Inter agree terms for Moura

3 August 2012 08:57

Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo for the transfer of Brazil international Lucas Moura to San Siro, it has been reported.

The 19-year-old sensation is one of the hottest commodities in the transfer market this summer, with Inter, Manchester United and Real Madrid all said to be vying for his services, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Earlier on Thursday, Inter president Massimo Moratti hinted that negotiations had reached an impasse as the Nerazzurri were unwilling to meet Sao Paulo’s reported 40 million euros valuation of the player.

However, fresh reports suggest the two clubs have concurred on a 27m-euro deal which could rise to as much as 32m depending upon the midfielder’s performances for the Italian club.

It is believed that the only thing left for the transfer to be completed is Lucas agreeing personal terms with Inter, who defeated Hajduk Split 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday.

He will become the second Brazilian star to leave their homeland in the space of two weeks, after Chelsea completed the signing of Internacional attacker Oscar for a reported 32m fee.

Yoshida prepares for Old Trafford debut

3 August 2012 08:34

VVV Venlo defender Maya Yoshida has been linked with a move to England and Germany, following an impressive Olympics campaign with Japan.

Four years after serving as a member of the winless Japan squad at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Yoshida has potentially found redemption – and the possibility of a new home – after an impressive run so far at the London Games.

The 23-year-old captain has marshalled the Japan back line in maintaining three clean sheets through the group stage; making them the only country aside from Mexico to advance to the knockout stage without conceding.

According to Hochi, VVV president Hai Berden is on his way to Manchester in order to meet with potential suitors after receiving offers from both English and German clubs.

Meanwhile, Yoshida himself is looking forward to Saturday’s match at Old Trafford, where Japan will face Egypt in the round-of-16.

“There’s a lot of Japanese living in England,” the player told Nikkan.

“And unlike Beijing, there will be a lot of locals supporting us in the stands. I want to give them a suitable performance.”

While coach Takashi Sekizuka was relieved that his team avoided the four-hour journey to Newcastle by winning their group, Yoshida was clearly anticipating his debut at the home of Manchester United for different reasons.

“I can’t wait to rub it in Shinji (Kagawa’s) face that I debuted here before he did,” he joked.

“You better let him know I said that.”

CONCACAF Champions League wrap: SeattleĀ“s sound start, Olimpia win

3 August 2012 06:43

MLS team Seattle got their CONCACAF Champions League campaign off to a great start with a 3-1 win over Trinidadian side Caledonia AIA.

The Sounders opened up the scoring in the 19th minute through Samuel Ochoa and Colombian Fredy Montero doubled Seattle’s advantage 11 minutes later much to the delight of the CenturyLink Field faithful.

Englishman Andrew Rose made it 3-0 two minutes before the break to round out a dominant first-half performance.

Kareem Joseph pulled one back for the visitors to make it 3-1 five minutes into the second half but the damage had already been done as Seattle took a nice early lead of Group 4.

Honduras club Olimpia’s bid for their first Champions League triumph in 24 years started with a bang as well as goals from Luciano Emilio, Juan Carlos Garcia and Roger Rojas ensured a 3-0 victory over Salvadorian outfit FAS in Group 3.

Meanwhile in Group 8, Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection played out a 2-2 draw with Guatemalan team Xelaju.

Adelaide sign Argentine Carrusca

3 August 2012 06:09

Adelaide United have signed Argentine left winger Marcelo Carrusca, with the 28-year-old to link up with the club upon completion of a medical.

Carrusca has penned a two-year contract at the Reds, becoming the third visa player in coach John Kosmina’s squad.

He joins from Argentine Primera Division outfit San Martin de San Juan, having made 23 appearances – including 15 starts – and scored two goals in the 2011/12 campaign.

The former Argentina Under-20 international’s career is perhaps more notable for a stint with Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray, for who he represented in the 2006/07 Champions League and UEFA Cup.

His career also features stops at Argentine clubs Estudiantes and Banfield as well as Mexican Primera Division outfit Cruz Azul, and Adelaide football director Michael Petrillo was confident Carrusca would be a good fit.

“All of our reports have indicated that Marcelo is a high-quality player and individual,” Petrillo said.

“We are extremely pleased to have a player of this quality agree to terms with our club. He is a player who has played at some big clubs around the world and comes at a great time in his career.

“At 28 years of age he will also bring experience gained over many years in top flight football such as the European Champions League, UEFA Cup as well as Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana

“He ticks all the boxes that Kossie (Kosmina) has been looking for in the type of player he wants and we are expecting him to not only add some real quality to our play but he is also an exciting type of player that not only our fans but football fans in general will want to see in the A-League.”

United are expecting Carrusca to arrive for his medical within days, and aim to have him available for the first leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final tie against Bunyodkor on September 19.

Copa Sudamericana wrap: Catolica, Millonarios held

3 August 2012 05:18

Universidad Catolica earned a 1-1 draw in first leg of their Copa Sudamericana first-round tie at Blooming on Thursday, as Liga de Loja won.

Chilean heavyweights Catolica led through a goal from Alvaro Ramos in the 58th minute of the match at Estadio Tahuichi Aguilera.

But the Bolivian hosts equalised through Limbert Mendez two minutes later, and they will go into the second leg on level terms when the return fixture takes place in Santiago on August 9.

Also on Thursday, Ecuadorian side Liga de Loja won 2-0 at Venezuelan side Monagas, thanks to a brace from Fabio Renato.

Monagas’ fellow Venezuelan side Mineros fared better, with Alejandro Guerra’s 25th-minute strike enough for them to win 1-0 away to Colombians La Equidad.

Finally, Peruvian club Inti Gas Deportes were held to a 0-0 draw in their match at home to Colombian club Millonarios.