Maicon in Premier League link

Maicon has been at Inter since 2006 and won the UEFA Champions League with the club under Jose Mourinho two years ago.

Mourinho, now at Real Madrid, is believed to be one of the managers now interested in signing the 31-year-old Brazil international.

But the player’s agent Roberto Calenda claims another former Inter boss, Roberto Mancini, is also willing to move for the full-back.

He told “There is interest from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea in the player, while there are no possibilities that he goes to AC Milan and Juventus.

“But the player could also stay at Inter.”

Calenda later admitted there had been no progress on any deal, telling when asked about negotiations with City: “There is no news.”

Reds set to sign Sahin

Real Madrid are willing to send the Turkey international out on loan and he looked destined to link up with Liverpool’s Premier League rivals, Arsenal, earlier this week.

But it is believed the Gunners wanted to make it a permanent move and the 23-year-old was only willing to leave the Bernabeu on loan.

Now Rodgers, who worked with Real boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, believes a deal is imminent for Sahin to go on loan to Anfield instead.

“Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that,” said the Liverpool manager after his side’s Europa League win at Hearts.

“It’s quite far along. He’s a very good footballer.”

Modric 'close' to Real switch

The 26-year-old has been chased by the Primera Liga champions for most of the summer and a deal appears imminent.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had steadfastly refused to sell the Croatia international unless their valuation is met.

Levy turned down a reported £40million bid last summer from Chelsea, who had elevated the playmaker to their number one target.


It appears Tottenham will now accept a reduced fee for the former Dinamo Zagreb starlet who seems intent on leaving White Hart Lane.

“You read many things in the media but from the information that I have, Luka will move to Real Madrid for sure,” Mamic told 24sata.

“I’ve heard it’s almost done, so I don’t have any doubts Luka will play for Real Madrid next season.

“It is just a question of when the official announcement will be.”

Sahin set for Prem switch

The Turkey international is among those Real are prepared to move out this summer in an effort to get important minutes under their belt.

With competition for places fierce at Santiago Bernabeu, especially in forward-thinking positions, the likes of Sahin are likely to find themselves on the fringes of the first-team fold.

Mourinho accepts as much as he is prepared to sanction loan moves which could prove beneficial to Real in the long run.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all reported to be keen on offering Sahin a shot at the English top flight, with the Gunners believed to be leading the chase.


Former Chelsea boss Mourinho feels a spell in England will help to develop the 23-year-old’s game, but he is refusing to be drawn into a debate as to where Sahin may end up.

“It can teach him particular characteristics of play that he doesn’t have at the moment,” said the Portuguese tactician.

“I couldn’t care less if he goes to Arsenal, or Liverpool or Tottenham. I have no preference.”

While Sahin would appear to be heading for an imminent exit, Real are struggling to find a taker for former World Player of the Year Kaka – with the Brazilian playmaker another in need of a move if he is to take in regular game time in 2012/13.

“With Nuri we have proposals on the table, but we have no official proposals for Kaka,” said Mourinho.

QPR agree Carvalho deal

The 34-year-old has fallen out of favour at Primera Liga champions Real and will be allowed to move on in search of regular football.

Carvalho was omitted from the Real squad which toured the United States this summer, sparking speculation that he could be on his way out of the club.

A return to England, where he has previously taken in a successful spell with Chelsea, was quickly mooted.


Tottenham were said to be keen on the experienced centre-half, who won three Premier League titles during a six-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

It is, however, QPR who have leapt to the front of the queue in the battle to bring Carvalho back to London.

Mark Hughes has made the acquisition of defensive reinforcements a top priority, having seen his side open the new season with a 5-0 home defeat by Swansea.

A deal for Spurs’ England international Michael Dawson is believed to be close to completion and he could be joined at the heart of Rangers’ back four by Carvalho.