Rui Costa looks set to join Christiano Ronaldo and assistant coach Carlos Querioz at Old Trafford. Benfica’s hopes of signing the ex-international were dashed when AC Milan accepted Manchester’s offer of meeting all the player’s wage demands, said to be equal to those he enjoyed in Italy. Costa will sign a two-year contract.
Meanwhile, ‘Chelski’ seem to be mutating into ‘Chelseagal’ – the Blues concluded their summer spending spree by adding Ricardo Carvalho to their squad for 30 million euros. The Porto and Portugal defender replaces Marcel Desailly, who left the club by mutual consent, and joins his former coach José Mourinho – who has alreadylured Portuguese internationals Tiago and Paulo Ferreira to Stamford Bridge.Champions League winners Porto, who have sold midfielder Deco to Barcelona, have now banked an incredible 76 million euros from transfers this season to add to the estimated 15 million euros brought in by their success in Europe’s premier club competition.