Pompey on brink of liquidation
Tal Ben Haim has instructed his agent Pini Zahavi to stay away from severance negotiations with Portsmouth, which threaten to bring about the first liquidation of an English league club for 20 years.
The insolvent club's administrators have been unable to negotiate a compromise with the defender over the remaining term of his contract, which sees him earn £36,000 per week.
They say the club must have their finances in order by August 10 or face going out of business and this will require remaining senior first-team players such as Ben Haim, Kanu and Liam Lawrence agreeing to transfers or signing wage-compromise deals. The Football League have already docked the club 10 points ahead of the forthcoming season.
Chelsea sign £25m Brazil playmaker Oscar
Chelsea have completed the signing of Brazil playmaker Oscar from Internacional.
The 20-year-old, for whom the European champions are reported to have paid £25m, is part of Brazil's squad for London 2012 and played in their 2-0 warm-up victory over Team GB last Friday.
Oscar, full name Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, is a product of the Sao Paulo youth set-up. He left for Internacional in December 2010 and has played at every level of international football from U-15 to U-20 before making his full debut last September in a 0-0 draw with Argentina.
Bale off the hook as Team GB hold fire
TEAM GB will not be making a complaint to FIFA about Gareth Bale's withdrawal from Olympic duty.
Bale was not selected in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad after reporting that he would not be fit enough to take part because of a back injury.
However, with GB set to take on Senegal in their opening game at Old Trafford today, the 23-year-old played and scored for Spurs in their pre-season match with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the US on Tuesday night.
It immediately led to a string of complaints, with former Wales skipper Robbie Savage and England striker Gary Lineker expressing their surprise at Bale's presence on Tottenham's tour.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter weighed into the argument, claiming that he would be willing to sanction Bale being suspended until the end of Olympic competition on August 12, should the FA lodge an official objection.
Rummenigge plays down De Jong link
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rejected reports linking his club with a bid for Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong.
The 27-year-old Dutch international, who previously played in the Bundesliga with Hamburg, joined City in 2009 but saw his first-team chances limited last season as the club secured their first league title in 44 years.