Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he attempted to sign Italian icon Paolo Maldini from AC Milan but was refused by his father. Ferguson, who led Manchester United to 38 major trophies in 27 years at the club, explained how he met Maldini’s father Cesare and inquired about signing his son. Maldini, who retired in 2009, is regarded as one of the best defenders to have played in European football, and Ferguson was keen to add some more steel to his defense.
Fairy tale success might be about to return to Fratton Park, as Portsmouth enter talks with Disney's former chief executive over the sale of the club. It is less than 10 years since Portsmouth won the FA Cup and then took on Ronaldinho and AC Milan in the UEFA Cup, but the club have since fallen on hard times, tumbling through the divisions to find themselves in League Two. The Portsmouth Supporters' Trust then took over and stabilised the club, with manager Paul Cook now leading a promotion charge, while the board have confirmed Michael Eisner is looking to buy the south coast side.