Beckhams building love maze at home

Real Madrid star David and one-time Posh Spice have hired top land-scapers to erect the “infinity” maze in the grounds of Beckingham Palace.

It will make the 24-acre garden at Rowneybury ‘ the mansion’s real name ‘ one of Britain’s costliest.

Super agent targets top players

Pini Zahavi, the Israeli super agent, is masterminding a ‘100 million transfer fund that will spark a revolution in the world transfer market, England included.

The global transfer strategy is called “The Hero Fund”.

Zahavi, whose business connections stretch all over the globe, will now target the best emerging players and acquire control of them.

Zahavi confirmed: “The fund is not quite complete but we are aiming to raise around ‘100m in order to buy shares in players. They’ve asked me to find the players and act as advisor to the fund. We will look mainly for young players who can develop and eventually play at the highest level. Some players will stay at their clubs and some will move.”

There have been rumours that the new scheme was being funded from Russia. Zahavi insisted: “The scheme is being organised by some guys in London.”

There will be disquiet in English football at having agents deciding when and where a player will be transferred.

Tough Cole ready for jibes

Ashley Cole likes to see himself as one of life’s winners.

He emerged from a tough upbringing in a one-parent family in the unforgiving environment of Tower Hamlets in East London to establish himself as arguably the best left back in the world.

That explains why Chelsea wanted him so badly. It also explains how Cole, for once, finds himself in a no-win situation. Conversation about why or how he came to leave Arsenal are peppered with words like “respect” and “principle”.

He has also been made aware of the new nickname doing the rounds ‘ “Cashley Cole.”

What he would like is for Arsenal fans to understand his reasons for leaving the club to which he gave a decade of service. He knows the vast majority will not. Already some uncouth versions of the Ashley Cole song are doing the rounds and he knows a few more will be easily audible when he returns to the Emirates Stadium in Chelsea blue.

Gallas wanted buyout deal

William Galas was so desperate to leave Chelsea that he was ready to spend ‘1,5 million to buy out his contract at the club.

Under a rarely-used European employment law the France defender had the chance to secure his freedom from Stamford Bridge last May.

Gallas was poised to personally buy up his ’30 000-a-week contract for the chance to join AC Milan. He hoped to be included as part of a package that would see Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko move to Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea refused to consider that as a viable proposition and wanted the versatile Gallas to stay. They agreed with Milan on a straight cash deal of ’31 million for Shevchenko and the window of opportunity for Gallas to make his historic move was dashed, until the very last day of transfers.

Makelele loses out in investment

Claude Makelele is set to take his former agent to court over a missing ‘600 000 investment.

Chelsea midfielder Makelele (33), handed over the cash when his ex-advisor Marc Roger took over Swiss outfit Servette two years ago.

But the Geneva-based club was declared bankrupt in February 2005, with debts of ‘7 million, and Frenchman Roger has since been accused of fraud.

Makelele is now expected to give evidence at a court hearing in Geneva next month.

He is one of a number of investors seeking a return of their funds.

The France international had initially been tipped to wind down his playing career with Servette after ploughing over a million Swiss francs ‘ 800 000 euros ‘ into their coffers.

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