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Transfer news and speculation, 27 May

According to Milan general manager Ariedo Braida, the club would rather sign the Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o than his teammate Ronaldinho. With Barcelona expected to offload both players as part of a revamp under their new coach Pep Guardiola, Braida said the Cameroon international's characteristics would be more suitable for his team. "We need Ronnie less than Eto'o," he said. "Eto'o is a great player, but it won't be easy because I suspect we'll have to pay a lot of money." Barcelona would reportedly seek €40m (£31.8m) for the 27-year-old Eto'o. Ronaldinho, whose star has fallen this season amid doubts about his temperament, would probably command a lesser fee. Milan have offered £6.3m for the defender Gianluca Zambrotta but Barcelona want £9.5m.

Guardiola takes Rijkaard's job at Barça

Frank Rijkaard will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, as revealed in Tuesday's Independent, leaving a former club captain, Pep Guardiola, to take over as coach, the club president Joan Laporta announced yesterday. The former Netherlands international, whose contract was due to run for another year, took charge of Barça in 2003 and led them to consecutive titles and victory in the Champions League in 2006. However, his side has failed to win any silverware for the past two seasons and suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat by their arch-rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

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THE FUTURE of Rivaldo, the European Footballer of the Year, was thrown into doubt yesterday when he was dropped from the Barcelona first team following a row with his coach, Louis van Gaal.

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