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Brazilian legend improves his chances of making the Brazil squad by securing Turkish move

City fear being used over Ronaldinho deal

The Barcelona president Joan Laporta yesterday claimed that Manchester City were the favourites to sign Ronaldinho after a £25.5m bid for the Brazilian – more than twice as much as has been offered by his other suitors, Milan. However, the news was not greeted with optimism by City with sources rating no better than "50/50" the club's chances of eventually signing the 28-year-old, who caused further irritation at Barça by refusing to turn up for the first day of pre-season training.

Barca: City lead race to sign Ronaldinho

Manchester City are leading the race to sign Brazil forward Ronaldinho from Barcelona, the Primera Liga club's president Joan Laporta said on Monday.

Ronaldinho set for Barcelona showdown

Brazil forward Ronaldinho and/or his representative were expected in Barcelona on Monday to hold talks over the player's future, the Primera Liga club said.

McClaren finds goals aplenty at Twente

Steve McClaren enjoyed a winning debut as FC Twente coach yesterday as his new charges beat a Hengelo select XI 5-0 in a pre-season friendly. The former England manager was delighted with the workout, saying: "I am extremely satisfied, especially about the attitude of the players."

Milan admit defeat in Ronaldinho race

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted the club cannot compete financially with Manchester City in the race to sign Ronaldinho.

City's four-stage route to Ronaldinho

Manchester City's discussions with Ronaldinho in Brazil have left them convinced that the player wants to sign for them and that some of the commercial obstacles to him signing also appear to have been overcome.

City continue talks in Brazil over deal to sign Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho put in an appearance towards the end of talks between Manchester City and his representatives in Brazil at the weekend, but the City owner Thaksin Shinawatra's associates may remain there until tomorrow to continue complex negotiations around their initial salary offer to him of over £100,000 a week.

Hughes set tough challenge to stop Johnson leaving

The first serious challenge of Mark Hughes' Manchester City career yesterday saw him attempt to repair deteriorating relations between the club and Michael Johnson which have made the prospect of the midfielder leaving the club a genuine one.

Hughes in a hurry to lead City revolution

If, when he was first recruited to haul Blackburn Rovers away from the foot of the Premier League, you told Mark Hughes that four years later he would be unveiled at a training ground in Carrington as a manager with £50m to spend and Ronaldinho a possible recruit, he could have been forgiven for thinking that life after Manchester United was destined to come full circle. It hasn't, because as Hughes pointed out when Manchester City presented him as their fourth manager in a little over eight years yesterday, time waits for no man in football.

City chairman hails new era under bright young Hughes

Manchester City's new executive chairman believes that the club's successful pursuit of a British manager – Mark Hughes – is vital to the club's attempt to restore stability after yet another chaotic period in its recent history.

Eriksson still weeks from learning City fate

Despite reports that Sven Goran Eriksson is about to become the coach of Mexico, Manchester City said they will decide on the future of their manager in just over two weeks, according to an adviser to the club's owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

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.

Transfer news and speculation, 20 May

Ronaldinho can exit 'with head high'

Premier League clubs will be on alert after the Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, admitted that both Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o could be on their way out of the Nou Camp. Laporta insists Ronaldinho will leave and should do so "with his head held high". Laporta said: "Ronaldinho needs new challenges and it's normal that when a cycle ends the most emblematic people from that cycle leave. I'd like him to go with his head held high, because he has given us so many glorious moments. Eto'o is a player who is loyal to the club colours, who gives so much. He has also been one of the most emblematic players of this cycle."

Gattuso harbours Premier ambition

The Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso says he wants to play in the Premier League. Rumours that he was considering leaving have been circling for weeks and the Italy international, who played in Scotland with Rangers in 1997-98, said: "It's a dream I have always had and never hidden. I think I have the characteristics to play in that league."

Colleague's blog reveals that Rijkaard will leave Barcelona

Frank Rijkaard will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, a close colleague of the Dutch coach said yesterday. Jil van Eyle, who works with Rijkaard in a fundraising initiative known as "teaming", said he was looking for another sponsor because of his imminent departure from Barça.

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