Morning Ticker: Ribery eyes Madrid, Atletico says no to 'Kun' sale and Denilson's disaster

Morning Ticker: Ribery eyes Madrid, Atletico says no to 'Kun' sale and Denilson's disaster

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Morning Ticker: Ribery eyes Madrid, Atletico says no to 'Kun' sale and Denilson's disaster

Franck Ribery (Getty) 

Real Madrid's third big summer signing is now officially in the cross hairs.

French star Franck Ribery has been on Real Madrid's wish list for some time, but now that Ribery's agent has revealed that the Bayern Munich playmaker wants to sign with Real Madrid, it seems like only a matter of time before he joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka as the new version of 'Los Galacticos'.

This development comes in the wake of Real Madrid revealing that its pursuit of David Villa had essentially ended.

Yes, we know, Bayern Munich "isn't selling" but neither was Manchester United.

Here are some other news stories from this morning and Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid say Aguero 'not for sale'

By now you may have heard of Manchester United's interest in signing Argentine star Sergio 'Kun' Aguero from Atletico Madrid. Well, Atletico has heard it too, and insist they are not selling.

Right, that's what they all say.

Ultimately, it may not matter what Atletico wants if Manchester United can match Aguero's escape clause figure, reported at close to £55 million ($90.75 million).

With Cristiano HiltonRonaldo and Carlos Tevez both leaving Old Trafford this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson knows he must find some attacking reinforcements, with Karim Benzema and Brazilian starlet Douglas Costa also rumored targets.

Man City set to make Lescott bid

Everton is bracing itself for a fight to hold on to top defender Joleon Lescott as Manchester City prepares to make a £15 million bid ($24.7 million) for Tim Howard's teammate.

Manchester City has already added Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz this summer, and there are even rumors of a potential run at Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, but bolstering the defense is certainly a high priority.

Denilson's final farewell?

Brazilian midfielder Denilson may have played his last professional soccer game, at least we sort of hope so, after making a goal-scoring debut in the Vietnamese League…..and promptly quitting the league.

No, we didn't make that up. Denilson played one game, one half actually, and scored a goal for Vietnamese team Hai Phong Cement FC, but decided afterward that injuries were too much and he couldn't play any longer.

Is this the last we've seen of the once-great Brazilian? Or will he wind up at an even smaller league, with a team with a worse name than Hai Phong Cement FC? Is he really this broke? Has he become the MC Hammer of professional soccer?


That's all for now. What do you think of these stories? Would you love to see Aguero sign with Man United? Will you be disappointed if Everton sells Lescott? Are you glad we didn't use that same Ribery photo for the hundredth time?

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