DIAL M FOR BONY
Ivory Coast striker Wilfred Bony is ready to launch a summer bidding war after confirming his interest in a move to the Premier League.
The 24-year-old looks certain to end his spell in the Dutch league with Vitesse Arnhem, and as the Eredivisie top scorer with 31 goals, competition for the player is sure to be intense.
Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle are among the clubs that have been linked with Bony, and he told BBC Sport: “The transfer market has not started yet. There’s nothing concrete.
“I’m very interested in the Premier League and the atmosphere in England, it’s a wonderful league and we will see what happens.”
CHELSEA SPUR FOR BAYERN
Jupp Heynckes believes Bayern Munich will be spurred on by last season’s Champions League Final defeat to Chelsea when they face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on May 25.
The Bayern coach saw his side book their place in a third European final in four years with a 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona.
After the emphatic 3-0 win at the Nou Camp last night, Heynckes said: “You can learn a lot more from a defeat than a victory.
“We have the experience of last year to fuel us in this final and I obviously hope that we can be successful.”
NOT MY BUSINESS SAYS RAFA
Ahead of tonight’s Europa League semi-final second leg against FC Basel, the spectre of Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea threatened to overshadow the Blues preparations for the game at Stamford Bridge.
But interim manager Rafa Benitez refused to discuss Mourinho’s hint that he wants to return to the club, insisting at the pre-match press conference: “It’s not my business.”
Benitez has already confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season adding: “I have to concentrate on my business, that is to beat Basel.”
Chelsea, who take a 2-1 lead into the game, will be without suspended left-back Ashley Cole.
ON THE CONTINENT
Marseille are ready to bid for Spurs target Leandro Damiao if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain has been voted as the Asian Football Confederation president, replacing Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Swedish side AIK’s Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Turina has died aged just 32 of a suspected heart attack.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists midfielder Joey Barton could play a part in the club’s Championship campaign next season.
Stephane Sessegnon will be out for the rest of the season after Sunderland failed in their appeal against his three-match ban.
Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa is ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury.