Platini blasts big-spending Real

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid.

Real have splashed out close to £200million to sign Raul Albiol, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema this summer and Platini is worried by their lavish attitude to spending.

"I am concerned by the inflation and it upsets me," he said. "I do not understand such policies at certain clubs. I find it hard to accept the idea that some people are ready to spend without counting, when they don't have the money to do so

"Obviously, I'm referring to Real Madrid. But it doesn't bother me if a club spend 40million Euros on a player as long as they have the funds."

Meanwhile, Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has all but given up hope of being able to make his dream move to AC Milan this summer.

The Rossoneri have so far failed to stump up the necessary fee to secure the services of the 28-year-old Brazil international, whose agent, Jose Fuentes, is fearing the worst.

He commented: "Milan made a 14million euros offer, a figure that was not enough to acquire the striker.

"This figure undervalues the player and hence it cannot be accepted. Sevilla have every reason for not wanting to accept this offer.

"We now await to see if Milan will make a second offer for Luis Fabiano, but if Milan do not increase their bid it's clear that the Rossonero club are not interested in Fabiano.

"We are not angry, we are just disappointed. We are saddened because the player had made his mind up about going to Milan.

"Milan said they wanted him, but the likelihood is that he will not go there because they have not made a second offer so far."

Real Zaragoza have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to La Liga after reaching an agreement to sign Ikechukwu Uche from Getafe.

Uche joins Jermaine Pennant and goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo as Zaragoza's third signing of the summer.

A club statement read: "Real Zaragoza, Getafe and Uche have arrived at a principle agreement where, pending a medical, the Nigerian striker will spend the next four seasons with the Aragones club."

The 25-year-old's transfer is thought to be costing Zaragoza five million euros due to the price put on the forward's head by Getafe president Angel Torres.

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