Abramovich backs Uefa spending ban; Spurs eye Sulley; Warnock joins Villa
Transfer Talk: Harry Redknapp hopes to tempt Inter Milan with a £15m offer for Muntari plus Jermaine Jenas into the bargain
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has backed Uefa's campaign for 'financial fair play' in football. Uefa president Michel Platini yesterday named Abramovich, along with Silvio Berlusconi, the AC Milan owner and Prime Minister of Italy, as among those who want Uefa to put a stop to the inflation in transfer fees and salaries, which are responsible for club proprietors' increasing debts.
Abramovich has spent £700 million on Chelsea since he bought it six years ago, but he no longer wants to pour his fortune into the club - or have any other club forge ahead of the Blues. Manchester City, for instance, have spent £120 million in the current transfer window. By contrast Chelsea have spent £23 million.
Platini has threatened any club that does not break even in the next three years will be kicked out of the European competitions. The proposals, which are still to be finalised, are to be introduced across European competition in the 2012-13 season...
After signing Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe earlier this summer, Harry Redknapp is eyeing up yet another former player. This time the Tottenham boss hopes to sign his one-time Pompey star Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan. According to the Sun Redknapp plans to offer the Italian club £5m plus England midfielder Jermaine Jenas. While Inter manger Jose Mourinho will not want to lose Muntari he is keen to land Jenas, having failed to sign him in January...
Everton are expected to follow up the imminent arrival of Sylvain Distin (above left) by swooping for the Atlético Madrid and Holland right back Johnny Heitinga and Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, according to the Times. Brown has also been in Tottenham Hotspur's sights.
Meanwhile Distin underwent a medical last night after Everton agreed a £5.3 million fee with Portsmouth for the 31-yearold defender...
Stephen Warnock has joined Aston Villa in a £7 million switch from Blackburn Rovers, the Sun reports. The 27-year-old left-back has agreed a four-year contract. Villa manager Martin O'Neill now hopes to convince Manchester City defender Richard Dunne to complete a £6 million move to Villa Park later today... ·
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