Football: Ferguson wanted by Inter

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Massimo Moratti, the Internazionale president, would like to sign Manchester United's Alex Ferguson to replace Ottavio Bianchi as coach, the Corriere dello Sport reported yesterday.

Moratti, still keen on buying United's wayward Frenchman, Eric Cantona, said Ferguson and the Ajax coach, Louis Van Gaal, were the best in Europe.

He said he was under the impression that Ferguson was in conflict with United's managing director, Martin Edwards, over the sale of Paul Ince to Inter.

The Colombian striker, Faustino Asprilla, a recent transfer target of Leeds United, is to staying with Parma after settling his dispute with the club.

A spokesman for the Uefa Cup holders said they had asked the Italian league's disciplinary commission to fine Asprilla, who stormed out of the club after being reprimanded for reporting late for training on 9 September. The commission would decide the amount of any fine.

The spokesman said: "Asprilla will be remaining at Parma. We hope there will be no more problems."

Asprilla is serving a one-year suspended jail sentence for a firearms offence in his home country and is obliged to report monthly to the Colombian consulate in Milan.