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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.

VIDEO: Comedian John Bishop hit in the face by blindfolded Robbie Fowler

VIDEO: Comedian Bishop sees funny side after being hit in the face by Fowler during blindfolded penalty shootout

By
Richard Sharpe

PUBLISHED:

01:09 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:18 GMT, 12 February 2013

John Bishop had the Kop in stitches on Monday night after the comedian and Liverpool fan was hit in the face by a ball kicked by Anfield legend Robbie Fowler.

The unlikely duo graced the pitch at half-time during Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Fowler and comedian Bishop were on the pitch at Anfield during the break to support Liverpool's 'Seeing is Believing' initiative.

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Doing their bit: John Bishop (right) and Robbie Fowler (left) took penalties while blindfolded

Doing their bit: John Bishop (right) and Robbie Fowler (left) took penalties while blindfolded

Fowler, accompanied by his son Jacob, and Bishop took penalties while blindfolded during the interval to support the charity.

Liverpool had replaced their usual 'Standard Chartered' sponsors with the slogan 'Seeing is Believing' to raise money for the charity which seeks to eradicate avoidable blindness in developing countries.

The jerseys the players wore during a smash-and-grab defeat by West Brom will be auctioned to aid the cause.

Hijinks: Fowler lifts his blindfold to see how Bishop is getting on

Hijinks: Fowler lifts his blindfold to see how Bishop is getting on

Reds captain Steven Gerrard said
before the match: 'You realise at the time how difficult it is without
your sight. Especially doing activities.

'We were involved in a penalty shootout using a blindfold and it's so difficult.

'It
was really enjoyable to take part and very important for myself and the
club as well to play our part and try to help these people.'

Video Stand-up comic John Bishop gets whacked in the face with a football

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Saturday debate: Owen Farrell surprise candidate for Player of the Year

Saturday debate: Farrell was a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Player of the Year… who would you have picked

PUBLISHED:

22:52 GMT, 30 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 1 December 2012

After Owen Farrell's shock candidacy for the IRB Player of the Year award, we ask a panel of rugby experts who they would choose as their winner for the prestigious award.

ROB WILDMAN Daily Mail rugby reporter
Australia captain Nathan Sharpe: He's postponed retirement to lead the Wallabies in an adverse year hit by injuries to key men like Will Genia and David Pocock.

Sharpe has thrived on the responsibility and guided the Wallabies to a draw against the All Blacks and their satisfying recent win over England at Twickenham.

Surprised Owen Farrell is a shock candidate for Player of the Year

Surprised Owen Farrell is a shock candidate for Player of the Year

STEVE HANSEN All Blacks coach
New Zealand centre Conrad Smith: He is Mr Consistent and not only does a lot of work but it's always tidy work, always in the right place at the right time. Sometimes players like that are overlooked.

JERRY GUSCOTT Ex-England centre, now BBC pundit All Blacks No 8
Kieran Read: the best NZ forward, does everything you want of a back row. Well worth watching today.

LUKE BENEDICT Daily Mail rugby reporter
Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny: Has the same commitment to training as his boyhood idol Jonny Wilkinson and is as metronomic with the boot.

Ever present for Wales during the highs and lows of 2012 – his peerless kicking was essential to their Grand Slam.

His favourite expression is to 'own the skies' and he can jump far higher than his 5ft 10in frame should allow. A truly natural footballer.

Could be: Sportsmail's Luke Benedict believes Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny should have taken the prize

Could be: Sportsmail's Luke Benedict believes Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny should have taken the prize

CONOR O'SHEA Harlequins director of rugby
Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien (right): How about the Leinster star He has been a consistent force for his club in their European Cup success and has also become one of Ireland's best.

He's a terrifically competitive customer, though injury has ruled him out of recent autumn games.

JEFF PROBYN Ex-England prop, talkSPORT pundit
Argentina powerhouse Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe: Fly halves and captains are always getting this award.

Let's go for a forward. Nobody has helped Argentina get into the Rugby Championship more than this back row. His workrate and non-stop style have been brilliant to watch and he has kept a losing team buoyant.

Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe banned for 14 MONTHS over drink-driving

Don't let Fergie see you smiling… drink-driving Tunnicliffe beams outside court after being banned for 14 MONTHS

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09:59 GMT, 25 October 2012

Manchester United starlet Ryan Tunnicliffe has been banned from driving for 14 months for drink-driving.

The 19-year-old crashed his 60,000 Range Rover on October 13 and was later charged with driving with excess alcohol.

He appeared at Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday morning and was banned, as well as being hit with an 800 fine.

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court for his hearing

Tunnicliffe, 19, of Clemshaw Close, Heywood, near Rochdale, was driving his top-of-the-range car when it collided with a transit van on Green Lane, Heywood.

The van subsequently collided with the wall of a house. Police said the front seat passenger of the Range Rover suffered a minor whiplash injury in the collision and both vehicles were badly damaged.

Tunnicliffe hit the headlines recently when he made his debut for United – and made his father 10,000 richer in the process.

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

Mick Tunnicliffe placed a 100 bet when
his son was nine that he would one day play for United (at odds of
100-1) – and his moment came when Marnick Vermijl was replaced during
the 2-1 win over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

And there could be worse to come for bookmakers William Hill, who revealed they also took another bet from Tunnicliffe's dad of 100 at odds of 350/1 that the young midfielder will one day play for England at some stage in his career.

The wager could net Tunnicliffe Snr a whopping 35,000 payout.

'The last time a bet of this nature cost us 10,000 was when Chris Kirkland made his debut in goal for England, also landing a 100 bet for his father,' said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle - to win his dad 10,000

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle – to win his dad 10,000

'We will obviously be paying close attention to the progress of Ryan’s career in the future.'

Tunnicliffe, who spent last season under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson's son, Darren, on loan at Peterborough United, was one of a number of youngsters blooded on Wednesday night.

Winger Robbie Brady and defenders Scott Wootton and Michael Keane were also given run-outs by Ferguson at Old Trafford as United cruised through to a tricky fourth round meeting with Chelsea.

Fabrice Muamba guest at Real Madrid v Manchester United veterans match

Muamba guests at Man United and Real Madrid legends charity match

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UPDATED:

23:06 GMT, 3 June 2012

Fabrice Muamba was a guest at Sunday night's charity Corazon Classic Match between Real Madrid and Manchester United veterans teams at the Bernabeu.

The Bolton midfielder, who suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March, was given an ovation by both star-studded sides and spectators as he carried the match ball out for the kick-off.

Zidane and Muamba

Carlos, Muamba and Hierro

Stars: Fabrice Muamba with Zinedine Zidane (left), Roberto Carlos and Fernando Hierro

The third edition of the Corazon Classic Match, from which the proceeds will go to Real's Foundation academies in Africa, saw Madrid beat their United counterparts 3-2 in front of a crowd of around 60,000.

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Madrid's goals came from Fernando Morientes, Luis Figo and Fernando Redondo, with United's scorers being Lee Sharpe and Teddy Sheringham.

Also involved in the match were the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Emilio Butragueno, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Edwin van der Sar.

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist

Manchester United"s five final-day nailbiters

Five final-day nailbiters for Fergie: United's past title hits and misses

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UPDATED:

22:20 GMT, 7 May 2012

As Sir Alex Ferguson said after Manchester United's win over Swansea, they know a thing or two about final-day title deciders. Alex Kay looks at five nailbiters that won't give United fans much hope…

1967-68

Much like this season, United headed into the final day in second place, level on points with leaders City, hoping for a City slip-up. Instead, United were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford by Sunderland and City won a 4-3 thriller at Newcastle to clinch the title.

1994-95

Leading United by two points, Blackburn knew a win would secure their first Premier League title. Despite Alan Shearer giving them the lead, they lost at Liverpool, seemingly blowing their chance. But they were celebrating at the final whistle as West Ham gallantly drew 1-1 with United.

Black day: United's Brian McClair, Steve Bruce and Lee Sharpe in 1995

Black day: United's Brian McClair, Steve Bruce and Lee Sharpe in 1995

1995-96

United had better luck a year later. Shortly after Kevin Keegan's 'I will love it' rant, United needed a point at Middlesbrough to clinch the league title. They won 3-0 while Newcastle stumbled at home to Tottenham. And to think the Toon had a 12-point lead at one time…

1998-99

When Les Ferdinand put Tottenham ahead at Old Trafford, it seemed he could be handing rivals Arsenal the title. United were a point in front of Arsene Wenger's men heading into the final game but clawed their way back, winning 2-1 to secure the first trophy of their treble. Arsenal, for the record, beat Aston Villa 1-0.

Party like it's 1999: Peter Schmeichel holds the trophy with David Beckham

Party like it's 1999: Peter Schmeichel holds the trophy with David Beckham

2009-10

Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea had won at Old Trafford to edge ahead in a tight title race. On the final day, a slip-up at home to Wigan would have handed United the title but Chelsea smashed eight past Wigan, meaning United's 4-0 win at home to Stoke was immaterial.

Favourite League Cup moments

Saturday debate: What's your favourite League Cup moment

Matt Lawton

I enjoyed Burnley's run under Owen Coyle in 2008. First they beat a young Arsenal side and then won at Chelsea on penalties, Brian Jensen's two shoot-out saves proving to be the beginning of the end for Luiz Felipe Scolari. Wonderful theatre.

Matt Barlow

John Sheridan's goal for Sheffield Wednesday (then in the second tier) to clinch victory against Manchester United in the 1991 final, back in the golden age when it was the Rumbelows Cup.

Jeff Powell

Don Rogers scoring the two extra-time goals against mighty Arsenal at Wembley to win the 1969 League Cup for Swindon, the homely club for whom he remains their finest ever player

At the double: Rogers scored two extra-time goals against Arsenal

At the double: Rogers scored two extra-time goals against Arsenal

Ian Ladyman

Back in the early eighties the Milk Cup (strange sponsor, that) seemed to mean more to the top clubs. Ronnie Whelan's curling winning goal in the eighth minute of extra time as Liverpool beat United 2-1 in 1983 remains an iconic Wembley moment.

Neil Ashton

A classic Midweek Sports Special action as Lee Sharpe's hat-trick at Highbury destroyed George Graham's side – Arsenal 2 Man Utd 6 – en route to the 1991 final. The next day Sharpe was splashed across the back pages of every newspaper and soon posters of him dancing by the corner flag were on teenagers' bedroom walls.

Paul Newman

Watching
Spurs defeat Chelsea on TV in the middle of the night in a New Zealand
bar in the 2008 final and then having my friend and his Spurs crew sing
drunken songs down the phone to me as I drove to Dunedin afterwards to
watch England play cricket.

Champagne moment: Spurs celebrate after beating Chelsea in the 2008 final

Champagne moment: Spurs celebrate after beating Chelsea in the 2008 final

Lee Clayton

Ray Stewart's cool as a cucumber penalty past Ray Clemence at the last knockings of the 1981 Final to take mighty Liverpool to a replay. And then practising the same technique as Stewart in the park outside our house (and missing regularly).

Laura Williamson

Phil Jevons' stunning 35-yard extra-time winner for Grimsby, then in the second tier, at Anfield in 2001. Liverpool were the holders and Jevons was a boyhood Everton fan. It doesn't get much better than that.

Nicky Butt says Paul Scholes could play for two more years

Scholes could go on for two more years! Former team-mate Butt hails United veteran

Although Paul Scholes has not decided whether to prolong his return to football for another season, the Manchester United midfielder's former team-mate Nicky Butt believes he will stay on.

Scholes stunned the football world by coming out of retirement in January and has played in every United game since.

'I don’t know what Paul is thinking really. Paul is Paul,' said former England midfielder Butt.

Praise: Nicky Butt (right) heralded former Manchester United and England team-mate Paul Scholes (left)

Praise: Nicky Butt (right) heralded former Manchester United and England team-mate Paul Scholes (left)

Return: Scholes has played well since his comeback

Return: Scholes has played well since his comeback

'But if you are asking me at the moment then I would say he will stay on for another year at least,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'I believe he can play for another 12 months without doubt and maybe even two years. I think he should go on beyond the end of the season.

'Every time I have seen him play since he came back he has been very good.'

Butt also dismissed doubts that the 37-year-old midfielder's return could hamper the progress of hot prospect Tom Cleverley.

'I don’t believe that Tom Cleverley's way will be blocked by Scholesy coming back,' he said.

'You look at the history with Sir Alex Ferguson and you see he wouldn’t do that. Take, for instance, Ryan Giggs breaking through when he did.

'Lee Sharpe was the superstar winger at the time and you couldn’t imagine him being ousted. At the time you would have thought he had a 10-15 year Old Trafford career ahead of him.

'But when Giggsy proved himself, Sharpie had to be moved on eventually.

'You couldn’t imagine Paul Ince going or Andre Kanchelskis, but the boss made way for me and David Beckham.

Block: Could Tom Cleverley's progress be stunted by Paul Scholes' return

Block: Could Tom Cleverley's progress be stunted by Paul Scholes' return

'Never in a million years did I think we’d be good enough to take their places but we did and the manager showed his faith.

'We replaced those players but we also learnt so much from them when they were there. After they’d gone I learnt from Roy Keane.

'Tom has probably been watching Scholesy for years and having Paul back can only help him. Like I did with Incey, you watch their game, study how they carry themselves and the manner in which they go about their business.

'It can only be a massive, massive bonus for Tom to see that. It is the best of both worlds for United to have up-and-coming players like Tom Cleverley but also have a player like Paul Scholes.'

Sir Alex Ferguson"s 25 years at Manchester United: The landmark matches

Landmark Manchester United matches for Ferguson as he celebrates 25 years in job

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The first of many: Sir Alex Ferguson watches the action at the Manor Ground in 1986

GAME 10 – Manchester Utd 4 Newcastle 1 (January 1987)

Peter Jackson gave the Red Devils a fast start with a flying header – past his own goalkeeper.

NormanWhiteside added a second and though the Magpies pulled one back, Frank Stapleton and Jesper Olsen completed victory in a match notable for Kevin Moran being forced off after swallowing his tongue.

GAME 50 – Manchester Utd 2 Bury 1 (November 1987)

A League Cup fourth-round tie but this was in the days before players were rested. Brian McClair and Norman Whiteside scored in an unconvincing win.

United were knocked out in the next round and despite a second-place finish in the league, Ferguson had already decided major changes were needed.

GAME 100 – Manchester Utd 2 Nottingham Forest 0 (December 1988)

The pre-glory era was in full swing, with Fergie”s Fledglings and Ralph Milne, who scored in this game, added to the mix.

Jim Leighton had been installed as keeper, Mark Hughes had been broughtback from Barcelona and teenager Lee Sharpe was playing at full-back.

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

GAME 250 – Manchester Utd 0 Liverpool 0 (October 1991)

Two trophies already bagged, Peter Schmeichel in goal, United”s first title-winning side beginning to take shape, even if there was some nasty pain to experience at the end of this season as Ferguson”s team collected one point from four games in eight days to hand the title to Leeds.

GAME 500 – Manchester Utd 2 Manchester City 1 (February 1996)

Now United are on a roll. Title drought over, a double won, the “Class of 92” about to prove you can win anything with kids and Eric Cantona”s ban served. Sharpe on target in this one after the Frenchman had converted a penalty. Another step towards another double.

GAME 750 – Manchester Utd 5 Anderlecht 1 (September 2000)

Andy Cole bags a hat-trick as United begin another European odyssey, their thrilling triumph over Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp and the treble it sealed as well still only 16 months old.

GAME 1,000 – Manchester Utd 2 Lyon 1 (November 2004)

Ferguson”s place amongst the managerial greats is already assured, although arguably the best is still to come.

He did not know it at the time but United are heading for a fall.

Twelve months after Ruud van Nistelrooy headed home the winner in this landmark game, they would be out in the group stages, Roy Keane would be sacked and Vodafone would quit as sponsors.

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

GAME 1,250 – Manchester Utd 1 Everton 0 (January 2009)

Somehow fitting Cristiano Ronaldo, who as much as anyone launched United into their present golden era, should score the only goal from the penalty spot.

United were on their way to completing another hat-trick of titles but they were about to encounter an improving Barcelona team who would go down as one of the greats.

Sir Alex Ferguson at 70: The landmark Manchester United matches

Fergie at 70: Landmark United matches for long-serving boss

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 70th birthday this weekend.

He is still going strong as manager of Manchester United, after joining the club in 1986.

We look at the landmark matches in Ferguson”s time at Old Trafford.

GAME 1 – Oxford 2 Manchester Utd 0 (November 1986)

It is a measure of how long Ferguson has been in charge that the Manor Ground no longer exists and Oxford have crashed out of the league and come back again.

John Aldridge scored a penalty and Neil Slatter added another in a deserved win for the hosts.

The first of many: Sir Alex Ferguson watches the action at the Manor Ground in 1986

The first of many: Sir Alex Ferguson watches the action at the Manor Ground in 1986

GAME 10 – Manchester Utd 4 Newcastle 1 (January 1987)

Peter Jackson gave the Red Devils a fast start with a flying header – past his own goalkeeper.

NormanWhiteside added a second and though the Magpies pulled one back, Frank Stapleton and Jesper Olsen completed victory in a match notable for Kevin Moran being forced off after swallowing his tongue.

GAME 50 – Manchester Utd 2 Bury 1 (November 1987)

A League Cup fourth-round tie but this was in the days before players were rested. Brian McClair and Norman Whiteside scored in an unconvincing win.

United were knocked out in the next round and despite a second-place finish in the league, Ferguson had already decided major changes were needed.

GAME 100 – Manchester Utd 2 Nottingham Forest 0 (December 1988)

The pre-glory era was in full swing, with Fergie”s Fledglings and Ralph Milne, who scored in this game, added to the mix.

Jim Leighton had been installed as keeper, Mark Hughes had been broughtback from Barcelona and teenager Lee Sharpe was playing at full-back.

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

GAME 250 – Manchester Utd 0 Liverpool 0 (October 1991)

Two trophies already bagged, Peter Schmeichel in goal, United”s first title-winning side beginning to take shape, even if there was some nasty pain to experience at the end of this season as Ferguson”s team collected one point from four games in eight days to hand the title to Leeds.

GAME 500 – Manchester Utd 2 Manchester City 1 (February 1996)

Now United are on a roll. Title drought over, a double won, the “Class of 92” about to prove you can win anything with kids and Eric Cantona”s ban served. Sharpe on target in this one after the Frenchman had converted a penalty. Another step towards another double.

GAME 750 – Manchester Utd 5 Anderlecht 1 (September 2000)

Andy Cole bags a hat-trick as United begin another European odyssey, their thrilling triumph over Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp and the treble it sealed as well still only 16 months old.

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

GAME 1,000 – Manchester Utd 2 Lyon 1 (November 2004)

Ferguson”s place amongst the managerial greats is already assured, although arguably the best is still to come.

He did not know it at the time but United are heading for a fall.

Twelve months after Ruud van Nistelrooy headed home the winner in this landmark game, they would be out in the group stages, Roy Keane would besacked and Vodafone would quit as sponsors.

GAME 1,250 – Manchester Utd 1 Everton 0 (January 2009)

Somehow fitting Cristiano Ronaldo, who as much as anyone launched United into their present golden era, should score the only goal from the penalty spot.

United were on their way to completing another hat-trick of titles but they were about to encounter an improving Barcelona team who would go down as one of the greats.