Man City poised to get Jorginho for £43m
LONDON • Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Jorginho after agreeing on an initial fee of £43 million (S$77 million) with Serie A side Napoli for the Italy midfielder.
The English football champions are hopeful of finalising a five-year deal in the next few days to clinch City's first signing this summer.
Reports in Italy claimed that Jorginho and his agent arrived in London on Wednesday, with further meetings scheduled to discuss bonuses that could total up to £5 million.
Cavs insist Love will stay even if James leaves
LOS ANGELES • The Cleveland Cavaliers are not offering Kevin Love in any trade offers and intend to have him on the roster for the next National Basketball Association season regardless of any decision LeBron James may make, ESPN reported.
Love has two seasons remaining on his deal with the Cavaliers and is owed just more than US$49.7 million (S$67.8 million). The second year is a player option. Speculation has been rampant that Cleveland would look to deal Love if James leaves as a free agent.
United land Brazilian Fred in £52m transfer
LONDON • Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year contract, the English Premier League football club said yesterday.
The British media reported that United will pay Shakhtar about £52 million (S$93.5 million) for the 25-year-old, who is in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad.
United manager Jose Mourinho hailed the deal, saying that Fred's "creative brain and passing vision" would give the Red Devils "another dimension".
Xie keeps to his word with sub-10sec sprint
PARIS • Chinese sprinter Xie Zhenye is a man of his word. After promising to become the third Asian to run the 100m in under 10 seconds, he blazed to victory in 9.97 sec at the Meeting de Montreuil in France on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Xie, the 200m gold medallist at the 2010 Youth Olympics, outpaced Akani Simbine of South Africa to notch his landmark victory with a 0.9m/s tailwind.
Simbine finished second in 10.04, followed by Brazil's Paul Camilo De Oliveira of Brazil in 10.10.
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