Overmars warms to Barcelona overtures

The Arsenal winger Marc Overmars admits he is flattered by the interest being shown in him by Barcelona and has not ruled out joining the Spanish club. Barcelona, who received £37m from the world record sale of Luis Figo to their arch-rivals Real Madrid earlier this week, have been linked with the Dutchman and his Highbury team-mate Emmanuel Petit.

The Arsenal winger Marc Overmars admits he is flattered by the interest being shown in him by Barcelona and has not ruled out joining the Spanish club. Barcelona, who received £37m from the world record sale of Luis Figo to their arch-rivals Real Madrid earlier this week, have been linked with the Dutchman and his Highbury team-mate Emmanuel Petit.

Overmars, writing on his website, said: "I'm extremely flattered by their [Barça's] interest in me and the prospect of moving to such a huge club would excite any player. For the time being I remain an Arsenal player and am due to return to pre-season training [today]."

Barcelona have confirmed Llorenc Serra Ferrer as their new coach on a one-year contract. Serra Ferrer took over the team in a caretaker capacity after the resignation of Louis van Gaal at the end of last season.

The likely absence of Overmars from the Arsenal line-up will be compounded by yesterday's news that Nwankwo Kanu - along with Chelsea's Celestine Babayaro - has been named in Nigeria's squad for the Olympics. The Arsenal manager Arsÿne Wenger said last week that Kanu would not be going to Sydney as he could miss up to five Premiership games and three Champions' League ties.

Alan Shearer is putting his neck - or at least his throat - on the line to help Newcastle United get off to a flying start next season. Shearer, 30 next month, was due to have his tonsils removed last week after suffering several bouts of illness in the past year, but has put off surgery after learning that the operation could have ruled him out for the start of the season. Now he will wait until the end of the new campaign to undergo the procedure while hoping that he does not suffer another bout of tonsilitis.

Manchester City have denied reports linking the club with the Newcastle striker Duncan Ferguson. Kevin Phillips has been sent home from Sunderland's pre-season tour of Belgium after failing to shake off a knee injury. The 27-year-old striker returned to Wearside as his side prepared for last night's friendly with Mechelen to have a scan.

The Middlesbrough manager, Bryan Robson, was due to meet his German international Christian Ziege yesterday as Liverpool closed in on their latest target. The former Milan wing-back is understood to have flown back to England to hold talks with Robson following his return from the Continent after Liverpool revealed that they had finally made a £5.5m offer.

Robson, meanwhile, is set to make the French right-back Lilian Martin his next signing. The 29-year-old Marseilles defender arrived at the Riverside last night and could complete a £1.5m transfer today.

The Norwegian international Bjorn Otto Bragstad has moved to Derby County for £1.5m after more than a decade with Rosenborg. The 29-year-old centre-half has signed a four-year contract.

Coventry are offering Blackburn a player-swap deal for Lee Carsley. They are willing to include Noel Whelan in any exchange. West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of the Bristol Rovers' striker Jason Roberts for £2m.

Leicester City will unveil their new £5m signing Ade Akinbiyi today. The 25-year-old Nigerian international has passed his medical after the Premiership side agreed a club record fee to sign him from Wolves.

The former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic is to join Parma from Real Zaragoza for a fee of around £16m.

Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
i100
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model of a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution