DI MATTEO FUTURE TO BE DECIDED AFTER FINAL
Caretaker Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo’s future will not be decided until after the Champions League Final. Di Matteo, who has not only steadied the ship since the sacking of Andre Villas Boas, but has also won the FA Cup, will apparently have to do more to impress owner Roman Abramovich. Missing out on fourth spot won’t have helped Di Matteo’s case, but it’s well known that Abramovich prizes the Champions League above all else, if he were to bring that back to Stamford Bridge – and with injuries and suspensions, the cards are stacked against him – he may just get the nod.
Chelsea fans, would you rather Di Matteo had tried harder for fourth spot and fielded a stronger team against Liverpool in midweek, or are you happy to pin your hopes on the Final?
MAN CITY LEAD UNITED IN CHASE FOR HOTTEST TRANSFER PAIR
The names of Eden Hazard and Edinson Cavani are the two most coveted of this summer’s transfer market and it appears that the blue half of Manchester have stolen a march on their neighbours as the chase to strengthen for next seasons tussle begins before the this year is settled.
Another name that’s been doing the rounds is Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, with the Manchester clubs set to battle it out with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool for the Belgium international. The rumour-mill fancy him as a top 6 player so watch Dembele end up at Aston Villa…
POLICE TO SPEAK TO MAN UNITED
Man United’s purchase of Portuguese under-21 forward Bebe is to be scrutinised by Portuguese police. The £7.4m deal with Vitoria Guimaraes reportedly included a £3m pay-out to Jorge Mendes’s Gestifute agency, and it’s this in particular that the police are interested in. The probe is part of a larger investigation into Guimaraes’ finances, as they recorded bumper profits last year.
After the deal went through, United boss Alex Ferguson admitted that he had never seen Bebe play when he signed for the club. Months later, and nor has anyone else.
BLACKBURN IS NOT FOR SALE: VENKY’S
Indian chicken tycoons Venky’s have reportedly insisted that the club is not for sale. The club was relegated to the Championship following their recent loss to Wigan, and many thought that this would push Venky’s towards selling. However, it would appear that Rovers fans are in for another season of misery, as both Venky’s and Steve Kean insist they are going nowhere. They’re certainly right about that.
ON THE CONTINENT
Rumours that Arsenal were on the verge of completing a £17.7m deal for Yann M’Vila have been quashed by Arsene Wenger. Expect to see them bidding twice as much for someone half as good as with five minutes to go before the transfer window closes.
Javier Pastore has admitted that PSG are interested in buying Gonzalo Higuain. Could the moneyed Parisians be about to assert their dominance in world football?
IN OTHER NEWS
Craig Bellamy has been included in the Wales squad for their game in New York against Mexico. There were rumours that Bellamy was about to retire, but with the striker in fine fettle, he may feel he’s got a few years left in his legs yet.
Exeter City director of football Steve Perryman is reportedly ‘very ill’ after a heart operation. The former Spurs man has been in intensive care since falling ill during Exeter’s last home game against Sheffield United. We wish him a speedy recovery to full health.
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