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Napoli offer Edinson Cavani to Manchester City for 60m

City can have Cavani for 60m… but would they be 'nutty' enough to pay it

By
Richard Sharpe

PUBLISHED:

15:42 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Napoli have told Manchester City they can have Edinson Cavani for 60m.

And the club president has bizarrely claimed that City would be ‘nutters’ to pay it.

City made a bold 40m move for the Uruguay striker in January but were quickly told the fee would not be enough.

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani... but they'll have to stump up 60m

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani… but they'll have to stump up 60m

They have maintained dialogue with Napoli with the asking price – and the player’s buy-out clause – understood to be around 53m.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wants that figure AFTER TAX which puts another 8m on his desired price.

De Laurentiis said: ‘We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract because we want him to stay at Napoli. The clause exists, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m [60m] for him, which would mean a net fee of €63m [53m] for Napoli, we are ready to listen to the offer.

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

‘However, let it be clear that the final decision lies with Edinson.

‘He knows that he’s respected here and that the people love him. Not just for his goals, but also because he’s a serious and polite person.’

Real Madrid and Chelsea have also shown interest in 26-year-old Cavani as have Paris St Germain who have increasing doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.

Darren Bent Stoke City transfer target

Get Bent! Stoke favourites to sign 10m Villa striker after Lambert hauls him off at half-time

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:38 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 30 January 2013

Stoke are leading the chase to sign Darren Bent after the striker was substituted at half-time during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle last night.

The England international has started just seven Premier League games this season with Villa boss Paul Lambert preferring to use Christian Benteke as a lone striker.

He was given a chance last night but Lambert was clearly not impressed.

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Up to eight Premier League clubs are known to be monitoring Bent's situation but Villa, who fell into the bottom three after last night's defeat, do not want to sell to clubs near the foot of the table.

Stoke do not fall into that category and if they are prepared to meet Villa's 10million asking price then Bent could be theirs.

The 28-year-old's 75,000-a-week wage
demands could prove a stumbling block but with both Villa and Bent keen
to part ways a deal could be forced through before the transfer window
shuts tomorrow night.

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Bent, who has 16 caps for England, cost
Villa 18m rising to 24m only two years ago but they are prepared to
cut their losses and let the former Sunderland and Tottenham man leave.

Stoke's pursuit of Bent has been stepped up as QPR attempt to lure Potters striker Peter Crouch back to Loftus Road.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed he received an inquiry from his QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp about Crouch.

'Harry has rung me up and asked me about the possibility,' Pulis said.

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

'I have spoken to Peter about it and
then it is up to Peter whether he wants to go. Peter is very happy here
and he has made that clear.

'The important thing for me is that if he does want to go, it has to be right for us and also we have to make sure we have someone who will come in and do the same job.

'To do all that over two days is going to be ever so difficult.'

Blackpool want 6m for Tom Ince

Liverpool won't budge as Blackpool slap 6m price tag on Ince

By
Joe Bernstein

PUBLISHED:

22:28 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:40 GMT, 5 January 2013

Liverpool's long-running bid for England Under 21 international Tom Ince, from Blackpool, is a game of who blinks first.

They will not raise their offer beyond 4m, but Blackpool are holding out for 6m.

Blackpool also want 2m for Alex Baptiste, double what Leicester have offered.

On the move: Liverpool in for Tom Ince... if the price is right

On the move: Liverpool in for Tom Ince… if the price is right

Joleon Lescott valued at 8m ahead of January move from Manchester City

City slap 8m price tag on Lescott ahead of January clear-out with Everton and QPR in the running

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UPDATED:

09:40 GMT, 29 December 2012

Manchester City have valued defender Joleon Lescott at 8m in view of a quick sale in January.

The cut-price sum for the England defender is a fraction of the 24m City paid Everton for him in 2010 and the Goodison Park club are among those keen to sign him next month.

But a sticking point could be Lescott's 90,000-a-week wages, which Everton may not be willing to match.

On the way out Joleon Lescott (left) training at Man City on Friday. The club are seeking offers of 8m in the January transfer window

On the way out Joleon Lescott (left) training at Man City on Friday. The club are seeking offers of 8m in the January transfer window

Queens Park Rangers, who need a high quality centre-half to shore up their leaky defence, and Turkish side Galatasaray are also reportedly interested.

Lescott, 30, is out of favour at City having struggled with a back injury this season, with manager Roberto Mancini favouring youngster Matija Nastastic.

Rafa Benitez: I"ve succeeded at Chelsea already by getting Fernando Torres scoring

Benitez: I've solved Roman's 50m problem by getting Torres scoring again

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 22 December 2012

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez insists he has already succeeded in one of his main tasks since being given the job of managing Roman Abramovich’s team until the end of the season — rekindling the fire in Fernando Torres.

The Spanish striker struggled for form after his 50million move from Liverpool but he has been rejuvenated under his former manager, with six goals in his last five games.

Benitez, appointed by Abramovich as
interim manager partly to get the brooding Torres to justify his price
tag, says confidence, self-belief and a changing role have contributed
to the resurgence of a player who had looked set for a January move.

Well done, Fernando: Benitez congratulates Torres and Eden Hazard after Chelsea's Capital League One Cup win at Bradford

Well done, Fernando: Benitez congratulates Torres and Eden Hazard after Chelsea's Capital League One Cup win at Bradford

‘It’s the little things that make the difference,’ said Benitez. ‘I know Fernando is playing a lot of games but he has more confidence now and is scoring goals.

‘We’ve told him to go high around the box rather than go too deep when we are in possession, because we have players like Hazard and Oscar who can work behind him.

‘Fernando understands and is trying to do that. He’s a player who can run behind defenders — all he has to do is what he is used to doing. He was always trying hard. Maybe now he is trying hard in the right position.’

Benitez is in the unfamiliar position of being unable to plan for the future, having been guaranteed only seven months in the manager’s seat until club owner Abramovich decides on his full-time replacement for the sacked Roberto di Matteo.

But the Spaniard gave the broadest hint yet that Torres will be joined by another striker in January, with Daniel Sturridge seemingly on his way to Liverpool in an expected 12m move.

Atletico Madrid’s Colombian hot-shot Radamel Falcao, who tore Chelsea apart in the pre-season Super Cup and is regarded as the best forward in Europe after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is believed to be a shoo-in at Stamford Bridge. But not, Benitez is at pains to stress, to the detriment of Torres.

New relationship: Torres and Benitez at the Club World Cup in Japan last week

New relationship: Torres and Benitez at the Club World Cup in Japan last week

‘Fernando knows that in a top side if you want to compete and challenge for all trophies, you need competition,’ said Benitez. ‘It will be important to have different options. It will be better for him and better for the team. The problem in January is always who is available.’

The transformation of Torres, who scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances at Liverpool, is in his demeanour as well as his boots.

'When you talk to him at the end of training, you can see that he has his confidence back,’ said Benitez. ‘He’s getting closer to how he was at Liverpool, that’s clear.'

What is less clear is whether Abramovich will be prepared to splash as much cash — Falcao will cost almost as much as Torres —without the cushion of Champions League revenue. ‘People will remind us for sure in February that they are in the Champions League and we are in the Europa League but you have to win the tournament you are in,’ said Benitez. ‘It’s important for us to send out the right message.’

He will also have to seek permission from the Chelsea hierarchy to arrange the recall of on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku from West Bromwich. Benitez sees Lukaku, 19, as a viable understudy for Torres.

The 6ft 3in Belgian was signed by Chelsea for 18m in 2011 but started only four games last season before being loaned out. He has impressed this season, and on Saturday he showed why he could be Chelsea’s next Didier Drogba with a dramatic late winner — his sixth goal so far this term — as Albion beat Norwich 2-1. West Bromwich boss Steve Clarke said: ‘Romelu’s a big talent and has a big future in the game.’

Looking good: Lukaku celebrates his winner for West Brom against Norwich

Looking good: Lukaku celebrates his winner for West Brom against Norwich

Benitez insists morale has not dropped as a result of Chelsea becoming the first Champions League holders to bow out at the group stage, before losing the Club World Championship final in Japan. Having used the word ‘trophies’ repeatedly when succeeding Di Matteo, he has to take the lesser cup competitions seriously.

But will the likes of Falcao be prepared to join without the glamour of Champions League exposure ‘It’s not only about the Champions League,’ Benitez claims. ‘Top-class players do not look for a top club just for one season. I know that the club will try to do the best for the team, not just for the present but for the future. What this means in terms of money, I’m not sure.’

As they prepare to host improving Aston Villa on Sunday at the start of a frantic holiday programme, Benitez is mindful of how the rest of Europe is winding down.

While he does not advocate a winter break, he thinks the fixture list should at least be curtailed, saying: ‘I can understand the tradition but why four games in 10 days and taking a risk on players Why not two’

In theory, this should be the last time he has to deal with such mid-season congestion. Unless, that is, his short-term deal turns into a more lengthy tenure in West London. Could it happen

‘In life there are no guarantees,’ says Benitez. ‘My ambition is to win every game, do well and wait and see what happens.'

Shakhtar and Anzhi on alert over Swansea hot shot Michu

Shakhtar and Anzhi on alert over Swansea hot shot Michu

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UPDATED:

23:44 GMT, 14 December 2012

Shakhtar Donetsk and Anzhi Makhachkala are both showing interest in Swansea striker Michu.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has been one of
the surprise stars of the season, scoring 13 goals in the Barclays
Premier League since his 2million bargain move from Rayo Vallecano in
the summer.

Surprise hit: Swansea striker Michu

Surprise hit: Swansea striker Michu

Swans manager Michael Laudrup slapped a 30million price tag on Michu in a bid to scare off potential interest.

There has already been speculation linking the forward with a move away from south Wales in January, but Laudrup has warned any club wanting to make a move would need to spend a lot more than the 15million Liverpool paid for Joe Allen in the summer.

Hot shot: Michu has scored 13 goals this season

Hot shot: Michu has scored 13 goals this season

He said: 'I don’t want to let him go, sometimes the offer can be so big you have to accept but I really don’t think clubs are going to pay so much money for him.

'We have the example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen, if they have to pay double for Michu there are few clubs who could afford that.

'Joe went to Liverpool and you know more or less what they paid for him, but a guy who has scored many goals must be worth a lot more, so you work out the figures.

El Hadji Diouf agrees 18-month contract at Leeds in deal that will see controversial forward top wage United bill

Diouf agrees 18-month contract at Leeds in deal that will see controversial forward top wage United bill

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 14 December 2012

El Hadji-Diouf has signed an 18 month contract extension with Leeds United.

It is understood that the new deal will make Diouf one the club's highest earning players, as revealed by Sportsmail, representing a significant raise from his current cut-price contract of 5,000 per week.

Leeds will be relieved to have secured the new deal, as Diouf would have been able to leave the club for nothing in January with his contract set to expire in January.

Senegal striker Diouf, 31, who will line up against Ipswich at home tomorrow, joined Leeds in August and has impressed manager Neil Warnock, contributing five goals in his 24 appearances since signing for the Elland Road side.

Gone clubbing: Leeds United's Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf is now at his seventh British club having agreed an 18-month deal at Elland Road

Gone clubbing: Leeds United's Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf, here letting fly against Southampton in the Capitasl One Cup, is now at his seventh British club having agreed an 18-month deal at Elland Road

Boss Neil Warnock told leedsunited.com: 'We're
delighted he's agreed everything and hopefully he'll enjoy the next 18 months
with us.

'Obviously it's a massive boost for everyone to know
we're going to have him around and this is what we've wanted to do.

'He's a match-winning player, and there aren't many of
them around.

'He's a player who can change a game and I'm delighted
we've been able to keep him.

'He's also fitted in really well, and he's been great
with the lads.'

The 31-year-old has scored five goals in 24 appearances for
the Whites after joining in the summer.

Key man: El Hadji Diouf looks to have earned an extended stay at Leeds

Key man: El Hadji Diouf looks to have earned an extended stay at Leeds

The controversial forward, who has often found his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, will now remain at Leeds until June 2014.

Diouf’s relative success at Leeds has been surprising, given the nature of his relationship with Leeds boss Warnock.

Former QPR boss Warnock famously launched an attack on Diouf, branding the forward a ‘sewer rat’ during his time at Blackburn after claiming he abused Ranger’s Jamie Mackie as he lay on the pitch with a broken leg in an FA Cup clash in January 2011.

However, it now seems that the two have patched up their differences, with Diouf remaining at Leeds for the foreseeable future.

David Price would beat Tyson Fury – Thomas Stalker

Price beat Fury before and I'd back him to do it again before taking on the Klitschkos

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 12 December 2012

Thomas Stalker captained the Team GB boxing squad at the London Olympics and reached the quarter-finals in the light-welterweight division.

Here, in his first column for MailOnline, he discusses the latest news from the ring and his own future in boxing.

Talking point: Thomas Stalker at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield where Team GB boxers are based

Talking point: Thomas Stalker at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield where Team GB boxers are based

Tyson Fury has been slagging off David Price on Twitter.

I
can understand Tyson building the proposed fight up to put bums on
seats and earn a big pay day but David Price will beat him and beat him
well.

I fought on the same
card when Pricey beat him last time. There was a great atmosphere. It
was in the ABA North West Counties finals in Wythenshawe Forum,
Manchester in 2006 and the place was ram packed to the rafters.

Repeat performance: Heavyweight David Price (right) hopes to face rival Tyson Fury

Repeat performance: Heavyweight David Price (right) hopes to face rival Tyson Fury

There
were two big crews of fans from Liverpool and Manchester and I think it
was almost as tasty outside the ring as in. Pricey totally outboxed
Tyson that night and he will do the same. He may be 6ft 8ins tall but
Pricey moves like a middleweight, he's lean and he's got great
technique. Tyson is good but I think Pricey is the best equipped to take
on the Klitschkos if they hang around.

Flintoff deserves respect… but should quit while he's ahead

Freddie Flintoff has been getting some stick off the boxing fraternity.

He's been called a sideshow and I know many fighters thought Freddie's fight with Richard Dawson would be disrespectful to the sport but I disagree. I've been watching Freddie's documentaries on his training and build-up and for me he's been good for boxing.

I don't agree with him grabbing the headlines as if he was top of the bill at Manchester but I suppose with the hype that was inevitable.

Respect: Freddie Flintoff won on his professional boxing debut in Manchester last month

Respect: Freddie Flintoff won on his professional boxing debut in Manchester last month

To me, he took it seriously. He showed heart and courage to take that on. It was like Ricky Hatton's fight the other week, the end result wasn't the important factor. Ricky wanted to answer questions about himself in the ring and Freddie did the same. And you have to say he did well.

Everyone knows he's not going to be a contender for the world heavyweight champion, it was a one-off and he and Barry McGuigan spoke sensibly about it afterwards saying 'That's it now. Finished'. But I was impressed. He showed no fear and he handled his nerves on the day of the fight really well. I know how difficult that is. Now he has seen how hard it is to get into that ring.

You'll always have fans in the street thinking they can do it but until you punch the bags, step in to take that first punch, do that first spar or do the training, you don't realise how hard this game is.

It's a tough business and I think now Freddie should just keep up his training but retire.

Decision time

I've got a big decision to make over the next few weeks.

I have offers to turn professional and have held talks with Khan promotions, Matchroom and a couple of others.

If I go it's a big step because it would mean leaving the Great Britain Olympic set-up and that would be a very sad day.

Devastated: Stalker lost at the quarter-final stage of the London Olympics

Devastated: Stalker lost at the quarter-final stage of the London Olympics

I've done everything with this team bar win a medal. The group is like a second family. We train together, eat together, even live together in a flat in Sheffield so these are people I have a great affection for.

If I turn professional I can't have UK Lottery funding any more, I'm on my own. If I stay I have the funding, the lifestyle and the offer of a coaching job once my fighting days are over.

It's a big risk but I know that if I don't turn professional I'll always be asking 'what if' It's something that may haunt me. I want to test myself, see how far I can go and that is where I am leaning.

People may know I was bitterly disappointed not to win a medal in the summer and it still hurts me every day. If I'd won I wouldn't be thinking of turning professional. The nature of the Olympics has meant those who won medals have had doors opened, great commercial offers and I could have used that while also doing TV work. It would have given a regular income and I could have stayed with the GB set-up.

Weighty issue: Stalker must decide whether to turn professional or remain with Team GB

Weighty issue: Stalker must decide whether to turn professional or remain with Team GB

Weighty issue: Stalker must decide whether to turn professional or remain with Team GB

Whatever happens I will be fighting in February. That's the target whether pro or amateur. It could be in Bulgaria or Hungary or wherever the promoter's bill. I don't know the opponent yet but I have to be ready, that's the business I'm in.

Hopefully, I'll make the right decision in time for Christmas.

One to watch

I saw Hughie Fury who is Tyson's younger cousin fight the other day. He won gold in Armenia in the Youth World Championships as a super heavyweight, beating Narender Berwal from India and that's a great achievement.

The guys from these countries are all improving now and they're tough opponents. Hughie's big but looks a real thinker as well as a hitter and mover. He will be a good bet for gold at Rio or maybe the Olympics after that.

David Price and Tyson Fury negotiations stall

Price and Fury still miles apart as negotiations between Britain's heavyweights stall

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

The latest round of negotiations to make a fight between David Price and Tyson Fury has reached a standstill.

The heavyweight pair both maintained their unbeaten records with straightforward wins at the weekend and hopes are high for a domestic blockbuster in the new year.

But a 650,000 offer from Frank Maloney, Price’s manager, was today laughed off by Mick Hennessy, who promotes Fury.

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

‘If David Price doesn’t step up to the plate on our terms, the fight won’t happen,’ Hennessy told the Daily Star. ‘I don’t think it will happen soon because he doesn’t want any of Tyson Fury really. Without Tyson there’s no story with David Price.

‘He’s just trying to get publicity by calling out Tyson. If Price and Maloney are going to put out offers, they need to make the offers serious.’

Fury has come under fire recently for a series of foul-mouthed rants and tweets about British and Commonwealth champion Price, while earlier this year Maloney enraged Fury’s camp by branding the 24-year-old a ‘coward’ after separate talks to make a fight failed.

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Both men have moved towards a world title shot in the past year, with Fury in line for a crack at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt after winning an eliminator against Kevin Johnson on Saturday.

Price, meanwhile, maintained his unbeaten record on Friday by demolishing Matt Skelton on Friday.

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Hennessy added: ‘Tyson has said he will do the fight but he doesn’t want anything to do with Frank Maloney after he called him a coward.

‘If the fight is to happen, Price needs to accept it will not be 50-50 because Tyson has a much higher ranking and profile.’

Liverpool want Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince

Liverpool pin hopes on 12m Sturridge and 6m Ince after hitting Walcott hitch

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 22 November 2012

Liverpool are confident of finalising a 6million deal for Blackpool’s Tom Ince and will look to add Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge for a further 12m.

Arsenal’s reluctance to sell Theo Walcott in January, regardless of his contract negotiations, will delay any possible move from Liverpool until the summer, although the player may yet receive offers from elsewhere with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City keen.

Young Lion: Tom Ince

In demand: Daniel Sturridge

Wanted: Blackpool's Tom Ince (left) and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge (right)

Ince, 20, left Liverpool for 250,000 compensation in August last year and has 18 months left on his contract. He has attracted attention from other clubs but Liverpool are willing to pay the asking price.

Blackpool, who have signed Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas, 25, until January 1, have allowed another forward, Adda Djeziri, 24, to join Scunthorpe.

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches