Arsenal sign Campbell from Tottenham in stunning coup

LONDON, AFP and Reuters

England international Sol Campbell signed for Arsenal on a free transfer from arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. The talented centre-half, whose Spurs contract had expired, joined the Gunners after rejecting overtures from Inter Milan, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He said he chose Arsenal because he had wanted to stay in England. No details of Campbell’s contract were immediately available, but Barcelona had offered him a staggering 200,000 pounds per week salary to join them. AC Milan to sign Rui Costa from Fiorentina

Fiorentina’s Portuguese international midfielder Rui Costa is set to sign a five-year contract with AC Milan, the Milan Serie A club said on Tuesday.

“It’s 99.9 percent certain that Rui Costa belongs to AC Milan,” a spokesman told Reuters. “We will sign a contract after he completes a medical.”

The spokesman added that the transfer was worth around 80 billion lire (US$35 million).

Shevchenko signs new Milan deal AC Milan’s Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has signed a new contract with the Italian first division club, his team’s website reported Tuesday. Shevchenko’s new deal will keep him at the San Siro until June 30, 2006 and comes the day after the ‘Rossoneri’ (red and blacks) signed Juventus forward Filippo Inzaghi for a package worth US$35 million. That deal – which followed the signing of another out-and-out striker Javi Moreno from UEFA Cup Finalists Alaves in May – had raised speculation that Milan were prepared to listen to offers for Shevchenko with English outfit Tottenham reported to have lodged a bid. Valencia closes on Juventus striker Kovacevic Valencia are close to signing Yugoslav international striker Darko Kovacevic from Juventus, according to the Spanish club’s president Pedro Cortes.

If the deal, reported to be worth over US$16 million, goes through it will signal the start of the Yugoslav’s second spell in Spain. Fan dies two weeks after being hit by flare at Sicilian game A 24-year-old soccer fan of lower division Messina died Monday, two weeks after being hit by a flare thrown from the cheering section of a rival team. Antonio Curro had fallen into an irreversible coma after being struck by the device that exploded during the last game of the season. A 17-year-old fan of the Catania club has been arrested in connection with the throwing of the flare after police studied videotape of the incident. There was a spree of violence in the game between the two Sicilian teams, in which Messina was promoted to Serie B.