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Andrew Strauss set for ECB role – Charles Sale

Strauss touted for ECB's top job after Test series victory

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 18 December 2012

England cricket, fresh from the momentous series win in India, are planning for the long term with former captain Andrew Strauss set to take a consultancy role with the national team.

Strauss, who stepped down as Test skipper last summer, still has to make up his mind about his future and has a number of options. But he wants to stay involved in the game and the ECB are keen for him to do so.

So much so that Strauss will spend time over the next year working with England managing director Hugh Morris — at Morris’s instigation — to gain more understanding of his role.

Join us: Andrew Strauss is set to take an ECB consultancy role

Join us: Andrew Strauss is set to take an ECB consultancy role

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Charles Sale: Arsenal follow United's lead by claiming packed stadium despite rows of empty seats at Emirates
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Charles Sale: Leeds anxious as buyers GFH Capital fail to pay on time
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And there is hope at the ECB that Strauss will enjoy the experience enough to want to eventually succeed Morris. That would ensure, in time, as seamless a transition off the pitch as Strauss handing over to Alastair Cook has proved on it.

Strauss, with Morris and team director Andy Flower – limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is in line to be his future replacement — were responsible for taking England’s Test side to No 1 in the world. An ECB spokesperson said: ‘We do not want to lose Andrew from cricket.’

Draper's not around to talk about funding cut

Roger Draper, 640,000-a-year Lawn Tennis Association chief executive, wasn’t even available to take a call from Sport England explaining why most of his dysfunctional organisation’s grass-roots funding had been frozen. Draper, who this year added 15 staff to an extraordinary 300-plus workforce, was in Miami at a tennis training camp. But Draper and his LTA are ‘in the shop window like never before’ according to Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, who described the cut as ‘pretty humiliating’ for tennis.

Robertson backs Sir Keith

Meanwhile, Robertson is getting behind Sir Keith Mills’s attempts to establish a British Sports Marketing Bureau to attract sports sponsorships. Robertson has written to the major professional sports resistant to the project. But he said: ‘Who do you want negotiating your sponsorships — an in-house team or Sir Keith’

Backed: Hugh Robertson is behind Sir Keith Mills's attempts to gain sponsors

Backed: Hugh Robertson is behind Sir Keith Mills's attempts to gain sponsors

British Basketball up in arms

British Basketball, whose men’s team won just one of their five group games at London 2012 and whose women won none, are understood to have been more surprised than UK Sport believe they should have been to find out they had lost their 8.5million of elite funding due to having little chance of qualifying for Rio 2016, let alone any medal prospects.

FFP common ground

The Premier League clubs have found enough in common over financial fair play for them to at least agree yesterday to further discuss UEFA’s break-even model and a short-term wage cap. Manchester City, Fulham and Aston Villa and West Bromwich remain opposed to any restrictions, but there was the necessary support of 14 clubs to take FFP forward to the next PL summit, in February.

Scotland and Wales complaining again

Scotland and Wales, who caused the most fuss over the Team GB football team, are predictably the home countries who have the most objections to a British Amateur Boxing Association board being the lead body in charge of the sport’s 44 per cent increase in UK Sport funding — now 13.8million — for the next Olympic cycle. Only one year of the monies will be given until the governance issue is resolved.

Differing opinions: Ken Bates is confident the Leeds deal will go ahead

Differing opinions: Ken Bates is confident the Leeds deal will go ahead

Leeds situation still in doubt

Leeds owner Ken Bates says ‘hopefully everything is on course’ for Gulf Finance House’s takeover to be completed on Friday as scheduled, despite a recent missed payment. But there are some, with varying knowledge of the deal, who doubt it will happen — even at this stage. The Football League’s talks with Leeds over the fit-and-proper-persons test for the new owners and directors are ongoing.

Terry and Ferdinand families unite

The Ferdinand and Terry families, so opposed during John Terry’s racism case, came together to pay their respects to Mitchell Cole, brother-in-law of Liverpool’s Joe Cole. Anton Ferdinand and Terry’s brother Paul were at Harwood Park Crematorium in Knebworth for the funeral of Mitchell, 27, a former Southend and Stevenage midfielder who died of a heart condition.

Premier League chairman divided over financial fair play regulations – Charles Sale

Charles Sale: Top flight divided on financial fair play ahead of summit

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 17 December 2012

There is considerable lobbying going on between the 20 Premier League clubs ahead of Tuesday’s chairmen’s summit over financial fair play (FFP), an issue that has split the elite division.

The PL executive, who need agreement from 14 clubs for rule changes, have put forward two proposals: a long-term broad acceptance of UEFA’s FFP break-even policy, and a shorter-term salary cap that will see clubs allowed only to increase wages by a gross 4million a year.

Supporters of the short-term plan are led by Sunderland’s Ellis Short — the first of the American owners to become so engaged in club business — and West Ham’s David Gold, who want a resolution passed before the January transfer window.

At speed: West Ham chief David Gold wants the situation resolved swiftly

At speed: West Ham chief David Gold wants the situation resolved swiftly

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Charles Sale: Net gain for Draper as LTA chief pockets 640k… four times more than the Prime Minister
13/12/12

Charles Sale: Arsenal follow United's lead by claiming packed stadium despite rows of empty seats at Emirates
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Charles Sale: Leeds anxious as buyers GFH Capital fail to pay on time
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Charles Sale: Portsmouth's court date with destiny could end in extinction
07/12/12

Charles Sale: Diamond League can add some sparkle to Stratford before the bulldozers move in
06/12/12

Charles Sale: Hearn is ready to throw in the towel over West Ham's Olympic Stadium move
05/12/12

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Manchester United’s David Gill, Tottenham’s Daniel Levy and Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis head those in favour of the long-term solution along UEFA lines.

Meanwhile, the four clubs most opposed to any FFP restrictions — Manchester City, West Bromwich, Fulham and Aston Villa — are under pressure to change their view that no interference works best.

Finance snub for live football

The BBC are understood to have spent well over 1m on their Sports Personality of the Year night at London’s ExCeL. Yet despite their lack of live football, the Beeb felt it too expensive to send a commentator to Japan for the Club World Cup final the same day.

Guy Mowbray, who was at the Stoke-Everton game the day before, did the commentary of Chelsea’s defeat by Corinthians in Yokohama from the television, which does not say much for the Beeb’s commitment to the national sport.

The BBC say they gained the rights for the tournament at short notice and sending a commentary team was not deemed worth it, especially with the focus on SPOTY.

Becks will wait until new year

David Beckham — whose appearance at Sports Personality to announce that Lord Coe had won the lifetime achievement award was a surprise even to the recipient — is not expected to make a decision on his playing future until after Christmas. But wherever he plays, his family will be based in London.

Meanwhile, British cycling overlord David Brailsford, tipped for a knighthood in the New Year honours, is expected to join Beckham, Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton in Simon Fuller’s XIX sports management stable with Sir Clive Woodward when the tie-up between XIX and Brailsford and Woodward’s agent Tim Buttimore is finalised.

Waiting: David Beckham will wait until next year before deciding his future

Waiting: David Beckham will wait until next year before deciding his future

The big freeze

Sport England froze 10.3million on Monday, three years’ worth of Lawn Tennis Association grass-roots funding, with chief executive Jennie Price saying damningly: ‘Tennis has not performed well in terms of participation. Their plan simply wasn’t strong enough to justify the four-year investment.’

Yet the LTA have awarded a 640,000 package to chief executive Roger Draper for 2012, including a 201,000 bonus. An LTA spokesperson said: ‘This is not an appropriate comparison.’

Channel 4’s Rio rights

Sports Personality elevated the Paralympics to unprecedented heights. But that will not be enough for the BBC to reclaim TV rights for Rio 2016.

The International Paralympic Committee have opted to stay with Channel 4, with an announcement due soon. US network NBC, whose coverage of London’s Paralympics was minimal, are showing more interest for Brazil.

Turn over: Paralympians like David Weir will be on Channel 4 in Rio

Turn over: Paralympians like David Weir will be on Channel 4 in Rio

One love for Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins, Sports Personality winner in a stellar year with the charisma to join the band on stage at the SPOTY after-party, could have his pick of sponsors. But he prefers to have only his beloved Fred Perry Mod clothing deal, with all other endorsements worked through his Team Sky contract.

Youngsters living the high life

The FA spent 100m on their acclaimed national centre at St George’s Park that includes two hotels. But bizarrely, no dormitory accommodation, more suited to the junior sides, was factored into the planning, meaning youngsters must be given the run of the plush hotel rooms. The short-term plan when junior tournaments are taking place at SGP is to use dormitories at nearby public school Repton.

Leeds anxious as buyers Gulf Finance House Capital fail to pay: Charles Sale

Leeds anxious as GFH Capital fail to pay on time

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UPDATED:

01:33 GMT, 12 December 2012

Doubts about the proposed takeover of
Leeds United by Bahrain-based bank Gulf Finance House Capital — due to
be completed four days before Christmas — will grow after a scheduled payment date was missed.

The Middle East investors, whose
fit-and-proper-persons test by the Football League for club owners and
directors is ‘ongoing’, failed to transfer a tranche of money to Leeds
last week.

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

This will only add to supporters’
concern about the lack of transparency concerning the purchase of the 49
per cent shareholding of 81-year-old owner Ken Bates, who is due to
stay on as chairman until the end of the season before becoming club
president.

However, Leeds are still confident
that the reported 52million sale will be finalised on December 21
without any more hiccups. It is understood they have been reassured by
GFH Capital that the money is in their lawyer’s client account and
Bahrain banking regulations meant the payment schedule had to be
altered.

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Tough start for C4

A festive atmosphere might be lacking
today at Corrigan’s restaurant in London’s Mayfair where Channel 4,
whose monopoly coverage of racing on terrestrial TV begins on January 1,
will outline their broadcasting vision to a sceptical racing Press.

C4’s plans to ensure they always get the first interviews after races in
front of their branded backdrop includes ending racing’s traditional
media huddle around winning connections.

Lewis branches out

Tottenham’s billionaire owner Joe Lewis has become an influential figure in the racing world after taking control of Timeweave, who own 50 per cent of betting shop broadcasters Turf TV. Bahamas-based Lewis has yet to attend a Spurs game this season and his investment in Timeweave is for business reasons rather than any great love of racing.

The start of the transfer window is not
the best time to take over as a football club chief executive. But at
least Sam Rush, who joins Derby on January 1, has the advantage of being
an agent in his previous job, running Wasserman Media Group’s football
division. Derby have one of the Championship’s hottest properties in
central midfielder Will Hughes, 17, but Rush says he will not be leaving
Pride Park.

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

It’s gong for a Burton

The last thing the sports industry needs is another awards ceremony, with the big stars increasingly reluctant to turn up to such functions. But at least the FA have ensured that the national team will attend their inaugural FA England awards.

The bash, with its overblown 11 honours for 2012, is being held on February 3 at St George’s Park — the day the players gather in Burton to prepare for the Wembley friendly against Brazil three days later.

The sports honours committee, due to decide their recommendations for 2012 gongs at one sitting, ended up having two separate summits, with one dedicated to discussing Olympic and Paralympic achievements. This points to every gold medal winner — at least — being recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Destiny is in Boris' hands

The buck over the Olympic Stadium renovation debacle now stops with Boris Johnson, chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, after the Government ceded full control to the London Mayor.

The construction delay until autumn 2013 could be highly embarrassing for the LLDC since preferred bidders West Ham may now not move in until the 2016-17 season, whereas Tottenham, who had wanted to knock down the Stratford venue and start again, could move into their redeveloped ground a year earlier.

There could be fireworks: What does the future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

There could be fireworks: What does the immediate future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

Meanwhile, since taking over as Culture Secretary in September, Maria Miller has had so much in her in-tray that she is happy to allow Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson to take the lead in his field of expertise.

This is in contrast to the toxic relationship that existed between Robertson and Miller’s predecessor, Jeremy Hunt. Miller is not known for her sporting knowledge but did work on England’s one-day cricket sponsorship when a marketing manager at Texaco four years ago.

Fernando Torres: Chelsea must improve

We must improve, says Torres after Chelsea's late victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

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13:17 GMT, 8 November 2012

Fernando Torres warned Chelsea could not keep relying on luck to stay in the Champions League after another dose of outrageous fortune helped get their title defence back on track'.

Wednesday night's last-gasp 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk proved providence was still smiling on the Blues after last season's astonishing triumph as they survived a Stamford Bridge onslaught to snatch a vital three points.

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On target: Torres scored the opening goal in Chelsea's win over Shakhtar

On target: Torres scored the opening goal in Chelsea's win over Shakhtar

Defeat was rough justice for a Shakhtar side that dominated much of a thrilling game and arguably deserved to complete a home-and-away double over the holders.

The Ukrainian champions, who had not lost in almost a year prior to last night, were badly let down by their goalkeeper, who gifted Torres the opening goal when the striker charged down his clearance and was also lobbed by Oscar after racing off his line to head away a harmless cross.

Torres admitted Chelsea could not keep relying on such lucky breaks if they were to hold onto their place in the top two in Group E after their upcoming trip to Juventus.

He said: 'I'm happy with the result but we know we must do much better.

All smiles: Chelsea salvaged a late victory to keep their Champions League destiny in their own hands

All smiles: Chelsea salvaged a late victory to keep their Champions League destiny in their own hands

'We know we have to improve. We have been creating problems for them, pressing and creating chances from their mistakes, but not when we have the ball like we're used to.

'This kind of situation cannot happen again because, especially in the Champions League, at times like these you can be out.'

Torres insisted he would rather Chelsea were lucky than unlucky and hailed the never-say-die spirit which played just as big a part in last season's Champions League triumph and was in evidence again last night.

Head boy: Moses scored a late winner at Stamford Bride on Wednesday night

Head boy: Moses scored a late winner at Stamford Bride on Wednesday night

'When we needed to win, we did,' he added. 'We did it against Valencia, Napoli and Barcelona – also the final against Bayern Munich. 'This was really the first big test of the season and we did it as well.

'We were a bit lucky – I think maybe the draw was the more fair result – but Chelsea has this special thing that no-one can buy.

'That's good. We have to keep the good luck on our side.'

Defender Gary Cahill admitted Chelsea had been under siege last night.

'At times, there were four, five players up front,' he said. 'They've got a lot of pace in the team as well, so I'm glad we don't play against them every week because they really impressed me.

'It makes the win even sweeter in the last minute of the game. It's a massive three points for us.'

He added: 'We knew leading into the game how big three points would be. The manager stressed that to us.

'We keep pushing and pushing and pushing. We never know when we're beaten.'

Looking ahead to the penultimate Group E game in Turin, in which victory would seal Chelsea's qualification, Cahill said: 'It's important we keep our foot on the pedal.'

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Audley Harrison could fight on despite embarrassing David Price defeat

Deluded Harrison could fight on despite lasting just 82 seconds in another humiliating defeat

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13:51 GMT, 15 October 2012

Audley Harrison refused to rule out making a comeback despite his crushing first-round defeat by David Price on Saturday.

It took just 82 seconds for British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Price to dispose of the 40-year-old Olympic gold medallist at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

While Price was magnificent, the loss appeared certain to end the career of Harrison, who has become a figure of ridicule in boxing.

Game over: Harrison lasted only 82 seconds in his latest setback

Game over: Harrison lasted only 82 seconds in his latest setback

Amazingly, however, the former world title challenger is still considering his future.

'I have said when I turn up to win and lose to nothing other than ability I will know my time is up, so this could be my last bout,' he said.

Figure of ridicule: But the Olympic gold medallist has refused to give up hope on fighting again

Figure of ridicule: But the Olympic gold medallist has refused to give up hope of fighting again

Flat out: The 40-year-old has claimed he was 'really in the zone' despite failing to last one round against Price

Flat out: The 40-year-old has claimed he was 'really in the zone' despite failing to last one round against Price

'I'll take some time to think this out as I never want to come back to boxing once I've walked away.

'If it's to end here, what a ride it's been and I'm grateful to the universe for allowing me to find my destiny and walk the precarious road my way.

'Keep dreaming, keep believing and never give up.'

'Never give up': The British boxer insisted he wasn't fazed by the crowd

'Never give up': The British boxer insisted he wasn't fazed by the crowd

Price's ruthless performance has elevated him into the top echelon of heavyweights with a fight against Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko a possibility for next year.

Harrison accepts he is on the wane, but takes comfort from his preparations for the fight.

Bloody mess: Harrison was humiliated at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night

Bloody mess: Harrison was humiliated at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night

'I said I had prepared very well for this bout and it showed,' he said. 'I was in great shape and went out there with no fear, believing I could win it.

'I was really in the zone, didn't get fazed by the crowd, or atmosphere and stayed focused on the task. After eight years, I finally had control of myself again.

'My whole game plan was about avoiding his right, so to get lined up like that is a disappointment for me.

'Father time has caught up with me, as I didn't see the initial shot, so could not react.

'He finished me off like a good pro, so I have no complaints. I have a broken nose for my troubles.'

Tiger Woods: Salvaging draw wasn"t worth it

Dejected Woods admits turning his back on 18th green because tie felt worthless

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UPDATED:

07:45 GMT, 1 October 2012

Tiger Woods claimed neither he nor the United States team were interested salvaging a tie from the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah.

After Europe produced a stunning fightback to reach the 14 points they required to retain the cup near Chicago, Woods knew heading to the 18th tee he could no longer affect the trophy's destiny.

But by holding on to his one-hole lead in the final match, the former world No 1 could at least have ensured the scoreline finished 14-14.

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

He had the opportunity to do that but after missing a putt to beat Francesco Molinari, he then conceded the hole to the Italian and handed Europe an outright 14.5-13.5 win.

Woods said: 'It was already over. We came here as a team – this is a team event. And the cup was already been retained by Europe, so it was already over.

Yanks but no thanks: Woods concedes to Francesco Molinari

Yanks but no thanks: Woods concedes to Francesco Molinari

'You come here as a team and you win or
lose as a team, and it's pointless to even finish. So 18 was just, hey,
get this over with. Congratulations to the European team. They played
fantastic and they deserve the cup.'

That incident rounded off a dismal three days for Woods in which he failed to win a single match.

The 36-year-old 14-time major winner lost three times in partnership with Steve Stricker on Friday and Saturday and was even stood down for a match for the first time in his career.

Captain Davis Love faced further questions over his decision to rest Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, after the pair enjoyed three wins together, for the Saturday afternoon fourballs.

But over the course of the three days, Love felt he had done everything he could to secure victory – after all, his side had led 10-6 heading into the singles.

Love said: 'I wouldn't have done anything different, they played great. They did everything we asked them to do, and I can honestly say that I've been a part of a lot of teams and I've never seen a team of golfers like this, and I'm proud of them.

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final day comeback

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final day comeback

'It was certainly a difficult loss. I think any Ryder Cup loss is difficult. There are some guys on this team that have lost before and it's never fun any way it happens. This was certainly not what we expected.

'They got beat by some holed putts, chip-ins, some incredible shots, and some matches got flipped at the end on long putts and great saves by the other team.

'I have to congratulate Europe on the way they played, they played great.'

World Twenty20 2012: Stuart Broad dismisses England struggles against spin

Crisis What crisis Broad dismisses spin struggles as England collapse

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18:05 GMT, 23 September 2012

Familiar problems: Broad heads back to the pavilion

Familiar problems: Broad heads back to the pavilion

Captain Stuart Broad insisted England's batsmen are not vulnerable against spin despite Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla guiding India to a thumping 90-run ICC World Twenty20 victory at the Premadasa Stadium.

After India had set Broad's side a challenging 171 for victory, several of England's top order seemed all at sea as they were bowled out for 80 – their lowest total in this format.

The match was essentially a dead rubber, with both teams having qualified for the Super Eights stage by virtue of their respective victories against Afghanistan, but alarm bells may be ringing after their defeat.

Veteran Harbhajan took four for 12 while leg-spinner Chawla finished with two for 13 to again raise the issue of England struggling to play the turning ball.

Broad refuted that notion, though, saying: 'I've seen the guys play spin extremely well, certainly in training, we've been learning in Sri Lanka and we've developed well.

'We've had a really bad day today but it doesn't affect our destiny. We still get on a bus tomorrow to Kandy and play in the Super Eights.'

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder did concede, however, that England's overall performance was well below par.

'It was all-round really,' he said.

In a spin: Harbhajan (above) and Chawla (below) tore through England

In a spin: Harbhajan (above) and Chawla (below) tore through England

In a spin: Harbhajan (above) and Chawla (below) tore through England

'We were pretty happy with 170. We made a few mistakes in the field and we probably didn't hit our straps as well as we could have done but we didn't get it right with the bat at all.

'India got it very right – I thought they bowled very nicely.

'We played across the line a bit too much whereas against Afghanistan we struck the ball so straight and very cleanly.'

Tim Bresnan was included at the expense of Samit Patel for Sunday's encounter, but with England losing six of their 10 wickets to spin, there was a case to be made they should have included a second slow bowler to support Swann, who conceded just 17 runs from his four overs.

Broad added: 'We wanted to have a look at that balance of side.

Back to the drawing board: England must regroup quickly ahead of the Super Eights

Back to the drawing board: England must regroup quickly ahead of the Super Eights

'We'll reassess for Thursday's game.'

The 26-year-old acknowledged England have been producing inconsistent performances of late, but does not think their humbling defeat will affect his players too much.

'We've had two pretty average performances in the two and a half weeks we've been together but we've also had some very good performances so we need to focus on them,' he said.

'I don't think the guys' confidence will take too much of a knock from this. It doesn't change where we go.

'We still need to play well on Thursday and I think we can do that.'

PSG agree deal to sign Lucas Moura

Blow for Fegie as PSG beat United to signing of Brazil midfield star Moura

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18:29 GMT, 8 August 2012


Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura

Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura

Paris St Germain have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Sao Paulo for the transfer of midfielder Lucas Moura.

The 19-year-old will remain with the Brazilian side until January before linking up with Carlo Ancelotti's side on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The playmaker, who is currently in Britain representing Brazil at the Olympics, began his professional career with his hometown club and has made 58 league appearances.

Moura, had been a target of Manchester United, but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee for the teenager.

Earlier in the week, Moura said: 'Without doubt it would be much better for me to stay to help Sao Paulo until the end of the year,' said the 19-year-old.

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'I want to win a title before I leave, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. If the deal is in January, I can do this for Sao Paulo.'

Lucas is believed to have been unimpressed with ‘boring’ Manchester and spoke to Robinho about his time at Manchester City.

But the midfielder delivered a different tone when he let slip that he had talked to PSG sporting director Leonardo and their new signing Thiago Silva.

Date with destiny: Moura has helped Brazil reach the Olympic football final

Date with destiny: Moura has helped Brazil reach the Olympic football final

'I spoke to them,' he confirmed. 'They spoke highly about the club and I know they are creating a wonderful project – a fantastic structure with major players. That’s basically what they told me.'

Silva, the Brazil defender who secured a mega move to Paris from AC Milan last month, has been an intermediary in talks.

'I recommended him to Leonardo, who asked me what Lucas was like,' said the 27-year-old. 'I didn’t say it because he is my friend, but because of his technical quality. He has a lot to give the national team, would happily be at PSG, and can help us find the gold medal.

'Certainly I would want Lucas on our side rather than against. It would be a great help to have such a skillful player on our team.'

Lucas Moura ready to snub Manchester United

Moura not interested in 'boring' Manchester as United face losing 36m ace to PSG

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08:25 GMT, 8 August 2012


Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura

Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura has revealed he is ready to snub Manchester United after talks with Paris Saint-Germain.

United had been confident of signing the Brazil playmaker until PSG made a last-minute offer.

The Qatar-backed French club are prepared to pay almost 36million and would wait until January to take him from Sao Paulo.

'Without doubt it would be much better for me to stay to help Sao Paulo until the end of the year,' said the 19-year-old.

'I want to win a title before I leave, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. If the deal is in January, I can do this for Sao Paulo.'

Talks with PSG are so advanced that sources in Sao Paulo say the move will be confirmed soon after Saturday’s Olympics football final between Brazil and Mexico.

'I can’t talk about it,' Lucas insisted
after the 3-0 semi-final victory over South Korea on Tuesday night. 'I’m
focused on the national team.

Fantasy football 2012

‘I can only say something after the Olympics. It’s on the right path, (but) nothing is certain.'

Lucas is believed to have been unimpressed with ‘boring’ Manchester and spoke to Robinho about his time at Manchester City.

But the midfielder delivered a different tone when he let slip that he had talked to PSG sporting director Leonardo and their new signing Thiago Silva.

Date with destiny: Moura has helped Brazil reach the Olympic football final

Date with destiny: Moura has helped Brazil reach the Olympic football final

'I spoke to them,' he confirmed. 'They spoke highly about the club and I know they are creating a wonderful project – a fantastic structure with major players. That’s basically what they told me.'

Silva, the Brazil defender who secured a mega move to Paris from AC Milan last month, has been an intermediary in talks.

'I recommended him to Leonardo, who asked me what Lucas was like,' said the 27-year-old. 'I didn’t say it because he is my friend, but because of his technical quality. He has a lot to give the national team, would happily be at PSG, and can help us find the gold medal.

'Certainly I would want Lucas on our side rather than against. It would be a great help to have such a skillful player on our team.'

Andy Murray: Wimbledon final against Roger Federer

Anticipation builds at Wimbledon ahead of Murray's date with destiny

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10:47 GMT, 8 July 2012

Andy Murray bids to become the first winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon since 1976 when he takes on Roger Federer on Centre Court on Sunday.

As the Scot began his final preparations ahead of his date with destiny on Sunday afternoon, the heavens opened at SW19.

But that didn't stop Murray mania as fans queued for the chance to watch what their hero on Murray Mound.

Dedication: Tennis fans queue at Wimbledon ahead of Andy Murray's final against Roger Federer

Dedication: Tennis fans queue at Wimbledon ahead of Andy Murray's final against Roger Federer

Wimbledon's Centre Court roof was closed after further showers were forecast for the afternoon.

Queues began to build on Friday and officials have warned it will be hours before those towards the back would be able to enter the grounds. They advised those making late plans to attend to stay away.

A message on the official Wimbledon Twitter page, sent before the gates opened at 10.30am, said: 'AELTC strongly advise people intending to queue, not to travel to Wimbledon.'

Here for the duration: The wind and rain didn't put off the fans as they hoped to witness history being made

Here for the duration: The wind and rain didn't put off the fans as they hoped to witness history being made

David Beckham, the Duchess of Cambridge and political leaders from north and south of the border were all heading to Wimbledon.

Former England captain Beckham is suspended for LA Galaxy's Major League Soccer match against Chicago Fire on Sunday night, freeing him up to travel to London for Murray's big match against Roger Federer. Wife Victoria was due to arrive with Beckham.

They were named as guests in the Royal Box, along with Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond, deputy PM Nick Clegg and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

On the verge: Murray has battled past some tough players to reach his maiden Wimbledon final

On the verge: Murray has battled past some tough players to reach his maiden Wimbledon final

Scottish 25-year-old Murray will also be backed by a royal party. Prince William can't attend due to an existing engagement, but his wife Kate will be accompanied by her sister Pippa Middleton, with the Duke of Kent also in attendance.

Other sporting names joining Beckham in the Royal Box were tennis great Rod Laver and British Olympic rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave, with sports minister Hugh Robertson also expected.

Advantage Murray: The Scot has a winning record over Federer but has lost two Grand Slam finals to the Swiss

Advantage Murray: The Scot has a winning record over Federer but has lost two Grand Slam finals to the Swiss

Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas as they queue up to ensure entry to see the mens final in the Wimbledon tennis championships

Tennis fans queue up after camping overnight to ensure entry to see the mens final in the Wimbledon tennis championships in London