Football: Batistuta attracts United's interest

MANCHESTER UNITED are reported to be interested in signing the Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta. "Batigol" has spent the last seven years with Fiorentina and his agent said yesterday: "Gabriel now wants to leave and nobody will make him change his mind. There are a lot of people interested, like Roma, Parma, Real Madrid and Manchester United."

Burnley player-manager Chris Waddle has parted company with the Second Division club by "mutual consent". Oldham have appointed Andy Ritchie as their new manager, while Keith Stevens is to take up the reins at Millwall after 16 years with the club as a player.

Next Wednesday's European Cup final between Juventus and Real Madrid could be moved from Amsterdam because legal limits on noise will prevent extra flights arriving and leaving from the city's airport.

The Dutch ministry of transport said yesterday it could not change the law to allow the additional flights. The Juventus team flight and around 160 charter flights for supporters have also been refused permission to land.

England's World Cup group rivals Colombia may have to travel to France without Carlos Valderrama. He owes the French authorities nearly pounds 20,000 in unpaid tax dating from his two seasons with Montpellier in the 1980s.

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