Internacional ready for Leandro offers

6 August 2012 04:59

Internacional are prepared to receive a number of offers for star striker Leandro Damiao who is currently representing Brazil at the Olympics.

The 23-year-old has been in fantastic form for Brazil in London, scoring four goals in as many games to help his nation reach the semi-final stage.

His coach at Inter, Fernandao, has admitted he believes the player’s performances mean the club will face a huge increase in interest for the striker who has previously been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus.

Fernandao was also keen to point out the difference between any potential transfer of the striker and that of his former team-mate Oscar, who recently joined Chelsea.

“There will be offers, I have no doubt. In the last four transfer windows there have been offers and the board have worked to keep Damiao,” Fernandao told Radio Gaucha.

“Oscar only left as his release clause was met, we could do nothing about it.”

His statement was echoed by the Porto Alegre club’s vice-president, Luciano Davi, who believes that every strike Damiao nets will bring about another bid.

“With each goal that he scores, there is a bit of horror. If a proposal comes, Inter will look at it,” he said.

Damiao will be hopeful of retaining his starting berth as Brazil take on South Korea in the semi-final of the Olympics on Tuesday August 7.

Garcia intent on keeping Debuchy

6 August 2012 04:40

Rudi Garcia says Mathieu Debuchy must accept Lille’s decision not to sell him despite ongoing interest from Newcastle United.

The France international has been heavily linked with a transfer to the Premier League club but Lille have been immovable in their decision to retain his services.

Newcastle had a fresh approach for the right-back rejected by the French club last week and now his coach has declared that there is nothing the player can do.

“He doesn’t really have the choice. The club has made a decision and he has to deal with it,” Garcia told French publication Nord Eclair.

“He also knows he has to be good in the game for his future in the French team. I have no worries about him.”

The Magpies have been desperate to bolster their squad ahead of their Europa League campaign but have so far also failed in attempts to sign Andy Carroll and Twente’s Douglas.

China could host next German Super Cup

6 August 2012 04:34

The German Super Cup could be played in Asia next season as the German Football League look to capitalise on increasing interest in the fixture.

This season the trophy will see domestic double-winners Borussia Dortmund take on Champions League runners-up Bayern Munich and will be broadcast in over 180 countries.

According to newspaper Bild, Bundesliga bosses will discuss moving the tournament to China with German Football League president Reinhard Rauball at the next board meeting in early September.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is an advocate of the idea and CEO of the football league, Christian Seifert, recently stated: “An edition of the Super Cup in China is possible. Only the clubs would need to go along with it.”

However, not all are on board and Eintracht Frankfurt executive chairman Heribert Bruchhagen has warned clubs to be sceptical over the advantages.

“It is difficult to assess what this move would bring us financially,” he said.

“Seventy-two million euros from the international marketing for the Bundesliga alone is already a very impressive number, the revenues have been increased significantly by the DFL.

“It would be a mistake, comparing the Bundesliga with the Premier League (which collects 300 million euros in media rights) in this area.”

The Italian Super Cup is now hosted in the East Asian country and if the decision to play the German version in China is approved, the change could commence as soon as next year.

Vieira confirms City´s RVP interest

6 August 2012 04:24

Former Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has confirmed the club’s interest in Arsenal hitman Robin Van Persie.

Vieira, who holds the position of football development executive at Premier League champions City, said Van Persie’s contractual situation has caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“When there’s a player like Van Persie, with only one year of contract, all the big clubs try to buy him,” the Frenchman said.

“Juventus, Manchester United and even City because (City manager Roberto) Mancini likes him so much.

“Currently, though, Van Persie is an Arsenal player.”

Meanwhile, Mancini has cooled rumors that have linked City players Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov to the Serie A.

“I don’t know if Italian teams could buy Dzeko, Tevez or Kolarov. It depends of what our club want to do,” he said.

“What I know is these three players are pivotal for us, they are happy here and we don’t want them to go. Manchester City are playing to win all the trophies and need a strong team.

Mancini has not signed any new players in the off-season, while city rivals United have spent 18 million pounds on new blood.

And the Italian believes United will still be the team to beat next season, even with City being the defending champions.

“We are a work in progress as all the other teams at this moment are, even though we start the season earlier, still we have some players in Manchester,” he said.

“We are not the team to beat. Manchester United are.”

City continued their build-up to the new season with a 2-0 friendly victory at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg on Saturday, followed by a comfortable 4-0 over Irish side Limerick on Sunday.

Brazil Serie A wrap: Fluminense among winners

6 August 2012 03:15

Fluminense consolidated their grip on third place in the Brazilian Serie A with a 2-0 win over Coritiba on Sunday.

The game was seemingly headed for a goalless draw before Coritiba defender Ayrton was sent off in the 83rd minute.

Fluminese took advantage, scoring two late goals through Pereira and former Lyon striker Fred to seal their second away win in a row.

Gremio also left it late in their hard-fought 3-1 victory at home to Bahia.

An early penalty from Elano was cancelled out by Bahia midfielder Fahel in the 64th minute before the home side scored two goals in the last three minutes through Souza and Moreno.

The win sees Gremio reclaim fourth spot from Internacional.

Nautico recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over a Santos side missing star forward Neymar.

Second-half goals from Patric, Kim and Kieza saw Nautico to the comfortable win.

Sao Paulo bounced back from their loss to Vasco da Gama with a 1-0 over Sport Recife.

An 80th-minute strike from Anderson allowed the home side to move up to sixth place on the table.

Cruziero were beaten 2-1 at home by Ponte Preta.

Cicinho opened the scoring for the away side in the 17th minute before Borges leveled the scores on the stroke of half-time.

Two minutes after the restart Marcinho put Ponte Preta in front again and that was enough to see them claim the victory.

And Copa Libertadores champions Corinthians were able to hold second-placed Vasco da Gama to a goalless draw at the Sao Januario.