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Marco Tardelli says Juventus will have to break the bank for Luis Suarez

Splash out, Old Lady: Juve should break the bank for Suarez, says legend Tardelli

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Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

12:09 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 4 March 2013

Juventus legend Marco Tardelli believes that Liverpool star Luis Suarez could be the missing piece of the jigsaw for the Italian champions and solve their attacking problems.

Juve are six points clear of Napoli in
Serie A and on course to retain their title but they are desperately
seeking a big-name striker to add to their squad.

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Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Hero: Luis Suarez celebrates his hat-trick goal during Liverpool's dominant win

Suarez's outstanding season continued at Wigan on Saturday as he netted a hat-trick in Liverpool's 4-0 win.

Tardelli admitted, though, that luring Liverpool's prized asset to Turin could be a step too far and Juve have been linked with moves for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic.

Tardelli told Tuttosport: 'It's obvious that a striker who scores 20 goals a season would be a good addition for any team. Good players are not cheap, though.'

'Suarez would be ideal due to his power, technique and directness, but I'd say signing him could be a complicated matter. (Gonzalo) Higuain could be a more realistic option.'

Juventus host Celtic in the second leg of their Champions League tie this week having won the first leg 3-0 in Glasgow.

Tardelli added: 'Teams like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have something extra, but the Champions League is a strange competition.

'If Barcelona and Real Madrid are eliminated in this round, things are different for the other teams. And at that stage, Juventus could go far with their great organisation.'

Suarez's three-goal haul on Saturday took him to 21 Premier League goals for the season as he leapfrogged Robin van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot.

VIDEO: Watch match highlights and Suarez's stunning hat-trick…

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Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

EXCLUSIVE: Unsettled Nasri is PSG target as City midfielder plots exit

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:23 GMT, 2 March 2013

Paris Saint-Germain are set to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding Samir Nasri’s future with a big-money summer swoop.

Manchester City sources have indicated to Sportsmail that the France international is keen to explore the option of leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer after a breakdown in his relationship with Roberto Mancini.

Nasri is said to have been shocked and angered by his manager’s decision to criticise him publicly last week.

Down in the dumps: Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

Down in the dumps: Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

Samir Nasri

And news of Nasri’s anger has alerted PSG sporting director Leonardo, who is a known admirer of the Frenchman.

The Brazilian failed in an attempt to snatch Nasri from under City’s noses when he left Arsenal in 2011.

And the mega-rich club want to revive their interest in Nasri when the summer transfer window re-opens, with the player said to be ‘more than open’ to the move.

PSG’s riches mean they will have no
problems matching Nasri’s current 170,000-per-week wages, though City
will want to recoup as much of the 24million paid for the attacking
midfielder as possible.

Whether or not Mancini remains at the City helm beyond the end of the season, will be a factor when Nasri decides his future.

But with champions City keen to lower
their wage bill significantly this summer, selling Nasri is
unquestionably an attractive option for them.

Unhappy: Roberto Mancini was publicly critical of Nasri last week

Unhappy: Roberto Mancini was publicly critical of Nasri last week

Manchester City's Samir Nasri jokes around in the dressing room during training

Roberto Martinez backs David Moyes for European role

Martinez hails rival Moyes as he backs Everton boss for successful stint abroad

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Roberto Martinez believes that Everton manager David Moyes would be a success if he pursued his ambition to manage abroad.

Moyes, whose fifth-placed team host Martinez’s Wigan on Boxing Day, said last week that he would one day like to test his abilities in a European league, citing the Bundesliga as a preferred option.

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

And Martinez is convinced that he would prosper after a decade at Everton overcoming the Premier League’s challenges.

He said: ‘David has been there 11 seasons, a man of knowledge and experiences that he’s built up over the years — and always finding the solutions to have a competitive team reaching the target that they need to achieve.

'It makes him capable of going anywhere in the world, that’s very clear.'

Roberto Mancini craves Zlatan Ibrahimovic… Manchester City wanted to sign Swede when he left Barcelona

EXCLUSIVE: Mancini craves Ibrahimovic… he wanted to sign the Swede when he left Barca – but even Manchester City can't afford Zlatan the ego

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 15 November 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the one player Roberto Mancini craves above all others.

The problem, however, is that the 31-year-old Swede is the one player in world football that even Manchester City cannot afford.

Sportsmail understands that Mancini wanted to sign Ibrahimovic when he left Barcelona for AC Milan in the summer of 2011. The Italians, though, had first option on the striker after a successful season-long loan at the San Siro.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester City Manager Roberto

The one that I want: Man City manager Roberto Mancini (right) is a hug admirer of Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored all four against England last night (left)

City's coaching staff have long-since grown used to Mancini singing the Sweden star's praises to them, frequently describing him as 'the complete' forward.

Ibrahimovic has the ego to match his vast salary. Zlatan’s autobiography was described as ‘the height of self-indulgence’. And for good reason – it was titled I, Zlatan.

Now at Paris St Germain, he is reportedly paid a whopping 11.5m a year by the French club's Qatari owners.

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How he did it: Ibrahimovic scores his sensational overhead kick in Stockholm last night

How he did it: Ibrahimovic scores his sensational overhead kick in Stockholm last night

Red carpet lifestyle: Ibrahimovic is honoured with his name at the Walk of Fame of Sports at the Stadium Square in his hometown Malmo

Red carpet lifestyle: Ibrahimovic is honoured with his name at the Walk of Fame of Sports at the Stadium Square in his hometown Malmo

Only Samuel Eto'o in world football is paid more – reportedly 16m a year – by Russian billionaires Anzhi Makhachkala.

But it is that vast salary which would remain the biggest stumbling block to Mancini signing Ibrahimovic. Such wages, coupled with an estimated 50million transfer fee for a player the wrong side of 30, would be too much for even City's brand of Arab owners based in Abu Dhabi.

For the past five years Ibrahimovic has been one of the five best paid players in the world.

Despite these financial hurdles, bookmaker Ladbrokes believe last night's slayer of England could be moving to the Barclays Premier League soon.

Ibrahimovic unveiled at Paris Saint Germain

Cameroon football team captain and Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala player Samuel Eto'o

Top dollar: Ibrahimovic signs a three-year 11.5m-a-year deal at PSG (left) and the highest-paid player in the world Samuel Eto'o (right)

Following his wonder strike last night the bookies make Ibrahimovic just 2/1 to take in the Premier League on his European club tour before retirement. He's also been cut to 50/1 for the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: 'We'd love to see Ibrahimovic light up the Premier League.'

Ryan Shawcross weighs up six-year Stoke deal

Shawcross weighing up six-year deal as Stoke try to ward off Manchester United

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UPDATED:

09:13 GMT, 6 November 2012

Stoke are set for fresh talks with Ryan Shawcross as the Manchester United target considers a new six-year deal to stay at the Britannia Stadium.

Shawcross has 18 months left on his contract but manager Tony Pulis is desperate to tie him down in the next few weeks as United wait in the wings.

Deal or no deal: Ryan Shawcross has a six-year contract on the table

Deal or no deal: Ryan Shawcross has a six-year contract on the table

The Red Devils signed Shawcross as a
15-year-old in 2002 and Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits
his regret at letting the defender leave for the Potters in a 1m move
four years ago.

Ferguson does, however, have a buy-back option which gives him first refusal if any clubs try to sign Shawcross.

The United boss is planning for life after Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and Shawcross, who is also on Tottenham's radar, fits the bill.

Ferguson, in his programme notes when United played Stoke last month, wrote: 'I was delighted to see him called up for the England squad because he is a quality player I have wished – particularly of late – was still at Old Trafford.

'The problem was that at the time of his release we had an especially strong group of young centre-halves and it was becoming impossible to give them all games at the level their progress warranted.

'We had Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Ryan Shawcross, Craig Cathcart and Paul McShane and something had to give. We made the right decision keeping Jonny Evans but I'm not so sure about letting Shawcross join Stoke.'

United target: Shawcross (centre) was back at Old Trafford last month

United target: Shawcross (centre) was back at Old Trafford last month

Dylan Hartley: World class Northampton skipper vital to Saints and England

There really is only ONE Dylan Hartley: World class Saints skipper vital to club and country

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UPDATED:

23:03 GMT, 18 October 2012

When Dylan Hartley leads Northampton against Castres in France, his status as an indispensable figure for club and country means that in the ground and across the Channel, breath will be held, fingers will be crossed.

Neither the Saints nor England can afford for any harm to come to the 26-year-old hooker. His value to both has risen markedly, to the point where injury or any disciplinary mishap does not bear thinking about. At this moment, Hartley is irreplaceable.

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder said: ‘He is outstanding for us on and off the field. I think he is world class. He gives us real physicality but he is also a hooker who can play. He can do everything.’

Indispensable: Hooker Dylan Hartley has become a key figure for club and country

Indispensable: Hooker Dylan Hartley has become a key figure for club and country

Hartley’s storming start to the season was highlighted last week when the Northampton captain was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month. Days earlier, he had been unavailable to play in his side’s league game at London Irish — due to a minor fracture of the eye-socket — and their unbeaten record promptly came to a resounding halt.

Match guide: Castres v Northampton

(Stade Ernest Wallon, 8pm)

Northampton have solved the issue of which of their leading fly-halves to pick by naming both of them. Stephen Myler, the preferred option at No 10 this season, shifts to full back and Ryan Lamb comes in at stand-off.

PREDICTION: Away win.

Back at the helm last week, Hartley led the cavalry charge to recovery and victory after the Saints had slumped to a 15-0 deficit at home to Glasgow. Now, he and his team-mates will hope to carry that momentum into the Heineken Cup Pool Four showdown.

This is an ideal opportunity for Hartley to fine-tune his big-match intensity and provide further evidence of his increased composure and imposing presence, with three weeks to go until England start their autumn campaign against Fiji.

His form has been good and there should be no shortage of self-belief, especially with the words of encouragement he has received.

At an address to the Oxford Union this week, England coach Stuart Lancaster is reported to have name-checked Hartley repeatedly in glowing terms.

Hands on: Hartley gets to grips with Exeter's Tom Johnson

Hands on: Hartley gets to grips with Exeter's Tom Johnson

The hooker is considered a bona fide candidate to lead his country next month, as the incumbent captain, having taken on the responsibility in the absence of an injured Chris Robshaw in Port Elizabeth in June, with England going on to claim a 14-14 draw against South Africa. While Robshaw remains the favourite to resume his duties as skipper, Hartley is breathing down his neck.

His value to England can be judged by his established position, as a relative veteran of 42 Test appearances. Following the retirement of Steve Thompson after last year’s World Cup and the decision by Lee Mears of Bath to step down from international rugby, Hartley is all alone as an English hooker with any pedigree at the top level.

The case for Hartley to take on the national captaincy has been championed by Mallinder, whose decision to install him as Saints skipper three years ago has emerged as a master-stroke.

The centre of attention: Hartley and England's front row square up to their Irish counterparts

The centre of attention: Hartley and England's front row square up to their Irish counterparts

He said: ‘It gave me pride to see him made England captain, because a few people questioned our decision when we made him captain of this club. Stuart Lancaster has a difficult decision to make. I can’t comment on the qualities of anyone else, but I know Dylan’s qualities. Hooker is a tough position but he leads from the front. Off the field he’s got the respect of all the players and he’s definitely a candidate.

‘He stands out in his attitude every day of the week. In training as well as in games, he leads us from the front. He never has a sloppy session, he’s the first there, the hardest there and leads by example.’

Mallinder has been seething about the Heineken Cup schedule which means his team go into tonight’s game on the back of a five-day turn-around, while their opponents are more rested.

Yet, recent indicators suggest Northampton can prevail. Last season, after losing 41-22 in Castres, they thrashed the same opposition 45-0 at home a week later. The previous season, they beat the French club home and away, albeit by narrow margins.

Camelot undergoes exploratory surgery after attack of colic

Dual Classic winner Camelot undergoes exploratory surgery after attack of colic

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UPDATED:

20:38 GMT, 11 October 2012

Derby and Guineas winner Camelot, who was seventh in last Sunday’s Arc, has undergone an operation after an attack of colic.

Invasive surgery can be a last option for the potentially fatal abdominal condition but the belief is that Camelot’s life was not in immediate danger.

Last time out: Camelot finished 7th in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

Last time out: Camelot finished 7th in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

The son of Montjeu was taken the short distance from trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Co Tipperary stable to the Fethard Veterinary hospital.

Owners the Coolmore Stud, via Twitter, said: ‘Triple Classic winner Camelot was admitted to Fethard Veterinary Hospital this evening and underwent exploratory colic surgery. Obviously, it’s still very early days but a further bulletin will be issued in the morning.’

Operation: Camelot has received attention for colic

Operation: Camelot has received attention for colic

Colic is a major cause of early death in horses and can be caused by a gastrointestinal blockage or a displacement of the bowel.

Camelot has won the 2,000 Guineas and both English and Irish Derbys this year but lost his unbeaten record in the St Leger last month.

After his Arc defeat, O’Brien said he would race on next year but that might be in jeopardy even if he emerges successfully from the surgery.

World Twenty20: Sri Lanka and Pakistan set for spin battle semi-final

Sri Lanka and Pakistan set for World Twenty20 semi-final spin-off

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 3 October 2012


Spin doctor: Ajantha Mendis

Spin doctor: Ajantha Mendis

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to serve up a trial by spin for one another in Thursday's first semi-final at the ICC World Twenty20.

Pakistan booked their place at the Premadasa Stadium with a Super Eight win over Australia at the same venue on Tuesday, in a match dominated by 18 overs from their slow bowlers.

Sri Lanka have the personnel to employ similar tactics too, on a pitch likely to reward them.

Captains Mahela Jayawardene and
Mohammad Hafeez did nothing at their preview press conferences on
Wednesday to dispel the notion that there will be little pace or seam in
evidence.

'We have some quality spinners, and we play spin quite well as well,' said Sri Lanka opener Jayawardene.

'It looks a fresh wicket, the one where the first-round games were played.

'Depending on how the wicket behaves, we need to take a few tactical changes. We have to plan accordingly.'

While Sri Lanka can choose between Ajantha and Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Rangana Herath – and opener Tillekeratne Dilshan as a part-time option – Pakistan are even more blessed with possibilities.

Hafeez said: 'It's because of our spinners that we are doing a great job.

Ready for battle: Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene

Ready for battle: Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene

'Sri Lanka also plays spin well. But whatever conditions we have seen here, it suits the spinners.'

The hosts will doubtless respect Pakistan's spin threat, but have another factor to harness – that of expectation from a capacity and partisan crowd.

Sri Lanka are perennial semi-finalists, or finalists, in International Cricket Council tournaments – but have not won one since their shock first success at the 1996 World Cup.

'Yes, we haven't won any of those – and it's a bit of a disappointment,' said Jayawardene.

'But we have to be in those big tournaments, and if we keep getting there we will win.

'Still we are two games away from getting to that title.

Leader: Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez, (right) and teammate Imran Nazir

Leader: Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez, (right) and teammate Imran Nazir

'We are extremely proud to be a part of a group that has been consistent throughout the tournament.'

Jayawardene knows the opposition is full of dangerous players – not least all-rounder Shahid Afridi, yet to fire with the bat here but always a menace with his attacking leg-breaks.

'Shahid is a big-game player, a good all-round cricketer who does well with both bat and ball,' he said.

'It's not just Shahid – they are a dangerous unit and they have some quality players.

'But we have some match-winners and quality players as well. We need them to turn up and perform.'

Goal from triple dummy at corner – video

Check out the triple dummy… is this the most outrageous goal from a corner ever

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 3 October 2012

It's the sort of fixture that you are
likely to find on Eurosport and will only watch if the TV remote is
more than a foot away or you just watch any football that comes on the
box.

But if you was lucky enough to catch the highlights of Moldova's Under 17 match with Serbia, you
would have witnessed one of the more amusing set-pieces seen in recent
times.

Serbia Under-17s

Serbia Under-17s

From a corner kick, Serbia played a short pass to the edge of the penalty area, which resulted in three attackers performing dummies before Andrija Zivkovic buried his first-time strike into the bottom corner.

Three players performing the distraction seems a bit excessive, and the statue-like defending as well as the Moldovan keeper being anchored to the spot only aid the eventual goal.

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Still, it beats your over-paid Premier League right winger delivering yet another corner to be easily headed away at the near post and credit must be given to Zivkovic.

The pass to the forward took a ridiculous amount of bobbles before he found the sweet spot, making him a handy option for a number of Premier League sides facing tricky FA Cup away trips to the lower leagues in a few months' time.

Liverpool could recall Andy Carroll, fear West Ham

West Ham call on legal team as fears grow over Carroll recall to solve Liverpool's striker crisis

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UPDATED:

08:09 GMT, 4 September 2012

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The West Ham hierarchy are in talks with their legal team to ensure they retain the services of Andy Carroll as Liverpool continue to search for a front man.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is light up top after allowing Carroll to join West Ham on loan last week and failing to land a replacement before the transfer window closed on Friday.

Staying put West Ham hope to retain the services of Andy Carroll

Staying put West Ham hope to retain the services of Andy Carroll

There is speculation that Liverpool could recall their 35million loan striker in January, but the Hammers believe they have a watertight deal that will scupper such plans.

The Londoners also believe the deal protects them from Liverpool selling Carroll to anyone other than themselves.

It is reported that there is a clause in the contract that states the initial agreement with Carroll depends on the Hammers 'not being relegated'.

A source at West Ham told The Sun: 'We have a deal which allows us to buy him tomorrow at around 17-18million if we chose to.

'We
are convinced Andy cannot be sold to any other club. We have him on a
year’s loan with the first option to buy but have called in the legal
eagles to check everything.'

Rodgers is desperate to fill the void
left by Carroll at Anfield. The club have been linked with free agents
such as Emile Heskey and Michael Owen – both of whom would be returning
to the club.

Handful: Carroll was in great form against Fulham on Saturday before he was injured later on

Handful: Carroll was in great form against Fulham on Saturday before he was injured later on

Handful: Carroll was in great form against Fulham on Saturday before he was injured later on

Carroll, meanwhile, made his debut in West Ham's impressive 3-0 victory over Fulham.

The 23-year-old was in devastating form as her ran centre halves Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes ragged before being substituted through injury in the second half.