Monday Kickoff: Inter bid for Tevez, Maradona released from hospital & more

Monday Kickoff: Inter bid for Tevez, Maradona released from hospital & more

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Monday Kickoff: Inter bid for Tevez, Maradona released from hospital & more

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Inter Milan have stepped up their efforts to sign Carlos Tevez as the tumultuous transfer saga surrounding the controversial striker shows no signs of dissipating.

The Serie A giants have offered Manchester City more than $32 million to sign Tevez in the January transfer window. Inter president Massimo Moratti opened communication with the Premier League club after a possible deal with AC Milan crumbled at the last minute. Both Moratti and manager Claudio Ranieri said they might not need Tevez considering the rich run of form Inter are enjoying, but the offer still stands.

Tevez remains in Argentina after being ostracized from the team in September. He has not appeared for Manchester City since then and manager Roberto Mancini has made it clear Tevez will not play for the club again. Paris St.-Germain have also emerged as a possible target after they failed to sign Alexandre Pato.

Here are some more stories to kick of your week.

MARADONA RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

Diego Maradona has been discharged from a Dubai hospital after undergoing surgery for kidney stones. Maradona was admitted to the hospital after complaining of abdominal pain but is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to Al Ahli on Wednesday in     preparation for the club's first fixture of 2012 on Jan. 23.

CAHILL DEAL FINALIZED

After protracted contract negotiations, Gary Cahill is officially a member of Chelsea. The former Bolton centerback signed a deal worth around $122,000 a week. He will join John Terry and David Luiz in a Chelsea back line that has been leaking goals all season. This is manager Andres Villas Boas first January signing.

BERBATOV POSSIBLY HEADED TO GERMANY

Reports out of England and Germany suggest Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is on the verge of completing a move to the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich have contacted Old Trafford to try and sign the Bulgarian international, who has seen his playing time diminish over the past year. Bayer Leverkusen are also in the mix to sign the much sought-after striker.

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What do you think of today's news? Do you see Tevez at Inter? Will Cahill be a success? Would a move to Germany be good for Berbatov?

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