Daniel Agger's future at Liverpool has been cast into fresh doubt after his agent indicated the Danish defender would be open to a move to Barcelona. "We are aware that Barcelona have made an offer for Daniel that Liverpool have rejected," said Steffensen, who was approached by an agent representing the Spanish club several weeks ago. "Daniel has a contract with Liverpool for the next three years and it would be up to the clubs to agree a fee for his transfer in order for that to change."
Barcelona full-back Daniel Alves thinks Neymar's move to the club was motivated by a desire to learn from the best players in the world. "I was sure that if he left Santos he would come to Barcelona because he wanted to come," Alves said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. "Neymar came looking forward to learn from the best in the world, with this attitude it is difficult for things to run bad for him. And if he is not (looking to learn), then he has come to the wrong place."
With the start of the league campaign just around the corner, nine Barca players have international commitments before the opening game of the season against Levante. Many eyes will be on Cristian Tello, who has been called up for the first time to the senior Spain squad for a friendly against Ecuador. Tello will be joined by team-mates Valdés, Jordi Alba and Iniesta, but Cesc Fàbregas has a sprained right ankle. The match is being played in Guayaquil on 14th August.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has made it clear that he would rather play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Isco than Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi. "Neymar and Messi? I prefer Cristiano, Ozil and Isco, my team-mates here at Madrid," the Spain international told ESPN. "No-one is in any doubt that Messi and Neymar are great players, but I just prefer the guys who are in our team."
Who’d put their shirt on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford? David Moyes, apparently. Real Madrid insist the former Manchester United winger is not for sale, and their unofficial mouthpiece, Spanish daily Marca, recently carried a front page story claiming he had committed himself to a new long-term contract at the Bernabeu. But that didn’t stop Moyes leaving Ronaldo’s old No 7 shirt without a name next to it when United went public with their squad list for the season.
Cardiff have paid a club record fee to sign Sevilla's Gary Medel on a four-year deal, subject to a work permit. Cardiff finalised the move for the 26-year-old, who represented Chile at the 2010 World Cup, a day after the midfielder played for Sevilla against Manchester United. The club's confirmation that his fee is a record means he has cost more than the £8m they recently paid to Tottenham for Steven Caulker.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni - Gareth Bale not worth £105mi Real Madrid are prepared to pay - Wales Online
The Cardiff born 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer and now it is thought the fee could rise as high as £105m. Trapattoni however insists there is no one player who justifies such a figure. "One player cannot win a game on his own. Even players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele or Johan Cruyff, all these famous players needed a team."
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