must pay Chelsea
17 million euros after losing his appeal against a Fifa
ruling for a breach of contract.
The striker, who cost the Blues £15m in 2003, was sacked a year later after he tested positive for cocaine and given a seven-month worldwide football ban.
Fifa issued the fine last year but Mutu described it as "inhumane and unjust" and outlined his intention to appeal.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport… Continue
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manager Sir Bobby Robson
died on Friday at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.
Robson, whose first brush with the disease that would ultimately claim him was in 1992, led England to the World Cup semi-finals in 1990 before leaving to manage a host of top European clubs including PSV Eindhoven
, Sporting Lisbon
and finally his boyhood team Newcastle
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and French international midfielder Samir Nasri
has been ruled out of action for six to eight weeks after breaking his leg in training on Tuesday.
Nasri broke his right fibula during a training match at Arsenal's summer camp in Bad Waltersdorf
, in southeastern Austria, said Andreas Neubauer
, a spokesman for camp organiser International Football Camps Styria (IFCS).
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who has 15 international caps, was… Continue
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have added to their collection of strikers by signing Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor
on a five-year deal for a fee of about £25m.
The 25-year-old joins fellow new signings Roque Santa Cruz
and Carlos Tevez
And with Robinho
, Craig Bellamy
, Valeri Bojinov
also on their books, City have an embarrassment of riches up front.
"I can't wait to play for City's fans… Continue
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Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic
looks to be headed to Barcelona
after Inter Milan
president Massimo Moratti
admitted he was in talks with the Spaniards about the Swede.
Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o could be heading in the opposite direction while Brazil full-back Maxwell
and Belarus winger Alexander Hleb
could also switch between the two.
"We've finalised a transfer for Maxwell and now we're trying to do likewise for Hleb,"… Continue
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European football's governing body UEFA
on Wednesday agreed to reduce bans handed down to Chelsea
striker Didier Drogba
and defender Jose Bosingwa
for their angry outbursts which followed the club's Champions League
exit to FC Barcelona
Drogba was originally given a fixed four-match ban and Bosingwa a three-match ban after they made controversial comments following Chelsea's 1-1 second leg semi-final draw with eventual champions… Continue
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on Monday said they had signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez
, who left Manchester United
at the end of the season, amid reports they also want Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor
Tevez, 25, has agreed terms with City and is set to sign a five-year deal, his new club said following weeks of rumours regarding his future.
No fee was mentioned but City were expected to have to shell out in the region of 25 million pounds (35… Continue
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's manager Sir Alex Ferguson
, who handed Michael Owen
the prized Manchester United number seven shirt, has declared that there will be no new signings for this summer.
It was anticipated Ferguson would make further signings in addition to Owen, Antonio Valencia
and Gabriel Obertan
, who joined last week from FC Bordeaux
But, faced with a market over-inflated by Real Madrid
and Manchester… Continue
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defender Micah Richards
has contracted swine flu and is stuck in Cyprus, The Sun
newspaper reported on Saturday.
The England international, 21, said he caught the virus while on holiday. He is taking Tamiflu
medication and has isolated himself in a hotel room.…
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have set a price tag of 80 million euros on French midfielder Franck Ribery
, tabloid daily Bild
reported on Tuesday.
The German giants have been insisting all summer they intend to hang onto Ribery, who insists he wants to join Real Madrid
According to Bild, Bayern have given the Spaniards an ultimatum of July 16, the day when the squad begin pre-season training, to decide if they are ready to stump up the cash or… Continue
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Seven times Ligue 1
champions Olympique Lyon
have moved to replace Real Madrid
-bound Karim Benzema
by agreeing a deal with FC Porto
to sign Argentinian striker Lisandro Lopez
In a statement posted on their website in the early hours of this morning, Lyon confirmed they have agreed a fee of €24 million with Porto, possibly rising to €28 million, for the 26-year-old.
The player must now agree personal terms and pass a… Continue
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are said to be preparing a final £35m bid for England captain Terry
.' - Daily Mail
are closing in on the signing of Liverpool's
Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano
.' - News of the World
'Mascherano's departure looks imminent after he fell out with Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez
towards the end of last season.' - Daily Mail
'New Manchester United
striker Michael Owen… Continue
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has joined Manchester United
on a two-year contract, the Premier League champions said on their website on Friday.
“Michael is a world class forward with a proven goalscoring record at the highest level and that has never been in question,” said manager… Continue
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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich
's star player Franck Ribery
has become the latest player in Europe, keen on a transfer to Real Madrid
The France international confirmed that he wants to switch Bayern for Madrid, breaking… Continue
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World Cup winning centre-back Marco Materazzi
on Wednesday signed a new deal with Inter Milan
that will keep him at the Italian champions for another three years, the club announced on their website.
Materazzi, who was a bit-part player for Jose Mourinho
last season, will be almost 39 by the time his deal runs out.
"Now I can write it because it's written on a contract, I'll be nerazzurro for life," added Materazzi on his… Continue
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have secured the signature of Karim Benzema
giving a shocking surprise to Manchester United
who were supposed to sign him this week.
The news comes from Benzema's agent Karim Djaziri
who confirmed the deal is made with only a few formalities remaining that… Continue
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