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13.03.2007 Football News

Pompey in chase for Ghana star

By Adfero Ltd
Pompey in chase for Ghana star

Portsmouth are set for a battle this summer to sign Ghana star Sulley Muntari after Udinese revealed the midfielder is for sale.

Muntari, who plays alongside Chelsea's Michael Essien for his country, has three years left on his contract but the Italian club want to cash in.

AC Milan and Inter Milan have both expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, who impressed in last summer's World Cup finals in Germany.

Roberto Zanzi, Udinese's sporting director, revealed Pompey made an approach for Muntari in the January transfer window.

"For Muntari we will consider offers in the near future, but he is a player who we believe in," Zanzi said.

"In January, there was Portsmouth that were very interested in him."

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp went to watch Muntari in Ghana's 4-1 win over Nigeria in a friendly earlier this month.

Pompey looked set to sign Muntari in January but talks were put on hold due to both clubs failing to agree on a transfer fee.

The south coast club reportedly could not afford the fee for the left-sided player who is valued at around £10 million.

Muntari played in all of Ghana's games in the World Cup, guiding them through to the last 16 where they were knocked out by Brazil.

He has scored 7 goals in 24 international appearances for the Black Stars.

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