Mario Balotelli quits Manchester City for AC Milan move in deal worth £22m

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has agreed to a 4 1/2 year deal with AC Milan, according to a FOX Sports report.   “Transfer agreement for Balotelli signed with Manchester City,” Milan director Umberto Gandini said on Twitter. “Medicals tomorrow in Milan, then personal terms until 2017 signing.”  Milan will reportedly earn £20million, with some coming from bonuses. City has yet to comment. Barring anything unforeseen, Balotelli will join his new team ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, thus ending a controversial 2 1/2-year run with the Blues.  A starter in the 2011 FA Cup final, More >

Lazio beat Juventus to reach Coppa Italia final

S.S. Lazio are through to the Coppa Italia final after recovering from Arturo Vidal’s added-time goal to seal a 3-2 aggregate win against Juventus thanks to a Sergio Floccari header. S.S. Lazio are through to their first Coppa Italia decider in four years after a frantic finale to their semi-final second leg against Juventus ended in a 3-2 aggregate victory for Vladimir Petković’s side. Last week’s 1-1 draw in Turin gave Lazio a slight advantage, but they were forced to ride their luck back on home soil as Juventus dominated the first half at the Stadio Olimpico. However, it remained More >

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Drogba in Galatasaray

“Big clubs can only reach their goals by signing high-profile players,” said Galatasaray AŞ president Ünal Aysal after Didier Drogba penned an 18-month contract with his side. Galatasaray AŞ have completed their second marquee signing in as many weeks after Didier Drogba agreed terms on a one-and-a-half-year contract, following the arrival of Dutch international Wesley Sneijder. “Big clubs can only reach their goals by signing high-profile players,” said club president Ünal Aysal. “Drogba spoke to Fatih Terim and told us that he was very happy to be joining a club of Galatasaray’s More >

The weekend’s top matches

Germany: VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach v Fortuna Düsseldorf (Saturday 15.30) Visiting their regional rivals Mönchengladbach for the first time in 16 years, Düsseldorf look well-set for a quick return next season after a decent first half of the Bundesliga season. Adding three more points from this derby to their tally of 21 would be another step towards survival for the fifth-bottom club. “They have a well-organised side and are difficult to play,” said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre. “Because they are so compact, we will need to show patience.” The Foals started 2013 with a goalless draw at TSG More >

Thirteen cities to host UEFA EURO 2020

The UEFA Executive Committee has decided the key principles governing the “EURO for Europe”, with the 2020 final tournament to be staged in 13 cities across the continent. The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in 13 cities across Europe, following a decision taken today by the UEFA Executive Committee at its first meeting of 2013 at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The UEFA Executive Committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, approved the key event and football principles for the “EURO for Europe”, which include: • The matches will be split into 13 More >

Barça down Malaga, while Club Atlético de Madrid earned a tie with Sevilla

FC Barcelona beat Málaga CF 4-2 to set up a Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid CF while Club Atlético de Madrid earned a tie with Sevilla FC by quelling Real Betis Balompié.

 

FC Barcelona will meet Real Madrid CF in the Copa del Rey semi-finals after overcoming Málaga 4-2 to seal a 6-4 aggregate passage. The match started in explosive fashion as Barcelona hit the front when Daniel Alves burst through and crossed for Pedro Rodríguez to nod in after nine minutes, but the hosts levelled three minutes later when Joaquín curled his finish inside José Manuel Pinto’s near post from a More >
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