<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Nathan's Chelsea transfer saga continues]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71543_nathan_s_chelsea_transfer_saga_continues.htmlChelsea’s pursuit of Brazilian starlet Nathan from Atlético Paranaense looked done and dusted last week when he travelled to London for a medical, however reports in Brazil suggest the deal has hit a snag after FC Porto put in a higher bid for the 19-year-old.

Atlético are keen to take the better value from Porto’s offer, however Chelsea have a contract signed by Nathan which they could send to the Brazilian justice department in order to force the deal through.

However, according to Gazeta do Povo, they are reluctant to resort to this measure, possibly because of the danger of Atlético reporting them to FIFA for tapping up Nathan, an offence similar to that for which Barcelona were handed a transfer embargo.

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<![CDATA[Gilberto Silva: Brazil must concentrate on World Cup ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71545_gilberto_silva__brazil_must_concentrate_on_world_cup_.htmlFormer World Cup winner Gilberto Silva believes that the Brazil must forget about their status as favourites for this summer’s Copa America in Chile, instead focusing on using the tournament as preparation for Russia 2018. 

Brazil have bounced back from their World Cup humiliation at the hands of Germany to record eight straight wins, but the former Arsenal captain, himself a 2007 Copa America winner, says Dunga’s side must not get carried away and should concentrate on their long-term development. 

 “We shouldn’t think about being favourites for Copa America," he told Goal.com. "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 America.”

And the 38-year-old argues that Dunga has learned the lessons from his previous tenure as Brazil boss, between 2006 and 2010, when he was criticised by media for being too emotional.

“I believe this Dunga is more mature and less angry,” he said. “He is a guy that has big personality and I believe he’ll help the Seleção a lot. 

“He will demand the most from every player he calls up and demand commitment to the country and the shirt. Of that, I am sure.

"The Seleção is a reference point for Brazil and they are in good hands.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea’s Oscar in hospital after Arsenal collision ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71544_chelsea___s_oscar_in_hospital_after_arsenal_collision_.htmlChelsea midfielder Oscar has been taken to hospital with concussion after a heavy collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Emirates stadium this afternoon.

The collision occurred when Oscar ran into the penalty area and lifted the ball over the Colombian goalkeeper, whose momentum took him straight into the midfielder, who was left lying prone on the floor. 

Oscar attempted to play on and lasted until half time at which point he was replaced by Didier Drogba and taken to hospital. 

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<![CDATA[Santos President Modesto Roma Júnior flies to Milan to try and secure an agreement for forward Robinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71542_santos_president_modesto_roma_junior_flies_to_milan_to_try_and_secure_an_agreement_for_forward_robinho.htmlSantos President Modesto Roma Júnior has flown to Milan to try and secure an agreement for forward Robinho.

The 31 year-old has been on loan with Santos since August 2014 and with that deal expiring at the end of June, Roma Júnior is now looking for a solution to either extend it or secure a permanent transfer.

The businessman has a scheduled meeting in place with Milan to discuss Robinho's future and he is seemingly confident about finding a positive outcome.

"We are going to Italy to talk to the club [Milan] about Robinho," he told Lancenet, as reported by website Xinhuanet.

"I wouldn't be making the trip if I didn't think it was worthwhile. It's important for our group that we try to keep him.”

Robinho started his career with Santos and was part of the side that won the 2002 and 2004 Brasileirão titles, before moving to Real Madrid in August 2005 for a reported fee of €24 million.

His spell in Spain brought him three major honours, including two La Liga titles, but he was eventually sold on to Manchester City in September 2008 for a reported fee of €43 million.

Robinho would have a good start in England, but his form dwindled and he was loaned back to Santos in January 2010 and then sold on to Milan in August of the same year for a reported fee of €18 million.

With the Rossoneri, he won one Serie A title and one Supercoppa Italiana, before returning to Santos for a third spell after almost four years in Italy.

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<![CDATA[Grêmio President Romildo Bolzan Jr. willing to wait to decide midfielder Cristian Rodríguez's future]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71541_gremio_president_romildo_bolzan_jr__willing_to_wait_to_decide_midfielder_cristian_rodriguez_s_future.htmlGrêmio President Romildo Bolzan Junior has admitted he is willing to wait to decide midfielder Cristian Rodríguez's future.

The Uruguay international - capped 83 times - is contracted to Grêmio until the end of June and with the 2015 Copa América set to commence from 11th June until 4th July, he will likely only be available for the opening rounds of the 2015 Brasileirão, assuming he is selected for international duty.

Rodríguez is currently owned by Atlético de Madrid and is on loan at Grêmio - an arrangement that could be extended according to Bolzan Junior, though he is no rush to make a definitive decision at this stage.

"He is a player who was in Europe and plays regularly for the Uruguayan national team but we are not going to speak about that (a new contract) now,” he told Terra, as reported by website Xinuanet.

Rodríguez joined Grêmio in March after a short stint with Parma. The 29 year-old had signed with them in January on loan, but moved on after making six appearances, due to their increased financial difficulties.

That switch to Parma brought to an end his lengthy run at Atlético de Madrid. He was signed by them from FC Porto in July 2012 on a free transfer and scored five goals in 97 appearances, as well as winning four major honours.

During his time at Porto, he was even more successful, winning ten honours, whilst he also lifted trophies with Paris Saint-Germain and Peñarol earlier in his career.

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<![CDATA[Botafogo Head Coach René Simões hopeful of securing agreement with veteran midfielder Daniel Carvalho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71540_botafogo_head_coach_rene_simoes_hopeful_of_securing_agreement_with_veteran_midfielder_daniel_carvalho.htmlBotafogo Head Coach René Simões is hopeful of securing an agreement with veteran midfielder Daniel Carvalho.

The 32 year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Criciúma in October 2013, has been training with Botafogo and is expected to sign a deal to stay with them until December.

Speaking last week, Simões stated that he would like Carvalho to be available for their match against Capivariano on 29th April, though conceded that he will need time to find full fitness.

"I hope he [Carvalho] will be available for our next Copa do Brasil match [against Capivariano on April 29]," he told Lancenet, as reported by website Xinhuanet.

"He trained today with the team and physically he is ready. It's going to take a while before he is ready to play 90 minutes but we are going to ease him into it.”

Carvalho’s likely arrival at Botafogo comes just ahead of the start of the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. 

The Fogão will be looking to return to the Brasileirão at the first attempt after being relegated last season and will hope Carvalho’s experience can aid their push for promotion.

The Pelotas native was capped three times by Brazil in 2006 and won major honours with Internacional and Palmeiras earlier in his career.

His most prominent spell was arguably with CSKA Moscow, who he joined in January 2004 from Internacional for a reported fee of €4.2 million, and went on to win ten major honours with, including the 2005 UEFA Cup.

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<![CDATA[Brazil has 'plan B' for Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71526_brazil_has__plan_b__for_neymar.htmlBrazil will adopt contingency plans for Neymar's Copa América preparations if Barcelona advance to the UEFA Champions League final.

Barcelona need to defeat Bayern Munich over two legs to qualify for the final of Europe's top club competition in Berlin on June 6. The Catalan club's appearance in the decider would almost certainly rule Neymar out of Brazil's friendly against Mexico in São Paulo on June 7. The Seleção will then face Honduras in Porto Alegre three days later, their last hit-out before the Copa América, to be played in Chile from June 11 to July 4. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told Globo Esporte: "We are going to have to deal with the situation. If there are cases where players can't arrive as scheduled we are going to have to work differently with them. This type of thing is always done with the national team. It's still too early to talk about what might happen. We will only make that decision when we know if there will be players who can't arrive as scheduled. But we have a plan-A and a plan B."

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva out of PSG's game against Lille, but Thiago Motta available]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71525_thiago_silva_out_of_psg_s_game_against_lille__but_thiago_motta_available.htmlLaurent Blanc had feared Thiago Motta would be out for the rest of the season, but the Brazilian born midfielder is back to face Lille.

Paris Saint-Germain have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 game against Lille with the news that midfielder Thiago Motta is fit to play. Motta has missed the last five games due to a hamstring injury sustained in the 3-2 win over Marseille earlier this month. However, there is no place for captain Thiago Silva, who remains unavailable with a thigh problem.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Corinthians striker Carlos Tévez denies rumors linking him back to Boca Juniors]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71524_ex-corinthians_striker_carlos_tevez_denies_rumors_linking_him_back_to_boca_juniors.htmlThe Juventus striker has been strongly linked to a move back to Argentina but he insists it is entirely down to media speculation.

Carlos Tévez has distanced himself from reports linking him with a return to Boca Juniors in the near future. The 31-year-old has been the key man for Juventus as they close in on a fourth consecutive Serie A title but uncertainty over his future has been growing, with whispers suggesting he could be ready to head back to Argentina either at the end of this season or next. He was quoted in GOAL: "There’s nothing with Boca Juniors. The media are talking too much lately."

Tévez, who has also played for West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City in England, joined Brasileirão club Corinthians after leaving Boca Juniors.

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<![CDATA[Neymar and Dani Alves among nine Barcelona players in Alex Song's Fantasy team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71523_neymar_and_dani_alves_among_nine_barcelona_players_in_alex_song_s_fantasy_team.htmlWest Ham's on loan Barcelona ace has picked his Fantasy Football XI.

West Ham United's on loan Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has picked his XI of stars he played alongside throughout his career, on The Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports. Song has also played for Arsenal as well as representing Cameroon at international level. His Fantasy team: Carlos Kameni; Dani Alves, Rigobert Song, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas; Neymar, Messi, Thierry Henry.

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<![CDATA[Thiago Alcântara excited to return to Camp Nou to face Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71522_thiago_alcantara_excited_to_return_to_camp_nou_to_face_barcelona.htmlThe Bayern Munich midfielder says it will be an honour to return to his old stomping ground when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League.

Thiago, son of Ex-Brazilian footballer Mazinho, has his brother Rafinha playing at Barcelona. Thiago, who joined Barça at 14 before spending four years in the first team, is honoured to get another chance to play in the iconic stadium. He said: "Any other opponent would also have been very tough, but it’s an honour to play at Camp Nou. We’ll do everything we can to get through and play for the European crown in Berlin."

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<![CDATA[Merson: Costa is key for Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71472_merson__costa_is_key_for_chelsea.htmlFormer Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson says he believes that the availability of Chelsea striker Diego Costa will decide the outcome of their Premier League clash with the Gunners on Sunday.

The Brazilian hit-man has missed Chelsea’s last two fixtures with a hamstring problem, but is hopeful of being fit in time for the game in North London.

"This game all depends on Diego Costa," Merson told Sky Sports.

"If Costa’s fit it’s a different game, but if he ain’t fit I can’t see any goals." 

He added: "Tactically, Mourinho can go somewhere and make it very difficult and Arsenal have that tendency to shoot themselves in the foot if it is tight and Chelsea are defending well.

"Last week, Chelsea had 30 per cent of the play at home but Man Utd never looked like scoring."

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<![CDATA[Neymar close to being Messi’s best Barcelona partner]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71494_neymar_close_to_being_messi___s_best_barcelona_partner.htmlNeymar’s 30 goals this season in 41 games for Barcelona put him close to being the most prolific partner that Lionel Messi has had during his Nou Camp career. The Brazilian international is already ahead of Ronaldinho, Henry and Ibrahimovic.

Samuel Eto'o, with 36 goals in the 2008/2009 season, is the only player to have been more prolific playing with the Argentine international than Neymar. But there is still more than a month of competition remaining for the captain of the Seleção and he may well outstrip the Cameroonians by the month of June.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Lucas in potential Inter swap deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71493_liverpool___s_lucas_in_potential_inter_swap_deal.htmlBrendan Rodgers is considering using Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva as a makeweight as he bids to bring Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic to Anfield, according to reports in the Italian press.

Tuttosport claim that Kovacic is valued by Inter at around £23 million, but having only signed a new deal at the San Siro in January, it may prove difficult for Rodgers to lure the Croatian to Merseyside.

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<![CDATA[Oscar: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard the ‘best player in England’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71473_oscar__chelsea___s_eden_hazard_the____best_player_in_england___.htmlChelsea midfielder Oscar believes his team-mate Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player.

The Belgian winger has bagged 18 goals and provided 18 assists so far this season, form that Oscar argues is enough to make him player of the year.

Oscar told Goal: "In my opinion he [Eden Hazard] is the best player in the Premier League at this moment.

"It's very hard pointing out who's the best here or there, especially here with so many good players.

"But Hazard has been so consistent and he deserves to be considered as the best player in England.

"Obviously we have other good players like Willian, he is only 25, or Diego Costa. We still have room for improvement.

"If we can keep this winning mentality I don't see why other stars can't rise here."

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<![CDATA[Flamengo close to Douglas Coutinho deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71495_flamengo_close_to_douglas_coutinho_deal.htmlAttacker Douglas Coutinho could be leaving Atlético Paranaense in the coming days. The Brazilian international is being courted by Flamengo who wish to acquire his services for the start of the Brazilian championship.

The 21-year-old would be joining former club colleague, Marcelo, who arrived in Rio earlier this year. The investment fund Dean Sports owns 70% of the player's rights.

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<![CDATA[Pelé: 'Only God can explain Brazil's World Cup defeat by Germany']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71506_pele___only_god_can_explain_brazil_s_world_cup_defeat_by_germany_.htmlBrazil legend Pelé says "only God can explain" how the Seleção were beaten so brutally by Germany in last summer's World Cup semi-final.

Without Neymar and Thiago Silva, the tournament hosts were hammered 7-1 by the soon-to-be world champions which triggered the end of Luiz Felipe Scolari's reign. He said: "The semi-final was something nobody can explain," the former Brazil striker, who won three World Cups during his illustrious career, told reporters at an exhibition event in London. When we were preparing for the World Cup the two teams everybody, even people who don't know football, expected to be in the final were Spain and Brazil. Those were the two teams that were supposed to be in the final. But the German team, I saw them play two years before and they were very, very good. They were very well prepared. And then of course there was the disaster in the semis and it really was a disaster. It was something nobody could predict. Brazil could lose, 1-0 or 2-0, but to lose 7-1 and the third-place play-off we lost 3-0, it's something only God can explain."

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<![CDATA[São Paulo end their pursuit of Sabella]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71504_sao_paulo_end_their_pursuit_of_sabella.htmlBrazilian football club São Paulo have called off their pursuit of former Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella.

Sabella had been the favourite to replace Muricy Ramalho, who stepped down earlier this month due to health problems. Despite agreeing to preliminary talks, Sabella told São Paulo he could not yet make a decision due to his interest in coaching an undisclosed Premier League club in England. São Paulo vice-president Ataíde Gil Guerreiro said: "We have decided that we can't wait any longer. He said right from the beginning that he wouldn't have a quick response. So it was better for both sides. He wants to coach in Europe, in the Premier League. That's why there was no way he could respond quickly."

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<![CDATA[Hulk scores, but Zenit knocked out of Europa League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71503_hulk_scores__but_zenit_knocked_out_of_europa_league.htmlAndré Villas-Boas's side came from a goal down to level the tie at 3-3 before the striker scored on the break to seal a last-four spot.

After scoring Sevilla's winner in a 2-1 first-leg victory last week, Carlos Bacca found the net again with an early penalty in the second leg to put the Liga side in command on Thursday. Zenit looked short of ideas, but the Russian Premier League leaders were gifted a way back into the tie when Beto, making his return from injury, inexplicably dropped a cross and Salomon Rondón turned the ball home just after half-time. Three-time winners Sevilla then lost composure and Zenit capitalised, with Hulk putting them in front in the match in spectacular fashion with a sensational long-range lob to seemingly take the tie into extra-time. Gameiro, coming off the bench to score five minutes from time to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.

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<![CDATA[Fabinho flattered by Barcelona link]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71502_fabinho_flattered_by_barcelona_link.htmlThe Brazilian concedes he is not certain where his long-term future lies after excelling for Monaco throughout this campaign.

Monaco full-back Fabinho admits he is flattered to hear rumours suggesting he is a prime target to replace Dani Alves at Barcelona. The Brazilian has emerged as a key component in Leonardo Jardim's side since joining from Rio Ave on loan, originally in the summer of 2013. He was quoted in GOAL: "I saw in a newspaper that I was on a list of five full-backs who interests Barcelona, but I have not said anything. I don't know about my future. It is good when your name is associated with Barcelona but I am focused on Monaco. Barcelona are stronger with all their stars. We are a very young team, with less experience. Barcelona are always there to win it all."

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<![CDATA[Americas high student gets date with soccer star Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71501_americas_high_student_gets_date_with_soccer_star_neymar.htmlAmericas High School junior Rhiannon Conelley is just a day away from meeting her idol.

The varsity goalie and longtime soccer aficionado will meet the Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar. The long awaited meeting will be in Barcelona on Friday. Her plus-one for the trip will be her personal coach, Gerardo Alvarez. She said: "I honestly haven't thought of anything that I would ask him. I still haven't gotten to that. I still can't even process that I'm going to meet him. It's kind of like, wow!"

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<![CDATA[Oscar: 'The title will just be the beginning for Chelsea']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71489_oscar___the_title_will_just_be_the_beginning_for_chelsea_.htmlChelsea midfielder Oscar believes that the club are well set to dominate the Premier League for years to come.

Chelsea are on the brink of their first title since 2010 and victory over Arsenal this weekend will all but seal the championship. When asked if this would set Chelsea up to dominate the league in the future Oscar wasn't slow to answer.

"Hopefully yes. This squad is really young and we've been playing together for a long time," he told Goal. "We are improving as the time goes by.  This is good for the players and for the club. We know each others’ movements on the pitch."

There are still question marks over Oscar's future at the club but for now the Brazilian is focused on getting his hands on that title.

“Hopefully yes. This squad is really young and we've been playing together for a long time,” he told Goal.
“We are improving as the time goes by.  This is good for the players and for the club. We know each others’ movements on the pitch."


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<![CDATA[Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane join forces once more]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71487_ronaldo_and_zinedine_zidane_join_forces_once_more.htmlFormer Brazil striker Ronaldo was in Saint-Etienne on Monday to support his former team mate Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane was hosting a Match Against Poverty and Ronaldo was one of the first players to jump at the chance to help. The two former Real Madrid players share a close friendship from their time at the club.

"I will remember forever that first injury I had to endure," Ronaldo told L'Equipe. "This time when Zinedine came to visit me in the hospital to wish me a speedy recovery. This unforgettable gesture, while I was not sure if I could return to football, meant a lot to me. He testified the depth of his friendship."

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<![CDATA[Kaka is loving life at his new home]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71486_kaka_is_loving_life_at_his_new_home.htmlFormer world player of the year Kaka has told reporters how he is loving life at his new club Orlando City.

Kaka joined the MLS franchise last June but only made his debut for the team in March after spending time on loan at São Paulo. In the last six weeks since his first appearance the former Brazil midfielder has three goals in seven games.

"I am very happy with my career, I'm in a new phase in a new league with new teammates. My goal has not changed, I want to win the championship and be part of the club's history. I am 33 years old now but I still feel young. From what I have seen, I think we can be a very good team."

"I am very happy with my career, I'm in a new phase in a new league with new teammates. My goal has not changed, I want to win the championship and be part of the club's history. I ' am 33 years old but I still feel young and I want to give even more on the ground. "
"After three months here, I am Gaining confidence all the time," he said. "From what I have seen, I think we Can Be a very good team,


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<![CDATA[Former Arsenal striker wary of Chelsea's Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71482_former_arsenal_striker_wary_of_chelsea_s_diego_costa.htmlFormer Arsenal striker Paul Merson believes that this weekend's game between Arsenal and Chelsea will be decided on Diego Costa's fitness.

Costa has missed Chelsea's last two matches with a hamstring problem and it is unlikely that he will play any part against Arsenal. But Merson believes that if the Brazilian born forward is fit, it will be a different game.

"This game all depends on Diego Costa," he told Sky Sports."If Costa’s fit it’s a different game, but if he ain’t fit I can’t see any goals. I think Mourinho will go there, make sure they don’t lose, and that will be it."

Even if Diego Costa can't make the match his replacement, Didier Drogba, has a record of 15 goals in 15 games against the Gunners.

"This game all depends on Diego Costa," he told Sky Sports.
"If Costa’s fit it’s a different game, but if he ain’t fit I can’t see any goals."



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<![CDATA[Report: Figueirense and Vasco da Gama to compete to sign free agent Carlos Alberto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71474_report__figueirense_and_vasco_da_gama_to_compete_to_sign_free_agent_carlos_alberto.htmlVasco da Gama face competition from Figueirense to sign free agent Carlos Alberto, according to reports.

Lancenet, as cited by The Statesman, claims that the two Brazilian outfits are eager to bring in Carlos Alberto, who has been without a club since leaving Botafogo in January 2015.

The 30 year-old midfielder has previously played for Vasco between January 2009 and July 2013 and despite scoring 12 goals in 69 appearances, he was loaned to Grêmio and Bahia during that spell.

Vasco eventually released him and he had a stint with Goiás, before joining Botafogo in May 2014. He would go on to make just 13 appearances in the Brasileirão for the Estrela Solitária.

Carlos Alberto is perhaps best known for his spell at FC Porto. They signed him from Fluminense for a reported fee of €2.5 million in January 2004 and though he scored just twice in 24 appearances, he was a key part of then manager José Mourinho’s side that won the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League and Primeira Liga title. 

The following season, he also won the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and Intercontinental Cup, before moving to Corinthians for a reported fee of €10 million in January 2015.

He would go on to win a Brasileirão title with them, but was sold to Werder Bremen in July 2007 for a reported fee of €7.8 million and eventually loaned to Botafogo and Vasco, who he ultimately joined on a free transfer.

Carlos Alberto is not the only player the Gigante da Colina are believed to be targeting ahead of their return to the Brasileirão. Former Botafogo left full-back Júlio César and another free agent, midfielder Diguinho, are also saide to be under consideration.

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<![CDATA[Report: Internazionale willing to sell defender Juan Jesus for the right price]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71471_report__internazionale_willing_to_sell_defender_juan_jesus_for_the_right_price.htmlInternazionale could be willing to sell defender Juan Jesus for the right price, according to reports.

Tutto Mercato Web, as cited by website Forza Italian Football, claims that the Serie A outfit would look to sell Juan in the summer transfer window, if they receive an offer of around €10 million.

Inter are facing the prospect of a season without playing in European competition and with UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations [FFP] set to impact them, the club are believed to be open to selling players in the summer to avoid failing the requirements.

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, who was only signed from Bayern Munich in January, forward Mauro Icardi and Croat Mateo Kovačić are reportedly being considered as possible makeweights to appease FFP, but it may now be Juan who is sacrificed.

The 23 year-old was signed from Internacional for a reported fee of €3.8 million in January 2012 and currently serves as a vice-captain.

This season, he has made 39 appearances in all competitions and has recently been switched to left full-back by Head Coach Roberto Mancini.

The Brazil international, who has been capped four times, is contracted until June 2018 and, as yet, it is unclear which clubs would be interested in signing him, though Manchester United have been linked in the past.

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<![CDATA[Manchester United line-up Rafael replacement]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71441_manchester_united_line-up_rafael_replacement.htmlPress reports suggest that Manchester United are planning to replace Brazilian right-back Rafael da Silva with Newcastle United’s Daryl Janmaat.

Rafael, who has been at the club since the age of 17, has struggled to establish himself since Louis van Gaal’s arrival at the club, partly down to a succession of injuries.

The 24-year-old incurred a further injury during a reserve game on Monday and will now miss the remainder of the season, meaning he may now have played his last game for the club.

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<![CDATA[Hernanes staying at Inter despite Liverpool interest]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71458_hernanes_staying_at_inter_despite_liverpool_interest.htmlInter Milan midfielder Hernanes insists he will remain at the club despite reported interest from Premier League outfits including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Brazil international moved to the San Siro from Lazio last summer but his new side have struggled this season, currently occupying 10th place in Serie A.

But the former São Paulo man insists he has no plans to leave Milan just yet.

He told Sky Italia: "My future? I'm feeling fine here and I want to stay until we start winning [trophies] again.

"The derby draw [against AC Milan] has left us with a bitter taste in our mouth, we deserved to win and the three points would have been very important."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea in Filipe Luis exit talks]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/71457_chelsea_in_filipe_luis_exit_talks.htmlChelsea are reportedly in talks with Atlético Madrid to sell Filipe Luis, less than a year after he left the Vicente Calderón Stadium for West London.

The 29-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge for £16 million during the summer, after playing a massive role in Atletico’s La Liga title-win last season.

However, the Brazil international has struggled to establish himself in the Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho, in part due to the exceptional form of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Atletico are keen to resign Luis, who has made just 18 starts in all competitions for the Blues this season, at a lower price than they were paid for him, according to the London Evening Standard.

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