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Obviously I left a lot out, I hope the ten other fans feel free to add whatever they think is necessary in the comments, lol. And I know Crouchy, Daws and Luka have their admirers :-P
Landon Donovan could have the chance to become the highest-paid American soccer player in history after Manchester City said Wednesday that the English Premier League club is trying to sign the United States star.
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Manchester United and Chelsea are battling to sign Germany’s World Cup ace Mesut Ozil in a cut price deal, according to reports.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the Werder Bremen starlet having almost snapped him up as a teenager and is ready to rekindle his interest now.
The 21-year-old has insisted he is commited to seeing out his contract with the Bundesliga side but, with just a year to run, Bremen are keen to cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing next summer.
According to The Sun, Bremen initially held out for £20 million but have since almost halved their asking price to around £12 million.
Ozil impressed for Germany, helping to annihilate both England and Argentina as Joachim Low’s young side finished a creditable third.
Bremen would have been in a great position to demand huge sums of money for the sensation had his cintract been sorted out before the tournament but will now have to cut down their price.
Fergie is not expecting to spend too much more money but he will want to find the cash from somewhere, even if that means losing a player.
Dimitar Berbatov and Anderson have all been linked with a move away from Old Trafford and could be used to raise the much needed cash.
• Uefa: 'The club has not fulfilled its obligations'
• Real Mallorca say decision is 'hard to understand'
The financially troubled Spanish club Real Mallorca have been excluded from this season's European competition by the governing body Uefa. Mallorca finished fifth in La Liga last season and qualified for the Europa League but Uefa said that its Control and Disciplinary Body had decided the club had not fulfilled the admission criteria.
"...the licence of the club was not granted in accordance with the Uefa Club Licensing Regulations, 2008 edition, and the club has not fulfilled its obligations as defined in these regulations," Uefa said in a statement on its website.
Mallorca said in May that they had applied to go into voluntary administration in an effort to sort out their finances. Like many Spanish clubs, they have been slipping ever further into the red due to spiralling wage and transfer costs and a recent University of Barcelona study indicated they had debts of around €85m (£71.7m).
The world No1 tennis player and Mallorca native Rafa Nadal became a shareholder in the club this month and his uncle, the former professional footballer Miguel Angel Nadal, is assistant to the new coach Michael Laudrup.
Mallorca, who have three days to decide whether to appeal, said they were surprised by the decision. "Real Mallorca profoundly regrets the disappointment this decision by Uefa, which is hard to understand and without precedent, will cause among our fans," a club statement said.
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• Two-year contract extension and £90,000 a week expected
• Serbian centre-half linked with move to Real Madrid
Manchester United are to offer Nemanja Vidic a contract extension that will place him among the highest earners at Old Trafford.
Vidic's position at United has been in doubt, with his agent indicating the 28-year-old is open to a move to Spain or Italy. Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after the club's pre-season friendly against Philadelphia Union yesterday, admitted he could offer no guarantees on the defender's future. "I can't clarify it at all," the United manager said.
Real Madrid are among several clubs linked with the commanding centre-half this year, and Ferguson went only so far as to say "I believe so" when asked if Vidic will still be a Manchester United player next season.
United officials, however, mindful of the damaging repercussions should Vidic leave a club plagued by injuries in defence last season, hope to end the uncertainty by securing the Serb on an extended contract. The former Spartak Moscow defender, signed for £7m by United in 2006, has two years remaining on his £70,000-a-week deal and there is a feeling within Old Trafford that his agent is angling for improved terms.
United usually open negotiations with players entering the final two years of a contract and are expected to offer Vidic a two-year extension and improved terms of around £90,000 a week. Talks on a new £130,000-a-week contract for Wayne Rooney are also planned ahead of the Premier League season, with United confident of reaching a swift agreement with the England striker.( Collapse )