No interest from Abramovich

Our sources are telling us that there is no interest from Chelsea to Ibrahimovic.

“At this moment we are not talking to Chelsea because the difference between our and their economic assessment of Carvalho and Deco is too big. If we change things again, but in their negotiations, there have never asked any player.”

We also know which players are on sale – Obinna, Rivas, Vieira and Mancini.

Owen to Man UTD

Michael Owen is expected at Manchester United for a medical examination this morning ahead of an extraordinary move out of the wilderness to join the Premier League champions.

Owen, a player dumped by the England manager, Fabio Capello, and widely written off as an individual lacking the appetite and physical fitness to make it in the top flight, is expected to have signed by the end of today, provided he passes a medical which is likely to be stringent, given his injury record.

For the United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, it would be the fulfilment of an old ambition, as he admired Owen when the striker was a youngster in Liverpool’s youth set-up. “We wanted to sign him,” Ferguson once said. “But we weren’t prepared to meet his father’s requirements so he signed for Liverpool.”

It is unclear how much Owen will earn but it seems likely his salary at United will be highly incentivised, with Ferguson presumably harbouring concerns that after four years of persistent injury during his spell with Newcastle United at St James’ Park he may lack the physical durability to play a role at Old Trafford.

A one-year rolling deal seems possible. For Owen, the incentives also include proving to Capello that he warrants a World Cup place at next summer’s finals in South Africa.

The tabloids all expect Owen’s move to Old Trafford to go through on Friday, and The Daily Mirror claims the Reds will also lodge a £16million bid for Sevilla’s Brazilian international striker, Luis Fabiano, although there may be competition from AC Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have left Old Trafford, but he is in no doubt over which team will win the Premier League again next season. “For me, United will still win the Premier League next year, and I hope for a long time to come.”

Karim Benzema transfer to Real Madrid

Olympique Lyonnais informed of an agreement with Real Madrid on the modalities of a transfer of its international striker Karim Benzema for an amount of minimum € 35 million which will add different bonuses related to sports performance, allowing for achieve a maximum transfer of 41 million € net.

A few days ago, Karim Benzema has informed President Jean Michel Aulas of his desire to reach more quickly than he had originally envisioned the Madrid club which has always been his preference after OL

The player wanted to seize the opportunity offered to it by Real Madrid to be one of the major elements of his ambitious new policy around some of the biggest players in the world.

Olympique Lyonnais has accepted the decision of Karim Benzema and he negotiated the terms of a transfer that give satisfaction to the various parties.

The club wishes to Karim’s greatest success with Real Madrid who enjoys developing its ambitious sports project of legislation (particularly in terms of sponsorship, games and online paris with Bwin) but also tax and real estate (taxation and foreign athletes land for private development stage) incomparable to the situation existing in France for professional sport.