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Michu To Napoli?

Rafael-Benitez-NapoliSwansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed to the South Wales Evening Post that the club are in talks with Napoli over the potential sale of forward Michu, but denies a deal is already in place.

The 28-year-old Spaniard enjoyed an impressive 2012-13 campaign with the Swans, scoring 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances after signing from Rayo Vallecano for £2 million.

But after finding the net just twice last season, a new start at Rafa Benitez’s Partenopei side could prove too tempting to turn down, though Jenkins suggests “various options” are open regarding either a loan or permanent deal.

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vidal-juventus2According to the Daily Star Manchester United have reached an agreement with Juventus for midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Citing reports in Chile it appears that Juventus have accepted an offer of £32 million plus left-back and Patrice Evra for Vidal.

Vidal would be a massive signing for new United boss Louis van Gaal. The talented Chile midfielder has been linked with many of Europe’s big games including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal. For United to land him, without being able to offer Champions League football next season is another big win for the Old Trafford side.

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Old Trafford 2Juventus have turned down an approach from Manchester United for highly-sought after Chilean star Arturo Vidal, according to reports in the Metro.

The Chile midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and there are reports that a deal in the region of £40 million had been readied by Man United for Vidal’s services. However, Juventus are not keen to offload their prized asset and have rejected an approach from the Red Devils for the World Cup stars services.

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Ashley-Cole-RomaAshley Cole has joined AS Roma on a Bosman from Chelsea where the 33-year-oid defender has signed a two-year deal.

A statement on the Giallorossi’s website announced the signing:

“AS Roma SpA announce that a two-year contract, with an expiry of 20 June 2016, has been signed with the footballer Ashley Cole. The agreement also includes the option, on the part of the club, to extend the contract by a further season.”

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kaka-orlandoLast week Orlando City SC officially confirmed what had been rumored for months. That former World Player of the Year Kaká had been signed to a multi-year contract.

Kaka will now join Sao Paulo on loan, where he began his youth and professional career, and will then link up with Orlando City on January 1, 2015 as they prepare to make their MLS debt next spring.

‘I’ve always said I wanted to play in the USA and now I have reached an agreement to play there,” Kaka told AC Milan’s television channel.

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Pepe ReinaPepe Reina’s agent says the goalkeeper will not return to Napoli on loan and plans to spend the upcoming season at Liverpool.

Reina spent last season with Rafa Benitez’s side, making 43 appearances in all competitions, but Napoli and Liverpool could not agree on a transfer fee for the Spanish international.

So Reina’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told tuttonapoli.net that his client intended to see out the final two years of his deal at Anfield.

“I’ve heard of the rumours about Reina’s future, but I can confirm that Pepe is going to be playing for Liverpool next season,” Quilon said. “He is going to fulfil his contract with the English club.”

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vidic-interNew Inter Milan signing Nemanja Vidic was unveiled to the media on Friday after and the defender said he regrets not making the move to Italy a few years earlier.

“I should have arrived to Italy many years ago,” Vidic told the club’s official website. “Finally I have the opportunity to play here. I don’t think this is a step backwards in my career, I believe this is a step forward for me.

“Italian football suits my game well and, as I said before, I have joined one of the big European clubs. English football is different to Italian but that doesn’t mean that Italian is more simple.”

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Inter have confirmed that former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will be presented as their player on Friday afternoon.

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A statement on the Inter website said:

It’s finally time to meet Nemanja Vidic as he is officially unveiled as a Nerazzurri player. The press conference is set for tomorrow, Friday 4 July, at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile. It all gets started at 15:00 (members of the media can access the press room from 14:30).

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Petr Cech dives to keep out  Bastian Schweinsteiger's penaltyPetr Cech’s agent has sensationally snubbed a move to Serie A, insisting his client won’t go to Italy because ‘there are too many problems’.

The veteran goalkeeper could well leave the club this summer with youngster Thibaut Courtois coming back to Stamford Bridge after three years on loan at Atletico Madrid.

However, the player’s representative has claimed that the shot-stopper is definitely not coming to the peninsula.

“Petr has a two-year contract, but I don’t know if it’s going to be respected,” Viktor Kolar told Aktualne.

“Both Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are interested. He’s a great goalkeeper and will play for another big club.

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Mirko-VucinicJuventus striker Mirko Vucinic is currently undergoing a medical at Al Jazira, and will complete his switch from Juventus to the Middle Eastern club for a reported €6m.

The goalscorer was then met by officials from the club, before being shown some of their facilities, and then taken to hospital in Abu Dhabi to have the regular checks.

Vucinic is set to sign a two-year deal that will reportedly net him €5m per season. Not bad for a player who was third choice at Juve behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

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