Robinho deal relies on investors, says Flamengo president

The Brazilian club’s chief has confirmed an interest in the forward but revealed that funds are not currently in place for the transfer to go through


Flamengo president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello has announced that the club will not be able to sign Robinho without backing from investors.

Robinho has fallen out of favour at AC Milan and it has been widely reported that the club are looking to offload the 30-year-old this summer, with offers from the A-League, MLS and Brasileirao sides Santos and Atletico Mineiro all rumoured to have been submitted.

Bandeira de Mello admits his own side would be keen to bring the former Real Madrid man back to Brazil but concedes his salary would be too great without additional backing.

“There’s nothing concrete about the arrival of Robinho to Flamengo,” said the club’s president in an interview with SportTV.

“A signing of this magnitude, at a time we are going through, it must be a project with participation of investors and companies who want to associate their image with the player.

“This has to be planned very carefully. At the moment, we are still experiencing a difficulty in the short term. At the moment, to pay anything, you have to think first in resolving our pending disputes.”

The president also admitted that Flamengo’s top earners could also face payment delays in the short term due to their financial difficulties.

“Flamengo has a small delay on a part of the players, those who earn more,” added Bandeira de Mello.

“But this is a situation which we intend to settle very quickly. It’s a situation that bothers me.”

Aspas urges Moreno to reject Liverpool

The striker joined Sevilla on loan after failing to make an impact at Anfield and has now insisted his new team-mate would be wise to stay in Spain rather than move to England


Liverpool outcast Iago Aspas has urged Alberto Moreno to reject any offer from the Anfield outfit in favour of staying with Sevilla.

The forward, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers last summer, has been sent on loan to the Liga side after failing to score in 14 league outings during the 2013-14 season.

Moreno has been a target for Liverpool during the summer, with Sevilla demanding close to €23 million for their left-back, and Aspas has insisted the player would be wise to stay in Spain rather than move to England.

“Albert Moreno would never feel like he does in Sevilla at Liverpool,” he told ABC de Sevilla.

“I’ve been here for three or four days. Now that I belong to Sevilla, I prefer he stays here.”

Liverpool have already seen a bid of €20m plus attacking midfielder Suso rejected for Moreno as Rodgers looks to further add to his squad following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona for €88m.

Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi have already arrived for a combined fee of around €113m, while Liverpool claim a move for Loic Remy failed due to medical reasons.

Dzeko agrees new Manchester City contract

The striker has just one year remaining on his current deal and has accepted an extension, that will run until 2018, which does not increase his €189,000-a-week wage


Edin Dzeko has agreed a new four-year Manchester City contract.

It emerged in April that the Premier League champions planned to open negotiations after the striker impressed Manuel Pellegrini following injuries to Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.

Goal understands Dzeko has not been offered an improvement on his current €189,000-a-week terms but has agreed to the deal, which now runs until 2018, with an announcement expected before the new season starts.

Dzeko had initially appeared to be on his way out of the club while Roberto Mancini was in charge after starting just 16 Premier League games during the 2012-13 campaign.

The likes of Inter had made him their No.1 transfer target while Borussia Dortmund were assessing his availability before signing Ciro Immobile in June.

However, Dzeko thrived with increased responsibility under Pellegrini, starting 23 leagues games – seven more than the 16 afforded to him by Roberto Mancini the previous term – and notching 26 goals in all competitions.

“I can only say that I am very happy at City and at the moment we are talking about the new contract,” Dzeko said earlier this week. “We will see what happens but the main thing is that I’m happy at City.

“We talked about that at the beginning of last season – it’s very important you feel the confidence that a manager has in you and last season was proof of everything I said.”

Dzeko will become the third first-team player to be offered new terms during the summer, with Alexsandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri penning extensions in June and July respectively.

West Ham open Eto'o talks

Sam Allardyce met with the Cameroonian’s agent on Wednesday and is hopeful of bringing the 33-year-old to Upton Park for the 2014-15 Premier League campaign


West Ham have opened talks over signing former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, Goal understands.

The 33-year-old, who featured for Cameroon at the World Cup, is without a club following his release from Stamford Bridge at the end of last season but could prolong his Premier League stay with the Hammers.

Eto’o’s agent Claudio Vigarelli met with Sam Allardyce in London on Wednesday in an attempt to negotiate a contract for the ex-Barcelona forward, who has had offers from the Middle East, the USA and Turkey.

The Cameroonian’s high wage demands as well as the length of the contract on offer could prove a sticking point, although Goal understands talks are ongoing in the hope that a deal can be reached.

Eto’o is keen to stay in England after an up-and-down campaign with Jose Mourinho’s side following his move from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala back in August 2013.

The forward clashed with the Portuguese during his short spell at Stamford Bridge, with Eto’o having labelled Mourinho a “puppet” back in May after the Chelsea boss was caught on camera mocking the player’s age.

With Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia having already arrived this summer, West Ham are hoping to conclude a short-term agreement with Eto’o as they look to cope without Andy Carroll, who is likely to miss at least the first three months of the season through injury.