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Sergio Aguero to miss Argentina"s World Cup qualifiers and return to Manchester City

Aguero to miss Argentina's World Cup qualifiers in bid to recover for City's title
run in

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

20:19 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 20 March 2013

Sergio Aguero has revealed he is to return to Manchester City as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury and will consequently miss Argentina's World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Bolivia.

The international forward hasn't featured for the Premier League champions since their 2-0 victory over Chelsea on February 24 and in his absence City's form has suffered but he today insisted he is confident about being available for the season's run in.

'My knee is better but the squad's physicians would rather have me be safe and stick with the treatments until it's completely healed,' Aguero tweeted.

Saying his goodbyes: Sergio Aguero with Argentina team-mates Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi

Saying his goodbyes: Sergio Aguero with Argentina team-mates Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi

'It's a pity to miss out on the national squad matches but I'll be cheering for Argentina from Manchester, while I finish the recovery.'

The possible return of Aguero to City's first-team squad would represent a significant positive for under-pressure manager Roberto Mancini, whose side hope to take advantage of any potential points league leaders Manchester United may drop and at the very least finish second.

In the Argentinian's absence, Mancini has used both Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko who have both consistently been linked with summer exits from the club.

Returning: Aguero is unquestionably one of City's key players

Returning: Aguero is unquestionably one of City's key players

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Valencia 1 (aggregate 3-2): Ezequiel Lavezzi scores

PSG 1 Valencia 1 (agg 3-2): Beckham celebrates from the bench as Lavezzi secures progression to the last eight

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:18 GMT, 7 March 2013

David Beckham led the celebrations as Paris Saint-Germain slugged rather than sashayed their way through to the Champions League quarter-finals after drawing with Valencia at the Parc des Princes.

It took the jolt of a fine Valencia goal from Jonas early in the second half to rouse the home side, and Ezequiel Lavezzi's equaliser secured a draw on the night and a narrow aggregate win.

It was Lavezzi's second goal of the tie after he and Javier Pastore scored in Spain three weeks ago. PSG were in full control at the Mestalla until a dramatic injury-time period saw Adil Rami pull a goal back and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off, making tonight's second leg increasingly complicated on two counts.

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

MATCH FACTS

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Matuidi, Chantome, Jallet (Van der Wiel 27), Motta (Gameiro 58), Lucas (Sakho 83) Moura, Lavezzi, Pastore

Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Armand, Beckham

Goal: Lavezzi 66

Booked: Lavezzi

Valencia: Guaita, Cissokho, Barragan, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda (Banega 46), Feghouli (Piatti 63), Parejo, Facundo Costa, Jonas (Valdez 76), Soldado

Subs not used: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Canales

Booked: Ruiz, Albelda, Soldado, Parejo

Goal: Jonas 55

Referee: Milorad Mazic

Ibrahimovic was given a two-match ban
by UEFA, and the Sweden striker was certainly missed on the field for
this return leg as he watched from the stands. Without him, the home
side were toothless in the first half.

They certainly did not appear a side capable of reaching the Wembley final on May 25, but on they go.

Those looking for romance forged at
home in the story of Parisian resurgence might prefer to overlook the
fact it has been funded by overseas money, since the 2011 takeover by
the Qatar Investment Authority.

Their budget is more Champions League
than Ligue 1, and the personnel brought to the Parc des Princes over
the last two years reflects it.

The sudden wealth means tangible
success in Europe is a requisite, so winning in Spain three weeks ago
was not the achievement it might have been considered before the
takeover and more another step in the plan for growth.

PSG are unbeaten in
their last 23 European home matches now but they were clinging on at
the end as Valencia sought the goal that would have forced extra-time.

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

With Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti
suspended, and winger Jeremy Menez injured, manager Carlo Ancelotti –
who won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan – had a
weakened hand before kick-off.

Lucas started alongside Lavezzi in attack.

There was no room in the starting XI
for Beckham, squeezed out of central midfield by Thiago Motta and
Blaise Matuidi. The former England captain was primed on the bench but
stayed there.

PSG fans might have been wary that
their expensively-assembled team are prone to aberrations, such as their
league defeat to Reims at the weekend.

Jonas almost got in behind the home defence in the eighth minute but a foot in by Christophe Jallet denied him.

Valencia had a further chance when
Jonas linked up with strike partner Roberto Soldado. Salvatore Sirigu
smothered his low 15-yard shot.

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Jonas sent a 20-yard shot bobbling wide, and Tino Costa cracked an ambitious effort several yards off target.

Sirigu palmed away a stinging 20-yard drive from Jonas just before the break, but it was a ball he might have caught.

From the corner that followed, Costa
struck the ball so sweetly it was missed by everyone in blue and red,
and also his team-mates as it swerved wide of the far post.

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Ever Banega stepped out in place of Albelda for the second half, an attacking move by Valencia.
Jonas made the breakthrough in the 55th minute with a crashing 25-yard drive inside the left post.

Valencia had more zip about their
game, but PSG were level 11 minutes later though and it was Lavezzi who
woke the home crowd from an understandable stupor. Kevin Gameiro, on in
place of Thiago Motta, bustled through a couple of challenges before the
ball rolled kindly for his team-mate.

Vicente Guaita repelled Lavezzi's
15-yard blast but could then do nothing to prevent him tucking the ball
over the line with his knee.

Clement Chantome's 25-yard swipe drew a solid save from Guaita, with PSG on top for perhaps the first time in the match.

Valencia poured pressure on the Paris
goal in the closing minutes but they struggled to get in behind as their
campaign reached its end.

David Beckham makes Paris Saint-Germain debut in 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille

PSG 2 Marseille 0: Winning start for Beckham as English star has a hand in second goal during 15-minute debut

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

22:01 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 24 February 2013

David Beckham made a winning debut for Paris Saint-Germain as they took a big step towards the French championship with a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Marseille.

The former England captain came on with 15 minutes remaining and had a hand in his new team's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Earlier, Lucas Moura's shot was deflected off Joey Barton and Nicolas N'Koulou to give the hosts a 10th minute lead.

Debut: David Beckham came off the bench in the 76th minute to make his first appearance for new club Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over rivals Marseille

Debut: David Beckham came off the bench in the 76th minute to make his first appearance for new club Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over rivals Marseille

First start: Beckham started on the bench and came on for Javier Pastore in the closing stages

First start: Beckham started on the bench and came on for Javier Pastore in the closing stages

Helping hand: In blizzard-like conditions in Paris, Beckham played a part in PSG's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Helping hand: In blizzard-like conditions in Paris, Beckham played a part in PSG's second goal, scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Barton played from the start for Marseille, but Beckham had to make do with a start on the bench in snowy Paris.

He completed two warm-ups during the
second-half and replaced Javier Pastore in the 76th minute. Beckham's
passing looked as sharp and reliable as ever, as he connected with
teammates Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jeremy Menez, Ezequiel Lavezzi and others.

And it was Beckham who chipped a ball
over the Marseille defence into the path of Menez in the first minute
of injury time. Menez crossed and Ibrahimovic deflected the ball past
Steve Mandanda with his knee.

In an open and entertaining game, PSG failed to fully capitalise on an early lead gained fortuitously when Moura's shot, which was going wide, deflected first off Barton and then off N'Koulou to wrong foot Mandanda in goal.

Marseille, inspired by the excellent Mathieu Valbuena, created a number of good openings to equalise and PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu saved smartly on a number of occasions.

The win is significant for PSG, who are chasing a third French title, as it took them back above Lyon, who had beaten Lorient 3-1 earlier in the day.

More to follow…

Contrasting fortunes: Joey Barton can only look on in disappointment as Beckham hugs Ibrahimovic after the second goal

Contrasting fortunes: Joey Barton can only look on in disappointment as Beckham hugs Ibrahimovic after the second goal

Valencia 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore score before Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sent off

Valencia 1 PSG 2: Lavezzi and Pastore give visitors upper hand before Zlatan sees red

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 12 February 2013

Adil Rami popped up with a crucial stoppage-time strike to hand Valencia a lifeline in their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris St Germain at the Mestalla tonight.

PSG looked on course for a dream result as first-half goals by Argentinian duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore put Carlo Ancelotti's men firmly in the driving seat, but their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals suffered a setback in the space of two wild minutes at the end of the contest.

First Rami stole in behind the defence to reduce the arrears for Los Che before PSG's talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for aiming a stamp at Andres Guardado.

Doubling up: Javier Pastore (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's second of the evening

Doubling up: Javier Pastore (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's second of the evening

Excellent start: Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) is hoisted up by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after opening the scoring for PSG

Excellent start: Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) is hoisted up by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after opening the scoring for PSG

Needless: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was red-carded for a lunge by referee Paolo Tagliavento

Needless: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was red-carded for a lunge by referee Paolo Tagliavento

MATCH FACTS

Valencia: Guaita, Rami, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Costa, Oliveira (Valdez 46), Feghouli (Viera 83), Banega (Canales 46), Parejo, Facundo, Costa, Soldado

Subs not used: Diego Alves, Ruiz, Albelda, Piatti

Booked: Joao Pereira

Goal: Rami 90

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Sakho, Alex, Maxwell, Jallet, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore (Armand 88), Lucas Moura (Chantome 53), Lavezzi (Menez 76), Ibrahimovic

Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Van Der Wiel, Gameiro

Booked: Verratti

Sent off: Ibrahimovic 90

Goals: Lavezzi 10, Pastore 43

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

Attendance: 55,000

The red card means Ibrahimovic is
suspended for the return leg along with defensive midfielder Marco
Verratti, who picked up his third booking of the campaign.

PSG's late implosion took the shine off an otherwise impressive performance by Ancelotti's troops.

Certainly the watching David Beckham,
who recently joined PSG on a five-month deal but was not in the squad
today due to a lack of match fitness, will have been encouraged by what
he saw.

However, that Lucas Moura played such
an influential role for the Parisians will not have been lost on the
37-year-old, with the Brazilian's pace and trickery down the right
channel not something the set-piece maestro can realistically expect to
replicate.

Lucas was a thorn in Valencia's side
in the opening period and had the first chance on nine minutes when he
latched on to the ball after Ibrahimovic's run was halted and crashed an
effort against the post.

PSG did not have long to dwell on that miss, however, as they took the lead 60 seconds later.

Marching order: Ibrahimovic will miss the next leg of the tie

Marching order: Ibrahimovic will miss the next leg of the tie

Consolation: Adil Rami gave Valencia hope of progressing after cutting PSG's advantage in half late on

Consolation: Adil Rami gave Valencia hope of progressing after cutting PSG's advantage in half late on

Colossus: Ibrahimovic holds off the challenge of Tino Costa

Colossus: Ibrahimovic holds off the challenge of Tino Costa

Making a mark: Salvatore Sirigu (centre) catches the ball to halt a Valencia attack

Making a mark: Salvatore Sirigu (centre) catches the ball to halt a Valencia attack

Lavezzi started and finished the
move, exchanging passes with Pastore on the edge of the area and
advancing beyond the lunging challenge of Ricardo Costa before crashing a
powerful finish beyond Vicente Guaita, who should perhaps have done
better.

Guardado flashed an effort over the
bar as Valencia went in search of the leveller, but it was PSG who
looked most likely to add to the scoring, with Lucas and Lavezzi
bringing saves from Guaita.

PSG's second goal arrived two minutes before the break, but again the Valencia goalkeeper will feel he should have done better.

Lucas, having impressed with a couple
of surging runs from his own half, gave a demonstration of what he can
deliver in the final third as he beat two men on the byline before
running into the area and pulling the ball back for Pastore, whose
first-time finish went through the legs of Guaita.

Aerial battle: Christophe Jallet (left) is unable to compete with Ever Banega in the air

Aerial battle: Christophe Jallet (left) is unable to compete with Ever Banega in the air

Anguish: David Beckham and Leonardo (right) watch the tie

Anguish: David Beckham and Leonardo (right) watch the tie

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde
shuffled his back at the interval, with striker Nelson Valdez and
attacking midfielder Sergio Canales entering the action for Ever Banega
and Jonas.

Valdez almost made an immediate
impression when his back header from a corner was tipped over by
Salvatore Sirigu under pressure from Roberto Soldado.

Lucas' impressive outing was ended on
53 minutes as Ancelotti sacrificed the attacking flair of the Brazilian
for the more defensive midfield option of Clement Chantome.

Chantome's added midfield bite was
unable to prevent Soldado getting in behind the visiting defence on 61
minutes, the striker running on to Tino Costa's lofted pass only to see
the chance come to nothing as his heavy touch took the ball away from
goal.

On 72 minutes PSG were denied a third
when Chantome turned the ball home after a good move following a
free-kick, the substitute rightly ruled to have been coming back from an
offside position.

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Valdez passed up a glorious chance to
get Valencia back into the contest when he stole in ahead of Alex to
reach another lofted pass by Costa, but the striker shanked his
left-footed finish into the side-netting.

Costa's powerful free-kick drew a
good parry from Sirigu in the 87th minute, but the PSG goalkeeper was
culpable for Valencia's late reply, which gives Valverde's men huge hope
ahead of the return.

No chance: Blaise Matuidi (right) snatches the ball away from Daniel Parejo (left) of Valencia

No chance: Blaise Matuidi (right) snatches the ball away from Daniel Parejo (left) of Valencia

Flare up: Visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans set off a flare in the stands

Flare up: Visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans set off a flare in the stands

Costa created the chance with a
chipped free-kick over the top of the Valencia defence, although as the
ball floated into the six-yard box the goalkeeper should have come to
claim.

Instead, Sirigu stayed rooted to his line, leaving Rami unchallenged as he cleverly steered the ball into the net.

And with almost the very last action
of the night PSG's efforts were further diluted when Ibrahimovic allowed
himself to become riled as he challenged with two Valencia players and
went over the ball in a challenge with Guardado, prompting the referee
to brandish the red card.

Star man: Lavezzi (left) was in exceptional form and looked a constant threat

Star man: Lavezzi (left) was in exceptional form and looked a constant threat

Tussle: Matuidi and Banega (right) battle away in the middle of the park

Tussle: Matuidi and Banega (right) battle away in the middle of the park

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic outrageous backheel against Brest

Zlatan's up to his old tricks again! Watch Ibrahimovic's latest magical effort

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00:18 GMT, 22 December 2012

First there was the bicycle kick. Then there was the propeller kick. And on Friday night Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off his scorpion kick.

The Swedish striker conjured up his latest piece of showboating during Paris St Germain's 3-0 victory over Brest.

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Ibrahimovic went aerial again to shake off a defender and produce an outrageous backheel.

It was an effort to rival his sensational strike against England and would have been one of the best goals ever… if it had not gone the wrong side of the post.

Ibrahimovic did get on the scoresheet when he converted Christophe Jallet's cross in the 55th minute for his 18th league goal of the season.

Watch the video

Substitute Kevin Gameiro made it 2-0 on 73 minutes and left back Bernard Mendy's stoppage-time own goal sealed the comfortable win.

Brest had Abdoulwhaid Sissoko sent off for a two-footed tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

'We're going to have a good holiday because we're at the top of the league after another good performance,' PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. 'It wasn't an easy match because of the pitch and our opponent.

'It's the confirmation that we're in form. It was important to win, with the right attitude, by being solid and without conceding a goal. Everything's going well. I want to thank the players, because this last month has been really, really good.'

PSG moved three points ahead of Lyon, who host fifth-placed Nice on Saturday, and Olympique Marseille, who take on St Etienne on Sunday.

Valon Behrami robbed of watch gunpoint

Ex-Hammer Behrami robbed of 5,000 watch at gunpoint in latest theft

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11:13 GMT, 21 December 2012

Former West Ham star Valon Behrami has become the latest Napoli player targeted by criminals in what has become an alarming trend.

Swiss international Behrami, 27, who is being linked with return to the Premiership at Arsenal, was robbed at gunpoint by two men on a scooter of his 5,000 Hublot watch as he sat in his car.

Robbed: Valon Behrami (right) had his 5,000 watch stolen

Robbed: Valon Behrami (right) had his 5,000 watch stolen

Police said that midfielder, who only started at the Italian side this season, was singled out as he drove into the upmarket Chiaia area of the southern Italian port city which does have a seedy underbelly.

In the space of a year other players at the club have been the victims of crime including Edinson Cavani and Salvatore Aronica, while the wives of Esquiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik have also been robbed.

Spate: Napoli's Edinson Cavani has also been targeted

Spate: Napoli's Edinson Cavani has also been targeted

Several items taken from Cavani’s flat were later recovered after underworld bosses put out a ‘request’ for them to be returned but Lavezzi’s partner was so terrified after being robbed of her watch that it was used as a reason for him leaving the club and joining PSG.

A Naples police spokesman said:’ 'We are looking for two armed men who demanded that the victim hand over the watch, which he did and they then escaped on the scooter in heavy traffic. Mr Behrami was not hurt although he was shocked by what happened to him.’

Luka Modric: PSG prepared to pay 40m

Big-spending PSG prepared to meet Spurs' 40m asking price for Modric

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UPDATED:

08:17 GMT, 25 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Luka Modric's transfer saga has taken another twist after Paris St German indicated they are prepared to meet Tottenham's 40million asking price.

The Croatia midfielder had been expected to join Real Madrid but the Spanish giants are reluctant to pay more than 31m.

Modric has no desire to join PSG but Spurs are determined not to sell their star asset for less than their valuation.

The end of the affair Luka Modric (left) looks set to leave Tottenham

The end of the affair Luka Modric (left) looks set to leave Tottenham

The 26-year-old has attempted to force through a move to Spain by refusing to join his team-mates on the club's American tour.

Modric did return to training on Monday but was fined 80,000 for his ill discipline. Manager Andre Villas-Boas branded his behaviour 'not professional'.

Madrid are keen to take advantage of the situation, hence their refusal to up their bid. They hope to force through a move despite Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy insisting he will keep hold of Modric, whose contract runs until 2015.

Assistant coach Aitor Karanka gave
the clearest indication yet that Madrid want to replace Kaka with Modric this summer.

Karanka told AS: 'We decided he would stay in Madrid. Kaka and the club are working to find a good solution for all parties.'

In demand: PSG have emerged as rivals to Real Madrid to sign Modric

In demand: PSG have emerged as rivals to Real Madrid to sign Modric

Asked about Modric, he added: 'Which club would not want a player like him

'He is an outstanding footballer and had a great tournament (Euro 2012). It is clear that he would fit in Madrid.'

PSG meanwhile have flexed their financial muscle this summer by signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva from AC Milan for a combined 52m and Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi for 24m.

Despite Modric not being keen on a move to the French capital, PSG's interest could force Madrid in to a rethink.

Gaston Ramirez on Tottenham radar if Rafael van der Vaart joins Schalke

Tottenham plan Ramirez raid if Van der Vaart joins Schalke

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09:05 GMT, 31 May 2012

Tottenham could turn to Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez if Rafael van der Vaart secures a move to Schalke.

Holland star Van der Vaart has been sounded out about a move to Germany, where his wife Sylvie works for a TV station.

Bologna midfielder Ramirez is seen as a ready-made replacement after an impressive two years in Serie A.

Trailing: Gaston Ramirez (left) is being monitored by Tottenham

Trailing: Gaston Ramirez (left) is being monitored by Tottenham

The 21-year-old has been closely followed by Liverpool, but it remains to be seen which players new boss Brendan Rodgers wants to pursue.

Reports in Italy have linked Manchester City with Ramirez, but Roberto Mancini played down that suggestion this week.

Dutch courage: Van der Vaart scored in Holland's friendly win over Switzerland on Wednesday

Dutch courage: Van der Vaart scored in Holland's friendly win over Switzerland on Wednesday

Bologna are ready to cash in on a player who cost them under 2.5million when they signed him from Penarol two years ago.

But they will demand at least 14m for a player who is best deployed in the hole between midfield and attack.

Inter Milan are keen, but only if they fail to land Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo, while Napoli have him on a list of potential replacements for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Sealed with a kiss: Van der Vaart has been sounded out about a move to Germany

Sealed with a kiss: Van der Vaart has been sounded out about a move to Germany

Occasionally playing as a second striker, Ramirez has scored 15 goals over the last two seasons for Bologna.

Van der Vaart has tried to play a straight bat to questions about Schalke, adding on Wednesday: 'In football, anything can happen.'

Ezequiel Lavezzi to leave Napoli

City and Chelsea on red alert as 28m-rated Lavezzi prepares to leave Napoli

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UPDATED:

21:41 GMT, 2 May 2012

Manchester City and Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, 26, is ready to leave Napoli after a dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

However, the Italians want 28million for him.

Wanted: Ezequiel Lavezzi is being tracked by several top clubs

Wanted: Ezequiel Lavezzi is being tracked by several top clubs

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich"s 247m shopping list

Roman's 247m shopping list: Chelsea to give new manager pick of world's best

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21:30 GMT, 11 April 2012

Roman Abramovich will present his new manager with a list of potential star signings and tell him to take his pick.

And Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner has pinpointed four key roles – a centre forward, two full backs and an attacking midfielder – as the priorities for a summer spending spree.

Key role: Abramovich wants to buy a new striker despite the resurgence of Fernando Torres in recent weeks

Key role: Abramovich wants to buy a new striker despite the resurgence of Fernando Torres in recent weeks

Abramovich has used his scouting staff on a six-month project to build up detailed dossiers so that the next boss at Stamford Bridge can hit the ground running. A fresh bid to sign Tottenham's Luka Modric will be one of the options.

Despite the uncertainty over who will be in the hot seat next season as permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas, the Chelsea owner has been determined to continue with his strategy to rebuild the Blues squad.

Sportsmail revealed in December how Villas-Boas had instructed the club's scouts to embark on a global mission to identify targets ahead of the summer.

Having a Duff season: Chelsea are in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season

Having a Duff season: Chelsea are in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season

That process has continued and the paperwork on potential transfer fees and wages is waiting for action.

The main man: Abramovich is prepared to splash the cash

The main man: Abramovich is prepared to splash the cash

Abramovich wants his new boss to have the final say on whom he signs, but knows he can't afford to delay.

Some of the game's most high-profile players have made the club's wanted list.

The Blues are also targeting Atletico
Madrid centre forward Radamel Falcao, Napoli midfielder Ezequiel
Lavezzi, and Ajax central defender Jan Vertonghen, as Barcelona are keen
to sign David Luiz.

Chelsea
have already made contact with Porto over their interest in Hulk, and
have had initial discussions with Real Madrid over the purchase of
Gonzalo Higuain.

But
their recruitment plans are likely to be offset by numerous departures.
Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda are all out of contract
and are set to leave in the summer.

Sportsmail also revealed in February that Daniel Sturridge is considering his future.

Meanwhile,
Branislav Ivanovic has risked an additional FA ban after appealing
against his violent conduct charge for appearing to punch Shaun Maloney
of Wigan.

The Serb
already faces a three-match ban, but that could rise to four if the FA
decide his appeal is frivolous. It is understood Chelsea admit Ivanovic
made contact with Maloney – but contest there was any violent intent
from the 28-year-old. The appeal will be heard today.


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