Arsenal confirm interest in Kondogbia
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has all but admitted that he is interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The Frenchman has been earning rave reviews for his displays in Spanish La Liga and has seen his name linked with top European clubs.
It is believed Arsenal are one of the clubs keen on Kondogbia, with Arsene Wenger confirming the Gunners are thinking about the Frenchman.
“I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone’s after him at the moment,” Wenger told The Sun.
“When you ask ‘Are you also interested?’ what do you expect me to say?”
The 20-year-old is also on the radar of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, meaning Arsenal face a real battle for the player’s signature.
Kondogbia may be valued at £17 million, but with Sevilla in serious financial problems he could be available for a lot less in the summer.
Lazio launch assault on Matavz
Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Lazio are weighing up a move for PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz.
The Biancocelesti are in the market for a long-term successor to Miroslav Klose and they seem to have found their man in the Slovenian striker.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has established initial contact with the player’s representatives with a view of luring the forward to Stadio Olimpico in the summer.
Matavz was on the verge of joining Napoli in the summer of 2012, but the transfer failed to materialize.
He has since been doing well at PSV Eindhoven, scoring 11 goals in 26 Eredivisie appearances, while netting 7 times in as many Europa League fixtures.
Meanwhile, Lazio are in talks with Udinese over Antonio Candreva, who is co-owned by the two Serie A sides.
Barca’s Cuenca wants Ajax stay
Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca has vowed to have his loan deal with Ajax extended for at least another season.
The 22-year-old arrived at Amsterdam ArenA on a short-term loan deal from Barcelona in January, but he has since made just a handful of appearances due to injury.
Cuenca, nonetheless, is eager to prove his worth at Ajax and has revealed the clubs are talking about new one-year loan.
“I’d like to remain at Ajax for another year,” Cuenca told De Telegraaf. “Barcelona know what I want and the clubs are talking about it.”
The talented forward has a contract until June 2015 at Camp Nou, but is eager to remain at Ajax and gain some much needed playing time.
Cuenca finally returned into action last weekend, as he replaced Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in a 2-0 away victory over NAC Breda.