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Free transfer XI – Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand

Fancy Cole, Rio AND Lampard Meet the all-star XI your club could have for FREE

PUBLISHED:

10:53 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

The January transfer window has swung open once again as clubs clamour to bolster their squads for the second half of the Premier League season.

Whether it's Manchester City spending the millions in a bid to help them to a second successive title or Wigan scrambling around for a bargain to help stave off relegation, you can be sure of a busy month ahead.

But for clubs prepared to wait a little longer, there are some sumptuous signings to be made in the summer… for absolutely nothing.

With players now free to sign pre-contract deals with foreign clubs, Sportsmail guides you through who is available.

THE ULTIMATE FREEBIE XI (4-4-2)

Schwarzer (Fulham); A Cole
(Chelsea), Carragher (Liverpool), Ferdinand (Man United), Gallas
(Tottenham); Giggs (Man United), P Neville (Everton), Scholes (Man
United), Lampard (Chelsea); C Cole (West Ham), Walcott (Arsenal)

Theo Walcott
ARSENAL: Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Emmanuel Frimpong, Lukasz Fabianski

Richard Dunne
ASTON VILLA: Richard Dunne, Andy Marshall, Eric Lichaj

Chelsea's Frank Lampard
CHELSEA: Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Ross Turnbull

Phil Neville
EVERTON: Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Jan Mucha

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
FULHAM: Mladen Petric, Damien Duff, Mark Schwarzer, Chris Baird,
Philippe Senderos, Mahamadou Diarra, Giorgos Karagounis, Brede
Hangeland, Neil Etheridge

Jamie Carragher
LIVERPOOL: Jamie Carragher, Doni

Kolo Toure
MANCHESTER CITY: Kolo Toure, Richard Wright

Rio Ferdinand
MANCHESTER UNITED: Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

Danny Simpson
NEWCASTLE: Steve Harper, Xisco, Danny Simpson

Simeon Jackson
NORWICH: Elliott Ward, Marc Tierney, Simeon Jackson

Ryan Nelson
QPR: Kieron Dyer, Brian Murphy, Clint Hill, Shaun Derry, Radek Cerny, Ryan Nelsen

Jay Tabb
READING: Stuart Taylor, Ian Harte, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Noel Hunt, Jay Tabb, Alex Pearce, Simon Church

Jason Puncheon
SOUTHAMPTON: Frazer Richardson, Richard Chaplow, Danny Butterfield, Artur Boruc, Jason Puncheon

Dean Whitehead
STOKE: Michael Owen, Matthew Upson, Carlo Nash, Rory Delap, Dean Whitehead, Ryan Shotton

Frazer Campbell
SUNDERLAND: Titus Bramble, Louis Saha, Matt Kilgallon, Fraizer Campbell

Luke Moore, Swansea City
SWANSEA: Gerhard Tremmel, Luke Moore, Dwight Tiendalli, Mark Gower

William Gallas
TOTTENHAM: William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini

Zoltan Gera, West Bromwich Albion
WEST BROM: Boaz Myhill, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Steven Reid, Zoltan Gera, Goran Popov, Chris Brunt, Gonzalo Jara, Luke Daniels, Yassine El Ghanassy

Carlton Cole
WEST HAM: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gary O’Neil, Freddie Piquionne, Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien, Carlton Cole

Maynor Figueroa
WIGAN: Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman, Franco Di Santo, Albert
Crusat, Piscu, Mike Pollitt, Ronnie Stam, David Jones, Emmerson Boyce,
Antolin Alcaraz

Santos not keen to sign Chelsea"s Florent Malouda

Malouda suffers transfer blow after Santos say they don't want to sign winger

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UPDATED:

06:54 GMT, 29 October 2012

Forgotten winger Florent Malouda’s hopes of ending his Chelsea nightmare have been dealt a blow after Santos distanced themselves from a move for the Frenchman.

The France international failed to engineer a transfer away from Stamford Bridge before the end of the August window after Roberto Di Matteo deemed him surplus to requirements.

Stuck: Florent Malouda's hopes of joining Santos have ended

Stuck: Florent Malouda's hopes of joining Santos have ended

Malouda has been forced to train with the reserves by Di Matteo and was keen to join the Brazilian side in January after they showed interest last season.

But Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues insisted: ‘There is no interest for Malouda, he is not in our plans and if the English press is giving details about it, it must be because some agent is telling that to them to increase his value.

'But there is nothing from Santos.'

Chelsea eye Brazil midfielder Paulinho as Florent Malouda ponders Santos switch

Chelsea eye Brazil midfielder Paulinho as Malouda ponders Santos switch

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UPDATED:

06:12 GMT, 16 October 2012

Chelsea are ready to launch another Brazil swoop with a January move for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.

And the Blues could make room in their squad by offloading French winger Florent Malouda to Brazilian side Santos.

Brazil nuts: Chelsea are set to move for Paulinho

Brazil nuts: Chelsea are set to move for Paulinho

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo already has Oscar, Ramires, David Luiz and Lucas Piazon in his ranks.

And he is ready to rival Inter Milan for Paulinho, aged 24, who is
currently competing with Ramires as Brazil's defensive
midfielder.

Outcast Malouda, 32 is considering a move to Santos after being told he has no future at Stamford Bridge and is training with the Under-21s.

Florent Malouda wanted by Lyon

Outcast Malouda to be offered way out of Chelsea hell by former club Lyon

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 8 September 2012

Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda looks set for a move back to Lyon in January after the French club's president confirmed they were interested in the winger's services.

Malouda has been a key part of Chelsea's side since joining from Lyon in 2007 but he was deemed surplus to requirements this summer as new manager Roberto Di Matteo set about rebuilding the Blues' squad.

Surplus to requirements: Malouda is set to leave Chelsea in January

Surplus to requirements: Malouda is set to leave Chelsea in January

The 32-year-old Frenchman has been banished to train with the club's Under 21 side, but Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed he hopes to bring the 80-cap international back to the Stade de Gerland – where he spent four years before leaving for Stamford Bridge.

'Our door is always open to former players,' Aulas admitted. 'Malouda has been in contact with our coaching team very recently.

'We've also spoken with Jeremy Toulalan who has been having problems at Malaga.'

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.

Victor Moses unveiled at Chelsea

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

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UPDATED:

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.

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Fernando Torres returns but Urby Emanuelson hits winner

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Torres makes Blues return but Emanuelson has the last word

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UPDATED:

07:41 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Fernando Torres made his Chelsea return in Miami – but the 50million man could not stop the Blues from ending their US tour with a defeat.

The Spain international played 30 minutes of the clash against AC Milan in the Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins – his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season.

But Urby Emanuelson's second half-strike was enough to condemn the Blues to their second consecutive Stateside defeat ahead of their flight home.

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Match facts

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic (Hutchinson), Terry (Cahill), Luiz, Cole (Ferreira); Mikel, Lampard (Essien), Meireles (Marin); Hazard, Ramires (Malouda); Lukaku (Torres)

AC MILAN: Ameila; Antonini (Abate); Bonera; Yepes (Acerbi); Mesbah; Traore (Constant), Flamini (Montolivo), Ambrosini (Nocerino); El Shaarawy, Emanuelson; Boateng (Valoti)

ATT: 57,748.

The big Chelsea team-news came from
the bench, Fernando Torres making his first appearance on the Blues
team-sheet since helping Spain win Euro 2012.

Chelsea's final game of their US
pre-season tour got off to an uneventful start, with either side
struggling to gain the early advantage.

John Terry had the first real effort
of the encounter, firing a difficult half-volley from the edge of the
box from Branislav Ivanovic's header in the eighth minute.

Hazard showed a glimpse of his
32million worth in the 11th minute as he easily ghosted past Bakaye
Traore and Luca Antonini in the box before his fierce strike was
deflected wide for a corner.

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to stop Romelu Lukaku

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to thwart Romelu Lukaku

The searing Miami heat was not
conducive to a fast, free flowing game – and it certainly showed as both
sides seemed happy to merely go through the motions during the opening
25 minutes.

Traore sent a long range effort wide
of Petr Cech's post in the 27th minute as AC Milan upped the tempo of
their play ever so slightly before Urby Emanuelson nearly played former
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini through.

Emanuelson missed the first real
chance of the match in the 34th minute, firing over from 12 yards after
being sent clear through by Kevin-Prince Boateng with just Cech to beat
as the first-half ended goalless.

Di Matteo made just one change at the
break, Marko Marin replacing Raul Meireles, allowing Hazard to take a
more central role in the second-half.

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

And the Italian manager's heart was in
his mouth just seconds after the restart as Daniele Bonera left the
Belgian holding his ankle in pain with a mistimed challenge.

Jon Mikel Obi then saw his long range
effort comfortably saved by Marco Amelia as the European champions
started the second period with much more zest.

But Milan responded, Cech being forced into a good low save from Emanuelson after the Dutchman was found by Flamini.

Romelu Lukaku and Hazard combined to
set-up Frank Lampard, whose 25 yard strike was again well held by Amelia
in the 54th minute.

Di Matteo made a treble substitution
in the 60th minute, bringing on Torres – whose introduction was greeted
with huge cheers – Paulo Ferreira and Gary Cahill.

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Milan coach Massimilano Allegri made
four changes of his own, with Antonio Nocerino, Francesco Acerbi,
Ricardo Montolivo and Ignacio Abate all came on.

David Luiz glanced a near post header
from Lampard's corner over in the 68th minute, but it was Milan who took
a deserved lead a minute later.

Emanuleson burst clear of the Chelsea defence before squaring to Stephan El Shaarawy, whose shot was well saved by Cech.

But the Holland international coolly stroked home the rebound from close range to put the Serie A side a goal up.

Substitute Mattia Valoti came close to
doubling Milan's lead in the 75th minute – but his clever effort from
deep inside the box was saved by Cech.

Hazard blasted a free-kick from the edge of the box high and wide in the 86th minute as Chelsea searched in vain for a leveller.

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Fernando Torres starts but Urby Emanuelson hits winner in Miami heat

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Torres starts but Emanuelson has the last word in Miami

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 29 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fernando Torres made his Chelsea return in Miami – but the 50million man could not stop the Blues from ending their US tour with a defeat.

The Spain international played 30 minutes of the clash against AC Milan in the Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins – his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season.

But Urby Emanuelson's second half-strike was enough to condemn the Blues to their second consecutive Stateside defeat ahead of their flight home.

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Match facts

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic (Hutchinson), Terry (Cahill), Luiz, Cole (Ferreira); Mikel, Lampard (Essien), Meireles (Marin); Hazard, Ramires (Malouda); Lukaku (Torres)

AC MILAN: Ameila; Antonini (Abate); Bonera; Yepes (Acerbi); Mesbah; Traore (Constant), Flamini (Montolivo), Ambrosini (Nocerino); El Shaarawy, Emanuelson; Boateng (Valoti)

ATT: 57,748.

The big Chelsea team-news came from
the bench, Fernando Torres making his first appearance on the Blues
team-sheet since helping Spain win Euro 2012.

Chelsea's final game of their US
pre-season tour got off to an uneventful start, with either side
struggling to gain the early advantage.

John Terry had the first real effort
of the encounter, firing a difficult half-volley from the edge of the
box from Branislav Ivanovic's header in the eighth minute.

Hazard showed a glimpse of his
32million worth in the 11th minute as he easily ghosted past Bakaye
Traore and Luca Antonini in the box before his fierce strike was
deflected wide for a corner.

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to stop Romelu Lukaku

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to thwart Romelu Lukaku

The searing Miami heat was not
conducive to a fast, free flowing game – and it certainly showed as both
sides seemed happy to merely go through the motions during the opening
25 minutes.

Traore sent a long range effort wide
of Petr Cech's post in the 27th minute as AC Milan upped the tempo of
their play ever so slightly before Urby Emanuelson nearly played former
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini through.

Emanuelson missed the first real
chance of the match in the 34th minute, firing over from 12 yards after
being sent clear through by Kevin-Prince Boateng with just Cech to beat
as the first-half ended goalless.

Di Matteo made just one change at the
break, Marko Marin replacing Raul Meireles, allowing Hazard to take a
more central role in the second-half.

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

And the Italian manager's heart was in
his mouth just seconds after the restart as Daniele Bonera left the
Belgian holding his ankle in pain with a mistimed challenge.

Jon Mikel Obi then saw his long range
effort comfortably saved by Marco Amelia as the European champions
started the second period with much more zest.

But Milan responded, Cech being forced into a good low save from Emanuelson after the Dutchman was found by Flamini.

Romelu Lukaku and Hazard combined to
set-up Frank Lampard, whose 25 yard strike was again well held by Amelia
in the 54th minute.

Di Matteo made a treble substitution
in the 60th minute, bringing on Torres – whose introduction was greeted
with huge cheers – Paulo Ferreira and Gary Cahill.

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Milan coach Massimilano Allegri made
four changes of his own, with Antonio Nocerino, Francesco Acerbi,
Ricardo Montolivo and Ignacio Abate all came on.

David Luiz glanced a near post header
from Lampard's corner over in the 68th minute, but it was Milan who took
a deserved lead a minute later.

Emanuleson burst clear of the Chelsea defence before squaring to Stephan El Shaarawy, whose shot was well saved by Cech.

But the Holland international coolly stroked home the rebound from close range to put the Serie A side a goal up.

Substitute Mattia Valoti came close to
doubling Milan's lead in the 75th minute – but his clever effort from
deep inside the box was saved by Cech.

Hazard blasted a free-kick from the edge of the box high and wide in the 86th minute as Chelsea searched in vain for a leveller.

Romelu Lukaku wants loan move

Lukaku confirms desire for loan switch if he cannot force his way into Chelsea team

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 20 July 2012

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Romelu Lukaku has reiterated his desire to leave Chelsea on loan if he fails to secure regular football with the European champions.

Lukaku, 19, has been heavily linked with a temporary switch to Fulham but he staked a claim for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge with a double in the opening match of the Blues' US tour, against the Seattle Sounders.

The Belgium star spent most of his maiden Chelsea season kicking his heels, much to the 18million signing from Anderlecht's frustration, who was unable to be loaned out under FIFA rules.

Plans: Romelu Lukaku hopes to 'explode' at Chelsea

Plans: Romelu Lukaku hopes to 'explode' at Chelsea

And while the departures of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou – and the likely exit of Florent Malouda – could open the door for him next season, the Blues have been linked with a wealth of attacking talent this summer, including strikers Edinson Cavani and Hulk.

Lukaku told Sky Sports News: 'If I can stay here at Chelsea and be part of the starting XI and score a lot of goals for the club and make the team win, that's good for me and for the club as well.

'But if I can go on loan and play in another team and score goals and then come back and explode, it will be good as well.

'I just keep my feet grounded and work hard each day and then after the tour we will see what will happen.'

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed he will make a decision on Lukaku's immediate future following the club's pre-season tour.

Decisions: Roberto Di Matteo will decide Lukaku's fate

Decisions: Roberto Di Matteo will decide Lukaku's fate

The Champions League winners have been linked with a host of new players this summer and are said to be on the verge of tying up deals for Brazil star Oscar and Eden Hazard's younger brother, Thorgan.

They have also been snubbed so far in their efforts to sign Wigan's Victor Moses, according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian has been touted again as another potential signing, as has Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Speculation over Hulk has been more muted in recent days and his agent has revealed the determination of Porto to keep hold of the 25-year-old.

Teodoro Fonseca told Record: 'I've been talking frequently with Porto officials.

'They and their manager count on Hulk and they told me that they want to build a team around Hulk that is capable of winning the Champions League.'

Lucas Moura won"t be sold to Manchester United

Blow for United as Sao Paulo insist 25m-rated starlet Moura will not be sold

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 13 July 2012

Sao Paulo are digging their heels in over Lucas Moura after admitting they had received an offer from Manchester United.

‘It is a risk not selling Lucas, but we are going to take it,’ said president Juvenal Juvencio.

Wanted: Lucas Moura (left) is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea

Wanted: Lucas Moura (left) is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea

United's chief scout Jim
Lawlor had flown to Brazil in an attempt to tie up a 25million deal for the playmaker.

He travelled along with club secretary John Alexander is also believed to be on
standby to complete the transfer but the 19-year-old looks set to stay put. Sao Paulo claim they have already rejected a 32.4m offer from Chelsea.

More to come Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

More to come Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who continues to monitor
Robin van Persie’s situation at Arsenal, had said: ‘It’s possible we could
bring in one or maybe two more. When there’s a European Championship or
World Cup on there is a delay in the transfer industry. Now that’s over
we’re still trying to get maybe one player in.’

Meanwhile, Santos are talking to Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda.