Sao Paulo has confirmed they have agreed a deal with Chelsea for starlet Lucas Piazon, Sky Sports report.
The 17-year-old will move to west London in January 2012, as this is the first transfer window after he turns 18, in a deal thought to be around £5.3m.
The Blues fought off stiff competition from Juventus to gain his signature and the midfielder had a medical at his new club last month and Sao Paulo vice-president, Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva, confirmed the money from the deal would pay for the Luis Fabiano deal completed last week.
“It is a big deal for the club,” he confirmed. “The value of it is almost the same as that of Luis Fabiano.”
Carlo defends Fergie.
Carlo Ancelotti has jumped to Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence by calling his five-match touchline ban ‘harsh’, Sky Sports report.
Following his verbal attack on Martin Atkinson after Man Utd’s Stamford Bridge defeat, the Scot was fined £30,000 and hit with the aforementioned ban, but Ancelotti thinks the punishment is harsh and doesn’t understand what the Football Association are hoping to achieve.
The Italian said: “My opinion is that Ferguson has always had good behaviour and I think five games now is too much, there is no reason he has to be out for five matches and I do not think that can change their strength and the power of Man United.”
He added: “I know what he said after the game. Obviously it was not good behaviour but five games is too much.”
Petr Cech is confident Chelsea can make progress in the Champions League after they secured a modest path into the quarter-finals last night, according to the Mail Online.
The hard work was done in the away leg as Nicolas Anelka’s double set up a formality of a home tie last night, and the Blues goalkeeper is confident of going further.
The Czech goalkeeper said: “Let’s see the draw but we are confident as we have got a lot of experience. We don’t mind (who we draw), if you want to win the Champions League you need to beat any opponent at any stage.
“We needed to be careful at the back (last night) as any goal would have given them belief. The job was done, we kept a clean sheet, and the only thing missing was converting our chances.”