Talks between the Spanish football league (LFP) and the Spanish players' union (AFE) on Wednesday failed to avert the strike action called for this weekend. "We haven't reached any kind of agreement,'' LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said after the first meeting between the two sides since the strike was invoked last week.
"'The AFE have dug their heels in. There are important differences but we will have to continue moving forward.'' The AFE have called strike action for the first two weekends of Spain's top two divisions, which are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, demanding greater protection for players' wages at clubs who have gone into financial administration. Astiazaran continued: "We are in agreement on 80 per cent of the questions and it's a shame that for 20 per cent we have found ourselves in this situation. "We have achieved much recently... however, it is impossible for the first round of matches not to be affected by the strike.'' Representing the AFE, Luis Gil said: "We will continue working this afternoon and tomorrow and we will meet on Friday."
Eto'o highest paid player
Milan: Inter Milan have nearly reached a deal to send Samuel Eto'o to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, a transfer that could make the Cameroon striker the highest paid footballer in the world. Anzhi is expected to give Eto'o a three-year contract worth $29 million per season, eclipsing the estimated $17.4 million that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the $15.2 million that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona. Inter was negotiating with Anzhi officials in Milan for a transfer fee between $29 and $43 million for the 30-year-old Eto'o.
'Spurs eyeing Adebayor move'
London: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirmed on Wednesday the club was in talks with Manchester City over a possible move for unsettled striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Redknapp revealed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was negotiating with City over a possible move for the Togolese international, who has found himself surplus to requirements under the reign of Roberto Mancini.
Adebayor, 27, spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Madrid and Mancini has made it clear the former Arsenal striker has no future at City.
Czech striker Koller retires at 38
Prague: Czech striker Jan Koller, the Czech Republic's record goal-scorer, has hung up his boots at the age of 38 for health reasons including a heart problem, the Czech news agency CTK said Wednesday. The towering forward with 55 goals in 91 games for the Czech Republic last played for AS Cannes in France's third division.
Schalke omit Raul against Helsinki
Berlin: Raul Gonzalez did not travel with Schalke on Wednesday for the Bundesliga side's Europa League playoff at HJK Helsinki, sparking further speculation about the Spanish striker's future. Raul turned down a move to Premier League side Blackburn on Tuesday, one day after Schalke received an official offer for the 34-year-old former Real Madrid striker.