Barcelona keen on Pjanic
A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Barcelona are weighing up summer move for Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The Bosnia international is not entirely satisfied with his situation at the club and could decide to leave Olimpico at the end of the season.
Pjanic has failed to adapt to the physical style of football in Italian Serie A and is pondering a switch to another top European league.
La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Barcelona are ready to take advantage of the situation and attempt to sign the player at the end of the season.
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova believes Pjanic would be a good addition to the squad at Camp Nou and is likely to instruct the club officials to launch an assault on the 22-year-old.
It is, however, unlikely that Roma would settle for anything less than €15 million, despite signing him for €11 million in the summer of 2011.
Since joining the club from Lyon, Pjanic has scored 5 goals in 38 Serie A appearances for the club.
Chelsea close in on Taison
Brazilian newspaper O Globo is reporting that Chelsea are preparing a January bid for Metalist Kharkiv forward Taison.
The Blues are keen to add more firepower to the squad and they are believed to be lining up a bid for the Brazilian striker, who is a much cheaper alternative to other forwards being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea officials are positive the 24-year-old would be a great alternative to misfiring Fernando Torres.
According to the Brazilian newspaper, Metalist are ready to do a deal, and have given the player permission to negotiate personal terms with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Chelsea will reportedly pay around £12 million for the player who can also operate as an attacking midfielder or on either wing.
Despite rarely playing as a centre forward at Metalist, the Brazilian has scored 13 goals in 56 league games for the club, while bagging another 7 in 25 Europa League fixtures.
Taison has recently scored an amazing volley in the Europa League clash against Rosenborg that has been likened to the famous Marko van Basten’s goal at the Euro 1988.
Landon Donovan fuels retirement talk
LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has revealed that he plans to take a break from football after the current season ends.
Earlier this month, the player hinted that he could retire from international football, but it appears that he could leave the game altogether at the end of the season.
Donovan admits to felling burned out, but doesn’t know when and if he will be coming back.
“I am going to take as much time as I need and decide if and when I’m ready to come back,” Donovan told The Los Angeles Times.
“I can’t put a time frame on that. If it takes two weeks and I’m ready to go again or two months or a year or two years. Or never. I don’t know.”
This could prove to be another major blow for LA Galaxy, after David Beckham announced his plans to leave the club when his contract expired in December.
Despite struggling with injuries and pressure of expectations, Donovan has enjoyed a very good season with LA Galaxy, scoring 10 goals and producing 17 assists in 30 MLS matches.