Atletico line up Falcao replacement in Negredo

Atleti have dropped their biggest hint yet that they have accepted the Colombian will leave the club by identifying a replacement for the forward

Atletico Madrid executive Gil Marin has admitted they are looking at the possibility of replacing Radamel Falcao with Sevilla attacker Alvaro Negredo.

Atleti were recently crowned Copa del Rey champions but are facing the reality of losing their talismanic Colombian striker to one of Europe’s elite.

The Liga club’s chief executive has stated the board are already planning for the forward’s conceivable departure by setting their sights on Sevilla’s front man.

“It is my obligation to look at the market,” the Rojiblancos boss told ABC.

“Falcao leaving the club is an important possibility, therefore I have to advise and ask to speak with different people.

“And yes, I spoke with [Sevilla president] Jose Maria del Nido. I said to him that if we get rid of Falcao, we were thinking about Negredo.

“We will talk about it at the end of the season. There is enough time to assess what is suitable for all parties. Up front Negredo is one of the options presented to us by the market. We all know what level he is at.”

The Spanish striker, whose contract runs out in 2016, has netted 26 times in 40 appearances for Sevilla this season.

Galatasaray begin Chedjou talks with Lille

The 27-year-old Cameroon star has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs, including Valencia, but it appears the Turkish outfit are now favourites to sign him

The Galatasaray board of directors have announced to the Stock Market that they have started negotiating with Lille over the transfer of defender Aurelien Chedjou at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the French side since 2007, after enjoying spells at Pau, Auxerre and Rouen prior to his move to the Stade Lille-Metropole, and he has become an integral part of les Dogues’ squad over the last few years.

Chedjou has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months, with clubs including Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Valencia, Marseille and Monaco all linked with the Cameroon international. The Turkish champions have always led the way, however, and now look favourites to get their man.

Chedjou, whose contract runs out in 2016, has made over 200 appearances for Lille, scoring 15 goals in the process.

No Serie A move for Verratti, says agent

The highly-rated 20-year-old has been the subject of speculation over a return, but his representative says no Italian sides are worthy of his signature

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will not be making a return to Italy to play in Serie A next season, according to the player’s representative.

The 20-year-old has been linked with the top clubs in Italy despite only joining PSG 12 months ago from Pescara.

But his agent Donato Di Campli insists a move back to Serie A is not on the cards as none of the sides credited with an interest in the youngster could satisfy his demands.

“I confirm what I have said in the past – a lot of money is needed to sign Marco,” Di Campli told calciomercato.it.

“No Italian team at this moment in time has what is needed to sign him.

“If we then add the player’s desire to stay then I can say with some certainty that he will remain with PSG over the summer.”

Verratti is one of Italy’s most promising prospects with many comparing him to legendary midfielder Andrea Pirlo, as well as seeing him as the 34-year-old’s natural successor in the national side.

Having represented Italy at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, he made his debut for the Azzurri in 2012 against England, before scoring his first international goal against Holland in February this year.

Cruyff: Mourinho to blame for Madrid's poor season

The 66-year-old former Barcelona coach firmly believes the Portuguese has been a negative influence at los Blancos this season whilst he also questioned Barca’s desire for Neymar

Johan Cruyff has launched another scathing attack on Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insisting he has been the key reason for their faltering campaign which has seen them win no major honours.

The 66-year-old Dutch footballing legend was critical of the Portuguese, claiming that his antics took the focus away from a very talented side.

“His behaviour has had an effect on everyone,” Cruyff told reporters.

“Madrid are not a bad team, in fact they are a very good team, and the reason they have not accomplished anything this season is because of his behaviour.”

Cruyff also spoke about Barcelona’s potential signing of Neymar at the end of the season, in which he appeared unconvinced that the Brazilian could work effectively in the same side as Lionel Messi.

“Two egos in the same boat? We have to learn from the past,” Cruyff said, referring to previous instances where big names have failed to work together in the same side.

Finally, Cruyff was critical of the way the club have dealt with the imminent departure of goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

“These are things that make you wonder ‘what is going on?’,” he continued. “Why are things like this dealt with in this way. We need to find out what is wrong with him because it is not normal.”

 

Gill expects Rooney to stay at Manchester United

The 27-year-old has handed in his second transfer request in three seasons and is desperate to leave Old Trafford, but the former club official does not expect the striker to go

Outgoing Manchester United chief executive David Gill expects Wayne Rooney to stay at the club.

Rooney asked to leave United before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement at the start of May and the striker is still determined to leave following the arrival of David Moyes.

Some United fans booed Rooney when he collected his Premier League winner’s medal, and also when he boarded the bus for the club’s trophy parade around Manchester.

But Sir Alex had insisted before his departure that Rooney would not be sold.

And Gill, who has ended his 16-year professional association with the club in pursuit of other roles, expects the 27-year-old to stay put, despite interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

“I think as Alex said at his last press conference, that’s an issue for David Moyes and the new team to do, but look – I’m confident he’ll be there next season,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think he’s a great great player, it’s a great great club and the club doesn’t want to lose its star players.

“So I’m sure every bit of work is being taken with Wayne, his advisors and David and Ed [Woodward, Gill’s replacement] etc to ensure that happens.

“I’m not a betting man, but I’m confident when I sit in Old Trafford next season I’ll be seeing Wayne Rooney running out.”