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Manchester United’s hopes of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford were dealt a major blow by Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey final loss.

United officials had been in negotiations over a £55million deal for Ronaldo, but Santiago Bernabeu president Florentino Perez was furious with the defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid on Friday night and is now determined to keep his prized asset after a season without a single trophy.

Real Madrid are happy to see Jose Mourinho go to Chelsea after his failure this year, but feel they can now not afford to lose Ronaldo – the Stamford Bridge club were also hoping to land the Portuguese superstar. (Mirror)

Atletico have also agreed a £54million deal with Manchester City for star striker Radamel Falcao – beating Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Colombian goal machine will be the first signing of expected new City boss Manuel Pellegrini after Etihad Stadium moneymen agreed to meet Falcao’s buyout clause.

It will be a blow to oncoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who had hoped he would be able to bring Falcao with him when he takes over at the Blues. (Sunday People)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted this will bethe first summer in a long time when none of the Gunners biggest stars will be allowed to leave the club.

The Frenchman expressed delight at the fact that he will go into a pre-season for the first time in a long time not having one of his stars “half in and half out”.

Arsenal’s improved commercial deals have meant the club are not susceptible to big offers for their best players and Wenger intends to add to what he has this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham Hotspur has told chairman Daniel Levy he wants former England number two Franco Baldini as director of football at White Hart Lane.

Baldini is currently sporting director at Serie A side AS Roma after being Fabio Capello’s assistant with England, but Villas-Boas wants to lure him away from the Italian capital.

The Portuguese believes he and Baldini could form a successful partnership that could develop Spurs into title contenders. (Telegraph)

Santos president Odilo Rodrigues has revealed Brazil superstar Neymar is desperate to join Barcelona, but that he may not be able to grant the wish of  

his prized asset.

Barcelona are widely expected to eventually sign the 21-year-old but Rodrigues insisted he must listen to offers from all suitors, including Real Madrid, to find the deal that would be best for Santos. (Mundo Deportivo)


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