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Valencia agree to buy forward Piatti from Almeria

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID, July 6 (Reuters) - Valencia have agreed to buy relegated Almeria’s Argentine forward Pablo Piatti, the Spanish clubs said on Wednesday. The 22-year-old, who joined Almeria from Argentina’s Estudiantes in 2008, will sign a five-year contract once he has passed a medical, Valencia and Almeria said on their websites “He is a young lad, with a lot of promise who nonethele...Full Story »

Madrid sign Benfica defender Coentrao

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Supersport.com

Spanish giants Real Madrid have signed Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao from Benfica on a six-year contract for a fee of 30 million euros ($43.4 million), the clubs said on Tuesday. "Fabio Coentrao officially became Real Madrid's latest signing by signing a six-season contract with the club after passing his medical," Real said in a statement on their website. Benfica had announced the deal...Full Story »

Barca extend contract of winger Pedro

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Supersport.com

European champions Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that the contract of winger Pedro had been extended for one more year, until 2016. In addition, his buyout clause, which is required under Spanish law, has been increased from 90 million euros (130.8 million dollars) to 150 million. The winger, whose full name is Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma, is one of several youngsters brought into the Barca squ...Full Story »

Argentina trying to solve Messi, Tevez puzzle

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Usatoday.com

BUENOS AIRES, Argentnia — Argentina, Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez have a second chance at the Copa America, and anything less than a victory against Colombia will turn up the heat on coach Sergio Batista and his two star players. Batista is expected to attack again on Wednesday through Messi and Tevez, with support from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ever Banega. The problem is: Messi and Tevez ...Full Story »

Cesc Fabregas in plea for A quick Arsenal switch

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Dailystar.co.uk

ABOVE: Cesc Fabregas wants his £35m move to Barcelona wrapped up CESC FABREGAS wants his future sorting out before Arsenal’s Far East tour. Arsenal are due to depart for Malaysia at the weekend, but Cesc Fabregas wants his £35m move to Barcelona wrapped up before then. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was due to hold talks with Barca’s sporting director Sandro Rosse...Full Story »

Sir Alex Ferguson's back for Bastian Schweinsteiger

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Dailystar.co.uk

ABOVE: Sir Alex Ferguson will revive his interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger if he is outbid for Samir Nasri SIR ALEX FERGUSON will revive his interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger if he is outbid for Samir Nasri and Wesley Sneijder by bitter rivals Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-term admirer of German star Bastian Schweinsteiger and has targeted him to replace the retired Paul Schol...Full Story »

Gerrard out of Liverpool Asian tour

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was ruled out of the club's pre-season tour to Asia on Tuesday after opting to focus on his recovery from a groin operation. The 31-year-old England midfielder had been due to fly out to China with his team-mates on Sunday but will now remain at Melwood to continue his rehabilitation. "I'd really been looking forward to travelling out to China...Full Story »

Scholes ridicules 'pretty' Arsenal

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has rubbed salt into Arsenal's wounds, accusing the London club of being all style and no substance. Speaking ahead of his testimonial at Old Trafford next month, Scholes said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would never have allowed his team to go six years without a trophy as has been the case at Arsenal. "They just flatter to ...Full Story »

Football: Benfica's Coentrao in 30m euro Real move

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LISBON (AFP) - Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao is set to move to Spain after the Portuguese club announced on Tuesday that they had reached an "agreement in principle" to sell him to Real Madrid for 30 million euros. The agreement will be formalised when the 23-year-old Portugal international has passed his medical, Benfica said in a statement to the stock exchange authorities. Local media re...Full Story »

Taarabt 'will regret leaving QPR': boss Warnock

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock is increasingly resigned to losing captain Adel Taarabt but warned the Moroccan international Tuesday he would regret leaving Loftus Road. Taarabt is reportedly the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, while Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked to the 22-year-old. French...Full Story »

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