Chelsea's preparations for the Champions League final were disrupted yesterday by reports from Italy that Frank Lampard would quit the club after the game to take up a four-year contract with Inter Milan. Confirmation from Uefa that Lubos Michel, the referee who allowed Luis García's infamous “ghost goal” in the semi-final defeat by Liverpool three years ago, will be in charge against Manchester United tomorrow evening provided a further source of irritation.

Senior officials at Chelsea reacted with surprise and anger that fresh speculation about Lampard, 29, had surfaced just 48 hours before the biggest match in the club's history and Peter Kenyon, the chief executive, placed an immediate call to Roman Abramovich, the owner, to ensure that no deal had taken place without his knowledge. An investigation has been launched to discover whether an agent is falsely claiming to represent Chelsea in transfer business, so strong was the word from Milan that a transfer was on the verge of completion.

Sources in Milan were happy to provide details of a salary - approximately £5.8 million a year - and a length of contract for the Lampard transfer, yet Chelsea claimed that there had been no contact between the clubs, while Steve Kutner, the England midfield player's agent, insisted that no decision would be made on his future until later in the summer, after talks with Chelsea.

ADEBAYOR have deal to MILAN??

Milan are well known to be in the market for a top class centre forward, and a couple of weeks ago Coach Carlo Ancelotti announced that the club would be signing one out of Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Adebayor or Amauri.

With the latter having since joined Juventus, only three of these possibilities remain, and according to sources in Italy, it is Adebayor who will be filling the gap in the Rossoneri frontline.

Adebayor has come to an agreement over personal terms to join the Diavoli, and all that is required to complete the deal is for Milan to meet Arsenal’s asking price, which is set at a cool €40m.

Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani would ideally like to lower this price, but are prepared to break the bank having recently vowed to spend big this summer.


Sergio Aguero was born on June 2, 1988 in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a football striker and is also known as Kun Aguero.

Aguero started playing for Argentine First Division club Independiente and was the youngest player to debut in the Argentine First Division at only 15 years and 35 days, in a match against San Lorenzo.

After the 2005/06 season Kun Aguero was transferred to the Atletico Madrid of Spain. He signed a 6-year contract after Independiente agreed on a 20 million euros fee. He is considered an up-and-coming talent and has already shown what he is capable of doing. He has also been called up for the Argentina national senior team. Previously he played for the national youth team and they won the world cup championship in Canada 2007. Aguero was considered the best player of the tournament.


Lionel Messi will head to the Olympics anyway. The Argentinean ace is to play in Beijing this August, despite the disagreement of the Barcelona. The Spanish club claims that Messi should prior his duties with the Barca and leave his national obligations in second place. Barcelona director Txiki Begiristain, “Our objective is to have all our players ready for pre season and that includes Messi.” However, Messi has stated, "I am going to the Olympic whatever may happen. "The truth is though that I do not know how we can resolve things, but there is no doubt that I will be there.In other news, fellow Argentinean player, Inter Captain Javier Zanetti ,eyes Messi as a possible addition to the club in the future.” Now it's hard for him to leave Barcelona, but in the future things could be different. If he were to leave Spain I believe it would be to come to us,” Zanneti told the press.


Karim Benzema was born on the 19th December 1987 in Lyon, France. Benzema's parents are of Algerian origin. Benzema played youth football with Bron Terraillon, the 9 year old Benzema was spotted by the Olympique Lyonnais' scouts and was quickly signed into the Olympique Lyonnais' youth academy. Benzema was hugely successful in the underage system, scoring considerable amounts of goals for Lyon youths. Benzema was also capped internationally for France's U-16's,U-17's and U-18's. Benzema's underage national scoring record was an impressive 20 goals from 35 starts. Benzema also won honours with the national team when France won the Uefa U-17 European Championships in 2004. Benzema played alongside his current Lyon team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa.

Benzema made his breakthrough to the senior Lyon team in 2005, aged 17, in a French Ligue 1 match against Metz, providing the assist for the winning goal by Bryan Bergougnoux. Benzema featured six times for the senior team in that league campaign, while still playing for Lyon's U-18's. The 2005-6 season saw Benzema earning more senior experience, making 13 French Ligue 1 appearances and scoring on his Champions League debut against the Norwegian team, Rosenberg. 2005 also saw Benzema signing a 5-year contract with Lyon. Benzema made even more appearances in the 2006-7 season, scoring 5 goals from his 21 appearances, scoring again in the Champions League, this time against Dynamo Kiev.

In 2006, the Algerian F.A. asked Benzema if he would play for Algeria, qualifying through his parents. Benzema, politely rejected the offer stating that he would prefer to play for French national team. Benzema was called up to the senior French squad in November 2006 to play a friendly against Greece. Benzema was forced out of the squad through injury, but was called up again in March 2007 for a home friendly against Austria. Benzema made his debut and dutifully scored the winning goal.

As of the start of the 2007-8 French Ligue 1, Benzema has been a permanent fixture in Lyon's starting team, playing up front in Lyon 4-3-3 formation. Benzema's star has risen with outstanding performances in the first have of the season, scoring 12 goals from 16 matches. Comparisons have been made between Benzema and that other French-Algerian footballing genius Zinedine Zidane. Benzema is now attracting the interests of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. There have been rumours linking Benzema to giants like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Benzema has cited Ronaldo as a major influence on his desire to play football.


Seething with envy at their North London rivals, Spurs snared their own crafty Croat, signing 22 year-old midfielder Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb in a £15.8m deal. Chelsea, Newcastle and Arsenal were rumored to be interested. Modric, last seen tearing England a new one, is a skillful playmaking midfielder who should finally provide Spurs with adept link-up play to the strikers. He can play with both feet and can be effective with or without the ball. The only concern will be his slight stature during the proverbial rainy nights of the north. Luka may take some time to fit in with the Tottenham lads, but he should have a blonde bimbo, a BMW X5 and a penchant for mind-boggling mediocrity in due time.

CSKA Moscow release JO to THE CITYZEN

£18million bid to sign CSKA Moscow’s Brazilian striker Jo has been blocked by the Premier League. They are concerned Jo is owned by the SAME company who owned Tevez, MSI, and that he also played for the SAME Brazilian club as Tevez, Corinthians. And MSI’s Kia Joorabchian — heavily involved in the Tevez saga — is also involved in the Jo deal.


Jose Bosingwa that is. FC Porto’s official website confirms that the 25-year old right back is pending only medicals at Chelsea. The price is 15.8 million pounds. The news is still not published in the official Chelsea website. Well I haven’t seen much of Bosingwa myself to give you my opinion. The hearsay is that he is a very good right back with excellent attacking prowess. He has replaced Miguel in the Portuguese first team. He must be bloody good then.

While with Porto, he played alongside our own Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira, and established himself as first choice right-back upon Ferreira's switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004. Used just 13 times in his first season by José Mourinho, Bosingwa became a regular during 2004/5 and has kept his place since, playing over 100 times.

Matthieu Flamini will be joining AC Milan

The 24-year-old Matthieu Flamini has told his Arsenal team-mates that he will be joining AC Milan, who is rated as one of Europe’s best centre midfielders, has not signed an extension to his Gunners contract that runs out in June, and his manager Arsene Wenger has been resigned to losing him. An April 30 deadline had been set by him for a decision to be made "either way," but with Flamini refusing to put pen on paper, the slimmest of hopes have now disappeared.

MU SIGN the young ROMA player Davide Petrucci

United will pay Petrucci £95,000 a year and will cover the cost of regular flights home to Italy. The deal is the maximum permissible offer for a youth-team player. Roma will receive around £200,000 in compensation but the move has caused fury.

"It is a nightmare," said Il Romanista, a newspaper dedicated to Roma. "Manchester United have dealt us another low blow, stealing Petrucci from under our noses, probably the best product of our youth system. In three to four years, he will be worth 100 times as much."


Manchester United attempt to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham. Reports have estimated that Spurs are asking for as much as £30m for Berbatov, which according to the source is a purposefully inflated price designed to inform United they do not want to sell to them. 'United did to Spurs what Real Madrid are currently doing over Cristiano Ronaldo by forcing the club's hand,' the source said.

But the claim was denied by a Spurs executive who insisted there is 'no bad blood between the clubs'. And if United are to land the Bulgarian they may have to find more than £30m and pay a fee far in excess of the record for a British transfer - £29m by Manchester United to Leeds for Rio Ferdinand in 2002 - as it is understood Manchester City had a £32m offer turned down last summer.


The Belarusian has been linked with Barcelona for much of the summer and he travelled to the city on Wednesday to undergo a medical.

A deal with the Gunners had already been agreed, which was reported to be in the region of 15million euros (£11.9million).

The transfer has now been finalised and Hleb has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at Camp Nou.

He becomes Josep Guardiola's fifth signing as Barca boss following the arrivals of Martin Caceres, Gerard Pique, Daniel Alves and Seydou Keita.


Luiz Felipe Scolari begins life as Chelsea's manager this morning having secured his first signing. The Champions League finalists yesterday completed the purchase of the Barcelona midfielder Deco on a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old playmaker has followed his Portugal manager to west London in an £8m deal which may yet have an effect on Frank Lampard's future at Stamford Bridge. The England midfielder is currently on holiday in Italy but with only a year to run on his contract he has been courted byChelsea's former manager, Jose Mourinho, who is now at Internazionale. Deco's arrival appears to threaten Lampard's place in the team.


Bremen confirmed at the start of the week that Borowski had agreed a deal to move to Bayern in the summer.

Speaking for the first time about the move at Werder's winter training camp in Turkey, the Germany international insisted that he was relishing the chance to play for one of the top clubs in Europe.


Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho agreed on Tuesday to leave Barcelona, where he was deemed surplus to requirements, and sign for AC Milan in a deal reported to be worth 30 million USD.

"AC Milan and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ronaldinho," said a Milan statement released on the club's official website. "Tomorrow (Wednesday) the player will be in Milan for a medical and to sign the contract which will tie him to Milan until June 30, 2011."

Barcelona and Milan officials held talks in the Catalan capital on Tuesday to thrash out the details of the 28-year-old's move.

The Gazzetta dello Sport daily reported that Milan will pay Barcelona 18.5 million euros (29.5 million USD) for the FIFA World Cup™ winner with the figure likely to be increased by performance-related bonuses.


The catalan have sign daniel alves the brazilian right defender.

The deal is thought to be worth 29.5 million euros (£23.5million), a price which could increase to as much as 35.5m (£28.5million) euros if Alves helps the Catalans to league or Champions League success. The 25-year-old has spent four years with Sevilla since signing from Brazilian club Bahia in 2003, and has been strongly linked to Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs at various points over recent seasons.

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