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Ireland need to beat Italy on Saturday if they are to have any chance of automatic qualification from Group 8. Gavin Beech gives you his top tip and all the BestPrice betting.

Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar has denied speculation he is set for talks with Manchester United over a move to the English champions.

Recent reports indicate United will attempt to prise him away from the San Siro in January to replace the ageing Edwin van der Sar, following a number of poor performances from stand-in Ben Foster.

“I deny everything,” the keeper said. “I have a contract with Inter.”

Meanwhile, Inter have also dismissed the reports and technical director Marco Branca claims the club are working on a new deal for the 30-year-old whose contract runs to 2012.

“We are already working on a solution,” Branca said. “Soon his contract will be sorted out.I don’t see any problems, the discussions are continuing in a calm way.”

According to Julio Cesar’s agent, Josias Cardoso, United are interested, but he is confident of putting an end to speculation by agreeing a new deal with the Serie A club.

“United showed their interest for Julio but until now have not made an official offer,” he said. “At the moment we are talking with Inter to renew Julio’s contract, but we have not yet arrived at an agreement. I hope to succeed before the end of the month, that’s my aim.”

Julio Cesar’s wife, Susana Werner, claimed yesterday he was being pursued by one of the European giants.

“It’s been a week of great emotions,” she wrote on her blog. “My son celebrated his seventh birthday, while my husband was besieged by offers from a big club and that has made us happy. We don’t intend to leave Milan but anything can happen in football.”

Ireland need to beat Italy on Saturday if they are to have any chance of automatic qualification from Group 8. Gavin Beech gives you his top tip and all the BestPrice betting.

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