Costa welcome at PSG – David Luiz

If the former Atletico Madrid striker decides to leave Chelsea, David Luiz says he would be welcome at Paris Saint-Germain

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz says Diego Costa would be welcome to join him at Paris Saint-Germain. 

Some reports have suggested Costa could be on the move from Chelsea, with his former coach Diego Simeone rumoured to be keen to bring him back to Atletico Madrid.

David Luiz has said if the 27-year-old decides to leave the Premier League, PSG would welcome the Spain international with open arms. 

“Diego is one of the most clinical strikers in Europe, he would be a welcome addition to any team,” the Brazil defender told The Mirror.

“I think PSG have made their intent clear over the last three or four seasons, that we only add the best players.

“If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, of course he would be welcome here.

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“Diego and myself have had our clashes on the field, but you must understand there are two Diegos.

“On the field he is physical, he is confrontational, he will get in your face, that is part of his game.

“Off the field he is a good friend, one of the nicest guys you can meet, somebody I would go to dinner with.”

Chelsea and PSG will meet in the Champions League round-of-16 and Luiz is wary of the threat the English club poses, despite their domestic struggles this season. 

“We have two very big games coming up against Chelsea,” he said.

“With them having such a poor season in the league they will be even more motivated to do well in Europe.

“I welcome two big battles with Diego. I am sure they will be physical, but both games will end in a hug.”

RUMOURS: Man Utd weigh up move for Benfica's Renato Sanches

The Red Devils could soon be adding a rising midfield star to their ranks, according to a report in the Daily Mail

Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Benfica starlet Renato Sanches, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The highly-rated youngster, 18, has been in sparkling form for the Portuguese giants since making his way into the first team, and is being monitored by a host of clubs across Europe including Newcastle, Swansea and Aston Villa.

Futher reports also claim that the Portuguese youngster has a whopping buyout clause of £58.8 million and a contract till 2020, but it seems United have not been swayed as they continue to monitor the midfielder’s development.

It is unclear as to whether the Red Devils will make a move in January given the player’s reported buyout clause, but they appear to be frontrunners to sign Sanches should be decide to leave Benfica for one of Europe’s heavyweights.


Everton Ribeiro reveals interest from Scolari’s Guangzhou

The 26-year-old says the reigning Asia Champions are interested in adding him to their growing list of Brazilians

Brazil international Everton Ribeiro has revealed Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande are hoping to lure him to China.

The 26-year-old has starred for Al-Ahli of the United Arab Emirates since his January switch from Cruzeiro, inspiring them to the final of the Asian Champions League.

His side fell at the final hurdle, going down to Guangzhou, but Everton Ribeiro revealed he could jump ship to the Asian champions after revealing that fellow Selecao star and former Cruzeiro team-mate Ricardo Goulart let slip of the club’s interest in adding him to their Brazilian contingent.

“Ricardo Goulart told me that the president wants me there,” Everton Ribeiro told Globo

“But I myself am not aware of anything. And these things, when they arrive, go straight to the club and my agent.”

Everton Ribeiro broke into the Brazil side last year after twice being named the outstanding player of the Brazilian league as he led Cruzeiro to back-to-back league titles.

However, he was absent from Dunga’s last three Brazil squads, one of many who have lost their places in the Brazil squad following transfers to the Middle East and Asia.

“I see my move here as a good choice. It is a market that is growing and so they want players who stand out,” he said.

“Here in Asia they like a lot of Brazilian players. Traveling for the Asian Champions League, everywhere I went people talked about Brazilian football. I believe they will look even deeper into that market.”

While the riches on offer are attracting more Brazilians than ever, the decision to head east appears to be costing the players their international futures, with the likes of Diego Tardelli, Robinho and Goulart all having been cast aside in recent months

“We know that [the CBF] has trained professionals who watch football around the world,” continued Everton Ribeiro.

“They always told us to continue playing at a high level and that is what we I am trying to do. Our team is second in the National League, fighting for the title, and winning can help my chances even more.”

He will be hoping to return to the Selecao in March when Dunga assembles his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.

Inter confirm Vidic contract terminated

The Serie A club released a statement on Monday revealing that they have reached a mutual agreement with the former Manchester United defender over his departure

Inter have confirmed that they have reached a mutual agreement with Nemanja Vidic to terminate the Serbian centre-back’s contract.

A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Inter announces that it has reached an agreement of mutual termination of the contract with Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian defender, at Inter since July 2014, has racked up 28 appearances for Inter and scored one goal.”

Vidic himself added: “I thank all the Nerazzurri family and fans. I wish you great success for the future. Always Forza Inter!”

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Bony not seeking Manchester City exit – agent

The Premier League side have no intention of letting the striker leave the club this January, according to his agent Francis Kacou

Wilfried Bony is not looking to leave Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to the striker’s agent.

Ivory Coast international Bony joined the Premier League title challengers from Swansea City last January and has 10 goals in 35 appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The 27-year-old has failed to secure a regular starting place for at the Etihad Stadium, though, with his progress hindered by a succession of fitness problems – including a bout of malaria during the close season.

Bony’s struggles led to speculation earlier this month that he could return to Swansea to aid his former club’s battle against relegation, but his agent Francis Kacou has insisted any talk of an exit is wide of the mark.

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“Wilfried will stay at Manchester City,” he told Foot Mercato. “They are all just rumours.

“A departure this winter was never on the agenda, and City simply wouldn’t sell him.”

“He has been injured often since arriving at the club, but he still has eight goals this season in 23 appearances, of which only 14 were starts.”

According to Kacou, his client will reassess matters at the end of the campaign, when City are widely tipped to replace Pellegrini with outgoing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

“We’ll see later, this summer, depending on the situation at the time.”