The Sweeper: Tottenham held Osvaldo talks

Spurs sat down with the Argentina-born Italy striker regarding a summer transfer, while Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis urged rival clubs not to take legal action over FFP

Pablo Osvaldo is likely to be sold by Roma this summer if they receive an offer that matches their £13 million asking price.

One possible destination is Tottenham, who are in the market for a new striker.

The Sweeper can reveal that a Spurs representative had a meeting with Osvaldo when he was in London earlier in April while suspended from Serie A action.

The Italy international has had a solid season, scoring 12 goals in 25 league games, but he is believed to be ready to move on from the capital.

Roma will sanction the 27-year-old’s exit from the Stadio Olimpico if they receive an offer that is similar to the sum they paid for the Argentina-born hitman in 2011, when he was signed from Espanyol in a deal worth up to £14.75m.

Meeting Osvaldo’s salary expectations should not be an insurmountable problem for Spurs if they decide to press ahead with an offer.

The striker currently earns £61,000-a-week at Roma, a sum that will rise to £72,500-a-week in the final year of his contract, which runs until 2016.

- Wayne Veysey



There was much hilarity at the Manchester United title party celebrations at the Living Room bar after the club were last week confirmed as Premier League champions.

The Red Devils were given sole use of the VIP second floor, which is the size of an actual living room, complete with self-service bar.

This led to England striker Wayne Rooney taking on the role of barman and pretending to be Tom Cruise in the film cocktail.

The former Everton striker should probably stick to relying on his feet to carve out a living, however, having dropped a couple of bottles with his questionable juggling skills. Thankfully for all concerned, the bar had a rubber floor.

- Paul Clennam


Six top-flight clubs failed to vote in favour of the new financial fair play regulations that were formally adopted by the Premier League earlier in April.

This has prompted speculation that the decision could be challenged in the courts by a breakaway group led by Manchester City.

But Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, whose club was one of the most vocal backers for the wage restraints and a cap on losses, has made private calls for the elite to be united.

Speaking at a recent Premier League meeting, he said there was much that the League did which was subject to legal challenge, but he hoped that “all 20 clubs would act as partners” on FFP and that there “would be no legal threats from any club”.

- Wayne Veysey


Manchester City youngster Denis Suarez will ask to leave the club on loan in the summer.

The 19-year-old former Celta Vigo starlet joined Roberto Mancini's side back in 2011, with City seeing off interest from Barcelona to seal the deal, although has thus far struggled to break into the first-team set-up at the Etihad Stadium.

The Sweeper understands La Liga duo Espanyol and Sevilla are both keen on taking the highly-rated midfielder back to Spain in a temporary deal as he seeks more playing time in one of Europe's most competitive leagues.

- Paul Clennam