Inter have not yet discussed Giuseppe Rossi, says Fassone

Marco Fassone has stressed that Inter have not made a decision yet about whether they want to make a move for Villarreal attacker Giuseppe Rossi in the January transfer window.

The Italy international, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, is keen to leave the Segunda Division side, and has set his sights on a move to Serie A.

Nevertheless, despite the Nerazzurri‘s interest earlier this year, a winter transfer to the Giuseppe Meazza side is still far away.

“The next transfer moves for Inter? In January we’ll see if we need to take action,” Fassone was quoted as saying by ANSA.

“Giuseppe Rossi? We still haven’t discussed a potential move for him.”

The 25-year-old forward joined Villarreal from Manchester United in the summer of 2007. His current contract with the club is due to expire in 2016.

Juventus pushed hard to sign me, says Fiorentina's Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic has revealed that Juventus were eager to sign him in the summer transfer window, but the attacker is adamant that he is happy with life at Fiorentina.

The Serie A champions had earmarked Jovetic as the perfect addition to their attack, but eventually failed to agree terms with the Viola over a transfer fee.

Nevertheless, the Montenegro international is by no means upset over Fiorentina’s insistence to hold on to him, and is pleased to still be with the Artemio Franchi side.

“I have to admit that Juventus tried hard to sign me,” Jovetic was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Of course that made me think, but that’s only normal. The chance to play in the Champions League, to play a key role in a project, the entire atmosphere at the club.

“But there’s no need to go to Turin for that, as I have that here as well.

“I don’t have any regrets that the move didn’t materialise. I’m happy at Fiorentina. It’s true that the president convinced me to stay here, but talks were always positive.”

Jovetic is under contract with Fiorentina until June 2016, but his current club have told him that he will be allowed to leave at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

Benitez claims Hicks and Gillett stifled Liverpool's Jovetic move

Rafael Benitez has hit out at former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in his new book, ‘Champions League Dreams’, claiming the pair caused the financial problems that saw them fail to land Fiorentina star Stefan Jovetic.

The Spanish coach also asserts the owners required him to be “a bank manager rather than a football manager” and cites the lack of funds made available for the Jovetic move as the principle reason for failing to challenge Manchester United’s domestic dominance.

In his new book, Benitez states: “Attempting to work in the transfer market that summer was almost impossible.

“We knew we would need cover and support for Fernando Torres, as David Ngog was still developing, and we had raised the cash to find it.

“The player we identified to fill that role was Stevan Jovetic, a young Montenegro forward playing for Fiorentina in Italy.

“The funds we thought we had available would also have stretched to another central defender, to provide cover for Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

“The two players we had identified were Sylvain Distin, then with Portsmouth, and West Ham’s Matthew Upson, both boasting abundant Premier League experience.

“Signing one of those two, plus the tall, powerful, intelligent Jovetic, would have given Liverpool the squad we needed to build on the previous year’s title challenge, when we had run Manchester United so close.”

Unfortunately for Benitez and Liverpool, it soon materialised that the funds thought to be available had been used elsewhere within the club, without the manager’s approval or knowledge.

“Liverpool, though, was no longer a football club,” he added. “It was a business.

“The money, which we wanted to use to take Liverpool on to the next level, was all gone.

“We would be punished for the disappearance of that money – and our failure to sign Jovetic – again and again that season.

“That was supposed to be our year, the season it all came together. Instead it was a long, hard campaign, a battle from start to finish.”

And with the club’s financial decisions being made to mollify the banks, Benitez argues he had become more bank manager than football manager.

“For five years I had been a football manager at Liverpool,” he continued. “By the start of my sixth, it was clear I had become something else entirely. I was suddenly supposed to be a bank manager.

“Decisions were being made to appease the banks, not the fans. That is how serious the situation with the owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, had become.”

Manchester United prepared to sell Brazilian midfielder Anderson

By Greg Stobart

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to cash in on Brazilian misfit Anderson after losing faith in the former Porto star.

Anderson has frustrated United with his lack of improvement since joining the club in 2007 and conversations were held over the summer about selling the 24-year-old, with Benfica and Tottenham linked with the 24-year-old.

United would want to recoup as much of the £18m (€22.5m) they paid to sign the all-action midfielder as possible in order to re-invest in the squad, with Ferguson understood to be keen to upgrade his central midfield options.

Anderson made just 10 Premier League appearances last season and has been blighted by injuries since arriving at Old Trafford, prompting Ferguson to raise concerns about his future.

“He hasn’t really realised his potential, which is there for all to see,” said Ferguson in April. “He is a fantastic footballer. I just hope he doesn’t have the bad luck that Michael Owen has had throughout his career.”

United are in no rush to sell Anderson in January, with the player under contract until 2015, but a departure next summer appears likely unless he can turn around his career this term.

United were interested in signing Mousa Dembele from Fulham before he joined Tottenham for £15m (€18.8m) last month, with Old Trafford sources citing the Belgian was considered as a potential replacement for Anderson.

Fergie has been waiting for Anderson to burst into life but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen because he’s not got back on track since his cruciate knee ligament injury in 2010,” a United source told “He’s definitely considered available for the right offer, but a young player on a long contract won’t be sold on the cheap.”

Ferguson has scouted a number of midfield targets as he looks for a long-term replacement for 37-year-old Paul Scholes and has been told he will be allowed to re-invest proceeds from player sales.

Portuguese winger Nani could also be sold as he continues to haggle over a new contract, with two years remaining on his existing deal.

United made their mark in the transfer market in the summer as they look to claim back the Premier League title, signing Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell and Alexander Buttner.

Manchester City to tie David Silva to new deal & ward off Real Madrid interest

By Wayne Veysey | UK Chief Correspondent

David Silva is close to agreeing a five-year €240,000-a-week contract with Manchester City, has learned.

City officials have held three meetings with the Spanish playmaker’s advisers this summer and have agreed the basic terms of a deal that will take him into the top bracket of earners at the club.

Contrary to some reports, negotiations between the two parties have progressed smoothly and the Premier League champions are confident they have warded off interest from Real Madrid to keep Silva.

Madrid officials have been monitoring the 26-year-old throughout the summer – although responding to rumours that the Bernabeu outfit were preparing an official bid, Silva’s agent Julio Llorente played down talk of a move in June, stating: “We are ignoring the plans of Real Madrid because he is very integrated at City and winning the Premier League has only increased his commitment to the club.”

As revealed in March, City were ready to extend the terms of a player whose current contract expires in 2014.

It is understood that the Premier League champions have held three sets of face-to-face talks with Silva’s camp, two in Spain – including one meeting in Barcelona – and a third one in Manchester.

It is likely the new contract will run until 2017 in line with that of manager Roberto Mancini, who agreed a five-year deal in the summer. 

City are uneasy at key players entering the final two years of their contracts but are mindful of the considerations of Uefa’s new financial fair play rules and conscious that they want Silva’s deal to fall into the right accounting year so they can demonstrate progress is being made in balancing the books.

Nevertheless, there are not believed to be any obstacles to a fresh deal and the 26-year-old’s pay will leap from its present €175,000 mark to elevate him alongside Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez in the top tier of City earners.

City recognise how important it is to hold on to Silva, who blossomed into one of the outstanding players in the Premier League during their 2011-12 title-winning campaign, his second season in England.

Speaking towards the end of last season, Silva said he was settled in England and praised manager Roberto Mancini for giving him an integral role in the team.

“I am very happy in England, I have two years left on my contract and I want to see it out,” Silva said. “Right now, I do not want to return [to Spain], I am enjoying life in England, people treat me wonderfully and I want to continue enjoying this.

“Mancini has complete trust in me, which is very important for a player and I am very happy. My team-mates are adapting well to my game and that is very good for me.”

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