Belfodil signs five-year Inter deal

The Nerazzurri have bolstered their ranks with the signing of the French striker as they bid to strengthen on the back of a disappointing 2012/13 campaign

Inter have completed the signing of Ishak Belfodil on a five-year deal from Parma.

The 21-year-old scored eight times in 34 appearances for the Gialloblu last season and that was enough for new Nerazzurri boss Walter Mazzarri to secure his services.

Belfodil told reporters: “Inter are a great team, I’m really happy and I hope to do very well here. Hello all the Nerazzurri fans!

Inter were hampered by injuries in the striking department last season, with star man Diego Milito suffering a serious knee injury in February which kept him out of action for the rest of the campaign.

His absence coincided with a disastrous end to the season, with the San Siro side finishing in ninth spot in Serie A, and supporters will hope the acquisition of the France Under-20 international will begin a reversal of their fortunes.

Belfodil began his career with Lyon before joining Parma last summer and will add a youthful edge to Inter as Mazzarri looks to rebuild his new club.

The transfer comes just days after Antonio Cassano headed in the opposite direction by leaving the club for Parma after just one season at San Siro.

Verona announce Toni signing

The 36-year-old has joined the newly-promoted Serie A side, in what is the 15th move of a nomadic career

Verona have announced the signing of Luca Toni from Fiorentina on a one-year deal.

The 36-year-old was a free agent after leaving the Viola at the end of last season but has now put pen to paper with the newly-promoted Serie A outfit.

The striker scored eight times in 27 appearances for Vincenzo Montella’s side in 2012/13 and his latest move means he has now played for 15 different clubs since starting out at Modena 19 years ago.

Verona finished second in Serie B last season and will need all of their new acquisition’s goalscoring prowess as they bid to stay in Italy’s top flight next term.

Cristiano Ronaldo: My future is with Real Madrid

The Portugal international has been linked with a move away from his current club more than once, but has insisted he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid and has no intention of leaving the club amid ongoing speculation that he could return to Manchester United.

The Portugal international stated earlier this week he still has warm feelings for the English champions and misses his time in England, but has now made it clear a return to Old Trafford is not an option for him at this stage of his career.

“Manchester United are a club that has been in my heart since I was there, everyone knows that I have passion with that club. But my future now is with Real Madrid and I want to be there,” Ronaldo told reporters.

“It is not the day to speak about my future. I am going to have time to do that before the pre-season. Basically it is now time to rest after 10 months of a long season.

“I enjoy playing there, I have been playing in Spain for four years so I want to continue there.

“For my national team, I hope that we can qualify for the World Cup – it will be a big goal for us – so we are focused on that and I am looking forward to being in the World Cup.

“Of course, I always look forward to getting better and better throughout the season and this year is going to be the same. I will try to be focused all the time, to win La Liga and to win the Champions League like we always do.”

The 28-year-old has scored an incredible 201 goals in 199 appearances in all competitions for Madrid since joining the club in the summer of 2009. Ronaldo has a contract with los Blancos until 2015.

Tottenham set to announce Paulinho following medical

The 24-year-old midfielder, who shone for Brazil at the Confederations Cup, is set to complete his move to White Hart Lane after undergoing medical tests in London

By Greg Stobart

Tottenham will officially announce the signing of Paulinho in the next 24 hours, with the Corinthians midfielder set to undergo a medical in London.

Goal revealed in June that the two clubs had agreed a €20 million deal, but confirmation was put on hold until after the Selecao‘s involvement in the Confederations Cup.

Corinthians and Paulinho broke their silence in recent days, but Spurs have remained tight-lipped as they wait to conduct the relevant fitness checks.

But the north Londoners are now ready to unveil the 24-year-old, who was a key part of the Timao side that won last season’s Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup.

He also played a starring role as Brazil triumphed in the Confederations Cup on home turf, beating Spain 3-0 in the final.

The transfer presents Paulinho with a second crack at European football, following short spells in Lithuania with Vilnius and Poland with Lodz.

Poli undergoes Milan medical

The Italy international is on the verge of completing his move to the San Siro giants and will join them for training next week

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has revealed Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli will undergo a medical on Friday and is expected to complete his transfer to the San Siro side shortly.

The Italy international, 23, has long been linked with a move to the Rossoneri and Galliani has made it clear that Poli will join Milan training on Monday ahead of his proposed transfer.

“I had dinner with Poli on Thursday evening and he let me know that he is a big Milan fan. He will undergo his medical on Friday,” Galliani told reporters.

“He will be with us on Monday and join the other players in training.

“The move will not be official until Sampdoria have agreed terms with the player moving in the other direction as part of the deal.”

Poland international Bartosz Salamon is expected to move in the opposite direction as Sampdoria reportedly acquire 50 per cent of the centre-back’s registration.