<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Report: Roma consider mutual termination for defender Maicon after injury hit season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71295_report__roma_consider_mutual_termination_for_defender_maicon_after_injury_hit_season.htmlRoma are considering whether to offer to mutually terminate defender Maicon’s contract, according to reports.

Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by website Football Italia, claims that the Giallorossi are running out of patience with Maicon, due to a persistent knee problem.

The 33 year-old, who was signed on a free transfer from Manchester City in July 2013, last featured in Serie A in Roma’s 1-1 draw with Empoli in January and has only made an appearance in their Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Fiorentina since.

Head Coach Rudi Garcia has suggested that it is unclear when Maicon might be able to return and La Gazzetta dello Sport believes he could be moved on in the summer transfer window, despite his contract expiring in June 2016.

A possible next move for Maicon could be to Major League Soccer [MLS], though much will depend on the state of his injury problem, which centres around the cartilage in his right knee.

It has limited the Brazil international - capped 76 times - to just 19 appearances so far this season, which is notably less than the 31 he managed last term.

If Maicon does move on, then Torino’s Bruno Peres would seem to be the player Roma have pinpointed to replace him.

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<![CDATA[Roma Head Coach Rudi Garcia unsure when Maicon will return from knee injury]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71291_roma_head_coach_rudi_garcia_unsure_when_maicon_will_return_from_knee_injury.htmlRoma Head Coach Ruid Garcia has admitted he does not know when defender Maicon will return to fitness.

The 33 year-old last played for the Giallorossi in Serie A in the 1-1 draw with Empoli in January and has only featured in a Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Fiorentina since.

A problem with the cartilage in his right knee has been hampering him for much of the campaign and with the issue still not resolved, Garcia concedes he is not sure when the Brazilian will be able to play again.

“The problem is that he takes one step forward and two steps back,” he stated, as reported by website Football Italia.

“He has a delicate problem with his knee and I expected him to be back in shape earlier. Now one day he’s fine, another less so.

“We’ll have to get together and find a better explanation for his condition. I hope for him and for us that he can be back soon.”

Maicon was signed by Roma from Manchester City on a free transfer in July 2013. Last season, he featured 31 times for the club in all competitions, scoring twice, but this term he has managed just 19 appearances.

The Novo Hamburgo native is contracted to Roma until June 2016, but there has been suggestions that his contract may be terminated at the end of this campaign if his knee problem persists.

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<![CDATA[Grêmio manager Luiz Felipe Scolari refutes suggestion that he is set to move to China]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71288_gremio_manager_luiz_felipe_scolari_refutes_suggestion_that_he_is_set_to_move_to_china.htmlGrêmio manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has refuted suggestions that he is set to move to China.

Respected Brazilian journalist João Garcia posted on his Twitter account [@Joaoradio] on Friday that Scolari would leave Grêmio at the end of the Campeonato Gaúcho, with China his most likely destination.

"The Chinese are chasing Felipão and have made multimillion-dollar proposals. Win or lose the [Rio Grande do Sul] state championship, he will leave,” stated Garcia, as reported by website China.

Despite being believed to be a close friendly of Garcia’s, Scolari has been quick to clarify his comments. The former Seleção Head Coach seemingly hasn't completely ruled out moving on in the future however, if he desires it.

"I get a proposal almost every month from China, Qatar and so on, but currently [departure] is not in my thought," he said. "If I think about leaving, I have to discuss with my family.” 

Scolari was appointed as Grêmio’s manager, for the third time, in July 2014 and led them to a 7th placed finish in last season’s Brasileirão, where they had the best defensive record, with just 24 goals conceded in 38 matches.

Scolari has been rebuilding his reputation at the Porto Alegre based club after a disappointing end to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he managed hosts Brazil.

The 66 year-old, who won the 2002 edition of the tournament with the Seleção, saw his side defeated 7-1 by eventually winners Germany in the semi-finals and they ultimately finished 4th after a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in the third place play-off.

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<![CDATA[Juventus Director General and Sports Department CEO Giuseppe Marotta discusses Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71287_juventus_director_general_and_sports_department_ceo_giuseppe_marotta_discusses_fiorentina_goalkeeper_neto.htmlJuventus Director General and Sports Department CEO Giuseppe Marotta has seemingly refused to rule out a move for Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.

The former Brazil under-23 international - capped twice - is out of contract in June and widely tipped to join Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Speaking before the Bianconeri’s 2-0 win over Lazio on Sunday, Marotta noted that he was following developments surrounding Neto’s future, but didn't confirm whether an approach has been made.

“Neto? we're evaluating situation, at the appropriate time we'll make our evaluations,” he said, as reported by the website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

If Neto was to make the switch to Juventus, it would be widely considered as controversial.

The Bianconeri are bitter rivals of Fiorentina, while in October 2014, Neto insisted he would nevr join them, stating:

“I’d never go there [Juventus]. My agent hasn’t said anything, but above all I wouldn’t go because that would be to betray the Viola fans.”

The 25 year-old, who was signed from Atlético Paranaense for a reported fee of €3.5 million in January 2011, has however, seemingly now altered his stance, but whether he would be prepared to potentially go on loan and wait for legendary Italy international Gianluigi Buffon to step aside remains unclear.

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<![CDATA[Manchester United target Marquinhos commits future to PSG]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71277_manchester_united_target_marquinhos_commits_future_to_psg.htmlPSG defender Marquinhos has quashed rumours tying him to Manchester United.

The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, and admitted the United rumours were very 'validating' as a player. However, the defender has since committed his future to PSG by penning a new one-year extension on top of his current deal. He said: "The project is magnificent, and I'm really very happy to be part of it. The club is very ambitious. I hope to stay in Paris a long time to experience a lot of great things. Competition for places exists in every club in the world. I prefer to play in the middle, as a centre-back. But I am available if I'm needed, on the right or in midfield."

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<![CDATA[PSG captain Thiago Silva to miss Nice game]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71276_psg_captain_thiago_silva_to_miss_nice_game.htmlAlthough Thiago Silva's thigh injury is not as bad as first thought, the Paris Saint-Germain captain will not be available this weekend.

Thiago Silva will miss Paris Saint-Germain's visit to Nice because of a thigh injury, coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed. Silva suffered the setback in Wednesday's 3-1 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first-leg defeat to Barcelona. The Brazil center back limped off in the 21st minute at the Parc des Princes. Blanc was quoted in GOAL: "Thiago Silva is out for Nice even if his injury is not as bad as first feared. Thiago Motta is also out even though he is not far from returning to the squad."

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<![CDATA[Philippe Coutinho on meeting Pelé]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71275_philippe_coutinho_on_meeting_pele.htmlIt’s been a remarkable few weeks for Liverpool’s pint-sized Brazilian.

Coutinho met Pelé with Reds team-mate and fellow countryman Lucas Leiva prior to last month’s league clash with Manchester United at Anfield. He said: "We spoke with Pelé just for a little bit. We did not ask many questions. He asked us what life was like here and how things were. We did not have much time. I have never met him before, it was a great honour for me. I was a little bit nervous meeting him before the match. It is the ultimate honour because Pele is the greatest player of Brazil and probably the world. Meeting a person like that sends a shiver down your spine."

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<![CDATA[Juliano Belletti talks about Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71274_juliano_belletti_talks_about_neymar.htmlBelletti attained cult status during his three seasons in the Premier League due to his diligent, hard-working performances and occasional penchant for sublime goals.

Belletti said: "Neymar criticized by fans? It’s because he’s young. He’s a child, and that’s normal. The best Brazilian players all the same: They are happy when they play football, and opposition don’t like it. He'll mature? Possibly. In Brazil, footballers play with smile on their faces. It’s not the same in Spain."

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<![CDATA[David Luiz defended by mother after Champions League horror show]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71273_david_luiz_defended_by_mother_after_champions_league_horror_show.htmlThe Brazilian international was rushed back from injury for the match because of a defensive shortage and, having started on the bench, was called upon to take the pitch after just 21 minutes when compatriot Thiago Silva was injured.

The 27-year-old defender was given a torrid time by Luis Suárez as Barcelona won the Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-1 in the French capital, suffering the ignominy of being nutmegged for each of the Uruguayan's goals. Luiz subsequently came in for a wave of criticism for his display, both in the media and online. However, Regina Celia has since taken to social media to offer support to her son and urge him to keep his head up for the remainder of the campaign. She wrote on Instagram: "We are proud of you, David Luiz. I'll always have you as a son, keep your head up. God knows everything! Jesus fights for us, who are we to judge! I will always love you, in good games and much more when things are not going so well."

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<![CDATA[Willian focuses on defence at Chelsea ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71231_willian_focuses_on_defence_at_chelsea_.htmlWillian is more known for his attacking talents than for defensive work, but the Chelsea midfielder told the club’s official website that he has been working hard on the defensive side of his game.

"It was only when I came to Europe that I started thinking about my defensive work," the Brazilian said. "I have always been told that I am a creative player with lots of strength in attacking play but, since I arrived here, I have tried to develop the defensive side of my game and my marking and it is working for me.

"We try to regain possession as soon as we lose it, especially our attacking players. If you regain the ball fast enough you can catch the defence off guard and that’s what the manager tries to express to us. We always try to recapture the ball as soon as possible."

And the former Shakhtar man’s hard work appears to be paying off with Loic Remy’s recent goal against Stoke City, where Willian regained possession for his side, a perfect example.

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<![CDATA[Oscar ‘very happy’ at Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71238_oscar____very_happy____at_chelsea.htmlChelsea midfielder Oscar has denied media reports that he is set to leave the club this summer.

The Brazilian has lost his regular berth in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven since January and has been heavily linked with a summer move to Juventus but, speaking to Sky Sports, he dismissed the rumours.

"I'm very happy here," he said. "I get along with everyone, and the club shows its praise towards me. Chelsea is one of the best clubs in the world, so I don't see why I would think of leaving.

"I'm very happy with Chelsea's season so far and happy with my own performance as well, but I do think I could have contributed more to the team."

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<![CDATA[Coutinho’s Liverpool success makes Inter chief ‘sad’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71237_coutinho___s_liverpool_success_makes_inter_chief____sad___.htmlPhilippe Coutinho’s sparkling form for Liverpool has not gone unnoticed at former club Inter Milan, whose decision to sell the Brazilian for £8 million back in January 2013 now looks an awful piece of business.

"He was just 18 when he arrived at the club from Vasco," Inter’s sporting director Pero Ausilio told Sky Italia.

“Then came Benitez and the expectations were very high. Rafa used him on the flanks in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

“He was not playing much and we lacked patience so we decided to sell him.

“I would like young players to grow and succeed here; when I see them play for other clubs, it makes me sad.”

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<![CDATA[Orlando City SC defender Rafael Ramos credits Kaká for helping early season form ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71262_orlando_city_sc_defender_rafael_ramos_credits_kaka_for_helping_early_season_form_.htmlOrlando City SC defender Rafael Ramos has hailed Brazlian Kaká for helping him settle in the United States.

The duo have been two of Orlando’s standout performers in the early rounds of their maiden Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign.

Both Ramos and Kaká have featured regularly under manager Adrian Heath, with the former missing just one match and the latter playing all but eight minutes.

For Ramos, Kaká has been a big influence on him so far at Orlando and the 20 year-old credits the veteran with giving him confidence and ensuring he has been able to show his best form. 

“I am big friends with Kaká and that has been so important for me,” he said, as reported by website Tribal Football.

“He has helped me a lot, both on and off the field and, when you have a great player like that helping you, that only gives you confidence.

“It is also important that we speak the same language. That has been a big factor for me because it makes everything so much easier and, when I go out on the pitch, I feel confident and strong.”

Both Ramos and Kaká were signed by Orlando last year. The latter agreed terms with the club in July 2014, before leaving Milan to temporarily move to São Paulo on loan, while Ramos was secured from Benfica a month later.

The two players are expected to line up for Orlando when they face Columbus Crew in their next MLS outing at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea’s Oscar links up with Pele for Malaysian drink promotion]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71239_chelsea___s_oscar_links_up_with_pele_for_malaysian_drink_promotion.htmlChelsea midfielder Oscar is linking up with Brazil legend Pele as the two have been named joint ambassadors for a Malaysian sports drink brand.

Limited edition bottle of 100Plus drinks will feature the pair on the packaging while 100 consumers will win a chance to meet them in the flesh.

Oscar is also helping the owners of the brand organise a football clinic in the country.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager José Mourinho confident of finalising deal for Atlético Paranaense midfielder Nathan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71259_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_confident_of_finalising_deal_for_atletico_paranaense_midfielder_nathan.htmlChelsea manager José Mourinho is confident of finalising a deal for Atlético Paranaense midfielder Nathan.

The 19 year-old confirmed that he was having a medical and was close to agreeing personal terms with Chelsea through his Twitter account earlier this week, but no transfer has been announced as yet by the parties involved.

A potential stumbling block in the deal is a disagreement between Nathan’s agent and father José Carlos de Souza and Atlético Paranaense over the youngsters contract.

Atlético claimed they had an option to extend the deal, which expired at the end of March, for a further two years, but José Carlos de Souza insisted his son should be able to negotiate with other clubs.

That stand-off led to the matter being taken to court, but Chelsea’s intervention was seen as a compromise, with the Blues expected to pay around €7.6 million to cover the transfer.

Whether complications have arisen surrounding that stand-off is currently unclear, but as far as Mourinho is aware, the transfer is still likely to happen.

“I’m not worried with that [the deal to sign Nathan]. Not at all,” he said, as reported by the Star and website Off The Post.

“He’s a player that our structure followed and our structure thinks he’s a player with potential for the future. If the deal is close I will try to help, as I try to help everyone, to become a Chelsea player.”

Nathan came to prominence whilst playing for Brazil’s under-17 side at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and eventually made his debut for Atlético in May 2014. Since then, he has gone on to feature 13 times for them in all competitions and also starred for Brazil’s under-20 outfit at the recent South American Youth Football Championship.

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<![CDATA[Report: Juventus to compete with Manchester City for defender Alex Sandro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71257_report__juventus_to_compete_with_manchester_city_for_defender_alex_sandro.htmlJuventus will compete with Manchester City for FC Porto full-back Alex Sandro, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Brazil international - capped six times - was watched by a Juventus scout during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first against Bayern Munich, at Estádio do Dragão.

Sandro played 90 minutes in that match and though he was yellow carded, he provided an assist for forward Jackson Martínez to net Porto’s third goal in a 3-1 win.

The left full-back has been with the Azuis e Brancos since they signed him from Deportivo Maldonado for a reported fee of €9.6 million in July 2011.

The 24 year-old, who is contracted until June 2016, has won three major honours with the club and scored three goals in 128 appearances.

This season, he has netted once in 35 matches and is being targeted by Juventus as an alternative to Patrice Evra.

The Bianconeri were forced to bring Paolo De Ceglie back from Parma in January to provide cover for the France international, with Kwadwo Asamoah, who can deputise at left full-back, out injured.

Manchester City’s rivalling interest comes as reports suggest the squad will be rebuilt in the summer transfer window.

Serbia international Aleksandar Kolarov is seen as a possible player who could leave as a part of that overhaul and if that is the case, then Sandro would be an obvious candidate to replace him.

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<![CDATA[Pelé would pick Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71250_pele_would_pick_messi_over_cristiano_ronaldo.html 

The Real Madrid forward currently tops the Spanish league's goalscoring charts with 38 strikes and 12 assists, while Messi has netted 34 and set up a further 15.
Pelé insists he does not like to choose between the two when asked to decide who he considers the better player, but, when pushed, feels the Barcelona's Argentine star just edges it. Pelé said: "It's not that I like one of Messi or Cristiano more, when people ask me, I always say that you cannot compare them. Cristiano is a great player, more forward, more of a scorer. Messi is a player who makes goals but also creates chances as a weapon in behind. The two would be very important, but if I had to choose one it would be Messi."

The Real Madrid forward currently tops the Spanish league's goalscoring charts with 38 strikes and 12 assists, while Messi has netted 34 and set up a further 15.

Pelé insists he does not like to choose between the two when asked to decide who he considers the better player, but, when pushed, feels the Barcelona's Argentine star just edges it. Pelé said: "It's not that I like one of Messi or Cristiano more, when people ask me, I always say that you cannot compare them. Cristiano is a great player, more forward, more of a scorer. Messi is a player who makes goals but also creates chances as a weapon in behind. The two would be very important, but if I had to choose one it would be Messi."

 

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<![CDATA[Barcelona president Bartomeu warns Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71248_barcelona_president_bartomeu_warns_neymar.html 

The Brazilian reacted angrily to being substituted against Sevilla last weekend, with the president issuing a small warning in the direction of the youngster.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has warned Neymar he must obey the decisions of Luis Enrique following his touchline outburst last weekend. Bartomeu insisted that he is happy his players are always keen to complete the full 90 minutes but says the coach's authority must not be compromised. He told AS: "I understand everyone wants to play and contribute and that's a good thing. There are issues that remain in the locker room but we have a coach who solves things. The coach is always in charge in the locker room. We are in the midst of a great season; we're top of La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final and close to the Champions League semi-finals. Everyone wants to contribute to it."

The Brazilian reacted angrily to being substituted against Sevilla last weekend, with the president issuing a small warning in the direction of the youngster.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has warned Neymar he must obey the decisions of Luis Enrique following his touchline outburst last weekend. Bartomeu insisted that he is happy his players are always keen to complete the full 90 minutes but says the coach's authority must not be compromised. He told AS: "I understand everyone wants to play and contribute and that's a good thing. There are issues that remain in the locker room but we have a coach who solves things. The coach is always in charge in the locker room. We are in the midst of a great season; we're top of La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final and close to the Champions League semi-finals. Everyone wants to contribute to it."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar plays down his gestures in Sevilla game]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71247_neymar_plays_down_his_gestures_in_sevilla_game.html 

The Brazilian opened up the scoring against the French team PSG on Wednesday night.
Neymar had reacted angrily to being substituted against Sevilla last weekend, and he said about the incident: "I always want to play." That was all he would say on the matter, preferring that everyone focus more on the important victory achieved in Paris. Regarding next Tuesday's return leg, the player warned that they still had to be very cautious, as PSG were a team of great quality.

The Brazilian opened up the scoring against the French team PSG on Wednesday night.

Neymar had reacted angrily to being substituted against Sevilla last weekend, and he said about the incident: "I always want to play." That was all he would say on the matter, preferring that everyone focus more on the important victory achieved in Paris. Regarding next Tuesday's return leg, the player warned that they still had to be very cautious, as PSG were a team of great quality.

 

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<![CDATA[Laurent Blanc coy on PSG's interest in Dani Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71244_laurent_blanc_coy_on_psg_s_interest_in_dani_alves.html 

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has denied his club have made a "concrete offer" for Dani Alves.
Alves is out of contract this summer and his agent has said last week that the negotiations were "over" after the Brazilian rejected the club's final offer. Alves, 31, firmly denied last month that he had already agreed a move to the Ligue 1 champions but the speculation has persisted and Blanc suggested his club may look to do a deal when the transfer window opens. Blanc said: "He is a Barcelona player and it would not be the best moment to contact him. He has a commitment with Barca. We also do from here to the end of the season and we are not yet in the transfer window."

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has denied his club have made a "concrete offer" for Dani Alves.

Alves is out of contract this summer and his agent has said last week that the negotiations were "over" after the Brazilian rejected the club's final offer. Alves, 31, firmly denied last month that he had already agreed a move to the Ligue 1 champions but the speculation has persisted and Blanc suggested his club may look to do a deal when the transfer window opens. Blanc said: "He is a Barcelona player and it would not be the best moment to contact him. He has a commitment with Barca. We also do from here to the end of the season and we are not yet in the transfer window."

 

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<![CDATA[Pelé insists Neymar is reaching the level of the best]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71242_pele_insists_neymar_is_reaching_the_level_of_the_best.html 

Brazilian football legend Pelé praised the country's poster boy once again, claiming the Barça forward is reaching the level of the best.
The three-time World Cup winner also spoke highly of his compatriot Neymar and feels the 23-year-old is moving ever closer to the level of Messi and Ronaldo. "Neymar is reaching the level of the best. He does not have the same experience as Messi or Cristiano. Sometimes people forget players like [Andrés Iniesta]. It is very easy to play on a team with great players. It is an excellent school for Neymar."

Brazilian football legend Pelé praised the country's poster boy once again, claiming the Barça forward is reaching the level of the best.

The three-time World Cup winner also spoke highly of his compatriot Neymar and feels the 23-year-old is moving ever closer to the level of Messi and Ronaldo. Pelé said: "Neymar is reaching the level of the best. He does not have the same experience as Messi or Cristiano. Sometimes people forget players like [Andrés Iniesta]. It is very easy to play on a team with great players. It is an excellent school for Neymar."

 

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<![CDATA[Report: Roma make progress on deal for Torino wing-back Bruno Peres]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71224_report__roma_make_progress_on_deal_for_torino_wing-back_bruno_peres.htmlRoma are making progress on a deal for Torino wing-back Bruno Peres, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Giallorossi have agreed personal terms with the player and now only need to match Torino’s reported €20 million valuation to conclude the transfer.

Interest from UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists FC Porto could complicate negotiations however, while Roma will almost certainly want to lower Torino’s asking price - a fee they are unlikely to match.

Peres has come to the fore this season with the Granata, following his move from Santos in September 2014 for a reported fee of just €2 million.

The 25 year-old, who has a contract until June 2017, has featured 27 times in Serie A so far this term, scoring twice and providing five assists.

His goal against Juventus in the Derby della Mole at Juventus Stadium will likely be considered one of the best of the season in Italy, while he also struck in a 5-1 win over Sampdoria.

Torino Head Coach Giampiero Ventura has left Peres out of just one Serie A match since he arrived at the club, with the only other game he missed being a 1-0 win against Internazionale due to suspension.

If Peres makes the move to Roma, he will likely be used as a long-term replacement for fellow Brazilian Maicon, who has struggled with injury this term.

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<![CDATA[Report: Napoli tracking Cruzeiro full-back Mayke]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71222_report__napoli_tracking_cruzeiro_full-back_mayke.htmlNapoli are tracking Cruzeiro defender Mayke, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A outfit are considering making a move in the summer transfer window.

Napoli’s interest in Mayke stems from uncertainty over the future of veteran full-back Christian Maggio.

The 33 year-old, who has made over 250 appearances for the club, is out of contract in June and, as yet, has not agreed an extension.

Signing Mayke as a replacement would give Napoli a potential long-term alternative to the former Italy international.

The 22 year-old is contracted to Cruzeiro until December 2016 and has featured regularly during their back to back Brasileirão victories.

In the 2013 campaign, he featured 22 times, scoring twice, while last term he played 30 matches and provided eight assists.

This season, he has started four out of five of Cruzeiro’s Copa Libertadores matches, with the Raposa positioned in 2nd in Group 3 with one game to go.

Securing Mayke from Cruzeiro might not be a straightforward transaction. The Brasileirão holders have already lost Ricardo Goulart [Guangzhou Evergrande], Everton Ribeiro [Al Ahli Club] and Lucas Silva [Real Madrid] from their title winning side and would be loathed to sell another player who has featured regularly in their recent successes.

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<![CDATA[Arsenal’s Wellington Silva finally gains right to play in England]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71193_arsenal___s_wellington_silva_finally_gains_right_to_play_in_england.htmlWellington Silva has been granted Spanish citizenship, meaning he will finally be able to play for Arsenal – four years after joining the club.

Silva arrived from Fluminense for £3.5 million in 2011, but was not granted a UK work permit and has been on loan at five different Spanish clubs since, biding his time until he became eligible for Spanish citizenship.

The striker, who is currently on loan at Almeria, tweeted: ‘The good thing is slow in coming, but arrives with the greatest satisfaction in the world’.

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<![CDATA[Dunga backs Chelsea's Oscar for Juventus move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71197_dunga_backs_chelsea_s_oscar_for_juventus_move.htmlBrazil boss Dunga has advised Juventus to sign Chelsea’s out-of-favour midfielder Oscar.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to sign a playmaker before next season, and Dunga believes that the Brazil international would be a great fit for the Turin club. 

“He reminds me of Roberto Baggio,” he said. “Oscar has technique, reads situations well and is a modern and versatile trequartista. He reminds me of Roberto Baggio, but also has similarities to Massimiliano Allegri.

“I tell Allegri that Oscar is strong and also a good lad. A forward line with him, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata would drive any coach crazy.

'It wouldn’t be a step backwards for Oscar to go to Juventus. He’d be decisive in Serie A and whether he plays for Juventus or Chelsea it’ll always be a great club.”

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<![CDATA[Inter Milan keen on Liverpool’s Lucas]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71195_inter_milan_keen_on_liverpool___s_lucas.htmlInter Milan have Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on their shortlist of potential signings for this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini is hopeful of bringing in Yaya Toure from Manchester City, but Brazilian international Lucas is believed to be his back-up option, although it is not known whether Liverpool Brendan Rodgers would be interested in selling.

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<![CDATA[Atlético-MG left tough Libertadores task]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71191_atletico-mg_left_tough_libertadores_task.htmlAtlético Mineiro lost 1-0 to Atlas in Mexico last night to leave their hopes of qualification for the knock out stages of the Copa Libertadores hanging by a thread.

Arturo Gonzalez’s goal for Atlas left Galo needing to win by two goals in their final game at home to Colo Colo in order to qualify.

Atlético developed a reputation for unlikely comebacks during their victorious 2013 Libertadores campaign, and Levir Culpi’s men will be confident of another famous victory when the host the Chileans in what is sure to be a raucous and intimidating atmosphere at the Arena Independência next Wednesday evening.

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<![CDATA[Casemiro knows the hard part is yet to come for FC Porto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71198_casemiro_knows_the_hard_part_is_yet_to_come_for_fc_porto.htmlFC Porto pulled off a shock result yesterday when they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie. 

Julen Lopetegui’s starting-11 contained five Brazilians; Fabiano in goal, Danilo, Maicon and Alex Sandro at the back Casemiro in central midfielder, while former Atlético Mineiro midfielder Evandro came on for the final five minutes of the game.

And Casemiro admitted after the match that the hard part is yet to come ahead of the second-leg in Munich next week.

He said: “We have a good advantage. But this is the Champions League and we know it will be very difficult with the match in Munich. The whole team is to be congratulated. We played with heart, determination and will. We will keep our feet on the ground because until now we have not yet won anything.”

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<![CDATA[Porto played with their hearts in their boots, says Casemiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71210_porto_played_with_their_hearts_in_their_boots__says_casemiro.htmlThe midfielder has hailed his side's will and determination after the shock victory over Bayern Munich.

Porto’s surprise 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Bayern Munich came courtesy of a display from the heart, midfielder Casemiro has claimed. Casemiro, who is on loan at the Estádio do Dragão from Real Madrid, said afterwards that it was the passion with which Porto played that made the difference on the night. He said: “Our hearts were on the tip of our boots, that was the secret. The whole team must be congratulated from playing with heart, dertermination and will. We have built a good advantage but we must now think of playing Académica on Saturday with great humility. Then we must remember that this is the Champions League and we are still to negotiate the biggest hurdle, which is playing in Munich. We go on from here with our feet on the ground, thinking game-by-game, because we have done nothing so far."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Arsenal midfielder Gilberto says Brazil must prioritise World Cup qualifiers over Copa América]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71208_ex-arsenal_midfielder_gilberto_says_brazil_must_prioritise_world_cup_qualifiers_over_copa_america.htmlThe ex-Arsenal ace ace says the Seleção should disregard their status as favourites to triumph in Chile and instead concentrate on Russia 2018.

The Seleção have bounced back from last year’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany with eight consecutive victories under new coach Dunga, emerging as favourites for the upcoming South American championship in Chile. Gilberto Silva won the continental title under Dunga in 2007 but he says that Brazil must focus on the long term. He told GOAL: “We shouldn’t think about being favourites for Copa América. We have to think about being prepared for the next World Cup. What is most important, disregarding the results, is that Brazil can display some good football, because we’ll have the World Cup qualifiers next and they’ll be as difficult as the Copa América.”

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