Bruno Fernandes will certainly cost more than €62 million (£56m/$70m), Sporting C.P. president Frederico Varandas has insisted, amid reports of interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils have been linked with the Portugal international for a number of months, with Ole Gunnar Solskajer seeing him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba if the French playmaker were to leave this summer.Reports in Portugal have claimed Man Utd are preparing a bid in the region of £56m ($70m), so Varandas’ latest comments will come as a blow to the Premier League side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Solskjaer is looking to rebuild his squad after a poor end to the 2018-19 campaign and has already brought in Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. And if big-name players like Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were to leave, the Norwegian would almost certainly need to bolster his options further, but Varandas insists Sporting do not need to sell the 24-year-old. “I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs],” he told RTP.“What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.“If Bruno Fernandes leaves, players with quality will come. But if Bruno leaves.”Solskjaer is set to receive a boost, though, with David de Gea reportedly preparing to sign a new six-year deal.The Spain international appears eager to take on more responsibility at Old Trafford and says he would like to become captain after Antonio Valencia left the club at the end of last season. And while Fernandes could still join the Red Devils, Solskjaer is adamant the club will not spend more than the market rate on any new signings. “We have been linked with so many players,” the Man Utd boss told reporters earlier this month.”I’m sure you don’t believe every single player that we’ve been linked with, but I think that Manchester United sometimes have, because of the wealth, maybe we have had to pay more, a bigger premium to get players in, and that’s just the world we live in.”And we’ve taken our time, we’re not going to overpay, but we have to get the right people in, the right players.”
The formal election of Luis Moreno Ocampo as Prosecutor for the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal is expected to take place when the resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC convenes from 21 to 24 April at UN Headquarters in New York. The countries had agreed informally on Mr. Moreno Ocampo as their choice last Friday.In a statement released yesterday, Prince Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, President of the Assembly, praised Mr. Moreno Ocampo’s “recognized integrity,” saying the Argentinean prosecutor had been chosen by consensus from a list of strong contenders. “In agreeing to Mr. Moreno Ocampo, the States Parties are confident the newly-established Court will benefit in the coming years from a gifted prosecutor with proven abilities,” he saidThe ICC was inaugurated in The Hague on 11 March, with the swearing-in of its judges in a solemn ceremony hailed by top UN officials as an historic day for international justice. Outlining the importance of their task, the Secretary-General called on the judges to show great patience, compassion and an unfailing resolve to arrive at the truth, adding “in all your functions – judicial administrative and representational – you must act without fear of favour, guided and inspired by the provisions of the Rome Statute.”The 18-judge tribunal will have jurisdiction over the most serious crimes, including war crimes, genocide, mass murder, enslavement, rape, torture, and, once defined, the crime of aggression. The Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the ICC – entered into force 1 July 2002, and the Court’s jurisdiction will cover only crimes committed after that date. The Statute allows States Parties as well as the UN Security Council to refer situations to the Court for investigation.