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Real Madrid defender Sergio
Ramos wants to leave and has asked
his club to listen to offers for him,
according to the Spanish media.
Ramos, a reported target of Man-
chester United, has not been offered
a contract extension to remain at
Real beyond June 2017 when his cur-
rent deal runs out.
According to yesterday s reports
in the Spanish press, Ramos had a
meeting on Wednesday with Real
general director Jose Angel Sanchez
at the club s training ground in
Valdebebas. It was at that meeting,
the reports say, that Ramos
announced his wish to leave the club
The 29-year-old Spain interna-
tional joined Real in the summer of
2005 from Sevilla on a €27 million
His stoppage-time equaliser in
the 2014 Champions League final
in Lisbon allowed Real to take the
match against Atletico Madrid into
extra-time, and his team went on
to capture a record 10th European
According to Spanish sports news-
paper AS, Ramos earns six million
euros net per season when combin-
ing his wages and endorsements.
The publication claims Manches-
ter United are willing to offer the
Spaniard €12 million net per season
and that Ramos is upset that Real
have kept silent when Barcelona
presidential candidate Jordi Majo
recently claimed he had been offered
the opportunity to sign the player
to boost his election campaign.
Sevilla: No offers
Sevilla say they have not received
any formal offers for Carlos Bacca---
and insist the Colombia international
will only leave this summer if his
€35 million buy-out clause is met.
Bacca, who has scored 34 goals
in 71 appearances since joining Sevilla
two years ago from Club Brugge, is
a reported target of Manchester
United, Roma and AC Milan.
However, no club has yet to make
an official bid for the 28-year-old---
who is under contract with Sevilla
for another three seasons---and the
Europa League champions are hop-
ing it stays that way.
"We have not received an official
offer for Bacca," Sevilla sporting
director Monchi said on his club s
official website. "We are not in nego-
tiations for any important player.
"I m no fortune-teller but top
strikers in the market there aren t
that many. Bacca has averaged 24.5
goals, 21 goals in his first season at
the club and 28 in his second. I hope
no one pays his buy-out clause.
"It s a risk we take but we can t
do anything about that.
"We gave him a new contract ten
months ago and I believe he and his
family are very happy here. But I
cannot predict the future."
Deulofeu joins Everton
Everton have confirmed the sign-
ing of Barcelona winger Gerard
The 21-year-old has signed a
three-year-contract---with the option
of a further year---in a deal worth
Deulofeu impressed on loan at
Goodison Park in the 2013-14 cam-
paign but returned to his parent club
and was subsequently loaned out
again to Sevilla.
He has long been touted as one
of Barcelona s next generation of
stars but has failed to establish him-
self in first-team football either with
the Catalan club or elsewhere and
that is reflected in the purchase price.
However, for that reason Barcelona
have protected themselves against
losing one of their brightest young
talents by insisting on a release clause
within the first two years if they
meet certain conditions and having
the right of first refusal if Everton
decide to sell the player.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez,
who had a good relationship with
Deulofeu, has kept tabs on the
youngster and moved quickly to
make him his second signing of the
summer after capturing out-of-con-
tract Manchester United midfielder
"Gerard needs no introduction to
anyone here at Everton, for we are
all well aware of his incredible foot-
balling talent," Martinez told his
club s official website."
Former Liverpool defender Jamie
Carragher has praised his old club
for getting ahead of the game in the
transfer market as a sixth summer
signing edges closer in the form of
Southampton s Nathaniel Clyne.
A deal, reported to be worth £12.5
million, for the England right-back
is at an advanced stage and he would
become the sixth arrival at Anfield.
Clyne, 24, is currently on holiday
but he is expected to be signed on
a five-year deal on his return.
There appears to have been a
determined effort to get signings
done early this year with the arrival
of Hoffenheim forward Roberto
Firmino, Manchester City midfielder
James Milner, Burnley striker Danny
Ings, Charlton defender Joe Gomez
and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan
The capture of Clyne would vir-
tually complete the business the club
set themselves after finishing sixth
last month, losing their Champions
League status after just one year.
£66 million for Higuain
Napoli have told interested clubs
they will have to find £66million to
sign striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Higuain netted 18 goals in Serie
A last season and Napoli have now
released a statement explaining that
any club wanting to buy Higuain
will have to meet his €94.7 million
(£66 m) buy-out clause.
"Napoli are keen to clarify certain
articles, published in some news-
papers, about the departure of
Higuain," a statement by the club
"The official clarification from
Napoli is the following: there is a
clause in Gonzalo Higuain s contract.
The clause is £66 million.
"There have been no bids. Anyone
who wants the player will have to
pay the club that amount."
deal a winner
Former Liverpool midfielder Diet-
mar Hamann believes if the club do
eventually sell Raheem Sterling to
Manchester City in the wake of the
capture of Roberto Firmino it will
represent their best piece of business
for a long time.
The Reds will pay about £22 mil-
lion up front for the Brazil interna-
tional with a further £7 million due
in add-ons, potentially making the
23-year-old the second most expen-
sive signing in their history.
Their record £35 million deal to
bring Andy Caroll to Anfield in 2011
remains a significant embarrassment
but Hamann does not believe the
Firmino deal is in that league---espe-
cially if they end up selling Sterling
to City for close to Liverpool s val-
uation of £50 million having already
turned down a £40 million offer.
"I ve not got a problem with the
money Liverpool have paid for Firmi-
no," the German told the Liverpool
"He s one of the up and coming
stars in Brazil and I think he s worth
it. Look at what other clubs are
spending. To attract the best you
have to pay big money.
"If Liverpool get £50 million for
Sterling and invest half that money
in Firmino the club will have made
their best business in a long time."
8 million Mings deal
Bournemouth have reportedly
agreed a club-record deal to sign
Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings.
The 22-year-old is understood to
be on the south coast discussing
personal terms and preparing to
undergo a medical in a deal that will
see midfielder Ryan Fraser join
Ipswich on a season-long loan.
Mings was one of the outstanding
performers in the Championship last
season, making 44 appearances for
Mick McCarthy s side as they just
missed out on promotion via the
He was the subject of a rejected
bid from Crystal Palace on transfer
deadline day last summer---a bid
believed to be in the region of £3.5
million---and was also of interest to
Arsenal before they signed Calum
Chambers from Southampton.
Mings signed for Ipswich as a
trainee from his local team Chip-
penham Town in 2013 in a deal
worth £10,000. He made his Tractor
Boys debut on the final day of the
2012-13 season against Burnley.
He has since made 56 appearances
for the club in total, scoring once.
Aston Villa role
Ray Wilkins is to join the coaching
staff at Aston Villa after holding talks
with manager Tim Sherwood.
The 58-year-old has revealed he
is to link up with Sherwood at Villa
Park as the club attempts to move
on from last season s fight for Bar-
clays Premier League survival.
Wilkins told Sky Sports News: "I
was talking to Tim Sherwood---I have
been for the last couple of weeks---
about going on board and joining
the coaching staff and assisting.
"Tim has just now confirmed that
I will be going on board. I m
absolutely thrilled to be back
involved. There s only one place to
be---the Premier League is the place
to go in, and I will be assisting Kevin
McDonald, Tim and the whole
"Over my coaching career, I ve
been involved with a lot of managers
of an extremely high level, and I ve
learnt off each and every one of
them. Hopefully I can give the lads
at Villa that type of experience."
Ramos wants to leave Real Madrid
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