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AC Milan confirms offer for Ronaldo
ROME, Italy
AC Milan confirmed on Thursday they had made an offer for Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, but said the deal could only be completed after the results of a medical examination.
"We are making an offer for Ronaldo, we are negotiating. Let's see what happens," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani was quoted as saying on the club's Web site.
Spanish media reported Milan had made a six million-euro (US$7.79 million) offer for Ronaldo.
Hleb out for a month
LONDON, England
Arsenal's Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb is likely to be out for a month after picking up a hamstring injury during the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
"It will be a good four weeks," manager Arsene Wenger said on the club's Web site. "That is disappointing because you don't want to lose players in January because, if you lose them for a long time, then their season is over."
Dutch striker Robin van Persie is already facing a long lay-off after breaking a metatarsal in his right foot during the 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
Mayor worries
BEIJING, China
Beijing's mayor gave the city high marks yesterday with less than two years to go before the Olympics, but said he remained worried about traffic, pollution, corruption - and how to make residents more "civilized."
Speaking in his annual work report to the city's rubber stamp legislative body, Wang Qishan said Olympic projects were on schedule, bus fares had gone down, toilets renovated, new roads built and the economy grew 12 percent.
Wang expressed concern the 15 million residents of Beijing may not yet be up to the task of playing host to the 2008 Olympics, worrying perhaps that ingrained habits like pushing, spitting and shouting could unnerve foreign guests.
"We will continue to cultivate courtesy and civilized behavior among residents," the mayor, who was born in the coastal resort town of Qingdao, said.
Sevilla signs Fazio
SEVILLA, Spain
Sevilla has signed teenage Argentine defender Federico Fazio from Ferro Carril Oeste on a five-year contract.
Fazio's contract will carry a US$19.5 million buy-out clause, Sevilla said Thursday.
As Ferro Carril Oeste is currently in receivership, a Buenos Aires court ruled that it should accept Sevilla's offer because it was the biggest the Argentine club had received.
Sevilla didn't say how much it had paid for Fazio, an Argentina under-20 international.
Fazio, who will join Sevilla once the South American under-20 championship ends next week, is Sevilla's second signing in January's transfer window. The first was striker Alexander Kerzhakov, who joined from Zenit St. Petersburg.
Sevilla is second in the Spanish league at the halfway stage of the season. The team, which won the UEFA Cup last season, has also reached the last 32 of this season's competition, where it plays Steaua Bucharest next month.
Lee to join Boro
MIDDLESBROUGH, England
Middlesbrough completed its first January transfer signing on Thursday when South Korea striker Lee Dong-Gook was awarded a work permit.
Lee signed an 18-month contract after arriving on a free transfer from Pohang Steelers. Terms of the 27-year-old striker's contract were not disclosed.
Lee returned to South Korea to obtain his visa and is expected to join Middlesbrough next week.
Lee missed last summer's World Cup in Germany due to a cruciate ligament injury. He has scored 22 goals in 64 appearances for the national side.


Updated : 2021-02-28 23:40 GMT+08:00