Sport Deco during his Chelsea days

The former Portugal international has retired since the positive test

Portsmouth waiting in wings for £10m-rated Wright-Phillips

Shaun Wright-Phillips has been told that he can leave Chelsea with Portsmouth the closest to agreeing a fee for the England international. Chelsea have not waited until the arrival of Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager at the start of the next month to start clearing out some of the squad members whom they judge to be surplus to requirements.

Chelsea baulk at Barça's Deco fee

Deco is close to agreeing personal terms with Chelsea but there is still a wrangle over the fee being demanded by Barcelona. The Spanish club want €20m (£16.7m) for the midfielder even though they have declared he can leave and the Portuguese international turns 31 in August.

Ronaldo's agent advises against transfer request

Cristiano Ronaldo will be urged by his advisers not put in a transfer request at Manchester United.

Scolari may use psychologist to build team spirit

The famous female sports psychologist who has worked behind the scenes for Luiz Felipe Scolari in his greatest personal triumphs said she is ready to come to Chelsea to help the Brazilian establish a rapport with his new players. Regina Brandao told The Independent yesterday that she believed the new Chelsea manager would use her to help his new players adapt to having the World Cup-winning coach as their new leader.

Chelsea make Deco first target for Scolari regime

Chelsea are likely to make the Portuguese international Deco their first signing under new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. Talks have taken place with Jorge mendes, the agent who represents the Barcelona midfielder and also represents Scolari. Deco is likely to cost around £10m and has also held talks with Internazionale, who are now coached by another Mendes client, Jose Mourinho.

Czech Republic 1 Portugal 3: Ronaldo at the heart of Portugal's progress

Having been told earlier in the day that their manager will quit after Euro 2008 to join Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal team did a good job of looking like the most composed team in the tournament last night.

Today in Euro 2008: Zurawski could miss rest of finals with thigh injury

Poland captain Maciej Zurawski could miss the rest of Euro 2008 after sustaining a thigh injury in Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Germany in their opening Group B match. "Zurawski has strained quads and some bleeding so he may be unavailable for the rest of the tournament," the team doctor Jerzy Grzywocz said yesterday. "For the moment, he will take no part in the next two games."

Mourinho will target Chelsea trio after Inter move

Jose Mourinho will be presented as Internazionale's new coach today with three of his former Chelsea lieutenants on his list of potential new recruits.

Transfer news and speculation, 19 May

Nasri sparks Wenger's new French raid

Manager Arsène Wenger is poised to head back to France for three players to strengthen the Gunners' squad. The Lille midfielder Jean II Makoun and St-Etienne right-back Mouhamadou Dabo are both in his sights, but the name likely to spark most interest at the Emirates Stadium is the Marseilles playmaker Samir Nasri, who was yesterday named in the France squad for Euro 2008. Nasri did nothing to calm the speculation surrounding his future by saying he may have played his last game for Marseilles on Saturday. "[The goal I scored] was very important because it is perhaps my last match at the Stade Vélodrome," he said.

Floodgates will open, says Ferguson

Bullish manager insists the 'real United' will turn up at Old Trafford and knock out the Catalans. By Steve Tongue

Barça left to sweat on Henry fitness for crucial tie

Thierry Henry remains Barcelona's biggest doubt ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League semi-final against Manchester United after missing training for the second day running complaining of a fever.

'Injuries a smokescreen' for punished Barça players

Barcelona are publicising injuries to hide the fact that players have been dropped for indiscipline, a high-ranking club official said yesterday.

Barcelona 1 Schalke 04 0 <i>(Barca win 2-0 on agg)</i>: Touré rises above chaos to fire Barca through

Barcelona battled their way past Schalke 04 last night to set-up a semi-final with Manchester United on 23 April but at the cost of their captain Carles Puyol, who will miss the first leg after being booked, and amidst more off-the-field crisis.

Deco and Messi set to reinforce Bar&ccedil;a campaign

Following Tuesday night's victory in Gelsenkirchen, Barcelona's injury problems look finally to be easing – with Deco preparing to make his comeback at the weekend and Lionel Messi due to return from his native Argentina for the final phase of his rehabilitation.

Barcelona 1 Celtic 0 <i>(Barca win 4-2 on agg)</i>: Xavi quick to put an end to Celtic's dream of European glory

It was game on and then game over within two minutes as Barcelona cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals last night. Only the loss of the striker Leo Messi soured the home side's evening – the Argentine left the pitch in tears towards the end of the first half, with a recurrence of a thigh injury that kept him out for a month earlier in the season.

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