Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has ruled out any move to Real Madrid for star midfielder Xabi Alonso as he prepares for further signings to bolster his squad.
Benitez takes his squad to a Swiss training camp tomorrow, with three matches scheduled for the trip and he has vowed to add new faces ahead of the Reds' Champions League third qualifying round tie on August 9.
One of the first could be Jermaine Pennant, with sources close to the player expecting a bid for the Birmingham City winger soon but first Benitez has been forced to quash speculation about Alonso, saying: "There has been no truth in stories about Xabi Alonso, we have had no official contact and for sure he is staying here, we do not want to sell him." n A long, eventful summer of joy and disgrace in Italian football is approaching its conclusion with the four clubs embroiled in the match-fixing scandal set to hear the out-come of their appeals.
Juventus, Lazio, Fiorentina and AC Milan should today discover the final outcome of the investigation into match-fixing.
Just days after Italy lifted the World Cup, domestic affairs dominated the headlines as Juve, Lazio and Fiorentina were relegated to Serie B with further points penalties while Milan were also docked 15 points from the start of next season.
All four immediately appealed and the final hearings against the federal court's sentencing are being heard with a verdict set to be announced this evening.
Meanwhile, European football could be facing a fresh match-fixing scandal after the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) opened an investigation into claims that Denizlispor offered to pay players to help them avoid relegation.
A report in a Turkish newspaper claimed officials from Denizlispor offered to pay three Malatyaspor players to throw a crucial match against Gaziantepspor on the final day of the season. Malatyaspor lost the game 1-0, suffering relegation as a result.
The TFF has announced it will fully investigate the claims, which have been denied by Denizlispor. n Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims Ruud van Nistelrooy has informed Bayern Munich of his intention to play for the German club.
Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after an end-of-season row with boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with Real Madrid and Bayern leading the chase.
Rummenigge, Bayern's general director, revealed the striker has been in talks with the Bundesliga club. "Van Nistelrooy has told us he would like to play for us next season," said Rummenigge. "We have already spoken about money with him but it would be United who will finally decide." n Leeds United have moved a step closer to signing Luton midfielder Kevin Nicholls after the clubs agreed a £700,000 fee.
The 27-year-old has also been linked with moves to Stoke, Crystal Palace and Norwich City.