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Swansea's football and rugby union clubs are to move into the city's new Morfa Stadium within two years. The Swans will leave the Vetch Field for the 25,000-capacity, pounds 23m development when it is completed in 2001 while the All Whites will quit St Helen's, which will initially continue to be used for rugby and other sporting events.

Kevin Ratcliffe is to meet Chester City's new owner Terry Smith over the American's plans to bring in up to six Scandinavians on free transfers and then try to sell them on to raise funds. Manager Ratcliffe wants his playing staff to have long-term deals. All but four are on weekly contracts.

Goalkeeper Gary Walsh may miss the start of Bradford City's first season in the Premiership. Walsh has hurt his knee and goes into hospital for a scan today with the Bantams' manager Paul Jewell anxious that he may need surgery for the injury. Jewell only has untried Matt Clarke available after signing him on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday.

Manchester City are giving veteran French midfielder Franck Passi the chance to join the First Division club. Passi, 33, has joined City on trial after leaving the Spanish side Compostela at the end of his contract.

Real Madrid were due to unveil the young Brazilian defender Julio Cesar as their seventh major close-season signing yesterday. The 20-year-old centre back, who has been at Valladolid for the last three seasons, has agreed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Real's summer signings include Liverpool's Steve McManaman

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