraw their interest in the attacking duo.

Pricey: Chelsea may pull the plug on their pursuit of Edinson Cavani

Pricey: Chelsea may pull the plug on their pursuit of Edinson Cavani

As revealed by Sportsmail last month, Cavani has insisted he become one of Chelsea’s top earners should he agree a move to London – demanding a hefty 150,000-per-week.

In addition to his wages, Cavani would cost 35million in transfer fees.

And Chelsea are not prepared to give in
to the Uruguay striker’s demands and it is understood Blues technical
director Michael Emenalo has told Cavani’s advisers that the club will
not pursue their interest in the centre-forward until he lowers salary.

Similarly, the Blues are currently unwilling to meet Porto’s asking price for Hulk.

The Brazil international has an 80million release clause written into his contract – but the Portuguese giants will let him leave for 38m.

Talks between both clubs will accelerate in the coming days after Hulk’s Olympics involvement came to an end at the weekend.

But Porto’s valuation is threatening to scupper the transfer despite Hulk’s attempts to force through a move to Stamford Bridge.

Growing gap: Chelsea once seemed close to landing Hulk but talk has quietened

Growing gap: Chelsea once seemed close to landing Hulk but talk has quietened

‘I have left the door open to be transferred,’ said Hulk.

‘My preference is to play in England or Spain because they are the most watched league in the world. Now is a great time for me to move.’

Meanwhile, Wigan’s demand that Chelsea pay 7million of Victor Moses protracted 10m transfer fee up front is the key stumbling block towards the completion of a deal.

Moses – who will net in the region of 40,000-per-week if his move to Chelsea goes through – is desperate to quit the Latics.

But Chelsea are keen to pay a smaller initial payment with the rest of the few made up in performance related add ons.

Talks between both club’s are ongoing and a compromise is expected to be reached to pave the way for Moses return to London.