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Inter ready to pay-up for Matias SilvestreInter ready to pay-up for Matias Silvestre

Palermo are ready to sell Matias Silvestre to Inter in a deal that could be worth €10 million.

The Sicilian outfit`s president Maurizio Zamparini has claimed that negotiations with the Nerazzurri are in the final stages and a deal could be struck soon.

Silvestre already announced his intention to leave Palermo after just one season with the Rosanero and has been linked with both Inter and AC Milan.
I met with Inter president Massimo Moratti. We spoke about Silvestre and we are on the same page,” Zamparini said.

“There is a 99 per cent chance that a deal will be done. It will be a transfer worth around €8m to €10m.”

Silvestre moved to Italy from Boca Juniors in 2008 and spent three seasons at Catania before making the switch to Palermo last summer.

PSG announced a super-friendly in Barcelona’s companyPSG announced a super-friendly in Barcelona’s company

Fifteen years after losing 1-0 to a Ronaldo penalty in the 1997 Cup Winners Cup final, PSG can finally exact their revenge when they host FC Barcelona to the Parc des Princes for a preseason friendly.

The gala friendly match, to be played in Paris on 4 August, just a week before the start of the Ligue 1 season, completes a prestigious list of friendly opponents after Russian giants CSKA Moscow, Champions League winners Chelsea and italian champions Juventus.

Les Rouge et Bleu announced the news on the English version of their official website, PSG.fr:

A mouth-watering match of football against Barça, just a week before the start of the championship: the launch pad for what promises to be a passionate and thrilling campaign.

Cup Winners Cup 1997 Final: Barcelona 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain

Chicharito named UNICEF ambassadorChicharito named UNICEF ambassador

Mexican footballer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who plays for Manchester United, was named a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ambassador.

“When I heard that UNICEF wished to invite me to become a National Ambassador, immediately I thought: if it’s about doing something for the children of my country, I am in,” Hernandez said at his designation ceremony.

Hernandez earned the nickname, written on his jersey, from his father, Javier, a Mexican striker who played in the 1986 World Cup and was known as Chicharo, or ‘pea’, because of his green eyes.

AS Monaco appointed Claudio Ranieri as new coachAS Monaco appointed Claudio Ranieri as new coach

Ligue 2 side Monaco have appointed former Inter manager Claudio Ranieri as their new Coach.

Ranieri has been without a club since he was sacked by Inter Milan in March and has recently been linked with the vacant managerial position at West Brom.

“AS Monaco Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach,” read a Monaco statement.

Galatasaray close to Hamit Altintop moveGalatasaray close to Hamit Altintop move

Turkish international Hamit Altintop is reported to be close on moving to this origin country.

His agent revealed to Turkish media that Galatasaray are favorites on signing the the 29-year-old, who never played in Turkey.

“Negotiations are on the run, the talks are looking promising, I believe the transfer will be completed by the end of the week”, said Hamit’s agent.

Altintop is current under contract with Real Madrid. His twin brother decided to move to Turkey last summer, signing with Trabzonspor.

Ivory Coast appointed Sabri Lamouchi for coach jobIvory Coast appointed Sabri Lamouchi for coach job

The Ivory Coast made a surprise coaching switch on Monday, naming former France international Sabri Lamouchi as their new boss after sacking Francois Zahoui five days before their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier.

A brief statement from the Ivorian Football Federation announced the change and thanked Zahoui for his work but gave no the other details of the swift and unexpected change.

Adding to the surprise is the fact that the 40-year-old Lamouchi has no previous experience as a coach.

The former Inter Milan midfielder, who is of Tunisian descent but won 12 caps for France, has been a television pundit since ending his playing career three years ago.